BSM's COVID-19 Education Plan

The following information outlines our COVID-19 Education Plan for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) throughout the school year to ensure the safest possible learning environment for our students, and will keep the BSM community informed of any new developments. 

Quick Links: 

 

Read our complete COVID-19 Education Plan to understand the operational model and expectations of our Red Knight community for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Watch the 2020-2021 Education Model Webinar that was held August 10, 2020 to learn more BSM's COVID-19 Education Plan.

 

Calendars

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is BSM using the cohort model (students on campus every other day) for grades 10-12?

Ideally, all students would be on-site, socially distanced, and in the classroom every day. Unfortunately, the building cannot daily accommodate the entire student body and simultaneously allow the school to implement essential mitigation procedures. Students in grades 7-9 require more adult and peer engagement to help them build academic skills and grow emotionally and socially. Developmentally, students in grades 10-12 have the academic habits and maturity to navigate more intensive virtual learning. Under the cohort model, BSM complies with Hennepin County guidelines for school reopenings and can more safely administer a quality classroom experience.

How are cohorts determined?

Cohorts are assigned randomly using an Excel spreadsheet that accounts for a balance of grade levels and allows for siblings to be in the same cohort. While BSM acknowledges that social connections are important, we will not take special requests to be in the same cohort. We will do our best to put carpools that ride together every day in the same cohort; we will not take requests for carpools that do not ride together every day. Parents are asked to register their student’s carpool by clicking here.

What days will cohorts be on campus?

Cohorts in the hybrid model will be on campus every other day, excluding weekends and no-school days. Click Here to see the Academic Calendar that shows the days each cohort will be on campus.

Can my carpool be in the same cohort?

We will do our best to assign carpools to the same cohort. CLICK HERE to register your carpool.

Can families switch from virtual to in-class learning models?

Yes, students interested in changing learning models may do so at any point in the year. To switch from virtual to in-person learning, students should contact each teacher directly via email within two weeks of returning to class. This is to allow the teacher time to adjust the seating chart and class rotation. To transition from in-person to virtual learning, students can simply inform the appropriate principal of their decision, and proceed to virtual classes.

In-person students who are not feeling well are asked to stay home and attend classes virtually. Parents are asked to call the JH or SH attendance line to report that their child will be attending class virtually that particular day.

 

What happens when a student or staff member tests positive or is symptomatic? What happens if you have been in contact with them?

If someone at BSM tests positive for COVID-19: People with positive tests should seek medical attention, and they cannot be permitted to return to campus until they have been cleared by their healthcare provider and the Minnesota Department of Health, who will also be informed of the positive diagnosis. Communications will be sent to all student families, faculty, and staff, which will indicate that someone in the school community has tested positive. These communications will not identify who has tested positive.

 

If you have been in contact with a symptomatic person with an unknown diagnosis: Anybody who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 cannot come to campus. If you have been within six feet of a symptomatic person for more than fifteen minutes, BSM asks that you quarantine and participate only in virtual classes until the symptomatic person has been tested.

 

If you have come in contact with a student or faculty member who tests positive for COVID-19: When a member of the BSM community tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be initiated. Staff and students will be interviewed, and classroom seating assignments will be evaluated to determine who was in close contact with the person who tested positive. This group, who has been within six feet of the infected person for more than fifteen minutes, will receive separate communications that notify of potential exposure. Recipients of this letter will be required to move to virtual classes and quarantine for fourteen days.

 

How will BSM ensure a quality educational experience for virtual students? How has online learning improved since last year?

Teachers have designed their lesson plans with virtual students in mind and have had extensive professional development around online platforms like Zoom. To ensure that virtual students have the best possible streaming experience, conference cameras have been placed in all classrooms, and the school has invested in a more powerful internet system.

Moreover, under the block schedule (in which students have three or four, rather than eight, classes per quarter), instructors are responsible for significantly fewer students per quarter and are thus able to devote more individualized attention to virtual students. The school is committed to ensuring that support for virtual students is accessible and effective.

 

Can virtual learning students participate in on-site after school activities and sports?

Yes. Students participating in the all-virtual learning environment can physically come to campus to participate in after-school activities and sports.

Can I add a class in place of my BSM Hour?

No. The BSM academic program for grades 10 through 12 consists of seven courses and one BSM Hour. The BSM Hour provides students with time during the school day to access a variety of resources, including time to meet with Guidance & College Counselors, opportunities for peer tutoring, being a TA for a teacher, time for quiet study, time to make up a test or to meet with a teacher as available. Because we are on the Quarter Block, the BSM Hour only shows up in a student’s schedule for one of the quarters per semester. This will require some flexibility when the student does not have his/her BSM Hour during a particular quarter. We are not able to accommodate student requests to put a class in place of the BSM Hour because our academic program, which includes staffing and room assignments, is built on seven academic courses, and we would be unable to meet the demand to expand our program to eight academic courses. In a Quarter Block system, three academic courses is considered a full load.

How will AP teachers prepare students for the test in May given the Quarter Block schedule?

Depending on which quarter the AP class meets, there may be a time gap between the end of the course and when the student sits for the AP exam. Depending on the course and the quarters the class meets, teachers may give an assignment (or set of assignments) during the “off quarter” to help ensure a smoother transition to the quarter that the class meets. For example, if the AP class meets the second and fourth quarter, the teacher may give an assignment during the first and third quarter. Each teacher will communicate directly with students regarding the expectations for work done outside of the quarter a class meets.

How much time should a student expect to work on homework with the Quarter Block schedule?

Senior high students should expect to do between 1.5 to 2 total hours of homework each night depending on the student’s course of study. Students in AP courses will most likely spend more time while students with more general electives will spend less time each night. Students are advised to use a calendar or planner to keep track of project deadlines, upcoming assessments, and other important deadlines.