Frequently asked questions

How do I see the learning for this week?


Click the button at the top of the page that aligns with your child's current grade level and navigate to their grade on the page. You will see all of the resources for the week displayed on the page. Resources are refreshed regularly to reflect the most relevant information so it's a good idea to check the page daily.




What if I missed something last week?


Click on the "learning archive" link at the top to find all of the previous content from past weeks.




Can I look at content from other grade levels?


While you can absolutely access content from other grade levels out of curiosity, it's not necessarily a good idea to use content from other grade levels for at home instruction.




It seems like some items are missing. Where can I find the rest of the content?


Everything on this site is public content and is presented in a way to get your child started in their learning. Teachers will still use platforms like Google Classroom to directly interact with students to ensure we are operating within student privacy laws and ensuring safe interaction between teachers, students, and groups.




Will the district mail anything home for those without digital access or limited access?


Absolutely, though we cannot anticipate what volume or frequency at this time. We have connected with the Oakland Schools Print Shop to meet our printing and mailing needs. There are several benefits to using the print shop through Oakland Schools. 1) It will be safer to use the Oakland Schools Print Shop, as the buildings will be able to remain closed and staff can remain at home. 2) Oakland Schools will be able to produce the print pieces faster and get them in the mail faster. Families will receive this content much faster. 3) Utilizing Oakland Schools will ultimately likely be much cheaper. In addition to the cost savings that is achieved through bulk services, the heating/cooling/electrical systems in our district will remain in "simmer" mode, realizing energy savings throughout the closure. 4) Oakland Schools has print and design capabilities beyond what we can do with our own district equipment. They have staff to help teachers format pieces and can print a wide variety of material. This will provide far better support for students with disabilities as the print shop will be able to enlarge font, print on various paper, etc.




How can I access Interpreting Support Services for DHH?


Interpreting Support Services will be available live Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer Sight-Translation support for students and families of the Bloomfield Hills, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.

  • Sight-Translation includes the translating of written or spoken english into American Sign Language (ASL). Sight-Translation services can be used for the interpreting of directions, lessons, activities, written documents and pre-recorded video.

  • Click on the link below to access Interpreter Support Services through ZOOM. Sessions will be limited to 20 minutes per/person per session unless previously scheduled by contacting InterpreterSupport@bloomfield.org.
    Join Zoom Meeting (Password Required)
    https://zoom.us/j/92855626333?pwd=ZG9pb1lwSTVoSG5Gb1ZmM015S1NFdz09

  • Meeting ID: 489 332 014
    Password: (Email InterpreterSupport@bloomfield.org to receive the password)

    If you'd like more information on Interpreter Support Services, please contact our Interpreter Support Service Team at InterpreterSupport@bloomfield.org.




Where can I view the Continuous Learning Plan that was approved by Oakland Schools?


The plan can be reviewed on our website https://www.bloomfield.org/departments/learning-services by clicking on the blue button on the right.




Sample schedule for elementary school


Please note that this is a sample only. We encourage you to work with your child to determine a schedule that best meets the unique needs of your family.




Sample schedule for middle school


Please note that this is a sample only. We encourage you to work with your child to determine a schedule that best meets the unique needs of your family.




Sample schedule for high school (day one)


Please note that this is a sample only. We encourage you to work with your child to determine a schedule that best meets the unique needs of your family.




Sample schedule for high school (day two)


Please note that this is a sample only. We encourage you to work with your child to determine a schedule that best meets the unique needs of your family.




What is Snap & Read and Co:Writer? How do I use them?


Snap & Read is a text reader extension for Google Chrome that simplifies vocabulary, translates text, reads screen shots and captures and cites sources. A PDF overview of Snap & Read is available here. A video tutorial for Snap and Read is available here. Co:Writer is an extension for Google Chrome that can help students write with proper grammar and spelling using topic-specific vocabulary. A PDF overview of Co:Writer is available here. A video tutorial on Co:Writer is available here.




What has the state shared about K-12 education during the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year?


To learn about the Executive Order 2020-35 which addresses "Provision of K-12 education during the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year," please visit the www.michigan.gov website for complete details.




What is Clever and how do I use it?


Clever is a website that allows you to use your student’s @bloomfield.org email
address to access a wide variety of online resources. One Clever login unlocks
dozens of online tools and displays customized teacher pages.
Instructions for using Clever on :




What is Early On?


Early On® helps families: Know their rights Effectively communicate their child’s needs Help their child develop and learn Early On® helps children: Develop positive social relationships Learn and use knowledge and skills Take action to meet their needs The complete guide of resources is available here.





Students Helping Out

Students Helping Out

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Virtual Face Mask Drive

BuildOn and Mediumize are collecting homemade face masks to donate. Learn how to make a 1-minute no-sew face mask and how you can donate them.

Project Porch Pantry

Started by BHHS student Andrew Zupancic, Project Porch Pantry connects households with food donations to Lighthouse of Oakland County.

Fundraiser Seeks to Help Homeless

BHHS 10th grader Kellen Fife and parent Steve Fife started an online fundraiser for Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

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Mediumize Delivery

Jonah Liss, an 11th grade student from IA, started a volunteer-based grocery delivery service, Mediumize. The service encompasses 45 cities in and out of Michigan with 100+ volunteers.

