Open to read about our plans for the 2021-22 School Year.
Open to read about our plans for the 2021-22 School Year.
IMPORTANT: PLANS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

Dear BISD Community,

 

Right before spring break, BISD announced our plans for the 2021-22 school year. We are committed to bringing back students for full-time* learning in the fall. We anticipate that the 2021-22 school year will feel very similar to how school was conducted prior to the pandemic. For example, we anticipate utilizing regular, full-day schedules (no longer requiring AM/PM schedules). 
There are a few key points that I would like to emphasize:

  • The CDC recently adjusted its social distancing guidance for schools to three feet in some settings but not all settings. Six feet is still required:
    - Between adults in the school building and between adults and students
    - In middle and high school settings if there is a high COVID transmission rate (200 per cases per 100,000 over the past two weeks)
    - In common areas such as hallways and auditorium
    - While eating and drinking
    - While participating in activities with increased exhalation (singing, band practice, exercise, etc.)

  • COVID-19 mitigation strategies will continue during the 2021-22 school year such as mask-wearing and increased ventilation.

  • Remaining nimble is key! We need to be flexible with our planning as unknown challenges remain (such as variants or a spike in the number of cases). We need to be able to quickly pivot from in-person to remote learning if necessary.

  • Continue to encourage people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines to be vaccinated. Vaccines are now available to everyone in Washington state who is 16 and older. Bainbridge Prepares Vaccinations and Vaccine Locator are good resources to schedule vaccine appointments. 
Many details will be hammered out between now and the first day of school on September 1. In addition, we anticipate receiving additional guidance from the Department of Health. We will continue to update you as the plans solidify over the coming weeks and months. 

I hope you’re able to enjoy the spring weather this weekend — I hear there is the chance that some temperature records may be broken!

Sincerely, 
Peter Bang-Knudsen
Superintendent
*BISD will work with students and families who need to access learning in an online environment due to COVID-19.
BISD STRONG AWARDS
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Top row: Ordway 4th Grade teacher Anna Fehrenbacher places her BISD STRONG award under the classroom's document camera to show the award to her students. Second row: Surprise! BISD Director of Technology, Kiyo Toma (left photo) and BHS senior Elena Conklin (right photo) are awarded BISD STRONG awards.  

A batch of BISD STRONG Awards was recently distributed, bringing smiles and joy to many!

 

Eighteen members of the BISD community received a BISD STRONG Award in honor of their strong minds, strong hearts and strong sense of community. Read about the award winners here. 
BISD is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Spring BISD STRONG Awards. Take a look around! Who do you know that is BISD STRONG?  It only takes a few minutes to nominate an individual and each nominee receives a letter with highlights from the nomination and a certificate.  
BISD STRONG NOMINATION FORM
WELCOME NEWEST SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
Robert Cromwell

At last night's school board meeting, Robert Cromwell was sworn in as the new director for District 2.

Four candidates interviewed for the open position of School Board Director for District 2 following Mike Spence’s recent resignation.
“Robert will be a steady hand keeping a watchful eye on our budget, and helping to guide the district as we implement our new District Improvement Plan,” said School Board President Lynn Smith. 
Read more about Robert Cromwell here. 

AN UPDATE ON THE DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PLAN

One of the focus areas of the recently adopted District Improvement Plan is Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, Diversity & Justice.  

Part of the plan includes adopting a school board equity policy. 
On May 11 at 6:15 p.m. there will be a School Board Study Session to discuss how the proposed policy supports our District Improvement Plan. The meeting will be held over Zoom and interested community members are encouraged to watch. Please note: Public comment is not accepted during Study Sessions. 
COVID DATA DASHBOARD
COVID Data Dashboard

BISD is committed to sharing information to help track the prevalence of COVID-19 in the BISD community. 


NOTE: A BHS student tested positive for COVID-19 over Spring Break. Kitsap Public Health advised that it was unnecessary to notify the BHS community because the student was not on campus during their infectious period so therefore there were no BHS-based close contacts. 
To access the dashboard, please visit https://www.bisd303.org/covidresources.
COVID-19 Data Dashboard
COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS & SCHOOL
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As part of our COVID-19 precautions, students and staff must be able to answer "no" to the Daily Screening Questions

However, it is important to note that if a student exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 but they are attributable to a pre-existing medical condition (such as allergies or migraines), the student may attend if written documentation of the condition from a medical provider is submitted to the school.
If you have any questions, please contact the Health Room at your student's school. 
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Please report student absences as soon as possible.

Once you know that your student will not be attending school, please let your school office know (either via phone or by entering the absence in Skyward). 
If your student is home ill with COVID-like symptoms, they will need to remain home for 24 hours after their symptoms improve. Someone from the school or the District Office will contact you to help sort out when your student can return.  
STATE STANDARDIZED TESTING POSTPONED 
OSPI announced state testing will not be held during the 2020-21 school year. 

In a statement OSPI said:
  • Standardized testing this spring will not support our students’ mental health and is not the best use of our limited remaining in-person instructional time this school year. 

  • The assessment window for the 2020–21 school year will be in the fall – a timeline consistent with guidance provided by the Department to satisfy federal testing requirements.

  • Students seeking to graduate this spring may pursue an emergency waiver if needed. 
APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
Sexual Assault Awarenss Month
COMMUNITY EVENTS

FLEX THOSE HANDWRITING SKILLS!

KITSAP REGIONAL LIBRARY PRESENTS:
DEAR FRIEND - A LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN.


Write letters to members of our community experiencing isolation due to the pandemic. Pick up a letter-writing kit, write a letter, and return it to the library. KRL will distribute the letters. Details: https://www.krl.org/events/dear-friend-letter-writing-campaign
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
ADDITIONAL BISD INFORMATION

Click here to view last night's School Board Meeting.


BISD COVID-19 Testing Site 

Click here to access student and staff scheduling. 

Travel guidance:

If you choose to travel, please follow the Governor's request
and abide by the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Advisory Guidance.


CALENDAR


APRIL
29: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.

MAY
11: School Board Study Session @ 6:15 p.m.
13: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
27: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
31: Memorial Day (No School)
Want to plan ahead? Download the 2021-22 School Year Calendar here. 
Yoga at Wilkes

BISD IS SOCIAL! 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting Wilkes students practicing yoga in yesterday's sunshine.
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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.