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General Health Guidelines 7.29.2020
General Health Guidelines 7.29.2020
Jake Luhr
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

General Health Guidelines for the 2020-2021 School Year

As we continue planning for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, it is more important than ever to continue working together to help ensure school operates as close to normal as possible.  In addition to our Reopening Plan, here are some general health guidelines we have developed in collaboration with Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department.  

Before coming to school/getting on the bus:

  • Parents/guardians should perform a general health check of their child(ren) which should include a temperature check.   If their temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher please consider getting checked by a physician.  According to the current recommendations of ELVPHD, any student who has a temperature of 100.4 or higher should stay home from school for 10 days or until the student has been diagnosed with something other than COVID-19.  Once verified as something other than COVID-19, the student may return to school after being fever-free without any fever reducing medication for 72 hours(3 days). PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD(REN) TO SCHOOL OR ALLOW THEM TO GET ON THE BUS IF THEY ARE ILL.

During the School Day: What if someone gets sick?  

  • Social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing will occur regularly. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in every classroom in both buildings.   

  •  If a student registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher while at school, that student will be isolated from others until he or she can be picked up by a parent or guardian.  The isolated student will be required to wear a mask until he/she leaves the school building.  According to the current recommendations of ELVPHD, any student who has a temperature of 100.4 or higher should stay home from school for 10 days or until the student has been diagnosed with something other than COVID-19.  Once verified as something other than COVID-19, the student may return to school after being fever-free without any fever reducing medication for 72 hours(3 days).

Should I have my student wear a mask?

  • MASKS - The choice to wear a mask will be made by parents and/or students.  If parents of lower elementary student(s) would like their student(s) to wear a mask at school, please start training/practicing with your student to do so before the first day of school.  BCPS encourages masks when social distancing is difficult.  People who choose to wear a mask at school will reduce their risk of being quarantined for 14 days if someone in their classroom tests positive for COVID-19.  BCPS is scheduled to receive some washable cloth face masks from ESU 8.  

This information is current as of today, July 29, 2020.  Things can and will change in the days and weeks to come.  As they change, I will be sure to update any guidelines or recommendations.  Regardless of what COVID-19 throws at us, BCPS will do our best to keep kids in school and involved in their activities.

Jake Luhr, Superintendent - Battle Creek Public Schools  

BCPS…”The School of Choice” & “Committed to Excellence”