November 16, 2020 -- 7:00 PM

Dear BCHS Parents and Students,
Over the course of the past 24 hours, we have been made aware of another four positive student COVID-19 (COVID) tests.  In relatively recent days, this now means we’ve had seven students who have contracted COVID as verified through testing.  We are awaiting word on the outcome of a number of other student tests.  As we learn of positive tests, we are continuing to complete exhaustive contact tracing.  It is possible that you may even have received a phone call as relates to this important step in controlling COVID.
 
This increase in the number of cases on campus mirrors what is happening all around us. Just today, Kern County reported 301 new cases.  This represents a nearly four hundred percent increase of daily cases in our county from just a few weeks ago. The same general trend is being seen across our state and country.
 
As a result of these facts, BCHS is taking a pause in our on-campus education, effective immediately.  This is a voluntary pause, as our percent of infected students remains well below the threshold of mandatory, temporary closure.  In an abundance of caution and with Thanksgiving vacation only a few days away, it is prudent to take advantage of the remainder of this week to try and stop the spread of COVID on-campus before the numbers become too great.  With that in mind, the schedule for the remainder of this week is as follows:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – No School – Faculty prepare for remainder of the week online education
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Campus closed for classes – all students engage in online education
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Campus closed for classes – all students engage in online education
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – Campus closed for classes– all students engage in online education
 
A number of other important notes as we implement this pause in on-campus education are as follows:
  • Campus will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for students to pick up any materials which are needed.
  • Look for a text communication tomorrow from Mr. Chai which will explain the manner in which synchronous/asynchronous education will be utilized for the remainder of this week.
  • Athletic practices are all cancelled until further notice.
  • BCHS will take the next number of days to determine the date when we will return to on-campus education. Our hope is that we will return when Thanksgiving vacation ends (Monday, Nov. 30).  As current regulations stand, BCHS will be able to make this call; in other words, the tier in which our county stands will not determine whether we can reopen.  The primary metrics we will be watching in making this determination are the rate of new cases we learn of within our student body and the degree to which community spread might be occurring.
  • During this pause (even during Thanksgiving week), it is imperative that you continue to let the school know of any positive student COVID cases or immediate family COVID cases. This information should be sent to Cerrena Wells at cwells@bakersfieldchristian.com.  Your communication during this difficult time period has been amazing.  We are thankful for your partnership!
  • We have been in contact with the Kern County Health Department. They are supportive and thankful for our taking this proactive step. 
 
While the fact remains that this virus does not seem to generally pose a huge health danger to teenagers, we are part of a greater Bakersfield community which is made up of many individuals who are very much at an extreme health risk from COVID.  This pause in on-campus education should allow for us to be a “good neighbor” within our community as well as protect the health of our own BCHS families. 
 
May God bless each of you during these challenging days.  You will be in my prayers. 
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President 


November 12, 2020 -- 12:00 PM

Dear BCHS Students and Parents,
This is going to be a bit longer of a correspondence, but please read it in its entirety…
 
Last night, BCHS was made aware that one of our students has COVID-19 (COVID). Since we have been back on campus, this marks the second such case of one of our students having COVID. These two on-campus cases appear very much unrelated. There is no sign of community spread on campus. In both cases we have extremely aggressively contact-traced. We will continue to do so if/as additional cases occur. Thank you to all of our students and parents who have been so cooperative during this contact-tracing process.
 
In addition to our two recent student cases, we also have approximately nine other individuals in our students’ households (parents/siblings) who have been diagnosed with COVID in the last two weeks, which means those students are staying home to help stop the spread of potential exposure on campus.
 
And now for some perspective. BCHS would not have made the decision to reopen on-campus education if a few on-campus COVID cases would, in turn, close on-campus activities down again. We believed (and continue to believe) that aggressive contact-tracing will curtail the community spread of COVID on campus.
 
Another reality is that our nation is currently seeing a real surge in COVID cases. BCHS’ uptick in student and family COVID cases is not unique. This increase is being felt across our country.
 
COVID is real and COVID poses an elevated morbidity danger to certain age demographics within our population. The 0-18 age population, however, has seen a very low morbidity rate. In fact, the California dashboard for COVID shows this age range’s morbidity to be at 0%. Is this a guarantee that a teenager can’t die or get extremely sick from COVID? Of course not. However, such an occurrence is rare.
 
This low teenage morbidity rate, however, does not release our students from their civic responsibility of helping to curb the spread of COVID by looking out for others in more at-risk age demographics, including their teachers, parents and grandparents – not to mention the countless others they come into contact with on a daily basis. It is because of this responsibility to care for others, and not just ourselves, that we hold our students and staff to a high level of accountability in terms of mask-wearing and social distancing. We continue to be vigilant in our COVID protocols on campus. We ask that you partner with us in caring for our entire community (especially those who at are high risk of COVID complications) by talking with your students about the power they have both on-campus and off-campus to reduce exposure. Staying home more often; sitting and standing further apart from friends than feels natural; wearing a mask when it’s not convenient – these are all small, but significant ways we can help our school, and our community, stay open during this time. BCHS and our families partner in so many ways throughout the year – this is just another way our BCHS community can come together to make a positive impact in the greater Bakersfield area.
 
As we look ahead, there is good news and bad news regarding COVID. The good news is that it appears an effective vaccine could soon be a reality. While I know that not all individuals in our community necessarily are favorable to vaccinations, a COVID vaccine will provide comfort and likely increased medical safety to many. The bad news is that we are in a race for such a vaccine which is running against the COVID trends we are seeing in our country, referenced earlier in this correspondence.
 
To conclude, BCHS is taking incredibly aggressive and consequential measures to prevent the spread of COVID on campus. With these measures in place and through the cooperation of teachers, students and parents, we remain determined to keep our student body on campus. Of course, we will continue to pay careful attention to the day-to-day happenings as relate to COVID. If we were to become uncomfortable with what we are seeing in terms of the number of student cases, community spread, or cooperation, we would not hesitate to revisit this decision.
 
Thank you for reading this lengthy correspondence on the subject of COVID. Even as the COVID metrics rise and (hopefully) fall, we continue our full efforts to keep students on campus, in the safest environment possible. We ask that you continue your transparency in sharing with our COVID Team any exposure or positive confirmations of COVID that your family have experienced. Please join us in continuing to pray boldly that this virus is soon eradicated, and that those suffering during this time are comforted and fully healed.
 
In Christ,
John Buetow
BCHS President
 
 

November 2, 2020 -- 4:00 PM

Masks & Social Distance
We are happy to report that all students are following our mask requirements. Social distancing is our next obstacle. We recognize that it is simply human nature to physically stand close to one another while talking or waiting in lines. However, we continue to remind students to spread out and stay socially distanced during break and lunchtime. You can help us by talking to your student about remembering to stand 6 feet apart from others while on campus. This is imperative if we hope to remain on campus.
 
Traffic Flow
We are thankful for your flexibility and patience as you drive through campus this year. With a record number of students on our campus, parking and waiting areas for pick-up/drop-off are more congested than ever. As athletic practices resume and more students begin driving, the congestion will probably subside throughout the year. Please continue to follow the guidelines listed below when driving onto campus.
 
  • Student drivers: use Allen Road gate and park in parking lot near Allen Road.
  • Parent drivers: use Stockdale Hwy gate to park in parking lot with solar panels or pull all the way forward in the circle drive. Please remember red curbs are for emergency vehicles only – no stopping at any time.
 
Chapel Schedule
We are thankful that Chapel will be happening on campus beginning this Thursday. For now, Chapel will be held on the baseball field after 2nd period on Thursdays. We will run an extended school day schedule to accommodate for Chapel. Please see below for the Chapel Bell Schedule for Thursdays only. Standard Schedule (dismissal at 3:19 p.m.) will be in effect Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
 
Chapel Bell Schedule
 
Start
End
Period 1
8:15 a.m.
8:53 a.m.
Period 2
8:59 a.m.
9:37 a.m.
Chapel
9:43 a.m.
10:25 a.m.
Break
10:25 a.m.
10:32 a.m.
Period 3
10:37 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Period 4
11:21 a.m.
11:59 a.m.
Period 5
12:05 p.m.
12:43 p.m.
Lunch
12:43 p.m.
1:18 p.m.
Period 6
1:23 p.m.
2:01 p.m.
Period 7
2:07 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
Period 8
2:51 p.m.
3:29 p.m.
 
No Block Schedule
There will be no Block Schedule (periods 1,3,5,7 one day and periods 2,4,6,8 the next day) days this semester. We may possibly use Block Scheduling in Semester 2.
 
No More COVID-19 Updates
Now that we are back on campus, we will be reducing our all-school communication to once per week, with small, direct text messages throughout the week as needed. Please continue to thoroughly read the updates that are sent via text and/or email. The website and Parent Portal continue to be a reliable place to see general information and student-specific information. Please call the school office (410-7000) if your phone number has changed, as we will be relying heavily on our text messaging system.


October 28, 2020 -- 4:30 PM



Traffic & Parking Procedures
Due to COVID-19 measures we are taking and also due to our increased enrollment, the above topics have become points of emphasis and learning. As we reflect upon today’s activities, a few fairly significant changes to our procedures are necessary and effective immediately. Thank you ahead of time for your continued flexibility. We had a great first day back on campus and will continue to make adjustments as necessary in order to provide the best experience possible.
 
Student Drop-Off
All students will be dropped off at the circle drive in front of the Administration Office and go directly to the Health Screen Station. Please pull as far around the circle as possible when dropping-off your student. Parents needing to attend to matters in the office should park in the main parking lot (with the solar panels) and proceed to the Health Screen Station. Parents dropping off their students must utilize the STOCKDALE HIGHWAY entrance.
 
Student Parking
Student parking will go back to the same location as last year – across from the tennis courts, near Allen Road. A Health Screen Station will be located as you enter campus near the blue sails next to the Oasis. Students parking their cars must utilize the ALLEN ROAD entrance.
 
Student Pick-up
Students will be picked-up in the circle drive in front of the Administration Office or in the main parking lot (with the solar panels), NOT in the parking lot adjacent to the Allen Road entrance across from the tennis courts. Once the circle drive is full, all cars must find a parking place in the parking lot, not on the road itself. This procedure largely mirrors last year, but is the opposite of what we attempted today. 



October 26, 2020 -- 4:10 PM

First Day Materials
Students MUST have fully-charged iPads AND earbuds/headphones ready for each class. Due to the socially-distanced classrooms, students will be using their iPads and earbuds/headphones each day.
 
First Day Events
School begins at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28. Students will report to the baseball field for the welcome assembly after checking-in at the Health Screen Stations. Due to COVID guidelines, parents will not be allowed to stay for the opening assembly.
 
Arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. to check-in at Health Screen Stations.
 
A free pizza lunch will be provided on the first day.
 
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Freshmen and transfer students must stay for the New Student Orientation until 2:45 p.m.
 
The first day of school is our first on-campus Spirit Day! Wear blue and gold with your BCHS spirit gear to celebrate our return to campus.
 
The Return to On-Campus Instruction sheet will help you navigate through the first week of school.
 
Orientation
REQUIRED: Freshmen and transfer students will stay for orientation and be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. (New Student Orientation is mandatory). Due to COVID guidelines, parents will not be allowed at the New Student Orientation.
 
REQUIRED: Parents of freshmen and transfer students should plan to attend the New Parent Orientation at 7 p.m. the evening of the first day of school. This meeting will be held outside on the baseball field. Make sure to bring a jacket!
 
Where to Report for Class
The schedule in your Student Portal shows the room assignments for each period. If your class lists two rooms, report to the first room listed.
 
Study Hall students must report to the Student Union for check-in at the beginning of the period. The Campus Monitor will give directions about where to go during Study Hall.
 
Required Forms
The following forms must be submitted through the Parent Portal in order for your student(s) to return to on-campus instruction.
 
  1. Annual Forms – emergency and medical information
  2. COVID Release – acknowledgment of possible COVID exposure on campus
  3. Student-Parent Handbook – acknowledgment of school policies and procedures
  4. Student Supervision – an update was made to this form: no COVID testing approval is required.
 
Senior Off-Campus Form
All seniors must have the Senior Off-Campus Form signed by a parent before being allowed off-campus for lunch. Seniors will not be allowed off-campus for lunch on the first day of school.
 
Locker Assignments
A limited number of lockers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Come to Mr. Porter’s office on the first day of school to have a lock/locker checked out to you.
 
Dressing Out for PE
Due to COVID restrictions, PE students will not dress out for class until further notice.
 
Parking Lot and Traffic Flow
Parking and traffic pathways will be altered while COVID-19 health screening is required in order to promote the movement of all individuals toward health screen stations and to encourage social distancing. Student drivers will park in the Stockdale Hwy parking lot. The Allen gate will only be open in the afternoon for students being picked-up by parents. All other traffic will enter and exit through the Stockdale gate.
 
Student ID Cards
Student ID cards will be distributed in Bible classes on Wednesday. Students need their new ID cards to purchase food at break and lunch.
 
Lunch Procedures & Payments
Lunch money can be put on student accounts by going to the Billing section of the Parent Portal and selecting “Pay Lunch.” Once money is put on the student’s account, students can give the Eagle Café personnel their PCR student number or show their new student ID card to make purchases.
 
Thursday & Friday (October 29 & 30)
After the first day of school, Thursday and Friday are Standard Schedule days – school begins at 8:15 a.m. and is dismissed at 3:19 p.m.
 
Text Blast Tuesday
We will be sending a number of short text messages to students tomorrow (Tuesday) as quick reminders of important information for the first day back on campus. Usually our schoolwide goal is to limit our text messaging to one or two each day. However, to “amp up” our readiness for Wednesday’s first day, we will be sending multiple text messages tomorrow.


October 23, 2020 -- 4:30 PM


First Day At-A-Glance
The Return to On-Campus Instruction sheet will help you navigate through the first week of school. Please use this as a reference for the first day, and the rest of the October school calendar. This form includes daily school start/end times.
 
Back-to-School Forms
A number of electronic forms must be submitted for all students who plan to be on campus next week. Parents – please log-in to the Parent Portal to complete the following before Wednesday, October 28.
 
  1. Annual Forms – emergency and medical information
  2. COVID Release – acknowledgment of possible COVID exposure on campus
  3. Student-Parent Handbook – acknowledgment of school policies and procedures
  4. Student Supervision – an update was made to this form: no COVID testing approval is required.
 
An Apology
Yesterday afternoon a form went out which, among other things, asked for approval to have your student potentially receive COVID-19 testing through BCHS. The testing we were looking to employ would have utilized a cheek swab (not a nasal probe). Unfortunately, my math skills failed me and I forgot to add a “zero” when doing my mental calculation for how much such testing would cost the school. This was quite the embarrassing mistake! With the actual cost (with the extra zero added) being actually quite exorbitant, BCHS will not be conducting such testing of the student body. Such an expense simply can’t be justified, especially since the testing would have provided little more than a snapshot in time of our COVID-19 picture…but not provided any additional COVID-19 safety to our student body. Therefore, the part of the form which included COVID testing has now been removed from the Parent Portal. If you already signed this form, there is no need for you to do anything further. Student COVID testing will not be occurring through BCHS. The remainder of the supervision form is still a required document. Thanks for your understanding in regards to this matter and I apologize for causing such confusion. You win some…you lose some! I just lost one. Now I’ll go work on my mental multiplication skills. ~Mr. Buetow
 
Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate
Check out the Up-to-Date video from Mr. Cabalka and Mr. Thiessen about resuming on-campus instruction next week!
 
First Day FAQs
Q: What time does school start?
A: 8:15 a.m.
 
Q: Where should I go on the first day?
A: After checking in at the Health Screen Station, walk directly to the baseball field for our Back-to-School Welcome.
 
Q: How do I know where my classes are being held?
A: The schedule in your Student Portal shows the room assignments. If your class lists two rooms, report to the first room listed.
 
Q: What do I do for lunch on the first day?
A: A pizza lunch will be provided on the first day of school. You do not need to pay for this.
 
Q: After the first day, how do I purchase lunch?
A: Parents can put money on their student’s account by going to the Billing section of the Parent Portal and selecting “Pay Lunch.” Cash is also accepted at the registers.
 
Q: When will we be dismissed on the first day?
A: Seniors, juniors and sophomores will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. All new students and freshmen will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. To reiterate, there will be a New Student Orientation at the conclusion of the first day of school. This orientation is required and will last from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
 
Q: I’m a parent of a new student – how do I find out what’s going on this year?
A: All parents of new students should plan to attend the New Parent Orientation on the evening of the first day of school at 7 p.m. (Oct. 28).
 
Q: Will lockers be available to store my books?
A: Yes, a limited number of lockers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Come to Mr. Porter’s office to have a lock/locker checked out to you.
 
Q: Will sports lockers be available for my athletic equipment?
A: Yes, if you are practicing with a BCHS coach, you will have between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. to store your equipment. Locker rooms will be closed during the school day. Locker rooms will be opened after school for practices. Due to COVID-19, limits will be placed on the number of students who can be in the locker room at one time.
 
First Week of School
Our entire faculty was on campus today in their work clothes – arranging desks, organizing classrooms, preparing new spaces (both indoor and outdoor), prepping public spaces for social distancing, and much more. There is an obvious buzz around our campus with the anticipation of students returning. We are thankful that 95% of our student body is ready to join us on campus on Wednesday! Know that we are praying for our BCHS families as we make this significant move onto campus next week. 



October 21, 2020 -- 4:30 PM


A special message from our Director of Spiritual Formation:
 

October 19, 2020 -- 4:30 PM

A Flood of Information
We are very excited to have our students back on campus in just nine days! We are committed to communicating with you as much information as possible. This means that a flood of information and requests will be coming to you to be sure that students and parents are well prepared for the start of school. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we send numerous communications in the next few days. Please read carefully all information sent in our updates and act swiftly upon any actions requested of you.
 
School Portraits Make-up Day – October 21 (Wednesday), 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Students who missed Picture Day in September needs to come onto campus this Wednesday to have their portrait taken. If you had your portrait taken already, but would like a re-take, you are welcome to come on Wednesday as well. Just let the photographer know that you would like your original portrait replaced.
 
Bus Applications – Due October 21 (Wednesday), by 4 p.m.
In order to make plans for school bus transportation that follows COVID guidelines, we must have all bus applications submitted by this Wednesday. Go to the Transportation and Bus Services page of our website for more information and the application. If you have any questions regarding school bus transportation, please contact Jessica Ricker (jricker@bakersfieldchristian.com).
 
Intent Form Update – Due October 21 (Wednesday), by 4 p.m.
Please call the school office if your intent to return to on-campus instruction has changed. All updates must be made by Wednesday.
 
Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 22 (Thursday), 2:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us on campus this Thursday anytime between 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for Parent-Teacher Conferences. All meetings will be “COVID-style” outdoors and socially distanced. Please remember to wear your mask. Check out our Parent-Teacher Conferences Video from Mrs. Wells.
 
Stop by the Spirit Gear Store Sidewalk Sale going on during the same hours. All items are 50% off – payments can be made with cash, check, or Venmo.
 
Tutor Days – October 23 (Friday), October 26 (Monday), October 27 (Tuesday)
We have added three Tutor Days to our schedule. No new instruction will be shared on these days. Students should contact their teachers for any help they need or questions they have. Teachers will be available during their regular office hours. These days are also being utilized by our faculty in order to prepare for the restart of on-campus education.
 
First Day of School – October 28 (Wednesday), 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Our first day of school will be a minimum day, with a pizza lunch provided. As many new procedures will be in place beginning the first day, please plan to arrive at school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. to allow for Health Screen checks and getting to classrooms. First period will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m.
 
New Student Orientation – October 28 (Wednesday), 1:30 p.m.
A mandatory orientation for all new students (freshmen and transfer students) after school on the first day. New students should plan to stay on campus until 2:45 p.m.
 
New Parent Orientation – October 28 (Wednesday), 7 p.m.
All new parents (of freshmen and transfer students) should plan to attend New Parent Orientation to hear from our Student Life and Academic teams, as well as our Administration.


October 19, 2020 -- 10:10 AM

We are pleased to announce that on-campus instruction resumes for all students, five days per week, on October 28, 2020.


October 16, 2020 -- 4:30 PM

Resuming In-Person Instruction
Please take time to review the COVID Guidelines in regard to the Academic Program students will experience once in-person instruction resumes on our campus.
 



October 14, 2020 -- 4:30 PM

A Return to On-Campus Instruction
Please review the COVID Guidelines to be ready for the particular policies and procedures that a return to on-campus instruction will require. Further details will be released at the end of the week from the Office of Academic Growth.
 



October 7, 2020 -- 3:00 PM

Tuition Discount – Quarter 1
On Monday we mailed home an important letter about the 20% tuition discount we will be giving for the first quarter due to our off-campus instruction period. Please read carefully the information given about how the discount has been calculated, as well as the way in which you would like to receive your discount. Please watch for a text message this week concerning your discount decision.
 
Student-Parent Handbook
The Student-Parent Handbook Agreement is available to review and submit in the Parent and Student Portals. We ask that each student and parent electronically sign the handbook agreement as soon as possible. Parents review and sign through the Parent Portal and students review and sign through the Student Portal.
 
School Portraits – Make-up Day
If you did not have your school portrait taken in September, please come to campus on Wednesday, October 21 to have your photo taken. Order forms are available in the office. All students must a have school portrait taken for their student ID.
 
Individualized Tutoring Program
Our History/Social Studies, Mathematics and World Languages Departments began our first week of ITP. We are excited to have students, working individually, getting the support they need from their teachers.
 
If you are part of ITP this week, be sure to check the day and time you are scheduled for in the email that was sent last Friday.
 
Emails have been sent to the students (and parents) who are expected to attend ITP next week, beginning October 12.
 
Class of 2020 Senior Gift  
Thank you to the Class of 2020 for providing water filling stations on our campus! Joe & Nate highlighted the much-appreciated gift in this week’s Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate.
 
COVID Update
We had hopeful news yesterday concerning our movement from the Purple Zone to the Red Zone, bringing us one step closer to returning to on-campus instruction. You can read more about it in yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) update.



October 6, 2020 -- 4:10 PM

Finally, some good news on the COVID-19 front as far as school is concerned! As you likely know by now, Tuesday marks the day of the week on which Kern County gets “ranked” for our performance in reducing COVID-19 cases. As a county, we have been stuck in the most restrictive ranking tier – denoted by the color purple.
 
Today we learned that Kern County’s weekly metrics showed we have met the red ranking criteria – marking the first week in which Kern County has successfully done so. We need to meet these criteria for one more consecutive week before our county can then move officially into the Red Zone. Moving into the Red Zone is incredibly important for our business community in Kern County as it allows some restrictions to begin easing. Moving into the Red Zone is important for high schools because it allows for a two-week countdown to begin – thereby marking the time period when on-campus classes can resume.
 
Having shared this information, please consider the following:
  • Given this timeline, it is very possible that on-campus schooling will begin on Tuesday, October 27. We are verifying that this is indeed the case and that a later start date would not be required.
  • School “waivers” continues to not apply to high schools. The metrics the state has laid forth for the Red Zone must be met in order for us to resume on-campus instruction. It is because of this that the metrics we are tracking matter so very much.
  • When we return for on-campus instruction, all students will follow their full schedule five days a week. We will not be operating with an alternative schedule or hybrid model.
  • Social distancing and masks will be required. Campus Services, teachers, students, and staff will all be expected to follow strict sanitizing and cleaning protocols.
  • In the weeks to come, we will watch with great anticipation each Tuesday’s metrics as the county moves (hopefully) fully into the Red Zone. During our Remote Digital Instruction period, we have been making re-opening plans for on-campus instruction. We will share this comprehensive plan (i.e. campus traffic flow for drop off/pick up, COVID-19 symptom checks, lunch procedures, social distancing standards in the classroom) with you when we are confident that we are moving forward with on-campus instruction.
  • Individual students will still have the opportunity to continue with remote digital instruction, should they choose. What will not be made available is the option to switch back and forth at frequent intervals between online and on-campus education.
  • Once schools are allowed to return to on-campus instruction, current state guidelines place the decision of continuing on-campus with the school (in conjunction with the local health department) and NOT with the state. Of course, this can be changed by Executive Order.
 
