Our Strategic Vision

Fall 2020: Reopening FAQs and Resources

*Last updated: September 11, 2020.*

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, the School released the 2020-2021 Community Covenant as well as the health and safety manual entitled “Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Community: Protocols in the Time of COVID.” Families and colleagues should review these documents before the first day of school. They can be found in your email or the BFS website dashboard. 

The Reopening roadmap, linked here, comes from extensive research and collaboration over the past several months among members of the COVID task force. Our planning has been grounded in research, directives and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health, New York State Department of Education, New York State Association for Independent Schools and the Governor of New York. We are grateful for the hard work and commitment shown by so many in preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.

For the first 8 weeks of the school year, the in-person learning will take place for Family Center through 4th grade students. Classes for 5th through 12th grade will be virtual only with regularly scheduled in person engagement in a physically distanced manner. The school will continue to monitor the situation and after 8 weeks will determine how our program can be adjusted.

Preschool through 4th grade families have the option to choose a virtual only option for their student. Families must have notified the school by August 14th if that is their decision. Due to the developmental inappropriateness of a virtual only learning environment for our youngest children, a virtual-only option is not available for Family Center students.

Please find below the answers to frequently asked questions as well as some additional resources. This page will continue to be updated as we approach the first day of school and beyond.

Contact the planning task force here.

Frequently Asked Questions: Health & Safety

  • All colleagues will ensure all health protocols are followed.
  • Masks will be required at all times on school premises. 2,000+ masks have been purchased in both adult and children’s sizes.
  • Face shields have been purchased that will be accessible to all colleagues.
  • Temperature checks will take place upon entering buildings – 150+ thermometers (both handheld touchless and stationary kiosks) have been purchased. Every classroom space will have a thermometer.
  • Hand sanitizing will take place upon entering buildings and every room throughout the buildings. Multiple touchless hand sanitizer dispensers in hallways and common areas will be installed. An ample supply of hand sanitizer has been purchased as well as gloves. All students and staff will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom, before and after eating, before and after bathroom use, before and after recess and about every 2 hours.

  • Facilities colleagues have been trained in proper cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
  • All bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times each day.
  • Hallway and frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected multiple times each day.
  • At the end of the day, every room that has been occupied will be first cleaned, then disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer and disinfectant fogger.
  • The HVAC system will be run 2 hours before the start of the school day to maximize air quality.

  • Cloth face coverings are mandatory for all adults and children on the BFS campus. Please refer to New York State policy here. Cloth masks have been purchased in both adult and children’s sizes and every student and colleague will receive two.
  • Face shields will be available to colleagues.
  • K-4 students will also be provided with desk shields.

  • All community members planning to attend BFS on campus will use a health application to enter health data prior to arriving at school that day.
  • All students and staff will receive temperature checks upon entering the buildings every day.
  • Every classroom will have a handheld touchless thermometer accessible.

  • We have three full-time nursing positions – two nurses and a nurse’s assistant.
  • We have three full-time counseling positions and one part-time counseling position.
  • There will be nursing and counseling colleagues in the Pearl Street building and also available virtually every day.
  • A new nursing suite is being created to isolate students and colleagues exhibiting signs of COVID. There will be three discrete spaces within the suite for all circumstances necessitating health services.

  • The 375 Pearl Street building capacity is normally for Preschool through 8th grade students. The only students who will be physically present at Pearl Street are Preschool through 4th grade, reducing the overall building’s capacity by 40%. This will allow for smaller classroom pods. A space packing efficiency program was used as a guide to estimate  individual rooms’ capacity. 
  • The Family Center will have class sizes of no more than 10 students at the 189A Schermerhorn Street facility.  
  • Only students and colleagues (no parents, prospective families, or other guests) will be permitted in school buildings to maintain proper social distancing in common areas. 
  • All students and colleagues will remain in their pods throughout the day. Students will remain in limited classroom spaces which will be sanitized after use. 
  • There will be a staggered arrival and departure of students throughout the morning and afternoon to maintain six foot spacing outside of buildings and in common spaces.
  • Students will take the stairs, maintaining six foot spacing, with elevators reserved for those needing the accommodation. 
  • Stairwells will be one direction at a time. 
  • Signage will be placed throughout the building to indicate six foot spacing, reminders of social distancing, proper hygiene (hand sanitizing), directionality, use of masks.