A Mask & A Meal

Dahlia El-Gamal, Sammy Hares, and Kai Yanke are hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for a mask and meal for families in need.

Book Collection

9th graders Cameron Klein and Brooke Bugajewski are collecting books for Brillant Detroit.

Helping Hands Tutoring

Helping Hands: A Students for Students Movement and BH Student Leadership have organized a free tutoring service for students to use if they need help with their homework or content.

Beaumont Toy Drive

Abby Chayet is raising money to help buy needed toys for the pediatric unit at Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital.

Virtual Babysitters

Noah Yaker and Noah Roslin co-founded Big Buddies of Bloomfield, a service geared toward helping parents keep their elementary school-age children productively occupied.

 

March 30, 2020 - Determination of Critical Infrastructure Workers and Essential Employees Performing Necessary Government Activities


Pursuant to Executive Order No. 2020-21, the district has ordered most employees to work remotely, where able, and others to remain at home. Where in-person operations are continued, the District has imposed measures to protect workers, including social distancing, increased sanitary standards and a means of barring entry to those who display COVID-19 symptoms or who have had contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19 in addition to screening employees working in-person daily before they begin work.

The following is a list of job functions deemed by the district as critical workers or essential for the support of critical workers. The district will support these employees working from home and reserve the right to bring these functions into the workplace as required, e.g., payroll is every other week.
Technology department employees supporting virtual learning, virtual meetings and other essential functions (such as payroll and benefits), including technology for special education. Employees managing payroll, benefits, bill payments, receipts, and related banking. Custodial and maintenance services for buildings where other essential and critical workers are working. Special education services that can only be managed in person. Any employee whose responsibilities include protecting public health, including students’ mental health needs. Food service employees and other workers providing meals/food packages to needy families. On a very limited basis, travel to retrieve materials at the district not available online which are necessary for the provision of virtual learning by the employee from his or her home. Travel to a district facility to retrieve or send protected personnel documentation or special education referrals via secure fax.




March 27, 2020 - Communication to Families & Staff


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe. The new reality of the pandemic is that we now all find ourselves vulnerable to outside forces that we cannot see nor can we control. Since closing schools, we have worked tirelessly to address the many needs of everyone in our community while we all struggled to find our footing in this new reality. Working collaboratively as a caring community, we have found ways to help those in need, connect with those that may feel isolated and alone, and answer the call to think of others in times of crisis.

Moving forward, we are challenged to maintain our connections, continue our learning, find new ways to comfort each other, and practice and model self-care in confined environments. I am deeply appreciative of our staff’s collective efforts in maintaining connections with students. Relationships are the heart of Bloomfield Hills Schools and I feel such pride to see the ways in which our staff have reached out to students to ensure they know how greatly they are missed and how much we care for them.

As rumors begin to circulate about a possible announcement from Governor Whitmer regarding the remainder of the school year and the possibility of not returning to school, I wanted to reach out to you to share some information about the weeks ahead. Our hearts ache with the possibility of not getting to finish out the school year face-to-face with our students and we have been hard at work, laying careful plans for what teaching and learning will look like in Bloomfield Hills Schools if we are going to be out of our buildings beyond spring break.

Taking Care
This is potentially a long road we are facing together. Please ensure you are taking time to rest - a rested immune system is a healthy immune system. One of my favorite ways to rest is to grab a good book, pick a comfy spot, and get completely lost in a story. According to a 2009 study conducted by the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, reading can reduce stress levels by as much as 68 percent.

Please make sure you find time to read to those who are not yet ready to read by themselves. If children are not cognitively ready to read books with words, pick a book and do an “image walk” and talk through the photos. Talk about what is happening in the pictures and ask the child questions about what they see - even if they cannot verbally answer. These kinds of interactions will not only provide your child with cognitive benefit, but it will strengthen your connection and bond - something we all need right now.

Another way to relax is to go for a walk, maintaining a safe social distance from others. While on your walk, encourage your child to explore their neighborhood in new ways. What do they hear? What do they see? You may even want to bring along a notebook to capture reflections or draw pictures of your observations.

However your family relaxes, I hope you are taking time to relax together and manage the stress of this unprecedented situation.
Update Continuous Learning 2.0 is coming! I want to commend the administration and staff for the amazing instructional opportunities that were created in a very short period of time during a national crisis.

Moving forward, Continuous Learning 2.0 will be released after spring break if Bloomfield Hills Schools does not return to in-person instruction.

There has never been a time in our recent shared history when the concept embedded in our Portrait of a Learner has been more apt. During this unprecedented time, we collectively lean on: our disposition toward grappling with complexities. A learner who can grapple with complexities can persevere in the face of multi-layered processes, ideas, and problems. They can display resilience in the face of challenges and change. During this time of physical distance and isolation, the goal of Continuous Learning 2.0 is to move forward content learning through lessons that ask students to inquire, engage and reflect.

