Guide to Reentry

We are excited to share our plans for reentry to campus and school life at BUA. Particularly in a new school year, we recognize the importance of bringing students and teachers together in person and have endeavored to create a program that, as much as possible, “feels like school.” As of September 2, 2020, we have welcomed back students for in-person BUA classes for four days per week, with classes on Wednesdays being held remotely. Knowing that each family’s situation is different, students who need to or choose to may  join any in-person BUA class remotely; the same applies for students enrolled in BU classes. 
BUA is implementing a combination of strategies to mitigate risk of transmission and respond to the health and safety needs of our community. Several of these steps have involved significant investments, and this is a complicated endeavor. We are grateful for the partnership of our faculty and staff, outside medical professionals, and our partners at Boston University. Now, more than ever, being part of a major research university offers significant advantages — including weekly COVID testing for all students, faculty, and staff, and contact tracing — and, while we cannot eliminate all risk, we are confident in the steps that we have put in place to mitigate risk and to bring students back to campus. For more details about BU’s campus-wide preparations, please visit Back2BU.
Please check back frequently; we will update this page as plans develop.

Reentry Planning Process

The BUA Reentry Task Force has spearheaded the planning for campus reopening and programming for next year.


Community & Family Expectations


Health & Safety Protocols

While we cannot eliminate risk of transmission, BUA has implemented the following protocols and made the necessary investments to mitigate risk of transmission and assess the health situation on campus. No one strategy is sufficient. The following strategies are designed to work together to reduce risk. They have been developed in accordance with state and local regulations for public health and school safety, as well as Boston University’s Medical Advisory Group.


Screening, Testing, & Tracing

As a unit of Boston University, BUA will adhere to and benefit from the University’s multi-pronged approach to safely resuming on-campus activities. In addition to incorporating public health protocols to drive down the rate of transmission of the disease, the University will institute its own COVID-19 screening and testing program for all students, faculty, and staff.

Response Protocols

Protocols are currently under development in collaboration with members of the Boston University Medical Advisory Group. This section will be updated over the coming days and weeks. Early guidance includes the following, drawn from the CDC, MA DESE, and BU. Please also see BU’s Guidelines for COVID-19 Exposures.


Campus & Building Preparations

For details about plans for BU’s process for the reactivation of buildings and spaces, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and mechanical and plumbing systems to meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, please visit http://www.bu.edu/cpo/return-to-campus/covid-19-faq/


Academic & Extracurricular Program

 


School Logistics


Questions & Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns about BUA’s health and safety policies or reentry planning, please contact academy@bu.edu and a school administrator will respond as soon as possible. If you have questions particular to any of the following areas, please use the contact information below.


Additional Resources

The following websites provide important information about COVID-19, health alerts and updates, symptoms and testing, and guidelines for staying healthy:

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Boston University’s Back2BU Plan
Massachusetts Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
American Academy of Pediatrics
MBTA Ride Safer