On a related note, BCHS has been made aware that one of our students has COVID-19. This student has not been on campus. Therefore, we are not conducting further contact tracing as relates to BCHS. We are thankful this family was transparent with BCHS. We also expect such transparency from our community as we move forward in regards to COVID-19. Without transparency, which allows for contact tracing, maintaining a fairly COVID-19 free campus becomes exponentially more difficult. Please contact Cerrena Wells if your student contracts COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-like symptoms.


October 1, 2020 -- 4:25 PM

COVID-19 Metrics – Purple Zone
We were disappointed to learn that Kern County once again narrowly missed moving into the COVID red zone this week. As you know, the red zone will begin our countdown for the start of on-campus instruction. We are hopeful to move to the red zone early next week.
 
National Honor Society
National Honor Society (NHS) applications are due tomorrow (Friday), October 2. Only juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for NHS. The NHS application has been emailed to all juniors and seniors. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Sadowsky at psadowsky@bakersfieldchristian.com.                            
 
Yearbook Orders
We were informed today that Lifetouch (the company who takes our school portraits) sent emails to our BCHS families with yearbook ordering instructions. Lifetouch is NOT our yearbook provider. Please do not try to order your yearbook from Lifetouch.
 
Yearbooks are ordered directly through Jostens.com. The school office does not accept payments for yearbooks. You can order your yearbook at any time – pricing does increase throughout the school year, so purchasing early will save you money. Yearbooks ordered by October 2 are $75 and include extras when purchased with a printed name.
 
Chapel
Our virtual Chapels continue to showcase God’s good work in our lives as we navigate this season of COVID. Check out messages from Rachel Welch and Joe Cabalka:
 
FFA Success
Even with COVID-19 limitations, our FFA team saw great success at the Kern County Virtual Livestock Show. Congratulations to our FFA students!
 
  • Holly Rudnick - Commercial Heifers, Reserve Grand Champion
  • Maggie Lugo - AOC Market Beef - 2nd in class
  • Maggie Lugo - Black Cross Market Beef - 2nd in class
  • Jacob Lugo - Black Cross Market Beef - 1st in class
  • Emily Wise - Black Cross Market Beef, FFA Champion /Grand Champion. 
  • Emma Buys - Dairy Replacement Heifers Class 1 - 8th in class
  • Emma Buys - Dairy Replacement Heifers Class 2 - 4th in class
  • Austyn Greenlee - Weight 135-199lbs Dark Cross - 1st in class
  • Taylor Filkins - Weight 220-234lbs Dark Cross - 6th in class
  • Savanah Downs - Weight 235-240lbs Dark Cross - 1st in class
  • Brennan Garcia - Weight 235-240 Dark Cross - 4th in class
  • Lillian Tracy - Weight 255-267 Dark Cross - Reserve Champion Dark Cross- FFA
  • Cale Bedingfield Light Cross 242-252lbs Light Cross Breed Champion - FFA
  • Lillian Tracy - 223-245lbs Yorkshire - 2nd in class
  • Savanah Downs - Yorkshire Breed Champion - FFA
  • Taylor Filkins - Yorkshire Reserve Breed Champion - FFA 
  • Lauren Fulghum - Crossbred light weight - 2nd in class
  • Gabe Sandoval - Crossbred Middle weight - 2nd in class
  • Taylor Filkins - Crossbred Middle weight - 3rd in class
  • Lauren Fulghum - Hampshire light weight - 1st in class
  • Taylor Filkins - Hampshire light weight - 2nd in class
  • Katie Rose Cook - Light weight 2nd in class
  • Lauren Smith - Middle weight - Reserve Grand Champion - FFA 
  • Connor Lytle - Middle weight - 5th in class
  • Connor Lytle - Heavy weight - 3rd in class
  • Lauren Smith - Heavy weight - 1st in class
  • Katie Rose Cook - Heavy weight - 3rd in class

September 29, 2020 -- 9:00 AM

Individualized Tutoring Program
As our student body continues to navigate Remote Digital Instruction, we are extremely pleased with the effort our students are showing and the commitment that our faculty is exhibiting. Teachers continue to contact students and their parents when concerns arise. However, even with this concerted dedication to the success of our students, some are still struggling to understand content, complete class work, and/or stay focused on their academic goals.
 
The Individualized Tutoring Program (ITP) is a targeted opportunity for students who are in jeopardy of failing a class or classes. This is NOT an opportunity for students to come onto campus to meet with teachers. Our administration team is using specific criteria that fall under state guidelines for schools to determine which students need to participate in ITP.
 
ITP will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, but will focus on only one or two subjects per day. Each subject area has a time block assigned. If you are required to attend ITP, you will receive specific notice of the day/time you are to attend. If you do not receive specific notification about a failing grade, you should not/may not attend ITP.
 
Students will be placed into ITP on a weekly basis once grade checks are completed by school personnel. Students placed into this tutoring program will be notified approximately the week prior to their required tutoring time. Once student achievement in a particular class has been met at an acceptable level, the student will not be required to attend ITP. 
 
Finally, ITP is completed in a tutoring-type setting. Students will not be grouped together, nor seated together. Our faculty will not be addressing students as a group, but rather only individually. Social distancing will be in full force during ITP. It is only through such an approach that we are legally able to provide such an opportunity to help our students during this COVID-19 age. Students/parents not comfortable with attending ITP due to COVID should contact Mr. Chai as soon as possible.
 
As we continue to adapt to the challenges that arise surrounding COVID-19 and Remote Digital Instruction, we hope that our BCHS community continues to support our intense efforts to support each and every student.


September 23, 2020 -- 4:05 PM

COVID Metrics
We were very close to our metric goal of below 8.0% last week; however, the calculations mandated by the state continue to hold us in the purple zone. Though these metrics are not quite where we need them to be yet, we are hopeful that the downward trend we have seen in the past few weeks will allow for students to get back on campus in the relatively near future. We will continue to keep you updated as Kern County’s metrics change.
 
COVID Cases at BCHS
We have not been informed of any recent BCHS COVID-19 cases. We are encouraged that our community is staying strong during this time.
 
Athletics on Campus
Currently, we are in the athletic workout stage of the 2020-21 sports season as outlined in state guidelines. These workouts are not mandatory. If your student is not involved with a sport at this time but interested in participating, please contact that specific sport’s coach using the Coaches’ Contact Sheet. Athletic forms and physicals must be completed to participate. A few FAQs are listed below to help clarify our special athletic situation for the 2020-21 school year:
 
  • What are the CIF dates and when will sports officially begin?
 
The CIF and its commissioners have stated that fall sports will officially begin in December, with spring sports beginning in February/March. Click on the link to see the CIF Sports Calendar. This calendar is subject to change.
 
  • Will California change the start date of athletics because other states are starting events now?
 
In short, no. The CIF and its commissioners have stated that fall sports will officially begin in December with spring sports beginning in February/March.
 
  • When the CIF season begins can my child play more than one sport during the same season?
 
Yes, they can. This year, the athletic calendar is setup such that multiple sports that would typically would occur during different seasons will be scheduled at the same time. Communicate with all the coaches of sports in which your student is involved. Let each coach know your student’s situation and a schedule will be made specifically for your student-athlete to participate in more than one sport. Communication and flexibility will be a necessity – both for our coaches and families.
     
  • Can my son/daughter play with their Club or AAU teams during the CIF season?
 
The CIF changed the bylaws ONLY for the 2020-21 season. Student-athletes may participate with an outside agency and play a school sport at the same time. Please keep in mind that communication is the key to your student-athlete’s success. Please let our coaches know your intentions, so they can plan accordingly.
  
If you have any questions about BCHS athletics, contact our Athletic Director, Blake Van Der Schaaf, at 661-410-7000 or bvanderschaaf@bakersfieldchristian.com.
 
Parent Portal
The Parent Portal is an important part of how our families stay connected. We recommend logging into your Parent Portal at least once a week to check important information/updates on the dashboard, check attendance, view assignments, and check grades. Refer to the “How to Check Student Grades” sheet to navigate inside the Parent Portal.
 
The Student-Parent Handbook Agreement is available to review and submit in the Parent Portal. We ask that each student and parent electronically sign the handbook agreement as soon as possible. Parents review and sign through the Parent Portal and students review and sign through the Student Portal.
 
Grandparents Day
We want to recognize grandparents and the important role they play in the lives of our BCHS families. We will be creating a video to showcase our grandparents with their grandchildren. We are asking every family to submit a photo of their student(s), at any age, with their grandparent(s) by Friday, September 25. Thank you for your help in making this video very special.
 
Please use one of the following avenues to send your photos to Tarilyn Crabtree:
Google Form: Grandparents Day
 
California Scholarship Federation
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) applications are due Friday, September 25. Applications are based on grades from the 2019-20 spring semester. Freshmen are not eligible. Current sophomores will be eligible in January 2021. A copy of your 2019-20 spring semester report card must be attached to the application and turned in to the school office or emailed to Audra Guinn (aguinn@bakersfieldchristian.com). Report cards are currently not available in the Student Portal. Contact your counselor or Audra Guinn to receive your report card. The CSF application has been emailed to all juniors and seniors.
 
SAT Administration
We have been given the green light from College Board to administer the SAT on our campus this fall/winter. Our school was listed in the registration portal on the College Board website this week. We sent out a text to all sophomore, junior and senior families to inform them of the possibility to register on Tuesday. With so many test sites being canceled, our test site for October 3 filled up very quickly. We are thankful that some BCHS students were able to register for our site. Currently the October 3 test date is full at BCHS, however the December 5 test date is available on the College Board website. As long as COVID guidelines do not prohibit us from doing so, we plan to administer the SAT in December on campus. Any student interested in taking the SAT must register through the College Board website. If you have any questions about the SAT, please contact your counselor.
 
Student Life
Check out our newest Student Life videos from Mr. Thiessen, Mr. Cabalka and The Video Team.
TikTok Olympics – vote for your favorite dances on BCHS Instagram Stories.

September 18, 2020 -- 1:30 PM

COVID-19 Metrics
Kern County was very close to moving from the purple zone to the red zone this last week. However, our metrics were just not quite there. We are praying that our COVID-19 cases continue to drop in Kern County and that we will see movement from the purple to the red zone. Once we are in the red zone for about a month, we will be able to get back on campus.
 
Back-to-School Night Success!
Thank you to all who participated in our virtual Back-to-School Night on Thursday. We did not let our COVID restrictions stop us from connecting with our families and expressing our strong desire to support your students as best we can.
 
Tutor Day on Monday (September 21)
We have worked into our school calendar Tutor Days to give our students an opportunity to catch up on classwork and/or spend designated time getting help from their teachers. No new material will be presented or required on Monday, September 21. Students have the choice to connect with a teacher for help, spend time catching up on any work that needs to be turned in, or simply take a day to breathe before digging in again on Tuesday.
 
We have consolidated the Remote Digital Instruction Schedule into a single sheet for easy reference.
 
Grandparents Day
We want to recognize grandparents and the important role they play in the lives of our BCHS families. We will be creating a video to showcase our grandparents with their grandchildren. We are asking every family to submit a photo of their student(s), at any age, with their grandparent(s) as soon as possible. Once we gather these photos, we will share the video with our BCHS community.
 
Please use one of the following avenues to send your photos to Tarilyn Crabtree:
Google Form: Grandparents Day
 
PSAT Postponed
Due to COVID-19, the College Board has given us the option to postpone the October 14 PSAT. We have decided to accept this option and have our sophomores and juniors take the PSAT in January. We will send out further information in the coming weeks.
 
Student-Parent Handbook
It is very important to review the Student-Parent Handbook with your student. Both student and parent need to log in to their Parent/Student Portal, find the Student-Parent Handbook Agreement, and then electronically sign and date the agreement. Clicking on the “Agree and Submit” button will complete the submission process.
 
Checking Student Grades
Parents and Students are able to view student grades in the Parent and Student Portals. The How to Check Student Grades sheet can help parents navigate the Parent Portal to view assignments, schedules and gradebook.
 
Student Life Video
Our newest addition to the English Department, Jay Yoon, is our speaker for Chapel today. Check it out: September 18 Chapel.


September 16, 2020 -- 4:45 PM

Back-to-School Night
Virtual Back-to-School Night is tomorrow night, September 17. Log into the Parent Portal via BakersfieldChristian.com to access the teachers' virtual classrooms.
 
The evening will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a welcome from BCHS leadership. Click on the YouTube link in the Parent Portal to watch the introductory video before attending Zoom meetings with teachers.
 
Tip: Using your student’s iPad will be an easy, straightforward way to access Zoom. Just access BakersfieldChristian.com from the web browser and log into the Parent Portal to access the Back-to-School Night information.
 
Each teacher will only have 10 minutes for a short presentation. If you have questions or concerns to discuss with a teacher, please use the chat function on Zoom to request a follow-up meeting.
 
Log in at BakersfieldChristian.com today to confirm that you have access to the Parent Portal. If you are unfamiliar with our new Parent Portal or Zoom, please call the IT Help Desk before the event. The school office and IT Help Desk will be available 7:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) to help with any issues you may have with the Parent Portal or Zoom.
 
School Office 661-410-7000
IT Help Desk 661-679-1311
 
Back-to-School Night Schedule
 
5:45-5:55       Leadership Welcome via YouTube
6:00-6:10       Period 1
6:15-6:25       Period 2
6:30-6:40       Period 3
6:45-6:55       Period 4
7:00-7:10       Period 5
7:15-7:25       Period 6
7:30-7:40       Period 7
7:45-7:55       Period 8

September 14, 2020 -- 4:30 PM

Student-Parent Handbook
All students will be asked to electronically sign the Student-Parent Handbook tomorrow (Tuesday) in their Bible classes. If you have not already, please take time to review the handbook with your student today. Parents will also sign the Student-Parent Handbook through the Parent Portal by selecting Student at the top of the page and choosing Student-Parent Handbook from the left menu.
 
School Portraits
Picture day is September 16 and 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is important for every student to have a portrait taken for his/her 2020-21 school ID. An email has been sent to students and parents with ordering information.
 
September 16 (Wednesday)
Freshmen      7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Juniors           12-4:30 p.m. 
 
September 17 (Thursday)
Sophomores   7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Seniors            12-4:30 p.m.
 
Back-to-School Night
Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 17 from 5:45-8 p.m. On Thursday, click on the YouTube link in the Parent Portal to watch the introductory video before attending Zoom meetings with teachers. You will find Zoom links on your Parent Portal for each teacher on the night of the event.
 
The BCHS school office and IT Help Desk will be available to assist you with any issues you may have in attending the Zoom meetings. If you have never used Zoom or are unfamiliar with your Parent Portal, please call the IT Help Desk before the event to be sure that you are ready for Back-to-School Night.
 
ASB Freshmen Elections
An email has been sent to all freshmen about ASB elections. Every freshman should read the email and watch the ASB candidate videos to decide how to vote for Vice President and President. The Class of 2024 will be voting tomorrow (Tuesday) for their ASB Class Vice President and Class President.
 
Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate
Check out our latest Student Life video from Mr. Thiessen and Mr. Cabalka:


September 11, 2020 -- 3:30 PM


COVID Update
We have been fortunate not to have any recent COVID-19 cases at BCHS. We are proud of the efforts that our community has made while on campus to keep COVID at bay.
 
Back-to-School Night
Virtual Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. Parents will log into their Parent Portal to view the Leadership Video at 5:45 p.m. and then join Zoom meetings according to their students’ schedule. Details and instructions will be sent out early next week. If you have never used Zoom, please contact our IT Help Desk (679-1311) to make sure your Zoom app is ready to go on Thursday night.
 
Chapel
Check out our new Chapel video, featuring Mr. Chai!
 
Athletics
We have had a great turn-out for our athletic workouts on campus. Due to the weather and air quality these past few weeks, we have been sending out text updates regarding athletic workouts. From here on out we will only be sending a schoolwide text if athletic workouts are canceled, otherwise students should contact their coach with any scheduling questions.
 
California Scholarship Federation
California Scholarship Federation (CSF) applications are due Friday, September 25. Applications are based on grades from the 2019-20 spring semester. Freshmen are not eligible. Current sophomores will be eligible in January 2021. A copy of your 2019-20 spring semester report card must be attached to the application and turned in to the school office or emailed to Audra Guinn (aguinn@bakersfieldchristian.com). Report cards are currently not available in the Student Portal. Contact your counselor or Audra Guinn to receive your report card. The CSF application will be emailed to all juniors and seniors.
 
National Honor Society
National Honor Society (NHS) applications are due Friday, October 2. Download the NHS Application and return to the school office or email to Paul Sadowsky (psadowsky@bakersfieldchristian.com). Only juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for NHS. The NHS application will be emailed to all juniors and seniors.
 
Grandparents Day
Each year, we choose a day to honor our grandparents by inviting them to campus for a special Chapel after which the students leave with them to enjoy lunch together. This year will be different, but we still want to recognize grandparents and the role they play in the lives of our BCHS families. We will be creating a video to showcase our grandparents with their grandchildren. Once we gather these photos, we will share the video with our BCHS community. We are asking every family to submit a photo of their student(s) with their grandparent(s) by Friday, September 18. Please use one of the following avenues to send your photos to Tarilyn Crabtree:
Google Form: Grandparents Day
Email: tcrabtree@bakersfieldchristian.com
 
Student-Parent Handbook
Students will be reviewing and signing the Student-Parent Handbook agreement next week in their Bible class. Parents – please read through the handbook with your student(s) before Tuesday. Parents will also have the opportunity to sign the handbook agreement through the Parent Portal. Instructions will be sent early next week.
 
Senior Portraits
Now is the time to set your appointment with a photographer for your senior’s portrait. Please follow the guidelines below to submit your senior’s portrait by January 2021.
 
  • The pose must be vertical, NOT horizontal.      
  • The photo can be taken outdoors or indoors.
  • Be mindful of the school dress code policy. Parents will be notified to submit another photo if needed.
  • The submitted photograph must have a minimum of 300 dpi resolution.
  • A parent or the photographer will need to upload your selected senior portrait to the Jostens website: Replayit.com by Friday, January 8, 2021.
  • User accounts can be created at Replayit.com beginning September 1.
  • Please request permission from your photographer to use the senior portrait in the yearbook as well as the graduation slideshow.
 
If you are in need of a photographer, you can choose from the BCHS alumni and staff listed below: 
 
Please be aware that Senior Ads are also available for purchase on Jostens.com. If you have any questions, please email Yearbook Advisor, Jillian Stump, at jstump@bakersfieldchristian.com and put “Senior Portrait” in the subject line or call her directly at 661-378-3503.
 
Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Journey Bell, an online boutique, is offering BCHS students a discount on the purchase of blue light blocking glasses in efforts to help our students have a more enjoyable remote digital learning experience. Blue light blocking glasses are designed to filter out a portion of harmful blue-violet light. These can make screen time more comfortable and help significantly reduce symptoms of digital eye strain. If your student or family members are interested in these glasses, visit Journey Bell to purchase yours. Use code BCHS20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase and a discounted shipping rate. Journey Bell will be finalizing orders on September 21, so be sure to get your order in at this discounted rate. (Note: these are not prescription glasses and are only used to help with eye strain, fatigue and headaches.)  
 
COVID-19 Tuition Assistance
If you have lost your job or had a reduction in employment hours due to COVID-19, there may be tuition assistance available for you. This particular COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund will be limited to those families who experienced loss of income due to COVID-19 on or after June 1, 2020 (families who experienced lost income prior to June 1, but then had continued loss of income after June 1, are also eligible to apply).
 
To learn more about this COVID-19 tuition assistance, please contact the Business Office through email at jricker@bakersfieldchristian.com. To be considered, inquiries must be made and documentation fully submitted on or before September 15. All applications will be reviewed following this submission deadline. Determination on any such COVID-19 tuition assistance will then be made by September 30.



September 8, 2020 -- 4:45 PM


School Portraits
Picture day will be September 16 and 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is important for every student to have a portrait taken for his/her 2020-21 school ID. After checking in at the Health Screen tent, students will proceed to the Sports Center. Please remember that masks and social distancing will be enforced while on campus. Family members are welcome to come together.
 
September 16 (Wednesday)   
Freshmen: 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Juniors: 12–4:30 p.m. 

September 17 (Thursday)
Sophomores: 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Seniors: 12–4:30 p.m.
 
Back-to-School Night
Back-to-School Night will be held digitally on Zoom the evening of Thursday, September 17. The schedule below highlights the timeframe for the evening. Following your student’s schedule, select the Zoom link for the appropriate teacher at the designated time. You will find Zoom links on your Parent Portal next to each teacher’s name. Study Hall and Aide periods will not have a teacher meeting.
 
The evening will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a welcome from BCHS leadership. Click on the YouTube link in the Parent Portal to watch the introductory video before attending Zoom meetings with teachers. You will then access the Zoom links in your Parent Portal.
 
Each teacher will only have 10 minutes for a short presentation. If you have questions or concerns to discuss with a teacher, please use the chat function on Zoom to request a follow-up meeting.
 
The BCHS IT Help Desk will be available from 6-7:30 p.m. at 679-1311 to assist you with any issues you may have in attending the Zoom meetings. If you have never used Zoom, please call the IT Help Desk before the event to be sure that you have Zoom set up correctly.
 
Back-to-School Night Schedule
  • 5:45-5:55 BCHS Leadership Welcome
  • 6:00-6:10 Period 1
  • 6:15-6:25 Period 2
  • 6:30-6:40 Period 3
  • 6:45-6:55 Period 4
  • 7:00-7:10 Period 5
  • 7:15-7:25 Period 6
  • 7:30-7:40 Period 7
  • 7:45-7:55 Period 8
 
The Fall Play
Our theater department is going virtual this year for the fall play. If you are interested in participating in the virtual fall play, contact our Drama Director, Mendy Leyendecker, at mleyendecker@bakersfieldchristian.comas soon as possible for details. The virtual fall play will broadcast on Saturday, November 7.
 
Athletics
Athletic workouts are canceled today (September 8) due to poor air quality. Students interested in participating in a sport should contact the coach. Refer to the Coaches’ Contact Sheet for contact information.
 
Zoom Update
Today’s synchronous day included a single Zoom-bomber. Thankfully, the teacher dealt with the brief incident quickly and resumed class as normal. There are millions of students accessing video conferencing apps across the country, and many unfortunate incidents with Zoom-bombers occur daily. When we have only a minor incident to deal with, we call that a “win!” We continue to keep a close eye on Zoom and move swiftly when unavoidable incidents do occur.
 
COVID-19 Tuition Assistance
If you have lost your job or had a reduction in employment hours due to COVID-19, there may be tuition assistance available for you. This particular COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund will be limited to those families who experienced loss of income due to COVID-19 on or after June 1, 2020 (families who experienced lost income prior to June 1, but then had continued loss of income after June 1, are also eligible to apply).
 
To learn more about this COVID-19 tuition assistance, please contact the Business Office through email at jricker@bakersfieldchristian.com. To be considered, inquiries must be made and documentation fully submitted on or before September 15. All applications will be reviewed following this submission deadline. Determination on any such COVID-19 tuition assistance will then be made by September 30.
 
COVID Metric Update
We have encouraging news regarding our county’s COVID-19 metrics. According to the Covid19.ca.gov website, Kern County now has an adjusted COVID-19 case rate of 9.2 per 100,000. We need to see this rate move to below 7.0 per 100,000. The positivity rate for Kern County is now 9.9%. We need this number below 8.0%. When these numbers are reduced to the appropriate rate for an extended period of time, we will be able to make plans to return to on-campus instruction. Though these metrics are not quite where we need them to be yet, we are hopeful that the downward trend we have seen in the past few weeks will allow for students to get back on campus in the relatively near future. We will continue to keep you updated as our county’s metrics change.
 
Student Life
Check out our latest BCHS Student Life video: Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate. Keep a look out for our next Chapel video coming on Thursday to BCHS Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.



September 3, 2020 -- 4:15 PM


Back-to-School Night
DATE CHANGE! We have moved our virtual Back-to-School Night to Thursday evening, September 17. This change allows us more time to communicate clearly what the virtual Zoom event will look like. Parents will receive instructions for connecting with teachers via Zoom through their Parent Portal.
 