  • If any member of the community exhibits COVID symptoms, they will be required to be tested and quarantined until a negative test result comes back.
  • To minimize cross contamination from those outside our immediate community the school will not permit outside visitors, will not have an in-person admissions office, staff meetings and community gatherings will all be virtual.
  • Families and colleagues in any high alert states or countries will be required to self quarantine 14 days before the start of school.

  • All students and colleagues with a confirmed COVID diagnosis will be required to have a negative COVID test and clearance note from a doctor before returning to school buildings.
  • As per the CDC, a person must be fever free (less than 100F) for 3 days with no fever reducing medications and improvement of symptoms, and must be 10 days post-symptom (No symptoms in the last 10 days) and report general feelings of wellness.
  • All students and colleagues who are exposed to COVID must complete quarantine as recommended by the CDC and receive a negative test result before returning to school buildings.

  • The school is prepared to move all activities to remote learning if discrete groups or the entire school needs to be physically closed.
  • All materials for online learning are prepared and available for students and colleagues.
  • After all students and colleagues have vacated the building(s), a professional cleaning firm will be brought in for complete disinfection.
  • After that school security and facilities will return to prepare for reopening planning.

  • During the opening days of school, beginning the week of August 24th, all BFS colleagues will receive health and safety training conducted by the nursing, counseling and security teams.
  • All divisional Assistant Heads, the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Security, and nursing colleagues have been trained in Contact Tracing through Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

  • We have been working with a ventilation consultant expert who has done a full assessment of the ventilation and air flow systems in all buildings. They will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our systems throughout the school year.
  • Work has been done this summer to ensure that every window at Pearl Street (that does not have an air conditioning unit) is fully operational and can open and close. Guidelines require that 20% of the air pumped into a room should be fresh air, with the remaining recycled air. We will be increasing this percentage during the school year where possible.
  • Systems and protocols are being established to quickly and efficiently move students in and out of the school building during arrival and dismissal times.

The school complies with state and local regulations regarding the number of drills necessary each school year. During the time of physical distancing, drills will be conducted in smaller cohorts to maintain a safe environment for the children.

Families and colleagues traveling from any high alert states or countries this summer are required to self quarantine 14 days before the start of school. This includes students in the Middle and Upper schools as in person interactions will be taking place. For an updated list of states requiring quarantine, please visit Governor Cuomo’s website.

The keys to healthy indoor spaces are filtration and dilution. In terms of filtration, we are switching to MERV 13 filters that are recommended by the CDC. In terms of dilution, we have serviced all the windows at Pearl Street for increased fresh air and all classroom doors will remain open to allow for airflow. Long term we are upgrading our chiller and adding some extra units on the roof that will greatly enable us to increase dilution and moderate temperature. Please note, however, that those upgrades will not be complete until much later in the school year.

The school considered HEPA air purifiers but chose not to pursue those. A purifier will pull air toward itself and any person in that path will be more susceptible to airborne droplets. Therefore, we see them as more useful in office areas and not for use in larger classroom settings.

We ask that school families do not gather in large groups outside of the school organized activities for students. The school is working hard to make sure that students have as many in person points of connections as possible while maintaining health and safety best practices. Group gatherings outside of the school structure put at risk our ability to have points of connection for our students.

The Virtual Option in the Preschool and Lower School

Yes. At this time, Preschool students choosing to attend virtually will be placed into a mixed-age Preschool pod with their peers and will be taught virtually in a developmentally appropriate manner. At this time for the Lower School, we are working to incorporate those selecting our remote option into our Virtual BFS platform that many of you may be familiar with from last Spring. We believe that this would support an aligned and rigorous program for both our in-person and remote models. In the coming weeks, we will be following up with more specific communications.

The OWL Camera is a tool that teachers will have access to for use as they plan for any live streaming incorporated into the daily schedule.

By choosing the virtual option, you are committing to continue this option through winter break. This allows the school to optimally plan for the safety of colleagues and students. This also allows for us to set up and prepare the classroom pod spaces for the students who are going to be attending in-person each day. When we consider that all children have varying health needs, we need to be able to be sure that the classroom pods are secure, safe, and remain consistent each day.

Students will not be on a computer for a full 8 hour day. We are also structuring the schedule thoughtfully so that students do have stretch breaks and snack and lunch times during their day.


If students are sick or they are testing positive for COVID, they are to take a sick day from school to rest and regain their strength until they are able to return to school safely.

Questions Specific to the Preschool and Lower School Programs

It will be helpful for families to practice traveling to school, speaking to their children about social distancing, and prepare their children to say goodbye at the front of the building. Families should plan to exit the area once their child is in line so that social distancing can be maintained.

Students who are attending school each day will interact with their classroom teachers throughout the entire day. Students will also experience specialist teachers either in person or via streaming activities depending upon health and safety guidelines.

Students will need to maintain social distancing throughout their school day based on the health and safety guidelines the school is expected to follow. We have intentionally noted that our first 8-week period is an assessment period which leaves a bit of room should any other options come forward, need to be reflected upon and/or considered.

Students and colleagues will be required to wear masks throughout the day. Masks may be removed while eating and drinking. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles from home to keep at their desks.

At this time, a staggered schedule is being developed so that we can minimize the number of children entering the building at one time.

Prior to the start of school, you will receive a specific timeframe in which your child will be expected to arrive at school. Students will line up six feet apart in front of the building.

Questions Specific to the Middle School Program

The two-week Middle School Student Orientation is a very robust program. Families do not yet have access to the details, as they will be a major focus and priority of our first days back with middle school colleagues next week. Planning in collaboration with the people who deliver the curriculum and programming to our students is critical and essential to the success of any school year. We have not engaged middle school colleagues over the summer months, so these details are not yet solidified. Below is a sample of what is happening during the virtual days of student orientation, and we owe huge thanks to Laurice and Kathleen for establishing and envisioning the framework for orientation this year, as well as several colleague volunteers for their willing collaboration and input into the schedule and offerings (including M’Balia Rubie-Miller, Yelena Remus, and Lauren Pruitt). Sample “workshops” during virtual days may include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and establishing Community Norms
  • Community Building Activities by pod, class, and grade level
  • Digital Wellness & Social Media workshops
  • Technology Training: Zoom, Email, Google Classroom, GDrive
  • Opening Convocation & Collection (or “Assembly”)
  • Investigations into Quaker Values
  • Meeting for Worship times

All activities that happen in-person are supplemental to the virtual offerings during orientation. While students who are outside of the city or not comfortable with attending due to health risks will miss out on social and community building opportunities, we are also providing a lot of community building opportunities and social interaction via Zoom as well. There is no substitute for the in-person activities during orientation. If your child(ren) is not able to attend, they will have that portion of their school day off and unprogrammed. It will be okay if they’re not there. We want each family to do what is best for their child(ren) and family during these difficult times, and we respect your decision(s), which is why we are fully committed to providing ample opportunities for connection online as well.

The indoor sessions (in case of rain) at 116 Lawrence Street for the student orientation program will look very similar to the outdoor sessions. Low-impact games, fun, connection, and silliness.  

All students will be able to pick up their school-issued laptop (available for all 5th graders and any 6th-8th graders who need one), art supplies, and curricular materials for our beginning year units in students’ courses. Teaching colleagues will be busy ensuring materials such as textbooks, books, and other supplies are ready for pick-up. We are also hopeful that student planners (mandatory for 5th graders & optionally available for 6th-8th graders), yearbooks from the 2019-2020 school year, and locker contents from the 2019-2020 school year will be available for pick-up as well. All materials will continue to be available throughout the two-week orientation period, and we will remain in communication with families regarding pick-up times, hours, and procedures.

Athletics programming through the Association of Independent Schools Athletics Leagues has been postponed until at least January 2021. In addition to the challenges presented by in-person sports and Gov. Cuomo’s guidelines for the State of New York, the NYC Parks Department is currently not issuing any park permits to youth sports, schools, or school athletics for Fall 2020. Any questions pertaining to Athletics can be directed to David Gardella, BFS’s Athletic Director, at

However, in collaboration with David, the Middle School is investigating optional ways for students to gather outdoors for physical activity either before and/or after school during the Fall. We will keep you posted as these plans develop further.

Yes. Creating opportunities for social interaction is a critical part of the planning process. Each division will create opportunities for designated cohorts to gather at Lawrence Street and other outside locations. More details will be provided as these plans become available.

The need for students to engage with one another is necessary for their social emotional well-being. In both divisions, a robust schedule of synchronous engagement with their teachers and peers is being developed. This will be more significant than virtual learning last spring, details as to how this will be executed will be shared as they are developed.

Over 82% of middle school teachers at BFS reported at the end of last school year that they were able to cover the essential course content and skills for the last three months of school despite the shift to Remote Learning in March. In examining the input from middle school teachers in the core content areas alone (english, math, science, history, and world languages), that number shifts to over 90% of teachers reporting that the content and skills of last year’s planned curriculum were still covered. Coverage does not translate into mastery, however, so please see info below pertaining to MAP Growth testing for the 2020-2021 school year.

