BISD COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 13, 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear BISD Community,

Welcome to the start of a new year in the Bainbridge Island School District!

Whether you are new to our district or have been with us for years, we are excited to begin a new cycle of learning and growth with you and your student. I also recognize that in addition to excitement, there can be nervousness and jitters about the new school year —  especially given the current pandemic. BISD will remain diligent with our COVID-19 practices and will continue to create safe learning environments that nurture students to help them thrive and excel. We are committed to supporting our students as they begin — or renew  full-time learning and socialization in school this fall. 

As you will see in our Return to Learn Handbook (below), BISD is implementing the health requirements recently outlined by the Washington Department of Health. While there will be noticeable mitigation measures in place (mask use, social distancing, etc.), it is my hope that this school year feels more in step with pre-pandemic years with lively conversations, creative problem-solving and joy-filled classrooms. As a reminder, last May the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction stated that this fall, school districts must provide full-day, in-person instruction. [Read his memo here.] 

We will of course continue to look to the DOH and Kitsap Public Health District as we navigate operating our schools in the midst of a pandemic. The situation remains fluid and as we receive new guidance, we will adapt our practices accordingly.  

I appreciate your partnership as we move forward through this school year. 

Sincerely,
BISD Superintendent
pbangknudsen@bisd303.org
COVID-19 MITIGATION MEASURES @ BISD
The Return to Learn Handbook is designed to highlight the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep schools as safe as possible. Download the handbook: English Spanish 
KEY POINTS TO HIGHLIGHT
Masks Required
Regardless of a student’s vaccination status, proper mask use is required on all campuses (both inside and outside) and at all times on buses.

Personal Hygiene
Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing are required throughout the day. Self-serve hand sanitizer (70% alcohol) is available throughout all school buildings as well as sinks with soap dispensers. Washing hands should occur for at least 20 seconds.

Physical/Social Distancing
Physical distancing (3 feet) is required between students in classrooms. Additional physical distancing (up to 6 feet) is implemented in dining areas when masks are removed to eat and drink. Guidance from the Department of Health states: There may be moments, such as passing by others in the hallway or during play at recess when students are not fully physically distanced (3 feet) from each other. This is why the use of additional mitigation strategies (mask-use, frequent hand hygiene, etc.) is imperative. Staff will work to maintain 6 feet of distance from students, and other staff or visitors.

Guardians to Evaluate the Health of Students
Prior to the start of the school year (or within the first week of a new student enrolling in BISD), BISD guardians will attest that they will evaluate their students on a daily basis for COVID-19 symptoms, will take students' temperature daily, will not send a student to school if they are exhibiting a symptom of COVID-19 and will contact school staff if their student is a close contact or tests positive for COVID. If the student is not fully vaccinated and there is concern that they have been exposed to COVID-19, guardians should keep the student home from school and follow the recommendations provided by BISD.

Signage
Appropriate signage is displayed prominently throughout buildings reminding students to wear masks, stay physically distanced, etc.

Routine Cleaning & Disinfecting
Frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, water fountains, etc.) are cleaned and disinfected each night after students leave.

Environmental Modifications
Classroom windows are open and HVAC systems programmed to maximize the use of outside air to facilitate increased ventilation throughout buildings. Educational spaces lacking significant or natural ventilation are outfitted with commercial-grade portable air purification devices.

Access to Testing
BISD offers COVID-19 testing for students and staff. Testing options will include nasal PCR (self-administered & shallow) which takes 2-3 days for results and rapid antigen tests which provide results within 15 minutes. Symptomatic individuals should utilize the PCR tests and asymptomatic individuals (such as those concerned about being a possible close contact) should utilize the rapid tests.
ATTESTATION FORM - GUARDIANS PLEASE COMPLETE
Attestation
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that schools do not conduct daily symptom screening for K-12 students due to the ineffectiveness of on-site screening. Instead, the CDC encourages guardians to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening prior to sending the student to school.

GUARDIANS: Please complete this form attesting that you will monitor your child(ren) daily for symptoms of illness (including taking their temperature) and not send them to school when ill. 

