BRIDGMAN — Bridgman Public Schools Superintendent Shane Peters sent out the following on October 7:

Dear Bridgman Public Schools Stakeholders, 

From the beginning I have stated that I will be open and transparent with all of you as we navigate these uncharted waters, all while maintaining the privacy rights of our students, staff and families. 

This morning, the Berrien County Health Department notified myself that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.  Following our established protocols and because of our strict attendance remittance policy, this student has not been in school for the past ten (10) days.  Thus, NO students or staff have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus by this individual. 

The Berrien County Health Department has concluded that NO BRIDGMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS STAFF OR STUDENTS WERE EXPOSED OR ARE CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT.  As a result, there will be no need to quarantine any students and/or staff or temporarily close a school building. 

RIVER VALLEY

River Valley Middle/High School returned to in-class learning on Oct. 5 after a period of virtual education due to a positive COVID-19 test by a staff member and a shortage of substitute teachers.

Principal Patrick Breen posted the following on Oct. 6:

We are very pleased to return to in-person learning this week after closing the building for a week and a half. I want to personally thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we navigated through this difficult situation. Our top priority is to keep students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and with our small size, we can quickly have a large impact when even one staff member contracts the virus. We are very pleased that the staff member has recovered and is no longer contagious and that nobody forced to quarantine developed symptoms as a result of close contact. The steps taken in cooperation with The Berrien County Health Department have proven effective to prevent an outbreak or spread of the virus in our school. We continue to be confident in our protocols in the building and will resume being diligent in our routines to ensure safety in our school.

On the brighter side, we are looking forward to HOMECOMING WEEK during the week of October 19th ! While we will not be able to have some of our traditional events due to COVID-19, we are planning some new ideas and unique activities for this year! We will continue some traditional themes such as dress up days and elect a homecoming king and queen but look for some announcements coming soon as we plan a fun week for the school community!

NEW BUFFALO

The New Buffalo Area Schools released the following information in the COVID-10 section of its website:

• Late in the afternoon of October 8, we received notification that a student member of our school family was a probable positive case for COVID-19. Following the protocols already established for this situation, we have been in contact with local public health officials from the Berrien County Health Department and are working to support all needs for follow-up with those individuals who may have had COVID-19  exposure in this case.

At this time, all people who were identified as having had close contact with the probable positive case have been notified and asked to quarantine by the Berrien County Health Department. We are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff and will continue to work with local health officials as needed.

• Late in the afternoon of October 9, we received notification that a substitute teacher at the middle school was a positive case for COVID-19. Following the protocols already established for this situation, we have been in contact with local public health officials from the Berrien County Health Department and are working to support all needs for follow-up with those individuals who may have had COVID-19 exposure in this case.

At this time, all people who were identified as having had close contact with the positive case have been notified and asked to quarantine by the Berrien County Health Department. We are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff and will continue to work with local health officials as needed.

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