March 18, 2020
Dear BSA Students & Staff,
As we enter the third day of closure for City Schools, I would like to share steps we at BSA are taking, what we don’t know and what we do know related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steps we are taking:
1. The BSA custodial team is using this time to do a “deep clean” of our building. Fortunately, 3 of the 4 custodians on our staff have experience working in a hospital setting, so the disinfection protocols promulgated by City Schools are familiar to them. We have the necessary supplies to do the work and, in my check yesterday, they are on schedule to complete the deep clean before the earliest day students would return.
2. BSA academic teaching staff has prepared work packets aligned to their current class work. In many cases, these work packets are a preview of academic work we hope to do once students return. While the work packets won’t be graded, they do offer students an opportunity to use this time to advance their learning and be ahead when they return to school. As previously announced, school is open 9-3 during today and tomorrow for parents or students to pick up these packets. The only staff present at school are administrators and custodians.
What we don’t know
· We really don’t know for certain when schools will re-open. The meeting planned for yesterday between Center for Disease Control (CDC) leadership and state superintendents was apparently cancelled without a clear plan for a reschedule. I suspect this conversation will influence the plan for re-opening schools on a national level.
What we do know
· Schools are currently closed. Students and staff are not present at school. The earliest return date would be Monday, March 30.
· All after-school events are cancelled until this date.
· Several sites will be providing “grab & go” meals for City Schools children. Please check this website for further information: bit.ly/baltmeals
The best advice from the CDC and the State of Maryland is to stay at home and avoid contact with others.
While young people may not exhibit symptoms, they may be contagious and infect others who are more at risk (older people, people with diabetes and hypertension) leading to serious illness or death. Please encourage your children to stay at home and seriously limit their contact with others.
From the City: If you or someone in your household are sick, please remain in your home and contact your healthcare provider. Call 211 to find a primary care clinic here in Baltimore City if you are uninsured, or see this list via Baltimore City Health Department.
Best wishes for you and your loved ones,