Please reference the bolded text in the following sections for updated information as of Thursday, August 6, 2020:
  • Educational Options
  • Physical Education and Athletics: Middle School Physical Education and Athletics
  • Physical Education and Athletics: Participation in Middle and Upper School Athletics
  • Arts: Rehearsals and Performances
  • Safety Protocols: Daily Screen Procedures
  • Safety Protocols: Facility and Classroom Protocols
  • Safety Protocols: Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Personal Protective Practices: Face Coverings
Second Baptist School will welcome students and faculty back to campus this fall as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. Our top priority is to do our best to provide a healthy environment for all community members as we strive to offer a high-quality, Christ-centered education to each student. The following plan was developed collaboratively by a task force comprised of school, church and medical personnel.

All students are invited to return for on-campus learning in August with enhanced safety measures in place. However, families will also have the option to select virtual learning.

Both on-campus and virtual options will begin in an acclimation phase with staggered start days by division. Each division will start with half-day schedules through Friday, August 28. Full-day schedules will begin on Monday, August 31:

Start Dates by Division
  • Lower School - Wednesday, August 19
  • Middle School - Thursday, August 20
  • Upper School - Friday, August 21
*See Schedule section below.

As an independent Christian school, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide both on-campus and virtual learning options for students and families and will adjust our approach as needed based on the latest medical data and wellbeing of our community. There may come a time during the school year when Second Baptist School must transition to a hybrid model of learning with limited numbers of students on campus at a time or 100% virtual learning for all students. Additional information will be provided in advance to families, faculty and staff if such a change becomes necessary. SBS is committed to making the best decisions for our community given our values, the current health guidelines and information available.

Educational Options

Our goal is for students to participate in learning tasks that are relevant, engaging and require critical thinking. Students in all grade levels and disciplines will continue to experience learning that is authentic, collaborative and Christ-centered.

Families will be able to select either 100% on-campus or 100% virtual learning for their students to begin the 2020-2021 school year. Parents should note the following details for each option and the due date for making their selection. Both options are available to all SBS students for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. With both educational options, all SBS students will receive a consistent academic experience with the assignments and grading remaining the same for everyone, regardless of the option selected.
For either option selected (on-campus or virtual learning), students will be enrolled in that option for the duration of the first grading period, Wednesday, August 19, through Friday, October 9, 2020.

During the first grading period, families may request approval for a change from on-campus to virtual learning or from virtual to on-campus learning by contacting the appropriate division head. Only one request may be submitted per student for the first grading period. Students may only participate in co-curricular activities such as athletics or arts if they are enrolled in on-campus learning. If students enrolled in virtual learning wish to return to on-campus learning and desire to participate in cut- or audition-based co-curricular activities, they may be limited in opportunities if they transition past the dates for tryouts or auditions.

At the conclusion of the first grading period, families will be able to reevaluate and decide if their students will participate in on-campus or virtual learning for the remainder of the fall semester.

Schedule

Both on-campus and virtual options will begin in an acclimation phase with staggered start days by division. Each division will start with half-day schedules through Friday, August 28. Full-day schedules will begin Monday, August 31.

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  • Start Dates by Division

    Lower School - Wednesday, August 19
    Middle School - Thursday, August 20
    Upper School - Friday, August 21
  • Acclimation Phase (August 19-28)

    During the acclimation phase, each division will run modified half-day schedules with limited student movement and transitions. This will allow us to transition gradually back to school as we evaluate and adjust protocols before starting a full-day experience.

    The acclimation phase will:
    • Limit movement, group sizes and hours in school buildings.
    • Allow for progressive re-entry into school with a focus on specialized procedures and training.
    • Establish consistent procedures for pickup and drop-off, temperature checks and screening, classroom protocols and cleaning and disinfection.
    • Support social and emotional health as students and faculty return to school.
    • Help students to adjust to the school environment and/or health and safety protocols.
    Upper school athletic and arts activities will continue after school in a limited capacity with small groups. Middle school athletic activities (including P.E.) will not occur during the acclimation phase, and schedules will be adjusted accordingly.

