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Cranbrook’s 2021-2022 Campus Plan

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  • The 2021-2022 Pandemic Response Plan: Introduction

    Our Pandemic Response Plan has been and remains an ever-evolving document. As the ongoing pandemic continues to morph and change, so too do our practices for prioritizing in-person instruction.
     
    Cranbrook Schools remains steadfast in our fundamental objective: the prioritization of robust in-person instruction and activities at all divisions and grade levels, and a Plan that will allow us to return to as typical an in-person instructional day as possible while simultaneously keeping the entire Schools community safe and well-cared-for. Our aim is to maintain as many students learning consistently in school as possible throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.
     
    To this end, we continue to carefully monitor information and guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), as well as professional medical associations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We will also continue to work this year in direct concert with the Oakland County Health Division, the agency under whose umbrella Cranbrook and all schools in our local area fall when it comes to public health matters. 
     
    Please note that the protocols outlined here are the result of amendments and modifications to these practices as the situation has evolved and as new information has become available. If and when local or regional circumstances or public health guidance change, we will always alert the community to modifications to our health-related mitigation practices and policies. We look forward returning, over time, to as much routine in-person programming and as many routine, in-person practices as possible for all grade levels that make up the Cranbrook Schools.

Plan Summary

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  • Summary:

    1. Given the high percentage of students in grades 7-12, as well as Schools’ faculty and staff, whom we estimate have already been vaccinated, most programming, grades 7-12, will return to pre-pandemic routines (pace-of-day, teaching loads and class section sizes, in-person co-curricular activities, etc.). However, some critical COVID-related protocols will need to remain in place to mitigate contact spread of the illness and to keep as many students as possible learning in school full-time, with limited breaks in in-person instruction due to infections-related quarantines.

    2. Given that the Early Childhood Center, Brookside, and in the 6th grade at our two middle schools remain the lesser-vaccinated sub-groups of students in the schools,  additional COVID-19 precautions will continue to be necessary at the middle schools and at Brookside/ECC, particularly in grades 6 and below, to mitigate contact-spread of the illness and to keep as many students as possible learning in school full-time, with limited breaks in in-person instruction due to infection-related quarantines.

    3. If and when local or regional circumstances or public health guidance change, we will alert the community to modifications to our health-related mitigation practices and policies. We anticipate returning, over time, to as much routine in-person programming and as many routine in-person practices as possible for all grade levels that make up the Cranbrook Schools.

COVID-19 Mitigation

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  • Vaccinations:

    • At this time, Cranbrook Schools is not requiring but is strongly recommending that all eligible members of our community be vaccinated for COVID-19. The greater our community’s immunity, the greater our latitude in returning to our routine academic and co-curricular programming and practices. 
  • COVID-19 Testing:

    • Positive test results must be submitted to your child’s school nurse. Cranbrook is now accepting either PCR or antigen tests that can be verified with a lab report.  At-home rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.
    • Parents will be notified if there is a positive case in their child’s class.
    • We ask all parents to closely monitor their child(ren) for symptoms, keep them home if they develop symptoms, and have them tested.
    • We continue to strongly recommend all eligible students follow CDC guidelines for COVID vaccinations and boosters.
  • Isolation Period for Students Who Test Positive:

    • Days 0-5: students who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home regardless of vaccination status for days 0-5 (day “0” is the day the symptoms begin or the day the test was taken for those without symptoms). 
    • Days 6-10: Students may return to school for days 6-10 once fever free for 24 hours (without medication) and with improved symptoms, while wearing a well-fitted mask. 
    • Families/students are required to report positive cases of COVID-19 by emailing their child’s school nurse or calling their child's school office.
  • Face Coverings: (Updated 02/28/22)

    • In alignment with OCHD’s current guidance on masks, while we continue to strongly recommend masking, as of Monday, February 28, the Cranbrook Educational Community, including our PreK-12 Cranbrook Schools, has lifted our universal masking policy. As of this date, masking will not be required for any members of the CEC community, including Schools students, faculty, and staff. Cranbrook will support any community members in their decisions to continue masking at this time. 
     
