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

            __________________________________________________________________

            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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