Hello Blakely Families,
I feel like the theme of my newsletter is largely the same every week-focusing on being grateful and finding joy, and updating you on the latest news of potential reopening. I guess during this time of constant change the consistency of this newsletter can be seen as a win then, right? Ha!
This week, I continue to be grateful for joyful, smiling students in our virtual classrooms, and for the creative and incredibly hard working Blakely staff! I would also like to give a huge shout out to our Blakely families for partnering alongside us as we navigate how to best support each of our Blakely students!
Hopefully you had a chance to virtually attend the School Board meeting last Thursday. If not, here is a video recording of the meeting for your reference. Dr. Gib Morrow from the Kitsap Public Health District joined the meeting in order to provide his insights and answer questions related to COVID-19. Dr. Morrow shared that current trends show a rise in COVID-19 cases, and our Superintendent, Dr. Bang Knudsen also shared a few logistical challenges that BISD is facing in order to be ready for our reopening in the Hybrid Model. As a result, the timeline for reopening has been pushed back, and this is now our current plan of action:
Review the Kitsap Public Health Data on Oct. 19. If the numbers look to be improving, and BISD logistics are in order, we would bring back our hybrid students on the following tentative schedule:
If the data and the logistics are not looking good on Oct. 19, we will review those components every three weeks. (So in this case, it would be Nov. 2.)
NOTE: Once the criteria are met for return, we will need three weeks of lead time to bring students back.
In the meantime, we will continue to focus on supporting our students in the Continuous Learning Model. This week marks our 7th week of the 2020-21 school year, and I can’t say enough how proud I am of our students, staff and families. This isn’t the school year that any of us had hoped for, we are finding our way in our current reality. Above all, our goal continues to be for our students to feel safe, supported, engaged, and happy!
Enjoy your week,