The spring, summer, and now the fall of 2020 continue to be an age of remarkable challenges. God has faithfully blessed the work of Bellevue Christian School for 70 years and continues to walk alongside us today as we encounter a changing landscape full of difficult decisions. Please continue to pray for the school – our leadership team, our families, our faculty and staff, and most especially our students. It is for their learning and discipleship that we continue to strive.
Please click here to view our latest update on plans for returning to school.
*Please note: This video was recorded on Friday, August 14. Later that day we learned the State Department of Health was changing the way it calculates what constitutes a “case.” We are assessing how this impacts the metrics we use for decision-making, but the plan outlined in the video remains in place.
Return to School FAQ
1. Are you opening school for in-person learning?
At this time, we believe we have safety protocols in place that allow us to responsibly open our elementary campuses on Sept. 3rd for in-person learning (Grades Preschool-6th).
2. When will Junior High and High school return to in-person learning?
We believe that there are currently too many uncontrollable variables to safely open our Junior High and High School program on Sept. 3. Our plan is for Junior High and High School students to return to in-person learning on September 21st or when the King County caseload drops to 50 per 100,000, whichever of these comes second. Regardless of the caseload, the Junior and Senior High School will not return until September 21st. While we are also monitoring cases in specific cities, we intend to use the county-wide number as our metric to determine a return-to-school.
3. Could Junior High return before High School?
We have begun to discuss this possibility but are not prepared to launch such a model. At this time, Junior High families should plan on returning to in-person learning September 21st.
4. What are the safety protocols?
At all campuses, all visitors who report to campus will be screened for flu-like symptoms. All students, teachers, staff and visitors must wear masks throughout the day except for approved times outdoors when social-distance can be assured. Our facilities staff is cleaning on a regular basis using state-of-the-art procedures adopted last year. Classrooms have been rearranged and class numbers have been reduced to ensure distance between students. When students are moving about campus, between classes at the Clyde Hill Campus or during recess at our elementary campuses, their movement may be regulated to decrease crowding.
5. What happens if my child is ill?
Students who show flu-like symptoms will be cared for in an isolated area until their parent can pick them up. Students will be out of school for at least three days and may return after a confirmed negative COVID-19 test or ten days after their last symptoms. Siblings or other students who have had direct exposure to the ill child may be asked to stay home. The identity of any ill child will remain confidential.
6. What happens if multiple students on campus or in my child’s class fall ill?
In short, if we have multiple cases and suspect virus transmission among community members, we will immediately consult with the King County Health Department. Under these scenarios, classroom and/or campus-wide quarantine is possible. If this occurs, the quarantined group(s) will move to remote learning as quickly as possible.
7. How will remote learning look different than last spring?
At the elementary level, remote learning will follow a much more structured schedule with daily “live” instruction via video platform. The school has adopted new platforms, practices and equipment to ensure the very best online learning experience. The BCS@Home program, our separate, optional remote learning program for elementary students, will lead the way in launching several of these practices and will serve as a resource for in-person teachers and students who need to move remote later in the year.
At the Junior High and High School level, our students will follow a modified schedule similar to what we ended with last year. Teachers will train and implement new practices and equipment prior to the stat of the year. Principal Adam Hart will follow up with Clyde Hill families directly with details on the schedule, platforms, and other information.
8. Why a different decision for elementary and secondary?
At the most basic level, elementary students already learn in tight and predictable “cohorts” of students. This year, those cohorts have been shrunk even smaller than normal. This significantly decreases the likelihood of widespread transmission and makes things like contact tracing much earlier. With seven rotating classes, not to mention lunch or passing periods, Junior High or High School students or teachers may quite reasonably interact with more than 150 students in a given day.
9. Why have you made these choices?
Bellevue Christian School is working hard to make the right choice that allows us to best serve the needs of students. This involves a careful analysis of our program, our procedures, the current public health landscape locally and nationally, and consultation with a broad range of experts. These decisions – to launch elementary in-person, and Junior/Senior High remote – have each been made because we believe this is the best way to serve our students and fulfill our mission.
10. As a parent, what can I do to help?
Support our efforts. This means supporting our efforts to ensure safety protocols on-campus. It also means supporting the spirit of these protocols off-campus. If families want to remain learning in-person (or return as quickly as possible), they need to limit their social interactions and demonstrate commitment to hygiene, masks, and honestly reporting any symptoms to the school. Finally, please continue to pray for our decisions, for those who are ill or care giving, for medical professionals, and for public officials.
We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and will relay any new information about the start of the school year as early as we can. As of right now, we are planning on our next communication about the start of school in 7-10 days. Please direct any questions to Head of School Kevin Dunning. Thank you for your grace and patience.