Supe's On: BVSD implements 3-phase 'back to school' plan

Dr. Jarod Larson, BVSD superintendent

In collaboration with state and local officials and drawing upon the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, the Brandon Valley School District has developed a three-phase “Summer 2020 - Return to School Plan”, with the end goal of school beginning as scheduled in August.

Utilizing a phased approach will allow for the school district to implement best practices based on the current situation, allow for the timely re-evaluation of practices within each phase, and communicate in a timely manner that allows for necessary planning.

The absolute most critical component of the plan is a cooperative partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and students, where individuals commit to 1.) Stay home if sick; 2.) Practice good hygiene, (hand washing/sanitizing); 3.) Practice social distancing whereas possible.

If necessary, the Summer 2020 - Return to School Plan phase strategies may be altered in response to Covid-19 developments. 


Key Points of Phase 1: June 2020

The following procedures are effective June 1-30, 2020. In accordance with the CDC, individuals are recommended to wear a cloth facemask and practice social distancing whereas possible.

• No non-essential out of district staff travel;

• No outside organization “indoor facility” use permitted (Excludes essential childcare services);

• All District-sponsored programming is voluntary;

• District-sponsored programming is allowed with the following criteria;

• Maximum number of 10 students/participants per facility space;

• District-sponsored “Academic Programming” is available to eligible students;

• District Sponsored “Activity Programming” is limited to Brandon Valley students grades 9-12 (for the 2020-21 school year);

• All BVSD facilities routinely sanitized/disinfected when district use is in session.

Additional information regarding the Summer 2020 – Return to School Plan is available on the district’s Covid-19 Information website.

Together, we can promote community health through healthy hygiene.

Go Lynx!


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