Dear Bishop Lynch Community,
After all the planning and campus preparations, Bishop Lynch High School will begin Phase 2 on Thursday, Sept. 3 with the on-campus learning option. Our two main goals for our return to campus are to keep our Bishop Lynch school community safe and enable campus to remain open for in-person learning and formation. By having every member of our Friar family comply with our safety best practices, we have the best shot of achieving our goals.
Please read this email in its entirety for complete safety compliance instructions for Phase 2.
Safe Practices – Daily Routine
Before Leaving for School
*Supervised by a parent, take your temperature and review the daily self-screening assessment. If you answer “no” to all questions and your temperature is below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, you may come to campus.
Arrival on Campus
*Breakfast will be available starting at 7 a.m. and first period starts at 8:15 a.m. Students may enter the building through the Main Entrance, the circle drive, the Leyden courtyard, and the bus barn.
*Masks must be on (completely covering nose and mouth) before exiting a vehicle and must remain on throughout the school day (except while eating). For bus riders, masks must be worn while you wait to board the bus and during the ride to school.
*Upon entry to the school building, use the touchless sanitizer stations to sanitize your hands. Hands must also be sanitized each time you enter a classroom and before eating.
*A grab-and-go breakfast will be served from stations in the BL Bistro and the atrium. The BL Bistro has plexiglass dividers with white dots to indicate socially distanced spots where students should sit. Other meal seating is available in the atrium.
*Only remove your mask to eat once seated at a safe distance from others. Put your mask back on before you get up from your seat to dispose of your trash. Please refrain from conversation until your mask is back in place.
*After breakfast has been eaten and before it is time for first period to begin, students must put their masks back on and then may sit and study at a social distance in the McGonigle Theater, the library, the student commons, or the hallways.
*Proceed directly to your first-period class. Be sure to check your schedule on FriarNET in advance for any classroom location changes, specifically mentor group and study hall rooms.
*Congregating will not be allowed on campus. Please keep moving in the hallways and maintain a social distance of six feet whenever possible.
*There will be a staggered dismissal beginning at 12:45 p.m. to accommodate students picking up their to-go lunches. All students should be dismissed no later than 12:55 p.m. each day during Phase 2.
*Students will be assigned a grab-and-go lunch pick-up station (either in the BL Bistro, the atrium or by the concession stand in between the gyms). Assignments will be communicated on Thursday. Once you have your lunch bag in hand, please proceed immediately to your vehicle. No congregating will be allowed in the parking lots.
Campus Signage and Staffulty Presence
Safety signage has been posted across campus to remind students of the safety protocols. In addition, faculty and staff will be present throughout the day to encourage compliance.
Safety Video Now Available
Check out our campus safety video to see and hear these instructions too!
Notification of Positive Cases
To be transparent and inform our entire school community of any positive cases on campus, Bishop Lynch High School will provide notification of positive cases in our weekly Friar Facts e-newsletter. Any close contacts (close contact is defined as being within six feet or less of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a cumulative duration of at least 15 minutes or more while contagious, without a mask) will receive a personal notification from one of Bishop Lynch High School’s certified contact tracers.
Open Campus Times for Freshman and Transfer Students
Freshman and transfer students/parents have two more chances to visit campus to locate classrooms and get acclimated to the school building prior to Thursday’s opening day of in-person instruction. Campus will be open this evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
While these aren’t open house events, the campus will be open for new students and parents to explore the building. Please refer to last Thursday’s new family email or the most recent Friar Facts for more information and to access visitor requirements.
There are a lot of new procedures for our on-campus learners to follow. However, with a diligent commitment to these best practices, we can help ensure a safe and open campus environment for our Friar family. We look forward to seeing many of our students in person this Thursday.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Chad Riley, Ph.D.