Bumpus SUMMER E-NEWS!
JULY 20, 2020
Please see the district website for specific plans.
- HCS Reopening Plan
- Learning Options Proposal
- Full-time Virtual School
- HCS Frequently Asked Questions
- New School Year Calendar
Here's what I know for Bumpus (subject to change based on HCS and ALSDE guidance)....
All Bumpus students have the option of traditional face-to-face school, blended learning or virtual school.
- Virtual school students will be supported by Bumpus teachers to the greatest extent possible. In the virtual school, students will be assigned their four core courses, an elective and PE. Virtual school coursework is self-paced, however, students will have a scheduled check in time with each teachers. Virtual school will included advanced math at each grade level.
- The Blended Learning option allows a student to be enrolled in virtual school but continue in-person instruction in areas of particular interest that cannot be supported in a virtual format. If you're interested in Blended Learning, you should have signed up for Virtual School. Parents will have to provide transportation to and from the school, and students must be dropped off and picked up within 15 minutes of their scheduled on campus class time each day. A Google Form will be sent to all Virtual School students soon asking IF they would like to participate in the Blended Learning option and for which course(s).
- Blended students can ride their bus TO 1st period and FROM a last period class. Otherwise, transportation is not provided and they are to arrive up to 15 minutes before the assigned class and be picked up within 15 minutes after the class.
- Tentatively, I anticipate allowing students on campus for Math Team 6, 7, 8; Bands; Choirs; Spanish I; French I, Academic Support, and Reading/Math Interventions. These in-person courses will have to be attended everyday. You are enrolled in the course on campus, not virtually. However, virtual students are not required to participate in Blended Learning. Foreign Language courses will be available in a virtual format.
If you start in one format, you can switch to another at the end of each nine weeks.
8th Grade Advanced Math and NCAA Compliance
The majority of students who take Algebra I in 8th grade go on to take four additional math courses in high school. A few do not and prefer to count their 8th grade Algebra I as one of their required four years of math. This enables them to take only three additional math courses in high school. SchoolsPLP is not designated as NCAA Compliant. Therefore, if you complete Algebra I through middle school virtual school using SchoolsPLP AND you do not take four additional math courses in high school, THEN your child will not be eligible for NCAA athletic scholarships. Again, this is not an issue for the majority of our students.
Revised School Supply Lists are linked below.
All Bumpus students are expected to wear a face mask to school everyday as required for students in grades 3-12. Masks can be removed for lunch and exercise. All Bumpus personnel will have a face mask and a shield. The state is providing three reusable masks per student and adult. In the classroom, students will be facing the same direction to the greatest extent possible. Students are asked to bring their own filled water bottle. We have water filling stations throughout the school but students may not sip from a water fountain. Students will not dress out for PE but should be prepared to exercise in the clothes they wear to school. We are removing all non-essential furniture and items from the classrooms to provide additional spacing. All students will be facing forward. The district has requested numbers for table partitions at the secondary level to add those in addition to the ones ordered for K-5 students
Before & After School Activities
Virtual and Blended Learning students can participate in extracurricular activities. If a virtual school student is not participating in Blended Learning with a selected group such as Math Team or a specific band/choir, the student will have to demonstrate proficiency in order to perform/participate with the group.
School Access and Transportation
All students will be assigned a hall locker at the beginning of the year. A staggered rotation of locker visits is planned to decrease the number of students in the halls. Face masks are required to ride the bus.
The Bumpus health room will be available for routine health matters. Students exhibiting COVID-like systems will be quarantined in another area until parents arrive.
Bumpus is planning to provide students with three seating options to allow for adequate distancing during lunch. Students will be offered seating outside, in the cafeteria and in the classroom. No microwave use available.
Students with an IEP or 504 should consult with their case manager to determine the best setting for learning.
HCS will not be conducting contact tracing. However, we will comply with local agency requests, such as from ADPH, as we always do for other illnesses such as flu and measles.
If you plan to come into the building.
Please be prepared to wear a face covering and to have your temperature read by a handheld scanner. We also have hand sanitizer available. Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.
Back-to-School (tentative) Timeline
***All dates and information are subject to change according to CDC guidelines, Department of Health regulations, ALSDE SEAL Task Force recommendations, and district requirements.
July 29th (date change) - Welcome packets mailed
Packet includes: Team letter/assignment, Class schedule, Bus information, Locker information (all students will be assigned a locker), Year-long school calendar
*6th graders needing tDap immunization and any students needing an updated blue card, with lease/deed issues, with incomplete online registration, and with any A/R issues will not receive their packets.
