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Berrien County Health Department COVID-19 Updates
Berrien County Health Department COVID-19 Press Releases

UPDATE as of March 24, 2020 – 9:30 am.

Dear parents and guardians,

We received notice this morning that the governor has extended the school closure mandate until Monday, April 13, in accordance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. She noted that more information regarding school closure will be forthcoming

Information is rapidly changing and we are taking this mandate from the governor very seriously. The school meal program is considered an essential task of the government mandate, which means we will continue to distribute meals as planned with extra safety precautions.
Meals and Classroom work will BE DISTRIBUTED ON MONDAYS FROM 10AM – 12NOON

Teachers and staff have been asked to make contact with all of our families throughout this time. If you have not heard from your teacher Monday, please reach out to me directly. We want to know how you are doing and offer any help that we can. Teachers will continue to send out emails and post on Facebook with optional learning opportunities.

Today, more than ever, it is important that we stay connected with one another regarding important updates. Our school community is dedicated to keeping you informed about the updates and actions we are taking during this time of uncertainty. Please have patience with us, as information is changing minute-by-minute, day-by-day. We promise to keep our website updated with new information.

We are here for you.

Thank you for your continued support and communication during this time.

Tim Harris M.A.Ed.

UPDATE as of March 13, 2020 – 4 pm.

MANDATED SCHOOL CLOSURE

BHCSA Family,

The safety and well-being of everyone affiliated with BHCSA is always our priority. We are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are taking steps to help keep our schools safe.

Important to Note
As of today there is NO confirmed community spread of COVID-19 in Berrien County (BCHD, 3/11/2020).  Please be aware of bogus social media reports! We will continue to keep our families informed via our School Messenger System.  You may also check the BCHD website or Facebook page for up-to-dated information.

With that being said, last night Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings in Michigan starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5.

Supporting public health authorities
We have a team of Berrien County administrators regularly communicating with our local public health authorities about the rapidly evolving situation. These experts assist us as we take steps to adjust our practices in response to the possibilities of COVID-19. We will continue to consult with local medical staff to be sure our efforts as a school district are grounded in medical advice.

Education Plan
BHCSA will provide online learning for some students, as well as traditional home school opportunities to our families. Today your students will come home with supplemental workbooks, packets, or resource books to continue learning during this extended break. Information on how to obtain more work, and to sign your student up for online learning will go out Monday.

Giving you options for food delivery
We understand that many of our families may rely on BHCSA for lunch during this period of closure. Plans are being made to provide food to our students. Details of those plans will be sent out on Monday.

Medication Information
If your student will need medications currently on file at school please arrange to pick-up the medication as soon as you can.

Sports/Extracurricular
All afterschool activities and sporting events are immediately postponed until school is reopened.

Field Trips
All field trips are cancelled through Spring Break.

Sharing advice to stay healthy
If you’re sick, stay home and away from others. Wash your hands frequently, and cover your cough or sneeze. For more information, visit the World Health Organization website.  Or for local information, check out our very own Spectrum Health group.  For up-to-date information you may also follow BCHD on Facebook or visit www.bchdmi.org .

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our school community safe, and for supporting one another as we navigate this situation together.  Remember to get your information from real and knowledgeable sources.

BHCSA Leadership Teams

Important update: As of Thursday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Is there a way my child can continue learning?

A: BHCSA will provide online learning for some students, as well as traditional home school opportunities to our families. Today your students will come home with supplemental workbooks, packets, or resource books to continue learning during this extended break. Information on how to obtain more work, and to sign your student up for online learning will go out Monday.

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: I’m concerned about providing food for my children, will there be any provided to my child by the school?

A: Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible, breakfast and lunches will be available for pick-up 10am-Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know.

*Updated 3/16/2020

Q: Will anyone be at the school building in case I need to drop off enrollment paperwork or pick up something from my student’s locker?

A: At this time, your school is working to offer times for families. Please keep an eye out for updated information as we know more.

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: What do I do if I or a family member is sick?

A: According to the CDC, you need to call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Follow the steps in this link:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (Michigan: 1-517-335-9030)

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: Are there any restrictions on personal travel?

A: The CDC has indicated travelers returning from (SEE BELOW) specified countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. It is recommended staff and students utilize the free virtual COVID-19 screening through your healthcare provider,  if you have any concerns you may need to self-quarantine. Please see the CDC travel health notices for an updated list of travel restrictions and guidelines.

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  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
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  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

*Updated 3/13/2020

UPDATE as of March 16, 2020 – 10:30 am.
Free Meal Information

Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible, breakfast and lunches will be available for pick-up 10am-Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know.