Bellevue Christian School's Reopening Plan
Bellevue Christian has worked hard to monitor COVID-19 developments and carefully weigh decisions about returning to school while evaluating the ongoing safety of students, faculty and staff.
The Reopening Plan has involved a careful analysis of our program, our procedures, the current public health landscape locally and nationally, and guidelines issued by the CDC, OSPI, AAP, and our local health department. In light of the information available, BCS decided to begin the school year for our elementary campuses in-person, and remotely for Junior and Senior High, with a transition to in-person learning. We believe this is the best way to serve our students and fulfill our mission to prepare students to live faithfully for Christ.
We made the decision with safety protocols in place, to responsibly open our elementary campuses on Sept. 3 for in-person learning (Grades K-6th). Preschool started Sept. 8 at Mack and Three Points.
Junior High & Senior High
Beginning on Oct. 6, we began welcoming back our Junior High and High School students four days a week.
One reason BCS waited to bring grade 7-12 students back on campus has to do with the number of individuals each secondary student and teacher come into contact with on a daily basis. While elementary students learn in tight and predictable “cohorts” of students (and this year, those cohorts have been shrunk even smaller than usual), Junior/Senior High students each have seven rotating classes, not to mention lunch and passing periods, and may quite reasonably interact with more than 150 students on a given day, significantly increasing the likelihood of widespread transmission and making contact tracing much more difficult.
Our hope is to return to a 5-day per week schedule for our Junior High and High School students Nov. 9. We are continuing to monitor new numbers and data points closely and could shift the date depending on what we learn about COVID-19 activity.
- 1. As a parent, what can I do to help?
- 2. What are the safety protocols?
- 3. What happens if my child becomes ill at school?
- 4. What happens if multiple students on campus or in my child’s class fall ill?
- 5. How will remote learning look different than last spring?
- 6, Will my student have to wear a mask all day?
- 7. What types of masks are permitted?
- 8. What will band and choir look like?
- 9. What about sports and afterschool activities?
- 10. Will the bus service remain available?
- 11. Will the school operate before and after school care?
Virus Activity Data Dashboards
Guidance on reopening from:
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for High School sports
Remote Learning Assistance for families:
Daily Screening App
Instructions for set up are found in RenWeb under "Resource Documents"
Screening must be completed daily before students will be allowed on campus.