BSD Family Update

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Student learning & grading

Last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) provided state grading rules and guidance to be utilized for the remainder of the year (see video).


We have developed our District’s grading policy with a commitment to equity, fairness, and accuracy. As per the OSPI guidelines, student grades will not be negatively impacted as a result of statewide school closures.

Grading for high school and middle school credit-bearing courses

In keeping with the state guidelines, grades 9–12 and middle school students taking credit-bearing, high school-level work will be graded using the following principles:

  1. Every student will get an opportunity to improve their grade with their March 13 status as a baseline.

  2. No student will receive a “pass,” “fail,” or “no credit” grade for any course. (Exception to the no “pass” rule: special education students who have the option of a “pass” in their IEP will be allowed to receive a “P” instead of a letter grade.)

  3. Teachers will assign grades (A, B, C, D) or assign an “I” for “Incomplete” for students who cannot engage in an equitable way.

  4. Every class taken during the closure period will be given a statewide designator on the high school transcript to denote the unique environment in which the course was taken.

  5. Students receiving an “Incomplete” will be issued an Incomplete Contract provided by the teacher. The contract will outline the assignments/assessments that need to be completed and the due date for each. Students will receive the Incomplete Contract in the Fall of 2020. In order to receive a letter grade and remove the “I” from the report card, students must fulfill the requirements of the contract by the deadline that will be outlined in the contract.


Missing work prior to the closure on March 13

  • Students have the opportunity to make-up missing work that occurred prior to March 13 in order to improve their grade.

  • The deadline to turn in missing work is June 4, 2020.

Grading for elementary and middle school students in non-credit-bearing courses

  • Teachers will provide narrative feedback in report cards. Diagnostic student growth data from earlier in the school year may be included in final report cards.
  • Students will not receive any final grade marks.


We do not want our elementary students or parents to be anxious for the next school year. We will continue adjusting the curriculum and providing support based on data to meet the needs of our students. We want to thank families for their partnership and acknowledge the role they play in their child’s development by providing a nurturing and supportive environment.

K-12 Special Education

Federal guidelines related to progress reporting at the end of the year remain in effect. Progress reports will include narrative comments and available data.

Moving forward

All students will continue to be given an opportunity to engage in continuous learning to maintain or improve grades and mastery of essential standards. We are working on identifying essential grade level and course standards to ensure student success in the subsequent course or grade level.


Until now, our focus has been reviewing, refreshing and/or relearning concepts and standards that were introduced prior to the school closure. However, as a part of continuous learning, teachers will begin to transition to new learning by May 1. Students should continue completing and submitting newly assigned work until the end of the year.

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FUN FRIDAY: Friday, May 1 is School Principals Day!

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Census Updates!

You can still respond to the Census if you have received an official invitation from the Census Bureau, whether that invitation came via the mail or was left at the door.


If you have NOT received an official invitation from the Census Bureau to complete the census, please do not self-respond yet. Please wait until a census worker brings a package to your home and then use the Census ID number included with the package when you complete your census.

Nickelodeon US Census Ad (2020)

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Resources

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2020-21 kindergarten registration open!

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

Grab & Go Meals

Information about our Grab-n-Go meal program is available at www.BremertonSchools.org/Meals.

Resources & Activities for families

Looking for some extra activities for your kids? Check out our Family Resources website!

Playgrounds are closed

Playgrounds are closed until further notice.

Social Distancing guidelines remain in place

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when picking up meals or waiting at the bus stop! Thank you!

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Calling all student photographers!

Does your student have a photo that he/she would like to submit for the BSD Family Updates newsletter? If so, please send it to: Communications@BremertonSchools.org, along with the photographer's name, his/her grade and school, and a brief description of the photo.


The photos:

  • Must be a JPG image
  • Must be at least 1,500 x 1,000 pixels
  • Maximum: 10MB


Horizontally-oriented photographs work best for backgrounds for the the BSD Family Update newsletter.


We look forward to seeing your photographs!


By submitting a photo, you give permission for the Bremerton School District to use the photo for our Family Updates newsletter sent to all families via email and posted on the District website and Facebook page.

Photo: Stay Strong

Macelyn, 4th grader at Kitsap Lake Elementary, is enjoying her new-found love of photography on her evening walks with her family. Thank you for submitting this photo, Macelyn!

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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 School Closure Updates (Distributed 4/29/2020)