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Budget ThoughtExchange • Voluntary Student COVID-19 Testing

Coming Soon! Middle/High School enrollment for the 2021-22 school year

As we approach the one-year mark of the global pandemic, Blue Valley’s commitment to educating students is stronger than ever. The world has changed. Our purpose has not. Looking toward the future, we are excited about the opportunity to return a sense of normalcy to our Blue Valley community with enrollment for the 2021-22 school year.

Plans for the 2021-22 school year are being designed in anticipation that the majority of our students will return to school for the traditional in-person experience our families know and value. For those interested, the district will continue to offer a virtual learning experience through the VirtualED Program for families and students who feel this instructional setting best fits their unique learning needs.

2021-22 VirtualED Program Details Coming Soon

The 2021-22 school year will welcome the next iteration of the VirtualED Program, including access for high school students and a virtual option for middle and elementary school students. No longer a program in response solely to a pandemic, the 2021-22 VirtualED Program will feature several modifications as it evolves to provide additional opportunities, choice and flexibility for students to learn in a variety of formats.

Elementary students will indicate their learning setting preference for next school year (in-person or virtual) during the online registration process in April, while middle and high school students will indicate this during the enrollment process facilitated by their home schools. We encourage families to keep a watchful eye on communication from your child’s school with specific dates and detailed information about the enrollment and registration process.

Deadline approaching to share ideas about 2021-22 budget

The 2020 school year brought many challenges and opportunities with COVID-19, and looking ahead, we know that the 2021-22 school year will not be without its own set of challenges. Next year, our district will face a nearly $4 million operating budget deficit, which accounts for approximately 2 percent of our overall budget. Share your thoughts on what you value most and areas that we could consider for reductions by Jan. 28.

Your thoughts and ratings will help us understand what our community values most and areas that we could consider for reductions as 2021-22 budget recommendations are developed. For more information about the 2021-22 budget, visit www.bluevalleyk12.org/budget.

Sign-up for voluntary COVID-19 testing for students closes Jan. 29

The district will offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for students in order to better understand the prevalence of the virus in our schools and take another step toward having all students back to school in-person. The sign-up for voluntary testing will close at noon on Friday, Jan. 29.

Highlights of voluntary COVID-19 testing for students

  • The district has partnered with a local laboratory, MAWD Pathology Group, to conduct voluntary at-home nasal swab COVID-19 testing for elementary students and at-school voluntary saliva testing for middle and high school students.

  • The permission covers all testing until June 2021. Families may withdraw consent, in writing, at any time. To withdraw consent in ParentVUE, click on the Help tab and submit a BV CARE-Technology Help form to submit your written request.

  • There is no cost to students, families, or the district. The availability of testing is contingent on continued state funding.

  • Elementary students: All elementary students with parent permission will be provided with an “at-home” nasal swab kit. The testing is to be completed under parent supervision and returned to school the following day.

  • Middle and high school students: At the middle and high schools, saliva testing will be done on-site under the supervision of a Blue Valley and/or Johnson County Department of Health and Environment staff. A portion of those who volunteer will be randomly selected to participate during each testing week. This will allow the district to clearly understand the prevalence of the virus in Blue Valley to maintain a safe learning environment. Take home testing for those not selected will be made available at a later date.

  • VirtualED students: VirtualED families who elect to participate in the voluntary COVID-19 will have an opportunity to pick up a “take home” test kit. Families will receive an email the week prior to testing with instructions on when and where to pick up “take home” tests.

  • A testing team will collect the PCR tests and send them to the lab the same day.

  • For those students participating, testing results will come via email or text message to the address entered at registration. Results are typically available in 24-48 hours.

  • Results will also be sent to the school district.

Sign-up Instructions

  • Login to ParentVUE.

  • The Parent Acknowledgement of “COVID-19 Testing Consent” should appear upon sign-in.

  • Click the download link at the bottom of the web page to view the consent form for each student.

  • Select “Yes”, “No” or “Skip” for each child.

Voluntary Testing Instructions

  • Families who consented to voluntary COVID-19 testing will receive an email the week prior to testing with specific instructions.

  • Testing is tentatively planned for mid-February and early April.

The district remains hopeful that with these student testing opportunities, along with testing and vaccination opportunities for staff, we are one step closer to having students back in-person.