Additionally, all of the research on learning loss due to COVID-19 predicts that the largest gaps in learning will disproportionately impact students within historically marginalized communities and under-resourced districts. 

Finally, effective strategies and best practice for mitigating learning loss point to contextual and social factors as the priority in times of crisis and sudden school closures. What is most important upon return to school is to provide a safe, stable, predictable learning environment where students are able to cultivate and sustain meaningful relationships with their teachers and peers. This research was, in part, what fueled the Middle School’s decision to provide a two-week orientation period for the start of the school year. This research is also why we support synchronous learning for middle school classes, while limiting those classes to 40 minutes per class given that research also shows that 35 minutes is the average amount of sustained attention for a student taking an online course. Synchronous learning, while obviously not ideal, is one of the major ways to create and sustain meaningful teacher-student relationships as well as provide opportunities for meaningful peer relationships through collaborative learning activities.

Yes. It is our intention to conduct NWEA MAP Growth testing this year. We anticipate this not being a priority until approximately early November, given all that is before us in the immediate future. Among many priorities, we are interested in seeing how our students score in comparison to the scores BFS students received at the start of school in 2019 as well as to their age-level peers across the nation. In addition, NWEA has now released independent school norms and comparative data, which we know many families have been interested in examining. 

Performing & Visual Arts have been the biggest challenge to maintain programmatically. Most importantly, because these courses are heavily based upon students’ elective choices, and we are not able to honor elective choices while also prioritizing students’ health and safety during in-person learning. Outside of their World Language choices, students will not take traditional electives in the 20-21 school year. As mentioned in the Connect & Talk, we must set up Virtual School within these same parameters so that the transition to in-person classes is as seamless as possible. 

This means that, instead of our traditionally structured program:

  • All students in grades 5-8 will take one trimester of General Music (Stephen Buck), Dance (Jamara Hill or Jesse Phillips-Fein), and Drama (Lorna Jordan). Each child will have this performing arts class two times per week.
  • For Visual Arts, Tina Piccolo and Caleb Miller will be offering year-long mixed-media courses, where students will study several units focused on differing materials and techniques. We are not able to offer Ceramics or Woodworking this school year, but remain committed to these programs in the long-term once the pandemic is over. 
  • Instrumental Music lessons will be offered after school and during the evening hours only and will take place remotely. This piece of the program is still being solidified and more information is forthcoming.
  • Chorus will not be offered in the traditional sense, but we may be providing extra curricular options via Zoom. If this is possible, more information will be forthcoming.
  • All students will receive a Physical Activity / Movement Break mid-morning during the school day. This will be true in-person or online. In-person, students will stay in their pods and conduct low-impact activities in their classrooms and/or take a recess break to go outside if space is available. Online, students will be welcomed to attend a synchronous class with a BFS Physical Education teacher or they will be offered to take a break off-screen for movement. We are investigating two additional possibilities: 1) morning and/or afternoon optional activities as mentioned above in collaboration with David Gardella, and 2) the possibility of a physical activity app for middle school students, where children can participate and enter their data and stats for some friendly competition. Information regarding the latter two possibilities is forthcoming.
  • We are looking into additional movement-based activities to be offered during the Community Time programming each afternoon of the school day.

Please see above regarding instrumental music programming. Short answer: yes, they will be starting their musical instruments. However, this aspect of the program is still evolving. We will be in touch.

In the traditional sense, no. However, students will continue to gather in small groups outdoors (and indoors when necessary and appropriate) throughout Virtual Learning and the school year. Could these gatherings encompass safely visiting sites related to the middle school curriculum, yes, that would be ideal!

Yes, absolutely. Please see above re: the PE program for the 20-21 school year.

All activities between the hours of 8AM – 4PM are considered to be an integral part of the middle school program. We hope that students will take time off-screen as much as possible during “passing” time, breaks, and lunch. However, we recognize that many students definitely struggled with all the screentime last spring. Please ensure that you are in communication with your child’s advisor and Kathleen Clinchy (Dean of Students) if your child is experiencing any issues related to Remote Learning. We are committed to making collaborative decisions in the best interest of your child. All programming is announced daily each morning on the Panthers Central resource site.

It is correct that there are no Extended Day (or AfterSchool) programs for students in grades 7 & 8; this has always been true and is not a result of COVID-19. Especially in Remote Learning, there will be lots of opportunities for students to socialize outside of their pods, including class times where they will be in the same Zoom room with at least one other pod, but we’ll also be offering clubs, student council, and other groups throughout the virtual school day. Being fully transparent, it will be much harder during in-person school to provide contact with other children in other pods. However, we’re committed to getting students outside as much as we are able given our limited facilities and location. Please see above for some of our planning TBD regarding before school and/or after school activities. 

