COVID-19/What is a Charter School/BSFCS Emergency Preparedness

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Per Board Resolution, Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School (BSFCS) will work to align reopening plans, practices, and protocol to the extent possible with our charter authorizer, San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD). It is important for all of the BSFCS community to recognize that this plan preparation is to navigate the future unknown and may require toggling between an initially implemented Plan and another Plan to prioritize the health and safety of the community.  All community members have a part to play in maintaining the health and safety of others.  The California Department of Education (CDE) provided guidance for “Re-Opening.”  Joining together again will take collaborative efforts to “Stay Open” for the benefit of students.

It is important to note that Distance Learning is a temporary option due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Families who are desiring a long term, at-home educational model or have health needs that may necessitate alternative schooling options beyond the scope of the pandemic, should contact the front office to schedule communication with the school administrator.  

Each plan presented below outlines the anticipated efforts, practices, scheduling, as well as protocols that take place in the event that the plan is activated at BSFCS during 2020-2021.  Stated communication regarding the adoption of an initial Plan for Fall 2020 was to be dispersed by August 1, 2020.  This document was presented via email to the community on July 13, 2020.  On July 23, 2020, the Governing Board adopted this reopening plan and made the determination to begin the school year in Plan C: Distance Learning.  On October 6, 2020, San Luis Obispo County met the metrics for schools to consider reopening.  BSFCS staff hosted a Town Hall Meeting on October 15, 2020, and answered community questions regarding Plan B Levels. An informational survey regarding reopening was distributed on October 19, 2020. Results and anonymous comments were shared with the community on October 26, 2020.  A Governing Board meeting was held on October 28, 2020. The BSFCS Governing Board approved reopening for four hours of in-person instruction with no more than 24 students and one adult per cohort five days per week and Distance Learning for those selecting to not attend in-person for K/1 and 4/5 Grades on January 4, 2021, and 2/3 and 6 Grades on January 19, 2021. This schedule is reflected in Plan B: Level 2. Modifications to decrease or increase in-person instruction will necessitate consultation and guidance from the San Luis Obispo Public Health Office.  This plan has been revised to meet current CDPH and CDE Guidelines as of this version date.  

BSFCS may modify these plans, and/or add protocols, based on the receipt of new information,  understandings, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Education (CDE), the County Public Health Office (CPHO), and SLCUSD.

BSFCS Reopening Plans Document in Response to COVID-19

What is a Charter School?

Bellevue-Santa Fe received the 93rd charter approved by the State Board of Education and began operation as a charter school in September 1996 with the support of San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

Charter schools are often referred to as “schools of choice” because of their optional enrollment and unique pedagogical views. Student enrollment is by family selection in accordance to a charter’s admission policy.   Choice is provided to families by offering attendance to a public charter school or their neighborhood public school. Charter schools enjoy greater flexibility in curriculum adoption and policy creation than traditional public schools within a large district. Charter schools operate in accordance to the established framework of California charter school law.  Some charters, such as BSFCS, are overseen by their own Governing Board. In essence, a charter school may function as a small school district. This operational structure allows for unique implementation of the adopted states standards and calendaring for state testing in adherence to California State Education Code.

BSFCS Governing Board Adopted Local Control Action Plan (LCAP)

SLO Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Local Plan Document

Emergency Preparedness:

Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School is continuously planning and preparing for emergencies that could interrupt the school day for students. We want to make sure that you are informed of our School Safety Plan.

Emergency Contacts:

IMPORTANT: At the beginning of every school year you receive a lot of forms to fill out. It is VITAL that we have accurate contact information for you, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.


You will be contacted via text (if you signed up to receive text messages), email, and phone tree. School staff will stay with your child until you, or an adult you previously authorized, can pick up your child. When you arrive at the school or designated pick up location, staff will help you properly sign your child out.


Students may be moved to another location to provide better and more direct care. This decision will be made by the district administration and emergency personnel based current conditions, including the building safety and the duration of time that students may need to remain in the care of school staff. If relocation is necessary, the school will alert parents/guardians via text (if you signed up to receive text messages via TextReach), email, and phone tree.

School Safety Plan

School sites plan how to respond and recover from an emergency, disaster, or event resulting in the disruption of normal school operations.

The school and our emergency responders work together to conduct district-wide trainings and update our school’s safety plan.  Our School Safety Plan may be viewed in the school’s main office.

If your child has special needs that require additional assistance in an emergency, you can work with school staff to develop an individualized emergency plan.

Links for Additional Resources

School Safety

Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

Talking to Children About Violence

Safe Schools Planning by the California Department of Education

National PTA School Safety resources

Addressing Grief: Tips for Teachers and Administrators

Talking to Children About Violence  English | Spanish 

Emergency Agencies

San Luis Obispo Red Cross

Grover Beach Police

Arroyo Grande Police

Pismo Police

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department

National Emergency Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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