WBSD Update

A weekly update from the West Bloomfield School District

July 24, 2020

WBSD C2C Return to School Plan

We recently shared updates to the district’s Classroom to Cloud Return to Learn plan with families, staff and community members for the 2020-21 school year. The plan is tied directly to the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap, which aligns to the Mi Safe Start Plan. The plan was created using feedback from district stakeholders and is reflective of the community’s needs.


Click the link below to view the presentation shared with families on July 21.



To ensure we answer as many of your questions as possible, please find the link to our Google form for questions on our C2C plan below:



C2C Parent Update - July 21 (Morning Presentation)

Upcoming Classroom to Cloud Return to Learn Webinars

We want each of our families to feel comfortable with their instructional decision for the upcoming school year and we are working diligently to answer as many of your questions as possible. In order to make that happen, we are hosting two webinars next week for families, one for West Bloomfield High School and another for students in grades K-8. Both meetings will be recorded with recordings being shared following the meeting. Webinar date, time and links are listed below:


Lakers Online - Deadlines Approaching!

The deadlines to apply for Lakers Online are quickly approaching! In-District students must apply by Friday, July 31 and Schools of Choice students must apply by Monday, August 3.


Please recent Lakers Online presentations and resources listed below:



We’ve also made some updates to our Lakers Online webpage for your consideration including course description guides for all three levels. Links to those resources can be found below:



Lakers Online is open to all current West Bloomfield School District students and to students across Oakland County through the district’s Schools of Choice program. Lakers Online was developed in an effort to provide additional opportunities for families as they decide what type of instruction is best for their students moving forward.


Students and families can learn more about Lakers Online by visiting www.wbsd.org/lakersonline or by contacting the district’s Teaching and Learning department at LakersOnline@wbsd.org or (248) 865-6479.

Lakers Online Student/Parent Informational Session - July 7
Lakers Online Question and Answer Session - July 14

WBSD Transportation Form

As we plan for the upcoming school year by following the Governor’s "Return to School Roadmap", we ask that you take a few minutes to complete our Transportation Form for the 2020-21 school year to help our transportation department to design routes based on families who intend to opt in for transportation services.


In order to plan and design bus routes, we will be routing for families who choose to use bus service ONLY. *We need one submission per family so please submit your responses by Friday, July 31.


Please feel free to reach out to the Transportation Department at (248) 865-3680 with questions or feedback.

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From Hurt to Healing: Growing Emotional Understanding About the World Around Us

The WBSD DEI Team recently continued the conversation and discussion on ways to talk about race and anti-racism at home. From Hurt to Healing featured panelists including:


  • WBSD Superintendent, Dr. Gerald Hill
  • WBSD Board President, Stacey Brickman
  • Kwame Simmons, WBSD parent and educator
  • Dr. Jay Marks, Diversity and Equity Consultant from Oakland Schools


Find the recording below and resources at www.wbsd.org/diversity.

Hurt to Healing presentation - July 23

Summer Meal Service Information

The district will be offering our Meal Service program through the summer. Preorder forms are available at www.wbsd.org/mealservice.


The district recently transitioned to Meal Service pick-ups two days per week. Families will still receive seven days worth of food per child with pick-ups on Monday and Thursday each week. Pick-Ups will still take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each pick-up day at your pick-up location (Roosevelt Elementary or OLMS).

Tuition Based Preschool

Fall 2020 is quickly approaching and the West Bloomfield Preschool has full and half-day tuition based programs for three and four year olds, as well as the state funded GSRP program for children four years old by September 1st. All programs use the Highscope curriculum, maintain a low staff to student ratio, and health safety is a priority.


Call (248) 865-6466 for additional information and secure your spot today!

GSRP in WBSD

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is an income based state-funded preschool program for children four years old by September 1st. The West Bloomfield Preschool Academy has served 90 families within five programs this year. All applicants must meet income guidelines.


Contact Laura Poxon at laura.poxon@wbsd.org or Kathi Luthe at kathi.luthe@wbsd.org to see if you qualify or call Collette Goestenkors at (248) 865-6466.

Summer Facilities Update

Our West Bloomfield School District school playgrounds are now open to the general community following the Oakland County Health Division’s announcement. Visitors are still required to practice social distancing (six feet apart), wear a face covering, and frequently wash hands/use hand sanitizer.


The WBSD does NOT plan to regularly disinfect the playgrounds, so the playgrounds and equipment will be used at the individual’s own discretion and risk.