Only students new to Bumpus (6th graders & new enrollees) 9:00 - 1:00 by alphabet below
All Bumpus students (new and returning) 1:00-4:00 by alphabet below
School visitation dates - August 4th - 6th This is not a "Meet the Teacher"
A - F Tuesday, August 4th
G - L Wednesday, August 5th
M - Z Thursday, August 6th
Evening Option for All Bumpus students (new and returning)
Monday, August 10th, 4:00 - 7:00
***Students will receive written and/or video communication from their teachers prior to the beginning of school.
Virtual Fall Open House
LIveStream at 6:00 pm
August 31st (6th)
September 1st (7th/8th)
***All of the above dates and information are subject to change according to CDC guidelines, Department of Health regulations, and district requirements.
If you have questions or concerns, we are here to listen and will always respond. You can email us directly or through firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tamala R. Maddox, Prinicipal email@example.com
Mr. Justin Jones, 6th grade Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Donna Burke, 7th grade Asst. Principal email@example.com
Mr. Sean Colosimo, 8th grade Asst. Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tamala R. Maddox
- All Bumpus students are expected to wear a face mask to school everyday as required for students in grades 3-12. Masks can be removed for lunch and exercise. Masks must be school appropriate but do not have to be a solid color.
- Arrival and Departure Procedures have been revised.
- Locker and restroom access will be more structured to improve distancing.
- No microwaves available for reheating.
- Students are asked to keep their personal belongings to a minimum.
- Many traditionally shared items will not be shared unless they can be sanitized between uses.
- Students will not dress out for PE but should be prepared to exercise in the clothes they wear to school.
- Students can expect traditional instruction with more Chromebook use to minimize contact.
- Student desk will be sanitized between classes.
- The schedules of our custodians are being adjusted so they'll be on campus more during instructional times to increase sanitation efforts during the school day.
- Traffic patterns are being redesigned.
Parents please anticipate more carpool traffic due to an increased volume. We ask that you be patient.
Blended Learning WITH Virtual School
Parents will have to provide transportation to and from the school, and students must be dropped off and picked up within 15 minutes of their scheduled on campus class time each day. A Blended Learning student is allowed to ride a bus TO school for 1st period or FROM school following 8th period.
Because I know you need to make transportation decisions, tentatively, I anticipate following the schedule below:
Morning hour courses (~ Pd. 1, 2, 3) - Math Team 6, Math Team 7, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Beginning Band, Choir 6, Choir 8, Show Choir, Reading Intervention, Math Intervention, Academic Support, Spanish I
Midday hour courses (~ Pd. 4, 5) - Concert Band, Beginning Band, Choir 6, Reading Intervention, Math Intervention, Academic Support, Spanish I
Afternoon hour courses (~ Pd. 6, 7, 8) - Math Team 8, Beginning Band, Choir 7, Reading Intervention, Math Intervention, Academic Support, French I
These in-person courses will have to be attended everyday. You are now enrolled in the course on campus, not virtually.
KIDS EAT FREE - Date has been extended by 2 weeks!
With the move of school start date, we will extend Summer Feeding by (2) additional weeks. The final day of Summer Feeding will be Friday, August 7, 2020.
Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program is providing Summer Feeding/Free Meals for ANYONE age 18 and younger. With (4) locations, the program will be an outreach to all parameters of the district.
4 Locations - Green Valley Elementary, Berry, Bumpus & Simmons Middle School
Click on the following link for more information!
Picking Up Items & Bookkeeping Information
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 - 3:00
We have about 90 left. We will dispose of them before school resumes.
Purchased yearbooks are still being held in the main office. They will not be mailed out unless the student has withdrawn and moved out of town.
We have a few extra yearbooks for sale. Call or come by the main office to purchase one! $55
8th Grade Farewell Gift
Whether an 8th grader ordered a yearbook or not, we have a farewell gift provided by our PTO. If your child did not received their farewell gift, please come by the main office to pick it up.
If you received a refund check, please cash it as soon as possible.
Textbooks & Library Books
If you have textbooks or library books out from 2019-2020, please turn them in as soon as possible. If not returned, the cost of the books will be added to your child's MySchoolFees, to be paid before registering for 2020-2021.
