ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST PRESSING QUESTIONS 
We know there are many questions about the beginning of the school year, and while we may not have all the answers yet, we do have many that will help your family better understand the plans for the fall.  
Q&A FOR THE HYBRID LEARNING MODEL
  1. I understand that students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model will begin the school year in a Continuous Learning (remote) environment. What are their schedules?

    ANSWER:

    CONTINUOUS LEARNING SCHEDULE

    Grades K-4 (and Odyssey 5-6): 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    Grades 5-8: 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12: 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    Please note: 90-minute Early Release Days are on Fridays and provide time for staff training 

  2. I thought that students in the Hybrid Learning Model were going to be assigned an AM or PM schedule. What has changed?

    ANSWER:
    The AM/PM assignments take effect only when students are able to come to school for in-person learning* because we only have space in our buildings for half of the student body at a time (due to social distancing requirements).  

    When we transition to in-person learning, 
    the AM or PM schedule will be as follows:

    AM SESSION:
    Grades K-4 (and Odyssey 5-6): 7:50 - 10:35 a.m.
    Grades 5-8: 8:05 -10:50 a.m.
    Grades: 9-12: 8:20 - 11:05 a.m.

    PM SESSION:
    Grades K-4 (and Odyssey 5-6): 12:25 - 3:10 p.m.
    Grades 5-8: 12:40 - 3:25 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12: 12:55 - 3:40 p.m.

    IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTE: When students are not in-person (AM or PM), they will access their education through Distance Learning, which may include assignments provided by teachers during the in-person instruction time and/or online components.They will also access Distance Learning on Fridays and will not attend school in-person on Fridays. 

  3. I need to be able to plan our family’s schedule. I understand that AM/PM schedules aren’t happening until in-person instruction occurs, but I still need to know which one my child is assigned. When will I find out if my student is placed in AM or PM?

    ANSWER:
    This information will be available by the end of August. 
    You’re right —  while it doesn’t impact students’ schedules for the start of the school year, it  does go into effect when we pivot to in-person learning. 

  4. Am I understanding correctly that during Continuous Learning, my student will follow the school schedule as outlined in question one? Does that mean they are in front of a computer screen from morning to afternoon?

    ANSWER:
    The answer to your first question is yes —  during the first nine weeks of school (or longer if deemed necessary by the Health Department), students will follow the school schedule as outlined in question one.

    However, it does not mean they will be in front of a computer screen for the entire day. The day will be a mix of some two-way instruction, referred to as synchronous learning (e.g. Zoom classes discussions) and one-way instruction, known as asynchronous learning (e.g a pre-recorded lesson provided by a teacher). In addition, there will be built-in breaks, independent work time, small group work and specialists (K-6) or elective classes (7-12). We hope to share a more detailed schedule with you by next week.

  5. What is expected of parents/guardians/childcare providers? Are they expected to help guide student learning?

    ANSWER: 
    The amount of adult support varies depending on the student’s grade level and the student’s self-motivation / independent work style.

    Most local childcare facilities are planning to develop schedules that include time and support for students to participate in their learning activities.


    Each school will monitor participation, and if a school sees that students are unable to regularly access instructional opportunities and engage in tasks, the school will work with families to find ways to best support students with their learning. 

  6. I have heard you say that vast improvements have been made in the Continuous Learning experience. How so?

    ANSWER:
    In preparation for the fall, a team of tech-savvy teachers and administrators has worked diligently throughout the summer, creating a more streamlined and consistent platform called BISD’s CORE FOUR. All BISD teachers are participating in mandatory training regarding the CORE FOUR, and all are expected to implement the CORE FOUR in their teaching practices. 

    In addition, please take a look at this brief video the team created. 

  7. Please explain what CORE FOUR means.

    ANSWER:
    The components of CORE FOUR are:

    HOMEBASE: This is where students find assignments, questions, materials and teacher announcements. The platform will depend on the student's grade level but will either be Google Classroom or Seesaw. 

    VIDEO CREATION: The application for recording video of the teacher using a webcam (or screen sharing) for instruction. This will be handled through the Screencastify platform.

    LIVE DISCUSSION & OFFICE HOURS: The application where students and teachers gather for synchronous interaction/engagement. This will be accomplished via Zoom.

    CONTENT ORGANIZER: The application where teacher and student files are kept, worked on, and organized for learning. These documents will be housed in Google Drive.

  8. When will students find out teacher assignments? And for secondary students, when will they find out their class schedules?

    ANSWER:
    This information will be available at the end of August.

Q&A FOR 100% ONLINE HOME LEARNING MODEL
  1. What will students’ schedules look like in 100% Online Home Learning?