Due to restrictions/protocols in place to keep our student-athletes safe during their summer workouts, we are closing the track and stadium to the general public between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 4-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will be a number of student-athletes on the field at that time with students following a specific check-in procedure for each work out. Restricting public use during these specific times will help keep our student-athletes and community members safe.


The usual summer outdoor athletic field procedures are now reinstated and outdoor facilities are open. Please practice social distancing (six feet apart), wear a face covering, and frequently wash hands/use hand sanitizer.

Kindergarten Enrollment for 2020-21 open NOW!

Our Central Enrollment Office is open and currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year. This includes kindergarten students starting in the fall of 2020. Please complete the registration gateway found at www.wbsd.org/enrollment.


Appointments are taking place over the phone until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Please call (248) 865-6453 or email marcia.eden@wbsd.org for more information.

Support the WBEF Today!

Now, more than ever, West Bloomfield School District needs YOUR support! In honor of our graduating class of 2020, we are humbly requesting donations to our 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation in order to support our community’s school district.


Please help us honor this year’s senior class and those who will be continuing their education next fall by visiting www.WBEF.org and clicking on MAKE A DONATION.


All donations are used to fund grants for enhanced learning and providing district staff with a source of funding. These funds are used to assist them in planning, developing and implementing innovative technology, academic tools, and art programs for which funds are not available through WBSD.


Visit https://www.wbef.org/educator-grant-program/ for details on the $200,000 WBEF has raised and donated to the district and how those funds were used.


Thank you to all the WBSD families for your continues support. We look forward to spearheading the effort to keep our children learning at a high level despite these challenging times.

WB Community Education Update

West Bloomfield School District Community Education continues to provide online enrichment and fun educational opportunities in this virtual environment.


Since the Community Education department was unable to offer summer camp in June and July due to COVID19, an alternative, Camp in a Box has been created to keep kids engaged and motivated to learn.


Click here for more information.


Fall 2020 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

First Lego League Grades 4-5th $200
First Tech Challenge Grades 6-8th $275


Registration Link:
https://westbloomfield.digitalsignup.com/



Tumble Bunnies

Gymnastics, Zumba, Karate, Hip Hop, Yoga, Ballet and Cheer! Register for one or a few. Note a class time is listed, however, YOU decide when you want to select play and have your child participate in the 1/2 hour video.

Grades: K-3
Click here to view all 10 classes


Young Rembrandts The Power of Drawing

Draw on Demand, no set time or dates! Courses range from anime, fashion and more!
Ages: 6-12

Click here

Kids Empowered Classes
Slime Time
Girls Empowered Inspired by Frozen 2
Virtual LEGO FUN
Virtual Self-Esteem
View All Kids Empowered Classes Here

Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education
Offering 10 different online camps for 10 weeks for 1st - 6th graders
Tour the Museum of Modern Art Collection, create cityscapes, comics and more!
Click here


For up to date Community Education Program Summer Offerings, click here. For registration questions contact, andrea.foglietta@wbsd.org

Community Resources

WB Township Library Information

The West Bloomfield Township Main Library and Westacres Branch are now open for Phase 2 services.


The Library’s top priorities continue to be the safety of the public and Library staff and providing our community with access to our large circulating collections. We know that when using indoor spaces – like our Library buildings – density, duration and distance are issues of particular importance. The Library is adhering to all Executive Orders and following federal, state and local guidelines.


Thank you for your consideration and flexibility during Phase 1 of resuming service. We look forward to serving you in Phase 2.


Services Available in Phase 2 include Virtual, Curbside and Grab & Go


The NEW Grab & Go Service forms the basis of Phase 2

  • Come into the Main Library or Westacres Branch buildings.
  • Browse youth, teen and adult circulating collections.
  • Select materials to enjoy at home and pick up materials you’ve placed on hold.
  • Ask for reader’s advisory or reference assistance to help with your selections.
  • Use self-check stations to check out materials.
  • Pick up Summer Reading materials and Reading Reward incentives that have been earned.
  • Leave the building after about 45 minutes inside.
  • Masks are required in the buildings.


Remember your library card or keytag for self checkout!


Summer Reading Materials and Reading Rewards

The Summer Reading activity booklet, lawn sign and Reading Reward incentives that have been earned can be picked up inside Library buildings, through Parking Lot Pick-Up or at the Main Library Drive-Up Window. The Summer Reading Book Fair will continue until September 4. Select books from displays at the Main Library or Westacres Branch as you earn them. Or, let us know what type of books you like, and a librarian can select your reward books for you to pick up from Parking Lot Pick-Up or the Drive-Up Window. Read more about Summer Reading.


