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BCS FAQ Reopening Plan for 2020

As of 8-17-20

Enrollment

Will tuition remain the same if for distance learning?

BCS is 99% funded by tuition and fees. 80% of our costs are personnel costs. For this coming year, all non-teaching jobs have been reduced in hours and some roles eliminated. (We are also impacted by the minimum wage requirement which has been increased $1.00 each year.)

Also, due to COVID, our per student costs are greater, particularly as we plan to return to on-campus instruction when permitted to do so. Our classroom capacity is limited to nearly half of what it was before COVID, thereby requiring more personnel. We are also required to purchase hand sanitizing machines and provide personal protection equipment for our employees and staff.

To discount our tuition at this time would require a reduction in teacher salaries—salaries that are already 70% of the salaries of teachers in public schools. There are also ongoing costs that continue even when students are not on our campus (educational resources, IXL, Accelerated Reader/STAR, accreditation and licensing fees, insurances, etc.)

If there is a financial need, we do have the tuition assistance program through FAST.

What is the status of the waiver for TK-6 grade schools?

LA County Public Health has determined that they will not consider or grant any waivers will the case rate for Los Angeles County is higher than 100 per 100,000 in the populations. The most recent statistics were close to 350.

If we decide to unenroll our child this school year, will we be able to return later in the school year or next school year?

Yes, if there are still seats available in the desired class. Student withdrawal forms will be required to be filled out upon withdrawal from the school.

When is the latest we can decide to continue or not continue enrollment the 20-21 school year?

September 1, 2020 will be the deadline to enroll/unenroll in the 20-21 school year.

Will funds be returned if we choose to withdraw for the upcoming 20-21 school year?

Any amount of paid tuition will be returned, with exception of the enrollment fee.

Did Bethany apply and received the PPP loan/grant last year?

Because of the way the church and school are incorporated, the church was the one to apply for the PPP; the application was denied. Hence, we did notreceive any benefit from the PPP loan program. Employees who were not working due the school closure were placed on furlough so they could apply for state unemployment. We continued to pay our teachers their contracted salaries; in many cases they were working 10-12 hours per day to facilitate the online learning.

If enrollment is down, will classes be combined, or enrichments and encore classes be limited or removed?

Classroom and teacher assignments always depend on enrollment and its impact on the overall school budget. While we want to provide a robust enrichment program, it is the classroom teachers who provide the academic core.

Instructional Learning

What is Bethany’s plan for the Fall? Will the school resume on campus?

It is Bethany’s desire to return to campus but will only do so under appropriate and safe guidelines from Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Due to LA County currently being on the Watch List, California state mandates that Bethany maintain distance learning until the county is off the watch list for 14 consecutive days. Bethany will begin distance learning starting in the fall, with the exception of Kindergarten and Preschool which will be taught on campus under Early Education Preschool licensing. Once LA County is officially off the Watch List, Bethany will reevaluate returning classes to campus.

Who are the faculty for this school year?

Bethany is completing the interview process of hiring new faculty for the fall. New faculty roles will be announced soon.

What will distant learning look like for my child?

Bethany is creating a daily/weekly schedule for distant learning at home that will reflect the regular school on campus school day. Blocks of times will be allotted for both synchronous and asynchronous (live and independent) learning time, along with scheduled times for breaks and lunches. Students will not be on-line with teachers for long periods of time. Time spent directly on the computer will vary depending on each class. We are planning for key school connection points to be offered in a Zoom format, e.g., Morning Muster and Chapel. The faculty will be using Google suite to organize a variety of learning experiences for the students; this will include Google Meet, Classroom, Docs, and Chat. Other online programs, such as IXL and Renaissance Learning/Accelerated Reader, will be incorporated based on student needs and development readiness.

How much live vs independent instructional time will there be in distant learning and what will the schedule look like?

This will vary through the week. General schedules and expectations will be provided soon. Students and parents will receive each week’s schedule on the Friday before.

What time will school start for distant learning?

School will start at 8:15am. Please allow a few minutes to log into your devices. The school day will end at 2:00pm.

Will my child be required to wear a uniform during distant learning instruction?

Yes, students engaged in distant learning from home are required to wear their BCS shirt with the logo. They are only to be visible from the shoulders up with faces showing, sitting in an upright position while on camera. This encourages students to be at their learning best, even while at home.

Will attendance be taken daily during distance learning?

Yes, daily attendance will be taken by each teacher. Students are expected to be in their uniform and logged into their device at the start of school.

How will students be graded?

Bethany will resume its regular grading policy. Students will be graded on their work and participation. Each teacher will have their own rubric for grading. Turning in work will vary depending on the class and may include Google docs, snap shots of work,, email, etc). Grades will be posted on and viewed in FACTS RenWeb.

What will my student need for distant learning at home?

