Dear Berean Christian School Parents and Guardians,
As you may have heard, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Monday, May 3, 2021, that essentially ends all local COVID-19 measures immediately, including the Palm Beach County Commission’s ordinance requiring face coverings. Today, the Palm Beach County Commission, following the Governor’s order, has also removed all mask mandates, effective immediately. These orders go hand-in-hand with the April 15th communique from the Florida Department of Education and Choice Programs Office that documents that virtual learning and face covering policies impede instruction and academic retention by the reduction of on-campus interaction, peer-to-peer learning, and face-to-face interaction with faculty. On our own campus, we have seen more student occurrences than on any given prior year with issues with poor academic success, anxiety, and increased apathy.
Given this information, Berean Christian School will move to a policy of optional face coverings for all students and staff, effective Wednesday, May 4, 2021. BCS will also suspend the protocol of requiring a temperature check prior to entering campus or for special events through the remainder of this school year. As of today tracking back to July 26, 2020, BCS has performed over 118,000 entry temperature checks with less than five “send homes” and there is no valid mandate to continue this practice. I will continue to ask parents, faculty, and staff to monitor their symptoms from home and act accordingly.
Please continue to be diligent with keeping your child(ren) home should they experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms to include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste, or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you have any questions regarding these symptoms, please call the school nurse at (561)798-9300, extension 249 for consultation.
To continue a smooth transition to class and for campus safety purposes during this transition, we will continue to require K5-12 parents remain outside of the school’s perimeter fence during both morning carline and after school. Parents will continue to be allowed to pick up their children in the 500 lobby at aftercare. Parents and guests will continue to wait for approval or an escort to go to the interior business and secondary administrative offices. All preschool protocols for drop-off and pick-up will remain unchanged.
At major events on campus, we will continue to follow social distancing protocol and provide updates prior to each event on the status of masks and other changes.
Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility with this year's unique pandemic protocols. We are grateful for your diligence.
William Dupere - Headmaster
Berean Christian School Administration