Dear BISC Community,
Like you, we have been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) very closely, particularly as it relates to North Carolina and our local community. Please know that the health and safety of all our students, staff and families is our number one priority, and we all must play a role in ensuring that we remain safe.
Below, please find several resources regarding our school, including our official COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan and Procedures documents. In addition, we have also included a FAQ section, our school Check-In Parking Plan and our revised Summer Term schedule.
Due to everyone’s vigilance and careful practice throughout last year, the school was able to remain open for in person learning for most of the year, except for only a few days. In addition, we had relatively very few incidences of , which I think is testimony to the strength of our community, working in partnership for the greater good of everyone. I am hopeful that we will be able to maintain this trend as we move through the coming year.
As school came to a close last term, we were very optimistic that we would be able to start this year in a more normal fashion. Many indicators were suggesting this would be the case. However, such is the nature of unpredictable pandemics and sadly, conditions over the last few weeks have suggested otherwise. There has been a sharp increase in infection rate within the community, in part to due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
The US and indeed many parts of the world, have come a long way in reducing the impact of COVID-19. The best line of defense has been vaccination. I strongly encourage everyone that hasn’t yet had the vaccine and is eligible to receive it, to make getting vaccinated a priority. Whilst this is an effective step to take, we recognize that not everyone is eligible to do so. This includes some people with underlying conditions and children under the age of 12. For this reason, alongside the rapid increasing rate of infections, it is not yet the time to completely drop our guard.
We have reviewed our Safe at School Plan, which details all the steps we plan to take for the start of the Fall term to reduce the risk of transmission. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make changes to this plan as conditions change. I am hopeful that we will be able to relax some of the steps we are taking as things improve.
This plan is consistent with the guidance and mandates issued from the CDC, The state of North Carolina and Charlotte Mecklenburg Department of Health and Human Services, as well as NAE. This includes the recent mandate by the City of Charlotte to require all vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear face masks when indoors in group settings, which includes schools.
It is important that we all follow this plan to ensure we are able to remain open, as well as reduce the risks to our students, staff and everyone at home. The systems we put in place last year worked well and while school felt a little different, it was still a school, and students were learning and having fun together.
The safety of our students, the staff and our community is, and will remain, a priority and this plan strikes the right balance between being cautious and sensible.
Thank you again for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all shortly.
While things will be a little different in school, BISC remains the warm welcoming place that is always has been. We can’t wait to hear the school fill up with young voices again.
For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus