How we're planning:
BCD faculty and staff are diligently designing our return to in-person learning next fall. We have established BCD Together, an effort within which we have convened several task forces – Academic, Health and Safety, Finance, Infrastructure: Facilities and Technology, and Well-Being – under the umbrella of a unified Nerve Center (BCD’s School Leadership Team) to work through various scenarios and models for next fall. We are actively considering state, local, and national guidance knowing that best practice will likely come from a combination of sources. Please note that as we plan for next year our primary goal is to teach every student, on campus, every day. With this goal in mind we are focusing on the following objectives:
Fully deliver on our mission throughout the COVID environment
- Focus on health and safety - follow best practice guidance for a return to campus/in-person learning
- Enhance the sense of community among all constituents, students, families, faculty and staff
- Preserve our financial future
- Communicate our plan effectively among and across various committees and constituents
While guidance from national, state, and local sources is still coming in almost daily, we hope to have a firm plan in place by mid to late-June. In all likelihood, this plan will include smaller class sizes (current guidance is 10 students per class), stepped up health, hygiene, and disinfecting measures (we expect to exceed CDC guidelines), and physical distancing requirements. Though we are pointing towards the resumption of in-person learning, we are also planning for scenarios such as bi-modal and Bulldogs Connect (which will be new and improved based on what we learned these past few months) in the event that in-person learning is not possible. We will be ready to start school in August no matter what the latest guidance tells us, and we will be flexible in case we are asked to pivot from one scenario to another.