We are working hard to prepare for in-person learning and a move to the hybrid schedule for all students. Here is some important information to help you prepare.
Attendance and Safety
As we approach returning to in-person learning this month, we hope your family will join our staff in adhering to the Governors guidelines for health and safety. Doing so will help support the health of everyone. Please refer to the winter season flyer Spread Joy Not COVID for additional information.
As the Health Department and Governor Inslee have stated, travel increases a person's risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 so staying local is safest! Also, teachers will be taking attendance for in-person learning so absences unrelated to health of more than 3 days must have prior approval from the principal. If you must travel out of state, we encourage you to make a Rapid Test appointment for your student and plan for results within 48-72 hours. BISD is fortunate to have a partnership between the Department of Health and the Gates Foundation for a rapid testing site that provides a state-funded pilot for voluntary student and staff COVID-19 screening and testing.
Campus Reopening Items
As we prepare to reopen on January 25th for K-1 and January 27th for grades 2-4, students will receive information about our safety rules and procedures through their classroom teachers. Parents have access to this information through our Ordway Hybrid Handbook.In this handbook you will find information about drop-off/pick-up procedures. To limit the mix of pedestrian and vehicle traffic for safe travel, we encourage students to walk or ride a bike as the pick-up lot will likely have long lines. Students who walk or bike are to line up at the front main doors to go through the Covid Monitoring station. We are discouraging parents from leaving their vehicles during arrival and pickup: any school school business should be conducted via phone or email as the office will be closed during arrival and dismissal blocks to aid in the safety of students back and forth to school.
The weather forecast for our first week back has rain and dropping temperatures at night. Snow may or may not accumulate, but our district inclement weather site lists this following:
Snow (with accumulation) During Hybrid/In-person Learning:
-No in-person learning. Instead, students will access their learning via asynchronous lessons posted by teacher(s)
-This will count as a school day and thus, BISD will not be required to make it up at the end of the year
-The District will communicate via our usual channels (via phone and email)
We are committed to providing a safe environment for our students and staff. We hope you will join us in our commitment to health and safety so we are able to continue to offer in-person services and support.
Yours in health and safety,
After School Transportation Plans
If you have not done so already, please take a moment to fill out the After School Transportation Plan for your child(ren). This plan allows school staff to know your intentions for your child(ren) each day after school. As a reminder families whose children have an assigned seat on the bus were contacted via email last week. If your transportation needs have changed with regards to BISD bus transportation, please notify the main office (206) 842-7637.
Parent teacher conferences are being held Thursday and Friday January 21st and 22nd. Sign ups are closed on Skyward so if you still need to schedule a conference please call the office 206-842-7637 and we can help you!
COVID TESTING AT BISD
BISD is one of a handful of school districts in Washington to be selected to participate in a COVID-19 testing pilot program
— a partnership between the Department of Health and the Gates Foundation. This is a state-funded pilot for voluntary COVID-19 screening and testing that will help contain the virus, protect our communities, open up opportunities for in-person learning, and keep students and teachers healthy and safe.
The testing helps BISD add a layer of COVID-19 prevention as we transition from remote learning to in-person learning. A few important things to know:
Testing takes place during school days at the District Office, 8489 Madison Ave. N, between Ordway Elementary and the Aquatic Center.
Testing is available for any BISD student who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Student Scheduling
Reservations for the test are required. We will be unable to accommodate unscheduled individuals.
There is no cost for the test. Your health insurance may be billed, but by law, the insurance company may not charge any co-pay, deductible, or out-of-pocket expense for the test. The Department of Health will cover the cost of the test if you do not have health insurance.
The test is a self-administered cheek-swab test that is similar to brushing your teeth.
BISD staff and community volunteers oversee the testing site and provide you with the test, instructions and monitor the process.
Test results will be available 36-48 hours after the test (or 24 hours after the test arrives at the lab).
UPCOMING LEVIES IN THE FEBRUARY 2021 ELECTION
The February 2021 Special Election will include two BISD renewal ballot measures which would replace two expiring levies. Click on the links below to read the FAQs: