BSD Staff Updates
2021-22 Issue #10: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
New before- and after-school childcare offers 50% discount for BSD staff
- Right At School will be located at Armin Jahr Elementary and West Hills STEM Academy.
- There are bus routes to transport students from schools without childcare to our schools with childcare on site. Please visit our website for details.
Policy News & Highlights from July 14th Board Meeting
Special Education Director Jonathan Bell presented revised Policy 2161, Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students for first reading. These changes align with the updated Special Education rules from OSPI. The revision helps clarify:
- the process for referral and evaluation of students for Special Education,
- the addition of an optional referral form,
- the necessity of school districts attempting to obtain consent "without necessary delay," and
- action necessary to ensure parents understand invitations to attend IEP meeting proceedings and all other meetings related to free and appropriate public education.
The Board will vote to adopt these changes on August 4, 2022.
Mr. Bell also provided revised procedure 3246P, Restraint, Isolation and Other Uses of Reasonable Force, to the Board for their review.
Dr. Garth Steedman, acting superintendent, served as Secretary to the Board for our July meeting.
A contract was awarded to Weisman Design Group to begin work on the design of the Multi-Use Sports Complex to be built at Mountain View Middle School.
Work will begin soon to make upgrades at the Restorative School as a contract was signed with TEC Construction, Inc. The project should begin on-site on or about July 15, 2022.
Dr. Garth Steedman provided his General Fund Budget Report for June 30, 2022. Monthly reports help the District monitor spending throughout the year.
To view any of these documents, you may also visit https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/wabrsd/Board.nsf/Public#.
Policy News & Highlights from July 14th Board Meeting the August 4 board meeting
Revised Policy 2161, Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students, was presented for second read and was adopted by the Board. These changes were recommended by the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) to align with the updated Special Education rules from OSPI. Highlights of these revised rules include clarifying the process for referral and evaluation of students for Special Education, the addition of an optional referral form, the necessity of school districts attempting to obtain consent "without necessary delay" and providing whatever action is necessary to ensure parents understand invitations to attend IEP meeting proceedings and all other meetings related to free and appropriate public education.
Two revised policies were also presented for first read. Drafts are attached for staff review, and these will go back to the Board on August 18th for second read and adoption.
· Policy 2140, Comprehensive School Counseling Program - During the 2021 legislative session, the legislature passed SB 5030. This legislation resulted from a multi-year effort by the Washington School Counselor Association and other statewide advocates to clarify the role of school counselors that align with the best practices found in the national model.
· Policy 2410, High School Graduation Requirements - These changes reflect the transition to 24 credits and remove the distinction that existed in the past between Bremerton High School and Renaissance High School.
The Board reviewed the preliminary draft Budget for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Adoption will be proposed and a public hearing is scheduled during the next regular Board meeting on August 18, 2022.
Charlie Davis, President and CEO, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties was joined by Harold Shea, Director of the Bremerton YMCA, Chuck Henderson, Chair of the Advisory Council for Bremerton, and Wes Larson of Sound West Group. Together they presented a proposal for a long-term lease involving 8-10 acres at the old East High School site which would provide them the space they need to replace their aging facility in east Bremerton. This would include a new 50,000 square foot building and pool, as well as other amenities that could be used by both the District and the YMCA patrons.
Teacher Google sites should be updated by the end of the first day of school!
Returning teachers: Please update your Google sites (public-facing for parent/guardian communication) by the end of the first day of school! If grade bands share a Google site that is A-OK, as long as the content is updated!
New teachers: Please complete your Google teacher websites by the end of the first day of school!
All teachers: please check to make sure your site is viewable to non-BSD viewers!
1. Open the editable site.
2. Click on the "plus head" icon.
3. Change the access settings for published site (below the "General Access" header) to "public".
4. Click "done."
5. Click on the link icon and copy the link.
6. Open an incognito window and paste the link in the URL bar to verify that it can be seen by people outside the district. Check any embedded documents/links/etc to ensure they can be seen by everyone.
All BSD staff are welcome to create a Google site - you don't have to be a teacher (but teachers are required to have one set up to communicate with students' families).
Teachers! Please consider adding these graphics to your Google sites/Classrooms
You can right-click on the graphics below to download, or access them in a variety of sizes and in Spanish using the link provided.
Your feedback is requested!
The City of Bremerton is creating a wayfinding signage plan to help residents and visitors navigate Bremerton. The signage will direct people to important destinations around the city including museums, parks, and schools. Participate in the survey linked below to give your feedback on draft sign designs. The survey is live until September 2, 2022.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
On July 16, our country transitioned to 988 as the easy-to-remember number to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) and an unprecedented opportunity to expand and strengthen crisis care nationwide. Learn more:
Teacher Appreciation: discounted Husky football tickets
Take a couple of Saturdays to enjoy some discounted Husky Football Tickets for the following games:
- Kent State
- Michigan State
Questions? Please contact:
Garret Cardines Febre Jr.
Pac-12 Sales | University of Washington Athletics
Office: (206) 543 - 1922 | Text ONLY: (206) 752 - 5405
Stop by the BSD / Naval Avenue Elementary School booth at the Back-to-School Night at the market on Thursday, August 25!!
Kitsap County Resources: HEAL Coalition
Did you know the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition (one of the five networks of Kitsap Strong) created a webpage with an interactive map of resources for transportation, health care, food banks, clothing, free wifi, and other services? Check it out (and share!)