Updated 4:00 p.m., Fri, October 23 (Click here to see revision history.)
Bay View’s ability to reopen using its In-Person Learning Model depends on and begins with each family’s commitment to actively screening their daughter’s health each morning before sending her to school. Bay View’s faculty and staff are mutually responsible for attending school only when healthy and symptom free.
Every morning students or their families, faculty and staff will complete a Daily Screening Tool and attest to their wellness before coming to campus.
If your daughter has answered yes to any of the questions screening questions, and you cannot explain the symptoms by known allergies or non-infectious illnesses, then your daughter cannot enter the school and you must notify either firstname.lastname@example.org (Lower School) or email@example.com (Middle and Upper Schools) by 7:30 a.m.
If you/your daughter has answered yes to ONE Tier 1 symptom or TWO OR MORE Tier 2 symptoms, you will be treated as a probable case (slide 11) as defined by the CDC. You must notify Bay View staff immediately (after which we will notify RIDOH), get tested and isolate until receiving a negative test or until Bay View receives medical documentation stating that you are well.
Please bookmark the COVID-19 Screening Tool for easy reference each day.
According to RIDOH protocol, in families with two or more children, when one of the children is being tested for COVID-19 siblings must be kept home from school as well. Once the child receives a negative test result, siblings may then return to school. If the child tests positive, siblings must quarantine throughout the duration of the case’s isolation period (10 days) and for an additional 14 days.
Families have been extremely cooperative about keeping their daughters home for 14 days when they have traveled outside of RI or MA. We are very grateful for your vigilance and believe this is why we have been able to keep our students learning in-person in safe conditions. There are a few points of clarification that may be helpful to share with you.
- Any travel outside of RI and MA requires a quarantine period of 14 days.
- Students do not need to quarantine if someone in their household has traveled within the United States.
Bay View’s In-Person Learning Model depends on the faithful and appropriate use of face masks for students and adults. Our practices are informed by research, including the developmental needs of young children. The most recent guidance from the RI Department of Education states,
"Masks are required in the K–12 setting, even when students are in stable groups and socially distanced (greater than 6 feet apart). The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) understands and supports the exceptions to wearing masks for health considerations, as outlined in the CDC guidance, if a mask cannot be tolerated during vigorous exercise, additional physical distance is recommended (greater than 14 feet)."
In compliance with this guidance, Bay View will require face masks to be worn by:
- All adults in the building, unless they are working independently in their office or classroom.
- Students from Preschool through Grade 12 must wear face masks unless they are in their homeroom having lunch or outdoors with more than 14 feet of social distancing.
- Parents should notify either Kim Thompson (Lower School) or Mindy Johnstone (Middle and Upper Schools) if there is a specific circumstance, as explained in CDC guidance, indicating that their daughter should not wear a mask.
Students and teachers are responsible for providing their own masks. We recommend that Middle and Upper School students keep an extra mask in their backpacks. Lower School students are asked to send an additional mask in a sealed plastic bag with their daughter’s name on it. There will be masks on-hand for those occasions when someone forgets to bring a mask. There will also be times when students can have mask breaks during the day!
What Kind of Mask Is Best?
Homemade or purchased cloth face coverings are fine for most people to wear. For children, the right fit is important. Pleated face coverings with elastic are likely to work best for kids. Even a child-sized 5" x 10" covering may be too large for small children. Try to find the right size for your child’s face, and be sure to adjust it for a secure fit. Masks may be decorative and personalized but should not have political statements or inappropriate graphics.
Tips for Families With Younger Children
We recommend that you begin talking about and practice wearing a mask before school begins. There are many resources available to support this effort. The Connecticut Children’s Organization has developed a terrific tip sheet on how to encourage mask-wearing.
Some children may be frightened of face masks. Here are a few ideas to make them seem less scary.
- Look in the mirror with the face coverings on and talk about it.
- Put a cloth face covering on a favorite doll or stuffed animal.
- Decorate the mask so they’re more personalized and fun.
- Show your child pictures of other children wearing them.
- Draw one on her favorite book character.
- Practice wearing the face-covering at home.
Bay View’s model is built around the idea of pods. Pods are stable groups of students and adults. The groups will generally include about 30 people. Students will have lunch within their respective homerooms. Each classroom will have assigned seating. Desks will be spaced so that there is six feet of distance between and among students.
Each pod will have a designated entry and exit point into the school. Students in the Upper School will have specific staircases assigned for their use by grade level. Teachers will be in their homerooms by 7:30 a.m. in order to receive students. All students will report to their homeroom as soon as they arrive on campus. Students who need to arrive before 7:30 a.m. will have a designated space for their pod in the Wellness Center. Similarly, students who are not participating in an after-school sport or activity will have a designated space to wait until they are picked-up at the end of the day.
Lower School Pods will be built across grades (Preschool and K, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3 and 4, Grade 5). Each pod will have a bathroom designated for its use. Pods will also meet for recess. Students will remain in their classrooms, and specialist teachers will join them for Spanish, art, music and technology. Physical education will be integrated into longer recess periods.
Middle School Each grade level will form its own pod, although there will be more than one homeroom in Grades 6 and 8. Each pod will have a bathroom designated for its use. Most instruction will occur within students’ homerooms. Teachers will join them so that students have limited movement within the building and across campus. Exceptions will occur when students move to art, science and technology classes within the Middle School building.
Upper School Each grade level will be assigned a section of the building within Mercy Hall. The grade level will then be broken into pods, with each pod having two or three homerooms. Each grade level will have a designated bathroom. To the extent possible, students will have classes within their designated section of the building.
Social distancing practices will also be supported during transitions between classes. There will be 70-minute instructional blocks in the Middle and Upper Schools, which allows for a 15-minute break between classes. This time will be used in the following way:
- First 2 minutes: Everyone stays in the classroom, and students wipe down their desks using cleaning products available in each classroom.
- Next 5 minutes: Students who need to move will leave for their next class in a staggered manner.
- Next 8 minutes: Students remain in the classroom, and teachers move to their next classes.
Should a student decide that she wants to move to a different learning model she would need her parents/guardians to send a request to Ms. Cummings or Ms. Gribbin indicating which model they would like. Requests are due by the 5th of the month and will go into effect on the 15th of the same month, or the first school day after the 15th. Families are able to change once per semester, except in the case of extenuating circumstances.
SAFETY FIRST. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of our staff and students as a first priority.
OUR MISSION. The plan must uphold Mercy values and the culture that makes Bay View strong.
CONTINUED EXCELLENCE. Academic rigor must be expected and supported for every student.
HOLISTIC OUTCOMES. We will attend to the needs of the “whole child” as a central tenet of our reopening plan.
TRANSPARENT AND RESPONSIVE. Ongoing and clear communication with the entire community will be essential in order for us to be cohesive and nimble throughout the changing conditions during the school year.
Marybeth Beretta, RSM
President and Reopening Team Chair
Principal, Lower School
Director of Facilities
Principal, Middle and Upper Schools
Director of Communications and Marketing
Director of IT
Associate Principal, Student Life
Director of Admissions
Mary Ann Snider
Associate Principal, Academics & Curriculum
Director of Athletics
- CDC Guidance
- RIDOH Guidance
- RIDE Guidance
- COVID-19 Screening Tool
- Building and Facilities Cleaning Protocols
- Etiquette for Virtual Learning
- Academic Honor Code
- Family Portal (check your email or contact Kirsten Hammann for portal login information)
- Face Masks and Coverings
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)