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. 

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As recommendations change for how schools should be conducting classes in the midst of the pandemic, BSM updated their learning model for Quarter 4. Read a letter from President Ehrmantraut detailing this update to the learning model. 

Parents may reference the COVID-19 Education Plan to understand the operational model and expectations of our Red Knight community for the 2020-2021 school year as the guiding principals and mitigation strategies remain in place.

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2020-2021 Academic Calendar

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions 

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.