Senior Sunrise
Senior Sunrise will be Monday, September 21 from 6:15 to 8 a.m. in the student parking lot. Details will be sent directly to senior families. If you have any questions, contact senior advisor, Scott Joseph, at sjoseph@bakersfieldchristian.com.
 
School Portraits
Picture day will be September 16 and 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is important for every student to have a portrait taken for his/her 2020-21 school ID. Students will be scheduled by grade level to come onto campus. Please remember that masks and social distancing will be enforced while on campus.
 
The Fall Play
Our theater department is going virtual this year for the fall play. If you are interested in participating in the virtual fall play, contact our Drama Director, Mendy Leyendecker, at mleyendecker@bakersfieldchristian.comas soon as possible for details. Auditions for the fall play will be held virtually on November 8.
 
Student Life
Our Student Life team is at it again with videos for our students Monday through Thursday each week. Check out our most recent videos on our BCHS Eagles YouTube page.
 
Athletics
We have had great a great turnout for BCHS Athletics this week! We are so happy to see students on campus again and doing what they love. We are also encouraged that our student body and coaches have been following COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone on campus safe. If you are interested in participating in a sport, contact the coach before arriving to practice (Coaches’ Contact Sheet). All Athletic Forms must be submitted before joining.


August 28, 2020 -- 3:45 PM

New State Guidelines for Reopening Schools
Today, Governor Newsom presented his latest set of guidelines for reopening schools. The new color-coded system for counties bluntly does not significantly change the metrics which Kern County needs to meet in order to reopen schools. In short, Kern County will need to see our daily COVID-19 infection rate drop to about 65 cases. Right now, we are in a week-long period where the daily rate has been oscillating between 90 and 250 cases. Additionally, Kern’s positivity rate needs to get below 8%. Our positivity rate has been falling, but currently stands at 12%. These metrics will then need to remain below these levels for one month. It is at that point we can reopen for on-campus education. Kern County is making progress in fighting COVID-19, but still has some serious work to do. As a reminder, the school waiver which has been rolled out by the state does not apply to high schools.
 
Additionally, we are keeping a close eye on the rulings of the court system as relate to state governmental authority over private/parochial schools during this pandemic. The result of a case which is to be heard by the California State Supreme Court sometime this next month could potentially have an impact upon our ability to more readily reopen.
 
Appropriate Daily Academic Workload
The average daily, academic workload is a topic frequently discussed between parents and school administration during this period of remote digital education. The following points serve as guidelines in regards to this matter:
  • Daily student workload varies widely depending on numerous factors: grade level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), number of courses, and the nature of these courses (CP, AP, core, elective, etc.).
  • On synchronous days (Tuesdays), students should plan on having homework in addition to the Zoom sessions. This likely means that these days may get pretty long.
  • On asynchronous days, an average of 4-6 hours of school work is an appropriate workload to anticipate for a typical course schedule. Obviously, this number will likely vary quite greatly from day to day and upon the factors listed in the first bullet point.
  • It is important to remember that when school is in session on-campus, students are “in class” for 7 hours. However, these hours include lunch, study hall, passing periods, breaks, attendance, beginning homework in class, etc. Homework completed outside of class time then requires additional hours to be spent at home. In other words, it is not unreasonable during remote digital instruction time to expect students to spend more than 7 hours per day on school-related work. Conversely, there will be days when considerably less than 7 hours of total work is required. It is the daily average of work of which we are most concerned.
  • Individual students also learn at significantly different paces. For some students, an asynchronous lesson and assignment may take less time than that of another student. Therefore, workloads will even vary widely between students who would take identical courses.
Student Progress
We would like to reiterate: students must contact their teachers if they have any questions about assignments, due dates, submissions, videos, Zoom mtgs, etc. Our teachers are ready to help via email, phone or Zoom meeting during their office hours Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Students are not expected to work completely on their own during asynchronous days – we want them interacting with their teachers. Students should contact teachers through school email or Google Classroom comments. We know that this is a very different setting than we are all used to, but we are confident that with buy-in from our students and the dedication to which our teachers are committed, our students can be successful in this remote digital learning environment.
 
Back-to-School Night
This year’s Back-to-School Night will look a bit different than our traditional on-campus walk-through. Save the date for September 14 – details for our virtual Back-to-School Night will be coming to you soon.
 
Virtual Chapel
As with many events at the beginning of this school year, we are going virtual with Chapel for now. Even though we cannot meet together on campus, we are thankful for the opportunity to share these messages to our entire BCHS community through our YouTube channel. In the following weeks, Chapel videos will be shared on Thursdays. Follow the link for August 28 Chapel to view today’s message.
 
Senior Information Night
Our college counselor, Carissa Cady, will be hosting Senior Information Night virtually on Tuesday, September 1. More details to come Monday, August 31.


August 26, 2020 -- 4:10 PM


Athletics Update
Great news! The CDC/Public Health Department has cleared athletic workouts to begin again on campus. We will begin team workouts next week, August 31. We hope to continue workouts as long as the bad air quality caused from the wildfires does not interfere with the safety of our student-athletes. We will monitor air quality ratings and communicate to you if practices need to be canceled. Reviewing the expectations for workouts below will ensure your student-athlete starts his/her sport strong. Please know that the safety of all students and coaches is important to BCHS. The protocols in this letter will be strictly followed by BCHS staff and coaches.
 
Workout Expectations
  • All student-athletes must contact their coach before coming onto campus for workouts. Refer to the Coaches’ Contact Sheet for emails and phone numbers of coaches.
  • Initially, workouts will be weekly, Monday-Thursday, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Contact the coach to find out the schedule for your respective sport. Not all sports will begin at the same time.
  • Athletic Forms (found on the Parent Portal), COVID Release and Physical Forms (turned in to the office or emailed to bvanderschaaf@bakersfieldchristian.com), MUST be completed to participate.
  • Keep a copy of the Physical Form from the doctor at home for your own record.
  • All workouts will be conducted outside. No use of indoor facilities will be allowed at this time. Gym, weight room, locker rooms, meeting rooms are all off limits.
  • No sharing of equipment is allowed and social distancing must be followed. Numbers will be limited per workout group.
  • Everyone coming on campus must check in at the health screen tent by the Administration Office.
  • Bring your own water. No fountains will be available. Restrooms will be open. 
Planned Workouts
Mondays and Wednesdays, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Water Polo/Swim – Grass area next to administration parking lot
  • Baseball – Varsity and JV fields
  • Volleyball – Oasis sand courts and grass area surrounding
  • Girls Basketball – Outdoor basketball courts located behind tennis courts 
Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Football – Allen Road grass area and grass area near administration parking lot, The Bridge field
  • Cheer – Area in front of Sports Center
  •  Boys and Girls Tennis – Tennis courts
  • Cross-Country – Stadium track 
We are excited to have student-athletes on campus again working with our coaches. Every student must check in at the health screen tent at the beginning of each practice. Any student with a temperature higher than 100.4, with any COVID-19-like symptoms, or unfinished Athletic Forms will not be allowed to stay on campus.
 
We hope and pray that we are able to continue practices throughout the fall and winter. As we know from the last few months, schedules and plans can change quickly and often. It is our goal to communicate clearly with our families when changes happen. Please be sure that you are receiving schoolwide text messages and your contact information is updated with the school if changes are made. Feel free to contact our Athletic Director, Blake Van Der Schaaf, with any questions or concerns in regard to BCHS Athletics – bvanderschaaf@bakersfieldchristian.com.
 
Up-to-Date with Joe and Nate
Back by popular demand…The Student Life team is keeping us all up-to-date on social media. You can use @bakersfieldchristian to check them out on Instagram and @BCHSeagles on Facebook.
 
Coronavirus Update
We have been made aware that one of our staff/faculty has a confirmed case of COVID-19. We have contacted the individuals who had prolonged, direct contact with this person.
 
We have made an extreme effort to keep our knowledge of any coronavirus news within our BCHS community clear, concise and respectful of those involved. We prayerfully ask for quick healing of all those affected by COVID-19.
 

August 25, 2020 -- 2:50 PM

Zoom Challenges
 
Dear Parents and Students,
Unfortunately, we have had some challenges with individuals from outside our community trying to ‘Zoom-bomb’ our meetings. We suppose that the words ‘Zoom bomb’ will be added to 21st century lexicon. Unreal.
 
In any event, a few Zoom-bombers have successfully entered into our Zoom classrooms. These Zoom-bombers have utilized poor language, played inappropriate music, and, in one particular case, vaped during the Zoom sessions. The agitators are outside of our community, seeking to gain access into our Zoom classroom meetings. We are utilizing password protected processes to conduct our Zoom classroom meetings, but obviously devious minds are all too often able to find a way to work around such safeguards. To reiterate, these Zoom bombings are not happening frequently, but any such distraction and intrusion is not okay.
 
Unfortunately, we are also aware of the possibility that one of our own BCHS students may have chosen to Zoom-bomb another school. Typically, we would address these issues directly and in-person with our student body, but obviously are unable to do so due to remote digital education. Therefore, it is important to note that any such behavior from our students will lead to suspension and possible expulsion. Additionally, we will not hesitate to contact the appropriate authorities.
 
We are actively looking for additional protective measures to help alleviate these Zoom bombings. However, we also realize that a determined hacker will likely still find ways around whatever we implement. Such is the world in which we live. We believe it is likely that the Zoom pranking being done now will lose its appeal as school progresses. It will also be helpful that we are entering into an asynchronous learning period for the next number of days, thereby greatly reducing our reliance upon Zoom.
 
Remote digital instruction provides for some real challenges. These are challenges facing schools across the country. We are not alone. Yet, we will handle situations arising from these challenges in a distinctly BCHS manner – through prompt communication with our community, appropriate disciplinary measures, and carefully considered adjusted procedures.
 
Such incidents are extremely unfortunate. Sadly, they are all too symptomatic of the world in which we live. We will continue to work to keep a safe environment for our students in all areas of school life. Keeping in mind the reality is that where there is a devious mind in a sinful world, keeping the school as a fortress from all evils outside our walls is impossible. Therefore, we take unwanted incidents and use them as moments to help our students see that such behavior is not congruent with a Christian lifestyle. We are trusting that such conversations are also happening at home where students may have been impacted through this inappropriate online behavior.
 
Overall, we’ve had a great first two days of school. We hope that you join us in not allowing a few unfortunate incidents to overshadow the relative positives of these days. Finally, we ask that you continue to pray for our school community, as well as for all other school communities facing the educational challenges and opportunities presented during this difficult COVID-19 time period.
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
President
 
Steven Chai
VP of Academic Growth
 
Nate Thiessen
VP of Student Life

August 24, 2020 -- 3:50 PM

Dear Students and Parents,
 
Day 1 of school year 2020-21 is now in the books. If you’re like me, today’s emotions probably ran the spectrum: sighs of relief, remnants of concern, angst about tomorrow, and thoughts of “We can’t possibly get back to on-campus schooling soon enough!” With that in mind, please read the following important notes:
 
What We Learned from Day 1
  • Due to the immense global demand for Zoom’s services, there will be some challenges with this synchronous form of education from time to time. I’m hopeful that these challenges will dissipate as time progresses and Zoom readjusts to their increased volume. As an FYI…we have purchased a Zoom subscription which allows for additional features beneficial for education. We are hoping these added features will serve our students well.
  • We have an alternative plan if we ever do have massive Zoom issues on synchronous days. Teachers are prepared to transition to utilizing Google Classroom and provide an asynchronous lesson if the need arises.
  • By 9 a.m. this morning, almost all students, with only a handful of exceptions, had worked through technological challenges and were able to successfully join their classes. Additionally, all but a handful of students were in attendance on this first day. Students and parents…you are to be commended for this! Thank you for patiently wading through wait times with our technical team and being committed to helping your student.
  • Our faculty was extremely well-prepared. I don’t often feel the need to let our community know how hard we work behind the scenes at BCHS to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. It’s my assumption that everyone works hard at their chosen occupation, and to point out hard work within one’s own organization seems far too self-serving. However, I want to publicly applaud our faculty – the majority of whom put in tremendous hours over the summer to make certain they were fully prepared for everything which could be thrown at them this year. They are to be commended for going above and beyond.
  • Opening and reading all school texts as immediately as possible is crucial. This is the manner in which we are able to provide real-time updates. 
Enrollment
Many in our community have inquired as to our enrollment. As of today, we have 525 full-time domestic students (including 159 freshmen and 19 upper-class transfers), 4 international students, and 20 additional students in our IAP (homeschool) program. We have increased full-time domestic enrollment by over 70 students this year! Additionally, this represents the largest total enrollment in our school’s history!
 
Athletic Workouts
Athletic workouts are scheduled to begin next week, August 31. These workouts will meet the social distancing and other criteria required by the state in this COVID-19 age. Please reach out to the school office or your coach for more information on these workouts. Please also remember that you cannot participate in these workouts unless ALL athletic forms have been completed.
 
Student/Parent Handbook
The Student/Parent Handbook can be viewed by going to the home page of your Student/Parent Portal. Next week we will be requiring that you sign a document stating that you have read and will abide by this handbook.
 
Parent/Student Portals
Please make certain to check the home page of your Parent or Student Portal for daily announcements/updates. While these announcements/updates will not be comprehensive, they will point-out important aspects of school life.
 
Technology Questions/Difficulties
If you are having technology difficulties, please contact our IT support team directly at 661-679-1311. IT Support is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
This Week’s Schedule
  • Tuesday – Synchronous Zoom Classroom
  • Wednesday – Asynchronous through Google Classroom
  • Thursday – Asynchronous through Google Classroom
  • Friday – Asynchronous through Google Classroom 
COVID-19 Tuition Assistance
This past spring, BCHS made available a special COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund. As this school year begins, we are again able to offer this program. If you have lost your job or had a reduction in employment hours due to COVID-19, there may be tuition assistance available for you. This particular COVID-19 Tuition Assistance Fund will be limited to those families who have had loss of income due to COVID-19 on or after June 1, 2020 (families who had lost income prior to June 1, but then had continued loss of income after June 1, are also eligible to apply).
 
To learn more about this COVID-19 tuition assistance, please contact the Business Office through email at jricker@bakersfieldchristian.com. You will receive a reply email within two business days which will include instructions for pursuing such assistance. If, after requesting this information, you have not received a reply email within two business days, please call the school office at 661-410-7000. Again, this particular tuition assistance is only in relation to the time period in which job loss or income reduction may have occurred due to COVID-19. Please also take note that this assistance is limited. To be considered, inquiries must be made and documentation fully submitted on or before September 15. All applications will be reviewed following this submission deadline. Determination on any such COVID-19 tuition assistance will then be made by September 30.
 
Tuition Rebate
We are excited to be able to offer a tuition rebate during this time of remote digital instruction. As had been previously indicated, there will be a 20% rebate on tuition, calculated on a per diem basis, for the days in which remote digital instruction is the only delivery mode offered by BCHS. This rebate extends, at this point, only through the first quarter. We very much believe that we are working through these uncharted times together. Our financial decision in offering this rebate is only one way in which we have tried to demonstrate our partnership with you.
 
In surveying other non-public schools, especially at the high school and college level, there are far more schools not offering tuition rebates/discounts than those that are. This obviously is due to the fact that school operating costs diminish some during online education, but not enough to be able to manage rebates/discounts at any sustainable level for a period of time. It is for this reason that this rebate at BCHS is only being implemented for the first quarter. Rebate decisions beyond the first quarter would be determined at a later date. However, it is important to note that it is unlikely that such a rebate policy would be reinstituted beyond this first quarter.
 
Please note that we are utilizing the term “rebate,” rather than discount because we are looking back once the quarter ends to provide a lower tuition rate for the first weeks of school based on the total numbers of remote digital instruction within the first quarter.
 
The rebate will be applied as follows:
  1. Families will pay their full tuition amounts through the end of the first quarter.
  2. At the end of the first quarter (mid-October), it will be determined how many days in the first quarter were subject to the 20% rebate.
  3. An adjustment credit will then be made on the next tuition statement indicating the credited amount. 
As we have talked with members of our constituency about such a rebate, a gratitude has been expressed. Yet several have indicated that they believe full tuition should still be paid, even if online education is the only option. Should you feel that way, we encourage you to take your rebate and make a donation back to the school. Understand that while solid, our financial picture will definitely be impacted by this discount. If you are inclined to donate such a rebate back to the school, know it will make a very positive impact.
 

That’s all for now. Thanks again to each of you for putting your very best foot forward today. All in all, things could not have gone much better. God’s blessings to each of you.
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President

August 21, 2020 -- 2:25 PM

Remote Digital Instruction
We are excited to begin school on Monday! Even though no students will be on campus next week, the faculty are eager to “see” all of our students in Zoom meetings on Monday and Tuesday. By now all students should have received an iPad, received an email from each teacher, and joined all scheduled classes in Google Classroom.
 
Monday and Tuesday will be synchronous instruction days, meaning that all students will be working from home, logging in to Zoom meetings at each period. We have taken a few calls in the office inquiring if synchronous instruction days mean that students will be on campus. Unfortunately, they do not! Monday’s and Tuesday’s schedule is listed below. We will be texting students at the beginning and end of each class to simulate a “bell” schedule. For the first week, we hope that this helps students establish a routine for synchronous days.
 
STANDARD BELL SCHEDULE
(August 24 and 25)
Period
Start
End
1
8:15
8:59
2
9:04
9:48
Break
9:48
9:58
3
10:02
10:46
4
10:51
11:35
5
11:40
12:24
Lunch
12:24
12:54
6
12:58
1:42
7
1:47
2:31
8
2:36
3:20
 
 
Books/Materials Pick Up
The following classes have additional workbooks or instruments to pick up from the school. Teachers will give instructions on what item(s) to pick up. Come through the circle drive between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up on Wednesday, August 26. 
  • Intro to Literature Honors - Periods 5, 6, 7
  • Intro to World Literature Honors – Periods 1, 2, 3, 6, 8
  • AP Language Periods 1, 2
  • Intro to Old/New Testament Periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
  • Band – select students
Athletic Update
Great news! The CDC/Public Health Department has cleared athletic workouts to begin again on campus. We will be able to restart our workouts similar to what we did over the summer. With the expected length of this current heat wave we are beginning these workouts the week of August 31. General information is listed below. All student-athletes must contact their coach before coming onto campus for workouts.
  • Initially, workouts will be weekly, Monday-Thursday. Contact your coach to find out the schedule for your respective sport. Not all sports will begin at the same time.
  • Athletic Forms (found on the Parent Portal), COVID Release and Physical Forms (turned in to the office or emailed to bvanderschaaf@bakersfieldchristian.com), MUST be completed to participate.
  • All workouts will be conducted outside. No use of indoor facilities will be allowed at this time. Gym, weight room, locker rooms, meeting rooms are all off limits.
  • No sharing of equipment is allowed and social distancing must be followed. Numbers will be limited per workout group.
  • Everyone coming on campus must check in at the health screen tent by the Administration Office.
  • Bring your own water. No fountains will be available. Restrooms will be open.
Tech Support
Our IT Department is working hard to get everyone connected and keep all of our tech running smoothly. If you have any trouble with your iPad, please call the IT Help Desk at 661-679-1311. This is a direct line to our IT Team and will be the quickest way for you to resolve any technical issues.
 
Schedule Changes
If you have any changes to make to your schedule, contact your counselor as soon as possible, before Monday. Sending an email to your counselor is the most direct way to ask questions and have changes made to your schedule.
  • Chandler (Grade 9 & 11) – schandler@bakersfieldchristian.com
  • Cady (Grades 10 & 12) – ccady@bakersfieldchristian.com
Freshmen Kick-Off
Last night (August 20) we celebrated our freshmen students through a special kick-off event. Thanks to all the freshmen students and parents who supported this event through their attendance! Our 9th grade class represents what we believe may be our largest class in school history – currently standing at 159 students. What a tremendous blessing!
 
Enjoy Your Weekend
Enjoy this last non-school summer weekend and get ready to start the 2020-21 school journey on a strong note come Monday. Let’s all commit to keeping this school year in our prayers as we gear-up to begin again!


August 14, 2020 -- 3:30 PM

Today’s communication is meant to look back on the “to-do” items we hope all BCHS students/parents have completed, as well as look forward to the start of school and the preparations surrounding a successful beginning on August 24.
 
Review
Over the last few weeks these items should have been “checked-off” your list of 2020-21 school year preparations:
  • Fully enrolled/re-enrolled – submitting all Annual and COVID Release forms through the Parent Portal
  • iPad pick up – if you have not yet picked up your iPad, call the school office at 661-410-7000.
  • Textbook purchases according to the Revised Textbook List on the Parent Portal and Student Portal.
 
Preview
While August 24 is our official first day of school, next week will be critical to enjoying a smooth start to the academic year. To that end, we will be conducting a Try-It-Out Thursday next week (August 20). Prior to next Thursday we will be texting a checklist to parents and students to try out, check out, and prepare for the first day.  We will be asking that you complete these checklist tasks next Thursday, August 20. You will be able to complete the tasks at your leisure on Thursday anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. If all goes well, it should not take very long. If it doesn’t go smoothly for you, we can help you get things squared away. That way, most of your tech and connectivity questions can be answered before the first day of school. Along with this checklist, a few videos will be sent out explaining key elements of our remote digital instruction. 
 
The teachers and administrative team have been working hard all summer to make the 2020-21 school year a great success. The entire staff and faculty are looking forward to starting the year strong even though we will miss seeing our student body on campus. Please continue to pray for our students, staff, and faculty as we all navigate these uncertain times – that we all would trust in the Lord.

 

August 12, 2020 -- 4:15 PM

 
Please read this document in its entirety! It is lengthy, but important both in terms of setting a tone for the school year, as well as in communicating details. 
 
In a non-COVID-19 world, today we would have seen New Student Orientation take place and tomorrow would have marked the first day of classes. There is most definitely a bit of a melancholy tone around campus today at the obvious absence of these events…at least for now. But we also hold fast to the knowledge that God is in control, even when it is difficult to understand the realities we are now facing. The knowledge that God is in control brings hope. It brings not only a hope which is eternal, but also a hope that lifts one’s eyes to heaven on a daily basis. It is with that attitude that we not only survived in a COVID-19 learning/teaching mode last school year, but – to the extent which we were able – actually thrived. It is my belief, prayer and expectation that we will again do so at the start of this school year as we await getting back onto campus. Until that day, though, it is paramount that each and every student get off to a strong start at the beginning of this school year. The effort given at the beginning of this school year – whether it be a mighty effort or a weak effort – will be carried over once we get back onto campus. Having such a long view is a great life lesson. Therefore, in the frustration of COVID-19 life, let’s not lose this opportunity to grow in faith, patience, perseverance, maturity and malleability. That’s a commitment worth making! With that in mind, please carefully read the following.
 
Sincerely,
John Buetow
 
New Students
New Student Orientation has been postponed. Once we have a return date for on-campus instruction, we will schedule a New Student Orientation event geared toward freshmen and transfer students getting to know the campus, as well as the expectations for students engaged in the BCHS on-campus learning experience and activities. We have added a Freshmen Kick-off activity to the calendar. This Freshmen Kick-off is intended for 9th graders and their families and will be held the evening of Thursday, August 20 from 6-8 p.m. in our football stadium. This event will be socially distanced as all families will be staying in their vehicles. Details for the Freshmen Kick-off will be communicated through a video which will be sent out early next week. Additionally, we have created another video which serves two purposes: 1) A basic guide to new BCHS students/parents as the first day of online instruction approaches (August 24); 2) A “get-to-know-you” to meet Mr. Chai – our new Vice President of Academic Growth, Mr. Thiessen – our Vice President of Student Life, and Mr. Buetow, our school President. Along with other members of our administrative team, these three members have frequent interactions with the student body and are making many of the decisions as relate to BCHS’ response to COVID-19. We will be sending out a link to this video to freshmen and transfer students/parents today in a separate message and will be available to view on our YouTube channel here.
 
Textbooks for Student Purchase
We ardently work to provide you with timely and accurate information. We realize that communication is critical at all times, but especially right now. To that end, we need to apologize for providing you with a textbook list (made available last week through the PCR portal) which was not fully accurate. We have updated this textbook list. Please make sure to recheck your classes to insure you have ordered the correct textbook/materials. Log in to the Parent Portal or Student Portal to reference the Revised Textbook List. If you have ordered a textbook to which there has been a change and have a difficult time getting a refund, please make sure to let us know so that we can assist.
 
