March 12, 2020
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 below.
Tomorrow, March 13, students will report to school by 9:15 a.m. as previously scheduled. During the hour before students arrive, faculty will continue to prepare for remote teaching and learning. Students will follow a special schedule to include an assembly, giving Dr. Boarman an opportunity to speak to students about the situation. They will then meet with teachers in their classes to discuss their remote learning schedule and expectations. Students will be dismissed at the regular times, and will be instructed to bring home whatever they will need over the extended break. All afterschool activities, including athletic games, practices, and other activities, will be canceled tomorrow and until further notice. Please note that there will be no late buses and no Extended Day. Students must depart campus by 4:00 p.m.
On Monday, March 16, Bullis faculty and staff will report to work as usual. Teachers will receive additional training for remote learning procedures, and some will also be preparing materials for students to use during the at-home learning phase. Please watch for information from your children's teachers with more details.
On Tuesday, March 17, staff will be on campus to continue preparations for remote learning.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, students will begin remote learning with their teachers. At the end of the school day on Friday, March 20, our Spring Break will begin as scheduled. Please note that all Bullis-sponsored trips during the break will be canceled. Watch for communications from division leaders and trip organizers regarding details for involved students and families.
We will resume remote learning on Tuesday, March 31, and continue through Friday, April 3. Should we need to extend beyond April 3, we will notify you as soon as possible. In addition, please note that Lower School Discovery Days will be postponed.
We are preparing a comprehensive document about this remote learning program containing specifics for each division and for students, staff, and families. We will share this with you by the afternoon of Monday, March 16.
The decision has been made to cancel the Bullis Gala, scheduled for Friday, March 13. Further information will be forthcoming from the Gala committee. We value the dedication of our volunteers and staff members, who have been planning this event for months. We know you join us in thanking them for their efforts.
We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding, and support in this unique and challenging situation. Be assured that we want to protect our school community and also ensure that learning and educational experiences continue for your children. We are making careful decisions and arrangements while remaining flexible and ready to make adjustments as needed. Should the situation change in any way, we will inform you immediately.
In such times, it is gratifying to have a community that is so supportive of each other as we transition from campus to remote learning. This is the reason, every day, that the Bullis staff and community cherish working with your children. Stay safe and be well.
My best regards,
Gerald L. Boarman, Ed.D.