BCS NTouch Message

September 24: Making Good Decisions

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BCS School Community:

Today is the end of our fifth week of school. I want to acknowledge and recognize the hard work of our staff and students. I also want to commend our students on a great start to the school year. From being out and visiting our schools, staff, and students, I am hearing how important it is to our students to be back together in school and enjoying some routine school activities and events.

I also want to share with you that we have experienced a string of social media threats at our schools this week that are believed to be part of a nationwide social media trend. First, and foremost, you should know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our priority. Therefore, every concern brought to our attention will be reported to law enforcement and investigated. Please recognize that these investigations take time. Parents/caregivers need to be notified and witnesses are interviewed by administration and law enforcement. Second, threats of any type against others are serious offenses. Persons found guilty of creating and/or posting these threats will be held accountable through actions such as suspension, expulsion, and possible criminal changes. No one wants to see these charges reflected on a student record as a result of a senseless prank. And finally, a notification of events will be shared with that school community via the NTouch message system.

Parents/caregivers, PLEASE have a conversation with your child about good decision-making, reporting potential threats, and how to respond to peer pressure. Providing students with the tools and skills to appropriately address these types of situations will serve to benefit all of us and keeping us safe.

Once again, I want to thank you for having these important conversations with your student, both about speaking up about concerns, as well as safe and responsible use of social media platforms. Your help, cooperation and patience is genuinely appreciated.

I have also included in this message today some information for your review and consideration from the IRS Stakeholder Liaison office. They are hosting additional free Advance Child Tax Credit information Sessions via Zoom for West Virginia residents to learn about the Advance Child Tax Credit and determine if it may benefit your family. Please see the attachments provided below for additional information about the free informational sessions.

Wrapping up, I want to thank you again for being active and engaged parents and caregivers. Your positive reinforcement in your student's education is a key to their success. I wish you a relaxing weekend and hope you are able to enjoy the forecasted fall weather.

Stay safe -- be well,

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

This communication contains the most current information available at this time: Sept. 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm.

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