We are committed to maintaining our monthly “Coffee Hour” programming throughout the school year. While we are calling these “Connect & Talks” moving forward, they will be planned in collaboration with the Brooklyn Friends & Families middle school parent representatives.

You may drop off all items for return at 116 Lawrence Street on Monday, September 14 from 9:00AM-2:00PM.

Questions Specific to the Upper School Program

Students will receive schedules by the end of day Wednesday, September 9th, and possibly sooner. 

Classes will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning.  Each class “meets” for 80 minutes three times a week.  The synchronous learning will occur during the specified time on the class schedule and will last 40 minutes.  Beyond the synchronous learning time, for each class, students should expect to spend an additional 40 minutes that day working on their own.  This asynchronous work (or homework) could include video lectures, practice, readings and other assignments.  This work can be completed during scheduled independent work time blocks or after school hours – whichever works best for each student.  In addition, students can meet with teachers during scheduled office hours or by appointment as needed for additional support.

Asynchronous class time is 50% of total class time.  Asynchronous can be thought of as “homework.” For every 40 minutes of synchronous or “live” class time, there will be an additional 40 minutes of asynchronous work.  This work can happen during scheduled independent work times in the afternoon and also after school hours.

Knowing that each student works at a different pace, we will support each child as best we can.  Teachers may assign some additional homework beyond that covered in asynchronous class time.  The expectation is that this additional work would not be more than 20 minutes of work per class.

We hope that students will choose to meet with their teachers during the posted office hours, and we will encourage them to use that time for that specific purpose. However, if they do not use the time to meet with their teachers, students can use office hour blocks as independent work time to complete asynchronous work.

Classes are scheduled for 240 minutes of work time each week. Each class session is 80 minutes (40 minutes synchronous within the schedule and 40 minutes asynchronous work to be completed during independent work times or after school) and meet 3 times per week.  This contact time is comparable to the amount of in-person class time in prior years and meets the IB requirements. 

Some electives have shifted because of COVID. We were not able to offer some electives (like ceramics because our kiln is located at Pearl Street) while we are remote and physically distanced. This year we will be offering various electives in Performing Arts and Visual Arts.  More information about these offerings will be forthcoming. 

Students will receive letter grades. Best practice, both in person and remote, is for a student’s understanding to be assessed in a variety of ways.  Teachers will be encouraged to consider using a variety of assessments, both formative and summative.  They will also be giving consistent regular feedback to students through Google Classroom.

The Learning Center will be collaborating with colleagues to ensure that all accommodation and recommendations for students are met during remote learning and afterwards. Professional development focusing on learning support will be offered to colleagues throughout the year to foster inclusion and accessibility of lessons.  Students on support will be scheduled with regular one-to-one meetings with The Learning Center, which could later on be adapted, for example in the frequency of meetings or expanded to be small group meetings according to need. The Learning Center will be regularly communicating with families and acting as facilitators to support students.

Students will be hearing from their advisors this week.

The pods are an opportunity for students to connect in small, physically distant groups and a means to encourage connectivity and socialization. In the Upper School, we are using the word “pod” differently than in other divisions. While Middle school pods have been created around academics, in the high school we decided to create our pods around shared clubs and activities.

Students have suggested wonderful ideas for activity pods, so we are very excited for the school year.  

Students have suggested wonderful ideas for activity pods, so we are very excited for the school year.  

No. Students do not have to participate in (activity) pods. We encourage students to participate in them so that they can connect even more with peers and with adults, but they are not required.

Yes. We will offer small music classes/lessons after school but were not able to include these electives within the schedule.  We will share more information about music alternatives as soon as possible. 

A: Yes, PE is mandatory. 

Students can either join a club team or select a PE option. Programming will be offered in-Person and/or virtual.

AM: In-Person will take place in the mornings (7:00am-8:00am) and virtually (8:00am-8:30am). 

PM: In-Person will take place in the afternoons (3:00pm-4:00pm) and virtually (4:00pm-4:30pm). 

More information will be provided as soon as possible. 