First Week of School
Our first day of school is Monday, August 24. Both this day, and then the next day, on Tuesday, August 25, we will have synchronous instruction for the full day. Each student will be attending virtual classes for the entire 8 period day following the Standard Bell Schedule. By having two synchronous days to start the year, we hope that class expectations can be more easily communicated and an appropriate student/teacher relationship and learning climate can be developed. 
 
Back-to-School Night
We will be having a “Parent Back-to-School Night” on Monday, September 14 from 6-9 p.m. This will be a virtual event where parents will get to interact with their student’s teachers. Please put this date on your calendar! More information will be forthcoming.
 
iPad Pick-up
By the end of this week, every student should have picked up his/her iPad from BCHS. Without the iPad, students will have difficulty getting important emails and then, ultimately, participating in school beginning on August 24. If you have not yet picked-up your iPad, please make this an urgent priority.
 
Athletics
While the CIF has moved all athletic competitions to begin in late December, we have been given the green light to have individual skill workouts. Be on the lookout for information about when these socially distanced, individual workouts will be held. Generally, these workouts will begin the week of August 24 and be held from 5-7 p.m. We are excited to be able to hold these workouts and believe they will prove beneficial for our student-athletes.
  
 

August 10, 2020 -- 4:40 PM

 
August 24 with Remote Digital Instruction
Due to Kern County’s COVID-19 reported metrics, we have made the decision to have all students use remote digital learning from home beginning August 24. Mr. Chai, our VP of Academic Growth, will be sending out a video to give instructions for accessing Google Classroom and the Student Portal (PCR…which has taken the place of OnCampus).
 
Weekly Schedule
Generally, the weekly schedule will be as follows: Each week, BCHS students will be learning asynchronously for 4 days (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and synchronously for 1 day (Tuesday).  
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Asynchronous with Office Hours
Synchronous Standard Bell Schedule
Asynchronous with Office Hours
Asynchronous with Office Hours
Asynchronous with Office Hours
 
HOWEVER, synchronous instruction will be utilized on the first TWO days of the school year – August 24  (Monday) and August 25 (Tuesday). This will allow our students and teachers to develop a working rapport. 
 
During asynchronous learning (at-home, indirect instruction from teachers) students will work independently on assignments and projects given to them through Google Classroom. Students may utilize their teachers’ virtual office hours (listed below) to ask questions or get help. Typically, asynchronous instruction includes videos produced by BCHS teachers, similar to what students would experience in the classroom itself.
 
Synchronous learning (virtual, video-conference, interactive instruction between teacher and students) will happen on Tuesdays. While working from home, students will follow the Standard Bell Schedule (listed below) – logging into Google Meet to receive direct instruction from teachers and interaction with classmates. Attendance in the virtual classroom is required on Tuesdays.
 
STANDARD BELL SCHEDULE for Synchronous Instruction
Period
Start
End
1
8:15
8:59
2
9:04
9:48
Break
9:48
9:58
3
10:02
10:46
4
10:51
11:35
5
11:40
12:24
Lunch
12:24
12:54
6
12:58
1:42
7
1:47
2:31
8
2:36
3:20
 
 
 
DEPARTMENT OFFICE HOURS for Asynchronous Instruction
Bible
9:00-10:30
Social Studies
10:00-11:30
Math
11:00-12:30
Science
12:00-1:30
English
1:00-2:30
World Languages and Electives
2:00-3:30
 
 
Orientation
Our Administrative Team will be sending out a series of videos to orientate students to the remote digital platform. The New Student Orientation for August 12 has been canceled. Video orientations will be sent explaining first-day expectations, Google Classroom familiarity, and more. 
 
iPads and Tech Support
It is very important that all students have their iPads ready to go for the first week of school. If your student has not yet picked up his/her iPad, please come by the campus to the Student Study Center on Wednesday, August 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
 
Questions or concerns about your student’s iPad? Our IT Help Desk is available at 661-679-1311.

August 6, 2020 -- 4:25 PM

 
First Day of School
A reminder: our first day of school is Monday, August 24. Please reference the articles from July 27 and August 3 for more details about that decision. We will follow up early next week with a decision to be on campus or fully remote digital instruction. 
 
Please note: all school activities previously scheduled for the week of August 10 have been canceled, except for the Honors Academy Retreat (which is now virtual). 
 
Freshmen Kick-off: Save the Date
Attention freshmen students and families… we are excited to invite you to our Freshmen Kick-off event Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. on our football field! This will be a “stay-in-your-vehicle” socially-distanced event in order to welcome our freshmen to BCHS and kick off our school year. More details will be sent out via text from our ASB team next week.
 
Student Schedules
Student schedules can be found in both the Parent Portal and Student Portal. If you would like to request a schedule change, please contact your student’s counselor (Mrs. Chandler – grades 9 and 11, Ms. Cady grades 10 and 12). While we will make every effort to accommodate your request, please understand that many changes are not possible given the constraints of the master schedule.
 
Textbooks
Some courses require a textbook to be purchased by the student. Please reference the Textbook List in the Parent and Student Portals to find the course listings and the textbook, e-book or supply item for the class. If the course is not listed, then no student purchase is necessary at this time.
 
iPad Pick-up
If you were unable to make it to your scheduled iPad pick-up date, we will be offering make-up days on Friday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 12.  All students must have their iPad to begin the school year. Please be sure all re-enrollment forms have been completed in the Parent Portal before arriving for pick-up, as iPads will not be given to students who are not fully re-enrolled.
 
Emails
Students should check their school email frequently as more communication will follow from their individual teachers. Email will be the primary mode of communication. Please remind your student to check emails daily.
 

August 3, 2020 -- 5:05 PM

Dear Students and Parents,
 
First of all, we have been monitoring the COVID situation closely, and it is now official that our first day of school for the 2020-21 school year, whether we are in-person or online, will be Monday, August 24.  
 
Student schedules, as well as corresponding textbook lists, will be available later this week and communicated through our texting system.
 
Below, you will find important information IF BCHS is in remote digital instruction (online) mode to begin the school year.

Since the COVID pandemic began, BCHS has elected to utilize an asynchronous mode of learning for online instruction.  This was due to the overwhelming evidence from academic journals and experienced distance learning educators.  Despite the fact that many other schools and districts are choosing synchronous online education as their primary mode of instruction, BCHS believes that asynchronous learning is still the best path forward.  
 
However, it is clear that some learners require synchronous elements.  Some learners, due to personality and learning styles, are more responsive to live teaching.  Therefore, we will be implementing some structured synchronous elements into remote digital learning this year.
 
Weekly Schedule
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Asynchronous with Office Hours
 
Synchronous Standard Bell Schedule 
Asynchronous with Office Hours
 
Asynchronous with Office Hours
 
Asynchronous with Office Hours
 
 
Each week, BCHS students will be learning asynchronously for 4 days (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and synchronously for 1 day (Tuesday).  Tuesdays will follow a standard bell schedule (eight 44-minute periods).  Attendance will be required on Tuesdays, unless different arrangements have been made with the instructor.
 
 
Period
Start
End
1
8:15
8:59
2
9:04
9:48
Break
9:48
9:58
3
10:02
10:46
4
10:51
11:35
5
11:40
12:24
Lunch
12:24
12:54
6
12:58
1:42
7
1:47
2:31
8
2:36
3:20
 
 
During Asynchronous Days, we will be following the schedule that we laid out in the spring.  These are virtual office hours during which faculty members will be in front of their computers in order to facilitate student learning or answer questions.  
 
Bible
9:00-10:30
Social Studies
10:00-11:30
Math
11:00-12:30
Science
12:00-1:30
English
1:00-2:30
World Languages and Electives
2:00-3:30
 
 
The digital learning plan (agenda) of tasks to be completed by students will be posted before 7:30 a.m. each day.
 
Tutor Days
Approximately every two weeks, we have scheduled a tutor day or a holiday.  Tutor days are reserved for students to receive individualized help from teachers.  Holidays are…holidays.  Teachers will not prepare additional instruction for these days.
 
Scheduled Tutor Days are (Mondays): September 21, October 12, and November 2
 
Holidays are: September 7 (Labor Day), November 11 (Veterans Day), Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks
 
Grading Policy
In the spring of 2020, we created a COVID responsive grading policy that was grace forward and student centered.  We have made some updates to the grading policy for the time we are in digital instruction.  Unlike in the spring, we begin remote learning this fall having learned from our experiences.  The update below reflects the lessons we have learned.  
 
We are adopting an updated grading policy that is grace forward and student centered, and responsive to the COVID situation that we are now facing.
 
  1. Unlike in the spring, students may fail.  The new grading scale is below.
  2. To ensure engagement, in the case that students show an unwillingness to learn, characterized by deliberate noncompliant disengagement, the student will meet with the Vice President of Academics and placed on an academic contract. 
    • A = 87-100%
    • B = 77-86%
    • C = 67-76%
    • D = 57-65%
    • F = < 57%
 
Educational Delivery Intent Response
Finally, many families have inquired about the response to our educational delivery intent form.  The overwhelming majority of families (~90%) have elected to return to in-person instruction once on-campus classes are permitted.  However, we are also excited for those families (~10%) who have elected instead for a remote delivery of a distinctly BCHS education.  We know that those students too will benefit from all that BCHS has to offer.
 
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.  While perhaps a little different than starts to other years, ultimately, we know that the Lord is with us as we begin anew.  May His hand guide us each day.
 
 
Blessings,
 
Steven Chai
VP of Academic Growth

July 27, 2020 -- 1:15 PM

Dear BCHS Parents,
 
This writing pertains to two very important topics:  1) a tuition rebate for the first quarter for those days if/when only on-line education is available and 2) an educational delivery intent form for once classes resume on-campus.  Prior to addressing those two issues, it is important that a quick recap of school starting dates be reviewed. 
 
Our plans for starting the upcoming school year were communicated last week:  If Kern County meets the required COVID-19 metrics for 17 consecutive days prior to August 13, we will begin classes on-campus on August 13 itself.  In order for this to occur, Kern County would need to have the first day of passing metrics start tomorrow.  This looks highly unlikely.  
 
In such an event, we will delay the first day of school until August 24.  On August 24, school will begin for certain:  either on-campus or fully on-line.  The decision of whether we begin school on-campus on August 24 would again be dependent upon that same 17 consecutive day requirement of meeting COVID-19 metrics.  Two extremely important informational pieces exist in regards to this 17 consecutive day metric requirement:  1) This 17 consecutive day metric requirement has been mandated by our state government; BCHS has no choice in the matter.  2) There is no waiver currently available for high schools to seek in regard to this mandate.  Some news articles which don’t make this clear have been making their way through social media.  At this point, these waivers only apply to elementary schools.  Even at that, I believe these waivers have some fairly stringent limitations.
 
One other critical note as pertains to school beginning on-campus.  Know that our staff wants to start school on-campus as soon as it is possible.  We will do so once the state mandate is met (or any other mandate which might be added) and once we believe we can safely do so – or better put, at a safety level at which our community is comfortable and at a safety level at which the danger of a spread of COVID-19 can be significantly diminished.  In other words, there is no future set date we would be waiting for in order to begin on-campus education.  This stance is quite variant from that taken by many school districts which have determined at this point that no on-campus classes will occur for the first quarter or that only limited on-campus classes might occur beginning in the second quarter, if all goes according to plan.  To be clear, it is our desire to begin on-campus classes as soon as state and local mandates allow and not wait for an artificial start date.  The size and governance of our school allow for such flexibility.
 
On to the topic of a rebate.  BCHS has been engaged in lengthy discussion on the topic of any rebate on school tuition should only on-line education be offered.  At this point it is important to delineate that the action which has been determined only pertains to the time period when on-line education alone is being offered.  It does not apply to a period of time when on-campus education is being offered, but on-line education is instead chosen by a family as the educational delivery mode.
 
The decision which has been reached is that there will be a 20% rebate on tuition, calculated on a per diem basis, should on-line education be the only delivery mode offered by BCHS.  This rebate would extend at this point only through the first quarter and only be triggered if the school started the school year solely on-line or if, during the course of the first quarter, the school turned from on-campus to on-line education for an extended period of time.  Several important notes follow:

  • We are excited to be able to offer such a rebate.  We very much believe that we are working through these uncharted times together.
  • Our financial decision in offering this rebate is only one way in which we’ve tried to demonstrate our partnership with you.
  • Other modes of demonstrating this include:  1) the COVID-19 tuition relief fund opportunity which was rolled out for families whose work hours were impacted due to COVID-19 and 2) the implementation of the July 22 deposit refund policy (the time period of which has now passed).
  • In surveying other non-public schools, especially at the high school and college level, there are far more schools not offering tuition rebates/discounts than those that are.  This obviously is due to the fact that school operating costs diminish some during on-line education, but not enough to be able to manage rebates/discounts at any sustainable level for a period of time.  It is for this reason that this rebate at BCHS is only being implemented for the first quarter.  Rebate decisions beyond the first quarter would be determined at a later date.  However, it is important to note that it is unlikely that such a rebate policy would be reinstituted beyond this first quarter.
  • Please note that we are utilizing the term rebate, rather than discount.  The following outlines the manner in which this rebate will be applied:  Families will pay their full tuition amounts through the end of the first quarter.  At the end of the first quarter (mid-October), it will be determined how many days in the first quarter were subject to the 20% rebate.  An adjustment credit will then be made on the next tuition statement which indicates any credited amount.
  • As we have talked with members of our constituency about such a rebate, a gratitude has been expressed.  Yet several have indicated that they believe full tuition should still be paid, even if on-line education is the only option.  Should you feel that way, we encourage you to take your rebate and make a donation back to the school.  Understand that while solid, our financial picture will definitely be adversely affected by this discount.  If you are inclined to donate such a rebate back to the school, know it will make a very positive impact.
Hopefully that all makes sense.  Don’t hesitate to contact the school with questions you might have.

Now the next topic:  the choice of educational delivery system once school is back to being offered on-campus.  We need your feedback!!!  Later today you will receive a separate text asking for your intent regarding that time when school is back on-campus, and you will have a choice as to whether to participate in this on-campus educational opportunity or to instead utilize on-line learning.  We realize that this is a personal decision for each student/family and is greatly shaped by the happenings surrounding COVID-19.  We need this intent so that we can determine the correct ratio of faculty support needed to make both on-campus and remote digital education a reality.  This intent will be non-binding, but incredibly helpful.  Thanks, in advance, for being on the lookout for this document later today as well as your willingness to complete it.  Only one such form should be filled out per student.  Again, if you need help completing this, don’t hesitate to contact the school.  
 
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President


July 22, 2020 -- 5:30 PM

To Start or Not Start The School Year with On-Campus Education…That Is The Question
BCHS remains committed to offering on-campus education for our students this year. However, we continue to abide by government regulations and work closely with Kern County Department of Health to make appropriate decisions for our school. 
 
It is in abiding with these regulations that we have hit a likely snag. Late last week, Gov. Newsom indicated that schools located inside counties which failed certain COVID-19 measurements would not be allowed to hold on-campus classes. He extended this mandate to include all private and public schools. 
 
Unfortunately, the most recent results of Kern County’s COVID-19 measurements have led our county to be placed on the list of counties for which on-campus education has been temporarily disallowed. For how long will this temporary measure be in place? Basically, we can begin on-campus education once our county has 17 consecutive days of COVID-19 metrics which meet the acceptable guidelines. You can do the math! We’re already cutting it close to being able to start on-campus classes on August 13. With that in mind, if due to governmental mandate we are not allowed to start in-person classes on August 13, we will delay the start of school until August 24. If by August 24 we still cannot hold classes on campus, we will then move to remote digital learning. If school begins on August 24, we will be extending the school year beyond Memorial Day.  
 
This brings to mind the million-dollar question: “For how many days might Kern County fail the metrics necessary for the 17 consecutive day count to begin?” We simply don’t know. Bluntly, nobody knows. And there within lies one of the many frustrations.
 
Also, we know that there are questions circulating about a potential waiver which can be sought by a school to alleviate a portion of this wait period. It is important to note that there is no such waiver for high schools to seek. Kern County’s Department of Health has verified this fact. 
 
There can be no doubt about it. This is disappointing news. But we will adapt and overcome. It’s what we do! And last year, as a school community, we showed a resolve to not only overcome, but also to thrive within the circumstances we faced. It became a bit of our slogan that we made lemonade out of lemons. We will do it again! Such is our prayer, and we ask also be yours. 
 
Lastly, we continue to prepare in earnest for the return to on-campus education. We can hardly wait! But to best prepare, we will need your feedback. Once we return to on-campus education, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred mode of educational delivery…either on-campus or remote digital. We realize that this is a personal decision for each student/family and is greatly shaped by the happenings surrounding COVID-19. We need this intent so that we can determine the correct ratio of faculty support needed to make both on-campus and remote digital education a reality. We will be sending you this intent early next week, along with other important school updates, as we increase the pace of our communication level about the coming school year. This intent will be non-binding, but incredibly helpful. Thanks ahead of time for being on the lookout for this document as well as your demonstrating a willingness to complete it. 
 
Athletic Decision
The CIF, our governing body for local high school athletics, has made a decision regarding sports for the 2020-21 school year. In general, all high school sports will be moved to have seasons between December 2020 and June 2021. This clearly is a huge change from the norm. Probably one of the bigger impacts this change will have revolves around the CIF condensing three distinct sports seasons (fall, winter and spring) into two. We will work with all of our student-athletes to allow them to play multiple sports at one time, if they so desire. Additionally, we will begin having athletic workouts as soon as allowed by governmental authorities…hopefully this fall. Please follow the link to the CIF website to read further and see a calendar of events. Considering the circumstances, we are encouraged by this CIF decision and applaud their efforts to allow high school sports to continue, in some manner, this school year.
 
 
 

July 17, 2020 -- 4:45 PM

Dear BCHS Community,

Front and center on most parents’ and students’ minds right now is the question surrounding the manner in which school will start come the beginning of this academic year. Undoubtedly, there has been a momentum towards schools delaying on-campus instruction until later in the school year. Nevertheless, it remains BCHS’ plan to hold on-campus classes beginning August 13. In addition, we will be offering remote digital courses to those students who are not yet ready to return due to COVID-19. In offering this option, we affirm the right of each family to choose the most comfortable form of education at this current, unprecedented moment for their student. To reiterate, it is our plan to have a full schedule of on-campus classes, held five days a week, and offered to every student, as well as an option to choose remote digital education. 
 
As already stated, BCHS is committed to offering on-campus education. We believe that the uniqueness of the layout of our campus, the size and variety of our classrooms, the manner in which our student body fits our campus, and the eagerness/willingness of our faculty/staff to return to on-campus education makes such a decision prudent. Many of these factors are indeed unique to BCHS and allow for a different set of decision-making parameters when compared to other schools.
 
As we have all learned in regard to COVID-19, there is a need to be flexible in our plans. While committed to on-campus education, there are three specific factors which could make for an alteration to these plans: 

1.     Local or state government mandates disallow on-campus education. So far, the state government has left the majority of decisions regarding school and COVID-19 in the hands of local school districts, working in conjunction with the local health department. This is particularly true in the case of private schools. BCHS can make decisions independent of public school districts, while still considering how the district plans impact our community as a whole.
 
In addition, we have been carefully reviewing today’s updated guidance from the state. As Kern County is not currently on the state’s monitoring list, BCHS would be permitted to safely open in-person instruction on campus in consultation with Kern Public Health.
 
2.     An increase in the COVID-19 mortality rate of high school age students. Currently, no individual in California below the age of 18 has died due to COVID-19. Should this general trend change, we would revisit on-campus education. 
 
3.     An untenable amount of COVID-19 spread occurs within the BCHS school community. If this were to occur, BCHS would pause on-campus education until a suitable time period had passed (likely a few weeks). To be clear, one BCHS COVID-19 case would not likely shut down on-campus education. However, community spread from such a case absolutely could lead to such a pause in on-campus education. State regulations handed down today clarify the number of on-campus COVID-19 cases which would lead to a pause in on-campus education. 
 
We understand the decision to resume on-campus classes will be viewed favorably by some, but seen negatively by others. Those opposed to this decision will likely view such on-campus education as exhibiting an uncaring attitude towards the health of the Greater Bakersfield community. Although we value these opinions, we ultimately believe that BCHS is unique enough to be able to effectively enforce COVID-19 safety measures which puts the returning to campus as the correct course of action for now.
 
Understanding the risks of COVID-19 and striving toward the health and safety of all on campus, we have set a number of provisions in place: 

  • Per new state guidance, all persons will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. For those who have a medical condition which makes the wearing of masks problematic, face shields will be a viable alternative. Quite simply, without the wearing of face coverings as the current conditions mandate, starting school on campus would not be possible.  

  • We will be working to follow appropriate social distancing. Due to current social distancing parameters, we plan to move some classes into different, larger rooms on campus and even utilize outdoor spaces to keep the appropriate spacing between students. The spacious layout of our campus setting allows for this.
 
  • We will be taking temperatures, actively screening individuals, and asking basic COVID-19 health related questions on a daily basis of all individuals who come onto campus during the school day. This includes not only students, but also faculty, staff, parents, volunteers, etc. All students will be required to sign a COVID-19 release form.  

Students who feel sick or ill should not return to school until they have been symptom free for a minimum of three days. Remote digital education will be made available to any student who cannot make it onto campus. 

  • We will aggressively contact trace. In the event that a student/staff/faculty member is diagnosed with COVID-19, our administrative team will “connect the dots” of those directly exposed to the individual for a prolonged amount of time. This contact tracing will undoubtedly lead to some frustration with those impacted, possibly having to leave campus for an extended period. A refusal to participate in contact tracing may lead to a student not being able to return to BCHS. Very simply, contact tracing and the resultant steps are uncompromisable for returning to on-campus education.  

For families desiring to forgo on-campus education at the beginning of the school year and instead desiring to participate in the remote digital option, the following details are important to note: 

  • Choosing on-campus or remote digital education is the decision of each family; however, BCHS reserves the right to dictate remote digital education in special circumstances for certain individuals determined by health and safety guidelines. 

  • All BCHS families will be asked to commit to either on-campus or remote digital education quarterly. This will allow both students/parents and school staff to adequately prepare for each student’s needs. Students and families will not be permitted to pick and choose weeks in which they wish to come on campus or learn remotely. While in no way guaranteed, it is possible that a dramatic shift in COVID-19 conditions may allow for the school to offer an additional time at which this choice can be revisited. 

While BCHS continues to offer on-campus education, the tuition rate for both on-campus students and remote digital students will remain the same. Should on-campus education be unavailable for a prolonged period of time, a tuition modification will be considered.

 
We know that in this dynamic season, many families are weighing various options with regard to their children’s education. Thank you for choosing BCHS.
 
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President
 
 

July 8, 2020 -- 12:30 PM

Athletic Practices Temporarily Suspended
Due to updated guidance from the state of California and Kern County Public Health, we are temporarily suspending all athletic training/conditioning/practices. This decision is based upon state and county guidelines, and not due to any incidents of COVID-19 on campus. BCHS believes that athletics is an integral part of our educational program, and so are in communication with local and state health officials for guidance to safely resume athletic activities.  
 
Furthermore, a decision from CIF regarding fall sports is expected July 20.
 
Thank you for your patience as decisions change and evolve regarding COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact our Athletic Director, Blake Van Der Schaaf.

July 1, 2020 -- 12:10 PM

Dear BCHS Families, 
 
Unfortunately, the calendar flips to July, but the topic remains the same…COVID-19. I need to share that one of our faculty/staff positively tested for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon.  This comes on the heels of Monday’s news about one of our students testing positive for COVID-19.  The two cases are unrelated. As was explained in Monday’s email, the student had not been on campus since late May and is recovering nicely.   
 
There are many questions that people have when hearing such news. One of the first questions (as it should be) is likely in regard to how that individual is feeling. As we all know, the feeling of sickness as relates to COVID-19 can be all over the map. This faculty/staff member is pretty sick, but not hospital bound. The feeling he/she has is that he/she is no longer getting any worse, but still feels as if hit by a major case of very bad flu. 
 
It is important to know that this faculty/staff member has not been around students recently, and was last on campus on Tuesday, June 23.   
 