Connections within the community are equally as important. This is not a time to disconnect but rather to connect, learn and collaborate in new ways. The goal of Continuous Learning 2.0 is for all members of the BHS community to feel supported and understand that no one is alone. Key components: Connectedness: The sense of community is at the forefront of our plan. Teachers will communicate and connect with their classes through activities that are designed to maintain the classroom community. Content: Teaching teams will create learning experiences at each grade level or course that moves learning forward and is available to all students. This is the curriculum. The content allows students to move forward in their learning. Teachers will provide feedback to students on the learning experiences and assist the student in uncovering new knowledge. Compassion: All members of the community will be treated with compassion and grace. This is a stressful time for everyone in the community and the impact on every family and individual will be different. Treating each other with kindness and grace is the goal for all community members. Reflection and Improvement: As the community moves into this new reality, there will be continuous improvements to the system and tweaks as we see the feedback. The overall format will not change, just be improved and revised to meet the needs of this ever-changing response to the pandemic. Family Expectations of Continuous Learning 2.0

  • Increased ability to connect with the teachers to assist students in staying connected to their learning community
  • One-stop location for all learning plans on the BHS Website
  • Guidelines for learning experiences including length of time for each activity
  • New content will be covered in each area moving the learning forward
  • Furthering student knowledge and learning through a different instructional format
  • Extension of compassion and grace to members of our community as each family is impacted by the pandemic
  • Continuous Learning 2.0 is using the “screen” to invite students through the “doorway” of the classroom environment they know and understand.
Main Continuous Learning Components:
  • Connection opportunities: daily connection opportunity that becomes a part of a student’s daily routine and a touchstone with the school community
  • Teacher connection with students: teacher to student or small group connection that allows for connection and/or feedback on learning invitations and exploration.
  • K-5: Daily School Bell: Invitation to Learn that provides a starting area to the continuous learning plan by grade level
  • Opportunity for students to share their learning with peers and teachers.
  • The screen is a doorway into the classroom.
Update on Technology Services

Our small but mighty technology team has successfully deployed 570 devices to families in need. Simultaneously, they have provided tremendous support to our staff who are working remotely and engaging with students digitally. This is a “new normal” for our organization and our technology team has been the backbone of our operations.

Now that we have distributed devices to those in need, our technology team is needed to support our Continuous Learning plans articulated above. For that reason, we will temporarily slow our release of devices to homes and ask families to use what they have available until we can resume device delivery or configure a plan for device shipping. Please continue to let the technology team know if you are in need of a device or support. They will add your name to our waiting list and contact you as soon as we are able to resume device distribution. If you are in need of support, please be patient as it may take more than two days to respond to your request. Update on Food Services

Aramark, our food service provider, has been a tremendous partner in the past two weeks. Families have a great number of insecurities during this frightening time - food insecurity should not be one of them and our dedicated food services team has made sure of that. In the last two weeks, they have served over 11,400 meals to children in our community and surrounding area.

Next week, the program will continue to operate with one change - food will only be served at Bloomfield Hills High School. This will enable our team to best consolidate inventory and staff to one location as well as maintain the physical distance recommended during food preparation.
  • Monday, March 30: Food will be served from 10am - noon at Bloomfield Hills High School only
  • Wednesday, April 1: Food will be served from 10am - noon at Bloomfield Hills High School only
  • Friday, April 3: Food will be served from 10am - noon at Bloomfield Hills High School only
The team has done a remarkable job continuing to serve an increasing number of meals with a small staff. Narrowing our service to one location will allow our team to continue to provide the full meal program in a safe and healthy way. A Note on Spring Break

As originally planned, we will be closed April 4 - April 12, 2020. At this time, we have not been given guidance regarding the week of April 13, 2020, but trust that information will come from the Michigan Department of Education or Governor Whitmer as soon as possible.

During the spring break week, I am asking all staff, district-wide, to power down. This has been a whirlwind of emotion, stress about the unknown, and abrupt life-changes and many staff have been working long hours to support students and families. Therefore, I will ask staff and families to keep the “break” in spring break and stay off district tools and email.

Students are expected to utilize technology more now than ever before. It’s incredibly important to take breaks from screen time, which is becoming more and more difficult to do on a daily basis given our current set of circumstances. So, with that, I would also encourage students to stay off technology as much as possible during spring break. Outside of maintaining social connections, please try to restrict screen time using the following suggestions to spur your creativity in other activities you might enjoy:
  • Read a good book (see my note about reading at the start of this letter)
  • Conduct a family scavenger hunt around the house or neighborhood keeping in mind social distance
  • Spring cleaning with a twist - start a kitchen timer, grab a garbage bag or box, and see who can fill it up with things they no longer need by the time the timer goes off (wait to donate items until the quarantine is lifted)
  • Cook or bake - try a new recipe together or enjoy a home cooking contest
  • Family game night - play board games, hide and seek, or invent your own game to play
  • Practice yoga, go for a walk, or challenge each other to contests - who can hold a plank position the longest?
As we head into this final week of instruction before spring break, I would like to thank our entire community for the collaboration and support. "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King Thank you for sharing information, coming together as a community, and maintaining a positive attitude as a shining example for our community’s youth. Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintendent
Phillip Laliberte, BHEA
Paul Kolin, School Board President




March 19, 2020 - Communication to Families & Staff


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

In the midst of a pandemic that has caused such a significant disruption to our daily lives, the mental and physical health of all of our community members continues to be our top priority. We have been working to gather resources that can help families navigate a situation that one can never quite prepare for.

Here are some tips we hope will help you and your children:

  • Listen to your children, you know them best. Listen to them and let their questions guide your conversation
  • Answer questions honestly with age appropriate information.
  • Model good hygiene and prevention strategies - it is empowering for children to know that they play a part in helpin
  • Keep routines when possible, particularly bedtime
  • Take care of yourself, and your own mental health. You are better able to help your children if you are in a good mental state yourself.
The above measures sound easy, but are not easy to put into practice. So, we have gathered some practical resources on our website that we hope will help you implement our suggestions in your home.
We encourage you to share with others what you are doing in your home to maintain safety and health. As a community, we are stronger when we share tips and resources with one another. Please tag the district if you share tips via social media (@BHSchools) so we can again pass them along to others. Thank you for your shared partnership in maintaining a healthy community!

Change in Food Service Schedule
As this situation continues to change, we are making the necessary modifications to our structures to support students, staff, and families. Accordingly, next week, meals will be offered only on Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27. Meals will be packaged with two breakfasts and two lunches per bag so each child will automatically receive food for two days. Meals will continue to be served out of Bloomfield Hills High School and East Hills Middle School (curbside when the weather permits, inside the main entrance if it is raining). If we are serving meals curbside, please use your vehicle to get in line - do not walk up to the staff serving meals. This will help us maintain a safe distance and ensure our operations run smoothly. We appreciate the offer for volunteer assistance, but are not in the position to accept offers of help for serving meals at this time. We have adequate staff to run our meal program which is, at this time, fully federally funded.

Volunteer Assistance from Bloomfield Hills Schools Students
Students have reached out with offers for assistance. The Students Helping Students Club would like to share the following information:

We understand that during this time of learning at home, students may find it hard to get help with home learning when needed. Helping hands: A Students for Students Movement and Bloomfield Student Leadership have organized a free tutoring service for students to use if they need help with their home learning or content. This Google Form asks students about what subject they need help with, their grade, and the requested date of tutoring, allowing us to properly assign your student with a tutor to help them. If your student would like to sign up to be a tutor, they can sign up for a subject or multiple subjects with this SignUp Genius. During this time in our community, we understand that there may be some difficulties with learning, but we hope that this platform will serve as a means to help alleviate this struggle.

Another student, Haakam Aujla, has set up a crowdsourcing website that allows people to request or offer services. “For example, there may be people with health conditions who would be at greater risk if they were to venture out,” explains Haakam. “By grocery shopping for them, we can support them.” Visit Haakam’s website to learn more.

Board of Education Meeting March 20, 2020
The Board of Education will be holding a Special Meeting this Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. In compliance with Executive Order 2020-15, members of the public may participate only virtually by visiting www.bloomfield.org/livestream. To make a public comment, please join us virtually via Google Meet. To login online, visit meet.google.com/udq-kevf-hfe. If you would prefer to join via telephone, please dial (‪US‬)‪+1 424-444-6071‬ and, when prompted, enter the PIN: ‪659 126 965#‬.

We are incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support from our students and community members. Please continue to visit our website for updated information and connect with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Pat Watson, Superintendent




March 18, 2020 - Communication to Staff


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Staff, First, thank you for all of the wonderful and creative ways you have stayed connected with your students and families. It is heartwarming to watch this community come together and support each other through this unprecedented and fast-moving crisis. I’m writing to inform you today that the decision was made to close all district buildings to the public and staff, effective March 19, 2020, starting at noon to safeguard the health of all. Staff who need to retrieve any belongings from the facilities should do so prior to noon on March 19, 2020. Please approach your immediate supervisor or building leader if you have any questions, concerns, or feel you need to be in the building beyond noon tomorrow. This closure includes custodial and maintenance staff as well. The meal program will continue to run out of Bloomfield Hills High School and East Hills Middle School. All food is prepared at BHHS and food is served curbside. BHS staff is encouraged to take advantage of this program for their children as well. Details are available on our website www.bloomfield.org/COVID19. Thank you for your continued effort to keep Bloomfield Hills Schools students, staff, and community safe. Further communications can be expected throughout this time as guidance and directives are provided by federal, state, and county health departments. Take care and stay safe! Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintendent




March 16, 2020 - Communication to Families


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community, We are so thankful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from families and community members for our students and staff. While we continue to work through this challenging situation, the generosity of our community is heartwarming. Last week and throughout the weekend, our team worked on details regarding the next few weeks of support for all families. We encourage everyone to share the following information broadly to all members of the Bloomfield Hills community, as portions of it pertain to community members without children in our schools. Learning Experiences at Home Bloomfield Hills Schools prides itself on the variety of instructional practices and classroom experiences that meet the needs of each and every child. These strong instructional practices make it difficult to equitably replicate what happens in our classrooms online and ensure students of all ages and abilities are appropriately supported. However, the core of learning in our district is about inquiry, exploration, and reflection. This type of discovery can happen anywhere, any time. Understanding that this is a stressful time for students and families, your child will be offered exploration activities to support their time away from our school buildings. They will have opportunities to engage with teaching staff and support staff in informal ways. These interactions and activities will not be graded and are intended to encourage reading, thinking, and a review of skills. Additionally, the learning experiences will help families maintain a daily structure around learning, exploring, physical activity, engagement and leisure time. Teachers are working on these initial plans and further communication will be sent by building principals. These initial plans will continue to be updated and expanded upon as we move through the coming weeks. A large number of families have taken the digital access survey issued on Friday. Reminder emails were sent Sunday morning. We encourage you to check your spam folder if you do not see the email with your personalized link in your inbox. If you have any difficulty finding the survey or accessing the link, please email communciations@bloomfield.org for assistance. Please allow 48 business hours for a response. Based upon the results of the survey thus far, we are working on ways to issue district-owned devices for families to borrow during the next weeks of learning at home. Bloomfield Hills Schools does not endorse any one particular internet service provider but wanted families to be aware that Comcast announced that they will be offering 60 days of internet free to new customers and increasing internet speeds for all customers. To sign up for Comcast service, applicants can visit www.internetessentials.com, which offers the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Food Distribution Begins Tuesday, March 17 The closing of schools, limiting of group gatherings, packed grocery stores, and empty shelves places hardship on every family. Working with Aramark, our food service provider, we are pleased to offer food assistance to all school-aged children in the area beginning Tuesday, March 17. Please note: Food will be delivered to your vehicle. Please do not get out of your vehicle to pick up food. Locations & times:

  • Main entrance of Bloomfield Hills High School between 10am and noon
  • Main entrance of East Hills Middle School between 10am and noon
  • Meals will be packaged in grab-and-go containers to maintain a small number of individuals in the building at the same time
Eligibility:
  • Children under the age of 18 (under 26 for adults with disabilities)
  • Children do NOT have to be enrolled in Bloomfield Hills Schools and we encourage all community children to take advantage of this program.
  • Adults may collect food for children without children present.
Meal information:
  • We will distribute two meals (breakfast and lunch) and families can take up to two days of meals at a time.
  • If picking up on a Friday, families can take meals for both Friday and the full weekend.
  • Each breakfast will include grains and/or proteins, fruit, and milk. Each lunch will include protein, grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk.
  • Meals can be prepared for children with allergies, but families need to call ahead so the food can be prepared according to the child’s needs: 248-341-5672.
  • Adult meals will be offered at $4 per meal.
  • Bloomin’ Preschool, Latchkey, and Recreation Programs
  • All schools and programs operated by Bloomfield Hills Schools will be closed in alignment with the full district. Credits and refunds will be issued for all Bloomin’, Latchkey/KidzZone, and Recreation programs for the times we are closed.
Spring Break & School Calendar As of this letter, our intention is to maintain our original spring break dates for April 6-10. We cannot predict what the next few weeks will hold and do not feel it is prudent to change future calendar items at this time. We will also not reschedule canceled or postponed events until we return to school. We do not have guidance yet from the Michigan Department of Education regarding a possible school year extension. When we receive this guidance, we will communicate quickly with families so you have an opportunity to plan ahead. Special Education & Support Services The special education teachers will create at-home learning experiences for families that will engage students in learning about the world and provide skill development. If you have an IEP already scheduled during the planned closure, we are making arrangements to continue to hold those meetings through alternate means such as Google Hangouts.. As a Parent/Guardian, you would need to agree to participate through the use of technology. If you are uncomfortable with the use of technology to facilitate the IEP as previously scheduled, we will work to prioritize those IEPs for scheduling when we return to school. Special Education Staff will connect with families as we approach IEP meeting dates to make the necessary arrangements. District Operations While you may see vehicles in our parking lots in the coming weeks, please know our buildings are closed to the public. District staff will be in our buildings over the coming weeks, ensuring that our environments are clean and prepared for our students’ return. We are anxious to see our students’ smiling faces once again! We know the coming weeks may prove difficult in many ways. At the heart of what we are trying to do for students during the closure is to keep our community connected with each other as much as possible. As human beings, our first priority must be to take care of our physical, social, emotional, and mental well being. Please give yourself and your child grace as you adjust to a “new normal” - and trust that our Bloomfield Hills family will support one another along this uncharted journey. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintendent




March 13, 2020 - Communication to Families


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families, I know that there are a variety of emotions regarding the announcement Governor Whitmer made last night to close schools across Michigan from now until the start of our scheduled spring break. As a community that believes a sense of belonging is paramount to our identity, we share in the sadness and sense of loss of not being together over the next few weeks. We are in this unprecedented situation together, and our collective humanity continues to be a top priority. This closure will undoubtedly cause disruption for our families. All teachers, faculty, administrators, and staff share your concerns about the health, safety, and wellness of our community. As we work to process the complexities of this decision and information continues to change, our team continues to meet and formulate decisions. Recognizing that students are concerned about personal belongings left behind in our schools, we will allow students to collect personal items according to the following schedule: Students in Grades K-12 may collect personal belongings (elementary & middle school students must be accompanied by an adult) until 7:00 p.m. today. If your child takes medication at school and you would like to take the medication home, please pick it up from the main office according to the following schedule:

  • Preschool families: before 4:00 p.m. today
  • Elementary School families: before 4:00 p.m. today
  • Middle School families: before 3:00 p.m. today
  • High School families: Monday, March 16, 2020, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Wing Lake Families may collect personal belongings and medication until 2:30 p.m. today.
  • PREP students (at Booth Center) may collect belongings and medication until 4:00 p.m. today.
Please limit the time spent in the schools to minimize possible exposure to other families. As we work through and process the flow of information regarding this complex issue, we will release information throughout the day. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students, your family, and our employees during this unprecedented national health emergency. Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintenden




March 12, 2020 - BHS Closed 3/13 and 3/16


Video Message from Pat Watson, Superintendent




March 11, 2020 - Communication to Families


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families,
Last night, Governor Whitmer announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of which is in Oakland County. While there is no indication that the diagnosed individual is in our local community, the safety and security of all students, staff, and community members is our top priority. As such, the Bloomfield Hills Schools District Crisis team met again this morning to address the evolving COVID-19 virus.
The following decisions made by the crisis team are based upon the information available today. Though these decisions are effective immediately, they will be re-evaluated continuously as new information becomes available from the Oakland County Health Department, Governor Whitmer’s office, Michigan Department of Education, and the Center for Disease control. We will communicate with all students, staff, and community members regularly via social media, the district’s website, and our email broadcast system.

