BSD Family Updates

Friday, November 13, 2020

Dear BSD Families,


We want to provide an update on our plan to reopen schools. The plan is still on “pause.” As you may be aware, COVID-19 cases in Kitsap are on the increase and well above the threshold for the Washington State Department of Health’s “High” COVID-19 activity level.


We know that the decision to pause our reopening plan last Friday was disappointing for teachers, staff, students and families. It was disappointing for us, too. We know the last-minute change was also frustrating. We made the difficult decision to hit “pause” after we were advised by the Kitsap Public Health District late Thursday about projected rapid increases in COVID-19 rates in our county. We've seen those increases continue this week.


As difficult as it was, we believe that delaying the return of K-2nd grade students was the safest choice.


While our goal remains to bring back students K-12 for face-to-face learning as soon as possible, we are not setting a reopening date at this point. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data and are in regular contact with the Kitsap Public Health District as we evaluate our reentry plans and timeline.


We will do everything we can to give parents and our staff as much notice as possible as decisions are made. We will provide our next update on our timeline to families the week of November 30 (after Thanksgiving).


Thank you for your continued patience and support.


Sincerely,


Aaron Leavell, Ed.D

Superintendent

Bremerton School District

November Character Trait of the Month: Gratitude

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The Peninsula Community Health Services school-based health clinic located at Mountain View Middle School is open Mon and Wed, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to provide primary medical care, behavioral health services and substance use counseling this school year.

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