TEMPERANCE, Mich. (WTVG) - Classes at Bedford High School are shifting to full-virtual learning for the remainder of this week after a non-instructional staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter sent to parents and guardians, the district said the move comes due to the number of staff members who are potentially affected in this situation. The letter said the individual has not had any contact with district students.
The Monroe County Health Department and Bedford Public Schools nursing staff have begun contact tracing and hope to have the process finished within 24 hours. They’ve already identified several BHS ancillary staff members who need to quarantine.
Once the contact tracing is complete, the district will determine if a full two-week transition to virtual learning is warranted. The decision will be shared, most likely Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Dear Bedford High School Parents/Guardians,
I hope that this message finds your family safe and well. Late this afternoon, district leadership received notification that one of our non-instructional BHS staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. The Monroe County Health Department and Bedford Public Schools Nursing staff have begun contact tracing protocols and hope to finish this process within the next 24 hours. The process has already identified several BHS ancillary staff members who will need to quarantine. We have already determined that the individual has not had any contact with district students.
Due to the number of staff members who are potentially affected in this COVID-19 related situation, Bedford High School will transition to full-virtual learning for all students for the remainder of this week. Once all contact tracing is complete, district leadership will work closely with the Monroe County Health Department to determine if a full two-week transition to virtual learning is needed. This decision will be shared with families and staff as soon as possible (most likely Friday evening or Saturday morning). This short-term closure of the building for in-person learning also means that tomorrow’s scheduled food service pick-up will be cancelled as well. District leaders are working with our neighboring local districts to identify opportunities for our families who require assistance with food service for Thursday through Sunday. We will share this information on our district website and social media accounts as soon as possible.
The Bedford Public Schools Secondary Level Learning Plan was designed for these types of situations. It allows for all students to maintain their normal course learning schedules. The only difference is that students who have been attending their homeroom lab daily will now need to work from home. The expectation is that all students continue with their scheduled classes over the next two days. This situation does not affect any current ongoing extra-curricular or athletic events.
While it is disappointing to temporarily have to suspend face-to-face instruction at BHS, it is understood that this will be a potential reality throughout this school year in order to take the precautions that help keep our community safe. The district will take this opportunity to thoroughly disinfect the entire BHS facility to ensure that students and staff return to a safe learning environment. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) website: https://www.co.monroe.mi.us/.../health_department/index.php. District leadership will continue to act responsibly to ensure that all possible mitigation strategies are implemented. We ask for your continued vigilance in helping to take all necessary steps to ensure that our students and families remain safe. Thank you for your partnership.
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