  • All field trips (outside of those to our own Nature Center and Farm) are suspended until further notice.
  • All assemblies and performances (scheduled between now and spring break) involving participation by the general public are canceled. Assemblies during the school day that include only the students and staff of the building may continue as scheduled, at the discretion of the building principal or leader.
  • All conferences (progress monitoring/parent-teacher) scheduled between now and spring break are canceled. Families are encouraged to digitally connect with teachers for progress updates.
  • Athletic competitions will continue as scheduled under the guidance of Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). We will look to the MHSAA for ongoing guidance and connect with families if this guidance changes.
  • Academic competitions will also continue under the guidance of the organizations hosting these events (such as FIRST Robotics or Model UN). We will continue to closely communicate with these governing bodies and communicate updated information as it becomes available.
  • We are suspending all school tours for prospective families until further notice.
  • We are suspending all field trips from other districts to our Farm, Nature Center, and any other school facilities until further notice.
  • Bond information meetings scheduled within our school facilities between now and spring break will be held online via Facebook Live. However, the information meeting scheduled for Wing Lake this evening (3/11/20) is canceled and will not be hosted on Facebook. Please visit www.bloomfield.org/bond for an updated schedule of informational presentation opportunities.
  • All community meetings, rentals, and gatherings scheduled to take place within our school facilities between now and spring break are canceled. This includes scheduled PTO events or meetings, GET meetings, and all facility rentals.
  • Community events such as the Multicultural Celebration, Foundation CeleBHration and Pancake Dash will be rescheduled.
What you can do to help
In addition to the measures listed above, out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our community, we are limiting access to our buildings. Considering the health implications of visiting our schools, we are encouraging individuals not to come into the building unless necessary. While we take great pride in the level of participation from our families and residents, now is the time to err on the side of caution.
While we are comforted by the news that children are much less vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, we would still like to reinforce the importance of keeping sick children home. If your child has a fever (above 101 degrees, as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics), please keep them home. If a child develops a fever at school, they will be sent home. A child must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for a full 24 hours before they can return to school. Food Services & Custodial Update
Aramark, our food services provider, assured us during our crisis team meeting that they are increasing their efforts around food safety. Despite the conflict with their sustainability efforts, they are purchasing and putting into place more single-use containers to hold and serve food such as the salad bar items. Hand sanitizing stations are being placed adjacent to every buffet line and we are exploring ways in which we can support a cashless system. Aramark consistently watches employees for any signs of illness and hygiene practices are carefully monitored.
Enviro-Clean, our custodial services provider, has increased the frequency in which they disinfect school surfaces including athletic equipment and technology. The district is utilizing disinfectant to clean buses after each run and every bus was detail-cleaned today as an additional precautionary measure. Continuing to monitor and review
As updates become available from Governor Whitmer, the Oakland County Health Department, or an individual organization (MHSAA, FIRST Robotics, etc.) the crisis team will meet to review current thinking and make adjustments as necessary.
Our team continues to engage in contingency planning for operating a remote learning system, should the need to close school arise. This includes a discussion around supporting students with limited access to technology and students in need of our food service program during a prolonged closure.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to student and staff safety. Providing a clean and healthy environment is a job we take seriously and we appreciate your cooperation and support as we make decisions based on what is in the best interest of all learners and educators.
Thank you for your support of Bloomfield Hills Schools!
Sincerely,
Pat Watson, Superintendent; The District Crisis Team; and the Bloomfield Hills Schools Education Association




March 6, 2020 - Communication to Families


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community, Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. Our district is closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 in the United States and we are following the guidance of the Oakland County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). As always, we work closely with public health officials and follow their expert recommendations to best ensure the safety of everyone in our school community. After thoughtful consideration and deep discussions with individuals who are invested in both the education and well-being of our community, Bloomfield Hills Schools has decided to implement the following:

