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Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and partnership during this challenging time.

We are currently providing instruction face-to-face, and operating with enhanced safety protocols.

Please check our FAQ section below for information on what this means.

We are aware we need to stay alert and ready to re-evaluate/change modes depending on the situation.
Please check our latest news section for our official communications.

Below you will be able to see some of the most frequently asked questions. If there is something you would like us to address and do not see it here, make sure to write us at bfs_communications@bfs.or.kr.

What are BFS' learning modes?

Depending on the level of safety, BFS will apply different learning modes ranging from Virtual (high risk) to Business As Usual (low risk).

  • Business  As Usual: all students on campus, standard health, and safety protocols in place.
  • Relaxed enhanced: all students on campus, health, and safety protocols are slightly relaxed (optional use of masks, etc).
  • Enhanced: all students on campus with high levels of safety (mandatory use of masks, etc)
  • Hybrid: students attend school on campus but on alternate days in order to allow for enhanced social distancing.
  • Virtual: no students on campus: instruction provided 100pc virtual.

Our safety analysis takes into account different criteria:

  • Busan Ministry of Education recommendations
  • The current state of transmissions (how many local transmissions and number of consecutive days with transmissions)
  • Geography of the transmissions

At BFS we evaluate the current situation daily.

What are BFS' instructional models?

Based on our learning modes, we can deduct three main instructional models:

  • Face to Face (on campus traditional instruction)
  • Hybrid (partly on campus, partly at home with independent learning)
  • Virtual (at home online learning)

Our stories below explain our models and address some of the fears students might experience when switching to one or another model.

 

 

When does my family have to return to Busan?

Students who travel must follow KDCA quarantine guidelines.They may not attend school if under quarantine by the KDCA.
Additionally, if a student is living with someone under quarantine as instructed by the KDCA,  they will not be allowed to attend school. Please note that quarantine exemptions require proof of a negative Covid test, which can take up to two days upon arrival to Korea.

The Korean government constantly re-evaluates its borders measures. Please make sure to stay abreast of all changes.For full details of the current restrictions and requirements you should check the South Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency https://www.kdca.go.kr/ (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/ (English). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:

Seoul Metropolitan government (http://english.seoul.go.kr/)
Busan Metropolitan City (https://english.busan.go.kr/index)
Daegu Metropolitan City (http://www.daegu.go.kr/english/index.do)
Incheon Metropolitan City (https://www.incheon.go.kr/en/index)
Gwangju City (https://www.gwangju.go.kr/eng/)
Daejeon Metropolitan City (https://www.daejeon.go.kr/dre/index.do)
Ulsan Metropolitan City (http://www.ulsan.go.kr/english/index)
Sejong City (https://www.sejong.go.kr/eng.do)
North Chungcheong (https://www.chungbuk.go.kr/wwweng/index.do)
South Chungcheong (http://www.chungnam.net/englishMain.do)
Gangwon (http://eng.gwd.go.kr/gw/eng )
Gyeonggi (https://english.gg.go.kr/)
North Gyeongsan (http://www.gb.go.kr/Main/open_contents/section/eng/index.html)
South Gyeongsang (https://www.gyeongnam.go.kr/english/index.gyeong)
North Jeolla (https://www.jeonbuk.go.kr/eng/index.jeonbuk)
South Jeolla (http://www.jeonnam.go.kr/)
Jeju (https://www.jeju.go.kr/corona19.jsp)

When will BFS physically re-open?

BFS is currently opened to staff and students. Parents and other visitors may access if vaccinated or if they show a proof of a negative CPR test taken 48 hours before their visit.

Please be assured that we are following safety protocols as required.  

Can BFS be physically open and run virtual school at the same time?

BFS cannot run virtual school parallel to the physically opened school.

How does BFS ensure safety at school?

Student safety will always be our number one priority. Prior to school opening, BFS will release a comprehensive list of actions taken to ensure everyone’s safety while at BFS. This list will utilize the guidelines provided by the Busan Ministry of Education.

=> overview of enhanced safety protocols in place
=> watch our safety training video

How will BFS physical closure affect the calendar and year-end date?

At present we do not anticipate changes to the 2021-22 SY calendar.

Can I enter the BFS campus?

At present our campuses are accessible to families and other visitors if fully vaccinated or able to show a negative CPR test taken within 48 hours before their visit.

What is the latest SAT exam information?

Please check our school calendar for SAT test dates.

What is the latest AP exam information?

College Board has confirmed AP exams go ahead following a modified format.
The exams take place online, at home, and last 45-minutes.
The exam content has been truncated, Your child’s teacher is aware of these changes and will be preparing them accordingly.

How can I support my child emotionally during this time?

We know this global health situation poses many challenges for families. We would like to reinforce the message that you are not alone.
Our school Principals, Mr. Brenneman and Ms. Harvey, are available and will help you navigate through academic challenges your child might encounter.
Our school counselor, Ms. Austin-Castillo, can also be contacted and plays an active role in emotionally supporting your children at BFS.

What actions can I take to keep my family safe from the COVID-19?

The best of all defenses continue to be respiratory hygiene and increased education efforts in all communities:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Wear a mask when you go outside.
  • Stay home if you are sick, especially with any respiratory illness or fever.
  • Respect social distancing guidelines as provided by your local authorities.

Check this link for the latest government promotional posters on safety and prevention.

Where can I find additional information about the COVID-19

The Korean government has been praised for its transparency in sharing information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the situation in Korea, and Busan can be found in English using the following sources:

Worldwide official information is available:

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