    The full-day schedule is planned to begin on Monday, August 31.
  • Carpool and Dismissal

    More information about drop-off and pickup procedures will be shared before the start of school.

    With both half-day and full-day schedules, it is imperative that students are picked up promptly at times of dismissal. Students will not be permitted to congregate or remain on campus unless they are scheduled for a school-approved activity.
  • After School Programs

    When following either the half-day or full-day schedule, the after-school programs listed below are available to families who register for on-campus learning:

    Acclimation Phase: Half-Day Options
    • Eagle Extended Day: PK3 - Grade 4
    • Junior Eagle Extended Day: Grades 5 - 8
    Full-Day Options
    • Late Room: PK3 - Kindergarten (Late Room is only available for younger siblings with an older sibling dismissing at 3:30 p.m.)
    • Eagle Extended Day: PK3 - Grade 4
    • Junior Eagle Extended Day: Grades 5 - 8
    Please contact Director of SB-ECP and After School Programs Alba Bunnell for more information.

Physical Education and Athletics

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  • Lower School Motor Skills, Motor Lab and Physical Education

    All lower school students will remain in classroom groups for Motor Skills, Motor Lab and P.E. classes
  • Middle School Physical Education and Athletics

    Grades 5 and 6 Physical Education
    Students in grades 5 and 6 may opt out of P.E. for the first grading period. Students will indicate their preferences upon completion of the Return-To-School Form.

    Students who opt out of P.E. must arrive at school promptly for their second period class. Before arriving, students are required to self-screen at home. Upon arrival, students will have their temperatures taken.
    • Please note: There will be no middle school P.E. during the acclimation phase. Middle school students should plan to attend school (on-campus or virtually) 7:50 - 11:50 a.m. from August 20-28. Schedules will be adjusted accordingly.
    Students in grade 5 who opt in to P.E. will wear their regular school uniform to P.E. and remain in their uniform for the entirety of the day. Students in grade 6 who opt in to P.E. may wear their P.E. uniform and change after class, or they may wear their regular school uniforms to P.E. and remain in uniform for the entirety of the day.

    Locker room occupancy will be reduced to allow for social distancing.

    Grades 7 and 8 Physical Education and Athletics
    Students in grades 7 and 8 may opt out of P.E. or athletics for the first grading period. Students will indicate their preferences upon completion of the Return-To-School Form.

    Opting out of athletics will prohibit students from participating in a fall sport.

    Locker room occupancy will be reduced to allow for social distancing.

    Students who opt out of P.E./athletics must be picked up promptly after their sixth period class and may not remain on campus.
    • Please note: There will be no middle school P.E. during the acclimation phase. All middle school students should plan to attend school (on-campus or virtually) 7:50 - 11:50 a.m. from August 20-28. Schedules will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Upper School Strength and Conditioning

    Off-season strength and conditioning and small group workouts will occur as approved and scheduled by the SBS Athletics Department.

    During the first few weeks of school, the SBS Athletics Department will provide learning opportunities for student athletes on the topics of health and wellness, fitness, nutrition, leadership and character and spiritual growth.
  • Participation in Middle and Upper School Athletics

    To participate in SBS co-curricular activities, students need to be enrolled for 100% on-campus learning by the first day of tryouts or auditions. Students enrolled or required to be in virtual learning will be ineligible for participation in the SBS athletic program.

    At the start of all athletic practices, students will have their temperatures taken

    Further details and updates on practice information, spectator attendance, transportation and live streaming of competitions for the SBS Athletics Department can be found HERE. These details adhere to the guidelines determined by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) for students in grades 9 - 12 and the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference (HJPC) for students in grades 7 - 8.

Arts

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  • Classroom Spaces

    Classroom spaces will be adjusted to allow for the movement required in performing arts courses.

    Classroom spaces will be adjusted to account for aerosol distribution in singing, the playing of instruments and theatrical projection.