  • All student awards or incentive programs for “perfect attendance” are suspended, effective immediately. Please do not send sick children to school.
  • All school tours for families who have traveled outside of the State of Michigan in the last 14 days are suspended.
Staff will actively encourage and practice “social distancing” which means we will refrain from greetings such as hugs or shaking hands to minimize the risk of transmission. Some alternatives to shaking hands and hugging are placing your hand on your heart, waving, or giving an air “fist bump” in which no contact actually occurs. For students demonstrating signs of illness, their temperature will be taken with an infrared thermometer. If a fever is detected, the student will immediately be isolated and sent home. Our community is saturated with information and opinions about the situation - especially from the media who are now providing near 24/7 coverage. In an effort to maintain calm and work toward practical responses to keep our community safe, we have assembled our district crisis team to communicate with health officials and review the infectious disease response plan. This plan covers a response to all pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites). The infectious disease response plan covers items such as:
  • Surveillance and reporting practices - early detection is critical to preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses
  • Action steps for staff including: proper protection (such as wearing gloves), consulting with health officials, and implementation of disinfectant practices
  • Checklist for a pandemic including possible school closure procedures
  • Any guidance regarding a potential school closing will come from MDHSS. At this time, we are not being advised to close schools or modify our instructional practices.
Cleaning Measures: As a precautionary measure, we have been communicating on a daily basis with our cleaning provider, Enviro-Clean, to discuss Enviro-Clean's process for sanitizing our schools and their level of preparation for the COVID-19. Each day/night, Enviro-Clean staff dust, vacuum, and clean restrooms - including wiping down all surfaces that are touched in the course of using the facility. They also disinfect restrooms, drinking fountains, and other high-contact surfaces each night. At least twice a week, Enviro-Clean staff use disinfectant products to clean all classroom surfaces. The district and Enviro-Clean have partnered together to order two “Clorox 360” cleaning devices. These electrostatic sprayers deliver sanitizing spray to surfaces quickly and efficiently. Each sprayer can cover 18,000 square feet per hour, making it easy to quickly disinfect the most populated sections of our buildings quickly and safely in the evening when students and staff are not present. The spray kills 99.9% of bacteria in five seconds and kills cold and flu viruses, MRSA, and norovirus in two minutes or less. It also sanitizes soft surfaces and inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. Though we do not have a specific delivery date for these two devices, we hope they will arrive soon so we can begin utilizing them to fight the common cold and flu. Ways to support a clean environment: Please note that the products used by Enviro-Clean meet our safety standards for substances that will eventually come into contact with skin. If you would like to make a donation of a cleaning product for your child's classroom or school, please utilize the following product list:
  • Tissues (any brand)
  • Sanitizing wipes for surfaces (Clorox or Lysol are approved for use in our schools)
  • Sanitizing wipes for hands (any brand - please be mindful of fragrances and try to purchase fragrance free wipes)
  • Please do not send in hand sanitizing creams, gels, or lotions. These liquids are often ingested accidentally by curious young students and are problematic for surfaces. In particular, the gels quickly wear down the finish of floors and furniture, making it difficult to achieve a truly clean surface with our regular products and cleaning efforts - a worn-down surface is a difficult surface to effectively clean.
  • Please do not send in any types of disinfecting spray. Many of our students and staff members have allergies, asthma, and other health conditions that are sensitive to sprays or fragrances.
Our district leadership team has started to engage in contingency planning for the possibility of an extended school closure should the situation in our state dramatically change in the coming weeks. Preventing the spread of illness - any illness - is a community responsibility. Each day, we welcome children into our schools, noting that some of them do not feel well. Though our school teams work quickly to send ill students home, it’s important to carefully assess your child’s ability to attend school each day. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of not feeling well, please keep your child home. Finally, just as the district is reviewing plans for COVID-19, it is important to make family plans for the virus. The CDC recommends making a household plan now, when the risk level is low. Though early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious illness, part of the CDC’s guidance for family illness planning includes making arrangements for childcare. The full household planning list is available on the CDC website. Together, we can work to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Thank you for your attention to this matter, your cooperation in practicing healthy behavior, and your support of Bloomfield Hills Schools. Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintendent




March 6, 2020 - Communication to BHHS Families


Dear BHHS Families, I am writing to make you aware of a situation that seems to be festering in our community so that you can have the correct information and share it appropriately with your child. Despite what you or your child may be hearing, we have not had a student that was suspected or confirmed to have the Coronavirus or COVID 19. At this time, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reporting that there are no confirmed cases in the State of Michigan, let alone in Bloomfield Hills. If we become aware of a confirmed case in Michigan, Oakland County, or our own school, the district will quickly issue communication with any available guidance from the Oakland County Health Department. I assure you we will continue to be vigilant about this matter. I want to encourage you to speak with your child about where they obtain and how they share information. Please encourage your child to:

  • Obtain information only from credible sources such as the CDC, World Health Organization, or Oakland County Health Department.
  • Share in a responsible manner by only sharing factual information and not spreading rumors. It is important our community refrain from the spread of misinformation.
  • Approach a trusted adult with questions or fears. It is natural to be fearful, especially as students continue to absorb media coverage of this situation.
Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found on our BHHS homepage. Finally, rumors can cause real harm to others. As a caring, responsible, and respectful community of learners, please be mindful of this before you share something you do not know for certain to be true. Thank you for supporting our students and have a wonderful weekend. Sincerely, Charlie Hollerith




March 6, 2020 - Communication to Staff


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Staff, The district will issue a letter to families regarding COVID-19 (the “Coronavirus”) shortly. You will also receive this letter at the same time so you can read it in its entirety. Before the letter is sent, we wanted to make you aware of some highlights from the communication. First, I want to thank you for the incredible care you provide to our students. As I have traveled across the district, I have seen how warm, thoughtful, and respectful you are when caring for our students and each other. I am proud to be a member of this teaching and learning community. After thoughtful consideration and deep discussions with individuals who are invested in both the education and well-being of our community, Bloomfield Hills Schools has decided to implement the following:

