BURTON — The Bentley Board of Education voted Jan. 11, to have students return to face-to-face learning on Jan. 25, the first day of the second semester.
According to the district’s website, elementary students will be returning to school for half days Monday through Thursday either during the morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (12:30– 3:30 p.m.).
Class lists are being developed. Transportation will be provided for pickup and drop-off both for morning and afternoon sessions—more information will be forthcoming regarding schedules and bussing.
Morning students will eat breakfast at school and take a bag lunch home. Afternoon students will eat lunch at school and will get the next day’s breakfast in a bag to take home.
This plan allows all students who wish to be at school one-half day with their teacher four days/week with smaller class sizes. While it is recognized that a half-day option is harder for working parents, it is safer because there are fewer students in a classroom.
Middle and high school students will return to the model that was scheduled for them in the fall, attending face-to-face either Mondays and Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., according to the Bentley schools website.
Per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Dec. 18 Epidemic Order, face masks (as defined by MDHHS) must always be worn indoors by all staff and students 5 and older, except for meals and in other limited circumstances
All staff and students must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose
Facemasks may be made of cloth material (preferably multi-layered) or they may be disposable surgical or KN95 masks
• Masks should fit snugly, with no gaps, and should be worn over the nose and mouth
• Cloth face masks should be washed daily.
• Disposable face masks should be disposed of at the end of each day
• Plastic face shields or eye protection may be used in addition to cloth facemasks for additional risk mitigation, if desired.
• Further guidance on masking is available online.
It is also expected all staff and students wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, both of which are widely available in each building.
The goal at Bentley schools on spacing is for desks to be spaced six feet apart, but will, at a minimum, be spaced three feet apart. To the degree practicable, students will maintain six feet from others when eating.
Parents are asked and expected to screen their children each day before coming to school for symptoms associated with COVID-19. If they exhibit any respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms or have a temperature of 100.4°F or greater, they should stay at home.
If your child or anybody they have come into contact with in any preceding two-day period receives a positive COVID-19 lab, please keep your child home and contact the district at 810- 591-9120 immediately.
Details: Visit www.bentleyschools.org.
In Bendle Community Schools, classes resumed Jan. 19 for students signed up for in-person learning. — G.G.