BSD Family Updates
Friday, November 6, 2020
Dear BSD Families:
We are reaching out to you this morning to share some difficult news. We have decided to pause our plan to reopen our schools. Kindergarten, first grade and second grade students will not be returning to the classroom next week as planned.
We know this news will be disappointing for our students, families and staff. We are disappointed too. We all miss our students so much!
Yesterday, the Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD) informed us that they are seeing a steady increase in COVID-19 case-trend activity. Rates in our area are continuing to rise and are expected to meet the state Department of Health’s “High” COVID-19 activity level in the coming days. Additionally, according to KPHD, the rate of new positive cases in children ages 18 and under is higher than it has ever been in Kitsap, with the biggest increase in children ages 10-19.
Local health officials agree that pausing the return of additional students is the safest choice for our school district.
We are not setting a reopening date at this point. Our goal remains to bring back students K-12 for face-to-face learning as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data and are meeting with KPHD to further evaluate our reentry plans and timeline. We understand that families need time to adjust their schedules. We will provide frequent updates with as much notice as possible as we work to reopen our schools.
We know this is a difficult time for students and families. If your student needs help academically or emotionally, please don’t hesitate to contact your school for support.
I want to thank you for your patience and support as we strive to work to serve our students during this constantly changing situation. I also want to thank our amazing staff for their tireless efforts to educate and support all our students during these challenging times.
Aaron Leavell, Ed.D
Bremerton School District
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.