“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Psalm 107:2
To: BCS Parents & Guardians
From: Kevin Dunning, Head of School
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Dear BCS Community,
First, thank you for your prayers and messages of encouragement this week and always.
Effective tomorrow, March 12, BCS will suspend student attendance on all three campuses. Online learning will begin Monday, March 16. We anticipate a tentative return to classes on campus on Monday, April 13, after spring break.
We announce this action today because the new guidance around social distancing is starting to impact our regular school activities, particularly at our Clyde Hill Campus. As more parents choose to keep their students at home, the strain of planning in person lessons and providing materials for absent students has proven to be too great. Education plays a role not just for our students but for the broader community as well. The present circumstances call for increased social distancing. Moving to online classes models for others this valuable health guidance.
One critical question that remains is how we will decide when it is appropriate to return to “in-person” learning. Just as we weighed several factors in choosing our current path, that will be true about the decision to return to regular school. Certainly, guidance from health authorities will be an essential part of that decision.
Here is what you can expect to hear from BCS in the next 24 hours:
- Later today, our Director of Curriculum and Innovation, Amy Fox, will be sending more information for online learning via email.
- Tomorrow morning campus principals will email parents and guardians with additional information.
- If you requested a device from the school, those devices will be available Friday. Our Operations Director Kevin Thomas will touch base with those families who have expressed a need for a device tomorrow.
- All these communications will be available on our website under parent resources for your continued reference.
We ask that you defer any questions about online learning until you have received those pieces of communication.
Last, we understand not everyone will be in favor of this decision. We also understand the burden of this decision does not fall equally on every family. We will continue to look for ways we can help one another as a community. We are here to support your student and their learning to the best of our ability during this challenging time. May God be with us as we navigate these evolving circumstances.
In His Service,
Kevin M. Dunning
Head of School