• NBAS COVID-19 Dashboard

    Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) and the State of Michigan will be releasing weekly reports about the number of positive COVID-19 cases that involve school staff and students. We have clarified that these weekly reports will include identified outbreaks within schools. An “outbreak” is defined as two or more contacts identified as having active COVID-19 that are not epidemiologically connected to a specific site over a 14-day time period.

    In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, New Buffalo Area Schools will report all COVID-19 cases associated with attendance in our schools through email and on our website in two ways. First, when a case arises where a student or staff member has been in attendance in school and has ultimately tested positive for COVID-19, a letter will be emailed to all families and staff as soon as is practical after receiving information from the BCHD. Second, the District will update a District COVID-19 Dashboard providing information on the number of positive tests associated with attendance in school and the number of students/staff quarantined as a result of close contacts. That information is found below.

    To clarify this reporting, we want to assure you of these four things:

    1. Due to HIPAA and FERPA laws, we cannot, and will not, disclose the identity of a staff member or student that has tested positive for COVID-19.
    2. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will not return to school until public health officials provide a letter to the school that states they are clear to return. This could be as soon as 10 days after the positive test results if symptoms are resolved.
    3. If we do have a staff or student test positive for COVID-19, we will work closely with public health officials. The Berrien County Health Department (BCHD) will investigate and identify close contacts during the infectious period. Only those close contacts will be ordered to quarantine by BCHD.
    4. We will alert parents and staff of the positive case as we become aware of it via email without disclosing the person's identity.