08/05/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/05/2020 13:09
Bellevue City Schools
Reset and Restart Reopening Plan
School Year 2020-21
UPDATED AUGUST 5, 2020
On July 24, 2020 the CDC released updated guidance for the reopening of schools during the COVID pandemic. The Bellevue City Schools reopening plan has been updated to reflect the CDC guidance regarding 6' of social distancing and the use of facial coverings. Due to an increase in COVID confirmed cases in Bellevue it has been recommended by both the Huron County Health Director and Sandusky County Health Director that Bellevue City Schools open in the Blended Learning Model. The Bellevue City School District remains committed to returning to face-to-face instruction for two days per week and remote instruction three days per week in order to maintain 6' of social distancing for the staff and students. We feel it is imperative for the safety of our staff and students to follow the updated CDC guidance and can only accomplish this with the Blended Learning Model. This will be a fluid system as we move throughout the school year in response to the virus outbreaks and community spread within our four counties and specific school district. In order to provide some consistency for our families Bellevue City Schools is committed to staying in the Blended Learning Modelfor the 1st Quarter of the 2020-21 school year unless the Governor or our local health officials determine that we have to move into Remote Learning. We will reevaluate the spread of the virus at the end of the 1st Quarter and communicate with families about the 2nd Quarter, which begins on November 2, 2020.
The Bellevue Board of Education and Superintendent recognize that a face-to-face return to school is not free of risk, therefore we will continue to offer families who are not able to return to school an online option for educational delivery through the Bellevue City School District. Families who have signed up for the BCS Online Learning Academy will be contacted soon and will receive additional information regarding this program.
In addition to social distancing measures, extensive cleaning and sanitation measures, UV Light systems are also being installed in the BES and BMS HVAC systems. We cannot eliminate the risk of COVID spread, but this additional safety strategy at our new buildings will assist in the reduction of the spread of all infectious disease, which will benefit our students and staff for years to come. We have also invested in sanitation fogging systems for BES, BMS, BHS, the Bellevue Athletic Field House and our Bus & Maintenance facility. Due to the recent surge of COVID in our state and most important, in our community, the decision has been made to start school in Option #2: Blended Learning. All students will be placed in learning groups and will attend face to face instruction at school 2 days per week with remote learning done by the teachers at Bellevue City Schools on the other days. Every family will receive a letter in the coming days indicating what days of the week your child will attend school in person.
With Redmen Pride,
Mrs. Schubert and The Bellevue Board of Education