BFCCPS is using a Phased In approach for the Fall of 2020 for a measured return to in person learning. Learn more about BFCCPS’s Phased In Reopening Plan in the slide deck below:
You can also review the complete Fall Reopening plan submitted to DESE.
Our first day of Remote Classes for students in Grade One through Grade Eight is Tuesday, September 15th. Classroom teachers will be in touch with families directly to provide you with your student’s schedule between now and the start of the school. Please email your child’s homeroom teacher with any specific questions about their schedule.
For those families that have selected the phased in approach, we wanted to provide a reminder as to the estimated return dates for hybrid phases.
Please note that each return starts on a Thursday, so for example, the Kindergarten and Grade One students with a Th/F cohort would begin on 10/1. Students with a M/T cohort would begin the following Monday on October 5th.
*Phased times are estimated based on current health data. It is important to note that the public health situation is constantly evolving. Parents should be prepared that any time, BFCCPS may be required to quarantine a cohort of students, or even revert to a full Remote Learning method.
More information will be provided closer to the start of any given hybrid phase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here for access to a spreadsheet with Frequently Asked Questions from our Town Halls and Parent Surveys. The spreadsheet is organized by topic, please scroll to the bottom to view various tabs within the document.
Homeroom Assignments, Sample Schedules and Co-Curricular Education
We have created a brief slideshow designed to share more details about student classroom assignments, provide you with links to sample student schedules and to highlight changes to our staffing model for the 2020-2021 school year.
We have redesigned how our co-curricular education will take place this year in order to limit interactions between cohorts, to account for changes in our staffing model and to provide all students the opportunity to participate in synchronous specials.
Town Hall Meetings
We understand that parents will have many questions and as always, we will communicate regularly throughout this process. To that end, we will offer three virtual Town Hall meetings for parents to learn more about the return to school. The content of these meetings will be to discuss primarily the start of the school year in a remote format. Additional information and meetings will be held by Grade level prior to their return to in person education.
We are in the process of reviewing questions which were submitted in previous surveys. We will be responding to these questions in a Frequently Asked Questions document and will also respond at the upcoming Town Hall Meetings. You can also pose a question on this google form.
Meetings will be held in Grade Level spans on the following dates:
- Click for Video from: Virtual Town Hall for Kindergarten and Grade 1 – September 2nd from 7-8:30 PM
- Click for Video from: Virtual Town Hall for Grades 2-5 – September 1st from 7-8:30 PM
- Click for Video from: Virtual Town Hall for Grades 6-8 – September 3rd from 7-8:30 PM
BFCCPS has ordered student kits for remote learning days. The contents of the kits vary by grade level but in general will include the following elements:
- Math Manipulatives
The weather for the previously scheduled Kit Pickup for Thursday for families with the last names A-K does not look favorable. Unfortunately, we will need to reschedule pickup dates for families with the last names A-K. The Thursday event will not take place as previously planned and instead will take place on Saturday between 9 and noon.
Pickups for families with the last name L-Z will take place on Friday between 4pm and 7pm.
These events are scheduled for students in Grade One through Eight, Kindergarten Students will receive their kits during the Kindergarten Screening Events.
While we recognize that a return to school will be emotional for all of us, it is incredibly important to maintain six feet of distance from staff, and other families at the school during this process. Although the event is held outside, it is still important that all members of our community wear a mask and practice safe distancing. Please park in the visitor parking lot and walk to the front of the school.
Tables will be assigned by grade level in front of the school, in the bus loop area. We will also have a technology table where you can swap your current BFCCPS device for a newly configured device for the upcoming school year. Loaner devices will be provided for families who have previously requested one through the technology assessment earlier this summer.
Bus passes for this fall and 2019-20 yearbooks will also be available at other tables during the events.
Please find some high level overviews of these new products as we approach the start of the school year. Today’s update is a long one, but contains a lot of information to our learning platforms that we hope will be helpful. Please keep this communication handy for future reference.
For families who have elected the phased in approach, hybrid training virtual town halls will take place ahead of your student’s phased in attendance. Dates will be published here and communicated directly to parents who have requested a phased in approach.
As mentioned in previous communications, the DESE has shortened the school year by 10 days, allowing districts to take 10 days of training at the beginning of the school year for planning, professional development, review of safety guidelines, and procedures. The Board voted to approve this years school calendar to follow the DESE’s change in length of year. Our first day of remote school will be Tuesday, 9/15.
The new school calendar is posted here for your review 2020-2021 Revised Calendar. Please note that by amending the start of the year, it rearranges our term end dates, necessitating a change in our parent/teacher conferences. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually on December 22 and December 23. December 22 will be a 1/2 day for all students. Conferences will begin at 12:30 and would run until 7:00. There will be no school on December 23 conferences will run from 8:00am- 1:00PM. (Given the volume of Grade 6-8 conferences we will need to hold additional conference dates to accommodate all parents. Details to follow as soon as possible) Please note that given this schedule, November 23 would revert to a full day of school and November 24 would become a 1/2 day.
Previously planned professional development days have been moved to Wednesdays to maintain the hybrid schedule rotation. Please update your family calendars to take note of holidays, vacations and early releases throughout the year.
Before and Afterschool Programming
After much consideration, BFCCPS will not be offering morning or after school care in the 2020-2021 school year. Our first priority is the safe education of students and successful implementation of remote and in person education as we move through our planned phases. In examining different scenarios for morning and after care we have concluded that the program would create a great deal of cohort mixing, and lead to a wider section of the school being impacted by any potential COVID-19 cases. I realize this may create a challenge for some of our families, and do hope that in subsequent academic years, we will be able to reinstate these valuable programs.