RE-OPENING PLAN FOR HYBRID STUDENTS

Dear BISD Community, 


A few weeks ago, I announced that BISD was postponing our plans to bring Hybrid Learning students back for in-person school until at least January 2021. I want to share with you our updated tentative schedule and the reasons for selecting the dates. 

Dec. 19 - Jan. 3: Winter Break
Week of Jan. 4: Hybrid students remain in Continuous Learning; BISD consults with Kitsap Public Health District regarding post-Winter Break COVID-19 rates (for the next three weeks)

Week of Jan. 11: Hybrid students remain in Continuous Learning;  BISD consults with Kitsap Public Health District regarding post-Winter Break COVID-19 rates (for the next two weeks)

Week of Jan. 18: MLK Jr. Holiday (1/18); Hybrid students remain in Continuous Learning; High School Finals (1/19-1/22) Conferences for grades K-6 (1/21-1/22); BISD consults with Kitsap Public Health District regarding post-Winter Break COVID-19 rates

Week of Jan. 25: Welcome back kindergarten-6th grade Hybrid students (exact schedule TBD); 7th-12th grade Hybrid students remain in Continuous Learning; PSAT for 11th grade (1/26)

Week of Feb. 1: Welcome back 7th-12th grade Hybrid students (exact schedule TBD)

It is important to reiterate that we will only bring students back to our schools when Kitsap County COVID-19 rates are in the moderate to low range as outlined by the Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree.

If you missed Governor Jay Inslee’s address last night, I encourage you to watch it. In it, he outlines the importance of rethinking this upcoming holiday season, and as hard as it may be, adjusting your plans to help reverse COVID-19’s current upward trajectory. The collective behaviors of our greater community will ultimately decide if and when schools can reopen. 

As this public service campaign reminds us, keep masking up, keep spreading out and keep groups small. It’s not forever, but it’s for now. 
To submit questions or comments about the plan, please send them to bisdreopening@bisd303.org.
Peter Bang-Knudsen
BISD Superintendent

The reopening plans were discussed at last night's School Board Meeting. 

You can view a recording of the meeting here
RETURN TO LEARN CONFIRMATION

ATTENTION GUARDIANS OF 5th-12th GRADE HYBRID STUDENTS


Later today, you will receive an email with instructions on how to review your student's Return to Learn plans. Please submit the form by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 
Questions? Contact the Office Manager at your student's school. Thank you! Your input will help us solidify our planning. 
UPCOMING LEVIES
Enrichment & Operations/Tech

AT LAST NIGHT'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, THE BOARD APPROVED TWO BALLOT MEASURES.

The February 2021 Special Election will include two BISD ballot measures which would replace two expiring levies. View this presentation to learn how the Enrichment & Operations Levy and the Tech Levy provide critical funding for BISD
BISD will share additional information about the levies over the next couple of months. Questions? Contact Erin Bischoff at ebischoff@bisd303.org. 
IT WAS A TEST, IT WAS ONLY A TEST.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4th, we tested our Emergency Notification System to make sure contact information is up-to-date for guardians and staff.  


We tested all aspects of the system — phone, email and text (however, you must have opted-in to receive texts; see below for details.)

STAFF & GUARDIANS: If you did NOT receive the test messages on Wednesday, Nov. 4, please contact Erin Bischoff at ebischoff@bisd303.org
ENROLLING IN TEXT ALERTS*: 
If you haven't enrolled to receive texts via our notification system, using your cell phone, please text Y to the code 67587. (Or, if you've changed your mind and no longer wish to receive texts, text N to the code 67587). You must enroll in the system to receive texts from BISD. 
COMMUNITY MEMBERS
If you are a community member without students in our schools but would like to receive our emergency text alerts, please send your cell number to ebischoff@bisd303.org. (This is a great option for caregivers such as grandparents and neighbors.)
HELP PREPARE BISD FOR LIFTOFF 
Preparing for liftoff

Tell your friends, family and neighbors! BISD is hiring to expand our pool of available substitutes. 

Part of BISD's reopening plan includes growing our pool of awesome substitute staff. Please consider helping out during this most challenging time  you will also be making a difference in the lives of children.
Interested in joining our team of substitutes? Learn about the application process and what being a substitute entails at our Substitute Informational Webinar. 
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4-5 p.m.
WHERE: Online via Zoom
WHAT: Please join BISD's Human Resources team and district personnel for a webinar where we will share the ins and outs of being a substitute. There are two types of substitute positions: Substitute Teachers & Substitute Support Staff. Both positions offer a flexible schedule. 
R.S.V.P: Please complete this form with your contact information and we will send you the Zoom link prior to Nov. 19. 
BISD STRONG NOMINATIONS
BISD STRONG Award
Odyssey student Max Simon received a BISD STRONG Award last spring for his kindness and strong leadership.
Now, more than ever, it's important to celebrate the joy and kindness across our district.

BISD is filled with amazing students and staff and now is your opportunity to recognize the many individuals who make our district strong  with their strong minds, their strong hearts and their strong sense of community.  
The sky is the limit on how many people you can nominate. We just ask that the individual be a member of the BISD community and that you do not nominate your family members.
Take a look around — who do you know that should be honored as BISD STRONG?  
BISD STRONG NOMINATION FORM
FREE K-12 INTERNET ACCESS PROGRAM

ATTENTION: 

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has launched a free state-wide program called the K-12 Internet Access Program. Funded by the federal CARES Act, this program is intended for students and their families who cannot afford internet access. 


To be eligible for this program, students and their families must:

  • Be able to show they are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Not have had internet connectivity at their residence prior to August 2020.

    If approved for the program, families will be provided with internet access at no cost until the end of the 2020-21 school year. Additional information on the K-12 Internet Access Program, including an FAQ, can be found on this Washington OPSI web page: 
To take part in the program, please contact BISD’s Director of Technology, Kiyo Toma, by email at ktoma@bisd303.org or by calling the Technology Department at (206) 780-1060. NOTE: If you reach voicemail, please leave your full name and telephone number or email address. Your information will remain confidential. 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Raising Resilience

CONNECTIONS CAFE: PARENT SELF-CARE


WHEN:
Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. 
WHERE: Online
WHAT: Join Raising Resilience for a nurturing session with Susan James, BCC, MSSW, LICSW from the Bainbridge Prepares Wellness Team. Parents, grandparents, educators, and guardians are invited to decompress and ease into the holiday season with a special circle of life assessment exercises focused on self-care. 
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
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CALENDAR


NOVEMBER
19: Substitute Informational Webinar @ 4 p.m.
26-27: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
DECEMBER
10: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
21: Winter Break Begins (No school through Jan. 3)
Ordway/KeyClub Drive
BISD IS SOCIAL!

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting a collaboration between Ordway 1st Grade students and BHS Key Club Members for a hygiene drive to benefit Helpline House. 
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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. 

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.