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Bertschi School will begin a gradual phase-in to a hybrid school continuation model in late September. To learn more:

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School Continuation Plans

2020-21 School Year

Bertschi School's goal is to preserve as much in person learning as possible within the constraints of our campus, staffing, and community health. We also want to stay true to our mission and honor the diversity of our families and students.

Bertschi's School Continuation Task Force (SCTF) is working collaboratively to develop several detailed plans for school continuation during the 2020-21 school year. Below is a summary of the work of the SCTF to date. Updates will be made in response to further guidance or recommendations from public health officials or the state of Washington.


School Scenario Updates

As of September 14, 2020:

Bertschi School will begin a gradual phase-in to a Week On/Week Distance Hybrid model beginning in late September.

  • Pre-kindergarten will return to campus 4 days a week, with one day distance learning, beginning Monday, September 30
  • Kindergarten will return to campus 4 days per week, with one day distance learning, beginning Monday, October 5
  • Grades 1-5 will begin a Week On/Week Distance Hybrid model beginning Monday, October 12

We are committed to a return to campus for all students and faculty as soon as the level of community spread and transmission makes it viable. We will continue to follow the guidance provided by the governor, including these data and decision points:

  • High-risk Status for King County (more than 75 cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period): Full Time Distance Learning model
  • Moderate-risk Status for King County (25-75 cases per 100,000 residents over a two week period): Week On / Week Distance hybrid model, with Pre-k and Kindergarten on campus 4 days per week
  • Low risk Status for King County (fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 residents in the recent two-week period): Week On / Week Distance hybrid model, with consideration of Full Time In-Person Learning if validated by our internal health experts

We continue to use the King County Dashboard of Key Indicators of COVID-19, updated every Wednesday, to help us track data trends that will inform our need to toggle from one school scenario to another. We may need to toggle “forward” to the hybrid as well as “backwards” to distance learning if outbreaks occur throughout the year. Bertschi is prepared for both.


Guiding Principles

In designing scenarios and schedules for school continuation, the SCTF took into account health guidelines for reopening schools, so that Bertschi can continue educating students through all potential phases of reopening as well as flexibly toggle between scenarios. SCTF also prioritized the developmental needs of students at each grade level, the needs of families with essential workers at home, and the integrity of the Bertschi School experience including academics, social emotional learning, and community building.

The following overarching principles were considered in the modeling and planning of all school scenarios:

  • Preserve our core curricular program, mission, values, and teaching principles
  • Prioritize the physical, emotional, and psychological health and safety of students, families, faculty, and staff members
  • Build and sustain community connections by maintaining rituals and traditions that define Bertschi
  • Recognize and support the diverse needs and unique demands placed on families during potential school closures due to a pandemic
  • Meet the needs of diverse student learners through learning services support
  • Ensure faculty and staff practices are sustainable and promote health and long-term retention
  • Build in the flexibility to toggle efficiently between scenarios as needed

  • Campus is allowed to open
  • We are likely in Phase 3-4
  • COVID-19 risks are low in our community (fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 residents in the recent two-week period) and validation by our internal health experts
  • Facilities and staffing in place
  • Campus is allowed to open
  • We are likely in Phase 3-4
  • COVID-19 risks remain elevated in our community (between 25 and 75 cases per 100,000 residents in the recent two-week period)
  • Or facilities and staffing are limited
  • Campus is not allowed to open
  • Or COVID-19 risks are too high in our community (more than 75 cases per 100,000 residents in the recent two-week period)