    ANSWER:
    Start and end times will follow the Continuous Learning schedule as follows 

    Grades K-4 (and Odyssey 5-6): 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    Grades 5-8: 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
    Grades: 9-12: 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    Please note: 90-minute Early Release Days are on Fridays and provide time for staff training 


  2. I thought students in 100% Online Home Learning had more flexibility and didn’t need to login at set times. Has something changed?

    ANSWER:
    Now that core instruction will be provided by BISD teachers and not by a third-party online platform, students in the 100% Online Home Learning model will be provided with a weekly learning  schedule that includes BISD instructional time.

    Student participation will be monitored and if a school notices that students are unable to regularly access instructional opportunities and engage in tasks, the school will work with families to find ways to best support students with their learning. 


    Some students will need to access the third-party online platform for certain classes and those classes will have more built-in flexibility. Additional information regarding these classes will be available soon. 

  3. How will BISD teachers provide instruction to students enrolled in this educational model?

    ANSWER:
    Like their colleagues teaching in the Hybrid model, BISD teachers instructing students in 100% Online Home Learning will use the BISD CORE FOUR 

    HOMEBASE: This is where students find assignments, questions, materials and teacher announcements. The platform will depend on the grade level of the student but will either be Google Classroom or Seesaw. 

    VIDEO CREATION: The application for recording video of the teacher using a webcam (or screen sharing) for instruction. This will be handled through the Screencastify platform.

    LIVE DISCUSSION & OFFICE HOURS: The application where students and teachers gather for synchronous interaction/engagement. This will be accomplished via Zoom.

    CONTENT ORGANIZER: The application where teacher and student files are kept, worked on, and organized for learning. These documents will be housed in Google Drive.

  4. When will students find out teacher assignments? 

    ANSWER:
    This information will be available at the end of August. 

Questions?

If you have general questions about either model, please send them to BISDReopening@bisd303.org or call 206-780-1079
UNDERSTANDING CONTINUOUS LEARNING
Understanding CL

In preparation for the fall, a team (made up of tech-savvy teachers and administrators) has worked diligently throughout the summer to create a more streamlined and consistent platform for Continuous Learning. 

Watch this video to learn more!

CONTINUOUS LEARNING VIDEO
PREPARING FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: TECHNOLOGY PICK-UP/DROP-OFF

In a normal school year, there are a variety of important technical tasks performed on student Chromebooks and iPads at the start of the school year.


However, because of the Hybrid & 100% Online learning models, this year we need to complete our technology tasks in new ways.
On Thursday, Aug. 20, Friday, Aug. 21 and Monday, Aug. 24, we will set up a central location in the Commodore parking lot located off High School Road (between Commodore and BHS). This area is referred to as the “Pit”. This location is for all BISD students regardless of their grade. We will be using COVID-19 safety protocols and require that all families wear masks and maintain a minimum of 6-foot distance.
IMPORTANT:  Not all students are impacted, so please read carefully to see if your student is affected.
If your student:
  • Will be in Grade 2 and has a BISD iPad, please return the school iPad (with charger) and exchange it for their Chromebook
  • Will be in Grades 7, 10 (BHE-only), or 12 (BHS-only) , exchange the older Chromebook (with charger and case) for a new model
  • Is leaving Bainbridge Island School District, you must return all BISD equipment
  • Is experiencing technical problems with their BISD Chromebook or iPad, stop by our outdoor technical support desk for an inspection
To help manage traffic queues, we’ve created specific dates and times, based on the student’s LAST NAME. We ask that you try to work within this schedule, but if you can’t, it is permissible to use another time slot. 

After 8/24, please schedule an appointment for device return or device pick-up with the BISD Technology Department. You can reach us by calling 206-780-1668 or emailing us at helpdesk@bisd303.org.

We are currently working on a separate plan to deliver devices to NEW BISD students. We anticipate having that plan in place by next week and will follow up with a separate message.

FAMILY HANDBOOK FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR 

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: https://bit.ly/33GwwQa
FAMILY HANDBOOK
KEEPING WITH TRADITION

While the school year may not be beginning in a traditional manner, that doesn't mean all of our traditions have to stop! 


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 of yourself holding the sign.

Please send your photo to ebischoff@bisd303.org and we will create a first-day-of-school sideshow.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Helpline House is offering Tools for School Aug. 17-28 from 12-4 p.m. (except not on Wednesdays).  

Tools for School bags include basic school supplies and a kid-sized face covering. One bag per student in each household is available to parents or guardians of pre-K to 12th graders. Info: https://www.helplinehouse.org/project-backpack

CALENDAR


AUGUST
27: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
SEPTEMBER
2: First Day of School
7: Labor Day (No School)
10: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
24: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m. 
BISD IS SOCIAL!

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.
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