Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion & Justice Goal:
Bainbridge Island School District will ensure our students feel honored, welcomed, respected, and connected. We are committed to embracing and honoring our island's diversity and creating a vibrant and inclusive community. We will engage our community in becoming an anti-racist organization ensuring equitable access to learning, opportunities, and resources for all students.

- BISD District Improvement Plan, Adopted August 2020

Dear BISD Community,

About a month ago, the Bainbridge Island School District Board of Directors approved our updated District Improvement Plan (DIP). The plan consists of three focus areas: Teaching & Learning; Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion & Justice; Health, Well-Being & Safety. 

Today I want to highlight the Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion & Justice goal (outlined above) because we have a lot of work to do in this area. At last night’s school board meeting, I shared that in addition to the acts of violence and injustice against Black-Americans in cities across the country, Bainbridge Island is not immune to hate-filled acts. Earlier this week, stickers of a known white supremacist group were posted on utility poles along Winslow Way. This is frightening and deeply concerning for all of us, but especially for people of color. There is no place for hate in our community, and I stand in solidarity with our Bainbridge neighbors.  

In addition, over the past couple of months, BISD alumni, families and current students have shared their stories of being the target of  acts of discrimination and microaggressions in our schools. The similarities of their experiences were heartbreaking— and it didn’t matter if it happened 15 years ago or last semester — they all expressed the feelings of being excluded, unwelcomed and hurt. Individually and collectively, we need to engage in our equity work. BISD must take action in becoming an anti-racist organization, and creating an inclusive community where all students feel safe, are honored and see their identities represented. 

While BISD is responsible for creating our inclusive school communities, we need the greater Bainbridge Island community to join us on this journey to accomplish real systemic change. Can we count on you to be an ally for our students?

In partnership,
Peter Bang-Knudsen

BISD is slowing things down a bit.

At the Sept. 10 School Board Meeting, BISD shared that we were exploring the possibility of bringing back our youngest hybrid students for in-person learning as soon as mid-October.  And while our ultimate goal is to bring students back as soon as we can safely do so, we are going to need a little more time to prepare for a successful return of our youngest students. 

The BISD Logistics Planning Team worked all summer to create plans and procedures for in-person learning that fit within the COVID-19 safety guidelines provided by the Washington Health Department and OSPI. However, a handful of logistical details remain to be addressed before bringing students safely back into our buildings. 

It is essential that the transition is well-planned and that it is implemented carefully and confidently. BISD now estimates that the earliest date we could bring our youngest students back for in-person learning is November 2. Again, this date is tentative, as the situation depends on the number of COVID-19 cases in Kitsap County.
At last night's school board meeting, BISD shared an outline of the logistical details that are being put in place to ensure a smooth transition back to in-person learning. These details include health factors, as well as scheduling, arranging for sufficient staff including substitutes, transportation, processes for drop-off and pick-up, and several other areas for consideration. To watch a recording of the school board meeting, click here: View School Board Meeting

BISD wants to hear from you!

BISD is interested to learn your thoughts in response to the question: 

Reflecting on the first weeks of the 2020-21 school year, what has gone well and what needs improvement?

All parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in this Thoughtexchange
and share their thoughts and star others' thoughts. Your feedback will be used to help refine BISD's learning models for the 20-21 school year. 
The Thoughtexchange closes on Monday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. 
Community Conversation

Join the conversation! 

Superintendent Peter Bang-Knudsen, School Board President Lynn Smith and School Board Vice President Christina Hulet will provide an update on the district and answer questions. 

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Via Zoom
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +12532158782,,87117248155#  or +16699006833,,87117248155#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 871 1724 8155
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdelS5ZakL

Are there questions you'd like addressed? Use this form to submit questions prior to the webinar.

BISD is seeking parents and other interested community volunteers to participate in a variety of district committees. 
Volunteers positions are open on the following advisory committees:
- Multicultural Advisory Committee
- Instructional Materials Committee
- Math Curriculum Review for Kindergarten - 8th Grade 

All of the district-level groups listed above include parent, community and school instructional staff member representation, and the committees meet on a regular basis during the school year. Anyone interested in participating in one or more of these groups may apply by returning a completed volunteer application  addressed to Christi Olive at Bainbridge Island School District, 8489 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 or email to colive@bisd303.org. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2020. 

Bainbridge Island School District aims to form committees that represent a broad group of stakeholders.  Questions about individual committees? Please call 206-780-1054.

Have you recently moved to Bainbridge Island? Or is there a newly minted 18 year-old in your household? 

There is still time to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election. Visit: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx


WHEN: From 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays Sept. 30 - Nov. 4
WHAT: Attention 7th and 8th grade students! Are you interested in learning how to better relate to your strong emotions or just want to set aside time for creativity? Do you sometimes feel stressed or lonely? Do you want a space where you can talk about what really matters to you? If so, then this free workshop for you!
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24: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m. 
30: School Photos for BHS, EHHS, WMS & ODY (7-8). Sign-up here.
1: School Photos for BHS, EHHS, WMS & ODY (7-8). Sign-up here.
2: School Photos for BHS, EHHS, WMS & ODY (7-8). Sign-up here.
6: BISD Community Conversation @ 5 p.m. Details here.
8: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
29: 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.