On Monday, August 10, 2020, BCSC started the school year with both in-person and remote options for our families. Since that time, 60 instructional days, our students, staff and teachers have been practicing strategies to keep our buildings open to traditional learning. Monitoring temperatures, wearing face coverings, practicing hand hygiene and physically distancing are strategies that have now become a part of our daily routine.
Unfortunately, the spread of COVID-19 within our community has made it very difficult to continue our normal operating procedures. Our local COVID-19 indicators, released today on the COVID-19 Community Task Force website (https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/), show per capita rate and hospitalizations in the red category, with positive test rates, a lagging data point, nearly red. Although our county color designation by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is yellow, our internal numbers lead us to believe that we will be moving into orange next week. Most importantly, positive cases and their resulting close contacts, both internally and throughout the community, are impacting our ability to properly staff buildings and provide bus routes.
Given this, effective Monday, November 9, 2020, all BCSC schools will transition to operating in an eLearning instructional model through Tuesday, November 24, 2020 (last student day prior to Thanksgiving Break). Our plan is to return to our current in-person/remote option model on Monday, November 30, 2020. However, we will closely monitor the level of community spread and make a final determination on a return date prior to Thanksgiving.
Additional information will be shared in a COVID-19 Community Task Force press conference in the BCSC Terrace Room at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, November 6, 2020. The press conference can be viewed on the BCSC YouTube channel.