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MASKS REQUIRED!

After careful consideration and solicitation of feedback from medical experts, including staff from Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Department of Health, and considering the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics, BCPS will require universal masking for all students and staff indoors in schools for the fall of the 2021-2022 school year. This includes all students and staff wearing masks while on BCPS buses. Please see the attachment.

Please be sure you are screening your students for symptoms of illness every day before sending them to school. Students who are experiencing fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new onset of severe headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home. If these symptoms are present, you should consult with your health care provider and get tested for COVID-19 if recommended by the health care provider. 

Please be sure to communicate with our school nurse if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID-19. Nurse McKinney can be reached at 443 809 6388.

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072821-BCPS COVID-19 Update July 28 2021 (1).pdf 

Please see attached information about “Vaccines” and when to “Stay Home” per BCPS guidelines for the 21-22 school year. 

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Arrival & Dismissal Procedures:

Arrival

·All students who arrive by bus, car or foot will wait outside until invited inside to go to Homeroom.

Grade 6- Near Cafeteria

Grade 7- Basketball Courts

Grade 8- Near Front Door

·Students who wish to get breakfast must pick up their meal at the food kiosk near their designated entrance area and before arriving in homeroom.

·Students will not be permitted to use lockers!

Dismissal

·All students will remain in classrooms until an announcement is made for walkers and car riders to be dismissed bus riders will report to the dismissal location designated by their bus number.

·Students should exit the building via the closest exit to their classroom.

In case on inclement weather, indoor facilities will be available for students from 8 am until Homeroom at 8:10am.

Grade 8- Gym

Grade 7- Activity Room

Grade 6- Cafeteria

Screening & Testing (Safety is Our True North)

·All families should screen students for symptoms prior to leaving home.

·Please use this checklist to determine if a student should or should not go to school.

·Persons with COVID-19 symptoms in school will be required to be tested or will be placed on quarantine, in alignment with guidance from the Maryland Department of Health.

Face Covering (Safety is Our True North)

Requirements: All persons, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering while inside a school. Exceptions to this requirement are:

·The person is alone in a private space.

·The person is eating or drinking.

·The person has a documented physical or developmental disability that makes wearing a mask unsafe.

·The person is under the age of two.

The person is a student athlete engaged in the sport in the field of play.

Social Distancing (Safety is Our True North)

Requirements: Physical distancing of students from each other and between students and adults will be provided to the greatest extent possible, considering school enrollment and facility constraints. Strategies include:

·Use of classroom and cafeteria configurations that provide maximal separation between students.

·Plans for arrival, dismissal and change of classes to reduce gathering of students in any area.

·Restriction of field trips to day trips only, with plans to reduce exposure to large crowds.

·Plans for supervision of restrooms, locker rooms, and school lockers to prevent congregation of students

Hand Hygiene (Safety is Our True North)

Requirements: Employees and students have been instructed to adhere to best practices in hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Times for handwashing or use of hand sanitizer to include before and after meals, upon arrival to schools’ offices and home, before and after use of any shared items, after use of the restroom, after sneezing/coughing and other time hands are contaminated.

Breakfast & Lunch


Supplies & Devices:

·Students should bring a charged device to school each day.

·Students are encouraged to bring their chargers but charging stations will not be available in all classrooms.

·All assignments will still be submitted online.

·Students should bring a face mask and a back up should be kept in their bookbag.

·Students must bring their own school supplies (pencils, pens, highlighters, markers, folders, spiral notebooks)

·Cell phones should be off/silenced and stored during classroom instruction.

·Cell phones are allowed during arrival, dismissal and at lunch time.

·Headphones and earbuds are not permitted unless they are compatible with school device and used in the classroom as a designated instructional tool by the teacher.


Visitors (Safety is Our True North)

·To visit a BCPS school, visitors must have an appointment.

·Visits will be conducted remotely or outside, whenever possible.

·If an indoor visit is required, visitors will be required to wear a face coverings and practice social distancing.

·The number of people admitted to the building will be limited.

Athletics (Secondary)/Extra Curriculars

Information will be shared later in September.

Cleaning/Disinfecting (Safety is Our True North)

Requirements: BCPS staff will continue to provide safe and clean school environments by ensuring daily cleaning of buildings using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved germicidal agents that kill coronavirus. BCPS staff will:

·Perform frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-contact surfaces and any shared items, at least daily.

·Promote hand washing before and after touch of shared use items.

·Maintain sufficient supplies of soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer.