Reconvening Our Community

Model 2: Hybrid

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

The hybrid model will have 50% of our student population having instruction time on campus, in-person, and 50% engaging with their academics remotely/from home (utilizing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, based on the unique realities of each class).  Students will be assigned to either the A cohort (on-campus Mon/Tues and remote Thurs/Fri) or B cohort (remote Mon/Tues and on-campus Thurs/Friday). Wednesdays will be devoted to remote Wellness Wednesday programming & campus deep cleaning between cohorts.

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: 
    2. Take All Possible Measures to Prevent Communicable Spread: 
      • Periodic testing of staffulty may be conducted through the school year.
      • All staffulty and students will be required to submit a daily health screening form PRIOR to coming on campus each day and will have to show the results of that screening and 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. The hybrid model will have 50% of our student population having instruction time on campus, in-person, and 50% engaging with their academics remotely/from home (utilizing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, based on the unique realities of each class).  Students will be assigned to either the A cohort (on campus Mon/Tues and remote Thurs/Fri) or B cohort (remote Mon/Tues and on campus Thurs/Friday). Wednesdays will be devoted to remote Wellness Wednesday programming & campus deep cleaning between cohorts. 
        • 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.
      3. 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.
      4. 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 (utilizing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, based on the unique realities of each class).
      • 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

      An Overview of the Hybrid Model:
      The hybrid model will have 50% of our student population having instruction time on campus, in-person, and 50% engaging with their academics remotely/from home (utilizing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, based on the unique realities of each class).  Students will be assigned alphabetically to either the A cohort (on-campus Mon/Tues and remote Thurs/Fri) or B cohort (remote Mon/Tues and on-campus Thurs/Friday). Wednesdays will be devoted to remote Wellness Wednesday programming & campus deep cleaning between cohorts.

      Our Priorities
      The landscape of our current work has changed, but our commitment to our guiding principles of Inspiring Academic Excellence, Cultivating Community, Fostering Integrity, and Learning from Place has not. These pillars provide a consistent framework for our teaching, even if the interface and tools have been dramatically and unexpectedly altered.  In all aspects of our planning for any periods of hybrid as for remote learning, we are centering these values. 

      Schedule for Hybrid Learning:
      Our Hybrid schedule was designed to make pivoting from remote and/or from full in-person learning as seamless as possible. Its core facets include:
      • Approximately half of the student body will attend class in person on Monday and Tuesday, while the other half learns remotely on the same class schedule. On Thursday and Friday, the other half of the student body will attend class in person, while those who started the week on campus will attend remotely on the same class schedule. Whether a student is on campus or learning remotely on a given day, they will attend their same classes on the same schedule.  
      • A 5-day schedule that does NOT rotate. All academic class periods meet twice a week. 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. 
      • 80 minute class periods.
      • The schedule also includes a “Wellness Wednesday,” with no academic class periods. These Wednesdays will provide space for two primary goals:
        • Standing meetings for our co-curricular activities, including Advisory, WILLDS (Wellness, Identity, Leadership Life Skills, Diversity, & Service) and various activities (clubs/honor societies)
        • Time for students to catch up on schoolwork, faculty to catch up on planning and grading, and to provide a digital decompression break for student learning partly online. 


      Core Expectations:
      Students
      • Students are expected to attend, and actively participate in, all their classes meetings whether they are learning in person that day or remotely. Teachers will take attendance for both in-person and remote students at the beginning of each block. After attendance, students joining from home may continue the same activities as are happening in the classroom via live streaming and Zoom. Alternately, students joining from home may have activities to complete during the time, with check-ins or submission deadlines scheduled later in the block. Either way, students learning remotely should expect to be occupied with work for that class during the entirety of the scheduled block. As always, please communicate any issues, including technology issues, directly to your teacher.
        • Students must have their camera turned on and be visible to their teacher for the duration of the class, unless the teacher provides alternative directions. Students must have their camera turned on and be visible to their teacher for the duration of the class, unless the teacher provides alternative directions.
        • As with both remote and in-person learning, Google Classroom is our main platform for submitting work in digital form. Please check Classroom frequently for assignments and communications from your teachers.
        • Assessment/Grading: We believe our established assessment policies appropriately translate to hybrid teaching and learning. Please refer to the Student and Family Handbook for further information.
        • Homework: In addition to attending class meetings during weeks of hybrid learning, students will be expected to complete assigned homework (asynchronous work). Homework amounts will depend on grade and course level. In classes taken by older students (juniors and seniors) and/or in advanced classes, students may be expected to do the same amount of work and make the same amount of progress as they would if we were in person. In classes taken by younger students (sixth grade and to a lesser extent all MS, and still to a degree for grades nine and ten), we recognize that the capacity to work remotely is still developing. Students will still be expected to complete homework, but with some adjustment to the pace that might be set if we were all fully in person. In all classes at every grade level, we recognize a heightened need for differentiation and sensitivity to individual student circumstances. Please stay in communication with your teacher about any individual challenges.
        • 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 supports Bosque provides: reaching out directly to a teacher, Advisor, Dean, Learning Specialist, Counselor, and so on, to discuss challenges and figure out solutions. 
      • As with on-campus learning, teachers will communicate directly with students via email 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. 
      • As with any in-class activity, 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 in person 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. 


      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 as needed to accommodate individual needs.
      • While striving to make hybrid learning equivalent in value to fully on-campus learning, teachers understand that the new modalities demand flexibility from all, and therefore focus on core learning outcomes.
      • As with on-campus learning, teachers will communicate directly with students via email and other formats if the student is not actively turning in assigned work or attending 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. 

      Parents/Guardians
      • Please be aware that students are expected to attend, and actively participate in, all their classes meetings whether they are learning in person that day or remotely. Teachers will take attendance for both in person and remote students at the beginning of each block. Please support them in maintaining a working camera and microphone, as teachers will need to be able to see and hear all students during class meetings. Depending on that day’s lesson, students learning remotely may have cameras on for the entirety of the class time, or for segments, but class will always start with cameras on.  As always, please communicate any issues, including technology issues, directly to your child’s teacher or Division Head.
      • Please be aware that all students will be expected to complete homework as well as attend class meetings. Homework amounts will depend on grade and course level.
      • Please see your child’s individual teachers as the experts on their progress in each class, and communicate directly with them. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.
      We understand that hybrid learning may present individual challenges. Please support your students 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 supports Bosque provides: reaching out directly to a teacher, Advisor, Dean, Learning Specialist, Counselor, and so on, to discuss challenges and figure out solutions.
       

      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. We will be prepared to pivot either into Model 1: Full-Time, In-Person Teaching, Learning, & Community, should public health data support this, or into Model 3: Remote Teaching, Learning, & Community, should on-campus or state health data, or mandates require this.
    • 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. 
      • A commitment to clear, consistent, and frequent communication.

    What Do Wednesdays Look Like in the Upper School?

    List of 1 items.

    • Upper School Community Block Clubs/Society Times

      Wednesdays, 11-11:45: Community Block #1
      Oracle: Sasha Custer 
      Judicial Committee: Joanna Hart 
      Model UN: Scott Melton
      MRC & MRC Recruits: Dan Shaw and Alyson Jefferson (rotate bi-weekly)

      Wednesdays, 12-12:45: Community Block #2
      DAG: Sasha Custer
      Student Gov.: Joanna Hart
      GSA: Scott Melton
      Spanish MUN: Maria Clara Rekow
      Wildlife Research Seminar: Dan Shaw
      Latin Club: Chris Alvarez

      Wednesdays, 1-1:45 (1:45-2:15 optional): Service Learning/Community Block #3
      Amnesty: Tim Green and Arthur Knox
      Community Activists for Food Security (CAFS): David Amburgey and Katie Elder
      Womxns Advocacy Coalition (WAC):
      Erin Zavitz and Stacey Cottey
      ALTO - Arts Literacy Therapy Organization:  April Kinney and Alma Campuzano
      MRC SL Group: Dan Shaw and Alyson Jefferson


      Wednesdays, 2:30-3:15: Community Block #4 [club time #3]
      Spanish Honor Society: Eduardo Aleixandre
      Thespian Troop 7148: Meghan Bode
      Tri-M: Joanna Hart 
      Tech Club (might meet after school on Tuesdays): Shawn Nielson
      Yearbook: Meg King

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

    Medical FAQs

    List of 10 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 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.

    • How will you be able to bring students back to campus, when APS has stated it will remain remote all fall? 

      • Bosque is in the position of being able to engage in the Hybrid model 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) and space occupancy limitations, based on the public health order.
          • We have flexible furniture designs that we are additionally reconfiguring to support social distancing guidelines.  
        • 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. 
    • Will you be recording classes?

      In specific situations, teachers may elect to record their classes but this will not be standard practice for a variety of privacy and pedagogical reasons. If your child has a unique circumstance that might require special accommodation for their classes to be recorded, please reach out to their Division Head to discuss.
    • Can my child elect to attend some classes in-person and some classes remotely throughout the course of a day or week?

      No. The logistical challenges this would present would detract from our ability to mitigate on-campus risk and allow teachers to focus on high-quality instruction. Families must commit to either the hybrid model or the remote teaching and learning model (scroll down to Medical FAQ “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)?” for further details).
    • How will you decide which 50% of students are scheduled on which days?

      We will be creating cohorts of students, based on 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 engage in their classes on the set schedule in a variety of ways (synchronous and asynchronous, based on the unique realities of each class) 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.
      • Lunch service will commence on 9/28. We will send further details by email.
        • 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 travel out of state. 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 hope this won’t occur, we will be prepared. 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?

      We are actively working to assign students to hybrid cohorts and will be sharing this information prior to the shift to the hybrid model.
    • Will the school hours stay the same in the hybrid model?

      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. During remote days, students will engage in their classes on the same schedule in a variety of ways (synchronous and asynchronous, based on the unique realities of each class) students, and their parents, would know their specific on-campus vs remote streaming schedule prior to the school shifting into the hybrid model.
    • 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, and/or engage your child alongside the remote cohort of students, (utilizing a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, based on the unique realities of each class). 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 access their classes remotely.
    • 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?

      The hybrid model may be the best model to implement in support of our guiding goals (see above) and public health data and public health orders. 
    • 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 look forward to fall student-athletes coming to campus for practices even on their remote learning days. Middle School athletics begin next week with cross-country starting on Monday, August 31 and golf starting on Wednesday, September 2. Upper School athletics begin after Labor Day weekend with both cross-country and girls volleyball starting on Tuesday, September 8 and golf starting on Monday, September 14. Student-athletes will be allowed to come to campus for practices even on their assigned remote learning days. They will need to follow all daily screenings and temperature checks with their coaches when they arrive and must only be on campus for the dedicated time of their practices.  If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Jeaney Garcia. GO BOBCATS!
    • How many students will be assigned to a classroom?
       

      All classrooms will be assigned based on adherence to state-mandated occupancy restrictions.