Your child will need a device that connects to the internet (computer, laptop, Chromebook, iPad, etc.). Ideally, they should have a workspace set up at a desk or table (not on their beds) with room for books, paper, and pencils. Cameras are required for interaction and students will need to be facing the camera from the shoulders up. Please make sure there is no bright light source behind that student as this affects the quality of the video. Teachers will be supplying textbooks and hand out materials at the start of school. Families will be responsible for supplying paper, folders, pencils, etc. Specific class supply lists will be provided.

What if I don't have a device at home for distant learning?

If you do not have a device capable for distant learning, please contact the school for availability of a loaner Chromebook.

Will Bethany have a hybrid program?

A hybrid program is a blend of on campus and distance learning (e.g., two days at school and two days at home). Schools implement such a program due to lack of space. At this point BCS has adequate space for our students and therefor do not need to do hybrid program.

If Bethany returns to campus, what will it look like?

When LA County is off the LA County Monitoring List and after careful consideration for the well-being and safety of everyone at Bethany, classes will resume on campus. Faculty will be required to wear masks while on campus. TK-2nd grade are encouraged but not required to wear masks in the classroom. 3rd-8th will be required to wear masks in the classrooms and in the halls but may take them off during eating. Arrival and dismissal will be modified or staggered to maintain social distancing. On campus visitors will be limited to essential BCS personnel. Parents and guests may make an appointment or call the school office to request entry onto campus. Classrooms will continue to maintain a warm and cheerful environment, while furniture will be organized in a manner that will allow students to maintain proper social distancing as they learn. Students will be encouraged to keep socially appropriate distances while in the classroom and outside. Shared materials, books, and manipulatives will be sanitized daily after each use. Students will remain in their respective class cohorts during recess and lunch, which may be in the classroom or outside. Chapel, school events, enrichments, and athletic activities may be modified and will follow LA County and public health guidelines. It is our hope that Bethany will be able to continue with these activities, however, circumstances change constantly. We are making the necessary changes and adjustments to determine what is possible for the well being and safety of our students and faculty.

Will there be an option for continued distant learning if Bethany goes back to campus?

Bethany is currently assessing options and ability to continue distant learning for families who do not feel comfortable returning to campus.

Will there be an option for on campus day care?

Bethany is currently assessing options and ability to provide on campus day care for students in “family group” cohorts of 11-12 students.

Will students be able to eat lunch in the courtyard?

Yes, students will stay within their respective class cohorts and spread out among tables and different areas of campus. Recess and lunch schedules will be staggered to balance the use of outdoor space.

Will the playground be available for the students on campus?

Students who use the childcare option will have appropriate outdoor breaks in the various outdoor options within BCS’ fenced playground areas. 

Health and Safety

Will masks, gloves, and temperature checks be required on campuses?

We will be checking temperatures for all staff and students as they arrive on campus each day. If someone has a temperature of 100.4 or more, we will conduct a second temperature check within five minutes to ensure that the temperature is accurate. If it is determined that the temperature is more than 100.4, the individual will not be permitted to remain on campus. All BCS employees and campus guests will be required to wear a mask on campus. Students, grades TK-2, will be encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask. Students, grades 3-8, will be required to wear a mask while on campus. Gloves are not required but will be available upon request.

How will the campus be disinfected?

Hand sanitizer stations will be added to each classroom, common areas, and school office. High touch point areas (desks, door handles, etc.) will be disinfected throughout the day. Custodial staff will conduct deep cleaning of the campus after dismissal.

What if a faculty or child becomes sick during school hours?

Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated in our new school sick isolation room until a parent arrives. Faculty will be required to promptly leave campus.

What is the protocol if a student or teacher on campus tests positive for COVID-19?

The entire classroom will be closed for two weeks after a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19. The school will then switch to distance learning when there are multiple positive cases in multiple classroom cohorts. Bethany will contact LA County Health Department as required for reporting, contact tracing, and instructions. Bethany will then determine a plan of action for the infected individual and any other individuals who had been in contact with that person will be based on direction from the LA County Health Department, proximity to and the duration of time that the infected individual spent with other people, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Will there be social-emotional support and/ or curriculums that would ease the anxiety and adjustment for students as they return to school?

Teachers and Staff will be completing a mental health training to be aware of the anxiety and emotional adjustments that students may be experiencing.

Is there a plan to improve the indoor ventilation?

There are no current plans to update building ventilation at this time. But teachers will be encouraged to open doors and/or windows to improve ventilation.


Communication

What is the best way to get updates or to ask questions and concerns?

Bethany strives to have a variety of communication channels available for families. The most up to date information will be emailed directly to families. Text messages are often used as reminders and urgent notifications. School information and FAQ’s are being currently updated on the website www.bcslions.org. To contact Bethany with questions or concerns, please email to bethanychristian@bcslions.org with subject line BCS QUESTIONS.