Bellevue Christian announces plans to welcome students back to campuses for fall 2020, with five day per week instruction for students with precautions in place as of 7/3/20.
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Our senior administrative team has been hard at work creating sustainable and effective plans for returning to school next year. Based on community feedback throughout the spring and summer, our conversations have focused on three key areas:
1) that our primary purpose is Christian discipleship and that true discipleship flourishes with in-person relationships
2) that live, in-person classes bring a very high value both to the learning process and to the routines of our families
3) that we have an essential responsibility to safeguard the health of our students, faculty, and staff. Please accept our gratitude for parent feedback, which has been almost universally thoughtful and measured.
Nearly all families recognize the challenge of navigating guidance or requirements from many outside entities, while also developing practices in the best interest of Bellevue Christian School and our families.
Please read on for important information about how the school will adjust to follow CDC/Government guidance while keeping our students and employees safe and healthy. The plans described below are subject to change based on evolving public health circumstances, requirements, and recommendations.
New practices for all campuses
- Screening all visitors to campus, including employees and students, for virus symptoms upon arrival. We are investing in technology and systems to make this process as seamless as possible.
- Propping open interior doors to minimize the need to touch surfaces.
- Reconfiguring classroom furniture to increase social distancing.
- Modifying movement patterns and foot traffic to increase social distancing.
- Using personal protective equipment as required by local health authorities.
- Equipping each classroom with two-way streaming technology to allow remote interactions.
- Modifying large group gatherings like Chapel and Assemblies to allow smaller groups or virtual delivery.
- Increasing our cleaning procedures, including the use of a non-toxic electrostatic mist delivery to disinfect surfaces, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces.
- Installing plexiglass guards in specific areas, including front offices, food service areas, computer labs, science labs, and libraries.
- Limiting nonessential visitors and building use by outside groups.
- Educating students and staff on social distancing and other safety measures while at school.
Elementary (K-6) Learning Model
Each elementary class will be split into A and B groups. (The student rosters for A/B groups will flex throughout the year.) Each class will be given two separate (A/B) meetings spaces to ensure appropriate distance. Each class will have a full-time Teacher in addition to a full-time Educational Assistant. The teacher and assistant will rotate between the two spaces, guiding students in instruction and practice. Each room will also have two-way streaming capability so that interaction can occur between the two spaces. While the format and timing of our Specialist teachers may change, all areas of Specialist instruction will continue. Recess will also continue much as it has in the past, though certain specific games or activities may be curtailed.
Junior High and High School (7-12) Learning Model
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Based on our response and rollout of online learning last spring, Bellevue Christian School is experiencing strong demand from prospective families. Given that most schools are announcing plans not to be on-campus five days per week, we anticipate that our intention to provide in-person learning five days per week will only increase this demand. We also know that our response may not meet the specific needs of all families in our community. I ask you, please, to let us know as soon as possible if your enrollment status may change. This will allow us to extend the opportunity for a BCS education to prospective students who are also a good fit for our school. I also recognize that news of in-person learning will be a welcome relief for many of you. We pray for continued progress in the fight against COVID-19 so that our teachers and students may continue to learn and grow together!
We will be providing more specific details about the day-to-day practice of these plans as the summer unfolds. This plan has received full support from our Board of Directors. Please reply to this email or contact me directly with any questions. Have a safe & fun summer!