Good attendance is important to student success. Even though the 20-21 school year is starting out differently than in past years, DAILY ATTENDANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN — even in a distance learning environment.

If your student will be absent, please follow the proper steps in reporting your child’s absence (either via a phone call to your child’s attendance secretary, or by recording the absence via Skyward). When reporting the absence, please indicate the reason your child is absent. NEW this year is a COVID-related absence option and you would select this option if your child is absent due to any of the following reasons:

  • The student’s illness, health condition, or medical appointments due to COVID-19
  • Caring for a family member who has an illness, health condition, or medical appointment due to COVID-19
  • The student’s employment or other family obligations during regularly scheduled school hours that are temporarily necessary due to COVID-19
  • The student’s parent’s work schedule or other obligations during regularly scheduled school hours
  • The student’s lack of necessary instructional tools, including internet broadband access or connectivity
  • Other COVID-19 related circumstances

    Telephone calls and and/or emails will be delivered to families whose students were absent but who were not excused by a parent or guardian.  

    From September 2nd - October 4th absences accrued will not count towards truancy. After October 4th, BISD will monitor student attendance levels and if necessary, schedule a conference with guardians and students to identify barriers to attendance and provide available resources to ensure the student’s success.

While the school year may not be beginning in a traditional way, that doesn't mean our traditions have to stop! In fact, it's more important than ever to maintain traditions when we are able to do so safely.

Calling all students and staff   here's a chance to connect with others by printing and completing this year's 2020-21 School Year sign and snapping a photo. Please send your photo to and we will compile a first-day-of-school slideshow.
  • Please write as large as possible
  • Unable to print off the sign? That's OK! Simply write what makes you happy on a piece of paper.
  • Please take the photo vertically (phone up and down, not side to side)

Special thanks to Averie de Guzaman (7th grade student @ WMS) and Melissa Mann (5th grade teacher at Sakai) for sharing what makes them happy! 

During at least the first nine-weeks of school (and all year for the students in 100% Online Learning), BISD is offering WEEKLY meal kits.

Orders are placed by Monday for the following week’s meals. Meal kit pick-up is on Fridays at Sakai from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s important to note that meal kits are ordered by the week; we cannot offer students the option of “picking and choosing” their days. 

The meal kits include breakfast and lunch. The following options are available:

  • Meat Meals (Meal Kit A)
  • Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit B)
  • Gluten-Free Meat Meals (Meal Kit C)
  • Gluten-Free Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit D)
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free with Meat Meals (Meal Kit E
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit F)

    Click here to view the MENU. Place your order by completing this Google Form. Please order by Monday to pickup Friday's meal kit. 
DAILY PRICES - Includes breakfast and lunch 
(Example: a middle school student would pay $30 for five school days of breakfasts and lunches.)

$5.65/day; after 9/18 price is $6/day
$5.75/day; after 9/18 price is $6/day
Non-BISD student/Adult
Any K - 12 student who qualified for Free Meals
Any K-3 student who qualifies for Reduced Price Meals  
Any 4-12 student who qualifies for Reduced Price Meals 

Applying for Free & Reduced Meals

Free and reduced-price lunches may be obtained by any student whose family income falls within the guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture. We encourage everyone to apply — it’s quick and easy. In addition, students can apply at any time during the school year, and applications are reviewed as quickly as possible. 

If you qualified last year, eligibility carries forward for the first 30 days of the new school year. After 30 days, school meals revert to the full price unless a new qualifying application is submitted. Charges that accrue before a new application is approved are the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pay.

NEW! You can APPLY ONLINE through Skyward Family Access - click on the Food Service tab and then Applications to begin.


Pandemic EBT

If your student qualified for Free & Reduced Meals during the 2019-20 school year, your student may be eligible for up to $399.The deadline to apply for this one-time benefit is September 11, 2020. Learn more here:

New immunization rules go into effect for the 2020-21 school year. However, the Department of Health has updated its recommendation to state that proof of compliance is necessary only when students are attending school in-person.  

These changes include:
  • Tdap vaccine will be required for entry into 7th grade instead of 6th grade
  • Immunization records turned in to schools are required to be medically verified
  • The definition of conditional status has been clarified

It is important to note that students may begin school if they have received all of the required immunizations they are due to receive and have submitted medically verified records on or before the first day of attendance. Students not in compliance with state immunization laws will not be allowed to attend.

Please see for more information on immunization requirements and changes or visit the Washington State Dept of Health website:


We are trying to get technology needs squared away before the start of school. If your student is:

  • New to BISD
  • Attended BISD last spring but opted out of using a BISD-issued device and now would like one
  • Is having trouble with their BISD-issued device

    Please stop by the parking lot between Commodore and Bainbridge High School today (Friday, Aug. 28) until 5 p.m. or Monday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The Washington State Broadband Office is mapping our state to identify gaps in high-speed internet to advance the state's goal of having universal broadband access in Washington by 2024. Share your input by taking this one-minute access and speed survey.

Do you have spotty or no internet at your home? Check out these great troubleshooting tips from the BISD Technology Department

Hot off the press — it's the annual Family Handbook!

Filled with essential information (such as the district's COVID-19 protocols) and key school district policies, this handbook serves as a helpful reference for families.
This year, because the situation surrounding COVID-19 seems to be constantly changing, we formatted the Family Handbook using a Google Doc. By doing so, we can update the handbook as the situation evolves. For future reference, please bookmark this link:

Bainbridge Island Sustainable Transportation Plan 

Bainbridge Island's Sustainable Transportation Plan will establish a new vision for how we travel around the island safely and help meet the City Council's goal of reducing 90% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Share your input by completing this survey. Hurry! The survey closes on August 30. 


31: Technology Pick-up Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
2: First Day of School for Grades 1-12; Intake Conferences for Kindergarten students  
3-4: Intake Conferences for
Kindergarten students
7: Labor Day (No School)
8: First Day of School for Kindergarteners
10: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
24: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m. 
Names in the Gym

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post showcasing the updated signs listing the the BHS Individual State Champions and the All-Americans/MVPs/Players of the Year in Paski Memorial Gymnasium. 
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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