    Gloves will be provided for percussion instruments.
  • Auditions

    Auditions for the fall upper school performance will continue Monday, August 3, while observing social distancing guidelines.

    Call-backs for the upper school fall drama are scheduled for Thursday, August 6, with call-backs for the upper school musical on Friday, August 7. A virtual read-through will be held for the upper school fall drama on Saturday, August 8.

    The middle school musical will remain as scheduled, with social distancing procedures in place for both performers and audience members.
  • Rehearsals and Performances

    To participate in SBS co-curricular activities, students need to be enrolled for 100% on-campus learning by the first day of tryouts or auditions.

    Students enrolled or required to be in virtual learning will be ineligible for participation in rehearsals and performances in the SBS Arts Department. These performances would include band and choir concerts as well as theatrical productions.

    Further details and updates on rehearsals and performances for the SBS Arts Department can be found HERE.

Events

  • All school-sanctioned large group gatherings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis until further notice.
  • There will be no academic field trips, retreats or travel until further notice.
  • There will be no after-school clubs until further notice.

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  • Upcoming Events

    • New family and student orientations will be held virtually.
    • Convocation will take place with limited capacity; more details to follow.
    • The upper school Back-to-School dance is canceled.
    • Lower school Meet the Teacher will be held virtually.
    • Lower school parent meetings will be held virtually.

Safety Protocols

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  • Daily Screening Procedures

    Faculty and staff are required to self-screen at home every morning; the screening will include a temperature check, symptom review and brief questionnaire about recent international travel and exposure to COVID-19.

    Families are required to self-screen at home every morning and submit responses before bringing students on campus; the screening will include a temperature check, symptom review and brief questionnaire about recent international travel and exposure to COVID-19.

    Upon arrival, students will have their temperatures taken.
    • If a student has a temperature reading of 100.0°F or above, he/she will be tested for a second time. Upon two separate temperature readings of 100.0°F or above, the student will be walked to the nurse’s office by a school-level administrator and follow the steps outlined in the Health Procedures section below.
  • Limited Campus Access

    All school visitors, including parents, will only be permitted on the school campus during school hours for the following reasons until further notice:
    • a previously scheduled parent/teacher conference
    • checking in/out students
    • dropping off/picking up students before/after school
    All school visitors, including parents, must practice social distancing and wear face coverings when on campus.
     
    Second Baptist Church programming will be minimized during the school day until further notice.

    Volunteers permitted on campus will be limited until further notice. All volunteers will be screened (including a temperature check) upon arrival.

    Tutors and educational therapists will be allowed on campus. All tutors and educational therapists on campus during the school day will be screened (including a temperature check) upon arrival.
  • Facility and Classroom Protocols

    Classroom furniture will be spaced as far apart as possible. Additional seating options have been purchased to promote social distancing, including an increase in individual student desks.

    Plexiglass barriers will be installed in certain common areas as deemed necessary.

    Shared supplies and manipulatives will be limited when possible and, if not, will be cleaned or disinfected between uses.

    All students (PK3 - Grade 12) will have assigned seating during class, lunch and other potential gatherings.

    All students (PK3 - Grade 4) will remain in classroom groups for recess; students in Grade 5 will remain in Community Time groups for recess.

    All air filtration systems across campus are at or above industry-level standards.

    Bathroom capacity will be limited until further notice.

    Lockers will not be utilized until further notice.

    Modified dining procedures will be implemented.
    • Students will bring or buy their lunch. All purchased lunches will be served in pre-plated individual containers. Until further notice, the salad bar will be unavailable.
    • Lunch will be eaten in the Fellowship Hall, C Gym and other available spaces, such as classrooms, as needed.
    • Students will be socially distanced while seated for lunch. All students (PK3 - grade 12) will have assigned seating.
    • Until further notice, parents and other visitors will not be allowed to visit students during lunch.
    • Parents must refrain from purchasing food from outside vendors and bringing lunch to students on campus during the school day.
    • All tables will be disinfected between lunch groups.
    • All students will apply hand sanitizer upon entering their designated lunch space.
    • Seniors may still go off campus or to Jane’s Grill for lunch.
  • Transitions and Common Areas

    Unless required by a medical condition, students will not have access to elevators until further notice.

