Bellevue Christian School's Reopening Plan
as of August 24, 2020
Bellevue Christian School is working hard to make the right choice that allows us to serve the needs of students best. 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. In light of all this, BCS has decided to begin the school year for our elementary campuses in-person, and remotely for Junior and Senior High. We believe this is the best way to serve our students and fulfill our mission.
We believe we have safety protocols in place that allow us to responsibly open our elementary campuses on September 3rd for in-person learning (Grades K-6th). Preschool will begin September 8th at Mack and Three Points.
Junior High & Senior High
We believe that there are currently too many uncontrollable variables to safely open our Junior High and High School program on September 3rd, and plan 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 case count, the Junior and Senior High School will not return until September 21st at the earliest. 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.
One reason for this decision involves the number of discrete individuals each secondary student and teacher will 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.
- 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: