BSD Staff Updates

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Learning Pathways

While we are starting the school year with virtual learning, we are asking families to choose a learning pathway now to help us plan for the fall and beyond, for if/when we are allowed to return to in-person schooling.

Today, the district will be sending out a newsletter with links to the descriptions of learning pathways for the fall, and the link to the Skyward to choose their student's pathway.

As always, staff will be copied on this communication to families.

Board Highlights - August 6, 2020

Policy News

  • Policy 3225, School-Based Threat Assessment, was adopted by the Board at this meeting. This is a new policy for the District. It is available for your review here. Procedures will be forthcoming.

  • Policy 3220, Freedom of Expression has been approved with the revisions as presented. This is first reading only and will come back to the Board at the August 20th meeting for the final review and adoption.

Ready for review on the District’s website:

  • 1250P, Procedure – Students on Governing Boards (new)

The Board received public input “On Policing our Kids in Schools.” The Board acknowledged that the use of security in our schools needs to be discussed and have included that topic on a list of potential topics for upcoming study sessions.

The Board delayed review of Chapter one on the book they chose to read together, How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Erin Fleming. Since one of the Directors had to leave the meeting early, they will continue reading and will review Chapters 1 and 2 at the next Board meeting.

Superintendent Leavell reported on the continued work of leadership, staff and the focus groups in the planning of online teaching and learning in the fall (School Reopening). He and Assistant Superintendent Scott also provided a brief update on planning for the virtual Summer Institute this year and professional development opportunities for staff.

Announcement/Recognition: Shani Watkins, West Sound Technical Skills Center Director, has been named the 2020 WA-ACTE Administrator of the Year by the Washington Assn. for Career and Technical Education. At a May meeting, Director Perkins had shared that Nora Zollweg, also from the Skills Center, received the 2020 WA-ACTE Region V Career Guidance Award. Great job and fantastic recognition for the WST staff!

Child Nutrition Services: The Board heard from CNS Supervisor Lynn Johnson and had an opportunity to learn more about the current summer food distribution as well as how things may look different in the fall.

The Board also received an end of year written report from Health Services. The Board enjoyed the new format of the report.

Assistant Superintendent Steedman gave his General Fund Report to the Board and also provided a review of the draft budget for the 2020-21 school year. A public hearing will occur on August 20th when the Board is set to adopt the budget for the upcoming school year.

The Board approved the revised 2020/21 Academic Calendar which was revised to be more flexible within the scope of the COVID-19 situation and how teaching may rivet at times during the year from online to hybrid learning, or both.

The Board rolled its goals forward from the 2019-2020 school year with one new focus area – “Model cultural, racial, and ethnic understanding and sensitivity.” These revised goals have been adopted for the coming school year.

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

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Training Opportunity: FieldSTEM and Distance Learning with Project Learning Tree (grades 3-5 teachers)

August 17-18 1-3 pm

Cost $40 (includes PLT Guide)

6 Washington State Approved STEM Clock Hours

Join PEI for an online Project Learning Tree workshop in August! This workshop combines asynchronous and synchronous sessions to introduce you to the Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.* The first two hours are asynchronous and at your own pace, then we will meet online for two hours each day on the 17th and 18th.

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Select relevant activities from the PLT guide to use with your students
  • Discuss and brainstorm solutions to concerns with taking students outside
  • Participate in Project Learning Tree activities synchronously and asynchronously
  • Brainstorm local community partners with whom you can work to expose students to FieldSTEM careers

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to select and deliver relevant activities from the Project Learning Tree guide that are connected to classroom material. Eligible participants will receive 6 Washington State Approved STEM Clock Hours!
*shipped to you prior to the workshop


  1. This workshop is geared toward formal educators of grades 3-5.
  2. No refunds available after 12 pm on Friday, August 7, 2020.

To register, see flyer or go to

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Reminder: Take the Department of Health CORONA Survey

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The CORONA survey results will inform immediate, long-term, and ongoing actions that DOH and local health jurisdictions can take to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on Washingtonians.

In order to appropriately and equitably inform recovery plans at the state and local levels, DOH is requesting residents from across Washington to go to to take part in the survey. (To take the survey by phone, call 855-530-5787—interpreters are available to assist.)

The survey is voluntary and confidential. At the end of the survey, participants will be given the option to provide their name, phone number and/or email address. Each week of the survey, three participants will receive a $100 gift code as a thank you for their time and participation. If you have additional questions about the CORONA Survey, you can call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127.

Learn more about reopening and the statewide response to COVID-19 at

Individuals can also find COVID-19 information on the Department of Health’s website or call 1-800-525-0127. Individuals can text the word “coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on their phone wherever they are.

The Department of Health works with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington State.

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #23 : 8/11/2020