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Reopening Plan 2020-21

Updated: October 27, 2020

Flexible Four-Phase Plan

In preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, Bullis has created a flexible four-phase plan as well as plans for implementing health and safety protocols.

Plan Quicklinks

Bullis reopening guide August 17, 2020

Click image to download the Fall 2020 Master Reopening Guide.

 


Health & Safety

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and community is our utmost priority.
  • Bullis has demonstrated this duty of care and safeguarding of our students and staff for decades and always will.
  • During this crucial time, we are committed to ensuring the safest conditions possible on campus, and have implemented strict protocols and precautionary steps as we continue to remain protective of the safety of our community.

Choice of In-Person or Remote Learning for Hybrid Models A & B

  • Within the hybrid models, Bullis families will be given the choice to have students in school or learning remotely, and will have the option to change a decision even after school has started.
  • A student beginning school in person may opt after some time to learn remotely, while another who starts remotely may opt to come to school.
  • For organizational reasons and for the sake of the teachers, we will not be able to accommodate a student going back and forth repeatedly.

World-Class Education

  • While the nature of our school and the relationships with teachers mean that we believe this is best carried out in person, we are committed to ensuring that our remote learning program will be second to none.
Bullis Health & Safety Protocols updated 10/27/2020

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Bullis Community Wellness Pledge

Bullis wellness pledge

Prior to the opening of school, we will require that all students, faculty, and staff read, sign, and honor the Bullis Community Wellness Pledge. This commitment to safe health practices will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community and protect the well-being of all.

Reopening Plan Phases

Flexibility and the ability to pivot quickly are key characteristics of an excellent independent school. The flexibility of the Bullis plan will ensure a full education for our students throughout the year, along with a multi-layered approach involving the important partnership between families and the School to support student well-being. In addition to implementing safety requirements on campus, we can rely on family support to help ensure continuity, health, and success for our students. Together the Bullis community can help to keep everyone healthy.

 

Phase 1: Remote Learning

Bullis remote learning

The Bullis remote learning program in the spring garnered much positive feedback, and we will be able to improve on this performance. Our teachers have gained experience in this mode of teaching and will be ready to go on the first day of school. While preparing for in-person teaching, Bullis faculty members are also preparing for remote learning, knowing some students will not be able to attend.

  • All students would be educated remotely.
  • Classes would be conducted daily and would be synchronous.
  • There would be opportunities for non-synchronous learning, as well as individualized video conferencing with teachers when possible.
  • In the fully remote setting of Phase 1, Bullis students will continue to receive a robust academic experience.
  • Faculty will use educational technology to engage students in opportunities that are developmentally appropriate and will be mindful of the need to balance on-screen and off-screen tasks based on student needs and learning goals.
  • Using best practices to provide on-screen instruction, teacher-connected support, and activities with appropriate screen time, students will learn, practice, then reconnect with teachers for feedback.
  • Mindful of the need to provide connection and social-emotional support during remote learning, students will connect frequently with classmates, teachers, counselors, and learning support staff. 

► Phase 2: Hybrid Program A (Current Phase)

Bullis student using whiteboard

Lower School

  • All students would be in class.
  • The maximum class size is 12, and most classes would be smaller.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least six feet of physical distancing.
  • Livestreamed classes would be available for those students unable to attend in person.

Middle School

  • Classes would be split into Blue and Gold Teams.
    • Blue Team would be in school on Monday and Tuesday and would attend remotely via live streaming on Thursday and Friday.
    • Gold Team would be in school on Thursday and Friday and would attend remotely via live streaming on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Wednesdays would be online for all students with a combination of asynchronous academic activities and synchronous community activities such as advisory and class meetings and provide both a health break and deep cleaning day.
  • New material would be taught each day.
  • Class sizes would be reduced with most classes holding far fewer students in person on any day.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least six feet of physical distancing.

Upper School

  • Classes would be split into Blue and Gold Teams.
    • Blue Team would be in school on Monday and Tuesday and would attend remotely via live streaming on Thursday and Friday.
    • Gold Team would be in school on Thursday and Friday and would attend remotely via live streaming on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Wednesdays would be online for all students with a combination of asynchronous academic activities and synchronous community activities such as advisory and class meetings and provide both a health break and deep cleaning day on campus.
  • New material would be taught each day.
  • Class sizes would be reduced with most classes holding far fewer students in person on any day.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least six feet of physical distancing.

Phase 3: Hybrid Program B

Bullis students in class

Lower School

  • All students would be in class.
  • The maximum class size would be 12, and most classes would be smaller.
  • Livestreamed classes would be available for those students unable to attend in person.

Middle School

  • All Middle School students would be in school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Wednesdays would be a remote learning day for all students.
  • Class sizes would be limited to 16 students.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least six feet of physical distancing.
  • Livestreamed classes would be available for those students unable to attend in person.

Upper School

  • All Upper School students would be in school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Wednesdays would be a remote learning day for all students.
  • Class sizes would be limited to 16 students.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least six feet of physical distancing.
  • Livestreamed classes would be available for those students unable to attend in person.

