BASD’s Plan for Full-Time In-Person Learning
The Bedford Area School District will have a virtual day for all students on Friday, February 12, 2021. The reason for the virtual day is the district and the Hyndman Area Health Center are administering the Covid-19 vaccine to approximately 160 staff members at a rate of 24 individuals every hour. In addition to the vaccinations, it is also necessary to provide time to observe staff members for possible side effects. It is well-documented side effects occur at a higher rate after the 2nd dose. Given the total number of individuals involved in this event and the disruptions to education, transportation, and food service, the Bedford Area School District will have a virtual learning day on Friday, February 12, 2021.
Return to Full-Time In-Person Education
Additionally, the Bedford Area School District continues to refine its plans to increase face-to-face learning for all students. We believe the vaccine is an important measure to protect our staff from Covid-19. Following this period of vaccination, the district plans to return to full in-person education at Bedford Elementary School beginning Monday, February 22, 2021. Additionally, the district plans to return to in-person education at Bedford Middle School and Bedford High School beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: While the School District is excited about this announcement, the District will continue to monitor a wide range of factors. Therefore, it may be necessary to revert to hybrid or full virtual learning depending on future trends. Additionally, the district is required to follow current state guidelines regarding state mandated closings based on the number of positive Covid-19 cases in each building. It is probable that we will experience periodic individual building closures during full-time in-person education. As always, the district will prioritize the health and safety of students and staff.
If you have any questions about this anticipated change or concerns about your child’s educational program, please contact your building administration to discuss your individual needs.