“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Psalm 107:2
To: BCS Parents & Guardians
From: Kevin Dunning, Head of School
email@example.com/ (425) 454-4402 ext. 1211
Since the severity of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has increased in our area, we are providing this update to assure you that Bellevue Christian is monitoring changes, planning for possible closures and taking precautions to keep our campuses safe. Currently there are no confirmed cases of the disease in our school. We are preparing in case an emergency response is needed.
We are closely monitoring the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and WA State Health Department. We are following the health and attendance of students and staff, and staying in touch with officials to minimize spread of the virus. We are continuing to disinfect thoroughly all areas of our campuses.
Should we need to close Bellevue Christian’s three campuses, we will notify you via email, texts, through social media and our website. Please know we are committed to keeping your family informed and will continue to provide updates as needed. We appreciate the concern shared via email and social media – please know we need to focus our time and resources on students, staff and school preparations. As such we may not be able to respond to every individual question as quickly as we would like.
We ask for your continued patience and trust that this remains a top priority of school leadership. We have a committee of administrators and staff meeting daily to discuss changes in the coronavirus outbreak. One of the steps we are taking is asking all outside groups who use our facilities to discontinue use until further notice. Below are some answers to questions you may have as well as guidance from Public Health.
How is Bellevue Christian making decisions regarding the virus?
Our leadership team is following the lead of the WA State Department of Health(DOH) and the CDC. The DOH addresses health crisis situations in our state and provides direction on managing responses. We closely follow the DOH and King County Public Health so we can respond quickly to changes in recommendations or direction. Any decision to close would involve officials from the DOH and/or CDC.
Is BCS closing campuses?
Bellevue Christian remains open at this time.
Should we continue assemblies, sports events and other gatherings?
At this point, King County Public Health doesn’t recommend that the general public avoid gatherings, and they are not recommending canceling events. We acknowledge there may be people within our community at a higher risk of illness that may want to consider ways to lower their risk of infection. This includes people 60 and older, those with underlying health conditions and those who are immune-compromised. We encourage anyone concerned about their risk to consult with their family doctor. We continue to evaluate events on a case by case basis.
When would BCS close campuses?
If a case of COVID-19 is found within our population, we will follow direction from public health officials, which may include closing campuses and cancelling activities and sports events. We would only reopen after we’re satisfied it is safe for students and staff to return to school. In the case of a closure, we will communicate directly with parents and students about distance learning opportunities. We will be sending a short survey in the next 24-48 hours to assess student access to computers and the internet.
Given the increased number of cases, will BCS be taking additional precautions?
Public health officials report that schools don’t need to take special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Our campuses follow standard procedures for cleaning. We are reinforcing the need for students and staff to stay home when sick, wash hands frequently, avoid touching one’s face, and take other preventative steps. Today we reviewed with all of our students proper hand washing techniques.
However, out of an abundance of caution, we are:
– Continuing use of disinfectant sprayers in classrooms, buildings and buses.
-Providing hand sanitizers as close to entrances as possible.
-Distributing surface sanitizing wipes to every classroom.
-Posting signs outside of our campuses asking people to STOP and do not enter if they are exhibiting flu-like or cold symptoms.
-Having a crisis management team of administrators & staff meet daily to discuss new developments.
-Canceling use of our facilities by outside groups that use our campuses & athletic facilities effective tomorrow until further notice. (Note: This means the Mar. 4 BCS Stories event featuring Danielle Kartes is postponed.)
-Canceling 5th grade outdoor education (parents/guardians have been notified-if you didn’t receive the communication please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org)
If our situation changes and more steps are warranted, we will share updates.
Anti-Discrimination & Expectations
COVID-19 infection isn’t connected to a race, ethnicity or nationality. Misinformation can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep people healthy. Please prevent this by sharing only accurate, factual information from King County and public health officials.
How can I protect myself & my family?
-Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water and soap aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
-Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw it in the garbage and wash hands. If tissue is not available, cough/sneeze into your elbow (avoid your hands.)
-Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) of people who are sick.
-Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
-Stay home if you’re sick.
Learn more from the CDC HERE.
If your student is absent, please call your campus office and provide a reason for the absence, including symptoms if they are ill. This will help us monitor the health of our student body.
Clyde Hill: (425) 460-3321
Mack: (425) 485-1824
Three Points: (425) 454-3977
Stay informed, verify facts & get timely updates:
This guidance may change as the situation evolves. Please know we are committed to providing you with timely updates and guidance aligned with the best recommendations from public health officials. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your campus principal or the Head of School Office at (425) 454-4402 ext. 1211.
The impact of the coronavirus outbreak may last into next year, yet we know God is in control. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
In His Service,
Kevin M. Dunning
Head of School