RE-OPENING TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR HYBRID STUDENTS

ANNOUNCING TENTATIVE HYBRID RETURN-TO-LEARN DATES* 


*It is important to reiterate that we will only bring students back to our schools when Kitsap County COVID-19 rates are in the moderate to low range as outlined by the Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree.

Monday, Jan. 25: Welcome back Hybrid students in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 5th & 6th Grades 
Wednesday, Jan. 27: Welcome back Hybrid students in 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades

Monday, Feb. 1: Welcome back Hybrid students in 7th-12th Grades 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & POWER OUTAGES  
Inclement Weather

GIVEN THIS SCHOOL YEAR'S  UNIQUENESS, 

we are adjusting our parameters when it comes to inclement weather and/or power outages and their impacts on the school day.
It’s important to note that because of the AM/PM Hybrid Schedule for in-person learning, we will not be utilizing one- or two-hour delays this year. 

In order to help families and staff facilitate planning, BISD will do its best to make the decision whether or not school will be in session as soon as possible. But as we’ve experienced in the past, Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Sometimes a decision cannot be made until the last minute.  

If there will be changes to the usual school day, we will communicate with you via our communication channels:
  • Email
  • Mass notification via phone
  • Text (to those who are enrolled in our text alerts
  • On the BISD website
  • Via social media


SNOW (with accumulation)
 
During Continuous Learning (remote learning) and 100% Online Learning

  • It remains a typical day of Continuous Learning and 100% Online Learning
  • No in-person services for those students who access BISD sites; they will access their learning in a Continuous Learning environment
  • BISD Facilities closed for after school interscholastic activities and outside rentals and reservation
  • This will count as a school day and thus, BISD will not be required to make it up at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with you via our usual channels

SNOW (with accumulation) During In-Person Learning

  • No in-person learning. Instead, students will access their learning via the asynchronous materials posted by teacher(s)
  • If applicable, a decision will be made by noon regarding extracurricular activities
  • This will count as a school day and thus, BISD will not be required to make it up at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with you via our usual channels

POWER OUTAGES During Continuous Learning (remote learning) & 100% Online Learning

  • BISD will work with Puget Sound Energy to determine how wide-spread the power outage is; if it is determined that the power will not be restored to the majority of the island by 9:30 a.m., it will be a non-school day
  • BISD facilities closed
  • This will not count as a school day and BISD may be required to make-up the day at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with you via our usual channels  

POWER OUTAGES During In-Person Learning

  • The decision will be made on a case by case basis and included in the decision will be whether or not Puget Sound Energy predicts the school will be without power for the majority of the day. A decision about the feasibility of transitioning to asynchronous learning for the day will be assessed. If not feasible due to a wide-spread lack of power, school may be canceled for the impacted building(s). 
  • BISD would need to apply for a waiver to the state for the missed day(s); if the waiver is not granted, the impacted school(s) may be required to make-up the day(s) at the end of the school year
  • We will communicate with the impacted families and staff via our usual channels
UPCOMING LEVIES

IN THE FEBRUARY 2021

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. 
RECOGNITION FOR THE NEW BLAKELY ELEMENTARY

Hip-Hip-Hooray!


Mithun (the architect firm who designed the Blakely building) recently received an Award of Merit at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter 2020 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture.
“I think the connections between the indoors and outdoors, and just the way the building is integrated into the site and the topography is a really brilliant solution. It’s going to be a loved school for many, many generations. I really applaud both its little bit of whimsy, that will be fun for the children, but also its rigor in which it addressed environmental and high-performance issues in the building.” - Juror for the award.
HELP PREPARE BISD FOR LIFTOFF 
Preparing for liftoff

Tell your friends, family and neighbors! BISD is hiring to expand our pool of available substitutes. 

BISD recently held a webinar to share the details on ins and outs of substituting for BISD. You can watch a recording of the webinar here.
NOTE: Fast forward to the 5:25 minute mark which is when the webinar begins.
GIVE THANKS NOT COVID
PLEASE HELP PROVIDE BISD WITH VALUABLE DATA 

ATTENTION: 


We are partnering with the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) to administer the Educational Effectiveness Survey™ (EES) – Social-Emotional Screener to our families, students and staff. This survey will be open for families through December 4th.

Family Survey Link 

This family survey will provide our schools and district leadership with valuable data about the wellness of our families, what is needed for students to be successful in the current learning environment, and if any changes need to be made to support families. Please complete the survey for each student enrolled in BISD. 
  • This survey is formative, not evaluative. There is no “final score” that indicates “good” or “bad”.
  • This survey is confidential and anonymous. All parents will use the same link and responses are not disaggregated into groups smaller than 10.
  • Complete the entire survey in one sitting - your progress will not be saved.  
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

ISLAND VOLUNTEER CAREGIVERS - THANKSGIVING CHEER PROJECT


Help bring cheer to island neighbors by creating cards, notes, artwork to include with Thanksgiving meals. 
The cards/notes/artwork should include:
-An uplifting message to your island neighbor.
- The message should not be religious in nature, but of course, include messages of thanks, hope, love and peace.  
- The card or note be provided on its own without an envelope
- Sign the letter with your first name, initials, or simply "from your island neighbor."
-  Please deliver all cards, notes, and artwork to the Thanksgiving decorated bin (pictured above) near the front door of the BI Senior Center located at 370 Brien Drive SE during regular business hours or if after hours, put in the mail slot to the left of the front door. Please deliver all cards, notes and artwork by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
Are you a nonprofit organization interested in submitting information to be included in our community events section? Click here to learn more

CALENDAR


NOVEMBER
26-27: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
DECEMBER
10: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
21: Winter Break Begins (No school through Jan. 3)
On the road!
BISD IS SOCIAL!

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting BISD bus drivers getting back on the road to practice driving the elementary routes in preperation of students' return. 
Facebook Instagram
return to learn
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. 

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.