Reconvening Our Community

Model 2: Hybrid

Overview of Model 2: Hybrid Teaching, Learning, & Community

Should COVID trends indicate unreasonable risk factors of being full-time, in-person, then this model will be our best alternative to support our goals. 

The hybrid model would have 50% of our student population having instruction time on campus, in-person, and 50% streaming into classes.

Note: All details shared below are subject to change based on evolving public health data and state directives.

Within the Hybrid Teaching, Learning, and Community model, we will adhere to our four common goals in the following ways:

Goals of Model 2: Hybrid Teaching, Learning, and Community

List of 4 items.

  • Goal 1: MINIMIZE RISK THROUGH ADHERENCE TO COVID-19 SAFE PRACTICES

    We are committed to doing everything we reasonably can to mitigate risks in support of community health. This is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19, which is a requirement to support our second goal of maximizing in-person teaching, learning, and community. In order to do this we will: 

    1. Base Decisions in Data: 

    1. Take All Possible Measures to Prevent Communicable Spread: 
      • As of 7/28/2020 Bosque School will no longer require a COVID-19 test as part of the return to work requirements. This is due to the shortage of testing supplies in the state as well as the state's decision to temporarily suspend asymptomatic testing. If the circumstances change, Bosque School reserves the right to require testing at a future date.

        Anyone suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19, or is experiencing fever and/or 2 of CDC stated symptoms must contact their medical provider and obtain testing through the New Mexico Department of Health.
      • All staffulty and students will be required to submit a daily health screening form (including logging their temperature) PRIOR to coming on campus each day and will have their temperature retaken prior to entering the building of their advisory location each morning. 
      • Everyone on campus will be required to wear COVID appropriate masks at all times, except during eating and drinking, per State orders and CDC guidelines. Students and staffulty will be provided with a Bosque branded mask. Additional masks will be available for purchase at the Schoolhouse front desk (and billed to the student’s account). COVID appropriate masks can also be brought from home. 
      • Social distancing protocols will be implemented including:
        • Reduced class sizes. Within the hybrid model, 50% of students will be on campus, in-person on any given day, with the other half streaming into their scheduled classes remotely. These groups would switch on a predetermined schedule (with enhanced cleaning procedures each day/night).
        • Enhanced desk spacing.
        • Set traffic flow patterns through buildings with the use of external classroom doors for in/out traffic wherever possible to reduce internal congregation.
        • Locker access removed.
        • Common areas closed.
        • Use of outdoor spaces/classrooms encouraged.
        • Adherence to state-mandated group gathering guidelines.
      • In addition to Bosque's up-to-date ventilation system within buildings, airflow will be maximized through the use of open internal and external doors and windows (in classrooms and buildings), and the enhanced use of outside spaces.
      • Cleaning procedures will be enhanced including:
        • Hand sanitizer application upon entry and exit from all classrooms.
        • Disinfection of desks and high touch surfaces at the end of each class. 
        • Common areas cleaned throughout the day.
        • Bathrooms disinfected throughout the day.
        • Enhanced daily deep cleaning procedures completed by our licensed contractor,  including classrooms, common areas, door handles, bathrooms, and any other high touch areas.
      • Consistent and clear signage will be placed throughout the campus to reinforce good habits.
      • Consistent and clear education and reminders of handwashing, social distancing, and good hygiene procedures will be reinforced by staffulty.
      • Prior to getting on buses in the morning, students will have their temperature checked and must wear a mask for the duration of the ride.  
        • Parents will be required to stay with their child at the bus stop until these screening steps have been completed and their child has been cleared. 
      • Sick students and staffulty will be required to stay home and anyone displaying symptoms will be immediately isolated and sent home. Re-entry to school protocols will be clearly and consistently applied.
      • All non-essential visitors and volunteers will be restricted from campus until further notice, and all essential campus visitors (including parents/guardians and vendors) will be required to check in with front desk personnel, wear masks, and complete screening questions and a temperature check.
        • Parents/guardians should avoid exiting their vehicles during drop off/pick up unless they have an essential reason (such as signing in/out your child, dropping off something critical, a pre-arranged meeting, etc.) to be on campus, in which case, they will need to follow procedures above. 
      • High traffic areas (middle school and upper school front desks and the Business Office) will have plexiglass barriers installed. 
      • Dogs will not be permitted on campus due to high touch frequency and congregation likelihood. The only exception for this will be service dogs who have completed the formal process of on campus-approval and should not be touched by anyone but their approved handler.
      • All staffulty, students, and family are asked to limit non-essential out of state travel and, if out of state travel is required, to follow the guidelines set forth by the New Mexico Department of Health regarding self-isolation. Do not come to campus if you should be in state-mandated/recommended self-isolation. 

    1. Promote Optimal Health:
      • Support the health and wellness of our community through thorough and thoughtful data collection [all medical records, physical exams, and up to date immunization records (or exemptions) obtained from families and comprehensively reviewed prior to the start of school and stored for all students].
      • Continued education and support for students and staffulty to build capacity for maintenance of physical and mental health.

    1. Collaborate and Support Our Community 
      • Provide flexible and creative ways for students who are unable to be on campus to authentically engage with their classes through live streaming.
      • Provide an on-campus medical professional, a School Nurse, to work in partnership with students, staffulty, and families. School Nurse, Alyson Jefferson, RN, can be reached at
      • Confidential Fax: 505-391-2721 (ONLY for Doctor’s Offices to fax documents)
      • Assist with student re-entry to Bosque campus community
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  • Goal 2: MAXIMIZE IN-PERSON TEACHING, LEARNING, AND COMMUNITY

    If state directives and/or public health data require or suggest that a hybrid model will best support our first goal of minimizing risk through adherence to COVID-19 safe practices, we feel confident that we can offer an educational plan that maximizes a hybrid model of teaching, learning, and community. In order to do this, we will need to be creative, flexible, resilient, and to think “out of the box,” all skills that we hope to build in our students through our philosophy of Challenging Education

    Notes about the Hybrid Schedule:
    • The hybrid model would have half of our student population in person on any given day with the other half streaming into their scheduled classes remotely. 
    • This is a 5-day schedule that does NOT rotate. All academic class periods meet twice a week for 80 minute class periods. This schedule is common across 6-12 grades, which is essential to provide support for our high number of cross-divisional teachers and clarity and consistency for our families. 
    • Students should expect to be on campus for two set days per week and streaming into their classes remotely for two set days a week. 
    • This schedule includes a “Wellness Wednesday,” with no academic class periods. These days have been designed to reduce weekly exhaustion (generated by remote learning) and to allow students to engage with:
      • Co-curricular activities, including WILLDS curriculum and programming (Wellness, Identity, Leadership Life Skills, Diversity, & Service), clubs, activities, more extended advisory time/activities
      • Time for students to catch up on schoolwork, faculty to catch up on planning and grading and to provide a digital decompression break from the strain of being online all week. 
      • Time for campus deep cleaning.  
      • Our hope is that we would eventually be able to shift towards some in-person, small group activities within this model. 
    • Every day will have the same schedule. We will have NO late starts (and therefore no Beforecare) this year to better support consistent campus entry procedures. 
      • To support staffulty professional development time lost due to the cancellation of late starts, we will be adding additional professional development days (no classes for students) and will be sharing an updated master calendar in the coming weeks. 
    • All students and staffulty who are on campus will be required to complete daily temperature checks each morning (as well as submitting their temperature and screening questions before leaving home). The on-campus temperature checks will occur at designated locations connected to the students’ advisory meeting location and will be communicated prior to school starting. 
      • Students should not arrive on campus prior to 7:55 am each day. Buildings will be locked until this point to ensure proper daily entry procedures.  No Beforecare will be provided. 
      • Students who arrive late will check in at the Upper School or Middle School reception desks for daily screenings/temperature checks.
    • Classes will be scheduled to minimize student numbers and support social distancing guidelines.
    • Our schedule will adhere to state-mandates regarding group gatherings which means:
      • Students will start each day in their advisory groups where they will watch a live-streamed Morning Meeting. 
      • Students will eat lunch in advisory groups. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch and snacks, but lunch will also be available through a pre-ordering system with Rhubarb and Elliott.  Meals will be individually packaged and delivered to advisory locations. Further details will be shared prior to school starting. 
      • Students who have free periods will be required to be in proctored study halls. Upper school students (grades 9-12) who have free periods at the beginning/end of the day, will be allowed and encouraged to arrive late/sign out early, but they must be either in class or in study hall if they are on campus during the school day. Following current sign-in/out guidelines, these students’ parents/guardians will need to approve signing in late or signing out and leaving campus.  Further details will be shared prior to school starting.
    • Aftercare will be provided in Budagher Hall. Further details will be shared prior to school starting. Again, no Beforecare will be provided. 

    Core Expectations When Remotely Streaming Into Classes and for Wellness Wednesdays:

    Expectations of Students:
    • Students are expected to attend, and actively participate in, all their classes via the live Class Meetings. Please maintain a working camera and microphone, as teachers will need to be able to see and hear all students during all class meetings. Students should understand that teachers will take attendance and expect active engagement through the entirety of the meeting. As always, please communicate any issues, including technology issues, directly to your teacher.
    • Classes will meet twice a week. Class meetings will be 80 minutes in length, and will include a mix of modalities at the teacher’s discretion. 
      • During the scheduled hour, students are actively learning. This may take different forms. The whole class might meet together for an opening segment, and again for a closing segment. Students might work in group break-out rooms for a segment. Or students might be writing in a Google document, while the teacher checks in on each document and responds. 
      • Students attending class on campus may be paired up and likely will be interacting in real-time with students streaming in. For these reasons, it is important that all students follow these expectations and attend class regularly, whether they are on campus or attending virtually. 
      • Note that teachers may require a specific virtual background screen for those students streaming into class. Students will be expected to follow these expectations. 
      • Students should become familiar with Google Calendar in order to easily see and access their class meetings.
      • Google Classroom is our main platform for submitting work in digital form. Students are required to check Google Classroom frequently for assignments and communications from teachers.
    • Assessment/Grading: We believe our established assessment policies appropriately translate to remote teaching and learning. Please refer to the Student and Family Handbook for further information.
    • We understand that hybrid learning may present individual challenges. Students who encounter significant difficulties in completing assignments or in negotiating other challenges during this time should utilize the many connections and support systems Bosque provides: reaching out directly to a Teacher, Advisor, Dean, Learning Specialist, Counselor, and so on, to discuss challenges and seek solutions together. 
    • Teachers will communicate directly with students via in-person or virtual conferences, email and/or Google Classroom, and other formats if the student is not actively turning in assigned work or attending live class meetings. If this lack of engagement reaches a level at which the teacher expects it to significantly alter the student’s final grade in the class, they will communicate an official note, which lays out the concerns and is sent to the students, parents, and relevant Bosque administrators. 
    •  It is expected that everyone conducts themselves appropriately. 
      • All participants will be very mindful that any interactions must follow current expectations about student-student and teacher-student interactions as members of the Bosque community. Bosque’s Student and Family Handbook provides guidance on expectations for appropriate in-person and remote/online behavior. 
      • Should something concerning or inappropriate arise in the context of live instruction, teachers will follow up with their relevant Deans and Division Heads, according to current procedures. 

    Expectations of Teachers:
    • Teachers will work to design lessons that are aligned with Bosque’s Mission & Values, especially our value of Inspiring Academic Excellence.
    • Teachers understand that current conditions affect individual students differently, and will differentiate teaching as needed to accommodate individual needs, while working closely with Bosque’s Learning Specialist and/or Nurse. If a situation requires more formal documentation, plans will be made to explore potential accommodations.
    • While striving to facilitate excellent hybrid learning experiences, teachers understand that the new modalities demand flexibility from all, and therefore teaching will focus on core learning outcomes.
    • Teachers will communicate directly with students via in-person or virtual conference, email and/or Google Classroom,  and other formats if the student is not actively turning in assigned work or attending live class meetings. If this lack of engagement reaches a level at which the teacher expects it to significantly alter the student’s final grade in the class, they will communicate home with an official note, which lays out the concerns and is sent to the students, parents, and relevant Bosque administrators. 
    • Teachers will need to commonly use the integrations between Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Gmail to schedule class meetings, so that students have one, coherent method for planning their online meetings and workflow. 

    Expectations of Parents/Guardians:
    • Please be aware that students are expected to attend, and actively participate in, all their classes via the live Class Meetings (on their ‘at home’ remote learning days) and in-person on their scheduled ‘on campus’ days. Please support them in maintaining a working camera and microphone and using required virtual backgrounds, as teachers will need to be able to see and hear all students during the entirety of all class meetings. As always, please communicate any issues, including technology issues, directly to your child’s teacher or Division Head.
    • Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s individual teachers as they are the experts on your child’s progress in each class; communicate directly with them.
    •  We understand that hybrid learning may present individual challenges. Please support your children in communicating their needs. Students who encounter significant difficulties in completing assignments or in negotiating other challenges during this time should utilize the many connections and support systems Bosque provides: reaching out directly to a Teacher, Advisor, Dean, Learning Specialist, Counselor, and so on, to discuss challenges and seek solutions together. 
    STUDENTS WITH UNIQUE MEDICAL CIRCUMSTANCES
    The hybrid model would have students spending 50% of instruction time on campus, in-person, and 50% streaming into classes. We recognize that certain students and families will have unique medical circumstances that may make them uncomfortable with returning to campus at this time. We have purchased cameras for every classroom and teachers will be prepared to live-stream classes for any students who cannot be on campus at all. If your child or a family member has a unique medical circumstance and you are unsure about them returning to campus, please reach out to our School Nurse Alyson Jefferson and your child’s Division Head ASAP to discuss (Middle School Division Head: Leslie O’Hanlon, Upper School Division Head: Spree MacDonald). 
     
  • GOAL 3: BE PREPARED TO PIVOT

    Over the past five months, we have learned that our journey through this global pandemic requires significant patience, flexibility, and nimbleness. Bosque has always been known for its ethos of innovation and that has and will continue to help us as we acknowledge that the best-laid plans can be turned upside down by factors beyond our individual control, at any point. If state mandates require us to be in a hybrid model, we will be doing everything in our power to contribute to positive trending of COVID data that would allow us to shift as soon as possible to our desired Model 1: Full-Time, In-Person Teaching, Learning, & Community. We will also be prepared should trends worsen and the state mandates, to shift to Model 3: Remote Teaching, Learning, & Community.
  • GOAL 4: WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY

    Now, more than ever, we all need to be working in partnership to support our students, school, community, and the world. We recognize that, due to the continued impact of COVID-19, this model of hybrid teaching, learning, and community represents some very different ways of “doing school” at Bosque, but we are confident that the value of being in person, on campus, even if only partially, will far offset the inconveniences or disappointments of these required changes.  In order to be able to support the positive trending of reduced COVID cases in New Mexico and the United States that will allow us to be in person, on campus, and eventually reduce restrictions, we all must do our part, day in, and day out. 

    WHAT WE NEED TO ASK OF YOU:
    As parents and guardians, we implore you to help us help your children by:
    • Recognizing the critical contributions each of us needs to make towards positive trending of COVID data that will allow us to shift as soon as possible to our desired Model 1: Full-Time, In-Person Teaching, Learning, & Community. Please partner with us in supporting your child and family in consistent and sustained mask-wearing, social distancing, and healthy hygiene habits at all times.  
    • Stay on the side of caution: If your child or a family member has any potential exposure to COVID or concerning medical symptoms (see Common Medical FAQs), please keep them home to assess the situation thoroughly, gain more information and reduce potential spread. 
    • Communicate closely with your child’s teachers, adviser, and Division Head if your child is struggling with the hybrid model, either academically or personally. 

    WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT OF US:
    • A commitment to creating the best model of Bosque’s academic and community program we can, through a combination of in-person and remote channels. 
    • While adhering to state-mandated COVID safe practices, doing everything in our power to contribute to positive trending of COVID data that would allow us to shift as soon as possible to our desired Model 1: Full-Time, In-Person Teaching, Learning, & Community.
    • A commitment to clear, consistent, and frequent communication.

FAQs Specific to MODEL 2: Hybrid Teaching, Learning, & Community

Medical FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What if I already know that I will ONLY want my child to take part in Model 3: Remote Teaching and Learning, regardless of if you implement or Model 2 (Hybrid) or Model 1 (Full-time, in-person)?

    • As a school, we will ultimately need to make the decision that best manifests our mission and values and meets the needs of the majority of our community, AND we will support families making the choice that feels best for their unique circumstances that could include:
      • A medically unique situation for themselves or a family member
      • Students or families who have to self-isolate for extended periods of time due to a potential exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19
      • Families who do not feel comfortable with their child returning to campus, for any additional personal reason.
    • Families can elect, at any point, to sign their child up for Model 3: Remote Teaching and Learning, regardless of which Model the school implements. Families who elect to do so will take responsibility to have their child stream into their regularly scheduled classes. There will be no tuition discounts or reimbursements for families who elect this option (please see the FAQ that explains the reasons for this). If at any point, the family changes their mind and wants to shift their child to an initiated in-person model they will need to communicate this, by email, to their child's Division Head so a transition plan can be implemented to efficiently reintegrate the student back onto campus.
    • If you already know that due to any of the above circumstances that IF we as a school elect to implement Model 1 (Full-time, In-Person Teaching, and Learning), or Model 2 (Hybrid Teaching and Learning), that you would prefer for your child to still engage in Model 3: Remote Teaching and Learning, please use this form should you want to sign up for this option. This will aid in our planning to best support your child.
      • Your child's division head, adviser, and the student support team will coordinate a plan with you and your family to support your children streaming into their classes and any reasonable activity remotely, based on the core implemented model's schedule.
    • If you would like to further discuss this decision please reach out to our school nurse Alyson Jefferson and/or your child’s Division Head (Middle School Division Head: Leslie O’Hanlon, Upper School Division Head: Spree MacDonald).
    • Our advisers, deans, and Division Heads will be thinking very thoughtfully about how to engage and connect students who opt into remote teaching and learning connected to their peers and the day to day life of the school.
  • When should I keep my child home and/or when would my child be required to be picked up immediately from school?
     

    • If your child is displaying any COVID related potential symptoms including:
      • 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, diarrhea
      • COVID-19 exposure
      • Tested positive for COVID-19
    • For any of these symptoms, a doctor’s note clearing the child’s health, will be required to be provided to the school nurse, to the student’s return to campus.
  • What will the school do to minimize risk for others if there is a confirmed case of COVID in the Bosque School community?

    • Immediately evacuate spaces frequented by a sick community member, ventilate the room and do a deep clean, as per CDC recommended cleaning procedures
    • Our School Nurse will report the confirmed case to the New Mexico Department of Health and support their contact tracing procedures.
    • We will adhere to CDC guidelines: “[The] duration of school dismissals will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific situation in your community. Students and staff should be prepared for durations that could last several days. Administrators should work with their local health authorities to determine the duration of dismissals.
  • What if I already know that I will ONLY want my child to take part in Model 3: Remote Teaching and Learning, regardless of if you implement Model 1 (Full-time, in-person) or Model 2 (Hybrid)?
     

    • As a school, we will ultimately need to make the decision that best manifests our mission and values and meets the needs of the majority of our community, AND we will support families making the choice that feels best for their unique circumstances that could include:
      • A medically unique situation for themselves or a family member
      • Students or families who have to self-isolate for extended periods of time due to a potential exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19
      • Families who do not feel comfortable with their child returning to campus, for any additional personal reason.
    • Families can elect, at any point, to sign their child up for Model 3: Remote Teaching and Learning, regardless of which Model the school implements. Families who elect to do so will take responsibility to have their child stream into their regularly scheduled classes. There will be no tuition discounts or reimbursements for families who elect this option (please see the FAQ that explains the reasons for this). If at any point, the family changes their mind and wants to shift their child to an initiated in-person model they will need to communicate this, by email,  to their child's Division Head so a transition plan can be implemented to efficiently reintegrate the student back onto campus. 
    • If you already know that due to any of the above circumstances that IF we as a school elect to implement Model 1 (Full-time, In-Person Teaching, and Learning), or Model 2 (Hybrid Teaching and Learning), that you would prefer for your child to still engage in Model 3: Remote Teaching and Learning, please use this form should you want to sign up for this option. This will aid in our planning to best support your child.  
      • Your child's division head, adviser, and the student support team will coordinate a plan with you and your family to support your children streaming into their classes and any reasonable activity remotely, based on the core implemented model's schedule. 
    • If you would like to further discuss this decision please reach out to our school nurse Alyson Jefferson and/or your child’s Division Head (Middle School Division Head: Leslie O’Hanlon, Upper School Division Head: Spree MacDonald). 
    • Our advisers, deans, and Division Heads will be thinking very thoughtfully about how to engage and connect students who opt into remote teaching and learning connected to their peers and the day to day life of the school.
  • What should we expect from communication from the school if there is a confirmed case of COVID in the Bosque School community?

    • When we have confirmed information we will send an email to the community, while maintaining confidentiality.
    • We will work in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health regarding appropriate responses  on campus (e.g. deep cleaning, potential short term closure, re-entering guidelines, etc.) 
  • What should I do if my child or someone in my household has a potential case of COVID?

    • Keep your child home. Contact the School Nurse immediately. 
    • Work with your personal physician regarding treatment, testing, and/or continued monitoring of symptoms.   
    • Get tested (see NM testing locations here)
    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
    • Watch for fever (100.4◦F internal), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
    • As per CDC guidelines, if you have not had a COVID test but are assumed positive for COVID, you can return to school under the following conditions: 
      • After 3 days with no fever AND
      • Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) AND
      • 10 days since symptoms first appeared
        • Please ensure you are in direct contact with our School Nurse, Alyson Jefferson, to discuss your child’s return to campus.
  • When can a student/staffulty return to campus if they have a confirmed positive COVID case?

    • Your personal healthcare provider may recommend repeat COVID-19 testing
      • Continuous communication between affected families and our school nurse will ensure that the student/staffulty can return safely to campus.
      • Further return to campus guidance will come from the Department of Health and CDC.
  • What happens if my child forgets their mask one day?

    • We will have Bosque branded masks available for purchase at the reception desks in the Schoolhouse and in the Middle School building. These will be charged to the student’s tuition account.
  • How do I ensure my child is properly wearing their mask?

    • Please watch this video with your child to ensure you are properly wearing your mask.
  • How frequently should I wash my child’s mask?

    • A daily washing is a best practice (the CDC recommends washing after each use)
    • Have your student bring a resealable zipper storage bag (e.g. Ziploc bag) to place their mask in during meals.
  • What happens if my child’s temperature is above 100.4 when they get it checked on campus?

    • Your child will be put in a cool, shady place and their temperature will be rechecked five minutes later. 
    • If your child’s temperature remains over 100.4, you will be called to pick up your child within 1 hour.
    Please ensure you have updated your three emergency contacts on file in the Parent Portal that would be available to pick up your child, if you are not available.

Logistical FAQs

List of 22 frequently asked questions.

  • In regards to risks, what is the difference between Model 1 (Full-Time, In-Person) and Model 2 (Hybrid)?

    • The difference in COVID-19 risk factors between Model 1 and Model 2 is not significant, due to the following unique factors for Bosque: 
      • The manageable size of our student population: Our entire student population (grades 6-12) is the size of a single grade at many local public high schools. When these schools are discussing implementing a hybrid model to cut their population by 50% we are able to have our entire student population on campus (Model 1) and still be at less than 1/3rd the population size of most local public high schools. 
      • Our low student to teacher ratios: Bosque classes have approximately 16 students in them (1:16 faculty/student ratio). This is half of the class sizes experienced at many local public schools. 
      • Campus size: The size and layout of our 42 acre campus allows us to spread classes out and assign classes to specific rooms based on class sizes. By matching class sizes to class layouts, we’ll be able to accommodate recommended social distancing guidelines (6 feet).
        • We have flexible furniture designs that we are additionally reconfiguring to support social distancing guidelines.  
        • In a small number of cases, classes may be assigned to two subsequent spaces to provide appropriate/additional social distancing between students.  
      • Extensive outdoor space: We have extensive outdoor space that can be repurposed into outdoor classroom options across our 42 acre campus. Many of our classrooms have internal and external doors that make accessing outdoor spaces seamless. Teachers will also be encouraged to teach outside. 
      • An excellent ventilation system: While many schools have small, windowless rooms, all of our classrooms have external windows and many also have internal AND external doors. This creates excellent ventilation. Doors will be left open to ensure airflow. 
    • Due to all of these factors, we have the unique ability to be able to have our small student population on our large, flexible campus, while still adhering to COVID-19 safe practices.  This is why we are confident that if public health data supports in-person teaching, learning, and community that we will be able to reasonably minimize risk through adherence to COVID-19 safe practices with Model 1: full-time, in-person teaching and learning. 
  • It seems the public schools are ONLY considering a hybrid model. Why wouldn’t you just do the same?

    We are confident that if public health data supports in-person teaching, learning, and community that we will be able to reasonably minimize risk through adherence to COVID-19 safe practices with a full-time, in-person model. The reasons we can do this include: the manageable size of our student population, our low student to teacher ratios, the large size of our campus, our spread-out campus layout, our excellent ventilation system (including a prevalence of classrooms with internal and external doors), our newer buildings and infrastructure, and our administrative capacity.
  • How will you decide which 50% of students are scheduled on which days?

    We will need to create cohorts of students, based on schedule similarities and a number of logistical factors including trying to align siblings on similar in-person days and trying to align students who participate in similar bus routes.
  • How will in-person learning (Model 1 or Model 2) work with the current protocol of quarantining for 2 weeks after exposure to the virus? For example, if one 6th grader or one middle school teacher tests positive, do all the kids go home for 2 weeks?

    • As soon as we are aware of a suspected or confirmed COVID case within our community, we will work in partnership with our Department of Health Liaison, who is committed to providing us situation-specific guidance based on the nuances of each situation, regarding the appropriate next steps regarding communications/contact tracing. 
    • Based on the specifics of the situation, we will then send an email to the community or specific people who may have had contact with the suspected or confirmed case, while maintaining confidentiality.
    • We will work in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health regarding appropriate responses  on campus (e.g. deep cleaning, potential short term closure, re-entering guidelines, etc.)  
  • What would be the expectations of my child on the days they are scheduled to be remote?

    On the days your child is scheduled to be remote, they will be expected to log in to live streaming of all scheduled school classes and activities (except lunch). Please see “Core Expectations When Remotely Streaming Into Classes and for Wellness Wednesdays” in Goal 2 above.
  • What happens if I forget to submit the daily pre-screening form prior to my child arriving on campus?

    • Your child will not be able to attend classes until the daily screening form is completed as this is one of the ways we mitigate risk within our community. If your child’s adviser finds that the daily screening questions have not been completed you will be contacted to do so immediately. 
    Please consider setting up daily morning reminders on your phone to complete the daily screening form and ensure your child has their mask, prior to leaving the house (Siri, remind me every weekday at 7 am to complete the screening form and make sure my child has a mask.”)
  • Will you offer bus service in the hybrid model? How will you mitigate risks?

    • Yes. We will be providing morning and afternoon bus service for families who sign up. We will follow state guidelines pertaining to COVID safe practices of school bus transportation.
    • If you are considering the need for our bus service, please complete the form below as our planning is highly dependent on potential numbers of students on each route.
      • Prior to getting on buses in the morning, students will have their temperature checked and must wear a mask for the duration of the ride. 
        • Parents will be required to stay with their child at the bus stop until these screening steps have been completed and their child has been cleared. For more information about our bus service or to sign up, please click here.
  • What meals will be provided by Rhubarb and Elliott in the hybrid model? How will that work?
     

    • Rhubarb and Elliott will continue to provide LUNCH options daily. BREAKFAST WILL NO LONGER BE PROVIDED.
      • Rhubarb and Elliott will be implementing a new lunch ordering and paying system for the 2020-2021 school year. They will NO LONGER be using the MySchoolBucks payment system and are actively developing an app. We will provide further information about this in the coming weeks.
      • Rhubarb and Elliott will now require families to pre-order and pay for meals and snacks either the night before, or up until 9 am the day of.
        • Extra basic lunches will be available for the rare cases where a student forgot to pre-order.
      • To adhere to COVID safe practice guidelines, meals will be pre-ordered, pre-packaged, and delivered to advisory buildings, where advisers will pick them up and bring them to their lunch space. 
    • Note: Microwaves and water fountains will not be available so families should plan to send their students with a reusable water bottle (that can be filled at sinks across campus) and hot food in a thermos.
  • Will the student-run store be open for my child to purchase snacks throughout the day?

    • Unfortunately, no. There is no way to manage this within risk mitigation guidelines. Please plan to send your child with enough snacks and food to carry them through the day. Rhubarb and Elliot will be offering enhanced snack options through their pre-ordering process. Bosque will also be stocking and selling simple snacks (such as granola bars) at the Schoolhouse front desk and the Middle School reception desk for students who forgot snacks. These will be billed to the student’s tuition account.
  • What about field trips, BEMPing, dances, etc?

    • As of now, current guidelines are recommending field trips be restricted and we must adhere to state-mandated group gathering guidelines that will influence what activities we are able to offer. BEMPing will continue, most likely only in the Bosque. The Division Heads and Deans will be carefully reviewing the master calendar and we will be sharing a modified version in the coming weeks. We will also be prepared to be nimble and add in any missed opportunities we can, should data and trends shift over the school year.
  • My family is planning some summer travel out of state before school starts and throughout the year. What do I have to know about my child returning to campus?

    We ask all staffulty, students, and family to limit non-essential out of state travel and, if out of state travel is required, to follow the guidelines set forth by the New Mexico Department of Health regarding self-isolation. Do not come to campus if you should be in state-mandated/recommended self-isolation. Please let your child’s Division Head know if you will be traveling and your child will be out of school due to self-isolation so they can support them transitioning to live-streaming of classes (Middle School Division Head: Leslie O’Hanlon, Upper School Division Head: Spree MacDonald).
  • What will happen if the Governor mandates that schools close again this year and we have to shift back to remote teaching and learning?

    While we are hoping for a return to full-time, in-person teaching, learning, and community, we are also prepared for the possibility of state-mandates that could require us to shift to either a hybrid model, or a remote teaching and learning model in the coming year. Thanks to the extensive feedback provided by our students, staffulty, and parents/guardians through multiple spring surveys, we have made significant updates to our remote teaching and learning plan, to ensure we are prepared should we need to quickly shift to remote teaching and learning at any point this year. Please see Model 3: Remote Teaching, Learning, & Community for further details.
  • When would we find out our child’s schedule?

    Once we are able to finalize which model we will be launching the school year with, we will immediately be working on all of the schedule assignments to align with that model. As soon as possible, we will be sharing these details with our students and families.
  • It seems the public schools are ONLY considering a hybrid model. Why wouldn’t you just do the same?

    • Please see the FAQ above titled “In regards to risks, what is the difference between Model 1 (Full-Time, In-Person) and Model 2 (Hybrid)? We are confident that if public health data supports in-person teaching, learning, and community that we will be able to reasonably minimize risk through adherence to COVID-19 safe practices with a full-time, in-person model. The reasons we can do this include: the manageable size of our student population, our low student to teacher ratios, the large size of our campus, our spread out campus layout, our excellent ventilation system (including a prevalence of classrooms with internal and external doors), and our newer buildings and infrastructure.
  • If you choose the hybrid model, will the school hours stay the same?

    • Please review the hybrid schedule shared above. As you will see, it aligns closely with the traditional school day. Students who are assigned to be on campus would be expected to be at Bosque for the full duration of the day. Students who are assigned to stream into their classes remotely would do so based on the same schedule. Students, and their parents, would know their specific on-campus vs remote streaming schedule prior to the school year starting, should we make the decision to start school in Model 2 (Hybrid).
  • Will you utilize outdoor classrooms?

    • All of our teachers will have access to using our extensive outdoor space across our 42 acre campus for their classes and many classes will take advantage of this frequently. Additionally, many of our classrooms have internal and external doors that make accessing outdoor spaces seamless. Teachers will also be encouraged to teach outside.
    • We have added additional external WiFi hotspots which will allow streaming to occur from outside classrooms, as well as internal classrooms
  • What if my child has to stay home at any point due to a potential exposure or positive COVID test? What happens to their learning? 

    • We have purchased cameras for every classroom and teachers will be prepared to live-stream classes for any students who cannot be on campus. If this happens, please reach out to our school nurse Alyson Jefferson and your child’s division head if to alert them that your child will need to stream into their classes.
  • What happens if teachers get sick or are exposed to COVID and can’t be on campus? Who will teach my children?

    • We are very comprehensively creating detailed plans for coverage to respond to these types of potential situations. In very specific circumstances, it is conceivable some teachers could teach from home while streaming into their classrooms. If this were to happen, we would have an additional adult in the classroom to support student management and support. We are also hiring full time teaching interns to help with subbing, and additional student support and coverage needs. 
  • This is a nightmare for planning logistics related to child-care. Why would you even consider this model?

    We understand and agree. This is why we would only consider initiating the hybrid model if it was the only way to bring our community back in-person in light of COVID trends and state mandates. 
  • If we find ourselves in periods of hybrid or remote teaching and learning again this year, will we receive a tuition reimbursement?

    • The true value of a Bosque education is in the quality of education, the diversity of course offerings, the small student to teacher ratios, the commitment to and creation of community, the support of a whole-child education through extensive curriculum and programming beyond core courses, and personalized attention for our students and families. These values do not change regardless of which model we need to implement.  Even though there are some facilities savings during periods of remote teaching and learning, our primary expense, the salary, and benefits for our staffulty (over 75% of our annual operating budget), continues (and has increased as we have had to hire additional staffulty to support smaller class sizes and enhanced student supervision needs connected to risk mitigation strategies). Additionally, costs for the technology, sanitizing supplies and equipment, medical supplies, and facilities modifications are exponentially higher than normal. In light of all of these realities, we will be unable to provide any tuition reimbursements over the course of the 20/21 academic year, regardless of what models of teaching, learning, and community we may need to initiate.
  • How will athletics work in the hybrid model? Would my child only practice during their on campus days or be allowed to come in to practice even on their remote days?

    We don’t know yet. At this point, we are awaiting final guidance from the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA)  regarding statewide decisions for fall sports. In a press conference on 7/10/20, the Governor announced that all contact sports (including soccer, football, and wrestling) have been cancelled for the fall.  NMAA will be releasing further guidelines regarding fall sports after July 15th and we will share updates as soon as we receive them. If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Jeaney Garcia.
  • How many students will be assigned to a classroom?
     

    • While most Bosque classes have approximately 16 students, we will not have one set number for class sizes. Our classrooms vary in size which means they can accommodate different sized class populations while maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines.  If we were in the hybrid model, class sizes would drop to an average of 8 students, in person, in a classroom. 
    • We are assigning classes to specific rooms based on matching class sizes to class layouts, to accommodate recommended social distancing guidelines (6 feet).
    • Additionally, we are reconfiguring furniture use and layout to support social distancing guidelines. 
    •  In a small number of cases, classes may be assigned to two adjoining spaces to provide appropriate/additional social distancing between students (with the teacher traveling between these two adjoining spaces throughout the class period).