    The flow of student and staff movement will be clearly labeled in stairwells and hallways.

    Movement will be limited during Community Time for middle and upper school. More details regarding Community Time will be available for students and parents in August.

    Middle and upper school students will be required to socially distance in common areas.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

    The facilities have been professionally cleaned and/or disinfected. This includes but has not been limited to classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms, the Fellowship Hall and all other shared spaces on the Second Baptist campus.

    Frequently-touched surfaces, such as door handles and desks and shared spaces will be disinfected throughout the day.

    Classrooms will be cleaned by teachers between classes and professionally every evening.

    Additional hand sanitizing stations have been installed around campus to encourage frequent hand sanitizing throughout the day.

    Water fountains will be closed and additional water bottle filling stations are being installed for student use.
  • Nurse's Office

    The nurse’s office has been redesigned to accommodate health and safety protocols. Accommodations include a dutch door and an isolation room to separate sick and healthy visits.

    Classroom teachers will be trained to handle minor first aid issues.

    Daily medication will still be administered by the nurse.

    All students will be screened before entering the nurse’s office.
  • Personal Protective Practices

    Face Coverings
    All adults and students (PK3 - grade 12) will be required to wear a face covering (e.g. mask, face shield or gaiter). Masks and gaiters must be a minimum of two-ply.

    Students in lower school (PK3 - grade 4) may wear a mask, face shield or gaiter. Face shields may only be worn by lower school students once they are seated in class; face masks or gaiters are required while in transition.

    Students in middle and upper school (grades 5 - 12) may wear a mask or gaiter. Students in middle and upper school (grades 5 - 12) may wear a shield when worn in addition to a mask or gaiter.

    All face coverings should be worn:
    • Over the nose and mouth.
    • At all times with the exception of eating, exercising, playing at recess, during a designated mask break or resting/taking a nap (PK3 - BR)
    • During passing periods and in common spaces (i.e. restrooms, hallways, dismissal).
    The school will provide each faculty and staff member with shields and gaiters. SBS will provide all students with two gaiters.

    Students, faculty and staff are welcome to bring a face covering from home. All face coverings must be a solid color or school-issued. Face coverings will be available for purchase at Eagle’s Landing.

    Hand Washing
    Faculty, staff and students will also be encouraged to wash their hands whenever possible throughout the day.

    Faculty, staff and students will apply hand sanitizer before entering their classrooms and frequently throughout the day (before snack and lunch, before and after using school supplies, etc.).

    Educating
    Faculty, staff and students will have ongoing training and education on all safety protocols and personal protective practices.

    Educational material has been placed throughout the campus for reinforcing and reminding.
  • Community Protection and Safety

    SBS families are asked to follow the protection guidelines listed below:
    • Know how COVID-19 spreads
    • Know the symptoms of COVID-19
    • Wash hands often
    • Avoid close contact
    • Wear a face covering when around others
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Clean and disinfect
    • Monitor health daily and get tested, if necessary
    • Self-quarantine for a period of 14 days after returning from international travel
    For more information on these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), click HERE.

    Should anyone in a student’s family need to be tested for COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider.

Health Procedures

In addition to the safety protocols listed above, SBS will consult the following health procedures as currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and/or American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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  • Monitoring and Responding to Illness

    While we are taking the precautions outlined in our re-entry plan, it is possible that someone in our school community will become sick. If faculty, staff, students or their families develop symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19, the Director of Health Services Heather Cornelius, must be notified immediately.

    Second Baptist School will provide the appropriate notifications required.

COVID-19 Related Absences

  • Special considerations will be given for student absences, including senior college visits, and their impact on course credit, semester exam exemptions, etc.
  • Policies are being updated to address faculty and staff absences due to COVID-19.
  • More information about student, faculty and staff absences will be forthcoming in August.

FAQs

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