DAILY SCREENING QUESTIONS 
Daily Screening Questions

As we prepare to bring hybrid students back for in-person learning, it is important that families and students review the attestation questions daily, prior to sending 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.
COVID-19 TESTING @ BISD  

BISD is one of a handful of 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 takes place during school days at the District Office, 8489 Madison Ave. N, between Ordway Elementary and the Aquatic Center.

  2. Testing is available for any BISD student or staff who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or concerned with a possible exposure; in addition, during the pilot program staff may take an asymptomatic test once a month. 
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ON THE BALLOT: TWO RENEWAL LEVIES FOR BISD

Coming to your mailbox — perhaps as early as today! — is a ballot for the February 9th special election.

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.
ON THE ROAD

BISD schools are gradually returning for in-person learning beginning on Monday, Jan. 25th.


Here are some important things ​to keep in mind:

  • Please use caution and keep an eye out for students walking and biking to and from schools. We anticipate that more students will be walking and biking than in past years.
  • School buses will be running. Please remember that when the stop paddles are activated on school buses, traffic must stop in both directions
  • Reminder: the speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles per hour.
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SATELLITE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: An Alternative to Driving to the Schools 

As students begin returning to school next week, 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 is putting up 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 and High School Road. Children will then 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. 

BISD MEAL KITS

MEAL KITS PROVIDED BY BISD

BISD continues to provide free weekly Meal Kits for youth and children in the community with pick-up weekly on Fridays. 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! 
NEW! Bainbridge Island Rotary and Helpline House have partnered to deliver lunches to youth in need during the school breaks when BISD Meal Kits aren’t available. This began with Winter Break and will continue during Mid-Winter Break (February 15 to 19), Spring Break (April 5 to 9) and Summer. 

For Mid Winter Break,  lunch bags with a week’s worth of lunches will be distributed at Helpline House on February 18 and 19 between 12-4 p.m.  For those unable to pick up a bag, arrangements can be made to deliver them to you. 

To order a lunch bag please email meals@bainbridgeislandrotary.org.
Include the following information:
  1. Your name and email address
  2. Do you need delivery of the lunch bag to your home?  If so, please include the address where the lunch bag needs to be delivered. 
  3. Do you have a food allergy? Please list
  4. Do you want to receive information on future school break lunches? If so indicate with YES.

    Thank you Rotary & Helpline House for providing meals during breaks!
DEVICE INSURANCE 

BISD Chromebook and iPad accidental insurance coverage is available for purchase through the end of January (deadline is Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. Pacific).


If you have not device purchased insurance coverage yet, you may do so now. 
The insurance coverage period will be from Jan. 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021. and the cost is prorated to $22.75. Insurance is provided through the Worth Ave. Group. Apply for coverage by using this link: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/bisd303.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

BIMA welcomes two Bainbridge High Schoolers --Izaya Brown and Sara Bukair-- to share their personal histories and discuss cultural identity, as well as their work organizing and leading community and events with the Multicultural Advisory Council.

This event is free and takes place on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Register here. 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Izaya Brown is a student at Bainbridge High School. He is active in civic engagement with the leaders of Living life Leadership and has lived on Bainbridge Island for five years.

Sara Bukair is a senior at Bainbridge High School and Multicultural Advisory Council representative who is passionate about equity and social justice. Sara is originally Yemeni-Ethiopian and has spent much of her life living in the UAE. She has most recently worked on voter registration and racial equity projects to help increase student civic engagement.

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


JANUARY
 


25: Welcome back to in-person learning for hybrid students in grades preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 5th and 6th
27: Welcome back to in-person learning for hybrid students in grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 
28: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
FEBRUARY
1: Welcome back to in-person learning for hybrid students in grades 7th-8th (tenative, pending COVID-19 rates)
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 BHS Associate Principal Warren Read on the debut of his novel and the special shout-out it received from The New York Times.
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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
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.