Contacting and Visiting Us
Our email@example.com email address will continue to be open if you have questions. Our website will be updated frequently with up-to-date information. Our office phones will be manned, 205-439-2200, during June and July from 9:00 - 3:00, Monday - Thursday. And as always, we’re all just an email away. We request that everyone entering the building wear a mask (of some form) to protect us all. If you need to go beyond the lobby area into the building, we will also need to take your temperature. Thank you for your patience.
ONLINE REGISTRATION - PLEASE FILL OUT ASAP
Parents, Welcome Packets will be mailed to students on July 20th. (date change) If you have NOT completed your child's online registration process, if your lease has expired, or if your child's immunization record has expired, your child will NOT receive a packet and their account will be put on hold.
Fax # - 205-439-2201 Email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM OUR COUNSELORS
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Here is a helpful article regarding the emotional challenges of reopening and returning to school.
Mrs. Bruno - email@example.com - 6th gr
Ms. DiMarco - firstname.lastname@example.org - 7th gr
Ms. Keith - email@example.com - 8th gr
The Crisis Center 205-323-7777 (24 hrs) TEXT 205-328-5465
Teen Link 205-328-LINK (5465) Kids Line 205-328-KIDS (5437) available 3-10pm
The Trevor Project 866-488-7346 Jeffco DHR 205-423-4900
Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 Shelby Co DHR 205-669-3000
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 273-TALK (8255) OR text TALK to 741741
PIRC (Psychiatric Intake Response Center) - 205-638-PIRC (7472)”
MATH and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS SUMMER IXL SUPPORT
Preparation for Math and ELA 2020-2021
If you want to keep the skills of your child sharp during this break, we have provided recommended IXL lessons for both Math and Language Arts.
IXL skills which are important in preparing your child for their Math and ELA classes are listed below by grade level and course.
These are prerequisite topics for each course. Each student may also take the diagnostic test within IXL. The diagnostic test will suggest IXL skills based on performance.
Bumpus Volleyball TRYOUTS
When: July 27th
Where: Competition Gym
All players MUST have a current physical and consent form to participate in the skills and drills and the tryout. Forms are on the Bumpus website. Please upload the forms to Dragonfly. If you have not already, fill out this google form. If you have any questions email Coach Love- firstname.lastname@example.org
*** In accordance with the AHSAA masks are required! Also, please bring your own water bottle***
CROSS COUNTRY - 2020-2021
First practice is Monday August 24th after school. Students should be running on their own now. The season will be rapidly approaching. Athletes must have all paperwork up to date to participate.
Access information via Google Classroom (must use students Hoover email). The code is: lpp2ame or hard copy information is located in Bumpus School lobby.
Girls Interested in Playing Golf
Here are some links that provide opportunities for girls to take lessons and play in matches to gain experience!
Please email Coach Heard if you have any questions!
Girls Basketball - TBA until August.
Coach Rena Holden
Need to return books to school? The book return container will be located by the front door of the school only on Mondays from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Students, along with library books, you can also drop off your textbooks or any of your classroom teachers books. Remember to read everyday! I miss being at school with you all! Mrs. Mims - email@example.com
Hoover Public Library News
The Hoover Public Library has valuable resources. Here is a message from Katie Jane Morris at Hoover Public Library.
HPL is here to support our librarians, educators, students, and families during these unusual and often difficult times. Please help us spread the word!
Hoover Public Library WEBSITE
This gives you access to our downloadable services, Katie Jane's daily blog post (which is filled with resources), and the help form. This is the best way to get fast answers from the library regarding important issues -- getting and using a library card, downloading digital resources, finding resources for children, getting book recommendations, using technology, doing online research, and more. A person simply gives their name, number, email, and request, and a staff member quickly provides an answer.
We're posting daily storytimes, weekly and monthly challenges, and other online programming.
I don't want to neglect the adults! See what the library is offering YOU!
Help spread facts
The impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt all over the world. With lots of information being rolled out, it’s important to receive and share accurate information, so that you can take the necessary steps to keep yourself and those around you safe.
We believe we are better when we work together. That’s why we have designed a range of social media posts and poster templates to help our community share accurate information from the World Health Organization.
#stopthespread with these handy tips.
Follow these tips from the World Health Organization to keep yourself safe and help contain the spread of the virus.
1. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2. Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, and nose.
3. Avoid contact with people who are vulnerable. And if you can’t, wear a mask.
4. Cover your cough with the bend of your elbow.
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