Out of safety, and in line with the practices outlined, contact tracing has led us to ask six members of our faculty/staff to self-isolate through this coming Monday.  This is due to the length of contact and proximity of contact they had with this individual during the period in which he/she was pre-symptomatic.   
 
Know that when we learn of a local, BCHS COVID-19 case, we interview that individual quite extensively in order to effectively contact trace. You will be notified if one of your family member’s is brought to our attention during this contact tracing procedure.    
 
While already stated in an earlier update, please let me reiterate the manner in which we are asking and expecting you, as a member of our community, to respond to BCHS in terms of potential COVID-19 exposure. These expectations are in effect as relates to BCHS during both school and non-school times throughout the year (including these summer months). 
 
COVID-19 PROTOCOL 
These are the steps to be taken when exposure or concern of exposure has occurred. Each of these steps first includes contacting a member of the BCHS administrative team regarding the student’s COVID-19 actual/potential exposure. 
 
SCENARIO 1: A student knows he/she has been directly exposed to COVID-19 in a manner which would reasonably lead one to conclude that transmission may have occurred.  
We encourage contacting your doctor. To return to campus/school events that student must stay home for 14 days from the date of exposure and receive approval to return from BCHS Administration. A negative test result from a doctor may be required upon Administration request. 
 
SCENARIO 2: A BCHS student shows symptoms related to COVID-19, though is not sure whether he/she has the virus.  
We encourage contacting your doctor first and then, likely, getting a COVID-19 test. To return to campus/school events, that student must be fever-free for three days, have quarantined at home for ten days following suspected exposure, and have a significant reduction in symptoms. 
 
SCENARIO 3: A student receives a positive COVID-19 test result.  
To return to campus/school events that student must have a doctor’s note stating his/her recovery from COVID-19, as well as BCHS Administration approval. 
 
The protocol listed above is not full-proof. Following these guidelines will not guarantee your student will not be exposed or affected by COVID-19. These guidelines do, however, help to establish a common ground by which we will seek to combat COVID-19. 
 
We will continue to keep our school functioning as it has been over the past few weeks since neither of the COVID cases of our students or faculty/staff, as of yet, seem to be due to BCHS community spread.  If that changes, we will re-evaluate. As always, never hesitate to reach out to me with questions you might have. Either I or a member of our leadership team will address your questions while concurrently maintaining confidentiality as is appropriate and practical in this COVID-19 age, understanding that contact tracing may make full confidentiality impossible.    
 
In Christ, 
John Buetow 
BCHS President 

June 29, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

We know that BCHS is not immune from the challenges being faced in today’s world. Throughout these challenges, BCHS will continue to strive for transparency in communication with our families. With this in mind, we share this news: one of our BCHS students has tested positive for COVID-19. We thank God that this student’s symptoms are mild in nature and, at that, improving fairly quickly. With the cooperation of this student’s parents we are able to share some details to help you understand the situation. This student was exposed to COVID-19 off-campus around June 10 and had not been on BCHS campus since late May. All BCHS students who came into contact with this individual since June 10 have already been contacted by the family and our administrative team. 
 
As you may already know, the process of following through with such individuals is referred to as “contact tracing.” Contact tracing will be a vital component of combatting COVID-19 at BCHS. Along with contact tracing, the following points outline our approach to handling a case of COVID-19 among our student body. 
  1. Families should contact BCHS to let the school know of a positive COVID-19 test result for their student or if they are aware that the student has been directly expose to COVID-19.
  2. BCHS will identify the essential time periods as relate to exposure, quarantine and return to school.
  3. BCHS will contact trace, as is appropriate, and inform families if their student has been exposed.
  4. With the exception of the contact tracing, BCHS will maintain the confidentiality of the individual(s) involved. 
Frankly, this is not great news to share with our BCHS family, but we are so thankful to this family for sharing honestly and working in conjunction with the school to make sure the appropriate steps are being taken to protect our students and their families. This is a great time to iterate/reiterate several items in regards to COVID-19 as this virus relates to BCHS. 
 
OVERARCHING COVID-19 STATEMENT
BCHS is committed to reacting in a reasoned, practical and safe manner in regard to COVID-19. We are determined to not overreact or underreact to this virus – making certain to base decisions upon the best available facts. We want to provide safe educational opportunities for our students, while concurrently giving our parents their rightful say in how this should look for their student given this current pandemic. We will continue to coordinate with the Kern County Health Department to receive important governmental guidance. In summary, we will not make decisions out of irrational fear, or out of unwarranted optimism. As we make these decisions, we will strive to keep our parents and students appropriately informed.
 
As we prepare for a return to campus, we are determined to keep protocols in place which can allow for a level of safety from COVID-19 which otherwise would be absent. These protocols, we believe, also will allow us to look at each specific circumstance and determine a best-case course of action, rather than a “one size fits all” policy. 
 
ON-CAMPUS GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • Temperature and symptom check upon arrival to BCHS
  • No one with symptoms or temperature above 100.4 will be allowed on campus
  • Masks are generally required for all persons on campus 

COVID-19 PROTOCOL
These are the steps to be taken when exposure or concern of exposure has occurred: 
  • SCENARIO 1: A student knows he/she has been directly exposed to COVID-19 in a manner which would reasonably lead one to conclude that transmission may have occurred.
We encourage contacting your doctor first. To return to campus/school events that student must stay home for 14 days from the date of exposure and receive approval to return from BCHS Administration. A negative test result from a doctor may be required upon Administration request.
 
  • SCENARIO 2: A BCHS student shows symptoms related to COVID-19, though is not sure whether he/she has the virus. 
We encourage contacting your doctor first and then, likely, getting a COVID-19 test. To return to campus/school events, that student must be fever-free for three days, have quarantined at home for ten days following suspected exposure, and have a significant reduction in symptoms.
 
  • SCENARIO 3: A student receives a positive COVID-19 test result.
To return to campus/school events that student must have a doctor’s note stating his/her recovery from COVID-19, as well as BCHS Administration approval.
 
The protocol listed above is not full-proof. Following these guidelines will not guarantee your student will not be exposed or affected by COVID-19. These guidelines do, however, help to establish a common ground by which we will seek to combat COVID-19.
 
We care deeply for every student, faculty and staff on our campus. This means that we will continue to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation as it relates to our student body and staff. Finally, let’s all commit to keeping the daunting challenges of COVID-19 in our daily prayer life. 

June 16, 2020 -- 1:30 PM

Reopening Campus
We have begun the process of carefully reopening our campus as relates to COVID-19. This week we have started having very controlled, small group athletic team gatherings at school. Next week we are going to move Mr. Chai’s summer school SAT/ACT Prep course on-campus. Having this course on-campus will provide us a nice trial run for the start of next school year. 
 
This is all good and exciting! It also means we need to have procedures in place to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread. Please note that these procedures are only in place, at this time, for the summer. We are going to re-evaluate as we watch things play out prior to the start of next school year. With that in mind, please read the following: 
  • All persons entering BCHS must park in the faculty parking lot near Stockdale Hwy. The student parking lot and Allen gate will remain closed. 
  • Each person must stop by the check-in tent (near the path between the parking lot and Admin. Office). This tent will be staffed between 7:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. each weekday. At this station, you will have your temperature checked with a “no-contact” thermometer. Any person showing a temperature above 100.4 will be asked to leave campus. School personnel will contact that person to follow up prior to his/her being admitted/readmitted onto campus. 
  • COVID-19 symptoms are to be self-monitored. This additionally pertains to times that the temperature check station is not open. An individual with a temperature or any other COVID-19 symptom must refrain from coming onto campus until either cleared by school personnel or through a doctor.
  • Selected fields and practice areas will be open for athletics throughout the summer. All practice area usage must be cleared by Blake Van Der Schaaf before entering campus.
  • The only restrooms which will be opened are those 1) between the baseball/softball fields, 2) in the Sports Center foyer (next to the snack bar), 3) in the Admin. Office, and 4) in the SSC.
  • Masks should continue to be utilized on campus if around other individuals.  Athletes are not required to wear masks while engaged in their athletic endeavors.  
  • Social distancing remains in effect for all individuals.
 
Thank you in advance for adhering to these new practices. As with many COVID-19 policies, we understand that your personal feelings may differ from what we are requiring on campus. We appreciate your compliance as well as your positive attitude in keeping our campus as safe as possible for all.


May 20, 2020 -- 4:30 PM

Senior Chapel
Joe Cabalka, our Spiritual Formation Director, and our senior class officers came together for a Virtual Senior Chapel this year. Enjoy this time honoring our seniors and their time at BCHS by watching: Virtual Senior Chapel.
 
Senior Send-off
The Class of 2020 has had their graduation ceremony postponed, but that does not mean we are not celebrating with them in May! Join us for a special Senior Send-off on Saturday, May 23. To abide by COVID-19 mandates, it is very important that you follow the instructions below if you plan to be on campus on Saturday.
  • Gates open at 8:15 a.m., festivities begin at 9am.
  • Extended family, friends and students (not related to seniors) will be instructed to park in the faculty parking lot.
  • The faculty parking lot will serve as the parade route for the seniors as they exit the stadium (after a brief farewell) and drive through the campus. 
  • Anyone on the parade route will need to stay inside their cars to ensure social distancing. Decorating your car, honking and cheering is encouraged!
  • As soon as all of the seniors have paraded through the campus, we ask that all guests exit the campus as well.
 
Diplomas
Just a reminder: diplomas will not be handed out at Senior Send-off. We feel that the seniors deserve that special moment walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. Since this ceremony will happen later in the summer, we realize that you may need your diploma for college admissions or employment reasons, or you may just feel strongly that you want it in your possession as soon as possible. If this is the case, please contact our registrar, Mrs. Guinn, to make arrangements to pick up your diploma from the office. 
 
Godspeed
The close of any school year always brings goodbyes. This year’s goodbyes are being made more difficult due to COVID-19 and the distance which has been forced between us.  So many of these goodbyes center (and justifiably so) upon our senior class as they graduate from BCHS. But we are also saying goodbye to several other faces who have been greatly impactful on our campus – that being those of certain BCHS employees. With this in mind, we say, “Godspeed and God’s blessings,” to the following: Mr. Root, Mrs. Helmcamp, Mrs. Wallace and Mr. Clark. We thank you for your service to BCHS and know you will continue to make a positive difference for the Lord as you continue living for Him beyond our school walls. 
 
Greetings
With goodbyes also come new welcomes and greetings. We welcome Mr. Jay Yoon as a new faculty member in our English Department. Mr. Yoon will be joining us after serving as a teacher at New Covenant Academy in Los Angeles and as a chaplain in the Army. We also welcome Mr. Steven Chai into a new role. Mr. Chai will be serving as our Vice President of Academic Growth. It takes an intentionality at this particular COVID-19 time to say goodbye and welcome…make sure to do so with these individuals!
 
Drop-off/Pick-up
Students must return iPads, school-issued textbooks and instruments, and clean out lockers. The following days and times have been scheduled for drop-off/pick-up. Please remember that social distancing will be enforced on campus.
 
Tuesday, May 26, 1-7 p.m. – 9th and 10th Grade
Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 11th Grade
 
Re-enrollment and Annual Forms
Step 1:  Enrollment/Re-enrollment contracts were sent out several weeks ago and were due May 15. If you have not already submitted your contract, please do so as soon as possible. Click on the contract link below to begin the enrollment process. You will then enter your email into the box under Forgot Password? and next will be prompted to reset your password to one of your choice. This will be your login in all areas of our NEW software. 
 
To begin the Online Enrollment/Re-enrollment Contract please click on the link and proceed.
 
Step 2: This year, we have created online Annual Forms to update emergency, medical and contact information. These Annual Forms are required for every enrolled student for next school year. 
 
Step 3: In addition, the Athletic Forms are also online and must be completed for any student planning to participate in sports during the 2020-21 school year.  
 
Both sets of forms are currently available on the NEW Parent Portal. After you have submitted the Online Enrollment/Re-enrollment Contract, please click on the link below to access the Annual and Athletic Forms: 2020-21 Parent Portal
 
Please use your login credentials for the new system to complete all steps of the Enrollment/Re-enrollment Process (Contract, Annual Forms, and Athletic Forms). We appreciate you completing the enrollment/re-enrollment process by June 15.
 
Yearbooks
Jostens (our yearbook distributer) has had a number of delays due to COVID-19. Our Yearbook Team is anxiously awaiting their arrival. At this time, we do not have a delivery and distribution date set. We will send out pick up information as soon as we know when the yearbooks will be delivered. Thank you for your patience in this waiting time.
And good news! Jostens has opened up online yearbook purchases again for any who did not buy one earlier in the year. Check out the Jostens website for ordering information.
 
The Final Push
Students – ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT! You are so close to ending the school year. Remember to push through that May 22 finish line strong. 


May 14, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

Seniors’ Last Day
Congratulations seniors on your LAST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL! We are so proud of the endurance and hard work you have put in to successfully cross this finish line. 
 
Graduation Announcement
We have waited to the last possible day of decision-making and exhausted all of our options for a formal graduation ceremony on May 23. We regret to share with you that the graduation ceremony on May 23 has been postponed, until at least the June 13 alternate date.
 
Seniors – we are planning a special Senior Send-off on May 23 to celebrate your achievement. Look for a text tomorrow with detailed information regarding not only Senior Send-off, but also additional senior events being held next week. 
 
BCHS Community – please know that it is our desire and intent to still hold a formal graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. As of right now, that ceremony will now be planned for June 13. Depending on the next few weeks and COVID-19 changes, July 25 is still an option if we have to postpone further. We will continue to keep you updated on our graduation plans as we are able to solidify them.
 
AP Exams
AP students – continue to push hard and stay focused on the end goal. Our AP teachers are committed to supporting you in your studies and preparation up to the very last moments before the exam. 
 
Drop-off/Pick-up
We are providing drop-off and pick-up days to our students. Students must return iPads, school-issued textbooks and instruments, and clean out lockers. Please remember that social distancing will be enforced on campus.
 
Monday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 12th Grade
Tuesday, May 26, 1-7 p.m. – 9th and 10th Grade
Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 11th Grade
 
SPAM Alert (Fake Email)
In case you did not receive the text message sent out earlier today regarding a fake email request, please read the following:
 
Yesterday a SPAM email may have been sent to you from Tarilyn Crabtree (concerning a fake uncle and dog walking). Please disregard any such message. Our IT Dept has successfully blocked the SPAM source.
 
6 Days and Counting
9-11th graders – only six days remain for the school year!




May 12, 2020 -- 4:00 PM

Teacher of the Year
We are very excited to announce BCHS’ Teacher of the Year today! A special edition of Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate is available here. Congratulations to our honoree – she has made our school a better place!
 
Academic Awards
Departmental Awards were revealed on yesterday’s Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate. Our faculty were excited to share the names of these hard-working students. Check it out here.
 
A full listing of academic awards can be viewed on our website here. We are so proud of the academic achievements of our entire student body this year. Well done!
 
Spring Sports – Senior Athletes
We are recognizing our senior spring sport athletes tonight in a special drive-through parade. Coaches, parents, faculty and staff will be on-site (socially-distanced) this evening to honor the achievements of these athletes, even though they were unable to complete their spring seasons. Congratulations senior athletes! We encourage you to support our spring athletes by participating in this car parade at 6 p.m. at BCHS.
 
Senior Drop-off/Pick-up
Monday, May 18 seniors will be allowed on campus between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to drop off items or pick up any belongings that may still be on campus. We ask that all students (and parents) remember that social distancing is in place while on campus. Students will be allowed in classrooms/locker areas one at a time. The following areas will be open for drop-off/pick-up:
  • Student Study Center: iPad return (if not purchasing, all iPad tech must be returned – adapter, cover, charger, keyboard). Seniors are welcome to purchase their iPad “as is” for $50 – payment must be made on May 18.
  • Student Study Center: textbook return.
  • Fine Arts Building: any school issued instruments and/or music department items are to be returned.
  • Locker Rooms: personal belongings must be cleared out.
  • Student Lockers: personal belongings must be cleared out.
 
9-11th Grade Last Week of School
Next week marks the final week of school for 9-11th grade students! Two important reminders:
 
First – no official cumulative final exams will be taken this last week of school. However, some classes will have the last chapter/unit test in this time. We want to ensure that students do not have an unbalanced testing schedule in the last days of school, so the following deadlines apply. Teachers may choose to test earlier than these dates, but will not be testing after:
 
Tuesday, May 19 – English, Social Studies
Wednesday, May 20 – Science, Bible
Thursday, May 21 – Math, World Languages, VPA, Electives
 
Secondly, please remember that our last day of teaching and learning is Friday, May 23. Even if tests or projects have due dates before the final day of school, students are expected to participate in their classes through this last day.
 
9-11th Grade Drop-off/Pick-up
9-11th grade students are encouraged to come on the scheduled days listed below to drop off any school-issued items or pick up any personal belongings.
 
Tuesday, May 26, 1-7 p.m. – 9th and 10th grade
Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 11th grade
 
Please remember this is not a “get-together” and social distancing will be enforced on campus. The following areas will be open for drop-off or pick-up: 
  • Student Study Center: iPad return (if students are attending Summer School, they may keep their iPad at home).
  • Student Study Center: textbook return.
  • Fine Arts Building: any school-issued instruments and/or music department items are to be returned.
  • Locker Rooms: personal belongings must be cleared out.
  • Student Lockers: personal belongings must be cleared out.


May 8, 2020 -- 4:15 PM

The Countdown is Real!
10 and 4 are important numbers on this Friday in May. 
 
ONLY 4 – Seniors you have only 4 days left in your high school career! The end is so close – push through these last few days with enthusiasm as you end this year well. Even though we are not on campus, our Student Life team is preparing a full week of activities beginning May 18. Be sure to check out this Senior Countdown email that was sent earlier today to senior families.
 
AND 10 – Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors – you only have 10 school days left! This has been an unexpected way to finish out the year, but we encourage you to finish strong.
 
Grading Policy Reminder
As pleased as we are with the effort of our students in this digital platform, we want to make sure that all students complete the work required for course credit. Our new grading policy has widened the opportunity for As, Bs, and Cs, however an “I” (Incomplete) is a very real possibility for some students. Those in danger of receiving an “I” must make certain to reach out to your teacher to find out what work needs be completed to avoid receiving such a status. 
 
Master Schedule for 2020-21
We are excited to say that our Master Schedule for next school year is close to completion. There are a few additional classes being offered in 2020-21 that you did not hear about at our Elective Forum earlier in the year. If you are interested in adding one of these courses to your schedule, contact your counselor (Mrs. Chandler – current 10th grade; Ms. Cady – current 9th and 11th grade).
 
Technical Theatre with Mrs. Leyendecker: Students learn how to construct theatrical sets, use lighting equipment and run sound boards. 
 
Animal/Vet Science (Juniors/Seniors) with Mrs. Love: This course will provide the student with principles in animal science – focusing on areas of livestock production, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, nutrition, respiration and genetics.

May 5, 2020 -- 6:15 PM 

Dear BCHS Community,
 
Trying to maintain the pulse of a community during this COVID-19 time can be a challenge. There is no substitute for in-person interactions to help understand another’s thought process. I have to believe the same is true as you consider the trajectory of decisions being made by BCHS. Without the ability to be on campus and get a general “vibe,” and without the ability to talk with school leaders face-to-face, I’m certain you must have innumerable questions about school operations. With that in mind, let me take a shot at anticipating questions I think you may have…and in so doing, also give you an insight into the thoughts behind the decisions being made. This letter is lengthy, but for those interested in a more “insider look,” I think it’s worth taking the time to read.
 
How is the altered, current grading policy working out? 
 
Pretty well. No grading policy change was going to be perfect in these circumstances. And with that in mind, our first decision was to determine if any grading policy change whatsoever was necessary. It was, and continues to be, my opinion that COVID-19 has impacted nearly everyone in our country. For some families, COVID-19 has caused only inconvenience. For other families, though, it has caused tremendous upheaval. Maintaining a school learning climate at home where upheaval has occurred is incredibly difficult. The most commonly talked about points of upheaval during this COVID-19 pandemic revolve around health and wealth. These two points are all too real. But other upheaval, of various proportions, has occurred: access to required technology, child-care challenges, mental health and relational stability. With these facts in mind, maintaining the status quo for grading became increasingly untenable and ultimately impossible. The vast majority of schools have come to this same conclusion. You have likely been following the intense local, state and national debate about what grading policy to move towards during these unprecedented times. I’ve yet to see a solution which I believe more fairly balances the many sides of this debate than what BCHS has adopted (admittedly, I may be a bit biased). We have scaled grades to demonstrate grace to students who are experiencing very real upheaval, or who simply struggle within a digital learning environment. But we are continuing to offer grades – providing feedback to students as to the quality of their work. And while BCHS’ traditional grading standards have indeed been lowered temporarily, they have not been abandoned: students must complete work to pass classes; they must demonstrate a reasonable quality of work to earn A’s and B’s; they continue to be recognized for being in the more difficult Honors and AP classes by receiving an extra quality grading point. People have heard me say that my only question in regards to this policy is if we should have slightly “raised the scale” to an A being an 85% or greater and a B being a 70% or greater (rather than the 80% and 60% that we ultimately determined). I’m glad we did not. I want to err on the side of grace. The tumult in our world right now demands such. The amount of work our students are being expected to complete and the accountability required as compared to so many other school districts also points to this same conclusion. 
 
What’s really the deal with graduation? 
 
We continue to be in a holding pattern. The three days we’ve laid out for having an in-person graduation ceremony remain on the table – May 23, June 13 or July 25. I am increasingly hopeful that we will be able to hold an in-person, largely traditional graduation ceremony on one of these days. We will move forward with such a gathering when a few criteria are met:
 
  1. When national, state and local governments deem we can legally have such a ceremony.
  2. When the health of those attending the ceremony can be reasonably assured (knowing that no such 100% health guarantee will be present…such is the reality in the age of COVID-19). 
 
Questions that still remain around such a graduation ceremony include the number of guests to be allowed per family, the number of ceremonies which might be held to keep us under a certain number of attendees, the location of the graduation exercise and, obviously, the logistics of the ceremony which keep traditional graduation service activities in place, while concurrently maintaining social distance. At this point, we have strong leanings on most of these questions, but first need to see guidance given by authorities as to what will and will not be allowed. As indicated above, such guidance will be meshed with our own sense of what additional health precautions would be prudent. 
 
We are determined to keep the May 23 graduation date if at all possible. We understand that this date is just around the corner and we plan to update you on the status of this possibility each week as it comes closer to graduation day. Because visitor travel is unlikely to be a factor in this year’s graduation, we feel that giving maximum time for making such a decision allows for the maximum potential of being able to actually have a ceremony on May 23. Such an eventuality remains our hope. 
 
If asked to give a percentage of likelihood of a May 23 graduation, I think it to be fairly low…probably no greater than 20%. I do think, however, that a June 13 graduation date is significantly more likely. I write that simply because I’m often asked, “What do you really think?” There you have it! I actually will not be surprised if Governor Newsom gives some fairly detailed guidance on graduation ceremonies as this is very much a topic on the minds of many citizens. Such state guidance, in concert with local guidance, would be quite helpful. To be clear, we could not legally hold such an in-person graduation on current mandates. Some of the local trends are beginning to challenge this. We’ll see…
 
What do you think will happen with school next year? 
 
We are fully preparing for four different contingencies: 
 
  1. A return to school with only limited COVID-19 measures required…similar to the way we ended on-campus education this year back in March. 
  2. A return to campus in which a limited number of students are allowed in each learning space (for example: 12 students per 100 square feet of classroom space). 
  3. A return to campus where only a certain percentage of our students are allowed on the property at any given time – this could lead to a hybrid approach of digital learning and on-campus learning, or to maintaining two campuses for a limited time.
  4. A continuation of solely digital learning. 
 
Plans for each of these eventualities are pretty far along already. In preparation for these contingencies, we have ordered masks for our school community and additional hand sanitizer stations for every classroom and communal areas. We also are getting in an order for toilet paper! I am confident we will be ready to turn on a dime in rapid response to whatever guidelines we are given at the national, state and local levels.
 