Phase 4: Regular Bullis Program With Safety Protocols as Needed

  • Bullis outdoor spaces students eating lunch
    All students would attend school on campus.
  • The remote learning option would no longer be available; all students would be expected to attend school in-person.
  • It is likely that we will only be able to enter this phase when the public health crisis is over.

Upcoming Testing

Health & Safety Protocols

Bullis is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students and staff. We are adhering to CDC guidelines, State and County recommendations, and consulting with our own panel of medical and legal experts. Multiple preventive measures are in place on campus, and students, faculty and staff, and all campus visitors will be expected to follow safe practices at all times.

Modified Dress Code Information During COVID-19

Please note these additional details regarding recent modifications to the Bullis dress code requirements:

Lower School (LS)

Lower School uniform requirements will be relaxed as follows:

  • Students should wear a sneaker or tennis shoe that will be suitable for Physical Education (PE) and other outdoor activities
  • They will not need to bring a separate pair of PE tennis shoes to use at school.
  • If families have difficulty purchasing skirts, we plan to be flexible at the start of the year, as some sizes are on backorder.
  • All Lower School students are welcome to wear khaki shorts for warm weather dress.
  • For winter dress, all students may wear long-sleeved polo shirts or the oxford without a tie.

Middle School (MS)

Updated 9/10/20: Please note these updates to the MS dress code modifications.

In-Person Uniform Expectations
  • Boys and girls should wear a white or blue polo shirt.
  • Boys may wear navy, khaki, or gray bermuda-length shorts or plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers/chino style pants as part of their fall weather uniform. They can wear shorts until the winter uniform requirements begin in November; please note this modification is for this year only.
  • Girls may wear navy, khaki, or gray bermuda-length shorts, plain-front or pleated (boot cut or straight leg) dockers/chino style pants, or the uniform skort as part of their fall uniform. They may wear shorts until the winter uniform requirements begin in November; please note this modification is for this year only.
  • MS students are permitted to wear Sperrys or other approved dress shoes during the day and change their shoes before athletics. They may also opt to wear their athletic shoes for the entire day.
  • Families are encouraged to purchase all-black athletic shoes for their students to align with our traditional uniform expectations. Athletic shoe exceptions will be made this year if families cannot find all-black shoes.

Remote Learning Uniform Expectations
  • When students are in a remote setting, they are required to wear a white or navy blue polo shirt.
  • Students may also wear any approved sweatshirt or quarter-zip.

Upper School (US)

  • Please note that the US warm-weather uniform does not have any changes.
  • However, when we move to the winter uniform,
    • ties will not be required, and
    • US students may choose to wear short-sleeve or long-sleeve polos or the oxford button-down shirt.

Modified Footwear

Students will not be able to change their clothes for athletics during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • They should wear black leather lace tennis shoes to school. (Please note: the shoes must be entirely black.)
  • Shoes should be made of brown or black leather and must have closed toes and heels

Please direct specific questions about LS, MS, or US dress code modifications to the division offices.

Additional Information

Bullis Lower School math science

Bullis is committed to providing a robust program of academics, arts, and physical education for students, with all aspects grounded in the School’s mission of preparing our students to become caring citizens and creative, critical thinkers who thrive today and into the future.

Our K-12 teaching and learning framework facilitates faculty in building authentic relationships with students, and fosters learning that inspires creativity, engagement, and mastery. Faculty will continually gauge how students are doing and give effective, continuous feedback. This individualized approach is particularly important during this time of physical distancing, safety precautions, and combined learning approaches.

Support for Teachers

In the event that Bullis implements in-person education in the form of Hybrid Model A or B, it is incumbent upon the school to tend to the medical and childcare needs of its employees. We are ready to implement the following:

  • Bullis will offer its employees free childcare for all children, kindergarten through eighth grade. These children will be supervised in the East campus classrooms and have support for their own online education and activities.
  • Bullis will provide a significant monthly stipend to all employees to help cover childcare for pre-school aged children.
  • Bullis will accommodate all employees who have documented underlying health concerns that prevent them from being on campus during this time. These employees will work from home and Bullis will cover their on-campus responsibilities.

Conclusion

As we monitor the local and regional situation and adhere to regulatory guidelines and directives in the coming weeks, we will continue to refine our reopening plans.

The progression of the pandemic is uncertain, and we must remain nimble and flexible in considering how best to educate our students in the coming year. The Head of School and lead administrators, together with the Board of Trustees, will continue to be advised by a panel that includes two senior physicians from the National Institutes of Health as well as attorneys who will review regulatory issues.

Because of the scale and nature of our campus, Bullis is in a position that few schools can match. Any return to on-campus learning faces challenges, and we are committed to resolving those issues. In the midst of the ongoing global circumstances, we remain committed to keeping every student and staff member safe on campus, while we continue to provide an exemplary education for every Bullis student.