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School Reopening

 

Parents must complete the Health Survey here below in order for their child(ren) to be able to return to school on June 8th. 

OVERVIEW

School Reopening on June 8th, 2020

The school will reopen in Phase 2 of de-escalation process. 

*Please note that instruction will continue to be online until the end of the school year.

The school will be open in June 2020 for these two groups on June 8th: 

Children from 3 to 6 years old whose parents are required to work outside their homes and unable to telecommute

A survey was sent to families to find out how many students were in this situation. All children returning to school in phase 2 must inform the Principal about it (heidih@bfischool.org) if they have not done so already.  All students and parents visiting the BFIS campus must submit the COVID19-Health Form  and meet all requirements stated in the Health and Safety section below.

Students who need academic and/or socio-emotional support

Students from all divisions who need support can contact their counselors and teachers to request a meeting on our school campus during school hours. These meetings are individual and students can be accompanied by one parent. All students and parents visiting the BFIS campus must submit the COVID19-Health Form  and meet all requirements stated in the Health and Safety section below.

 All families must complete the COVID19-Health Form to be allowed on campus

School Hours June 2020

School will be open for students from  9:00 to 13:00 h

EC/ES Return of Materials

Families of Non-Returning Students,

This is not how we thought our school year would end and we wish we had the opportunity to say farewell in person.  

You may come across BFIS material such as library books as you are preparing for your transition.  To collect these materials, we will set up two drop off times for families to leave any of these materials at the Elementary School front gate.  These times are as follows

  • June 15th, 10:00-12:00
  • June 17th, 12:00-15:00

 

At the gate, you will find a large bin labeled ES material.  Please note, families will not be allowed to enter the campus.  As some families may have students in MS/HS we will have a drop off bin at the entrance to the MS/HS during the 15th-17th of June.

If there happens to be something that your child has left at school please email caroliner@bfischool.org  and we will do our best to locate this and leave this for you at the front gate during the pick-up times listed above.


 

Families Returning in September 


In order to keep our BFIS community as healthy as possible, we have decided to focus our efforts on getting materials returned for our exiting families. All returning families will have an opportunity to return school-provided materials and retrieve any materials left at school upon your return in the fall.


Yearbooks

We will have a yearbooks next to the drop off bin for non returning families to pick up (if the yearbooks arrive in time)

Returning ES families can pick up yearbooks as a date to be determined later in the summer or on the fall. 

MS/HS Return of Materials

As you are undoubtedly aware, the recent pandemic has caused numerous disruptions to end of year processes at BFIS. We have appreciated your patience in working with us to navigate this new normal. Traditionally, we normally collect books, computers and other materials during classes at the end of the year. This year we will have to complete this process differently. It is important to get as many of these items as possible returned as it directly impacts our book orders and fiscal responsibility for the next school year. Additionally, we want this process to be as quick as possible and the least impactful on social gathering as mandated by the Spanish government. It is with this thinking in mind we will observe the following protocols and schedule for all materials returns this year:

The Plan:

  • We are asking each student (or a parent) to come to BFIS to return all academic books, library books, and their Chromebook if they are in G8 on specific days according to their last name. The entire process should take 10-15 minutes. The schedule is listed below. 

  • The student (or a parent) will be met at the front gate, given hand sanitizer, gloves, and a mask. We ask that to the best of your ability, you wipe down all materials you are returning prior to your scheduled visit to BFIS. Social Distancing rules will apply in all cases.

  • School Administration and BFIS Maintenance Staff will clear out all lockers prior to the last week of school. We will place all books and any valuables in individual bags labeled with the students name. The bags will be in alphabetical order so they can be accessed quickly.

  • The student (or a parent) will enter the front gate, pick up their “locker bag” and proceed immediately to the library. There will be one route and it will be clearly marked. 

  • Once inside the library, the student (or a parent) will return all materials at department stations set up inside. The department stations will be delineated by grade level, and a representative will be on hand at each station to digitally note which materials have been returned.

  • Yearbooks  will be handed out as the last step in this process. Thank you Tiffany Emerick for her work in coordinating this!

  • The student (or a parent) will then exit out the other side of the library and leave BFIS through the gate between the HS building and new MS building. 

  • We ask that students in all grade level return materials to BFIS in accordance with the following schedule listed by last name:

  8am-10am 10am-12pm 12pm-2pm 2pm-3:15pm
June 15
Last Name A - F Last Name G - L Last Name M - R Last Name S - Z
June 16
Last Name S - Z Last Name M - R Last Name G - L Last Name A - F
June 17
Not Available Not Available Last Name A - Z Last Name A - Z
June 18
Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available

Please Note:

If a student is leaving Spain before the last week of school, they can drop off all returnable materials at the BFIS guard shack in front of the HS building between the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm. (Please make sure all returnable materials are in a sealed plastic bag with the student’s name clearly marked on the outside of the bag)

Families that are not in Spain or that will be unable to return books at the end of this school year can return their materials in August.  They should email Martha Correa at marthac@bfischool.org and let her know so all materials can be accounted for.  As always, families are responsible for all school owned materials that are not returned so please make arrangements for all to be turned in.  

