Due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among BCMS staff members, and the operational challenges presented by the number of staff members who will need to quarantine because they may be close contacts, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) has recommended that BCMS close and revert to virtual instruction starting Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, through Winter Break.
No teaching staff or students (including identified special education students) will be allowed in the building during this closure. Students will follow their current (hybrid) schedule, with both cohorts participating virtually, and the building will undergo a deep cleaning during this time. Teachers will be in touch with students to provide additional information they may need.
As we have already shared, all instruction will be virtual the week following Winter Break. So, the earliest that most BCMS students will resume in-person instruction is Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. At this time, we expect that identified special education students whose IEPs require in-person instruction will be able to return as planned on Jan. 4, 2021.
As a reminder, even when students are not in our buildings, we encourage everyone to continue to follow the health protocols, including mask-wearing, handwashing and maintaining physical distance. Social interactions should be limited to household. If anyone in your household experiences symptoms listed in our screening tool, they should stay home and contact a medical provider. If anyone in your household has COVID-19, please call the LMSD Health Services COVID Healthline at 610-645-1973.
If you would like information about testing locations, please visit the Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing page or contact the school nurse. For additional information on quarantine and isolation, please see the At A Glance resource on our District website. If you have any other questions about this case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your flexibility, patience and resilience as we continue to deal with the ongoing pandemic and its impact on our school community.