Dear BISD Community,
With the 2019-20 school year behind us, BISD is in “all-hands-on-deck mode” as we plan for the 2020-21 school year. I wanted to give you an update on where things currently stand with our planning. 
  • As we shared a few weeks ago, OSPI expects that schools will open this fall for in-person instruction as long as schools can adhere to social distancing and safety practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our facility team has been mapping out classrooms in all our schools to see how we can safely welcome students back to in-person learning while working within the health guidelines.

  • BISD has three planning teams made up of certificated, classified and admin staff, parents, and school board members. These teams are working through the details outlined in OSPI’s Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide

    Team A is focusing on logistics and how to implement OSPI’s guidance 

    Team B is focusing on different education delivery models & scheduling options

    Team C is focusing on Continuous Learning (remote learning) such as technology, platforms and best practices

  • I’d like to bring special attention to a few items that will be important to note when school buildings reopen: 

    - Students and staff must practice physical distance (six feet) as much as possible. (See page 18 in the OSPI Guide)

    - All students and staff are required to wear face coverings. (Certain exceptions apply; See page 20 in the OSPI Guide)

    - Students and staff will be screened daily upon arrival; if students/staff show symptoms of COVID or answer “yes” to COVID-related questions, they will be sent home. (See page 17 in the OSPI Guide)

    - Students or staff who become ill with COVID-like symptoms at school will be isolated until they can be sent home. (See page 20 in the OSPI Guide)

The planning teams are demonstrating great creativity, thoroughness and problem-solving skills as they work through the challenges of operating our schools during the COVID pandemic. I am thankful for their guidance and their brainpower — I know we are in good hands under their leadership. Along with our planning teams, we continue to work with our partner organizations such as Kitsap Public Health District, the City of Bainbridge Island and our neighboring school districts. 

IMPORTANT! GUARDIAN SURVEY: We launched a survey yesterday to gauge how parents/guardians are feeling about the 2020-21 school year. If you are a parent/guardian of a current student and you haven’t already done so, please share your opinions/thoughts by utilizing this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JBRCLHV . The survey will be open through Thursday, July 3. 

In addition to moving forward with plans for the opening of school in the fall, BISD needs to be adaptable and nimble if the COVID situation evolves. Please continue to check the BISD website and your email for updates. 

Earlier this week, OSPI released a Q&A document regarding schools reopening in the fall. I encourage you to review it if you have questions regarding OSPI's guidelines. In addition, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. 

All the best,

Peter Bang-Knudsen
Guardian Survey RE: Fall 2020
From the top, left to right: Helene Lulelo, Chloe Snow, Max Simon, Wendy Kozina, Michelle Smith, Julia Keys, Serena Zyskowski, Jonna Mathis, Elizabeth Ande, Jennifer Brooks
BISD STRONG Awards are given to those individuals who demonstrate a STRONG MIND, STRONG HEART, and a STRONG sense of COMMUNITY. 

Traditionally, BISD STRONG Awards are handed out in ceremonies where the superintendent surprises students and staff in their classrooms or offices. However, due to COVID-19, this round of awards required a complicated coordination of schedules to track down and surprise the individuals.

We were able to award 10/12 awards in person. One student recipient no longer lives locally (we will mail her the award) and we haven't yet tracked down one staff recipient, but never fear, we will!  

Please join us in congratulating the BISD STRONG Winners for Spring 2020.Read about why they were selected here.

Do you know someone who shows STRONG MINDS, STRONG HEARTS, STRONG COMMUNITY? Nominate them today! 
BISD STRONG Nomination
Image c/o the CDC
Starting today, everyone (ages five and above) in Washington state is legally required to wear a face covering in any public setting when they cannot stay six feet away from others. 

There are a few exceptions:
  • Children younger than five, although it’s strongly recommended that children ages two, three and four wear a face covering with assistance and under close supervision of an adult. Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.

  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has information about face coverings for children, including tips to help children become acclimated to wearing them: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx

The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for many families and students in our community.

Fear and anxiety about this disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and in children. Furthermore, public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely, and can increase stress, anxiety, and depression. Individuals with mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable during these times. 
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:
  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or the loss of support services that you rely on.
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns (too much or too little
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problem
  • Worsening of mental health condition
  • Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substance
  • In children, signs of distress may also include changes in behavior, such as increased agitation or aggression; increased feelings of hopelessness or helplessness; or moodiness that is outside of the norm for your child.
During this summer break, it is particularly important that we take care of ourselves and of one another. If you or someone you love needs help, there are many community resources that are prepared to assist. Many of these supports are available online, via phone, or via secure video-conferencing. Below are some local resources, many of which offer free or reduced-fee services:
  • Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) is offering confidential counseling for youth, ages 13-21. Go to https://askbys.org/   and click on "Make an Appointment." BYS also offers Free Parent Coaching. Email BYS at appointments@bainbridgeyouthservices.org.
  • Kitsap Mental Health Services (KMHS) offers assistance to children, teens, families, and adults of all ages. Call (360) 405-4010 for more information on how to access their services.  https://www.kitsapmentalhealth.org/
  • The Bainbridge Island Psychotherapy Guild is a database of local therapists and psychotherapists in our community. See https://bainbridgepsychotherapy.org/ for more information.
  • Washington Listens: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington has launched a support program to help people manage elevated stress and cope with changes due to COVID-19. Call: 1-833-681-0211. Washington Listens is available M-F from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
If you or someone you know is in a behavioral health crisis, call any of the following hotlines:
  • 24/7 Volunteers of America Crisis Call Line at 1-888-910-041
  • Crisis Hotline 1-800-843-479
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-825
  • You can also text the Crisis Text Line by texting "HOME" to 741741
In spite of COVID complexities, the BHS 100 Building Replacement project continues to move forward.

Contractors are adhering to safe distancing as much as possible, sanitizing common areas, wearing gloves, respirator/masks and staggering shifts.   

 100 Bldg:  Steel detailing is continuing.  Framers are on site completing exterior framing and installing exterior water resistive barrier sheathing.   

200 Bldg-Auditorium:
Concrete stairs have been poured. Mechanical and Electrical systems are being installed. The stage tension grid is in fabrication. Seats for the audience have been ordered. 
It was a day for the history books! Class of 2020's Graduation: Drive-Up Style!

Thank you to all BISD staff for making the day extra special for our graduates. 
We want to keep you on our e-newsletter list!

If you will no longer have a student enrolled at BISD next year, you will stop receiving our newsletters in July. 

Good news! You can continue receiving e-news from the district (and from schools of your choice) by subscribing to our newsletters. Click here to sign-up: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1821636/1778002/

Lace up your running shoes! Our friends over at Bainbridge Youth Services are holding their 41st annual Fun Run.

This year's run is virtual....but still promises to be as fun as ever. (And most importantly, will raise crucial funds for Bainbridge Youth Services.) You can run anytime and anywhere on July 3rd, 4th, or 5th. On your mark, get set...Go! on over to their website to sign-up. https://bifunrun.org/


3: Independence Day (observed); BISD closed
4: Independence Day
30: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
27: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.


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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.