RE-OPENING PLAN FOR HYBRID STUDENTS

At last night's School Board Meeting, Dr. Gib Morrow (Kitsap Public Health District) shared his insights on COVID-19 in our county.


Dr. Morrow said that currently COVID-19 trends are rising in Kitsap. Because of this, and BISD logistical challenges such as securing enough substitute teachers, we are dialing back our reopening target dates. Our current plan of action is as follows:
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 tentativeschedule:
  • Grades K-1: Nov. 9
  • Grades 2-4: Nov. 23
  • Grades 5-6: Dec. 7
  • Grades 7-8: January or second semester
  • Grades 9-12: Second semester

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. 

Valuable information was shared at last night's school board meeting, with a robust discussion. The meeting was recording and is available here
To view the slides from Peter Bang-Knudsen's presentation to the school board, click here. 
RETURN TO LEARN HANDBOOK

In preparation for bringing hybrid students to school, BISD has created a Return to Learn Handbook.


The handbook includes a high-level overview of the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible during in-person learning. 
The handbook includes:
SPREAD THE WORD: BISD IS HIRING

Tell you friends, family and neighbors! BISD is hiring to expand our pool of available substitute teachers. 

BISD is looking for Emergency Substitutes:
  • Starting pay $135/ full day
  • Emergency Substitutes need a college degree but not a teaching background
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid training
  • Learn more at: www.bisd303.org/Page/16214
A MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

It's more important than ever to get your family vaccinated against the flu.


The flu vaccine can prevent your family from getting sick with flu during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone aged six months and older, including pregnant and nursing women, and people at higher risk for flu complications.

Your family should get vaccinated for flu early in the fall, and preferably by the end of October. It is best to get vaccinated before flu viruses start to spread in your community. Flu vaccines are available for the whole flu season at many locations near you, with guidelines in place to safely give vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.vaccinefinder.org for more information. All children aged 18 and under in Washington can get flu vaccine and other recommended vaccines at no cost. The provider may charge a fee (called an administration fee) to give the vaccine. You can ask them to waive this fee if you cannot afford it. Remember, we may not have a vaccine yet for COVID-19, but we do have a vaccine for the flu.For more information, please visit: www.knockoutflu.org.
TOP THOUGHTS FROM THE RECENT THOUGHTEXCHANGE

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


Click the links below to view a report of the Top 20 Thoughts share by user group. 
Guardian Thoughtexchange: 534 participants, 830 Thoughts shared
Student Thoughtexchange (grades 7-12): 254 participants, 426 Thoughts shared
Thank you to those who participated and shared their insights. This will be helpful as we adjust and refine our learning models throughout the year. 
WELCOME JENNIFER KNISELEY
Meet Jennifer Kniseley! 
Jennifer is the interim Director of Teaching and Learning.
Her experience includes serving as a principal for both Seattle Public Schools and Edmonds School District, serving as an instructional coach and researcher for local educational consulting firms, and has worked as both a technology and special education teacher.
Jennifer and her family live in Seattle, where they enjoy family dinners, camping trips and Seahawks games.
“Working on Bainbridge Island has reintroduced me to commuting via ferry,” Jennifer said. “I am a graduate of South Whidbey High School so I understand the rhythm of planning that it takes to add a ferry commute. I appreciate the transition time from work to home or vice versa.”
Jennifer can be reached at 206-780-1067 or jkniseley@bisd303.org 
THE GREAT WASHINGTON SHAKEOUT
Great Shake Out

The Great Washington Shakeout is happening on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.


At 10:15 a.m., DROP (where you are onto your hands and knees), COVER (your head and neck with one arm and hand, or crawl under a table) and HOLD ON (until the shaking stops).  For additional information, visit https://www.shakeout.org/washington/
VOTER REGISTRATION

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
KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN

Many of favorite Halloween traditions could increase the risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. 


COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

BAINBRIDGE YOUTH SERVICES: GIVE HOPE EVENT


WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7-8 p.m.
WHERE: Zoom
WHAT: Please join us for an unforgettable hour to provide hope for our local young people. We promise this event will be powerful and inspire you to make a difference in our world.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
Are you a nonprofit organization interested in submitting information to be included in our community events section? Click here to learn more

CALENDAR


OCTOBER
12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
15: Washington's Great Shakeout
28-30: Parent-Teacher Conferences for K-6 (No School)
29: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
NOVEMEBER
11: Veterans Day (No School)
12: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
26-27: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
BHS Construction
BISD IS SOCIAL!

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting  the BHS construction project.
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OCTOBER IS NATIONAL PRINCIPAL APPRECIATION WEEK

We are so thankful for our principals and their dedication, kindness and care. 

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.