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BCSD Moves to 4-Day In-Person Learning for Grades 6-12

The BCSD Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to extend the Modified Plan A for resumption of in-class learning to all schools in the district. As a result, all students in grades 6-12 (and 7-12 at Carey Secondary School) will move forward with in-person learning four days a week, beginning March 8.

Please know that the health, safety, and well-being of our school district community remains our top priority. We will continue to follow sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our students and staff. We will also take what we have learned works well at our elementary schools and apply it to our secondary levels. 

We will continue to require all students and staff to wear masks or cloth face coverings. We will also encourage frequent hand-washing and thoroughly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces and common areas on a regular basis. 

When it comes to distancing, we know that having more students in our buildings at a time reduces our ability to maintain constant 6 feet between individuals. However, based on a number of studies and our experience at the elementary levels, it does not appear that decreased distancing has a significant effect on the spread of the virus. 

Additionally, we are pleased that increasing numbers of our teachers and staff have the opportunity to get vaccinated. This is another key factor in the board’s decision to shift the instructional model at our secondary levels. 

At all BCSD schools, Fridays will be reserved for interventions. Teachers will also be able to use these days to work with quarantined students and engage in teacher collaboration. 

The Board of Trustees will be closely monitoring the district’s quarantine numbers. If community transmission rates and quarantine numbers drop consistently, we will consider moving ahead with full in-person learning, five days a week. On the other hand, if transmission and quarantine numbers increase significantly, the district may need to move back to a hybrid model. 

If families have any questions or concerns, we ask that they contact their child’s school principal.