Middle and High School Re-Entry Dates

Middle and High School Re-Entry Dates
Posted on 10/13/2020
Re-Entry UpdateOver the past few weeks, we have successfully welcomed our K-5 students back to our elementary schools. Safety has been, and will continue to be, our guiding principle when making decisions. As we have communicated often, our plans are constantly adapting to the latest information available to us. Based on the success of our elementary schools and on our monitoring of COVID-19 data trends, we are confident in bringing our secondary students back to school beginning with Middle School on the original return date of October 26th and High School starting on November 10th. 

We believe this timeline will allow us to safely bring secondary students back to the building and provide families and staff time to adjust. Since the school year began, we have been carefully monitoring COVID data and trends, particularly the transmission rate and 7-day average of cases per 100,000 residents. These metrics have been trending in a positive direction since the initial decision was made on July 29th to go fully virtual at the start of the school year. Should the trends in transmission and number of cases change, the following dates may need to be adjusted. We will continue to monitor data and communicate any changes to this timeline with you.

Reopening Timeline
  • Phase 1: Kindergarten - 1st Grade traditional program students will begin in-person instruction on September 21.
  • Phase 2: 2nd - 3rd Grade students will follow two weeks later on October 5. 
  • Phase 3: 4th - 5th Grade students will follow one week after that on October 12.
  • Phase 4: Middle School students will still follow the original reopening schedule and will return at the end of First Quarter on October 26.
  • Phase 5: High School students will return to the building on November 10.
These dates are contingent upon the latest information and re-entry success as we slowly and safely welcome students back to our buildings. 

In order to be successful, it is critical that families and students follow all of our health and safety protocols. An updated copy of our protocols can be found on our Re-Entry website at bit.ly/bsdreentry. Among these, some of the most important procedures include:

In addition to these guidelines for school, we strongly urge all families to follow the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. By working together, we can help ensure our schools are able to safely reopen in a timely manner. It will take all of our efforts to keep our schools safe and open. As we have stated regularly, should we begin to see any indication that there is an outbreak of the virus in our community, we will take swift and appropriate action to quarantine a classroom, building, or the entire district. At any time, we may need to switch back to our virtual learning environment for all K-12 students. 
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