The following options are available to fulfill the PE Requirement: 

  • Students in 9th-12th grades can join a Fall 2020 BFS Club Team for sports such as Cross Country, Soccer, or Volleyball (6 Week Program starting 9/21/20 and concluding on 10/30/20), which will meet virtually twice a week in the afternoons (4:00pm-4:30pm). 
  • Students in 9th-12th grades can join a Sport Program that will meet twice a week.. There will be AM/PM in-Person and virtual programming.
  • Students in 9th-12th grades can join a Fitness Program that will meet twice a week.. There will be AM/PM in-Person and virtual programming.
  • Students in 9th-12th grades can join The Panthers Supreme Dance Team. There will be in-Person and virtual programming.
  • Students in 9th-12th grades can join Dance, which will meet twice per week. There will be in-Person and virtual programming.
  • Students in 9th-12th grades can join Yoga, which will also meet twice per week. There will be in-Person and virtual programming.

There are no Interscholastic Teams at this point and time. The Leagues are hoping to offer Athletic Team Programming during the new year (subject to change). The League Schools are hoping to be able to offer a Winter Season, followed by a rescheduled Fall Season, and then a Spring Season (all subject to change) – please stay tuned for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions: The Program In General

Yes. All afterschool programs will take place virtually.

Meeting for Worship and all other large gatherings, assemblies, collections, and meetings will be virtual.

  • The team is working on scheduling daily outdoor time and physical activity for Family Center through 4th grade students.
  • Virtual PE classes will take place for students in 5th through 12th grades.

Schedules are still being determined. Your appropriate divisional leader will be in touch with this information as we approach the first day of school.

Frequently Asked Questions: Other Logistics

Lower, Middle and Upper School students will begin school on Monday, September 14th. Preschool students will begin on Monday, September 21st. Family Center students will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd.

  • In order to allow our colleagues time for further planning and professional development and for ensuring that all details are readied for our reopening, school will begin two days later than originally scheduled. The first day of school for Kindergarten through 12th grade will be September 14th and Preschool will begin phase in on September 21st and Family Center will begin phase in on September 22nd.
  • All divisions will dismiss at noon on Fridays to allow time for professional development and planning for colleagues.
  • Please bookmark the BFS website calendar which will continue to be updated with the latest information regarding our school year calendar.

  • As is normally practiced, students in the Family Center through 2nd grade will bring their own lunches.
  • Students in 3rd and 4th grade will have lunch provided by the cafeteria with concern taken for students with demonstrated food allergies.
  • Food will be delivered to classrooms in individual containers. 
  • Colleagues will be able to pick up prepackaged lunch from cafeteria in a socially distanced manner.
  • Cafeteria colleagues will adhere to highest standards of hygiene protocols. Including gloves, gowns, masks, and frequent hand washing.

Students in grades 5 through 12 will receive a tuition reduction for dining services.

Lunch is provided at the School because it is convenient and practical to do so. In providing lunch we are ensuring that all students have equal access to a good mid-day meal.  Lunch is a discrete cost that is readily ascertainable and by returning this money to families, we hope that our students have access to a healthy lunch each day.

Athletics is a part of the School’s programmatic offerings and is offered as part of tuition, at no additional fee.  Tuition supports an entire ecosystem (employee costs, technology, facilities, professional development, etc.) that enables the School to deliver the best quality of education in support of its mission.  In times like this, when athletics cannot take place for health and safety reasons, other programs become all the more costly to deliver for these very same reasons (health and safety). BFS uses every tuition dollar to maintain the balance of the School’s ecosystem and it was never so important that we receive our families support.

No, only students and colleagues will be permitted to enter the buildings.

While our Middle and Upper School students will not be on campus for daily classes, they will be engaging regularly with one another on campus and in other designated locations in a physically distanced manner. Therefore it is critical that all students are fully compliant with BFS health policies.

All faculty, whether teaching students in person or virtually, will submit attendance records to their divisional offices every day.

The COVID Task Force is comprised of members of the Leadership Team including the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Division Leaders, Director of Advancement,  Director of Enrollment, and a Task Force Coordinator.


The link below contains information compiled by our mental health colleagues on ways to access therapy and other supports, and provides suggested resources for coping skills and tools to use at home.


NYC WellVibrant, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 offer 24 hour a day, 7 day a week immediate emotional support. NY state also continues to offer free and confidential emotional support via this mental health hotline: 1-844-863-9314. If you have immediate concern about your child’s, your own, and/or another person’s safety, please call 911.

Informed and responsible service learning and civic engagement take on added significance during a crisis. Natania Kremer, BFS Director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement has started a document to gather resources for the BFS community. This is a work in progress. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reach out to Natania,