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Reopening Plan - Fall 2020

Updated: August 4, 2020
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We greatly appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to frame and adjust plans to safely reopen Bullis School on campus and with enhanced remote capabilities. The safety of the Bullis community—students, staff, families, and friends—remains our number one priority and abiding concern. Even in these challenging times, Bullis will continue to offer exceptional and innovative programs.

Please know that as we continue to monitor and adhere to current and updated regulatory guidelines and recommendations, our plans and arrangements may change. We have framed our reopening plan to allow nimble and flexible action whenever necessary.

More information and guidelines will be announced in August 2020.

Health & Safety

Health and safety will always be our number one priority.

Choice

We will provide the choice during the time of COVID-19 to be either educated remotely at home or in-person safely at school.

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.

Reopening Plan Overview

Flexibility and the ability to pivot quickly are key characteristics of an excellent independent school, especially now. At this time, there is no definitive statement about how we will start school because circumstances change rapidly. The school will determine which phase we will be operating.

Below are details for a flexible four-phase plan.

These phases may be implemented sequentially, but should circumstances allow, we could begin the school year with Phase 2 or Phase 3. It is also possible that, if circumstances change for the worse once we are in school, we would step back to a lower phase number. The key is being ready to continue our students’ education whatever the situation.

Phase 1: Remote Learning

The Bullis remote learning program in the spring rightly garnered much positive feedback, and we believe that we would be able to improve on this performance. Our teachers are now more experienced in this mode of teaching and will be ready to go on September 1. While we have spent time preparing for in-person teaching, it has gone hand in hand with preparation for remote learning too – we always knew that some students would 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 this fully remote setting, 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

Lower School

  • All students would be in class.
  • The maximum class size would be 12, and most classes would be smaller.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least 6 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.
    • The Gold Team would be in school on Thursday and Friday and would attend remotely via live streaming on Monday and Tuesday.
  • New material would be taught each day.
  • Class sizes would be capped at no more than 10 with most holding far fewer students in person on any one day.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • 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.

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.
    • The Gold Team would be in school on Thursday and Friday and would attend remotely via live streaming on Monday and Tuesday.
  • New material would be taught each day.
  • Class sizes would be capped at no more than 10 with most classes holding far fewer students in person on any day.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • 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.

Phase 3: Hybrid Program B

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 14 students.
  • Classroom capacity has been verified to ensure at least 6 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 6 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

  • 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.

Health & Safety Protocols

In the event that Bullis implements in-person education in the form of Hybrid Model A or B, the following health and safety protocols will be implemented.

Bullis Community 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.

Academic Program

 
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.

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

Since we are giving families the choice about whether to be in school or learn remotely with the Hybrid Models, for planning purposes, we need to know which students are likely to be in school and which students will be taught remotely.

  • Once a family has made a decision, they will have the option to change it, even if school has started.
  • A student that begins school in person may opt after some time to learn remotely, and another student who starts learning 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.