COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Updated July 28, 2020

Below is our most updated information concerning the health and safety measures related to COVID-19. We are monitoring health and safety guidelines each day as they are updated and changed.

Our first day of school is August 13, 2020 and will be held on campus and in-person.

Government Mandates

We will comply with and follow all health and safety mandates required by our elected government representatives. This could cause us to change our current plans before school starts or during the school year.

Health Recommendations

It will not be possible for us to follow all of the many recommendations currently proposed by various health organizations. However, we have been closely monitoring all news and health guidelines and strive to provide a safe environment at Bayshore Christian School.

COVID-19 Exposure

We cannot guarantee that individuals attending school will not be exposed to COVID-19 and other illnesses. It is possible that students, staff, faculty, parents, and visitors will be exposed to COVID-19 and other illnesses while attending school, working at the school, or visiting the school.

Cleaning

Increased cleaning measures have been put in place and are already being followed in all school buildings, classrooms, and public spaces on the BCS campus.

Scheduling

Adjustments have been made to the daily schedule to reduce large group gatherings.

School Visitors

Non-essential school visitors are not permitted to come to campus. Parents are deemed essential but should seek to limit school visitation to essential reasons during this time of heightened COVID-19 precautions.

Washing Hands

Frequent washing of hands is an important habit for students to develop at home and at school. Teachers will plan breaks for handwashing throughout the school day. We have also purchased many additional gallons of hand sanitizer that will be available throughout the school.

Events

Several of the events that are traditionally held each year will be cancelled to eliminate large social gatherings and the possibility of COVID-19 infection. Many of our typical events will be altered to reduce the size of gatherings. We will also adjust or eliminate food and beverage options at many of our events. Please refer to our school calendar for a schedule of events and be aware that detailed information will be communicated before most of our events this year.

Chapel

Weekly times of worship have been divided into four smaller gatherings of grades PK-2, 3-6, 7-8, and 9-12 rather than the typical two groups of grades PK-6 and 7-12. This will allow for increased physical distancing of students and staff as we worship.

Lunch and Recess

Lunch and recess schedules have been planned for smaller gatherings and an increased opportunity for physical distancing. Hand washing will be required before lunch and recess, lunch tables will be disinfected each day, and a new outdoor hand washing station will be available for students to use during or after lunch and recess.

Classrooms

Student desks and tables will be separated from each other as much as possible to allow for increased physical distancing. Teachers will also alter lesson plans to reduce the opportunity for physical contact amongst students. In addition to the increased cleaning by custodial staff, teachers will use disinfectant supplies to sanitize classrooms at the end of each day.

Hallways

Grammar school students will be required to keep distance between each other as they walk between classes. Upper school students will be strongly encouraged to refrain from lingering in close proximity while passing through the hallways, using restrooms, and using lockers.

Masks/Face Coverings

Students (second grade and above), staff, and school visitors are required to wear COVID-19 related masks/face coverings, per the governor’s mandate.

Masks should not have offensive slogans or statements on them and should not become a distraction. Masks must be labeled with the first and last name of the owner to prevent similar looking masks from being accidentally exchanged or lost.

COVID-19, Cold, and/or Flu Symptoms

COVID-19, cold, and/or flu symptoms can appear similar to non-medical individuals. For this reason, students and staff experiencing COVID-19, cold, or flu symptoms shall not come to school until they are symptom free for 72 hours or have been cleared by a medical professional. Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or greater may not come to school until they are symptom free without the assistance of fever suppressing medicine for 72 hours and cleared by a medical professional.

Temperature and Fevers

Parents should frequently check the temperature of their children. Individuals with a temperature of 100 degrees or greater must not come to school or the school property. Any child suspected of having an elevated temperature will be sent to the office and checked for a fever with a touch free infrared thermometer. If a student has an elevated temperature or other significant symptoms of illness, the student will be sent home and must be picked up from school immediately.

COVID-19 Diagnosis

Students, staff, and parents diagnosed with COVID-19 must not attend school or be on the BCS campus. Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 must report the diagnosis to the school, self-isolate until they are no longer infected, and may not return to school without medical clearance. Medical clearance may or may not include a negative test for COVID-19. Medical clearance will be left to the discretion of individual medical professionals and will not be determined by the school.

Individuals living with family members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must report direct exposure to the school and may not attend school for 14 days or until the family member is symptom free and the student and family member have been cleared by a medical professional to return to school.

Extended Absences

We plan to be adaptable, patient, empathetic, and persistent in working with students and families who experience COVID-19 related extended absences from school.

Teachers and staff will work with families during times of self-isolation and other COVID-19 related absences to ensure that students continue to progress academically but cannot guarantee the same academic support provided to students attending school in-person.

