BPSD Pandemic Guidance
Relaxed & simplified protocols to begin on January 3, 2022
Interested parents have the opportunity to have children ages 5 and up fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the end of 2021, so the district is planning to relax and simplify its protocols for second semester, which begins on January 3, 2022.
The biggest changes from the current protocols are:
The current Orange 1 level will be folded into the more relaxed Yellow level, which allows field trips, visitors, indoor student assemblies, etc.
The current Orange 2 level will become simply Orange and will still ban field trips but will allow authorized parents and volunteers past front offices and allow indoor student assemblies so long as 6-foot distancing is feasible.
The Red level will not change.
Complementing this change, the Washington County Health Department will be offering free public walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics which offer first, second, and booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to eligible ages and groups, with no appointments needed:
Madison Middle School at 5900 Baylor Drive
Friday, December 3 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (which is a District Virtual Learning Day) with another there on Tuesday, January 4 from 4-6 p.m.
Anyone receiving a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna at the 12/3 clinic can get their second dose at the 1/4 clinic at Madison
Jane Phillips Elementary School at 1500 S Rogers Avenue
Tuesday, December 14 from 4-6 p.m.
Anyone who received a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna at the 11/16 clinic at Jane Phillips can get their second dose at the 12/14 clinic there
Yellow through December 4
Orange 1 December 5-11
The district’s COVID protocols vary with its five alert levels: Green, Yellow, Orange 1, Orange 2, and Red. The alert level is determined during the school year by the average of district cases and city cases (or county cases if city data is unavailable). It is updated & posted at BPSLEARN.COM each Wednesday afternoon.
The CDC says the best precautions against COVID infection include vaccination, masking, distancing, and contact tracing.
At least 3-foot spacing is a goal in classrooms, with up to 6 feet when feasible. The current alert level affects indoor student assemblies, indoor and outdoor venue capacities, and third-party use of school interiors.
If you have any “A” symptoms or 3 or more “B” symptoms, stay home until you get a negative PCR test. If you do a rapid or antigen test, false positives are quite rare, so a positive result is considered confirmation you have COVID-19. But a negative result from an antigen test is false about half the time, so if you get a negative rapid test result, proceed with PCR testing and stay home until you receive a negative result.
District COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures
Click here for complete details on the district’s pandemic procedures, which of course are subject to change as we continue to learn more and adapt to the evolving pandemic.