Dear BISD Community,

We are wrapping up week two of the school year and despite our current challenges and limitations, I’ve heard wonderful anecdotes about how teaching and learning are thriving. Thank you for your continued support and dedication as we navigate this new school year.

I wanted to let you know that at last night’s School Board meeting, I shared an update on the  Hybrid Learning Model. Below is an overview of what was discussed.  Alternatively, you can listen to the meeting via this Zoom recording.
  • According to Kitsap Public Health District, the number of COVID-19 cases is improving 
  • Kitsap Public Health District is paying close attention to the two-week mark after Labor Day to see if there is a spike in cases like there was after the 4th of July
  • Kitsap Public Health District believes there is now adequate:
    - Available testing
    - Contact tracing support
  • If the case count in Kitsap County remains in the Moderate Category (25-75 cases/100,000 people over a two week period), and the other Decision Tree considerations are met, Kitsap Public Health District supports us with moving forward with slowly bringing students enrolled in the Hybrid Model back for in-person learning
  • Our current plan is to bring our youngest learners back first, and then work our way through the grade levels
  • Other area school districts in King, Pierce and Clallam counties have heard similar messages from their Health Districts
  • Continue with the logistics planning for in-person learning, including daily check-in procedures, transportation details and facility planning (much of this work was already accomplished in the summer before we pivoted our planning to all-remote learning)
  • Continue working in conjunction with Kitsap Health District to monitor the number of cases
  • Update the School Board on Sept. 24
  • Possibly implement in-person learning for Hybrid Model students in grades K-4 (earliest date would be October 12, possibly bring back by grade bands)
  • Continue planning to bring back other Hybrid Learning Model students
    - Grades 5-6 students perhaps in November
    - Grades 7-8 students TBD
    - Grades 9-12 students second semester
This is promising news and I remain cautiously optimistic with an emphasis on the word caution. We need to temper this news with the caveat that with COVID-19, things can change on a dime. Our situation may look very different in two-to-four weeks than it looks right now. It will be important to manage expectations as we move forward with this school year and remain flexible to shift if the COVID-19 case count changes. We will continue to follow the science and the Department of Health’s guidelines to inform our decisions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our district. In addition, when we are able to bring students and staff safely back to our buildings, we will follow all the safety procedures outlined in our Family Handbook

As our planning evolves, I will continue to share updates with you. Please check our FAQs often, as we will add and update information as it become available. In addition, please direct questions to BISDreopening@bisd303.org

Peter Bang-Knudsen

Remember: You are not alone!

 If you are immediately concerned about yourself or a friend, text Crisis Text Line at 741741 or call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). These services are free, confidential and available 24/7.
For additional information and resources, please the OSPI Youth Suicide Prevention website and our website

WARNING: Disturbing video circulating on social media. 

We want to alert you to some disturbing information that we have become aware of recently on social media. In August there was a death by suicide recorded live on Facebook and the video was reposted to Tik Tok.
The video is now being disguised by using a title under animals or food items. Across the country, youth and adults are accidentally coming across these videos. We encourage you to be vigilant about monitoring your child’s activity on social media and be aware that these graphic and disturbing posts are circulating.

The student nomination period for the Highly Capable Program is open now through September 21, 2020 for all students in grades 1-12.

Students currently qualified as highly capable with BISD do not need to be nominated or assessed again. 
BISD's Highly Capable Program serves students who perform at advanced academic levels. Students who are identified as highly capable become part of our district-wide program which provides learning opportunities throughout the student's academic career.

The nomination window for highly capable services for students in grades 1-12 is open now through September 21, 2020. Nominations for kindergarten students will be in January. 

Students who are nominated and have parent/guardian permission will have a cognitive assessment administered by a trained BISD staff member. A BISD team will review the student’s cumulative file, recent testing results and other standardized academic assessments. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the testing and team decision regarding placement and services. 

Those nominating students must complete 1) a referral form and 2) a rating scale. Both forms are available from the BISD district main office located at 8489 Madison Avenue or on the Highly Capable webpage https://www.bisd303.org/Page/10084. The referral form and parent rating scale need to be completed and turned in to the student’s school office by the end of the school day on September 21, 2020.


WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Bay Hay & Feed Barn, 10355 NE Valley Road
WHAT: Bring clean, dry, snappble Styrofoam - all tape and stickers removed. CDs and DVDs only, no cases. Free but donations are welcomed. 
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Patriot Day 

Flags at BISD schools are lowered to half-staff today for national Patriot Day, the annual memorial to the victims of the 2001 tragedy. 

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.