Main Library Drive-Up Window

Pick up items that you've requested be available at the Drive-Up Window, including materials you've placed on hold, a library card or Summer Reading Rewards that have been earned.


Parking Lot Pick-Up

This curbside service is available at both the Main Library and Westacres Branch during Library hours posted on our website.


Renew or request a library card in person

Ask at the Main Library Reception desk or the Westacres Branch Circulation desk. You can also continue to renew or request a library card on the Library’s website.


The online “Contact Us” feature to call, chat with, text or email a librarian

Use the Library’s website to ask questions, use the reader’s advisory service, request materials or obtain/renew a library card.


No other use of building spaces will be available during Phase 2.

The Quiet and Group Study rooms, Activity Centers, Meeting and Conference rooms, Casual Study room, and the Computer Lab will be closed during Phase 2. Other frequently touched surfaces such as computers, toys and play equipment, vending machines, water fountains and bill changer will not be available.


What to Expect When You Come to the Library during Phase 2


We ask you to protect yourself and others during Phase 2.


  • We’re working together to protect each other and everyone in our community. Please don't enter the Library if you have a fever, feel unwell or are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.


  • To enter Library buildings, Library staff and Library users age two years and older are required to wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines to stay 6 feet apart from anyone not living with them. We continue to offer Parking Lot Pick-Up and Drive-Up Window service so those who don’t want to wear a mask for any reason can still have access to all circulating collections. There is no need to come inside a Library building to check out the circulating materials you want.


  • Protective measures are in place at the Main Library and Westacres Branch. Plexiglass shields have been installed at public service desks. Bathrooms have been upgraded with some additional touchless features. Floor markers indicate 6-feet spacing for social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available.


  • Using self-check stations to check out items is strongly encouraged. This helps minimize close interactions to keep everyone safe. Self-check stations will be periodically cleaned throughout the day.


  • The number of people allowed inside Library buildings will be limited, per state directives, to 25% capacity. If the capacity limit is reached, arriving visitors will be asked to remain outside the building until others leave. Only the South entrance to the Main Library will be open for use.


  • Library staff will be available to help with renewing a library card or issuing a new one, finding materials you want, readers’ advisory and reference assistance, and answering questions about how to use the Library’s digital services such as how to download eBooks to tablets and other devices. Staff will wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines.


  • WiFi will be available. You can use your mobile phone or tablet to check the Library’s online catalog for materials you’d like to check out, in case you don’t want to use the Library’s online public access (OPAC) stations, which will be cleaned periodically. All other computers will be turned off for Phase 2.


  • Interior book drops will be available during Library hours. Returned materials will continue to be quarantined and cleaned, per CDC guidelines. Returned materials remain on your library card account until after they have been quarantined and cleaned and are ready to be re-shelved. This may take 5 to 7 days.


More about Phase 2


Virtual programs

We will continue to offer virtual programs during Phase 2. Please check the Event Calendar for a schedule of virtual Summer Reading programs.


Phase 2 Hours

Open hours have been reduced to give staff time to process requests and holds that are received overnight and to provide more time after the Library closes to thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces.

Monday-Thursday 10 AM – 7 PM

Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday Noon – 5 PM


REMINDER!

During Phase 2, returned materials will continue to be quarantined and cleaned. Your returned materials will remain on your library account until they are quarantined, cleaned and ready to re-shelve. This could take 5 to 7 days. If your account isn’t updated within 7 days, please let us know.


We will provide information about Phase 3 at a later date.

You can expect virtual, curbside and Grab & Go services to last through the summer.


The next phase will introduce more services, including some level of study space and computer use through appointment reservations, taking into account density, duration and distance as guidelines for safety. Masks will continue to be required in Phase 3.


The eLibrary is open 24/7

We hope you’ll continue to visit the eLibrary often to connect to the large and growing number of digital resources that are available 24/7. You can:

Enjoy the latest eBook and eAudiobook titles

Watch movies and TV shows

Listen to albums and singles

Read more than 3,600 magazines

Keep up with news from national and international newspapers


Use the Learning Resource Center to match what you want to learn with resources for preschool to high school students, as well as adults

WBSD Calendar

Check out our district and building calendars in order to stay up to date on all events going on in our district!

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