Public Notice – COVID-19 Case Reporting


In accordance with state emergency orders and the BPS Preparedness and Response Plan, the district will initiate communication and reporting procedures immediately upon learning of a probable or confirmed “school associated case” of COVID-19. A school associated case is defined as a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case among students, teachers, school staff members, or any other person who was present on school property or at a school function under circumstances that may result in the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 during their infectious period. The following communication will occur:

  • The local health department will contact BPS within 24 hours of learning the results of a positive or probable school associated case.
  • BPS will immediately support the health department with the contact tracing process upon notification of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Persons identified through contact tracing as a close contact to someone in the school setting who tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted directly by their local county health department. The health department will advise those individuals on what steps to take. If you or your family member is not contacted by the health department, you or your student are not identified as a close contact. 
  • BPS will communicate with the specific program, building, and school community (set of persons affiliated with the school) of these situations to keep them abreast of all necessary information related to each case. This communication may come via email, phone call, and/or School Messenger.
  • BPS will provide public notice to the school community on the BPS website within 24 hours of being notified by the health department.

Please know that BPS will adhere to all confidentiality policies and procedures including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), HIPPA, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), therefore specific information may not always be available regarding any particular case.


MDHHS School Outbreak Reporting:

On September 14, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) began reporting outbreak information by school building. Data includes K-12, colleges, and universities in Michigan and is collected from 45 local health departments across the state weekly. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household.

The information is posted on Michigan’s Coronavirus website linked HERE and is updated each Monday at 3 p.m.


Notice of BPS Case Reports:

Bellaire Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard

To protect the health of our School Community and per the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools on October 6, 2020, the Bellaire Public Schools will use this webpage to provide Public Notice to our School Community regarding School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

Updated: 3:52 p.m., Friday, October 15, 2021

STATUS OF INSTRUCTION AND SCHOOL-SPONSORED FUNCTIONS

  • Instruction: Instruction is presently remote learning only for 6th through 12th grade; Kindergarten through 5th grade is face-to-face in the building.
  • School-Sponsored Functions: School functions are being monitored. You will receive separate communications about specific events. If you have questions, you can reach out to the main office or a coach.

SCHOOL ASSOCIATED COVID-19 CASES

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan made us aware of the following case counts of School Associated Cases of COVID-19 amongst the Bellaire Public School Community. This data may include probable and confirmed cases, as reported by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, among students, staff, administration, coaches, or visitors, if the person with COVID-19 was in the building or participating in a school-sponsored function during their infectious period.

 New Cases (Since Last Update) 3
 Cumulative Cases (Since Reporting Began) 23
 Populations Affected  Both students and staff  

 

As a precaution, we will be disinfecting applicable areas of the school. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas, as needed, with a sanitizer, along with other methods of disinfection.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

We recommend taking action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if staff members or students are not experiencing symptoms:

  • Wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) when around people with whom you do not live.
  • Practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart).
  • Practice frequent handwashing (using soap for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Follow capacity restrictions of social gatherings.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick; you can also get tested.
  • Answer the phone if the health department contacts you, as a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.

This information does not mean you should quarantine or isolate. Those members of the School Community who were or are suspected to have been in Close Contact with a School Associated Case will be notified by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and/or the Bellaire Public Schools.

Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you. With your participation, we believe we can maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education.

If you have any questions, contact the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at (800) 432-4121.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.