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We are carefully monitoring for changes in the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region. As plans, information, and updates change, we will notify the Bullis community directly through email and on this page www.bullis.org/coronavirus.

Posted 04/03/2020 08:30PM

Dear Bullis Community,

Our remote learning classes resumed smoothly this week as students and teachers engaged in a creative approach to continuing studies and activities. Despite schedules and some gray skies, I hope everyone found time to get outside to enjoy fresh air and the sight of cherry blossoms and spring flowers, and to find ways to connect(using appropriate distancing!) with family and friends. In the midst of the extraordinary situation we are all experiencing, the silver lining is the chance to newly appreciate simple joys.

Following Governor Hogan's shelter-in-place order for Marylanders, along with similar orders set by Governor Northam and Mayor Bowser for our Virginia and DC families, the Bullis campus will remain closed until at least April 30. I recognize that the prospect of returning to campus even then is unlikely, yet I am gradually pushing our return out as we watch the situation evolve. It would energize our community if it became possible to honor our senior class in some fashion on campus. However, we will always put the safety and welfare of our students and community first. For now, we are keeping a careful eye on developments.

Today completes our first four-day week of remote classes for a total of seven days of online and remote learning. Our students are benefitting from the opportunity to learn and enjoying the chance to interact with their classmates and teachers. Please join me in congratulating and cheering on our students for their work, and our teachers for remarkable teamwork and dedication to the well-being and education of our students.

As we transition to a fully remote program, we hope to engage students in continuous learning in a positive and supportive environment. To better understand the teaching and learning experience from various perspectives, next week we will send a short survey to K-12 parents, students in grades 6-12, and K-12 faculty. We look forward to receiving your feedback in the surveys, which will be shared with the administrative team and used to improve the teaching and learning experience for our entire community.

On Monday, parents can expect to see an email survey from Lisa Vardi, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning; Upper School students will receive an email survey from Kira Orr, Upper School Assistant Head; and Faith Darling, Dean of Faculty, will send a survey out to faculty members. On Tuesday, April 7, Middle School students will receive a survey from Jason Kezmarsky, Middle School Assistant Head. Thank you for your responses.

Monday, April 6, is also our first remote learning theme day, and we begin, of course, with Blue & Gold Day! I encourage students, staff, and families to dress in your most spirited Bullis Blue & Gold outfits, and share your Bullis look with us in virtual classes and on social media. Instead of filling classrooms and stadium stands with blue and gold, let's fill social media with Bullis spirit and show our belief in this great school and community. 

For nearly ten years, our school motto has been "the Bullis Way," and we remain proud of that. Given the uncertainty in the world today and our respect for the life of every person, those we know and others we may never meet, we want to realign our motto to "Bullis Strong." This variation was suggested today by Associate Head of School Tim Simpson, a longtime Bullis teacher, coach, and administrator. Together—Bullis Strong—we can make a difference for others who are suffering from health issues, the loss of loved ones, jobs lost, or a sense of fear and insecurity. Together, Bullis Strong, we are a community with a bond of caring about others. Many of us have felt this caring at some point during our experience at Bullis, and that carries over into our being known as a caring community. All around us, Bullis students, parents, staff, and alumni are making a difference in large and small ways, in obvious or in quiet ways.

The following are just a few of the Bullis people who are finding ways to make a difference for others during this local and global emergency:

  • With ingenuity and caring, Bullis students Tyler Kuehl '21 and Ethan Till '21, with BITlab Coordinator Matt Zigler, have been working in the BITlab to prototype and generate N95-style masks to share in the medical community (read more here).
  • Bullis alumni Carly Steren '14, Amanda Cohen '14, and Chelsea Widerlite '14 are organizing through Fuel the Fight an effort to bring donated meals from area restaurants to local health care workers.
  • Adam Greenberg, Bullis parent and vice chair of our Board of Trustees, is delivering food to area hospitals and first responders, and has set up—with a matching gift—a $10,000 gofundme fundraiser to be able to continue delivering food for weeks to come.
  • Adam Hanin '92, a Bullis parent, has partnered with an apparel manufacturer in Los Angeles that had lost business, and is now employing its staff in manufacturing cloth masks as part of a new nonprofit effort, TheMaskMovement.com. Their original intention was to donate 10K masks. The response has been so strong that they achieved that number in the first 48 hours. Donors are invited to purchase masks that will be shipped to hospitals, and for every two masks purchased, three are created at a low cost, with numbers increasing rapidly. The first shipments will go to hospitals in NYC and Los Angeles and the list of hospitals is growing.

I know there are countless other Bullis community members making a difference too. I want to know who you are and what you are doing so we can share your story. Please contact us to let us know about your effort. The bond in this community, and between all people, grows stronger and extends farther the more we share our inner strength and fortitude with others, and the more we step forward to help in any way we can.

Please join us in our Bullis Strong effort to shine a bright light for others and stand together in this time of crisis.

Stay healthy and safe.

My best regards,

Gerald L. Boarman, Ed.D.

Posted 03/27/2020 11:22PM

Dear Bullis Parents,

I want to thank you for your tremendous support of your families and our community during these trying weeks. At home—and for the few of us on this eerily quiet campus—we are all working together to provide your children with the highest quality educational program, presenting needed content while capturing the process of learning in a congenial atmosphere.