Again, I will venture my opinion on what is likely to happen. I believe options two and three are most probable. I believe some guidance at the state level will be given as to how schools can reopen. This guidance will likely limit students on campus or mandate certain class sizes. If such guidance is given, it seems far more reasonable to me that class size be limited based upon square footage, as campuses vary so greatly in relation to available space and student numbers. Again, time will tell.
 
A return timeframe for interscholastic athletics and other extracurriculars is also a huge question mark. Clearly, some form of on-campus schooling will need to be determined prior to extracurriculars being given the green light by either the state government or the CIF. Having written this, I’ve been surprised before, so… 
 
What is the financial outlook for BCHS? 
 
Stable. Two financial positives have recently occurred for BCHS. First, The Virtual Key Event was a tremendous success. Our community greatly rallied in support of this online fundraising endeavor. The Key Event makes up about 33% of our annual fundraising goal. The goal for the event was unexpectantly exceeded. What an amazing and supportive community! Second, we successfully partnered with our local bank (Mission Bank), applying for and receiving a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan through the U.S. Government. 
 
These two financial occurrences have played a significant role in there being no layoffs or furloughs to date. We are determined to avoid laying off employees if at all possible. Additionally, the retaining of current enrollment (minus the Class of 2020) and a solid looking incoming freshmen class give hope that the financial health of the school will remain solid in looking ahead to the 2020-21 school year. 
 
There has been a definitive loss of income for our school as compared to what was budgeted from mid-March until today. Income loss areas include facility rentals, a portion of various fees, a likely decrease in summer school enrollment, loss of cafeteria income, a likely decrease in annual fundraising support and the need for additional tuition assistance. We assume such a loss of income will likely continue through the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, the question about the near future of international travel has impacted our international enrollment as we anticipate next year. To hedge against some of this loss of income, we have been careful in budgeting for next year, in mindful anticipation of keeping a tight financial belt. 
 
To summarize, my financial concerns rest far more greatly with the families we serve than with BCHS as an institution. BCHS is made up of an amazing community. This community consists of families. There are so many hurting families right now. It is my prayer that BCHS can partner with these families at such a challenging time in order to continue making Christian education a reality for your children and grandchildren.
 
And the final question I am anticipating…
What will the 2020-21 season look like for the Cleveland Browns?
 
With the new 17 game schedule in place, a 10-7 regular season is expected, along with a wildcard birth in the playoffs. This will mark Year One of the start of a new dynasty.
 
And on that ending, God’s blessings to each of you. Know that I keep you in my prayers on a daily basis. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions you have.
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President


May 4, 2020 -- 7:15 PM 

 
Semester 2 Finals
Just a reminder – there will be no cumulative finals for the end of this year. 
 
Testing During the Last Weeks of School
While there are no cumulative finals this semester, many teachers may be ending a unit or section of curriculum that requires a unit or chapter test in these last few weeks of school. We have asked the faculty to abide by the following schedule in an effort to stagger testing at the end of the school year. Teachers have the freedom to test students any time before the testing deadlines and will not be giving tests after the designated date for their department.
 
12th Grade Deadline:
Tuesday, May 12 – Bible, Math
Wednesday, May 13 – English, VPA, World Languages
Thursday, May 14 – Social Studies, Science
 
9-11th Grade Deadline:
Tuesday, May 19 – English, Social Studies
Wednesday, May 20 – Science, Bible
Thursday, May 21 – Math, World Languages, VPA, Electives
 
Last Day of School
Without Finals Week to punctuate the end of the school year, students may feel the slow slide toward the final week of school. We want you to know and be sure to keep in mind, the last day of school is Friday, May 22. Testing and year-end assignments may look different, but the final day of school remains the same. Can you believe we only have 14 days of school left?! 
Finish strong! 



April 30, 2020 -- 10:00 AM 

ASB Campaigns
Those running for an ASB position will be making campaign appearances today on Up-to-Date with Joe & Nate. Be sure to tune in TODAY to BCHS Facebook or IGTV to see the candidates. 
 
ASB Elections
ASB elections are happening May 1. A voting link will be emailed to students on Friday.
 
Senior Events
May 7-8: A special delivery will be made to every senior’s home. Be sure to listen for the doorbell!
May 19: A specially modified Senior Sunset will happen on campus. Stay tuned for more details coming directly to seniors.
May 21: The Eagle Excellence Banquet will look different this year, but we are still going to celebrate the special achievements of the senior class.
May 23: Whether we have a formal, in-person, socially-distanced graduation or a virtual conferring of diplomas, seniors will celebrate in some manner on this important day. If we are not able to have an in-person ceremony on this day, we are determined to have a formal ceremony later in the summer – either June 13 or July 25.

Yearbooks
Log on to Jostens.com to purchase your yearbook. May 1 is the deadline – order it today!
 

April 28, 2020 -- 8:00 PM 


 
Re-enrollment Contract
Enrollment/Re-enrollment contracts have been sent out to our BCHS families. If you did not receive the email for enrollment/re-enrollment, please read the following carefully and use the link provided to enroll your student for the 2020-21 school year.
 
As BCHS is undergoing a school management software change, we have a new electronic process of enrollment/re-enrollment for BCHS. With this in mind, we appreciate your patience as we navigate through the inevitable kinks in this new system so that we are ultimately able to offer a more cohesive user experience for our families.
 
The below instructions relate to logging into the new school management software for next school year (2020-21). This will serve as your login in all areas of our new system (again, as pertains to school year 2020-21). These are different log in credentials than are utilized for OnCampus (the current school management software in use for the remainder of this current 2019-20 school year). If you still have trouble logging in after following the instructions below, please contact us at admissions@bakersfieldchristian.com.
 
Important Note: Families who submitted a new student application for the 2020-21 school year, or existing families who have logged in to pay for the AP testing…use those same credentials previously used to access the contract, as those credentials were created for the new system.
 
Login Instructions for NEW System:
  1. Use the online enrollment/re-enrollment link below to access the login page to complete the 2020-21 enrollment contract.
  2. Enter your email address associated with your parent account in the email field at the bottom of the enrollment/re-enrollment login page to reset your password.
  3. You will then receive an email with a link to reset your password. The link expires after 4 hours, so make sure to check your email as soon as possible.
  4. Once you have reset your password, access the 2020-21 enrollment contract using your email address (user name) and your new password under “Log In”.
  
To begin the Online Enrollment/Re-enrollment, please click on the link and proceed. 
 
*If you have student(s) currently attending BCHS during the 2019-20 school year, use the parent login credentials above for our new software for re-enrollment and all matters for the 2020-21 school year. The login you have been using for the 2019-20 school year will still be needed for our current software system (OnCampus) in order to continue accessing grades and academic progress for the remainder to the 2019-20 school year.
 
Enrollment Deposit Policy Change
In order to hopefully lesson the financial pressure you might feel right now in looking ahead to next school year, we have altered our enrollment deposit refund policy for 2020-21. You can read more details about our decision to make the change in yesterday’s (April 27) school update.
 
COVID-19 Tuition Assistance
There is potential tuition assistance available for those families whose income has been affected by COVID-19. If lay-offs, furloughs or reduction in salary have occurred in your family, please refer to yesterday’s (April 27) school update that explains what assistance may be available to you for the end of this 2019-20 school year.
 
Summer School
Registration is open for our Summer Courses and Camps! As of now, courses and camps will be offered via digital learning. We look forward to providing quality instruction and connection using technology in the midst of unprecedented times.
 
This summer we are offering the following courses: Art 1, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, PE, Theology and Health. Students entering grades 7-12 may take these courses for credit recovery, advancement or enrichment. 
 
Summer Camps
We are excited about our camps this year as many are focused on various areas including Fine Arts, STEM, Acting, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing, Speech and Debate, Summer Reading, ACT/SAT Prep and multiple Sports Camps.
 
Please find summer course and camp info on our website or call the office (661- 410-7000) for more information. Register today!
 
Feedback on Digital Learning
We are pleased with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from you, our BCHS parents and students, regarding the manner in which digital learning has progressed. As we have dialogued with you, we have striven to adjust student workloads to find an appropriate work level. We appreciate your feedback as it allows us to make modifications to our digital learning platform to help our students soar.
 




April 27, 2020 -- 6:15 PM 

Dear BCHS Parents/Guardians,
 
Throughout this period of COVID-19, BCHS has endeavored to be in clear and consistent communication with you, our school community. Feedback we have been receiving indicates a satisfaction with how we’ve done in this area. Thank you for taking the time to read the communications we have been sending and providing such feedback.
 
One area which has yet to be – but needs to be – addressed revolves around tuition. With that in mind, let me address a few tuition related topics.
 
Is there any tuition assistance available for the remainder of this current 2019-20 school year for families who have been financially hurt by COVID-19 due to a loss of work income?
 
Yes, but in a limited supply. If you have lost your job or had a reduction in employment hours due to COVID-19, there may be tuition assistance available for you. To learn more about this COVID-19 tuition assistance, please contact the Business Office through email at jricker@bakersfieldchristian.com. You will receive a reply email within one business day which includes instructions for pursuing such assistance. If, after requesting this information, you have not received a reply email within one business day, please call the school office at 661-410-7000. Again, this particular tuition assistance is only in relation to the time period in which job loss or income reduction may have occurred due to COVID-19. Please also take note that this assistance is limited. To be considered, inquiries must be made and paperwork completed prior to May 8. Determination on any such COVID-19 tuition assistance will not be made until after all submitted applications have been reviewed following the May 8 deadline.
 
I received my re-enrollment contract, but am not sure how to proceed due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. What should I do?
 
BCHS has traditionally had a fairly rigid non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit policy in place. This non-refundable enrollment deposit policy will be altered for the upcoming school year. Unlike past years, we will refund all but $100 of your deposit and any/all tuition and fees paid for the 2020-21 school year should you wish to withdraw your enrollment to BCHS up until Wednesday, July 22.
 
As of this time, we are hoping that we will resume on-campus education in time for next school year. However, there is simply too great a time period before the start of next school year and far too many uncertainties at this time to determine exactly what August will bring. We will be transparent in sharing our thoughts on this as time approaches and if it appears that next school year might not start on-campus. By having a more relaxed refundable enrollment deposit policy in place for next school year as indicated in the previous paragraph, you will be able to have more financial security to ultimately not move forward with enrollment if unable to pay the tuition or if in disagreement with the manner in which the school is proceeding.
 
Please note that by completing your re-enrollment in a timely manner, you will have “saved your spot” in next year’s student body.
 
Finally, let me encourage you with words found in Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for He who promised is faithful.” That is a hope which can only be found in Jesus. He will be faithful to those who know Him as Savior. His eternal faithfulness is promised. An eternal promise far outlasts the considerable earthly pain now being endured during COVID-19. May that be your hope!
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President
 
 


April 23, 2020 -- 6:55 PM 

Re-enrollment for 2020-21 School Year
We are now ready to send out the 2020-21 school year Re-enrollment Contracts. Look in your email inbox tonight for the Re-enrollment link. Important personalized instructions will be listed in the email – please read carefully and thoroughly.
 
Eagle Excellence Banquet
The decision has been made to move forward with the Eagle Excellence banquet on Thursday, May 21 for 12th grade students who have earned special awards and scholarships this year. This event will look very different from our usual on-campus dinner event, but we are committed to celebrating these students’ achievements at the end of the year. Watch for more details to come. Additional events for the senior class are also being planned. Clearance from local authorities in regards to social distancing remains a priority to our school, so we are contacting law enforcement to be sure our plan for events are within compliance. We will continue to keep you informed with updates.
 
Communication
We continue to share as much information as possible about COVID-19 related issues as it arises with our School Updates. We will also be reinstituting our monthly newsletter, the Eagle Eye, in May – look for it at the beginning of each month in your email inbox. While you are at home, we want to keep all lines of communication open. Use these key contact numbers for any questions you may have:
  • Virtual Office Hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. – call 661-410-7000 for general information or questions.
  • Susan Chandler is available to anyone who has concerns about digital learning or the decisions being made surrounding COVID-19. You may contact her at schandler@bakersfieldchristian.com.
  • Tech Support remains available every school day to students 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. – call 661-679-1311.
Faculty Position
We are looking for a new BCHS Band Director for the 2020-21 school year. If you know of anyone who would be a great addition to our faculty, please ask them to contact Jessica Ricker in the Business Office – jricker@bakersfieldchristian.com.


April 21, 2020 -- 8:15 PM 

New Grading Policy
An important update on our grading policy for this semester was sent out earlier today via text and is also available to be seen on the school website. Please be sure to read it carefully.
 
The End of the Year
With significant research and prayerful consideration, we have made the decision to keep campus closed and continue with digital learning throughout the remainder of this school year (until May 22). We purposefully waited as long as we could to consider our options for the end of the year. In both our local area and throughout the entire state, we are one of the final schools to make this decision regarding the close of the school year. With the federal plan set forth last week (stating that at this point in time from a national perspective – as we proceed towards Phase 1 of reopening the economy – schools which are closed are to remain closed) and in conjunction with news coming out of Sacramento and our state government, there is simply not another path which can be reasonably seen. This will likely not come as a surprise, yet it is still quite disappointing for our entire BCHS family.
 
As a side note and as has already been communicated, final exams will not be held this semester, but digital classes will continue until the last day of scheduled school. 
 
The decision to not come back to campus for the remainder of the year brings about multiple questions – especially for our seniors. Seniors – with that in mind – please read below in regards to plans for graduation.
 
Graduation 2020
We all assumed at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year that the senior class would enjoy the traditional celebratory milestones as their high school careers moved towards conclusion.  COVID-19 has taken much of that away. Know that the administration, faculty and staff are all heavy-hearted for our seniors at the loss of such significant memories. We care deeply about all of our students and realize the missing pieces of these last few weeks of high school will not be easily rearranged or recreated.
 
There are many things we do not know about the coming weeks and months, but what we do know is that we WILL MAKE EVERY ENDEAVOR to have an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. This might look very different from our traditional May graduation in the Sports Center. And we, of course, will be following the government-mandated guidelines to keep everyone’s safety a top priority. With this in mind, here are the plans for Graduation 2020:
  •  We will utilize the best possible location on campus for graduation as we consider the likely constraints posed by social distancing. While the ceremony may be held in the gym, we might alternatively utilize the football field or another outdoor campus location.
  • While not our hope, we are prepared to have multiple ceremonies in order to stay within governmental regulations on social distancing and group sizes. For instance, if events of up to 200 people are allowed, we would have multiple graduations on the same day in order to accommodate our graduates and guests (whose number may need to be somewhat limited).
  • Our best scenario is that such easement of governmental regulations in regards to the Coronavirus lifts in time to be able to have graduation on the originally established May 23 date. This is probably pretty unlikely. We are setting aside two other dates as alternates – June 13 and July 25. Graduation will be held at the first of these dates (May 23, June 13 or July 25) at which we can safely abide by COVID-19 government regulations.  
  • If graduation is pushed back to June 13 or July 25, seniors will have their diplomas conferred upon them on May 23 during a brief virtual diploma recognition. The formal graduation ceremony would then still be held in June/July. Please note that in such a case, the May 23 virtual event would be extremely low key and short in duration. 
  • Holding an in-person graduation ceremony could create potential issues – one of the foremost likely revolves around planning summer travel. An additional potential issue is that individuals who are considered to be at a higher health risk may not be allowed to attend the ceremony (pending government policy). Frustratingly, the current realities that we are facing as a society are filled with solutions that are imperfect. We will continue to try to seek the best solutions given these realities.  
  • Those are the plans as of now. They are unlikely to change unless we still could not have an in-person graduation by July 25. If this were to be the case, it’s likely a majority of happenings in our country still will not have returned to normal. At that point, we would reevaluate our options as relate to the graduation ceremony.
 
The Key Event
The Virtual Key Event was a such a success! Watch for a special update about all that happened on April 18 in the coming days. For now, if you were an auction winner, your items will be available for pick up this week – just drive through the circle at school during these times:
  • Wednesday, April 22, 1-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Grading Policy

New Grading Policy for the Second Semester of 2019-20 (Please Note: This Grading Policy Pertains Only to this Particular Semester)
 
BCHS will be scaling grades for Semester 2 of 2019-20. The new grading scale is as follows:
  • 80-100% = A grade
  • 60-79% = B grade
  • ** Below 60% = C grade, unless…(please read below)
 **To ensure engagement, in the case that a student shows an unwillingness to learn, characterized by deliberate noncompliant disengagement, a grade of Incomplete (I) will be issued.  
 
A student who receives one or more Incompletes will have his/her transcript adjusted if/when satisfactory engagement has been demonstrated.
 
 Rationale:
 
COVID-19 has had an unprecedented disruption on students’ learning environments. Teachers are sometimes unable to support students in a way in which they are accustomed, and students are sometimes unable to receive that support in an equal and fair fashion. Trying to assign grades as if the learning environment has not changed is therefore irresponsible.
 
Given the fact that many colleges across the nation are adjusting their admission’s policies and high school districts are changing their grading policies as a result of the disruption caused by COVID-19, it is only right and fair that BCHS also adjusts our grading policy to not unduly and unfairly impact our students’ academic standing. BCHS has come to this conclusion after much prayer and discussion with the leadership team, faculty representatives and staff. This change to our grading policy both honors God and helps our students soar.
 
We will continue to encourage our students to focus on their learning without the grading concerns. It is our hope that this policy will motivate students in a “grace forward, student-centered” manner.


April 17, 2020 -- 2:00 PM 

Schedule Reminders
Monday is Tutor Day. Teachers may be reaching out to certain students to set up tutor sessions. Feel free to contact teachers if your student is struggling with any content.
 
The rest of next week will be regular digital learning schedule: Tuesday through Friday.
 
The Silent Auction
Today is the last day of The Key Event Silent Auction. It’s free to join in on the action – so log on to The Silent Auction now! Bidding closes at 9 p.m. tonight.
 
Drive-Thru Pick Up
Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by the school to pick up Jostens items and Powder-puff shirts. It was great to see so many familiar faces.
 
End-of-Year and Graduation
As we come closer to May 4 (our most recent return to campus date), we are making plans specific to the end of the year and graduation. We will have more details in next week’s school update.
 
Have a great weekend!


April 15, 2020 -- 6:10 PM  

Moving Forward with Daily Updates
We hope that our Daily School Updates have helped you feel informed and confident in BCHS’ response to COVID-19. With our digital learning days becoming more “normal” we will be reducing our Daily School Updates to updates sent once or twice a week. We highly value the clear communication offered at BCHS between school and home. We want to honor your investment as well as be respectful of your time. Reducing our messages to you will allow clear, important information to be sent home as the need arises.
 
We will continue to update the school website as needed, as well as communicating regularly through text messaging.
 
Drive-Thru Pick Up Tomorrow
Reminder: Drive through the circle tomorrow from 9am to 1pm to pick up Powder-puff shirts and Jostens orders.
 
Re-enrollment for 2020-21 School Year
We have paused on sending out our re-enrollment forms to you this year due to the dramatic changes we’ve experienced with COVID-19 closures. Normally our contracts and enrollment forms would have been available to you in March. We are now ready to look to the 2020-21 school year and will be sending out the electronic forms to you within the next two weeks.

April 14, 2020 -- 5:15 PM  

Only a few topics to cover today.
 
The Key Event
The time is getting near! The 24-hour countdown to The Key Event Silent Auction and the 96-hour countdown to The Live Virtual Key Event is underway! The monies given through The Key Event help to offset the nearly $1,000,000 which must be raised each year to provide tuition assistance to our student body.
 
For the first time ever, anyone can bid in The Key Event Silent Auction running from April 15-17 (this Wednesday through Friday). It’s free to bid – sign in, register a credit card and start bidding on many of the 3rd period class baskets and more.
 
It's not too late to register for our Live Virtual Key Event set for this Saturday, April 18! This will be a fun, one-of-a-kind event – family-friendly, come as you are. The evening will include entertainment, games and a live auction full of exciting experiences and trips. Sponsor a virtual table of 10 households for $1,000 or purchase households separately for $100 each. Register today! 
 
Drive-Thru Pick Up on Thursday
Powder Puff Shirts – any juniors or seniors who ordered Powder-puff shirts, you may pick up your shirt by driving through the circle in front of the Administration Office on Thursday, April 16, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
 
Graduation Announcements, Caps and Gowns – all seniors who ordered from Jostens may drive through the circle at the school to pick up graduation items on Thursday, April 16, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
 
Coronavirus Update
No change from yesterday’s (April 13) news – a BCHS family has been confirmed with cases of COVID-19. Please read yesterday’s Coronavirus Update for more information.
 

April 13, 2020 -- 5:30 PM  

Welcome Back      
We know that most of our time off during Spring Break was not what we had planned it would be, but we are hopeful that your time resting from school work and time spent with family (both in your homes and virtually) encouraged you and brought you joy.
 
We have now come into a time of rhythm and routine – the rest of the month will have a “normal” digital school schedule: Mondays are Tutor Days, Tuesday through Friday digital learning from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Admissions
Before COVID-19 changed things on campus, our incoming freshman class (Class of 2024) was quickly growing, with many online applications coming in and interviews happening on campus. Having taken a break due to the coronavirus, our Admissions Office is ready to move forward to fill the Class of 2024 with students eager to become part of the BCHS family. If you have an incoming 9th grader or know of someone who does, contact our Admissions Director, Alice Abril, at aabril@bakersfieldchristian.com.
 
Re-enrollment for current students has been pushed back. Please watch for details forthcoming.
 
Seniors:
Jostens will be ON CAMPUS Thursday, April 16 from 9am to 1pm to allow seniors to pick up announcements, caps and gowns. Each senior who made an order with Jostens may drive through the circle at the school to pick up graduation items. If you did not make an order with Jostens and still need a cap and gown, call the school office to speak with Tarilyn Crabtree about your order.
 
The Key Event
It's not too late to register for our Live Virtual Key Event set for this Saturday, April 18! This will be a fun, one-of-a-kind event – family-friendly, come as you are. The evening will include entertainment, games and a live auction full of exciting experiences and trips. Sponsor a virtual table of 10 households for $1,000 or purchase households separately for $100 each. Register today! 
 
For the first time ever, anyone can bid on our silent auction running from April 15-17 (this Wednesday through Friday). That’s right - it's FREE to bid – sign in, register a credit card and start bidding on many of the 3rd period class baskets and more.
 
Yearbook Purchases
Yearbooks are available to purchase directly through Jostens.com until May 1. If you are not sure if you have already purchased a yearbook, please call the school office. We have a list of students who have yet to purchase yearbooks, so we can confirm if you have not yet purchased your yearbook.
 
Up-to-Date with Joe and Nate
The Student Life team is keeping us all up-to-date on social media these days. You can use @bakersfieldchristian to check them out on Instagram and @BCHSeagles on Facebook.
 
Coronavirus Update
We have been made aware of one of our students and family members have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Since this diagnosis comes one month from the last on-campus student interactions, we are confident that no exposure between this family and our BCHS community occurred.
 
We have made an extreme effort to keep our knowledge of any coronavirus news within our BCHS community clear, concise and respectful of those involved. Even with no threat of exposure to our students, this underscores the importance of following the shelter-in-place mandate from our governor. We prayerfully ask for quick healing of all those effected by COVID-19.
 


April 3, 2020 -- 6:45 PM  

AP Exams
The College Board (who control the AP exams) has determined that AP exams will be given the weeks of May 11-22. All AP exams have already been ordered for our AP students. A letter to AP students and parents will be sent out in the coming weeks. AP teachers will also be giving details about the exams to students through OnCampus.
 
The Key Event
The Virtual Live Event is set for April 18! This will be a fun, one-of-a-kind event – family friendly, come as you are. Sponsor a virtual table of 10 households for $1,000 or purchase households separately for $100 each. Visit The Key Event page where you can purchase admission, tables or make a donation.
 
For the first time ever, anyone can bid on our silent auction running from April 15-17. That's right, it's FREE to bid – sign in, register a credit card and start bidding on many of the 3rd period class baskets and more.
 
Spring Sports
The CIF (the state’s high school athletics governing body) has made the decision about spring sports. Please read the statement from CIF Executive Director, Ron Nocetti:
 
“The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not see an avenue for the spring sports season to continue. As such, in consultation today with the 10 Section Commissioners, the decision has been made to cancel spring Section, Regional, and State Championship events. We understand this is disappointing for everyone involved in education-based athletics and empathize with our student-athletes and all who are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, our top priority is everyone's ongoing health and safety during this challenging time, and we all look forward to the day when education-based athletics resumes.”
 