    • Masks will still be required of both students and employees when on school buses, as this remains a federal mandate issued through the CDC. 
  • Daily Health Screening and Temperature Checks:

    • We expect that students and parents will continue monitoring their own and their family members’ health, including periodic temperature checks at home prior to sending students to school.
    • Any individual who does not feel well or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable illness must stay home from school and must make sure to contact the appropriate office on each campus.
    • As always, our nurses will monitor the health and well-being of students while at school, sending students home should, at the nurses’ discretion, the situation warrant.
  • Physical Distance and Classroom Configurations:

    • At all grade levels, classrooms will be configured to accommodate our pre-pandemic section and homeroom sizes. In nearly all cases, this naturally provides three feet of physical distance between students, per CDC guidelines. 
    • We will continue to encourage the use of outdoor spaces for teaching and learning activities at all grade levels, while the weather permits. 
    • To support physical distance particularly among unvaccinated students in 6th grade and below, when on buses students at these grade levels will be placed one-per-seat. 

The On-Campus Experience

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  • Daily Schedules:

    • At each division, we will return to pre-pandemic daily schedules, including 40-60-minute class periods for students in grades 6-12, and Specialist activities for students at Brookside. Upper and middle school students will not be placed in cohorts other than those typically utilized pre-pandemic at grade level.
  • Lunch:

    • At both the middle and upper schools, we will resume use of our dining halls. In order to moderate the level of traffic and support physical distancing during lunch, we will have three lunch periods at both middle schools where students will dine by grade level, and an additional period will be added to the upper school lunch schedule as well. 
    • 7th and 8th grade students will dine in their cafeterias, one grade level cohort at a time. 6th grade students, most of whom remain age ineligible for the vaccine, will travel to the dining hall to get their food but will be eating their lunches in their classrooms. 
    • At Brookside, where all students are age ineligible for vaccination, lunch will continue to be ordered through Nutrislice and served by teachers to students in homerooms and classrooms. 
  • Absences/Remote Learning:


    • Given our emphasis on robust in-person programs, we have discontinued the synchronous and asynchronous AccessCK remote learning options utilized during 2020-2021. 
    • At the Early Childhood Center, should a full class need to quarantine, students will shift to an online model of instruction including synchronous class gatherings and activities on Seesaw for the duration of the quarantine. Individual students who are absent from school for three days or more, for any documented medical reason, and who are well enough to stay abreast of schoolwork, will have access to activities on Seesaw and developmentally appropriate, synchronous connections to the classroom. 
    •  At Brookside, in grades 1-5, should the need arise to quarantine an entire classroom, students will shift to an online model of instruction for the duration of the quarantine period. In the event that an individual student needs to be quarantined or is out of school for three days or more, based upon medical documentation, the homeroom teacher will work with that student and their family to provide a developmentally-appropriate educational experience using a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous approaches. 
    • At the middle schools, should a full classroom of students need to quarantine, students will shift to an online model for the duration of the quarantine period. Individual students who are absent from school for three days or more, for any documented medical reason, and who are well enough to stay abreast of schoolwork, will have access to asynchronous recorded classes, and all class materials. 
    • In the upper school, extended absences from the classroom (due to illness, travel restrictions, quarantine) will be managed by the Academic Deans and Dean of Students offices on a case-by-case basis to ensure the continuation of student learning. 
  • Field Trips:

    • When it is deemed safe to do so, field trips may resume at the discretion of each division head; when traveling off campus, Cranbrook students and staff will abide by COVID-related protocols in effect on our campus or at our destination, whichever are stricter.
  • Visitors and Guests:

    • Parents are welcomed into our schoolhouses, as long as they have a pre-existing appointment for a scheduled meeting. At this time, parents may not enter the buildings to escort their children to their classrooms or arrive unannounced in any buildings without a pre-arranged appointment. 
    • All visitors to Cranbrook Schools are required to be masked at all times when in one of our buildings. 
    • Important in-person community events—if they are able to happen at all—may be scheduled or staged in a way that lessens crowding and limits the potential for contact-based spread of illness among our students in grades 6 and lower who are ineligible for vaccines as well as the impact those students could have on vulnerable visitors/guests. Cranbrook Schools reserves the right to cancel or postpone scheduled in-person community events if circumstances warrant cancellation or postponement. 

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PO Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
(248) 645-3000