DAILY SCREENING QUESTIONS - NEW! 
Daily Screening Questions

NEW! Earlier this week, the Department of Health updated its guidance regarding schools' daily screening questions.

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms (in the last 24 hours) that are not caused by another condition*? 

    Fever (100.4°) or chills - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - Cough - Fatigue - Sore Throat
    Muscle or body aches - Congestion or runny nose - Headache - Nausea or vomiting - Diarrhea 
    Recent loss of taste or smell 

  2. Have you been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19? UPDATED

  3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test? NEW
         
  4.  Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection? NEW

    Families need to review the questions daily with their students prior to sending the students to school. To help facilitate the process, download and print this sign to keep in a prominent place in your home. Remember, if your student is unable to answer “no” to all the questions, then they need to stay home.
2021-22 BISD SCHOOL CALENDAR

Last night, the School Board approved the school calendar for 2021-22.

 
A few key dates to note:
  • First day of school: Wednesday, Sept. 1
  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov. 24-26 
  • Winter Break: Dec. 20-Dec. 31
  • Mid-Winter Break: Feb. 22-25
  • Spring Break: April 4-8
  • Graduation: Saturday, June 11
  • Tentative last day of school: Thursday, June 16 (pending snow days)
2021-22 School Calendar
COVID-19 TESTING @ BISD  
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Reminder: BISD offers COVID-19 testing for students and staff.  

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ON THE BALLOT: TWO RENEWAL LEVIES FOR BISD

The February 9th special election is just around the corner.

On the ballot are two renewal measures for BISD.
Did you know? Combined, the two levies provide 18% of BISD’s annual revenue.

Did you know? Washington state does not provide any dedicated funding for technology. Instead, districts must rely on local funding to provide necessary devices, hardware, software, networks, etc. 
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BISD's current levies expire in 2021 and must be renewed to ensure that BISD has the resources to pay for necessary programs and operations and to fund technology.
SATELLITE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
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SATELLITE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: An Alternative to Driving to the Schools 

As students begin returning to school, Bainbridge could face a traffic challenge as a number of families will be driving their students to/from school instead of taking the bus. Unlike in years past where schools had one daily arrival/dismissal time, each BISD school will have an AM and PM schedule — which means twice as many arrivals/dismissals. 

Traffic is expected to be particularly problematic in the central area between Bainbridge High School and Sakai Intermediate. To avoid congestion, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school, if possible. If you must drive, please consider dropping off and picking up your student at one of the three designated locations where your student can travel the rest of the way (to/from school) by foot or bicycle. NOTE: These options are best for older students who understand how to safely navigate around traffic. Additionally, families with younger children are encouraged to park at one of the satellite locations below and accompany their children to/from school. 
1. Island Church on Sportsman’s Club and SR305. The City of Bainbridge Island installed a temporary bike/walk lane for children from the church to Coppertop, where students can cross safely to the trail by Sakai. 

2. Bainbridge First Baptist Church on Madison and SR305. Students can then walk or bike on paved sidewalks on Madison and New Brooklyn to get to school. 

3.Bainbridge Public Library on Madison Ave. Students can walk or bike to school on paved sidewalks on Madison and New Brooklyn.

This project is a collaborative effort of the Safe(r) Routes to School working group, with
representatives from BISD, the City of Bainbridge Island, Squeaky Wheels, Bainbridge Greenways, the Sustainable Transportation Planning Committee and BISD’s PTOCC. 

UPDATED: FREE K-12 INTERNET ACCESS PROGRAM

ATTENTION: 

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has updated the free state-wide program called the K-12 Internet Access Program. Launched last fall, the program is funded by the federal CARES Act and is intended for students and their families who cannot afford internet access. 

To be eligible for this program, students and their families must:
  • Be able to show they are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Currently do not have internet connectivity at their residence prior. NOTE: The initial requirement that families did not have internet access prior to August 2020 has been removed.

    If approved for the program, families will be provided with internet access at no cost until the end of the 2020-21 school year. The deadline for new families to apply has been extended to March 31, 2021. Additional information on the K-12 Internet Access Program, including an FAQ, can be found on this Washington OPSI web page: 

    https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources/k%E2%80%9312-internet-access-program

    To take part in the program, please contact BISD’s Director of Technology, Kiyo Toma, by email at ktoma@bisd303.org or by calling the Technology Department at (206) 780-1060. NOTE: If you reach voicemail, please leave your full name and telephone number or email address. Your information will remain confidential.

CALENDAR


FEBRUARY
1: Welcome back to in-person learning for hybrid students in grades 7th-8th 
11: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
15: Presidents Day Holiday (No School)
16-19: Mid-Winter Break (No School)
22: Welcome back to in-person learning for hybrid students in grades 9th-12th (tenative, pending COVID-19 rates)
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 BHS National Art Honor Society who created 30+ portraits of children for the Memory Project, 'Creating Portraits for Global Kindness' program. The portraits have now arrived into the hands of the children in Venezuela, Syria, and Russia.
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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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VIEW LAST NIGHT'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 
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BECOME A SUBSTITUTE & HELP LAUNCH OUR SCHOOLS
BISD is always looking for 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.