The Bellflower Beat 8.15.22
Bellflower Middle/High School Newsletter
Thank you for a great first few days of school!
Thank you all for a great first two of school! As we get ready for the second week of school, we would like to remind our families regarding procedures and policies.
- Bellflower Middle/High School does not permit any drop-offs or deliveries of food or other items. Please ensure that your student is prepared for the day when coming to school in the morning with their lunch, supplies, money, etc.
- We have a new bell schedule and calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. A link to the new bell schedule and calendar can be found below, please be sure to review it and be aware of new school start times and end times for your student.
- Wearing a mask. At this time, wearing a mask remains optional. We follow the required regulations based upon the LA County Department of Health.
- Dress Code. Please be sure that your student follows the dress code and wears appropriate clothing and accessories. Bellflower hats are also the only school approved hat that can be worn at school.
- Headphones/Earbuds. Headphones/Earbuds of any sort may not be worn while on campus, unless used as an instructional tool for one of your classes. Such devices cannot be used between periods, snack, or lunch. It is a matter of safety that students are able to hear directives from adults on campus.
Welcoming Students Back to School!
The vast majority of our students were quick to understand the new bell schedule and calendar system, and students managed to easily make their way from one location to the next.
Our ASB students hit the ground running, having met during the summer at the annual ASB Camp. During ASB Camp, the students enjoyed collaborating with one another on various activities, and also took time to plan events for our camps. So far, ASB held two lunchtime activities. On the first day of school, students were able to take photos with grade-level picture frames and large posters. On the second day of school, students were invited to receive root-beer floats!
But, that's not all! Our Link Crew leaders held 7th grade orientation on Monday, August 8th. The 7th graders were so excited to be on campus! The 7th graders that attended all received a free shirt, were provided with a tour around the campus, and got to play games with our Link Crew students.
So far, it's been an amazing experience. We look forward to continue engaging with our students, hosting fun activities for them, and for the community, in the future! So be sure to follow our social media accounts, which are listed at the very end of this newsletter.
Picture Day - August 18 and 19
Bellflower Unified School District will participate in the California Universal Meals Program and will implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This means that all K-12 BUSD students will receive one Breakfast and one Lunch during the school day at NO CHARGE. Second meals will be available for purchase at our school sites. Preschool sites will receive a Breakfast and Lunch at no charge, and our Afterschool Programs will receive Supper at no charge. We will continue to serve meals to our children through uncertain times. The goal of the Food and Nutrition Services Department is to offer appealing, nutritious foods, and encourage children to make healthy choices when eating at the school cafeteria.
Since meals are no charge, we will not be sending meal applications to families.
However, the District will need to establish eligibilities for student supplemental
funds through alternative means – HOUSEHOLD INCOME SURVEY (found in your Data Confirmation). Please help our school district receive the maximum funds by submitting the Form before September 30, 2022.
The submission of a HOUSEHOLD INCOME SURVEY could also give you eligibility for the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. P-EBT is a program that provides a cash-like benefit to purchase groceries for students to replace meals they would have normally received when in-person at school during the pandemic.
- For P-EBT: Complete the HOUSEHOLD INCOME SURVEY in BUSD Data Confirmation. Click here for more information on P-EBT.
- Our menus will be sent through the school sites.
- All K-12 students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge, regardless of income.
- For our students and staff’s safety, we will not have a la carte transactions at the Middle/High Schools to minimize or avoid cross contamination. This will also reduce service time and allows more time for students to eat.
- For Middle/High Schools, breakfast will be served during the designated snack time at each school site. Lunch will be served at the designated lunch time for middle school students and for high school students.
CDPH recommends that antigen tests be considered the primary option for detecting Covid-19 in schools. Test kits are available for students/staff who are symptomatic considered a close contact, or for any employee needing to test weekly at their school site. Additionally, free test kits mailed directly to your home may be obtained by visiting https://www.covid.gov/tests.
When To Get A Test:
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headaches, congestion, runny nose, nausea, body aches, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, short of breath, loss of taste or smell)
If you have been a close contact to someone with COVID-19
If you have COVID-19, to see if you can end isolation early
If you had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, testing is not recommended unless you have symptoms.
If you have symptoms and you have a negative test, it is recommended that you keep staying away from others and get another test 1-2 days later. This is because these tests are more likely to miss early infections. For self-tests, make sure to read and follow all test instructions correctly. You can also retest with a molecular test, i.e. PCR.
If you test positive for COVID-19 – stay home and away from others for a minimum of 5 days from the onset of symptoms. Inform your close contacts of possible exposure. You can leave isolation on day 6 or later if all of the following conditions are met:
You get a negative result taken on or after day 5
You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine
Your symptoms are improving, or you have no symptoms
Wear a mask indoors through day 10
OR You can leave isolation on day 11 without testing, as long as you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.
Instructions for Close Contacts:
You do not need to quarantine for being a close contact as long as you have no symptoms. You are required to:
Get tested 3-5 days from last exposure or earlier if symptomatic
Wear a mask indoors and outdoors when in close contact with others for 10 days
Continue to monitor your health for 10 days and test right away if symptoms start
Parent Volunteers Needed for ELAC
NWEA Map Growth Exam - Coming Soon!
Counselor Assignment Changes For the 2022-2023 School Year
Bellflower Middle & High School Welcomes Two New Assistant Principals!
Dr. Tehrani will oversee Special Education, Assessments, and Activities.
Ms. Gasper will oversee Discipline, Attendance, and Athletics.
Save The Date! Back to School Night: Tuesday, August 30th
Specific details about Back to School Night will be provided closer to the date.
SENIOR STUDENTS! Did you know that several PTSA groups in our community offer scholarships? But, you can only qualify to receive a PTSA scholarship if you are a member! So, join today!
Click here to be redirected to TOTEM, the website that our PTSA uses for online membership payments. Or, you can also go to the front office to pick up a membership envelope as well, if you prefer to pay with cash or check.
Thank you in advance for joining our Bellflower Middle/High School PTSA!