Thank you for your help in returning materials so they can be used next year, as well as emphasizing the importance of this being as efficient a process as possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the BFIS Administration if you have any questions.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Illness and Fever Guidelines

Students who show any sign of illness may not come to school

Please do not send your child to school:

  • If your child exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever or cough or difficulty breathing or sudden loss of smell or taste, muscle aches, sore throat, headache chills, diarrhea, and vomit or other symptoms according to the government website) up to 48 hours after the symptoms end.
  • If your child has been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official.
  • If any member of the household has symptoms of Covid-19 (fever or cough or difficulty breathing or sudden loss of smell or taste, muscle aches, sore throat, headache chills, diarrhea, and vomit or other symptoms according to the government website), or has been placed in isolation due to Covid-19 (case or contact).
  • If your child or any member of the household is being tested for COVID-19
  • If your child has a temperature of 37.5ºC or higher until at least 48 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
What if a student is unwell during the day?

When your child exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19 at school, that is fever along with cough or difficulty breathing or sudden loss of smell or taste or muscle aches, sore throat, headache, chills, diarrhea and vomit or other symptoms according to the government website):

  • They shall be isolated in a room provided for this purpose and wear a procedure mask.
  • The school nurse will care for the child until the parents come to get the child.
  • Parents are expected to be present within 60 minutes once they’ve been contacted by the Nurse. In the event a parent is unable to collect their child, we will contact the emergency contact we have on file.
  • The personal objects of students with symptoms would be handed over to the parents in a fabric or plastic bag; we strongly recommend that you follow the government guidelines and contact your doctor to arrange for testing.
  • In the event that the results are positive, you will need to follow the guidelines of the government in regard to quarantine and self-isolation for the family. The student may not return to school earlier than the minimum quarantine requirement even if the student is feeling well. The length of quarantine is 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
  • If the symptoms extend longer than 14 days, then you should remain in quarantine until you are 48 hours symptom-free.
  • In the event that the results are negative, students must be symptom and fever-free for 48 hours or longer, with a medical certificate, before returning to school.
  • On return to school following an absence due to an illness or isolation, students must be checked at the nurse's office immediately upon arrival to school, before going to the classroom.
  • Students who arrive with fever, temperature over 37.5 C or have taken fever-reducing medication will not be given access to the classroom, and parents will be notified to pick up their child immediately.
  • When your child returns to school, he/she must be fit enough to participate in all activities. The exception to the rule:
    If there is a restriction from some activity (recess or PE),  a doctor's note must be provided explaining the condition and for how long the child will need to be excused.
Hands Washing

Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizing Expectations

Students are required to wash their hands:

  • upon arrival in the morning and before departure each day
  • before and after eating
  • before and after using the toilet
  • after coughing, sneezing or wiping the nose
  • before and after different activities that take place during the day
  • before touching the face (eyes, nose, and mouth)
  • after playing on the courts or patio area

 

Respiratory Etiquette

Respiratory Etiquette and Expectations

Students are required to:

  • cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze, through the use of tissues or the crook of their elbow.
  • use single-use tissues
  • immediately discard used tissues in the trash can
  • avoid touching their mouth or eyes

 

Face Coverings

Students must wear nose to mouth face masks or covering, we strongly advise their use:

  • When traveling to and from school and when using public transport.
  • Moving on campus and in all areas of the school. This includes corridors, classrooms, bathrooms, drop off and pick up points.
  • Students may remove their face coverings in the classrooms if teacher permission has been granted and when students and teachers are social distancing with 2-meters apart.
  • Students are required to keep their face coverings on at the end of school until they have completely left the campus.

School Hygiene Procedures
  • There has been a deep cleaning of all classrooms and shared spaces. There have been additional measures put into place such as daily cleaning of handrails, door handles, bathrooms

  • These measures will be intensified with additional cleaning personnel during the school day.

  • All toys must be washed and or disinfected twice daily. If they cannot be washed they must be packed away

  • Children’s personal toys must stay at home. IPADs, laptops, and mice are not to be shared and will be wiped before and after use.

  • Teachers must disinfect workspaces (i. computer, mouse, door handles) and any other classroom surface areas, door handles, and materials used by children (as needed). 

  • Teachers must ventilate the classrooms several times a day for 10 minutes at a time (at minimum) and whenever possible leave the classroom door and windows open to ventilate the rooms for longer periods of time. 

  • Teachers may not use personal water bottles or coffee mugs at the water fountains, water jugs and/or vending machines. 