The COVID-19 epidemic has taken so much from our students. This cancelation is no surprise to anyone, yet we still grieve for the time lost for our student athletes. We look ahead with hope for a strong season next year.
 
Finals
As per yesterday’s update, Semester 2 finals have been canceled. School will continue through May 22. Teaching will continue through the last day of school. Please refer back to the April 2 school update for more detailed information regarding this decision.
 
Yearbook Purchases
Yearbooks are available to purchase directly through Jostens.com until May 1. If you are not sure if you have already purchased a yearbook, please call the school office. We have a list of students who have yet to purchase yearbooks, so we can confirm if you have not yet purchased your yearbook.
 
Seniors:
Let’s try this again! – Jostens will be ON CAMPUS Thursday, April 16 from 9am to 1pm to allow seniors to pick up announcements, caps and gowns. Each senior who made an order with Jostens may drive through the circle at the school to pick up graduation items. If you did not make an order with Jostens and still need a cap and gown, call the school office to speak with Tarilyn Crabtree about your order.
 
The Senior Graduation Video is an important tradition at BCHS. This year we are including photos of seniors in their younger days (before high school). If you have any photos of seniors you would like included in the senior video, please send photos to bchseaglesr@gmail.com.
 
Up to Date with Joe and Nate
The Student Life team is keeping us all up-to-date on social media these days. Check out their newest video, “Minute to Win It!”. You can also use @bakersfieldchristian to check them out on Instagram and @BCHSeagles on Facebook.
 
Coronavirus Update
Again, good news – no new information.
 
Next Update Monday, April 13
We will be giving our Daily School Update a short break next week. This will be our last post until Monday, April 13, unless any time-sensitive information needs to be shared next week. Happy Holy Week and enjoy your Easter – He is Risen!
 
 

 2, 2020 -- 1:45 PM  

 
Finally, some good news!
We are canceling final exams for Semester 2. In the place of exams will be regular classes and typical chapter tests along the way. There are several reasons for canceling final exams and replacing these days with a regular teaching day (whether digital or in-person).
  • A reduction of stress.
  • Space for additional teaching days, which have recently been reduced due to the implementation of Monday Tutor Days.
  • Concern about the integrity of a semester final in a digital setting.
 
Here are some related items in regards to this decision:
  • 12th grade students – your last week of school will remain as scheduled, May 11-14, also without finals.
  •  9–11th grade students – your last day remains Friday, May 22.
  • The Semester 2 grade will obviously include no semester final exam. Therefore, the grade you have earned at the end of the semester without the final will be the grade you will receive for the semester.
  • Students sometimes plan on having the final exam grade lift their overall grade in a class. In reality, such an eventuality occurs on an extremely seldom basis, and obviously there won’t be such an opportunity this semester. The urgency of getting caught up on work prior to the end of the year becomes even more critical at this time.
  • While a majority of students have made a fairly strong transition to the digital learning in which BCHS has engaged, there are those who have found this transition to be more difficult. We have urged faculty to show grace in regards to grading due to the circumstances we are under. However, grades must still be earned. Give your teachers a reason to be generous in their grading! Complete your work on time; communicate, communicate, communicate; and don’t appear to be disengaged from the learning process. Again, we won’t “give away grades,” but we also are going to be more malleable than we generally are in grading. If you have fallen behind on your work, contact your teacher. You will find them helpful with getting caught up and/or better understanding material. However, you need to meet them halfway remembering that all grades are earned.
  • If you are struggling in your studies and need intervention, do not hesitate to contact your counselor (Ms. Cady or Mrs. Chandler). They stand ready to coordinate a plan for helping you to be successful.
  • We are waiting to hear more information on when the AP exams will be administered at BCHS. An answer to this will be forthcoming.
 
Decision Regarding Digital vs On-campus Education for the Remainder of the Year
It was less than a week ago that we decided to delay a return to on-campus education until at least May 4. Both locally as well as across the state, schools have already begun to make the decision to close on-campus education through the remainder of the school year. BCHS is not yet ready to make such a decision. In a sense, time is on our side. We have only just flipped the calendar to April. It makes sense to see what April brings in regards to the direction of the Coronavirus. It’s fairly obvious that our country is in for a very rough road over the next number of weeks. It seems that government officials and public policy are recognizing this by their words and actions. We will continue to carefully monitor the words and actions of our elected officials as we decide the direction education will take in May (and all the related school events which happen in May…graduation, prom, seniors last chapel, etc). Because of the significance of year-end activities, we will be patient and deliberate with our decision-making.
 
Tomorrow is the Last School Day Before Break!
By tomorrow, our first three weeks of digital learning will be complete. We are so proud of how well our teachers, staff, students and families have worked together. We have set a strong foundation for the weeks to come. Enjoy some time off and we’ll “see” you back at school (virtually) on April 14.
 
To Conclude
A benediction from Romans 15:5-6 – “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” May that be our prayer today for the BCHS community.
 
 

April 1, 2020 -- 5:00 PM  

 The Key Event Basket Winners
The Key Event (April 18) is going virtual and so did our Key Event Basket Winners’ announcement! Thank you to all the 3rd period classes for contributing to a great silent-auction collection this year. Check out this video from “Up to Date with Joe and Nate” for the countdown to the top baskets: The Key Event Basket Winners 2020.
 
As is our tradition, we will be thanking our top two classes with a prize for their efforts. Like many things during this time, our method of recognition will change, but will occur! Stay tuned for more details to come.
 
SAT 1300 Celebration
In the midst of so much unknown, we want to celebrate a known achievement for a number of our BCHS juniors – the scores for the March 4 SAT taken on campus were released last week and we take a moment to recognize the students who earned a 1300 or higher on the SAT! Congratulations! Additionally, we are so proud of our junior class as a whole in the effort they showed in preparing for this particular test.
 
Jacqueline Benshoof
Lauren Buetow
Makenna Denney
Savannah Downs
Kyle Guinn
Hayden Jex
Ashlyn Kujala
Canon McClain
Vincent Medina
Tristan Metas
Makenna Pollema
Miguel Roman
Melissa Shaffer
Zachary Tisinger
Wren Wilkerson
Emma Wilson
 
Coronavirus Update
Good news – no new information.
 
Tech Support
Call 661-679-1311 when having trouble with iPads, connectivity, and/or general technical difficulties. Phone calls have proven more effective than email to solve tech problems.
 
Calendar Reminder
Reminder – Friday, April 3, is a full digital school day. Following this day, Spring Break begins!
  


MARCH 31, 2020 -- 4:00 PM  

 After a long update yesterday, a much shorter one today…
 
Questions and Concerns
Just a reminder…Susan Chandler, in the Counseling Department, is available to answer and/or help with any concerns you may have in this time of digital learning. Susan is available by email at schandler@bakersfieldchristian.com. You may also call the school office at 661-410-7000 and our office staff will connect you to Mrs. Chandler.
 
Coronavirus Update
Our news remains the same as yesterday – no new COVID-19 cases to report within our BCHS community. We continue to pray for the speedy recovery of those affected in Kern County and beyond.
 
Return to Campus
Important duplicate information from yesterday…Our new return to campus date is May 4. We will continue to keep you updated with any additional decisions about school dates/events.
 
That’s it for today!
 

MARCH 30, 2020 -- 4:50 PM  

Return to Campus
Our initial hope had been to return to campus for classes following Spring Break on April 14. With much consideration and taking into account the influence of local, state and federal mandates, we have made the decision to continue with our digital learning platform through May 1. We hope to have students return to the school campus the week of May 4. We don’t take this decision lightly, and have waited as long as possible to be able to monitor ongoing COVID-19 developments in order to take all information into account.
 
We realize that with this push back in return date more questions arise concerning end-of-the-year events such as prom and graduation. Please know that in a similar fashion to our decisions about students on campus over the last month, we take this very seriously and know how important these school events are to our students and families. We therefore want to be patient and deliberate in our resolutions. We will continue to keep you updated with any new decisions about school events.
 
Synchronous vs Asynchronous Learning
With the recent implementation of Zoom for students and teachers, synchronous (live-time) education for our students through the digital platform is now a reality. Yet we know that providing both synchronous instruction (live-stream) and asynchronous instruction (teacher videos and other educational methodologies) in digital schooling is essential for our students and their learning outcomes. We have not only seen this evidenced from teacher/student feedback, but also have been supported by outside educational research that points to the combination of synchronous and asynchronous being most beneficial to student learning.
 
While synchronous learning may seem the closest replacement to in-classroom teaching, students and families need the flexibility and open timeframe to adjust to working from home –some students may have younger siblings to look after, while others may need to share the computer/internet speed with their family members. Asynchronous learning provides the time and space that students need to develop thoughtful participation and feedback in coursework (Nandi, Hamilton, & Harland, 2012).
 
We know that connecting students and teachers and counselors regularly is a high value of BCHS – it was on campus, and continues to be in the digital platform. Synchronous platforms (such as Zoom) allow real-time conversations which keep our students not only engaged in their academic pursuits, but also in their faith development, social growth, and in planning for their futures.  
 
We are committed to keeping a well-balanced digital platform with both synchronous and asynchronous learning during this time of virtual education. 
 
Zoom Check-Ins
We take pride in knowing each and every one of our students and their needs. We do not want this to be any different while using our digital platform. For this reason, our Counseling, Student Life and Academic teams are working together to have every student meet with school leadership to hear successes, frustrations, joys and challenges about this time of digital learning. The class leaders are listed below. Students – be sure to look for an invite to a small group meeting via Zoom on a Monday coming up soon.
Mrs. Chandler – Seniors
Ms. Cady – Juniors
Mr. Root – Sophomores
Mr. Cabalka – Freshmen
If any student would rather have an individual meeting, please contact the leader above to schedule.
 
Calendar Reminder 
Just a reminder – Friday, April 3, is a full digital school day. This was previously scheduled as a minimum day in anticipation of Spring Break. This Friday is now a regular (digital) school day.
 
Video Viewing
In response to many students’ frustration with download and buffering wait time for videos used in OnCampus, our faculty have now moved to a new provider (youtube.com) to use for videos in the digital classroom (still accessed through the lessons which are located within OnCampus). We hope that this alleviates some stress. We plan to continue to make adjustments similar to this one as we hear about school challenges at home that we can help to address.
 
The Key Event Goes Virtual!
We are planning a massive virtual event like no one has experienced! The Key Event, our annual fundraiser for student financial assistance, is still happening Saturday April 18. The silent auction sections will be open for online bidding for anyone to participate in Wednesday April 15 through Friday April 17. Saturday will be a night to remember with an online live auction, virtual contests, support a student and an incredible amount of money raised for financial assistance. Watch for details this week to secure your spot at the Live Auction event.
 
Coronavirus Update
We have good news with our reported precautions regarding those potentially exposed to the Coronavirus. We are happy to announce that all three of the individuals self-isolating and being tested have come back with negative COVID-19 tests. We continue to fly under the radar with the number of BCHS community members affected – from our knowledge, no student, faculty, or staff have Coronavirus at this time. We continue to pray for the speedy recovery of those affected in Kern County and beyond.
 
 

MARCH 26, 2020 -- 4:45 PM  

Key Event Goes Virtual!
Keep the already scheduled Key Event date of April 18 on your calendar– we are planning a massive virtual event like no one has experienced! The silent auction sections will be open for online bidding for anyone to participate in Wednesday April 15 through Friday April 17. Saturday will be a night to remember with an online live auction, virtual contests, support a student and an incredible amount of money raised for financial assistance. Details will come your way early next week as to how you can participate and secure your spot at the Live Auction event.
 
Check us out on Facebook
We have transitioned our student body announcements to our BCHS Facebook page. See what Student Life is up to while we are not on campus together.
 
Calendar Reminder
Just a reminder – no school tomorrow (Friday). Enjoy your three-day weekend! Monday is our first Tutor Day. Teachers will be available to help with assignments or lessons from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a great day to get caught up on any missing assignments and/or ask teachers to clarify any confusing material.
 
Juniors
Important information has been sent to all juniors and parents regarding SAT scores. Be sure to read the message from Ms. Cady sent in a text earlier today.
 
Coronavirus Update
Our update remains similar to that of yesterday’s news – no new cases reported and awaiting one test. BCHS will continue to focus on more direct contact of which we are aware.
 
Last Update for the Week
Today’s update will be the last for this week, as we do not have school tomorrow (Friday). Thanks for your ongoing partnership as we continue to embark on our digital learning voyage. Look for our next Daily School Update on Monday, March 30. Enjoy the long weekend!

MARCH 25, 2020 -- 5:00 PM 

Return to School
As many of you are aware, Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) has made the decision for all public schools to return to campus at earliest in May, instead of April. BCHS leadership is not yet ready to make the same decision for our school. Our goal to make timely decisions remains based upon gathering as many facts as possible and being patient in the process to make the most informed decision for our students. It is possible, even likely, that BCHS might take a similar path to that chosen by KCSOS schools. We in no way are questioning the decision made by the public schools. However, because we have a greater autonomy at the building level for making decisions, we would like to first see how local, national and world events unfold over the next number of days. 
 
Calendar Reminder
Friday – no school, enjoy a three-day weekend
Monday – 1st Tutor Day – contact your teacher to ask for any help or guidance throughout the school day (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). *Note: availability start time is later on Monday due to a weekly faculty meeting being held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
 
Students & Parents!
The opportunity we have to make an impact for the kingdom of God in this time remains on the forefront of our minds. Yesterday’s post about “Spiritual Significance” is important to consider in continuing to challenge everyone to take action where we can.
 
Seniors
Even though we are in a strange stand-still with end-of-the-year senior events, we have two exciting updates for you!
  1. A text was sent earlier today to you to vote for “Senior Bests.” This is always a fun part of our yearbook and we want to be sure that is not lost this year. From the text (sent to seniors only), follow the link to the survey and submit by midnight tonight (Wednesday). Winners will be contacted tomorrow (Thursday).
  2. Watch for details coming to you about a special Zoom small group session with Mrs. Chandler to discuss numerous topics surrounding the end of your senior year.
 
Juniors
SAT scores are coming to you tomorrow! We are excited to hear from you. Feel free to contact Mr. Buetow and/or Mr. Chai to let them know your score as students will see SAT scores before our BCHS leadership.
 
Hamilton
Our scheduled trip to see Hamilton at the Pantages Theatre on April 17 has been canceled. The Pantages will be issuing the school a full refund, and we will be sending that refund on to you as soon as our Business Office can process them. You can expect to see your refund within the next month. We still hope to have the opportunity to see Hamilton in late summer/fall. If/Once a date is chosen, the ticketing process will begin anew.
 
Viewing Videos
We are training faculty this coming Monday in a new way to upload videos which will improve your downloading experience at home. Look for improvement in this area by next Tuesday.
 
Tech Support
Call 661-679-1311 when having trouble with iPads, connectivity, and/or general technical difficulties. Phone calls have proven more effective than email to solve tech problems.
 
Coronavirus Update
Our update remains similar to that of yesterday’s news – no new cases reported and awaiting one test. BCHS will continue to focus on more direct contact of which we are aware.
 

MARCH 24, 2020 -- 5:00 PM

Spiritual Significance
As a school there has been a focus of getting our brick-and-mortar academic product transitioned to a digital platform. With feedback from you, we are hearing that our digital learning platform has been a success. We are so thankful to our hardworking faculty and our diligent students in keeping our academics a high priority.
 
As important as our academic success is, we know that the intertwinement of Christian, spiritual growth and exposure to God’s Word as part of the BCHS student life experience is equally critical to our school’s existence. Under normal circumstances, our leadership takes very seriously this impact to students while on our campus. In this time of shelter-in-place and digital learning, we want you to know that we continue to keep spiritual growth and a focus on God a significant part of the BCHS experience. We cannot, and will not, give up our spiritual impact to our students and our community in this time. We urge you to consider impacting your family and your community for Jesus Christ in this unique setting. Here are some ideas to get you started:
  1. Write a note of encouragement to a neighbor, friend or family member who lives alone and share with them the comfort and peace we find in Jesus as believers.
  2. Call someone close to you and ask how they are and how you can specifically be praying for them in this time – because you know that God hears our concerns and is faithful to answer.
  3. Consider and act on the physical needs of those nearby you – (while keeping appropriate social distancing) make a meal for another, bring some essential groceries to their doorstep, leave school/activity supplies for a neighbor’s children at the door with a note that lets them know God is the ultimate Provider.
 
Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is not always easy or comfortable. For those who are believers, we say: take this opportunity to grow in your spiritual boldness, take a step toward someone in need to share how God has impacted your life. And for those who may not be ready to share about God, we say: take this time to read the Bible, ask questions of believers around you, and find out from Christians why Jesus Christ is so significant.
 
Our prayer is that our entire BCHS family (students, parents, siblings, grandparents, host parents, alumni, supporters) would make an impact for the kingdom of God in this difficult time.
 
Coronavirus Update
Our update remains similar to that of yesterday’s news – no new cases reported and awaiting one test. We have learned, though, that a student’s grandparent was diagnosed with coronavirus two weeks ago and has been self-isolated since. No one else in the family has experienced symptoms, and the grandparent is doing very well. As the number of cases in Kern County continues to grow, it will become nearly impossible to communicate cases such as this…we are each likely to know and possibly have interacted with someone who will have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. BCHS will continue to focus on more direct contact of which we are aware.
 
Zoom
This virtual, real-time teaching tool should now be available on student iPads. Please contact IT immediately if you are having difficulty setting up your account. Please refer to Zoom expectations in yesterday’s (March 23) Daily School Update.
 
Viewing Videos
We recognize some frustration with viewing videos in our digital platform. Teachers are making adjustments in hopes to relieve some of this frustration. We are working with our IT Department to solve this problem quickly. We will have more information on this front in the coming days.
 
Tech Support
Please know that technical issues are most easily remedied with a phone call to our IT Department. Call 661-679-1311 when having trouble with iPads, connectivity, and/or general technical difficulties. To reiterate: calling is proving more effective than email to solve tech problems.
 
Office Phone Calls
We are so pleased that our staff can continue to serve our BCHS families through a simple phone call to the office. We are committed to clear communication with you and this includes fielding any questions you may have during this time. Feel free to call our office (661-410-7000) with any questions that arise. We are happy to help!
 
SAT Scores
SAT scores will be sent to juniors on Thursday (please not this is different from the Wednesday date indicated yesterday)  from the College Board. Feel free to contact Mr. Buetow and/or Mr. Chai to let them know your score. Students will see SAT scores before our BCHS leadership, so we are anxious to hear from you!
 
Hamilton
We received news today that the Pantages Theatre has canceled all shows up to April 19. Our Hamilton trip, scheduled for April 17, has therefore been canceled. At this point, Hamilton will be continuing its run through the summer and into the fall. We are hopeful that we can reschedule our trip for later this year. We will not be making any decisions for the next few weeks while we navigate these uncertain times. Please watch for further details including plans for refunds or rescheduling in the coming weeks.
 


MARCH 23, 2020 -- 4:00 PM

Digital Learning
 
Faculty have recently been trained on a video conferencing program called Zoom. Zoom will allow BCHS teachers to provide synchronous (live-stream) instruction, answer questions directly, and monitor academic behavior. This virtual classroom is yet another resource we plan on utilizing to enhance your student’s learning experience. The IT Department is currently adding the Zoom App to all students’ iPads. Your student will receive an email from Zoom inviting your student to ‘activate your Zoom account.’  Follow the directions to create a Zoom account. 
 
While Zoom is a great tool for teachers to teach synchronously, we generally will not require students to be at all Zoom meetings in real time. Each teacher will generally record Zoom meetings so that students can access the information at a later time. When possible, we encourage all students to attend Zoom meetings so that direct contact can be made with teachers and classmates, but we understand the limitations of families’ screen time.
 
As with all technical abilities offered on the school-issued iPads, we expect all students to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy (signed at the beginning of the year) and conduct themselves with respect and appropriateness when using Zoom. Specifically, it is BCHS’ expectation that students will only utilize the Zoom application on the iPad when directed by faculty, not for interpersonal use. As with all technology applications related to BCHS, the school assumes no responsibility for student misuse or abuse of the technology.
 
As in any classroom, a set of norms are required to guide learning. Our virtual classroom norms include:
 
  1. If you would not do it while in physical class, do not do it while in digital class.
  2. Students must have a quiet area with good lighting available to participate in a Zoom session when video is permitted.
  3. There must be a wall behind the student when participating in video sessions.
  4. Students need to remain on “mute” while the teacher and classmates are speaking.
  5. Students must use the Response Icon to “raise a hand” to be called upon as time permits for participation.
  6. All verbal and group chat responses should stay on topic pertaining to the material being covered specifically in class. Breakout Session Room Discussions must be structured and on topic. Participants must take turns sharing their ideas with consideration given to other group participants. Teachers will be dropping in on all break out session rooms at random times to ask questions of participants conducting discussions. 
  7. All meetings and breakout sessions are recorded and will be made available to students following the meeting in a designated area provided by the teacher.
  8. Students must also follow any additional guidelines given by a teacher in each Zoom meeting, which may not be included in this list.
  9. No recording of a Zoom session may be posted or screen shots taken for any purpose other than view by the students and teacher in the class.
  10. Zoom is a privilege that may be revoked if any of the above norms are not followed. In the event of misuse, BCHS academic discipline applies to all areas of synchronous learning.
 
These synchronous learning norms are critical for students to follow during all Zoom sessions. Zoom will help us continue to serve your student’s learning needs during this time of “shelter-in-place.” If you are having any trouble with this program please contact our IT Department:
 
Monday, Tutor Day
After today, Mondays will be considered “Tutor Day” for faculty and students. Tutor Day will allow for students and teachers to reset and evaluate any specific needs or changes for the class, and communicate on a one-on-one or small group basis for help. No new instruction will occur on Mondays. This is a great time for students to reach out to particular teachers with questions, concerns and/or help in certain subjects. Though Mondays may be a “lighter” work day for students, we hope that students will take advantage of this time with teachers and assignments.
 
All teachers will be available for virtual tutoring to students on Mondays from 8am to 3:30 p.m. Teachers may use their virtual office hours to invite students to group study sessions, but these study sessions will not be a requirement.
 
Take a Break
Just a brief, yet important, reminder: Students – please remember to take breaks throughout the school day. Just like any other school day, take a lunch break, take a walk away from screen, talk with your friends, and then come back to dig in to digital learning.
 
School Campus
The school office and campus have moved to virtual operations. Faculty/staff are working from home. Phone calls to the office will be forwarded to an off-campus location and answered by office staff.
 
If a student must get on campus, call the school office to coordinate a time when security will be present.
 
School Calendar
3/27 – No School
3/30 – Tutor Day, no class instruction
4/3 – Full School Day (no minimum day)
4/4-4/.13 – Spring Break*
*Though Spring Break will be a break for teachers and students, please continue to stay alert to all BCHS communication. As the April 14 return date approaches, we will be clearly communicating the expectation to either return to campus or continue digital learning as we determine what is best for our community.
 
AP Exams
AP teachers should be communicating any changes in the AP exam process. Contact Mrs. Chandler if you have any questions regarding AP exams.
 
Juniors
SAT scores should be sent to you by the College Board on Wednesday. Feel free to contact Mr. Buetow and/or Mr. Chai to let them know your score. Students will see SAT scores before our BCHS leadership, so we are anxious to hear from you!
 
Seniors
Please continue to let Mrs. Chandler know about any college acceptances. Even though you are not on campus together, we still want to celebrate with you!
 
Coronavirus Update
There has been a great deal of prayer raised and concern expressed regarding yesterday’s coronavirus news as pertains to one of our students.  We have learned that the test came back and the student DID NOT have coronavirus, and neither was nor is contagious.  However, the student remains hospitalized and still needs prayer support.  We also learned that another of the three individuals about whom we have been giving updates also received a test back showing no coronavirus.  We are still awaiting word on one other case in which a BCHS community member had self-quarantined pending a test result of an individual with whom he/she had been in contact.
 
We expect that in the coming days we may have news of others who have sought medical attention due to health concerns and/or have been tested for coronavirus.  In fact, we had one such instance today where an individual sought medical attention and is awaiting word as to whether the coronavirus is present.  Such situations will likely be repeated quite continually across the United States in the weeks/ perhaps months to come.  Again, we will keep you appropriately updated.
 

MARCH 22, 2020 -- 10:45 AM

Dear BCHS Community,
 
This morning, I texted you information concerning an individual in our school community who has been hospitalized with what the doctors believe to be coronavirus. The actual test for coronavirus has not yet been returned, but the symptoms have resulted in treatment as if it were the virus. 
 
A few questions likely arise. Let me try to anticipate them.
 
  • “What can I do?”
  1. Pray for the individual and family…for healing and for a peace that passes all understanding

  2. Continue to shelter-in-place

  3. Continue to monitor for symptoms

  4. Contact your doctor if symptoms arise

  • “Who is it?”
  1. I understand the desire to know whom we’re talking about. The most that I believe is appropriate to share is that the individual is a student at BCHS. The school should not be sharing additional details about the identity of the student.

  • “Why is the school not willing to share additional details about the identity of the individual?”
  1. The response that all members of our school community should be having to the coronavirus remain unchanged whether or not a specific name is released. We have been told by government officials to shelter-in-place and to monitor for symptoms. Knowing the specific identity of an individual does not change this response.  Whether there is/is not a confirmed case of coronavirus in any specific community within California, we are all to be operating under the assumption that we have been exposed to the virus. This is a large part of the rationale behind shelter-in-place.

  2. The individual about whom we are talking is a minor. Sharing such information is therefore not appropriate.

  3. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) should be adhered to.  With coronavirus, HIPAA is a bit tricky…trying to balance individual privacy with the desire for community transparency. The majority of journalism right now seems to be willing to share general details (the name of a community in which a resident resides…sometimes even more specific), but generally leaving out names. By making you aware that a specific case has very likely been contracted by a student at BCHS, we are allowing for a transparency that appropriately heightens an already on-guard community. Personally, I am operating under the assumption that I came into contact with this individual. Might I have sat in a seat or touched a door handle which this individual also sat in or touched?  Yes. I simply don’t know, though. But this is also my thought process in regards to all things in which I come into contact and with the general population as a whole. My reaction? To shelter-in-place and to watch for symptoms. 

  • What is the incubation period for coronavirus?
  1. As of March 9, the World Health Organization indicates “most estimates of the incubation period for Covid-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days.” Other research I’ve seen indicates similar data, with some showing a few outliers greater than 14 days. The student would last have been on campus on Friday, March 13. With that in mind, we are already nine days beyond that particular date. However, others on campus last week may have been exposed to the virus more recently than that. Additionally, if you think as I do, I’m under the assumption I’m potentially (perhaps even likely) exposed to the virus anytime I leave the house, even for essential services. Again, this reemphasizes the importance of the shelter-in-place mandate.
As throughout the coronavirus crisis, BCHS will continue to be transparent with our community in ways which are appropriate and lawful. I appreciate your incredible support as we work through this situation as a school, city, state, country and world. In closing, let’s continue to commit to each other that we meet our civic duties in response to the coronavirus and that we lift this situation and all situations up to the Lord in prayer.
 
In Christ,
 
John Buetow
BCHS President
                 
 

MARCH 20, 2020 -- 4:00 PM

 
Digital Learning
A really excellent first week of digital learning. Keep up the great work!
 
One piece of feedback we have been consistently receiving revolves around the amount of work being expected. It is good that you are being challenged! Yet we also sense that the pace and number of assignments, along with the circumstances regarding responsibilities while at home, might be difficult to maintain over a period of time. For that reason, we have decided to make Mondays of each week (starting on Monday, March 30…not next Monday, March 23 since the faculty is completing an in-service on that day) a tutoring day on which students can reach out to faculty who will be more than willing to offer their virtual tutoring services. Therefore, on future Mondays no digital classes will be held, nor any new homework assigned. We believe this alteration to the schedule will be highly beneficial. Again, this change has been made based upon the feedback we have received from you.
 
At some point this next week we are going to be utilizing Zoom as a part of our digital learning platform. Zoom will become a part of our educational delivery package, but will in no way be used exclusively. More will follow on this next week. 
 
Tech Support
Remains available every school day to students 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Online help – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through http://hd.bakersfieldchristian.com. Please give up to 30 minutes for response time when utilizing the online help. You will need your school user name and password to submit an online help request. 
  • By Phone – call 661-679-1311
School Campus:
As of today, the school office and campus have moved to virtual operations. Faculty/staff are working from home. Phone calls to the office will still be answered by office staff.

School Calendar
3/23 – Teacher In-Service, no class instruction
3/24 – School Day
3/25 – School Day
3/26 – School Day
3/27 – No School
3/30 – Tutor Day, no class instruction
3/31 – School Day
4/1 – School Day
4/2 – School Day
4/3 – School Day
4/6-13 – Spring Break

BCHS Student Life wants our student body to stay connected in this time. Follow “bchs.life” on Instagram or watch the BCHS Facebook page for fun, light-hearted updates from the staff and faculty on campus.

Coronavirus update on symptomatic and potentially exposed BCHS individuals:
The status quo remains – hopeful news on one situation; no additional news on the two others, though both have now been tested and are awaiting results. We will continue to provide you immediate updated information on other individuals with potential exposure or diagnosis.

Have a most excellent weekend.
God’s blessings to each of you and your families.
 

MARCH 19, 2020 -- 2:30 PM

  1. Length of Daily Updates: It is probably noticeable that these daily updates are getting shorter. We simply do not want to unnecessarily repeat information. The shorter length does not mean these updates are less important, though! Please make sure to take note of all information which is included. All previous updates can be viewed on the home page of BakersfieldChristian.com.
  2. Digital Learning: In an effort to educationally prepare for any potential “shelter-in-place” mandate, our teachers will be teaching digitally from their homes tomorrow, Friday, March 20. Please be patient with any hiccups that occur tomorrow while teachers are navigating teaching from a location other than their own BCHS classroom.
  3. School Calendar Clarification: Tomorrow, Friday, March 20 – DIGITAL learning is in session. We have fielded a few calls asking if school was being held on campus tomorrow. It is not. To clarify, school is not being held on campus tomorrow, but is occurring through digital learning.
  4. Next Monday: Remember that there is no school next Monday, March 23. Enjoy your three-day weekend!
  5. Seniors: Jostens will be on campus tomorrow, Friday, March 20, from 9-11am. Graduation announcements, caps and gowns may be picked up outside the Administration Office.   
  6. BCHS Student Life wants our student body to stay connected in this time. Follow “bchs.life” on Instagram or watch the BCHS Facebook page for fun, light-hearted updates from the staff and faculty on campus.
  7. Coronavirus update on symptomatic and potentially exposed BCHS individuals: Remains the same from yesterday – hopeful news on one situation; no additional news on the two others. We will continue to provide you immediate updated information on other individuals with potential exposure or diagnosis.
  8. For those keeping track, the Cleveland Browns have again been recognized for having the best off-season moves in pro football. Looks like an AFC championship match-up of the Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns. 


MARCH 18, 2020 -- 3:00 PM


Digital Learning
    Repeat reminder from yesterday (but it’s extremely important)…each student should check all classes no later than 8:45 a.m. every school day.
      PARENTS – In an effort to stay informed, please log in to your OnCampus account to view your student’s activity. Teachers may also be communicating to you directly through OnCampus.

      Also, a repeat reminder…school calendar changes include:
      • March 20 – School will be in session all day, NO MINIMUM DAY
      • March 23 – NO SCHOOL, teacher in-service
      • March 27 – NO SCHOOL
      General Update
      BCHS Student Life wants our student body to stay connected in this time. Follow “bchs.life” on Instagram or watch the BCHS Facebook page for fun, light-hearted updates from the staff and faculty on campus.

      Update on symptomatic and potentially exposed BCHS individuals: Hopeful news on one situation; no additional news on the two others.  We will continue to provide you immediate updated information on other individuals with potential exposure or diagnosis.

      SENIORS – Jostens will be on campus on Friday, March 20, from 9-11am. Graduation announcements, caps and gowns may be picked up in the circle outside the Administration Office.

      That’s it for today. Keep up the academic discipline you are showing in working through the digital learning process.


      MARCH 17, 2020 -- 1:30 PM


      Digital Learning Updates

      Each student should check all classes no later than 8:45 a.m. every school day to help schedule out class assignments and requirements given by each teacher. Some teachers may encourage students to be online during a certain time frame, so it is beneficial to have a plan laid out for the day. 

      Teacher Virtual Office Hours – these are times when teachers are specifically available for questions, comments and/or discussions. These do not necessarily represent the times you need to complete the assigned work for that particular subject. Again, by looking at all class lesson plans by 8:45 a.m. on a daily basis, students will best be able to plan out each day’s learning activities
      • Bible: 9-10:30 a.m. 
      • Social Studies: 10-11:30 a.m.
      • Math: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
      • Science: 12-1:30 p.m.
      • English: 1-2:30 p.m.
      • World Languages/Electives: 2-3:30 p.m.

      Why not synchronous (live) instruction? Two-way, live-stream education is an avenue we are considering. However, synchronous instruction has its own set of teaching and learning challenges.
      • Privacy for our students and teachers is a concern. In the best scenario, students would be able to verbally interact with the teacher and students, while only having a visual feed of the teacher.  Having a group of 25 students being able to view each other from the privacy of their own home could be problematic.
      • Maximum flexibility is also a major consideration. During this challenging time, we know students are caring for siblings or helping out at home in different ways and we want to be cautious of the “live” requirements we ask of students.  If we do pursue synchronous instruction, we will also work to make certain the session will be recorded and can viewed at a later time.

        Constructive feedback is helpful to teachers as we all adjust to digital teaching/learning. Any concerns or frustrations should be shared with Susan Chandler (schandler@bakersfieldchristian.com or 661-410-7000).  Additionally, direct constructive feedback to the teacher is beneficial. 

          Tech Support is available every school day/night to students from 8 a.m.  to 10 p.m.
          • In-person, on-campus: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (during school days) 
          • Online help – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through http://hd.bakersfieldchristian.com.  Please give up to 30 minutes for response time when utilizing the online help. You will need your school user name and password to submit an online help request. 
          • By Phone – call 661-679-1311
            We have heard two overarching concerns today (amidst many positive comments). 
            • The first concern simply can be summarized as getting used to this new reality (knowing to check all lesson plans first at the beginning of each school day, knowing where to look for assignments, clarification regarding teacher expectations, etc).  We believe that already by day two, many of these concerns/questions will have been resolved.  Please note, though, the urgency in staying up-to-date on a daily basis with all work.  We don’t want to see a negative cumulative impact from falling behind
            • The second concern relates to internet access.  If you don’t have internet access at home, we encourage you to find an isolated place which has free public Wi-Fi, or students may utilize the BCHS Wi-Fi on-campus in a secluded location (in which case you will first need to check-in with Mr. Porter).

            The school calendar has been adjusted to better suit the digital learning format. Calendar changes include:
            • March 20 – School will be in session all day, NO MINIMUM DAY
            • March 23 – NO SCHOOL, teacher in-service
            • March 27 – NO SCHOOL
            A number of students have make-up tests to complete dating back to the 3rd quarter/first week of the 4th quarter. Make-up testing from these past time periods will be available to students following these steps:

            Contact teacher to set up day and time for make-up test.

            A student has two options: (1) Come to campus where we will have the make-up test given in an empty room or outdoors (weather permitting) or
            (2) the student’s parent/student may come to the office to pick-up the make-up test.  If this option is chosen, a parent/guardian will be required to proctor the test at home.

            Take-home make-up tests will need to be returned promptly to the office.

            In an effort to continue to be transparent, we are now aware of two people from BCHS who have suspicious coronavirus symptoms. Neither has yet been diagnosed with coronavirus. Getting tested remains a challenge. At least one additional individual has self-quarantined due to being exposed to a potential coronavirus case (which has also not yet been diagnosed).  We will continue to keep you updated on their status.

            12th grade students - Jostens will soon have graduation announcements, caps and gowns on campus for pick-up. Watch for details in the coming days. When this occurs, Jostens will have a table set-up outside in front of the Administration Office from which you will be able to pick up your items.

            Campus hours have shifted to accommodate our new format:
            • Administration Office open 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
            • Campus closes at 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday
            • Campus closed on Saturday and Sunday
            The Hamilton musical has not yet been canceled. Currently, the Pantages Theatre has only closed the Hamilton production through March 31. More updates to follow.

            We are so pleased with the effort our students are demonstrating as we face this new short-term (hopefully!) learning reality.  We truly are blessed with an outstanding student body.

            Please continue to keep Bakersfield, our state, our country, and our world in your prayers during these challenging times.
             

            MARCH 16, 2020 -- 1:10PM

            Dear BCHS Students and Parents/Guardians,
             
            Our school administration, faculty and staff are working diligently to adjust plans according to the advice of public health officials to keep our community safe, while at the same time still focusing on our ministry of educating students in the best way possible. We hope this letter will help answer many questions regarding current school operations. As a reminder, the dates listed below are subject to change as needed. 
             
            Below are the latest updates for BCHS:
             
            GENERAL INFORMATION:
            • BCHS Digital Learning is initiated from Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, April 3. Easter break is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 – Monday, April 13 and will be fully observed. We are hoping to resume on-campus classes following Easter break on Tuesday, April 14.
            • There will be no digital learning classes held next Monday, March 23. This will be a training day for all faculty to assess the implementation of digital learning and make adjustments for the following weeks.
            • ALL BCHS athletics are canceled through at least Monday, April 13. This includes any team practices and games.  The weight room is also closed through Monday, April 13. Additionally, the campus is closed for any student recreation…no sand volleyball, no throwing the football on the field, no utilization of the track, etc.
            • ALL BCHS activities on and off campus are postponed or canceled through Monday, April 13. This includes the Spring Musical, athletic banquets, field trips, committee meetings, etc.
            • Office hours remain: 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Social distancing policies are enforced while inside in the building.  Students and parents are welcome on campus as needs arise, as long as social distancing is maintained. Examples of times students might need to be on campus include getting supplies which were not brought home last week, receiving iPad assistance and repair, and addressing learning needs which can’t be handled through technology. 
            • AP practice exams will not be held on campus. AP practice exams may be administered through digital learning, if possible.  At this point, the official College Board AP exams will still be given, though the test administration date may be changed.
             
            DIGITAL LEARNING EXPECTATIONS:
            • Digital learning is different from typical online education. Online education tends to forego pacing. In other words, on-line education typically allows students to frontload or backload work.  We don’t believe that such an approach is in our students’ best interest.  Our students are used to being educated on a daily basis with teacher interaction on a consistent basis. Our digital learning approach requires such regular teacher/student interaction. To this end, students are required to log-in for their daily assignments each day when digital school is in session. As an aside – a recent Facebook post from a parent living in another state went something like this: ”My student just finished her math assignments for the next one month in a single morning. What am I going to do with her for the next number of weeks?” We don’t believe that such an approach to distance learning is effective – consequently our unique approach.
            • Please note that an Honor Code Statement to all students and parents will be given and required to be signed and dated for all digital work.
            • Technical support to students during this digital learning period will be available by our IT department from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Technical support is available in-person, on-campus from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday when school is in session. Online help is available from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. through http://hd.bakersfieldchristian.com. Please give up to 30 minutes for response time when utilizing the online help. You will need your school user name and password to submit an online help request.  You can also call for technical support at 661-679-1311.
            • Parents and students who have a question or concern with the implementation of digital learning should contact Susan Chandler at schandler@bakersfieldchristian.com or by calling the school (661-410-7000).  Concerns may include, but are not limited to, faculty lesson plans not being posted by the required time; unclear lesson plans; assignments taking an inordinate amount of time; and assignments/projects/tests not being graded in a timely manner.
            • Faculty must post all lesson plans between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. on a daily basis. In other words, tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) lesson plans must be posted between 6:00 p.m. tonight (Monday) and 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday). Lesson plans will be posted for classes on Monday – Friday. 
            • Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are required to be turned in by 11:59 p.m. of the date assigned. In other words, these assignments are what otherwise would have been considered classwork or traditional homework. Longer term assignments will have a due date/time stated. 
            • Faculty will give students specific guidelines as to whether assignments/projects/tests are to be completed independently or done in collaboration with others. 
            • Students are able to come on campus to pick-up any needed materials or get tech support from the IT department.
            • There will be no “block schedule” during this digital learning period.  All classes will assume to be meeting on a daily basis.
            • We are working on the possibility of having individual/small group tutoring sessions in the future. Such an occurrence would begin, at earliest, next week.  Such sessions would be totally optional.
            • All faculty will have virtual office hours to facilitate student learning or answer questions.
              • Bible:  9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
              • Social Studies:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
              • Math:  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
              • Science:  12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
              • English:  1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
              • World Languages and Electives:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
            • Student absences due to sickness generally should not be an issue due to this digital platform.  If a student can’t complete work due to sickness, please call the attendance office by 8:00 a.m.  Work will be expected to be made-up. 
            As always, you are welcome to contact our office at 661-410-7000 with any questions you might have. We are happy to help. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to do what is best for our BCHS community.  God’s blessings to you!
             
            In Christ,
             
            John Buetow
            BCHS President


            MARCH 15, 2020 -- 3:20 PM

            BCHS on-campus classes canceled 
            BCHS will be canceling on-campus classes beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16th. This decision is based upon additional tightening of measures, though not school related, just announced by Governor Newsom in relation to the Coronavirus. Online classes will begin Tuesday. More information to follow tomorrow (Monday) morning.

            MARCH 13, 2020

            Dear BCHS Students and Parents/Guardians,
            Today’s update on actions taken as a result of the Coronavirus is occurring a bit later in the day due to the ongoing rapidly changing landscape in regards to this virus. The following items are of note:
            • First, the question as relates to school on everyone’s mind: “Are we still having on-campus schooling next week?” For now, yes. Updates on the Coronavirus and its impact on society are occurring at a dizzying pace. I suspect that the next 24-48 hours will bring additional information/data which will assist in helping to make the most informed decision as to whether or not to continue teaching classes on campus. There are a great many factors which go into deciding what is best for our students and families in regards to remaining in school or temporarily transitioning to a digital teaching/learning platform. Because we are at a Friday afternoon, I’d like to take the time the weekend provides to gather additional data. Data I will continue to monitor in making a decision includes the following items: the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Bakersfield and Kern County (understanding that due to limited testing this number may/may not be an accurate representation); statements coming forth from our national, state and local governments/agencies; feedback I am hearing from students, faculty/staff, parents and members of our administrative team; and decisions made by other local schools/school districts. Know that I am also covering this decision in prayer. I have heard from many of you that I am not alone in doing so. Thank-you...and please continue to keep all impacted by this pandemic in your prayers as well.
            • All BCHS athletic practices and contests remain canceled until further notice.
            • Powderpuff and Ironman are postponed. This includes practices for these events.
            • All BCHS non-athletic, extracurricular activities taking place outside of Kern County are canceled until further notice.
            • Spirit Week is also being postponed. The picture-taking associated with Spirit Week makes social distancing (referenced below) difficult to maintain.
            • Social distancing remains in full effect. Studies show that social distancing is critical in diminishing the impact of viruses, in general, and the Coronavirus, specifically. On a side note, our students have been incredibly cooperative with enacting social distancing as the new norm.
            • Next week’s schedule will be as follows – Monday and Tuesday standard schedule; Wednesday and Thursday block schedule; and Friday a minimum day schedule.
            • We had a good trial run with digital instruction today. There were many lessons learned which will allow us to be at optimal effectiveness should digital instruction become necessary.
            Any updates prior to Monday will be texted and also posted on the website.

            In Christ,
            John Buetow, BCHS President



            MARCH 12, 2020 -- 11:30 AM

            The safety, health, and well-being of all Bakersfield Christian High School students and families, faculty and staff, as well as the extended Bakersfield community is the priority of the leadership of BCHS.
            Per the guidance of the California Department of Public Health, the following actions have been taken to ensure everyone’s safety while on campus.  Effective immediately:
            • Social distancing has been implemented at BCHS.  Classroom environments have been adjusted to practice a safe space between students, and doors have been opened to minimize contact with metal surfaces and maximize ventilation in the classroom.  More information on social distancing can be found here.
            • At break, students have been required to spread out over campus.  Towards this end, the Student Union has been closed during breaktimes. 
            • Students have been assigned specific areas to sit and eat during lunchtimes to reduce overcrowding of indoor spaces.
            • Due to the large group nature of schoolwide assemblies, chapels have been suspended and will be replaced by daily devotions.
            • All athletic practices and games are canceled for today (Thursday). Further updates regarding athletics will be forthcoming.
            • Given federal travel advisories, the Travel Club Trip to Greece has been postponed.  More information regarding this postponement will be provided.
            • The Honors Academy College Tour Trip has been postponed because many college campuses including some on the itinerary have been closed to visitors.  More information regarding this postponement will be provided.
            • BCHS faculty members are proactively preparing to provide modified instruction in the case of a prolonged campus closure.  While our hope is to avoid a campus closure, we are preparing to be a model digital instruction provider if necessary.
            Look for regular updates here on this site.



            MARCH 11, 2020 -- 3:04 PM

            Dear Parents/Guardians,
             
            And lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” These are Jesus’ final words to His disciples as recorded in Matthew 28:20. It is only appropriate to reiterate this verse at the beginning of a correspondence which focuses upon a topic such as Coronavirus. Nearly 2000 years ago, our Lord and Savior offered these words of confidence to His followers; as with all Scripture they still ring true today.  While the remainder of this letter focuses upon BCHS’ reaction to the Coronavirus in the year 2020, our hearts and minds can remain fixed on the eternal promise of God’s presence in our lives. I pray you feel His peace during not only this particular viral outbreak, but also during the many challenges we face on this side of eternity. What a privilege it is to be able to share these words with you as an administrator at a Christian high school.
             
            As I’m sure is the case with most, Coronavirus has very much been on the mind of BCHS’ administrative leadership. It may sound cliché, but we don’t want to overreact or underreact – either of these responses can have serious repercussions. Instead, we’re attempting to be prudent – discerning when to lead, follow, speak and listen.  
             
            To that end, BCHS’ response remains similar to that of the last few weeks. The following are urgent steps that should be taken by all members of our school community:
            • Stay home if you are sick! The CDC has indicated that the main symptoms of Coronavirus include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  These symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Our faculty will work with absent students to assist getting them caught-up.  
            • Go to the doctor if you suspect you may have Coronavirus. If necessary, the doctor will refer you for further evaluation.
            • Wash/disinfect your hands frequently, following proper washing/disinfecting protocols.
            • Avoid unnecessary direct contact with others (handshakes, etc).
            • We have adjusted our school’s cleaning protocols in order to disinfect high frequency touch areas on a daily basis.
            • If you have further questions about the Coronavirus, the Kern County Health Department has a fairly comprehensive website. 
            For now, these are the steps we are taking and encouraging. As you know, updates as to the spread of the Coronavirus and resultant actions being taken are occurring at a rapid pace. We are carefully monitoring the situation to determine what other steps might become prudent.  Know that we’re actively preparing for different contingencies. 
             
            For those involved in the Honors Academy College Tour and/or the Travel Club’s trip to Greece, additional correspondences will be forthcoming this week as to a final determination relating to the trips’ viability.
             
            Do not hesitate to contact the school administration with questions you might have. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with BCHS.
             
            In Christ,
             
            John Buetow
            BCHS President

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            In order to be proactive, BCHS is implementing extra steps out of an abundance of caution to keep all of our students and families safe.  Of course, complete guarantee of safety, especially in regards to the Coronavirus, can never be guaranteed.  In short, we seek to have an approach which both acknowledges potential health danger, but also is not overreactive.
             
            Although our classrooms are already cleaned daily, we will ensure that all high use areas are receiving extra attention. This includes wiping down desks, door knobs, and sinks/water faucets with disinfectants on a daily basis. In addition, hand sanitizer will be placed throughout campus outside of high occupancy areas. We are monitoring ongoing Coronavirus updates to determine necessary actions we will be taking in regards to various international travel as relating to BCHS and our students.
             
            The following link from the Kern County Public Health Services has been provided for area residents to learn additional information regarding the virus as well as precautionary steps to take at home. We encourage you to take the time to read this information:

             
             
             



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