  • All student awards or incentive programs for “perfect attendance” are suspended, effective immediately. We are urging families to keep sick children home.
  • All school tours for families who have traveled outside of the State of Michigan in the last 14 days are suspended.
Please help your colleagues and students practice “social distancing” which means refraining from greetings such as hugs or shaking hands to minimize the risk of transmission. Some alternatives to shaking hands and hugging are placing your hand on your heart, waving, or giving an air “fist bump” in which no contact actually occurs. As an educational community, I have no doubt you will find other creative, non-contact ways to greet one another and maintain our strong sense of community. One way to be inclusive and celebrate our diverse community of learners is to adopt the sign for “hello” from our DHH friends. A “how to” graphic is included below. Please share your designated non-contact greeting with your students and their families. As we navigate this difficult national health situation, I want to assure you that the district is in constant communication with both the Oakland County Health Department and Enviro-Clean, our cleaning provider, to ensure overall student, staff, and community well-being. All of our staff deserve a safe and healthy work environment and we are stepping up our efforts by ordering two Clorox 360 machines, which we hope will arrive soon. You will read more about these machines in my letter to the community, but I will tell you they are incredibly impressive, covering up to 18,000 square feet in an hour of use. Finally, our district leadership team has started to engage in contingency planning for the possibility of an extended school closure should the situation in our state dramatically change in the coming weeks. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified in Michigan, our team will assemble immediately and communication will be issued as quickly as possible. Thank you again for the sincere care you provide to our students and their families. Thank you for helping provide factual information and maintain calm in our schools and in our community. Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintendent




March 2, 2020 - Communication to Families


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community, At the end of last week, we shared with you a letter regarding the Coronavirus and our own level of preparedness, should the virus appear in Michigan. I want to thank all of the families who took time to engage with us over the weekend and share thoughts or concerns. In addition to addressing some of the things we have heard since our letter, I would also like to share some additional thoughts. As a community of explorers and inquirers, it is likely that students, staff, and their family members have traveled recently. At this time, there is no guidance from Oakland County Health, the CDC, or the World Health Organization to prevent students from attending school due to the Coronavirus unless they are self-quarantined or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Students who exhibit flu-like symptoms are sent home from school and may only return after they have been well for a full 24 hours. It is important to remind students to be sensitive to the language they use when talking about the Coronavirus. Across the country, students, staff, and families who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander descent have been targeted as a result of the virus starting in China. “Times like these remind us that we must continuously disrupt and address issues of hate and bias, which often find their way into schools,” says Coshandra Dillard, a writer for www.tolerance.org. “It’s important to get ahead of harmful discourse because we know students are watching or listening to this rhetoric online and on social media. Many children spend hours a day on devices, so information—and misinformation—is likely in the hands of most students.” In Bloomfield Hills Schools, equity and inclusion is at the center of everything we do and we work with our students to help them understand how their words and actions affect others. Unfortunately, in times of fear, racism can become even more pronounced and it may cause members of our community to feel unwelcome or isolated. Please help us maintain a safe and inclusive environment by sharing only factual information in a respectful and responsible way. Finally, we know that some families are struggling with how to speak about the Coronavirus at home. Some students may be quite frightened after hearing news reports of the virus while others may only be receiving information from peers. This video is an excellent resource for students from elementary school to middle school. It is a wonderful way to begin the conversation and, as always, we encourage you to ask your child if they have any questions and answer their questions as honestly as possible. As always, please connect with me or a member of my team if you have questions or need assistance. Thank you, Pat Watson, Superintendent




February 28, 2020 - Communication to Families


Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community, Today Governor Whitmer activated the State Emergency Operations Center to make sure Michigan is prepared for the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Additionally, we would like to share some important information on what the district is doing to address Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. At this time, it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear. There have been no known cases of the virus in Bloomfield Hills Schools or the State of Michigan. According to health experts, your risk of exposure is still very low. Many of the steps Michigan is taking are, according to the Governor, “out of an abundance of caution.” However, transmission of the virus in other countries has raised concerns about the potential impact on schools. In partnership with the Oakland County Health Department, Oakland Schools, and other government agencies, we continue to monitor the situation very closely. Click here to learn more about this virus and how to keep your family safe and healthy. Bloomfield Hills Schools has an active response plan and are in regular contact with Oakland County to monitor the Coronavirus situation. If a case is suspected or confirmed in our area, we will activate our response plan in conjunction with Oakland County health officials. Bloomfield Hills Schools is prepared to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our students, staff, and visitors with as minimal disruption to teaching and learning as possible. What can you do? All families should continue to practice general flu prevention measures, including:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (a great trick is to sing the ABC’s while washing to ensure you wash your hands long enough).
  • If you don’t have access to a sink, use an alcohol-based sanitizer (62% alcohol or greater).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you feel a sneeze or cough building, quickly move away from people and sneeze or cough into a tissue, your shirt or elbow. Immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact and sharing cups or eating utensils with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in shared spaces.
Most importantly, please stay home and keep your children home if you have any flu-like symptoms, especially if you have a fever. Staying home to rest will not only protect our community from any potential of the Novel Coronavirus, but it will also help protect against the flu strains that are certainly circulating around our school community this time of year. We will continue to communicate our ongoing efforts regarding the Coronavirus and any updates that would be a health concern for our community. Thank you for your support of Bloomfield Hills Schools. Sincerely, Pat Watson, Superintendent





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