Virtual School

We are not able to offer a virtual school option for BCS students concurrently with in-person learning. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff or resources to provide both in-person classes and Teacher Directed Home Learning at the same time.

If there is a high percentage of COVID-19 related absences from one grade or section of a grade, we may need to transition to BCS Teacher Directed Home Learning for a particular class/section/grade for a period of time during the school year.

If a large percentage of the school is ill and cannot attend school, we will consider moving the full school to Teacher Directed Home Learning for 14 days while the school is cleaned, and individuals recover.

Rumors and Fear

Anxiety is running high for some families right now, but please resist the temptation to be caught up in rumors, gossip, or fear. Simple comments could easily turn into rumors of families not following BCS requirements or you could be tempted to fear that families will send sick children to school. Please talk directly to families or BCS staff with whom you have concerns. Do not allow fear or rumors to cause division in our sweet BCS community this year!

Unity and Trust

All families must be mindful and careful to follow COVID-19 health and safety requirements for the good of our school and community. Trust each other and know that the administrative team will be very proactive in the enforcement of our health and safety plan.

School Choice

We know you have a choice of how to educate your children and where to send them to school. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you as we raise the next generation and train them in knowledge, faith, wisdom, and virtue.

God has greatly blessed the BCS community with highly involved, committed, and like-minded families. We can and will have a great year if we are all patient with each other, empathetic toward each other, and work together for the Good of our children and the glory of God!

COVID-19 FAQs

No. We are making plans to connect with our grandparents by video this year.

No. These will be cancelled for this year and we will welcome students and parents back to school in new ways.

Yes. Singing is an important part of worship and an important part of our educational curriculum.

Yes. We have purchased more picnic tables for outdoor lunches and will be setting up many more tables than last year for our indoor lunch options. We will also continue to use classroom spaces for lunch options for some of our youngest grades.

Yes. Recess is a very important part of the BCS curriculum.

No. We are spacing desks and rows as much as possible but will not be able to guarantee that they are six feet apart. Most of the students will be approximately three to four feet apart in the classrooms.

Yes. Teachers will set and enforce clear guidelines to increase personal space and distancing.

Yes. Upper school students (grades 7-12) are strongly encouraged to wear masks when passing between classes.

We will follow the mandate and require masks to be worn to school.

There will most likely be exceptions built into any mandate that is passed down by the government and we will communicate more details if this situation should occur.

No. Masks will not be required during physical activity. We are also following the AHSAA guidelines for sports practices.

Teachers will not be required to wear a mask when they are physically distanced from the students and teaching a group of students. Teachers will be required to wear a mask when instructional plans require close contact (ex. one on one instruction or walking around the room).

No. Please refrain from images that could be disturbing to our youngest students.

Yes. This style of masks should be worn around the neck (not in hair, around arms, etc.) or put away when not being worn.

Masks may be removed during times of eating and drinking.

Medical exemptions from wearing masks are allowable for physical, mental, or emotional reasons.  Students must obtain and submit a note from a medical professional to claim an exemption to the mask mandate. Medical exceptions must be submitted to principals (grammar school students to Mrs. Brown and upper school students to Mr. Hensley).

Yes. Along with recess, P.E., lunch, and snacks, we are also working with teachers to allow for additional periods of time to take the students for short walks and other breaks. We are also seeking to have some classes outside when possible.

Students will not be expected to complete all assignments but must complete assignments that are required by teachers.

Yes. Teachers and administrators are accustomed to working with students who miss extended periods of class for concussions, strep throat, broken legs, and many other family emergencies and will use a similar flexible and individualized approach to helping students learn major concepts needed to keep pace with the class.

Please contact your school principal (Mrs. Brown, grades PK-6 or Mr. Hensley, grades 7-12) to discuss an alternate learning plan for your child. Our current resources might limit the options we can provide, but please know that we will seek to provide an alternative plan for highly vulnerable students.

No. We want to do everything possible to keep the school operating with in-person classes on our campus.

A government mandate or a high percentage of illnesses. We want to do everything possible to learn together in-person at the BCS campus.

We will continue with a long-term substitute or the teacher will teach remotely from home while the students gather at BCS.

It will be similar to Teacher Directed Home Learning, however, we have learned and adjusted our approach. We are currently assigning all students a BCS email and setting up a new learning platform that is integrated with FACTS (formerly RenWeb). I am thankful for the experience we had last year and look forward to providing an improved experience and increased teacher involvement if remote learning is needed for a period of time. Again, it is our strong desire to have remote learning as the last option and to learn together in-person on the BCS campus.