Schools & Daycares

Back to School for 2021-2022 school year

The health and safety of our Berrien County students, staff, and families is of utmost importance. Schools provide safe, supportive learning environments for students as well as critical services including school meal programs and social, physical, behavioral, and mental health services. Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority. Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports. In addition, schools will need to continue other COVID-19 prevention strategies as they remain critical to protect students, teachers, and staff, who are not fully vaccinated.

Layers of Defense Against COVID-19 in Schools

Schools can layer multiple prevention strategies to prevent transmission within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning, and help protect the people who are not fully vaccinated or eligible for vaccination, which currently includes all children under the age of 12 years. All prevention strategies provide some level of protection, and layered strategies implemented at the same time provide the greatest level of protection.  COVID-19_in_Schools_Defense_Layering-07_728816_7 Opens in new windowIn addition to vaccination, routine handwashing and cough/sneeze etiquette, physical distancing where possible, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.

Monitoring COVID-19 Community Transmission & Prevention Strategies

The Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) will provide ongoing monitoring of community transmission in Berrien County and the surrounding region. This data surveillance allows the Health Department to support school leaders in making informed and educated decisions that are best for school operations, students and staff. BCHD will provide regular updates and adjust recommendations to schools based on the CDC’s predesignated indicators and thresholds for community transmission of COVID-19. 

BCHD recs CDC thresholds

Please keep in mind that as new health and safety information becomes available, school districts may need to update their individual district plans. (Individual plans can be found on each school district’s website.) School districts will also continue to communicate with students, parents/guardians and staff members so that everyone understands what they can expect when school resumes this fall.

COVID-19 Information for Schools & Families

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Procedures for Quarantine - Information for Families




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CDC Information for Schools & Daycares

CDC Printable Education Resources for Schools



Important Links & Resources

MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap for Michigan

Michigan Schools/Universities COVID-19 FAQs

MDHHS Managing Communicable Diseases in Schools 

CDC Website: Schools & Childcare Programs

MDHHS Website: Resources for Childcare

LARA Guidelines for Safe ChildCare Operations

Berrien County Back2WorkSafe.Com Employer Illness Tracking

Berrien County Schools Communicable Disease Reporting