Given that Governor Hogan has declared that Maryland schools will be closed until Friday, April 24, with students returning no earlier than April 27, we are following his order and will continue teaching via our remote learning program. We realize that continual remote learning without direct human connection is not easy for students or faculty. A schedule that requires students and teachers to sit in front of screens for five consecutive days each week without human interaction poses various instructional and social challenges.

More in this update:

  • Four-day remote learning schedule
  • Theme days
  • Calendar changes: event cancelations and postponements
  • Senior activities

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Posted 03/27/2020 11:08PM

Dear Bullis Students,

I want to thank all of you for your outstanding effort last week as we began our remote learning program. You are part of the Bullis team as we all work together to provide you a quality education in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

As you probably heard, Governor Hogan declared that Maryland schools will be closed until Friday, April 24, with students returning no earlier than April 27. We are following his order and will continue teaching through our remote learning program. We know that continual remote learning without direct human connection is not easy for students or their teachers. Having to sit in front of screens for five consecutive days each week without human interaction poses various instructional and social challenges.

More in this update:

  • Four-day remote learning schedule
  • Theme Days
  • Event cancelations and postponements
  • Senior activities
  • Remote Learning reminders

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Posted 03/25/2020 08:00PM

Dear Bullis Community,

I hope you are all enjoying time to relax during our spring break. As promised, I want to keep you up-to-date with any changes and developments at Bullis. Today, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland public schools would remain closed through April 24, and Bullis will also follow his recommendation. The Bullis campus will remain closed through Friday, April 24. If feasible, we would return to campus on Monday, April 27. We will make that decision later as we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation in our local area and beyond.

Our remote learning program, which proved very successful last week, will resume on Tuesday, March 31 as planned, now continuing through April 24. Please know that we are carefully considering every educational, social, and activity component for your children with each decision we make, and we will continue to do so over the next several weeks. The Bullis senior administrative team is meeting often to address every aspect regarding the needs of our students and our community. Our priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and to continue educational support for your children.

Later this week, I will send out a letter to update you regarding measures we have taken on campus and a few other matters of interest to the community. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding and are grateful for your support during this difficult time. I hope you are all safe and healthy.

My best regards,

Gerald L. Boarman, Ed.D.

Posted 03/20/2020 08:00AM

Dear Bullis Community,

The weather lately is gloomy with promise of better to come soon—and I hope, as you do too, that blue skies in every sense are ahead for everyone across the globe. With campus closure and working and learning from home in place, I will be updating you regularly about Bullis efforts and measures during this challenging time.

Today, with Spring Break about to begin, I am very grateful that our Bullis students are able to follow a regular school day schedule as their education continues. I am aware and saddened that this is not possible for many students in many schools just now. But it is good to know that the Bullis remote learning plan is allowing teachers and students to engage in purposeful activities and discussions, and fun interactions as well.

The successful launch of our remote learning program is due in large part to the expertise and foresight of our Technology team, headed by Director of Technology Jamie Dickie—and to the skills, flexibility, resourcefulness, and teamwork of our amazing teachers and staff. The Tech Team is doing a wonderful job of implementing and maintaining the platforms, including Google Meet and Haiku (now PowerSchool) and other resources being utilized by students and teachers.

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Posted 03/16/2020 06:00PM

Dear Bullis Community,

In my letter on Thursday, March 12, I announced the closure of school as of Friday afternoon and plans for remote learning. We met with instructional staff today through Google Meet to continue planning your child's education during the next few weeks. The staff is excited about the opportunities that the Google Meet platform and other remote learning activities will provide your children. We are confident we can continue to provide a quality educational experience.

In this update

Bullis Remote Learning Plan: Guidelines for Families/Parents and Students

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Posted 03/12/2020 04:15PM

Dear Bullis Community,

For the last few weeks we have actively monitored the local and world situation regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19). Our abiding concern is always the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community. Please note that while we still have no incidence of the illness on campus, in considering all factors and in the very best interests of our community, we have decided to close the school for students as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13.

Please carefully review the details in this message.

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Posted 03/06/2020 04:00PM

Dear Bullis Community,

I want to update my previous letter from earlier this week. Please see additional details for those who have upcoming international travel plans, especially in light of the three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County.

Updates include:

  • Readiness
  • Quarantine
  • Domestic Trips
  • Potential School Closing Decisions and How You Can Prepare

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Posted 03/02/2020 12:00PM

Dear Bullis Community,

Each day, as Head of School, I am cognizant and concerned about the safety and well-being of Bullis students, staff members, and our community. With that in mind, I am following up on my initial letter of January 28 regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19) with updates about precautions and temporary policies to be implemented here at Bullis.

We have identified key areas of concern at Bullis and are implementing a targeted approach regarding;

  1. steps to prevent the spread of contagious infection among our community and on our physical campus,
  2. our response in case of a necessary school closure, and
  3. travel guidelines for school-sponsored trips and travel among staff and the larger Bullis community.

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Posted 01/28/2020 11:00AM

Dear Bullis Community,

We are monitoring the information currently available relative to the Coronavirus outbreak in China. According to the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, the incubation period is 14 days. Now that we are more than 21 days past the return of our students from winter break trips, we can report that none of our kids have exhibited any flu-like symptoms.

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