BPS to Seek Waiver to Delay Transition to In-Person Learning

BPS to Seek Waiver to Delay Transition to In-Person Learning

Dear BPS Families,

The state is requiring school districts to begin transitioning K-8 students to a full-time, in-person learning model. Requirements for high schools will be announced next month.

After this news was announced, our team quickly got to work to determine what we would need to do to ensure a safe and smooth transition to in-person learning. We are proposing the following plan to the state:

  • Students in sub-separate classrooms would transition to full-time, in-person learning on April 5. All other classrooms would remain hybrid and move to 50 percent capacity that same day, meaning students would be in school up to three days per week. 
  • Students in preK-8 would then transition to full-time, in-person learning on April 26.
  • BHS students would remain in a hybrid learning model until further notice.

Remote learning will remain an option for families through the end of the year, however under this proposal hybrid learning would cease to be an option for preK-8 on April 26. After April 26, we would require four weeks’ notice prior to transitioning any remote learner back to the classroom. Remote learners should expect to receive more independent work beginning April 26.

When we move to in-person learning, classrooms will be reconfigured to allow three feet of space between students. Students must continue to sit six feet apart at lunch. The district is renting large tents so that lunches can be held outdoors.

We ask parents of PreK-8 students to complete this survey so we have an accurate estimate of the number of students who plan to stay fully remote when we move to in-person learning. We will require a final decision in early April once our plan is reviewed and approved by the state.

If you’d like to learn more about our plan, please click here. We will release further details as soon as we find out if our plan has been approved by the state.

Thank you,

Superintendent Thomas


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