Welcome to Beaver Island Community School

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Beaver Island Community School (BICS) is a PreK-12th grade public school system located on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. BICS has a strong tradition of academic excellence and caring. The school follows a community-defined plan, 21st Century Learning on Beaver Island, to ensure that all students meet defined expectations.

The school boasts a high teacher-to-student ratio, music and art programs, and outstanding access to technology, intramural and interscholastic sports.

Students who graduate from BICS tend to score higher than state and national averages on the ACT Test and have been accepted into post-high school programs ranging from work placement to community colleges to universities.

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BICS Adaptive Covid Response Plan UPDATED 3.21.22

Beaver Island Community School

BICS Adaptive COVID Response Plan 2022

Approved Monday, March 14, 2022

Effective 8:00 am, Monday, March 21, 2022


Beaver Island Community School is committed to providing high-quality face-to-face in-person

instruction while keeping our students safe and complying with applicable laws. This adaptive

response plan serves as the BICS policy regarding the remainder of the school year. Beaver

Island Community School will revisit the following plan on a monthly basis as we continue the

2021-2022 school year.

The purpose of this adaptive response plan is to allow BICS to be able to adapt to rapid changes

in the COVID-19 situation based on COVID cases in Michigan as a whole, in Northwest

Michigan, on Beaver Island, and in the school population. To ensure changes from one level to

another can be made in the most expeditious and non-political manner, this plan authorizes the

superintendent, in consultation with HDNW and the Beaver Island Rural Health Center

(BIRHC), to determine movement between levels. In summary, this adaptive response plan has

three levels:

1. Standard (Green) Level—The Standard Level involves the continuation of ongoing

mitigatory measures (e.g., cohorting, social distancing, cleaning, parent screening of

students), providing rapid testing at school, adhering to HDNW quarantine guidelines,

and supporting individuals who choose to wear protective facial coverings. Masking is

recommended and supported but not required.

2. Precautionary (Yellow) Level—The Precautionary Level would involve the same

ongoing mitigatory measures as the Standard Level, with the addition of requiring

wearing facial coverings at all times in the building other than when students are sitting at

their desks in a socially-distanced classroom. Students and staff will wear masks when in

common areas, when working in close proximity, when the entire student body is

gathered indoors, and during community events held at the school, etc. All parents and

guests are required to wear masks when in the building.

3. Protective (Red) Level—The Protective Level would involve the same ongoing

mitigatory measures as the Standard Level, with the requirement that masks be worn by

all K-12 students, all staff members, and all parents and guests when in the school

building. Non-parent guests would be limited to those with essential work in the building

(e.g., contractors).

In making the decision to move from one level to another, the superintendent will consult with

the HDNW and BIRHC and consider a variety of factors, including COVID-19 case,

hospitalization, and morbidity rates at the national, state, regional and local (on-Island) scale,

proximity of cases to the school population, emergence of new variants and their potential threat

to the student population, vaccination availability and rates, and timing (e.g., proximity to a

break when students or staff may be traveling). Due to both the ever-changing nature of the

COVID-19 virus and range of factors to be considered, there are no “set” metrics to trigger going

from one level to another.


Beaver Island Community School

Adaptive COVID Response Plan 2022

Standard (Green) Level


Face Coverings

The wearing of masks in the school building recommended and supported but not required.

Parents and Visitors

Parents and those listed as emergency contacts are welcome to come into the school building for

school business and to serve as chaperones on field trips. Visitors who would like to tour the

school building are asked to call ahead to set up an appointment with the front office.

Field Trips and Guest Lecturers

Upon prior approval from the superintendent-principal, teachers are welcome and encouraged to

take their students on field trips and invite guest lecturers into their classrooms.

Cohorts

The Elementary and Secondary programs are considered two separate cohorts. Activities that

bring the two cohorts together will be conducted outside or in manner and location that allows

physical distancing (such as the gymnasium).

Interscholastic Athletics

BICS will follow any and all guidelines issued by the MHSAA, HDNW, or the MDHHS.

Physical Distancing

We will endeavor to physically distance students as much as possible in classrooms and during

lunch to reduce spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Teachers will be encouraged to conduct

class outside when feasible. Gatherings of more than one class or multiple grade levels will take

place in locations that are conducive to physical distancing (i.e., outdoors or in the gymnasium).

Healthy Indoor Environment

We will maintain our daily cleaning protocols and use of the Clorox 360 machine to reduce the

risk of transmitting illnesses from surfaces. We will continue to utilize HEPA filters and operate

with an increased percentage of outside air.

Contact Tracing and Quarantines

We will facilitate contact tracing with cases that are associated with the school. We will follow

the most updated quarantine guidelines established by the HDNW for any positive cases with

those individuals associated with the school.

Testing

BICS will continue to provide rapid testing to students and parents who request it.

Transportation

Whenever students are being transported via bus, airplane, or private vehicle for school purposes,

they are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks (unless CDC, FAA, or TSA regulations say

otherwise for airline or other public mass transportation).


