BSD Family Update

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dear Families:


We hope you have had a great first week of summer.


We want to provide you with an update on our efforts to plan for the fall. Like you, we are eager to get a plan in place for school next fall, however, there are many details we are still working through as we work to develop a plan that meets the OSPI requirements for a safe return to in-person school in the fall.


There are many logistical challenges we are working to address. What do “health checks” for students and staff look like on a daily basis? How will social distancing needs be addressed within every classroom? Some classes pose unique challenges such as band, choir, CTE classes and preschool classes. How do we safely transport students and serve breakfast and lunch? How do we ensure social distancing in our hallways? We have staff and students who are immunocompromised – what will this look like for them?


Our Fall Start 2020 Work Group has had three virtual meetings to review options for educating students in the fall. The group is meeting again this week. We are looking at a variety of blended models that include both in-person and distance/online learning due to the social distancing requirements that impact the number of students that can be at school at the same time. We hope to have a recommendation for a “base plan” for our Board to approve in mid-July.


Regardless of what the plan entails for in-person learning, we will also be offering alternatives, including some existing and new virtual/online options, for families who are not comfortable sending their kids back to classrooms in the fall. We will share information on these options very soon. Thank you for your patience!


We want to thank all of you who participated in our previous "Thought Exchange" survey. We invite you to take another brief survey to help guide our planning process. It will take you 3-4 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m. Your input is essential to our planning process. We greatly appreciate your time and feedback.

Supt. Reykdal answers questions from the public about going back to school in the fall

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MVMS 8th Grade Promotion 2020

WHSA 8th Grade Celebrations

During the last week of school, 8th grade students and parents came by to receive their Moving Up gift bag which had a tshirt (Thank you WHSTEM PTA), candy leis and other surprises from Mrs. Lippy & Mrs. Markham.


During the last week of school, more than 60 students, parents and WHSTEM staff joined together to honor all of our 8th graders via a Zoom celebration. Thanks to Mrs. Thatcher, students heard messages from surprise guest speakers including Superintendent Aaron Leavell, BHS Principal Monica Zuber, Andrea Tee, Michelle Bowman, Erin Jones and Olympian Nathan Adrian.

See photos from Armin Jahr Elementary's 5th grade "moving on" parade

Click here to view the photos!

See photos from Crownhill's 5th grade promotion drive-thru event

Click here to view the photos!

See photos from View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy's 5th grade promotion parade!

Click here to view the photos!
View Graduation BHS Graduation Gauntlet photos

We've added the photos taken of each student with Dr. Leavall and Ms. Zuber to our album. Families are welcome to download and print any of the photos from the album!

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Meet Melissa, Shaping the Future of Education
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Need help with your Chromebook?

The BSD Tech Hotline (360-473-1065) is open during the summer for Chromebook issues.

Educational resources & activities for families

Keep your students engaged in learning over the summer! Check out our Family Resources website for activities and resources for all grade levels (preschool through 12th grade).

Social Distancing guidelines remain in place

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when picking up meals. Thank you!

Playgrounds are still closed

Playgrounds are closed until further notice.

2020-21 kindergarten registration open!

Visit www.BremertonSchools.org/Registration for information, to register online, or to download registration forms.

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Bremerton School District Non-Discrimination Statement

The Bremerton School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participation in educational programs and/or extra-curricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and ADA Coordinator, Garth Steedman, at 360.473.1031 or garth.steedman@bremertonschools.org or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh, at 360.473.4400 or john.welsh@bremertonschools.org. Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.

BSD Family Updates newsletter (Distributed 6/30/2020)


Background photo: Crownhill staff at the 5th grade promotion event June 16.