BSM welcomes students on-campus for the 2020-2021 school year. To keep students and community members safe while providing an exceptional education, BSM has implemented many mitigation strategies.
Watch BSM's Back to School video for highlights on what Red Knights can expect upon arrival, in the hallways and classrooms, and for lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Masks are a critical component of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, and compliance to the policy regarding masks is expected of all. Wearing a mask while on campus is mandatory. With the exception of when the student is eating lunch, students need to properly wear their mask while at BSM. If a student forgets his or her mask, the school will provide one up to three times with no charge, after which there will be a charge for a mask. Masks must be a solid color or a generic pattern. No logos, symbols, words, or pictures are allowed on the masks. The exception would be if the mask is an official BSM branded mask, then it is allowed. For students, face shields without a mask is not an option.
The school has found that when students know why rules are in place, they are much more likely to follow them. Faculty and staff are committed to educating students about the importance of masks and social distancing protocols, and adults on campus are expected to model and reinforce these behaviors. Students who are unwilling to comply with these procedures cannot attend class in person.
Masks must be worn at all times (except for lunch and band practice, which have their own distancing and safety protocols). Entry-point signage will indicate mask-only areas, and if a student forgets to bring a mask, the school will provide one. If a student is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, virtual learning will be the safest option for them and their peers.
The school has also ensured that areas where students and faculty will be in place for more than fifteen minutes (classrooms, common learning areas and lunch, for example) are arranged so that people are distanced at least six feet apart. If a classroom cannot safely accommodate all students in a class, some students will access the class virtually from an adult-supervised, socially distanced shared learning space on a rotational basis. During passing times, pickups, and drop offs, faculty will also ensure that students do not congregate but rather move directly to their designated learning spaces.
The school will open at 7 a.m. or shortly after. Compared to past years, the building will be more restricted to ensure that the building has been thoroughly cleaned and is ready to safely accommodate students.
Staff will monitor morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up to ensure that students do not congregate but rather move directly to their learning spaces or transportation. Staff will also monitor distancing and mask compliance while students wait for temperature scans before entering the building.
Unless they are participating in afterschool activities or seeking academic support, students must be picked up by 5 p.m. Exceptions will be made for siblings of students who participate in these activities.
If students have their BSM Hour as their first or last class of the day, they are welcome—and encouraged—to respectively arrive on campus late or leave early.
The after school environment at BSM will be more structured than in years past. Students who stay on campus after school hours must be 1) involved in an after school activity or sport, or 2) seeking academic support from a teacher. All other students must leave campus no later than 5 p.m. Students will be required to be in an assigned area and seated physically distanced from other students.
Siblings of students involved in these after school activities may remain on campus, though the school must be notified so students have a safe, socially distant place to wait until their sibling’s activity is finished.
To ensure social distancing, BSM has limited the number of people who can be in a given classroom (desks are also spaced six feet apart). When the number of students in a class exceeds the classroom’s capacity, the remainder of students will virtually access the classroom from a Common Learning Area. These students will be selected on a rotational basis to ensure that classroom time is equitable.
Common Learning Areas are larger spaces like the atrium, theater, and library where students will be socially distanced and able to access the classroom live stream. Students will also be able to participate in classroom discussions from the Common Learning Area. Faculty members will always be on site in the Common Learning Areas to provide support and supervision in these settings.
In addition to enforcement of mask and social distancing protocols, all on-campus students and staff are required to complete a daily personal health screening that evaluates whether they can safely come to school. Anyone who enters the building is required to undergo a temperature screening.
BSM has also invested in air sanitizing equipment, an upgraded HVAC system, and touchless fixtures to ensure a safe facility. Cleaning schedules have also been intensified and will integrate sterilizing cleaning products.
Yes, classrooms in the main building have the FC48 bipolar ionization products added to their rooftop HVAC units. CLICK HERE to view the specification sheet. These units have an upgraded MERV 13 filter installed as well. HEPA filters are not installed on these units because they restrict air flow too much.
Classrooms without compatiable HVAC units will have individual air purifiers in them. The IQAir HealthPro Plus model has a HEPA filter and bipolar ionization. CLICK HERE to view the specification sheet for these products.