BSD Family Updates

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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Update from Dr. Leavell (1/6/2020)

Important Update from Superintendent Aaron Leavell

Hello Bremerton School District Families!


We are very pleased to announce that we are re-starting our back-to-buildings plan. We look forward to welcoming back kindergarten through second grade students enrolled in our hybrid learning pathway on Tuesday, January 26.


Our phased-in approach aligns with the revised recommendations announced by Governor Inslee and guidance from state and local health officials. The recommendations are based on data that indicates schools can successfully limit the spread of COVID-19 when they have strong health and safety protocols in place. And we do.


We have put tremendous planning and effort into our health and safety plans that meet the state’s health and safety protocols, including mask use, social distancing, and increased cleaning and ventilation. These measures will help us keep our schools safe and healthy and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


One important change to note is that we are shifting back to the original AA/BB hybrid model. Students will attend school in-person two days per week, supplemented with three days of Connected Learning (online).


Group A: Monday/Tuesday - Face-to-Face Learning

Group B: Thursday / Friday - Face-to-Face Learning

Wednesday - Connected Learning (online) for A & B


Schools will be communicating the group to which your student will be assigned.


In October, we had announced that our K-2 students would be attending four half-days each week, with an AM/PM schedule. While there are many benefits to this model, based on this updated guidance from the state and staffing and transportation limitations, this model is no longer sustainable - or scalable - as we work on plans to bring back all grade levels to the classroom this spring.


Any changes to schedules for in-person/face-to-face special education students will be communicated separately to families whose students are receiving services.


We will closely monitor our health and safety protocols as our youngest students return, and we will continue to assess our readiness to safely expand in-person instruction to our upper elementary and secondary grades. We will continue to work with state and local health officials, as well as our school board and associations, on our reentry plans, and will share more information with you in the coming weeks.


We will provide additional details about the return for K-2 students and share our updated Back-To-Buildings guide by next Wednesday, January 13. We also invite you to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


We are encouraged by these new recommendations and are eager to welcome more students back into our schools!


Thank you for your continued support!


Sincerely,


Aaron Leavell, Ed.D.

Superintendent

www.BremertonSchools.org/clinic

The Peninsula Community Health Services school-based health clinic at Mountain View Middle School is open!

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