BC Bear Facts

February Newsletter: 2-6-22

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE:

Dear Boulder Creek Families,


I want to take this opportunity to thank the many parents who have been kind and supportive during all of the ever-evolving phases of COVID-19 and how they affect us at Boulder Creek. Many of you have been extremely kind and understanding during all of this, and we cannot express how that keeps us going each and every day. The Boulder Creek Staff is simply amazing. They come together every single day to do what is necessary, even when it seems it will be impossible, to keep our doors open to in-person learning. Nothing is more important to us. There is so much that happens behind the scenes to make this possible. So when you are frustrated because the parking lot is busy and your day didn’t start out right or you got another phone call from the school informing you that your child was exposed to COVID, I encourage you to take a deep breath and remember that we are on your team. We will all get through these difficult times together.


Sincerely,


Tina Croes

FEBRUARY IS KINDNESS MONTH!

Annual Boulder Creek Cookie Dough (and More) Sale - Sponsored by Boulder Creek Parent Club (BCPC)

We're excited to announce that your favorite cookie dough is just around the corner! The Parent Club will be raising money for our general fund to continue our support of Boulder Creek students, teachers, and program needs. This year, the fundraising will take place online. Because of this, we decided to add more items than just cookie dough, so check it out! Kick-off is Friday, February 11th, and brochures, order forms, and emails will be coming soon. All orders must be submitted by Wednesday, March 2nd. Thank you for your support!

A Word From the Superintendent on School Safety

All children have a right to attend public schools with a safe and secure learning environment. Every year, our schools update their Comprehensive School Safety Plan and review it with staff and students. Although emergency drills, video cameras, security fencing, visitor passes, and a School Resource Officer are important components, there is so much more to school safety. The foundation of safe schools lies in fostering caring, supportive relationships between students and staff. Prevention of issues includes establishing clear behavioral expectations, engaging in character and anti-bullying education, and recognizing positive student behavior. Similarly, disciplinary consequences are consistently and fairly applied for infractions. Students learn to be part of a community and accept responsibility for their role in making school a positive place. Parents can support safe schools by instructing their children to follow school rules and staff directions.


It takes all of us to maintain school safety - staff, students, and families. Perhaps the most important safety practice of all is, If you see something, say something. If you or your child become aware of alarming or potentially unsafe behavior or threats, it is imperative that you let the school know immediately. Children in crisis almost always tell someone or post about it online. Talk with your child about the importance of telling you or an adult at school if something doesn’t seem quite right. Together we can keep our schools safe so they continue to be great places to learn and thrive!


~Superintendent Armelino

BC Focuses on THE BOULDER CREEK WAY!

The whole Boulder Creek School Community is starting 2022 off on the right foot! We are having many discussions and focusing on positive behaviors. Join us!
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GO SLOW IN THE PARKING LOT AND IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Please remember that we have students and parents crossing the parking lots in both the front and the back. Please proceed very slowly and cautiously. Do NOT pass vehicles that are stopped in front of you on Springer Drive or in the parking lots unless there is a another lane in which to do so. This is not legal and it is not safe. Thank you.


In addition, please remember to slow down as you enter and exit the neighborhood from Churn Creek and other busy roads. Boulder Creek is located in a residential neighborhood, and we always try to be respectful of our neighbors. We have had complaints from residents on Whistling, Springer, and Spaniel that vehicles are driving too fast. This is dangerous for our neighbors and our children who walk to and from school. Please slow down.

Please review the BC Flow of Traffic Map in order to determine which way to enter/exit the campus from the neighborhood depending on which parking lot you are assigned. Front lot = red arrows. Back lot = green arrows.

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BOULDER CREEK BOOSTER (Parent) CLUB

PARENT/ADULT VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Boulder Creek staff and students are thrilled that this year we are able to welcome our parent and other adult volunteers back on campus in the 2021-22 school year! We will have to follow the same restrictions that apply to our adult staff members beginning October 15th, which will take organization and coordination on the part of our staff and our volunteers. We would love to work with those who are willing as our volunteers provide valuable support to our students and staff.


2021/22 COVID-19 Protocols for Volunteers/Visitors/Mentors (Aligns with CDPH Guidance for Schools)


  1. Limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, particularly in areas where there is moderate-to-high COVID-19 community transmission.
  2. Schools should not limit access for direct service providers but can ensure compliance with school visitor policies.
  3. Anyone who has symptoms of infectious illness, such as flu or COVID-19, should stay home and seek testing and care.
  4. Volunteers must show proof of vaccination or a weekly test.
  5. Indoors: all adults must wear a face covering and practice social distancing*.
  6. Outdoors: masks are optional but encouraged. Practice social distancing*.
  7. Field Trip volunteers/chaperones must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within three school days. No volunteers will ride the bus with students, or provide transportation unless they provide proof of vaccination and have administrator approval. All the above guidelines for face coverings and social distance apply to field trip chaperones.
  8. All visitors/volunteers must register in the school office and be cleared through the district’s Raptor System (Board Policy 1250).
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FEBRUARY/MARCH IMPORTANT DATES:

