With the first full week of October arriving, I want to provide our school community a brief update. I also wish to acknowledge we all want to return to some fashion of normalcy. It is hard to be patient when one is surrounded by uncertainty and information overload.
At this point, we have experienced one COVID + case in the District. This is good news! The BPS faculty and student body are doing an unbelievable job adjusting to new protocols and creating a culture of safety in our hybrid model. This can all change very quickly. It is imperative we do not become complacent and that we continue to embrace all the mitigation measures recommended by our public health officials.
You are doing a remarkable job managing a myriad of unimaginable challenges. There are no simple solutions to solving the public health crisis or to ameliorating its impact on the daily operations of the District. This is hard, for you and the staff, on so many levels.
I’ve been asked if the District plans to return to full in-person instruction in the immediate future. At this point, the BPS is not announcing a return date for full in-person instruction due to the fluidity of the pandemic and its impact locally on our school system and broader community. The public health picture is simply too dynamic and in recent days the infection rate is trending upward.
We continue to work closely with the department of public health to inform and guide our decisions regarding our instructional model. Throughout this ordeal health and safety remain our top priority. This will not change. As the year progresses, and should the public health picture warrant, the District shall consider full in-person, full remote or stay in the hybrid model. As we toil together please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or building administrator should you have questions.
For your information, the decision-tree used by the District when a student or staff member becomes symptomatic at school can be accessed here. The decision-tree for when a student or staff member is asymptomatic can be accessed here. Again, should your child not feel well, please do not send them to school. By doing small acts, we take positive steps toward a better tomorrow.
Hamlet M. Hernandez
Superintendent of Schools