Back to School!
Essential Information for the 2021-2022 School Year
Dear BCSD Families,
On behalf of Brunswick City School District staff, we welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! The beginning of a new school year is an exciting, hectic time. We hope the information provided in this document will be helpful to you and your student as you prepare for the upcoming year. In addition, be sure to visit each school webpage and the District calendar on the BCSD website for information specific to your school. We look forward to another exceptional school year, and thank you for your support!
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All Schedules and Elementary Class Lists & ProgressBook Access
All schedules, including the elementary, will be available through ProgressBook. Principals will send information to all parents as soon as student schedules are available.
If you are new to the district, you will receive an email with detailed directions, including login credentials to ProgressBook.
If you forgot your password, click on the forgot password link (provided in the portal), and you will receive an email with directions to reset your password.
If you do not have an account, please contact the building secretary, and they will be able to provide a key for you to create an account.
Starting school in a new building can be stressful! Whether your student is, kindergarten, middle school, or high school, they must feel comfortable in their new learning environment. With this in mind, we have several orientations planned to help students become familiar with their new building.
Food Service Information
Brunswick City Schools will participate in the nationwide program offering breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students every day for as long as funding for the program is available. Therefore, applications for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program will not be required.
Please complete and return the Household Information Survey application if you wish to maintain other benefits granted through free and reduced meal benefits such as P-EBT benefits and the waiving of school fees.
The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced meal benefits.
Household Information Survey applications are available under the forms section of the website (click here) and at the main office in each school. To apply for free and reduced benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. A complete form is required. Households that currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name and the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households that do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must:
provide the names of all household members
provide the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security number
provide the amount and source of income received by each household member (state the monthly income)
an adult household member must sign the application
If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.
Free Health Care
Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse, and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at The Ohio Department of Medicaid (click here). Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.
The information provided on the application is confidential. It will be used only to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement above the space for signature certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are being made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Therefore, schools or other officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.
The 2021-2022 Household Information Survey application must be printed, completed, and submitted to the Brunswick Board of Education or printed, completed, scanned, and emailed to Karen Becker, Food Service Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.
School Supply Lists
School supply lists for students in kindergarten through 8th grade can be found under “Quick Links” on each building homepage of the BCSD website. Brunswick High School teachers will share their class-specific school supply lists on the first day of school.
Accurate Bus Route Information will be available for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students when face-to-face instruction begins. In addition, unlike last year, busing will be available for high school students during the 2021-2022 school year.
You can find your students’ busing information on the transportation department web page: www.bcsoh.org/transportation. Then, click on the “My Stop APP” link. Your username and password are set to your home phone number unless you previously changed your password.
Please remember that at the start of the school year, the transportation department is extremely busy. Therefore, if you submit an address change or child care transportation request, please be aware that it may take a couple of days to handle your request.
“My Stop” Real-Time Bus Location: Parents/Guardians can view their students' real-time bus location through Versatrans.
If you have never logged into Versatrans before, please use the student’s primary phone number used on the Student Information Form (SIF) as the username and password. Once a parent/guardian has logged in, they must change their password. To change the password:
Click on the “OPTIONS” tab
Click on the “CHANGE USER PROFILE” tab
Complete the requested information and then click on the “UPDATE USER PROFILE” tab
After the initial login, parents/guardians click “STUDENT” and then “VIEW MY STUDENTS.”
It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school when their child is not in attendance and the reason for the absence. Please be aware that tardies and sign-outs are counted as absences. See the Brunswick City Schools Student and Parent Handbook for more attendance information.
Board policy 5320 states: In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the Board of Education requires all students to be immunized in accordance with State statutes, unless specifically exempt for medical or good cause including religious conviction. This policy pertains to both students who currently attend school in the District and those eligible to attend. Click here to see specific details regarding each immunization needed for school attendance. An immunization clinic is available through the Medina County Health Department Health Centers. Click here for more information about the immunization clinic.
Student Information Form (SIF)
Available on Thursday 8/5/21
Please CLICK HERE (https://update.bcsoh.org/) to update the Student Information Form for each child that attends BCSD. This form contains essential information for several district entities, including the main office, the school nurse, and the technology department, to name a few. It is
imperative that it be updated before the year begins.
The Username is the student’s 6 digit Student ID number.
The Password is the student’s birthdate (m/d/yyyy) plus the student’s middle name.
Note: There are no spaces between the birthdate and middle name, and the first initial of the middle name is capitalized.
Note: If a student does not have a middle name, enter an asterisk (*) in place of the middle name.
Note: If a student has two middle names, enter both middle names with a space between the two middle names.
Note: If a student has a hyphen, apostrophe, or other special characters in the middle name, enter the special characters.
If you have ANY questions about your Student Information Form, please contact your building secretary. Also, if you have difficulty with accessing the site, change the browser you are using or clear the cookies/cache.
Emergency Student Pick Up
If someone other than a person(s) listed as an emergency contact will pick your child up from school, please remember that a phone call and completed form will be required. Please follow these simple steps:
Call the school to request that a person not listed as an emergency contact needs to pick up your child. The building secretary will verify the number you are calling from as a number listed in our student system.
A link (to a form) will be sent via email to the email listed for the legal guardian. Once the legal guardian completes the form, the child may be picked up by the person indicated on the form.
The building staff will verify the identity of the person picking up the child; be sure the person picking up the child brings a driver’s license or a state ID.