 

  • Staff members will receive the following from the school nurse
    • Masks
    • Hand sanitizers
    • Protective face shields
    • Disinfectant wipes 
    • Gloves
    • Boxes of single use tissue
    • Course on Keeping staff and students SAFE and HEALTHY, COVID19 and read the Prevention Plan for All School-workers
       
  • The school has also purchased these additional supplies:
    • Masks 
    • Disinfectant 
    • Infrared non-contact thermometers
    • Disinfectant wipes 
    • Disposable gloves 
    • Pedal dustbins
    • Thermal cameras
    • Protective face shields (donation)
School Nurse Office

Visits to the nurse office are really only for sick children or staff who truly need help. 

Only 3 students will be allowed in the nurse office at any given time (one on the bed and 2 on the chair 1,5 – 2 meters apart).

Teachers will wait outside with a 1.5-2m distance if their presence is not absolutely necessary.

The nurse will send a daily list to the administrative assistants in EC/ES and MSHS to inform them of any students that must first get a medical clearance before returning to school.

ORGANIZATION OF THE DAY

Arrival Expectations

The following expectations and procedures are in place to ensure the health safety and hygiene standards are met.

In general:

  • All movement around and within the building is to happen with the expected 2 meters distance
  • Children and staff are not to be in school if they show any symptoms of illness and must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning
  • Students are on campus only for the duration of the school day
  • Students may not enter the building before their arrival time
  • Students and parent should not congregate in front of the school buildings
  • Students must follow the walk patterns established on campus and by the teacher in each classroom
Expectations for Students
  • Children will be allowed in the building at the assigned staggered start time.
  • Children enter the building without parents at their assigned entrance door.
  • The nurse will take the children’s temperature at the entrance of the Early Childhood building.
  • The teachers will take the children’s temperature at the entrance of the Elementary school building, and Middle School/High School.
  • Children must sanitize hands before entering the building.
  • Children must adhere to the 2-meter rule when entering and exiting the building and as they travel through the building
  • Children must follow the walk flow pattern when entering the campus and in each classroom
  • Students should bring a pre-filled water bottle and a snack.  All school materials stay at school; no other home materials should be brought to school. 
  • Students must wash hands before and after the use of school supplies and materials. 
  • Please ensure that your child wears a face mask to school.
  • In order for these arrangements to work well, it is really important for students and parents to stick to these expectations and times as much as possible
Expectations for Parents and Drop off /Pick Up Procedures
  • Please meet the teacher at the front gate of the Early Childhood, Elementary School and/or MSHS building at your assigned time
  • Students will enter one at a time to ensure social distancing
  • Parents should keep the appropriate social distance measures while waiting outside of the gate
  • Parents are encouraged to allow their child to make the last part of the journey into school independently unless delivering a reluctant child
  • Please pick up your child outside at the gate promptly at the assigned pick up time
  • Students will be dismissed to families one at a time to ensure social distancing measures
Snack Procedures

All children will eat snacks in their designated classrooms.

Please follow the below guidelines:

  • Students should bring their own pre-filled water bottle, which should be labeled with the child’s name.  The water fountains will be closed to avoid cross-contamination as per government regulations.
  • All students and staff must wash their hands before eating a snack or lunch
  • All students and staff must wash their hands after eating snack and lunch
  • Students sit in their designated spot in class for snack. This spot should be at a two-meter distance from others in the classroom
Movement of All People In, Out and Throughout the building

All movement of students around and within the building is to be supervised by an adult and adhere to the expected two meters distance. When students are moving around the building, they need to be taught the following expectations. These expectations must then be reinforced consistently by all teachers.

They include:

  • Everyone washes hands before moving to another section of the school
  • Move on the right when moving up and down the stairs and through the hallways
  • Hold onto the banister when moving up and down the stairs
  • Move up and down the stairs one step at a time
  • Stay one step apart on the stairs
  • Keep hands and bodies to him/herself
  • Use the assigned toilet and sink
  • One child at a time uses their assigned toilet
  • Children must wash hands after using the toilet
  • Use of the elevator is only for medical conditions provided with doctor’s notes
  • Anyone using the elevator must sanitize hands before entering the elevator 
  • Maximum capacity in the elevator: 1 adult only and 1 adult may accompany only 1 child at a When exiting the elevator, hands must be sanitized
Outdoor Play

Student Expectations for Outdoor Play

  • Students are expected to follow the school rules and cooperate when instructed and directed
  • Students are expected to adhere to all new procedures so the school can follow the guidelines for health and safety
  • Students who struggle to meet the new expectations may not be permitted on the playground
  • Students must maintain a two meter distance when playing
  • Football or any ball play is not permitted during this time
  • Children will be able to play on the playground equipment

Summer program 

Overnight Science and Adventure Summer Camp

Overnight Science and Adventure Summer Camp

  • Type: Science and Adventure Overnight Summer Camp
  • Location: Alberg de La Molina Xanacat (2 hours from Barcelona)​
  • Ages: 7 through 12 (Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th)
  • Duration: 7 days, 6 Nights
  • New Dates: From Sunday, July 12th to Saturday, July 18th 
  • Schedule: 5 nights, 6 days
  • Price: 600€ (includes hotel, all meals, transportation, and all science and adventure activites)
  • Registration: Open until June 1st, reserve your space here. 
  • Open to new and current BFIS families. 

For students currently enrolled at BFIS.

Summer School Nursery- Grade 2

BFIS is happy to confirm that Summer School for Grades Nursery through 2nd Grade is moving forward and will start on Friday, June 19th. This program will last two weeks, ending on July 3rd. Please note that June 24th is a holiday and the school will be closed that day. The school day will run from 9:00-13:00.  There will be staggered arrival and pick-up times by grade. These times will be sent by email along with additional details in the next few days. 

The deadline to confirm your child's participation is this Friday, June 12th or earlier. 

To confirm your child's participation, you must fill out this Health Form. 

It is very important that your child's vaccination schedule be up to date and the School Nurse will be in touch with you if we are missing any documentation. 

Please familiarize yourself with additional information about school reopening on this website. It is very important to adhere to all protocols. 

No food will be provided on campus so please make sure to provide snacks for your child to eat during break. 

Please contact beaz@bfischool.org with any questions. 

  • Type: Academic Extension Program
  • Location: BFIS Campus
  • Ages: Grades Nursery through 2nd Grade
  • Dates: Friday, June 19th - Friday, July 3
  • Schedule: 9:00-13:00
  • Price: Free

Open to current BFIS families only. 

Requirements for students to return to the BFIS campus are the same ones that stated in the Overview Section (above)

IB Summer Session

We are proud to announce that BFIS will be offering a complimentary and voluntary summer session program for year 1 IB students to consolidate their work from the past six months. We have been working on this since this pandemic began as some students may feel anxious about their courses and could benefit from this opportunity for review.  Although the summer session is not required, with the unusual semester we have faced together, we have designed this opportunity for any students who would like a bit more time understanding the material in order to feel confident going into year 2.

The courses offered are:

Week one:  June 19- 26. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

  • Psychology
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Math A/A
  •  

Week two:  June 29- July 3  10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Global Politics 

Registration: Contact Ms. Laura Blair  

Open to current BFIS families only.

Requirements for students to return to the BFIS campus are the same ones that stated in the Overview Section (above)

Online Math Summer Session

We have created a wonderful opportunity for your children to consolidate their math skills from this academic year after what has been a very unique semester. We understand that the online situation has been challenging for some students and we wanted them to be able to feel comfortable and confident as they head into the new academic year. Our BFIS teachers will be offering math classes each day for one week throughout the summer for your child to consolidate their learning.  

We are offering this live online math week to all BFIS students free of charge. As mentioned, it is designed to consolidate work from the past six months.  Any student who feels they would like a bit more time understanding the material they have been taught this academic year, or would like to be pushed, is welcome to attend.  The teachers teaching these online courses also teach these grades throughout the school year so they are aware of the skills and abilities that are necessary for students to strengthen as they prepare themselves for the next academic year.

If you would like your child to join the class for the week, please click on the link beside your child's current grade and sign them up for the summer session.  The deadline for signup is June 10th, 2020.  Students will need access to a computer and the internet to complete this coursework.  

We acknowledge this has been challenging for students all around the world.  We hope this helps sharpen skills that students sometimes lose during the summer holidays. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  We are here for support.

 

IB Year 1 : IB Summer Program IB Summer Course Set Up

(Teacher: Isabel Vives)

 

Grade 10: June 29 - July 3 

9:00 to 12:00  (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher: Andreia Abecasis) 

 

Grade 9:    June 22- 26th  

9:00 to 12:00   (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher: Raelene Gibson)

 

Grade 8: June 22 - June 26  

9:00 to 12:00 (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher: Andreia Abecasis) 

 

Grade 7 - June 22 - June 26  

9:00 AM - 12:00 noon (Sign Up here)

(Teacher: Desiree Daring ) 

 

Grade 6 - June 29 - July 3  

9:00 AM - 12:00 noon  (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher: Desiree Daring ) 

 

Grade 5 - June 29 - July 3  

9 AM - 11:00 (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher:  Meritxell Lucini) 

 

Grade 4 - June 29 - July 3 

10 AM - 12 noon (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher: Jenny Harter) 

 

Grade 3 - June 22 - June 26 

10 AM - 12 noon  (Sign Up Here)

(Teacher: Jenny Harter )