Dear Bishop Lynch Community,
Since March, Bishop Lynch High School has consulted health experts; sought guidance from local, state and national authorities; undertaken a stringent planning process for a safe campus reopening; and prayerfully considered the best course of action for our entire school community as we continue to contend with COVID-19.
Throughout this public health crisis, Bishop Lynch’s goal has been to get our students safely back to school to nurture the development of their academic, mental wellness, social, and spiritual needs. Everyone desires a return to normalcy, and we are taking steps – in a controlled and safety-oriented action plan – to get there.
Fall Semester to Start with Remote Instruction
As you may know, this last week brought a local order by Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) and a follow-up response by the Texas Attorney General. BL will voluntarily comply with the DCHHS order to public schools to delay in-person instruction. BL will begin the school year with remote instruction for all students on Aug. 10 through Sept. 2. As a college preparatory school, it is important that we begin the school year early enough to allow for the school year to end in plenty of time for college-bound seniors to begin summer classes.
Campus to Open with Modified Schedule in September
Our planning for the reopening of the school campus has considered analysis from a medical consultant to the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools Office. With this health expert’s feedback, we have made the decision to begin the process of bringing students back to campus for in-person instruction on Sept. 3, following a modified schedule. The purpose of this modified schedule is to allow students, faculty and staff adequate time to practice a new routine in a more restricted health-conscious environment with a special emphasis on daily screening, arrival/dismissal, passing periods, meal service (breakfast only), and social distancing in the classroom. As previously noted, masks will be required at all times (except while eating/drinking) for everyone on the BL campus and remote instruction will remain an option for those families who choose to continue with virtual learning.
At this time, Bishop Lynch will reopen school in three phases according to the schedule below. Please understand that a changing COVID-19 situation may necessitate adjustments to this plan.
Phase 1: Remote learning only for all students
Dates: Aug. 10-Sept. 2
Updates and modifications to our extended eLearning, based on feedback and school improvement processes, will include:
- Attendance will be taken daily at the beginning of each class period
- Student and parent technology orientation training available
- Designated time for mentor group between 2nd and 3rd periods on Mondays and Thursdays
- Continuous communication commitment from faculty via email and phone calls
- Real-time (synchronous) lessons will occur each class period
- Instructional design based on considerations from Leading with Hope: A Reflective Guide for Catholic Schools in a New Reality
- Estimated duration for learning activities on class agendas
- Preview of course content communicated to families every two weeks
- Posting of notes or recorded lessons on Blackboard for students to review
- Dedicated professional development for faculty related to blended synchronous learning, exceptional learners, planning for on-campus and remote learning simultaneously, instructional technology, Blackboard organization, etc.
Phase 2: On campus in-person learning using a special modified schedule (remote instruction remains an option for families who choose it)
Dates: Scheduled to be held Sept. 3-Sept. 16
- Multiple campus disinfecting and sanitizing upgrades and increased cleaning regimens have been installed/instituted over the summer break, including new air conditioning systems with upgraded filtration and UVC lights to disinfect and eliminate germs and contaminates. Please view the new FAQ posted to www.bishoplynch.org/reopening for a full listing of campus disinfecting/sanitizing/cleaning upgrades and protocols.
- Breakfast will be served on campus utilizing distancing strategies to practice for a future reinstatement of lunch on campus
- Lunch will be grab and go, to be eaten off campus
- For more extensive information about BL’s safe school reopening plans, please visit the FAQ section at www.bishoplynch.org/reopening. This online reopening hub will continue to be updated over the next few weeks. Please bookmark it for future reference.
Phase 3: On campus in-person learning using the regular full-day schedule (remote instruction remains an option for families who choose it)
Dates: Scheduled to begin Sept. 17
- A school closure may be used at any time during the school year to address an outbreak.
Please read this letter from Superintendent Dr. Matt Vereecke with the Catholic Schools Office about safe school reopening plans across the Diocese of Dallas.
Also, stay tuned for upcoming virtual parent meetings organized by house to hear information from us about our school reopening plans. The online meetings (via GoToWebinar) will be held next week and you will receive more information soon.
These are unprecedented and challenging times, and we appreciate your patience and prayers as we continue to prepare for the start of the fall semester. If you have any questions after reviewing this plan and the information online at www.bishoplynch.org/reopening, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of BL’s school reopening task force will respond.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Chad Riley, Ph.D.