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BCS and Covid-19

 
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 hvae 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.
 
PARTNERED WITH ADVENTHEALTH
To ensure our school was sufficiently prepared for students, we partnered with AdventHealth. We were so thankful for their partnership and advice. Watch the video here!
 
COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES
We used 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.
 
DAILY TEMPERATURE CHECKS

Every student, faculty, staff, and visitor to our campus receives a temperature check before going on campus. If an individual's temperature is over 100.4, they may not stay on campus.

DAILY COVID SCREENING
Each individual on our campus must also verbally confirm that they are not experiencing any Covid symptoms and that they have not been exposed.
 
LIMITED CAMPUS VISITORS
This year, parents must use carline for arrival and dismissal and are unable to come onto the campus. 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. 
 
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. 

VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTION

Students with underlying health conditions, or who have close family members with underlying health conditions, are able to elect our virtual learning option for each quarter. 

PARENT COOPERATION

One of the most important elements of keeping our school environment safe and health 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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