A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 
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A sign of the times —- when typical face-to-face communication halted this year, signs helped share what is on our hearts and minds.

Dear BISD Community, 


What a year! The finish line for the 2020 calendar year is within sight. And despite it being the most challenging year I’ve ever experienced, I have also witnessed countless signs of empathy, resilience and determination. These traits buoy me and fill me with hope. 

This year has tested our students, staff, families and community — and while challenges remain, BISD remains committed to bringing our hybrid students back for in-person learning in a safe and responsible manner. Yesterday, Governor Inslee and the Washington Department of Health announced revised metrics to help inform school districts’ decisions regarding in-person learning. The revised metrics are steeped in scientific data that wasn’t available last summer when the state initially released its School Reopening Decision Tree.

For example, a study from the Institute for Disease Modeling indicates that when schools implement COVID-19 health and safety measures (mask-wearing, social distancing, screening, etc.), the community spread of COVID-19 remains relatively similar in the hybrid learning model as a fully remote learning model. Leading to the finding that hybrid learning isn’t much riskier than full remote learning. (See PDF of the graph below.) Safety is BISD’s highest priority and it will continue to be as we move forward through the school year. 
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Along with COVID-19 safety measures, a key component to opening schools safely is the availability of testing. I am pleased to announce that BISD is one of 12 school districts in Washington to be selected to participate in a COVID-19 testing pilot program — a partnership between the Department of Health and the Gates Foundation. The testing adds an additional layer of protection as we transition to in-person learning. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring this to our school community. (Read more about the program below.) 

Over Winter Break, I hope you find time to relax, refresh and unplug so you’re ready to greet 2021 and all the promise it brings. 

Wishing you the best,
Peter Bang-Knudsen
Superintendent
COVID-19 TESTING @ BISD TO BEGIN IN JANUARY 

BISD is one of 12 school districts in Washington to be selected to participate in a COVID-19 testing pilot program

— a partnership between the Department of Health and the Gates Foundation. This is a state-funded pilot for voluntary COVID-19 screening and testing that will help contain the virus, protect our communities, open up opportunities for in-person learning, and keep students and teachers healthy and safe. 

The testing helps BISD add a layer of COVID-19 prevention as we transition from remote learning to in-person learning.  A few important things to know:
  1. Testing is slated to begin on January 6 (subject to change, dependent on BISD receiving the tests in time).
  2. Testing is available for any BISD staff member and any student who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, we will provide regular interval testing for teachers and staff (who do not have symptoms) as a way to screen for COVID-19 in our community.
  3. Reservations for the test are required. We will be unable to accommodate unscheduled individuals. 
  4. There is no cost for the test but if you have health insurance, you are asked to provide the insurance information. (You will not be subject to a co-pay.)
  5. The test is a self-administered cheek-swab test that is similar to brushing your teeth.
  6. Volunteers will staff the testing site (at the District Office) and will provide you with the test, instructions and will monitor the process. (Thank you, Rotary, for answering the call!)
  7. Test results will be available 36-48 hours after the test (or 24 hours after the test arrives at the lab)

    We will update this webpage as additional information becomes available, including the registration link. 
     
    If you are interested in viewing last week's school board meeting where the testing program was discussed, please click this link. The presentation begins around the 24-minute mark. 
FAMILY WELLNESS RESOURCES 

BISD cares about your family's wellness. 

We are living in unprecedented times and BISD created this webpage to connect you with the resources to help your family find balance. In addition, the webpage offers crucial information and tools such as this brief depression screener parents can use to assess their adolescents. (It is part of the district’s SOS curriculum.)

We hope you have a joy-filled and peaceful Winter Break. Remember, if you find yourself needing assistance (either for yourself or a loved one), please reach out for help.  
UPCOMING LEVIES

UPCOMING LEVIES IN THE FEBRUARY 2021 ELECTION

The February 2021 Special Election will include two BISD renewal ballot measures which would replace two expiring levies.
Click on the levies to read the FAQs:
BISD will share additional information about the levies over the next couple of months. Questions? Contact Erin Bischoff at ebischoff@bisd303.org. 
SPREAD JOY NOT COVID
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Download the flyer from the Kitsap Public Health District. 
BISD MEAL KIT
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MEAL KITS PROVIDED BY BISD

BISD continues to provide free weekly Meal Kits for youth and children in the community but the program will *pause* over Winter Break. The last Meal Kit pick-up is on Friday, Dec. 18th and BISD meals resume on Jan. 8th.
Want to learn more about the BISD Meal Kits? Check out our website. If you're interested in participating, please complete this order form so our Food Services Team knows to expect you! 
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES DURING COVID-19
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As with all other aspects of the traditional school experience, COVID-19 has caused challenges for student athletics and school-based activities.


Here’s an update on where things stand today — noting that the situation is fluid and subject to change.
HIGH SCHOOL

ATHLETICS:
Athletics programs at Bainbridge High School follow the rules and regulations set by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). During the pandemic, the WIAA and the Washington Department of Health set parameters for student athletics on how likely COVID-19 is to spread. WIAA uses the classifications of HIGH, MODERATE, or LOW risk. For example, Cross Country is rated LOW while Wrestling is rated HIGH. 

So far in the 2020-21 school year, a number of BHS athletes have been able to participate in optional conditioning workouts with BHS coaches and volunteers, but due to WIAA and DOH rules, our athletes have been unable to participate in a competitive athletic season. 

WIAA UPCOMING ATHLETICS SCHEDULE (as of 12/17/20)

In order for these sports to participate in competitions, WIAA and DOH will determine the number of eligible schools based on COVID-19 case numbers for each county.  Even if competitions aren’t possible, BISD and BHS will continue to work within WIAA and DOH parameters to provide conditional workout opportunities across all athletic programs from January to June. 
Feb. 1 - March 21: Gymnastics (begins 1/25), Basketball, Wrestling and Boys Swim & Dive

March 15 – May 2: Football (begins 3/8) Competition Cheerleading, Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim and Dive, Volleyball, Golf (alternate season – likely to occur in the following season) and Tennis (alternate season – likely to occur in the following season)

April 28 – June 13: Baseball, Fastpitch Softball, Golf, Tennis, Boys Soccer, and Track and Field
CLUBS & ACTIVITIES: 

When we return to campus for in-person instruction in the second semester, high school clubs and activities will resume. Additional details about this will be shared in January. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL
ATHLETICS:
Woodward Middle School is part of the West Sound Middle School Sports League (WSMSSL) and participates in Cross Country, Track, Basketball, and Volleyball. Earlier this month, it was announced that WSMSSL made the difficult decision to cancel all sports for the 2020-2021 school year.  

BISD and WMS are dedicated to safely offering extracurricular sports opportunities for students in 2021.  Though there will be no competitions within the WSSMSL this year, we are planning on offering students the opportunity to participate in workouts and practices while following COVID-19 safety precautions.

CLUBS & ACTITVITIES
Activities and Clubs are up and running through synchronous Zoom meetings. Once we return to in-person instruction, there may be opportunities for these activities and clubs to meet face to face following established safety protocols. Additional details about this will be shared in January.
OPPORTUNITY TO EARN HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR WORLD LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Can your 7th-12th grade student fluently read, write, speak and listen in a language other than English?


if so, your student could earn high school credit by successfully passing district-approved assessments and demonstrating language proficiency. 
Assessments are available in nearly 50 languages. The exam includes listening, reading, speaking, and writing; all four are required elements. The tests are rigorous and are meant for students who are already fluent in a language other than English, and not meant for students who are currently learning a language.
The testing date hasn't been set yet but it is historically administered on the first Saturday of February. The cost (paid by the family) varies by exam but is generally $30-$50. Scholarships are available. 
In order for BISD to plan accordingly and order the correct tests, preregistration is required. Please complete this form if you are interested in having your student participate. Registration closes on Jan.10, 2021.
BISD STRONG AWARDS 

The day is here!


More than 75 nominations for the Fall BISD STRONG Award are being mailed today.
In the midst of one of the most stressful times in recent history, it's uplifting to see how many people took the time to notice the great work happening by our staff and students.
Winners of this round of the BISD STRONG Award will be announced in January. Meanwhile, we are now accepting nominations for the Winter 2021 award. Who do you know that is BISD STRONG? https://www.bisd303.org/BISDStrong
MLK JR. VIRTUAL WALK 
Virtual Walk

Please join the Multicultural Advisory Council of BISD to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in the 2021 Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk

DATE: Anytime between January 16 - 18, 2021

DISTANCE: A mile (or any distance you wish!) in your neighborhood or any safe walking path or trail

REGISTER: The event is free but registration is requested 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO:
  • Follow COVID-19 safety protocols (maintain six-feet of distance, wear a mask, etc.)
  • Follow pedestrian laws (use sidewalks when they are available, obey traffic signals, etc.) For a complete list of laws visit: https://bit.ly/2JDEEsD
  • Print out the MLK Jr. Virtual Walk sign, answer the question and carry it with you on your walk:

    In the steps of Martin Luther King Jr. I will ...

CALENDAR


DECEMBER
21: Winter Break Begins (No school through Jan. 3)

JANUARY
4: School resumes 
14: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
21-22: Conferences via Zoom for Grades K-6 (No school for those students)
25: Tentative day to welcome back hybrid students in grades preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 5th and 6th for in-person learning
27: Tentative day to welcome back hybrid students in grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for in-person learning
28: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
FEBRUARY
1: Tentative day to welcome back hybrid students in grades 7th-12th for in-person learning
11: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
15: Presidents Day Holiday (No School)
16-19: Mid-Winter Break (No School)
25: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.

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BISD IS SOCIAL!

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting the Toy Drive sponsored by the Builders Club at WMS.
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RETURN TO LEARN HANDBOOK
In preparation for bringing Hybrid students to school, BISD has created a 
Return to Learn Handbook.

The handbook includes a high-level overview of the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible during in-person learning. 

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BECOME A SUBSTITUTE & HELP LAUNCH OUR SCHOOLS
In order to safely operate our schools, BISD needs additional substitute teachers and support staff.

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.