October 15, 2021 - Burns Park Virtual Status Extension

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

The purpose of this communication is to update the community on the current COVID-19 situation at Burns Park Elementary. 

In consultation with the Washtenaw County Health Department, a return to at-school learning is set for this Wednesday, October 20th, instead of Monday as previously planned; this full week in remote learning is the appropriate next step for interrupting any school-based transmission and supporting a safe and sustainable return. We are hopeful that student cases are mild and that additional family members do not contract the disease. 

Unfortunately, since transitioning to remote learning on Wednesday, there have been several new student cases reported at Burns Park. Some are in the classes that were quarantined starting Tuesday. Other students who were present at school on Monday and Tuesday have tested positive. These students are in three additional classrooms beyond the ones with identified cases. 

As of today, Friday, October 15, Burns Park has had 34 student cases reported since last Friday, October 8th. We may see additional cases in siblings. (Note that not all of these cases will appear on the district dashboard, as some are students who tested positive while in quarantine, so they were not infectious at school.) In addition, we are very concerned that two fully vaccinated Burns Park staff have contracted COVID-19 over recent weeks. 

In addition, we are planning another round of Pop-Up Rapid Antigen Testing at Burns Park Elementary on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Testing is mandatory for the five classes who have been in quarantine and is strongly encouraged for all. The AAPS COVID-19 Response Team will be administering tests with support from the Washtenaw County Health Department. 

We know this update may be hard to hear; we feel strongly that this is the best path for a safe return to resume our work and play at Burns Park Elementary School.

We continue to be grateful for your action in watching for symptoms, securing tests, and communicating quickly with us. It is your strong partnership that will get us to the other side of this COVID situation. Thank you so very much for your support of learning and life at Burns Park Elementary School. As always, we are grateful for your partnership in public health practices based on science and best practice. 

We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back together for in-school learning at Burns Park Elementary on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.  

In Care and Commitment,

Chuck and Leslee
Burns Park Elementary

Jenna Bacolor
Executive Director, Community and Health 

Jeanice K. Swift
Superintendent of Schools