October 12, 2021 - Burns Park Elementary COVID-19 Update

AAPS lead, care, inspire graphicHello Burns Park Staff, Families and Community, 

We will continue to hold the health and safety of our students and staff, families and community as our highest priority. The purpose of this message is to share a public health update with the Burns Park Elementary community.

In the past few days, more than 20 COVID-19 cases have been identified among K-5th grade students at Burns Park Elementary. Test results are pending for additional students. This sudden acceleration of cases across several grades is very concerning. 

Today, district leaders consulted with the Washtenaw County Health Department about this situation, and with their support, the following steps are being taken to stabilize cases at Burns Park and interrupt any school transmission in classrooms and the school community:

  • Five classrooms with multiple cases have been put into quarantine per WCHD guidance. Remote learning with the classroom teacher is available for students in each classroom. Quarantine dates will be shared with each classroom in separate emails.
  • The remainder of the classrooms -- some of which currently have one case -- will transition to remote learning with the classroom teacher for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. 
  • Pop-up rapid antigen testing for Burns Park students and staff will be available at Burns Park on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The AAPS COVID Response Team will conduct the testing. Parents/guardians can pre-register their students for testing using this link: Parent Sign-Up & Consent for RA Testing

The above course of action is based on several factors, including 1) the number of confirmed cases, 2) the acceleration of cases over a five-day period, 3) elevated student absences, and 4) the number of pending COVID-19 tests. 

The investigation into potential school transmission is ongoing and is now led by the Washtenaw County Health Department. AAPS remains in close communication with the WCHD about Burns Park cases. 

While in-school gathering at Burns Park is on pause, we will continue to monitor confirmed cases of COVID-19.  If your student(s) are experiencing even mild symptoms, or if someone in your household tests positive, please get your student(s) tested.  Please let us know if your student tests positive during this time period. You may email School Nurse Meghan Stelzer at stelzerm@aaps.k12.mi.us. The WCHD has information about testing locations HERE. 

Please note that privacy regulations restrict us from sharing identifying/personal information about the individual(s) who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Implementing a temporary pause on in-school gathering among our Burns Park Elementary School community is a next-step mitigation measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a healthy and safe return to school.

We will continue to hold the health and safety of our students and staff, families and community as our highest priority, and we look forward to seeing our students and staff back together at Burns Park on Monday, October 18, 2021, or over the following days.

Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools

Jenna Bacolor
Executive Director, Community Division

Chuck Hatt
Principal, Burns Park Elementary