Bristol Twp School District Considers Hybrid Reopen Plan

The Bristol Township School District Office entrance. Photo by Rick Rickman.

The Bristol Township School Board will be voting at its next meeting whether to approve a hybrid reopen plan.

Superintendent Dr. Melanie Gehrens announced the upcoming vote in a letter to families earlier this month. The letter included a list of protocols for potential COVID-19 cases in the district.

In September, the district laid out the framework for a hybrid plan. However, there was no indication at the time of when it would be implemented.

This hybrid plan would follow a “Black/Gold” schedule. Students in some grades would return earlier than others. More details are available here on which grades would return first.

Students would be in the classroom two days per week and learn virtually the other three.

If the plan is implemented, families would have an option to use the Bristol Township Cyber Academy if they do not feel comfortable sending their child back to school.

All Autistic Support, Emotional Support, and Life Skills Support students returned to the classroom this past week.

The school board’s next meeting is Monday, October 19.

If there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, the district will follow the following protocols:

  • If a student is sent to the nurse for COVID-19 symptoms, the nurse will conduct a triage assessment. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, your child may be sent home with further recommendations regarding consulting your primary physician. Please know that the District does not make the decision about COVID-19 testing. The testing decision is dependent upon the evaluation by the family physician.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the Bucks County Department of Health (BCDOH) will contact the district.
  • For all positive cases, the District will alert families of students and the teachers that were in direct contact with the student. The District will send the names of those individuals to the BCDOH. Direct contact is defined by the Bucks County Department of Health as within 6 feet of an individual for a minimum of 15 consecutive minutes.
  • Both the District and the BCDOH will contact all families and staff who have been in direct contact with a positive case. The Bristol Township School District is following the CDC/State Department of Health quarantine guidelines and a full (14 days) quarantine.
  • The family of any student who tests positive will need to get a clearance letter from the BCDOH to return to school. This letter will be sent to the school nurse before the student is cleared to return to school.