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BCS and Covid-19

 
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In March 2020, all of our lives changed. Families, schools, businesses, churches, and organizations of all kinds had to make serious adjustments to their ways of life. At Bayshore Christian School, we used Spring Break 2020 to catapult our school forward like never before. Our teachers converted their entire curricula to online education. Our students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are issued iPads, so they were already familiar with online learning processes. Our Admissions Office created new and inventive ways for prospective families to learn about our school. All in all, we look at the Spring of 2020 as a season of tremendous growth for our school and for our families.
 
Like most schools, the task at hand was (and is!) to ensure our students', faculty's, and staff's health and safety. In-person education is a priority for our families and our students, and we are committed to constantly evaluating our practices in the midst of this global pandemic. 
 
Here are some things we have done and are doing to keep our BCS community safe:
 
MADE A PLAN
Throughout the summer months leading into the 2020-2021 school year, BCS administration planned, revised, researched, revised, and planned some more to create our Re-Entry Plan. This Re-Entry Plan guided our decision-making process and enabled our families to learn about their options for the school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, we have updated our protocol. We will continue to review our processes and policies as the situation changes. Here are the plans we published:
 
PARTNERED WITH ADVENTHEALTH
At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, we partnered with AdventHealth to make sure we were prepared. We were so thankful for their partnership and advice. Watch the video here!
 
COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES
We use our News & Events page and social media (like Facebook and Instagram) to communicate with our families using videos and other means. Our families deserve up-to-date information to help them plan for the upcoming school year.
 
LIMITED CAMPUS VISITORS
This year, parents use carline for arrival and dismissal. Campus visits are limited to scheduled appointments and tours are limited.
 
SANITIZING AND DISINFECTING

Surfaces are sanitized in between uses and in between groups.

HANDWASHING
Students and teachers wash their hands several times throughout the day. They wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. 

USE OF MASKS
Our students, teachers, and visitors wear masks while on campus. Students take socially-distanced mask breaks when needed. Students do not wear masks during physical activity, while eating, or while napping. For the 2021-2022 school year, parents can contact the school office for a waiver in order for their child to forego the mask requirement. 

ATHLETICS AT BCS
While we are requiring masks for the time being, ALL guests are required to wear masks at indoor athletic events. Please see this memo from our Head of School. Thank you for helping to keep our athletes safe!

COHORT GROUPS AND ASSIGNED SEATING
When possible, our classes are set up in cohorts. A cohort is a distinct group that stays together throughout the entire school day during in-person learning so that there is minimal or no interaction between groups. The students also have assigned seating during classes and lunch to aid in tracing should an exposure take place. 

PARENT COOPERATION
One of the most important elements of keeping our school environment safe and healthy is the cooperation of our amazing families. Our families keep their students home when they are ill and come quickly to pick them up if they are experiencing Covid symptoms at school. 

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