Beaver Island Community School

Adaptive COVID Response Plan 2022

Precautionary (Yellow) Level


Face Coverings

The wearing of masks in the school building is required for all individuals in common areas,

when working in close proximity, during all-school events, and during community events held in

the building. Students may remove their masks when sitting at their desks in a socially-distanced

classroom. Teachers may remove their masks when socially distanced from students.

Parents and Visitors

Parents and those listed as emergency contacts are welcome to come into the school building for

school business and to serve as chaperones on field trips. Visitors who would like to tour the

school building are asked to call ahead to set up an appointment with the front office. Parents and

guests are required to wear masks at all times when in the building.

Field Trips and Guest Lecturers

Upon prior approval from the superintendent-principal, teachers are welcome and encouraged to

take their students on field trips and invite guest lecturers into their classrooms. All guest

lecturers will wear a mask while in the school building.

Cohorts

Masks will be worn by all students and staff when BICS cohorts are brought together indoors.

Interscholastic Athletics

In addition to MHSAA, HDNW, or MDHHS guidelines, BICS students and visiting athletes will

wear masks when not actively engaged in play or practice.

Physical Distancing

We will endeavor to physically distance students as much as possible in classrooms and during

lunch. Teachers will be encouraged to conduct class outside when feasible. Gatherings of more

than one class or multiple grade levels will take place in locations that are conducive to physical

distancing (i.e., outdoors or in the gymnasium).

Healthy Indoor Environment

We will maintain our daily cleaning protocols and use of the Clorox 360 machine to reduce the

risk of surface transmission and continue to utilize HEPA filters and operate with an increased

percentage of outside air.

Contact Tracing and Quarantines

We will facilitate contact tracing with cases that are associated with the school. We will follow

the most updated quarantine guidelines established by the HDNW for any positive cases with

those individuals associated with the school.

Testing

BICS will continue to provide rapid testing to students and parents who request it.

Transportation

Whenever students are being transported via bus, airplane, or private vehicle for school purposes,

they will wear facial masks for the duration of the trip.


Beaver Island Community School

Adaptive COVID Response Plan 2022

Protective (Red) Level


Face Coverings

All students and staff must wear facial coverings during all times when in the building.

Parents and Visitors

Parents and those listed as emergency contacts must wear a mask in the school building and may

only enter with prior approval. Contractors may enter the building only when performing work

deemed essential with prior approval.

Field Trips and Guest Lecturers

There will be no indoor field trips to other locations nor guest lecturers in the building.

Cohorts

The BICS cohorts will not be brought together indoors. Any all-school activities will take place

outside in a socially distanced manner.

Interscholastic Athletics

In addition to MHSAA, HDNW, or MDHHS guidelines. BICS students and visiting athletes will

wear masks at all times.

Physical Distancing

We will endeavor to physically distance students as much as possible in classrooms and during

lunch. Teachers will be encouraged to conduct class outside when feasible. There will be no

gatherings of more than one class inside the building.

Healthy Indoor Environment

We will maintain our daily cleaning protocols and use of the Clorox 360 machine to reduce the

risk of surface transmission and continue to utilize HEPA filters and operate with an increased

percentage of outside air.

Contact Tracing and Quarantines

We will facilitate contact tracing with cases that are associated with the school. We will follow

the most updated quarantine guidelines established by the HDNW for any positive cases with

those individuals associated with the school.

Testing

BICS will continue to provide rapid testing to students and parents who request it.

Transportation

Whenever students are being transported via bus, airplane, or private vehicle for school purposes,

they will wear facial masks for the duration of the trip.

BICS PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN "ROUNDUP"

BICS Preschool and Kindergarten “Roundup”

As we plan for the start of school in September 2022, we are inviting parents of young children on Beaver Island who have students of preschool (three years old by September 1, 2022) or kindergarten (five years old by September 1, 2022) age to contact Beaver Island Community School at (231) 448-2744. We have enrollment paperwork for you and will schedule a time to meet with the preschool or kindergarten teachers.

Caitlin

Caitlin Boyle Educational Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship towards tuition and books will be awarded to a Beaver Island Community School graduate who attended BICS for at least 2 full years, and is now attending a trade school, enrolled in a certification program or has completed one year of a college degree program. This scholarship is in memory of 2009 BICS graduate, Caitlin Marie Boyle. Caitlin always valued education. She graduated from Michigan State University in 3.5 years with her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. After graduating and while working full time,  Caitlin then began her studies for a second degree in Veterinary Sciences, until she became too sick to continue. While recovering from treatments, she still wanted to learn new skills, so she began an online certification program.

To apply for this scholarship, send an email or letter to Neal and Connie Boyle atconnieneal@yahoo.comor P.O. Box 242, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Please include your contact information, name of school you’ll be attending, your area of study and type of program, and a description of your education and career plans and how this scholarship will help you.  All areas of studies are eligible. If there are multiple candidates, preference will be given to applicants pursuing studies in the animal sciences or medical research. Applications must be received by July 1, 2022.