February 9th at 5:30: BC Booster Club Meeting (virtual)

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/vmb-sywu-hnw


February 11th-March 2nd: Annual Cookie Dough Sale


February 21-25th: President's Week Break - No School


March 7-11th: Parent/Teacher Conference Week - Trimester 2


March 9th at 5:30: BC Booster Club Meeting (virtual)

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/kba-onqk-gye

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST

We are happy to be serving breakfast each morning before school once again. The earliest students may report to the cafeteria is 7:30 a.m. Teachers will be taking lunch counts each day. There will continue to be no charge for breakfast or lunch through the end of the school year.

Breakfast Menu

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Lunch Menu

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ATHLETICS

State Guidance for Sports in Schools

We will be able to proceed with sports, however, there are some requirements for indoor sports we must follow. If you are opposed to these requirements, please do not sign a permission slip for your child.


** Students participating in basketball must be Covid tested once per week as they will not be required to wear a mask while playing in a game. However, they must wear a mask while on the sidelines.


Student-athletes who have tested positive may not participate in practice or games until their isolation period is over and they are cleared to return. Students who are symptomatic may continue to participate as long as they test negative. The team is requested to test daily for five days should they be exposed.


We will do everything possible to continue with extracurricular activities as long as there is staffing available and we can meet the state's requirements.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Updated School Quarantine Guidance

EESD District Office Message Jan. 16, 2022

A Few Important Points ...

  • This update reduces the burden on school staff for contact tracing and testing and shares greater responsibility with families.


  • After exposure, schools are still obligated to provide exposure notification. We no longer have to have proof of testing in order for students to return. We are asking families to follow the process, and we are offering testing as a service at the school site. Families must notify us of positive cases but not negatives (unless returning after 5 days of testing positive). We are trusting families to monitor for symptoms and follow through with testing.


  • Indoor sports athletes can now continue coming to school, continue to practice, and continue to play in games after exposure as long as they are not symptomatic and continue to test weekly. We are asking that they test daily for up to 5 days if exposed. Symptoms still matter!

NEW RAPID COVID-19 TESTING AT SCHOOL!

This is a new system through Primary Health that requires a one-time registration. If you haven't registered your child for Rapid Antigen Testing yet, you can do so by clicking HERE. What are the benefits of free, rapid testing at school?


  • Your child can be tested at school (with your permission each time) when he/she is showing symptoms and potentially go back to class with a negative result. Parents will no longer have to pick up their child immediately when their child has one symptom, like a headache for example. If you choose not to have your child tested, you need to pick your child up from school and quarantine them for ten days.


  • Testing (negative result) will get your Covid-positive child back to school after five days.


  • If your child is a close-contact at school, testing will allow you to send them to school without worry.


  • Testing will allow your child to participate in indoor sports/activities.


EVEN THOUGH YOUR CHILD IS REGISTERED, WE WILL NEVER TEST THEM WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE. We may get your verbal consent on the phone, or preferably you will request a test by completing the Covid-19 Test Request.

OFFICE HOURS AND PROCEDURES

The Boulder Creek School Office is staffed from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day. If you need to conduct school business in person, always remember to maintain a social distance of six feet and wear a mask when you enter the building. Thank you.
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PARENT PORTAL LOG-IN

All parents, including new parents, should have logged into the Parent Portal at some point already. Why do you need to create a parent account? This is a secure platform through which you will view your child's teacher/class, receive your child’s report card, complete enrollment, and complete the necessary beginning of the year school forms like your child's emergency card. In the future, this is also how state testing results will be communicated.


Click HERE for the link to the parent portal. If you cannot log-in successfully, please call our school's office at 224-4140 or email our tech helpline at help@eesd.net. Be sure to keep your log-in information in a safe but accessible place.

IMPORTANT LINKS

  • help@eesd.net: for Chromebook questions (including how to get a device); technology troubleshooting as directed by your child's teacher
  • eesd.net: for online resources and other district information
  • bouldercreek.eesd.net: for weekly newsletters and other information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Q: If a student in my child's class becomes Covid -19 positive, will my child and his/her class have to quarantine?


A: If students are following all protocols, mainly properly wearing their masks indoors, they will be able to attend school and participate in extracurriculars as long as they are symptom-free and Covid-negative.


Q: Is there ever a time when my child's whole class may have to learn from home?


A: This hasn't happened yet but could happen if your child's teacher was covid positive, named as a close contact, had to quarantine, AND we could not find a substitute teacher. There is a very limited number of substitute teachers and other substitute staff available in Shasta County.