Many of you joined the senior administrative team and me on May 22 at the virtual Town Hall sessions. If you missed them, you may watch a recording (see below). We plan to hold another Town Hall at the end of June, once our re-entry task forces complete their recommendations, and again in August, to provide information for the start of the school year.
As you are aware, we have been planning for several months what school will be like next fall. We are following the evolving federal and state guidelines closely, as well as learning from other schools’ re-opening efforts around the world. In addition, I am serving on a working group with the Washington Federation of Independent Schools to provide recommendations to Governor Jay Inslee regarding the unique nature of independent schools, which may provide Bear Creek some flexibility in adapting the school re-opening guidelines expected from the state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Underlying our planning and serving as a lens for our decisions, are the following principles, based on our mission:
- Maintain high-quality liberal arts education in instruction, regardless of method
- Place our faith and hope in Christ, not circumstances
- Develop policies and programs that build and support a nurturing culture
- Retain our focus on individual student development
- Be wise: make decisions using biblical epistemology
- Be compassionate: make decisions with an eye toward loving our neighbors
- Be courageous: make decisions from courage not fear
We have six task forces in place, each of which is developing recommendations for various scenarios, ranging from fully- or partly-remote to the pre-pandemic in-person model. The recommendations are due on June 15, and we will create a re-opening plan by early July. We are creating a webpage (coming soon) for communicating the re-entry planning process, including frequently asked questions.
Thank you for your trust, input, and partnership as we navigate these very unusual circumstances, striving always to be true to our mission and care for our students, faculty, staff, and parent community.
Grace and peace,
President and Headmaster
Town Hall Recordings
If you missed the online sessions held Friday, May 22, you're welcome to watch one (or all) of these recordings: