Back to School
Dear BCCA Families,
We all waited anxiously to hear the decision that our governor made relative to school opening. We are excited that in-person learning is a part of Plan B. We know that children learn best during face-to-face instruction. This was reiterated by the American Academy of Pediatrics in their statement, “We recognize that children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online...Returning to school is important for the healthy development and well-being of children, but we must pursue re-opening in a way that is safe for all students, teachers and staff. “
After careful consideration, and evaluation of several options, we have decided to move to an A-day/B-day solution. We believe that this will provide the cohesiveness of instruction that will maximize student mastery of content.
What does this mean for our scholars? Each family will be assigned either a Monday /Tuesday in-person attendance or a Thursday/Friday in-person attendance. (Assignment of days will be communicated by the end of July). Wednesdays will be reserved for face-to-face instructions for those students who are identified as at risk academically. This group will be fluid as the year progresses and as data is collected through NWEA MAP assessments, teacher observations and NC Check-ins. On the days that students are not in attendance, remote learning will be expected, with assignments posted on Google Classroom and aligned to the weekly objectives. Families with multiple children will be assigned the same days of in-person instruction.
August 17th is our first day of school. We will schedule a mandatory virtual meeting for families who have chosen the 100% remote learning option. For students attending in-person learning consistent with Plan B, August 17th (only) will be a half-day for all students.
Those families assigned to “A-Day” will attend from 8:00-10:30 A.M. and those assigned to “B-Day” will attend from 12:30-3:00 P.M. The classrooms will be sanitized between groups. The five remote learning days that are required in our calendar have been moved from the second week of school, August 24-28, to the following days: December 21 and 22, April 1 and 2, and February 15. A new calendar is attached for your convenience.
The option for remote learning that was shared earlier this week is still available for families who would prefer not to have their child engage in face-to-face instruction.
Our Exceptional Children’s Teachers will work with our families to meet the individual needs of students on Individual Education Plans (IEP’s). We will also provide the necessary supports for students who are identified as English Language Learners, Academically Gifted, or those on 504 Plans.
We have added to our custodial staff, and thus we are able to address all the new sanitation requirements within the building. We will have frequent sanitization of high-touch surfaces (door handles, railings, faucets, flush handles, and horizontal surfaces) as well as nightly sanitation of all classrooms, high-touch surfaces and common areas.
Our plan will allow for social distancing within the classroom, as no more than 50% capacity will be realized on any given day. Given the directive from Governor Cooper, all staff and students will be required to wear face masks, have their temperatures taken, and answer a set list of questions prior to entering the building or boarding the bus. In addition, we have marked our hallways, stairways and common areas with floor stickers indicating 6-foot distancing and provided signage on proper distancing and hygiene in bathrooms, classrooms, and common areas.
Students in grade K-4 will remain in their assigned classrooms for the majority of the day, with the same teacher. Students in grades 5-7 will remain in their assigned classrooms and the subject area teachers will rotate to each classroom. Recess will be provided with guided activities and social distancing. Students will continue to eat lunch and snacks in their classrooms. Students will be expected to bring in their own supplies and given the current situation, they will not be shared with other scholars. Supply lists will be forthcoming.
We realize that we are navigating in uncertain times and that any option, other than returning to school as normal as possible, may present challenges for our families. Our number one goal is to provide a safe learning environment for our scholars and staff. We all hope that these restrictions will flatten the curve and will eventually be relaxed and allow us to return to school full-time.
Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We want to thank you for your trust and support as we respond to the decisions made by Governor Cooper regarding the return to school.
Joan Roman, Director and Sandra Brighton, Assistant Director
Bonnie Cone Classical Academy
- K – 7th Grade
- 5 days per week, 8:00am-3:00pm
- Must be enrolled at BCCA
- Minimum 4-hour commitment per day
- Asynchronous Learning with some virtual class meetings
- Parent/Study Coach support- required
- One time, 4-week initial “trial period” before quarterly commitment
- Chromebook available for check-out, pending approval, computer use agreement is required
- Internet connection- required
- BCCA curriculum in core subjects (all classes)
- May limit participation in certain elective
- courses (e.g. Music, PE, Art, etc.)
- May participate in after-school extracurricular activities and events
- Special Education team will work with families to schedule in-person and online services
- Choice to return to school after one time, 4-week initial “trial period” or continue with quarterly commitment
Please complete the quick form below to let us know your choice for returning to school this year!