The Academy Readies for New Year with New Precautions
September 8, 2020
Christian Brothers Academy welcomes over 850 young men back to campus this week to begin the 2020-2021 school year.
While it will be a challenging year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CBA administration was determined to bring the students back to campus in a safe manner.
Taking CBA’s Lasallian mission and approach to education into account, the Academy utilized an end-of-year parent survey as well as a faculty committee to aid in its plans to reopen. All students will be required to wear masks and desks will be placed at least three feet apart as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Students will remain six feet apart during lunch periods, which will be spread out in different locations on campus including the cafeteria, gym and outdoors.
Over the summer, the Academy has invested heavily to ensure that proper safety precautions are in place for students and faculty. New safety modifications include daily health screenings with the FeverFree App, elimination of homeroom and locker usage, and plexiglass in classrooms and high traffic offices. The Academy has also made a substantial investment in Bipolar Ionization, which is an air purification system installed in every HVAC unit that deactivates harmful substances like bacteria, mold, allergens, and viruses.
To prepare for a possible return to virtual learning and to accommodate those who are at home, CBA purchased Swivl devices to allow for live streaming and recording of classroom instruction.
CBA has signage posted to remind students and faculty to always wear a mask, wash or sanitize hands frequently, and maintain social distance. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the school and in classrooms.
Just before Labor Day, the Academy sent current students and parents this video to help prepare the community for the changes that they will see.