PLEASE NOTE: School health rooms are very diligent and will send students home if they are exhibiting signs of illness. 
Attestation Form
BISD COVID-19 TESTING SITE TO OPEN LATER THIS MONTH
BISD plans on opening its COVID-19 testing site on August 25th (pending test availability).
The testing site can be accessed by BISD staff and students requiring testing due to symptomatic or asymptomatic reasons. Additional information will be available on our website in the coming days.
VOLUNTEERING DURING THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
For the 2021-22 school year, volunteers will be limited to those deemed “mission-critical” to ensuring the programmatic offerings and the success of BISD’s educational programs. This designation will be decided by the school principal.
In addition to being an approved volunteer (meaning the individual has completed the required training and background check) all volunteers must:
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from all students and staff
  • Remain masked at all times 
  • Attest to their health prior to volunteering
  • Must verify their COVID vaccinations are completed (unless they have a religious or medical exemption and if this is the case they need to contact volunteer@bisd303.org to discuss)

    Questions? Contact volunteer@bisd303.org

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION  
Children age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

It is important to note that Washington State Department of Health is encouraging the vaccine but is not currently requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for school attendance. Right now, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12-17. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for people 18 and older.

To locate a vaccine appointment, please visit:
https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

MESSAGE FROM THE TECHNOLOGY DEPT.
Attention families of students who were in grades K-4 last school year: Please return any BISD iPads and Chromebooks that are still in your possession.

If you have BISD-issued technology (including chargers), please return the items as soon as possible to the appropriate school or to the District Offices located at 8489 Madison Ave NE.
KEEPING WITH TRADITION
Examples of photos submitted last year. 
Calling all students and staff − here's a chance to connect with others by printing and completing this year's 2021-22 School Year sign and snapping a photo of yourself holding it. This has become an annual tradition and it's great fun to see the responses. 

Please send your photo to ebischoff@bisd303.org and we will create a first-day-of-school sideshow.
BISD MEALS FOR NEXT YEAR &
SUMMER YOUTH MEALS  
Did you know that school lunches and breakfasts will be available for FREE next school year? 
The USDA established a waiver to support access to nutritious meals when students return to their school buildings in the fall.  This program is available to students who choose the "whole meal"   students wishing to purchase only milk or a la carte items will still be able to do so.

NOTE: Families who may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals should continue to complete a new application at the beginning of the school year to ensure they have access to other district and federal benefits. 

Questions? Email  NutritionServices@bisd303.org.
COMMUNITY* NEWS & EVENTS
projectbackpack

Helpline House is holding its annual Project Backpack event which provides essential school supplies and a new backpack for PK-12th grade students. No registration required. 

DAYS: Tuesday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 26
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Helpline House is located at 282 Knechtel Way NE
PLEASE NOTE: Helpline House asks that people wear masks and bring their smiling eyes! 
INFO
: https://www.helplinehouse.org/project-backpack

*Bainbridge Island School District does not sponsor any community events, and the district assumes no responsibility for them. In consideration of the privilege to distribute materials and notices, the Bainbridge Island School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these notices, including costs, attorney's fees, and judgments or awards.


CALENDAR

AUGUST 
26: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
SEPTEMBER
1: First Day of School for students in grades 1-12
3: First Day of School for students in kindergarten
6: Labor Day (No School)
9: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
30: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
dogs in training

BISD IS SOCIAL! 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with BISD happenings like this post about some VIPs (Very Important Paws) who recently visited the bus barn.  
Facebook Instagram

SCHOOL HOURS FOR 2021-22

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Monday Early Release: 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
WOODWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Monday Early Release: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
SONOJI SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 
Monday Early Release: 8:55 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
 
CAPTAIN JOHNSTON BLAKELY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Monday Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
 
ORDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Monday Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
 
CAPTAIN CHARLES WILKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Monday Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
 
EAGLE HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL 
Monday Early Release: 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
ODYSSEY MULTIAGE PROGRAMS 
Grades K-6 
Monday Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
 
Grades 7&8
Monday Early Release: 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

If your high school student is interested in participating in fall sports, please complete the registration process outlined here.  
Nondiscrimination Statement:

Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.
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