Great news for families who have both parents working.  Bismarck Public Schools announced they will be going to all in person classes for elementary students beginning on Tuesday, September 29th.

In a press release from Bismarck Public Schools, they believe having students in school is best for their social, emotional, and academic success. Burleigh County COVID positive rates continue to remain low for student age populations.  BPS’ COVID Dashboard indicates staff and student case rates are also low.  After reviewing the data and the many protocols Bismarck Public Schools has put in place for student and staff safety, Superintendent Dr. Jason Hornbacher is recommending the following:

Grades K-5: BPS has made the decision that all Hybrid A-B elementary students will transition to face to face, five-day instruction beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2020.  Masks are still required unless 6-foot social distance can be maintained. Mask and hand-washing breaks will be built into the day. Protocols for contact tracing and COVID positive exposure will be strictly enforced, and students and staff are to stay home if they are sick.

Grades 6-12: For the time being, students in grades 6-12 will continue to operate in the Hybrid A-B model. Secondary schools are identifying students who require additional face-to-face instruction at this time and those students will return to school more often. Our middle and high schools will create a tentative timeline and processes for a return to face-to-face instruction for all students in the Hybrid Model.   We have learned from a reliable source that Bismarck Public Schools is hoping to go to all face to face learning by the end of the first semester.

The BPS COVID Task Force will continue to monitor cases weekly. BPS will continue to follow the Contact Tracing and the response to COVID Positive cases as outlined by NDDoH guidelines.  Further information can be found online in the BPS School Restart Plan and documentation under the Fall Reentry Information.