BSD Back-to-Buildings Family Guide

Version 2.0 / updated 11/6/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATES

11/6/2020 - The difficult decision was made to pause our plan to reopen our schools. Read the update here. For the latest information, please visit www.BremertonSchools.org/Fall2020.

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This Back-to-Buildings Parent Guide is intended for our elementary families.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES WITH STUDENTS IN THE HYBRID LEARNING PATHWAY

  • Please review this Guide and discuss the student health & safety protocols.
  • Students who are returning to school buildings must submit a printed daily health assessment form every day before entering.

Our top priority has, and will continue to be, the health and safety of students and staff. Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging time in our community.

Hybrid Learning Pathway Schedule

Elementary students in the Hybrid Learning pathway* will return to school for hybrid, face-to-face learning in two phases:


  • November 9: preschool - 2nd grades

  • November 30: 3rd - 5th grades


Students will attend half-days, four days each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) plus additional asynchronous lessons/learning to be completed at home online*.


  • Hybrid group A: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

  • Hybrid group B: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

  • Wednesday will continue as an asynchronous learning day.


Asynchronous lessons include health and fitness, music, i-Ready, and social studies and science. Students may be assigned additional practice opportunities to work on at home.


For the health and safety of all students and staff, it is imperative that families not drop off students prior to 8:20 a.m. for the morning session, or 12:50 p.m. for the afternoon session.



Please note: West Hills Restorative School students return November 16. These dates are subject to change based on local COVID-19 transmission rates. Decisions to have students return to buildings will be based on the science related to COVID-19 cases. We will continue to work with the Kitsap Public Health District to monitor and assess our local COVID-19 situation.

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Connected Learning Pathway schedule update

Students will continue with 100% online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Now that we are returning to our school buildings for face-to-face learning, our Connected Learning (online) schedule is evolving to meet the needs of students and staff.


All elementary Connected Learning (100% online) students have been assigned either an AM or a PM session for their synchronous work. During this synchronous time, students will participate in synchronous ELA (English Language Arts) and math lessons.


Wednesday will continue as an asynchronous learning day for Connected Learning students.


Morning (AM) Connected Learning schedule for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:


  • 8:30 -9:15 a.m.
  • 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.


Afternoon (PM) Connected Learning schedule for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:


  • 1-1:45 p.m.
  • 2 - 2:45 p.m.


In addition to these synchronous lessons, Connected Learning students will complete asynchronous lessons in health and fitness, music, i-Ready, and social studies and science. Students may be assigned additional practice opportunities to work on at home. Additional details will be provided by the Connected Learning teachers.

Flexible Learning Pathway

This learning pathway is not changing. This is a virtual model that is flexible for a family’s schedule with access to a Bremerton School District teacher for support, tutoring and connection. This option has students from across our district grouped by grade level with a BSD teacher.

Attendance

  • The BSD Attendance policy applies and will be monitored for students in the Hybrid Learning and in Connected Learning pathways.

  • If students must be absent, parents should contact the school office explaining the reason for the absence.

Parent/guardian visits to schools

    • Any parent/guardian wishing to enter a Bremerton School District building must have an appointment and be cleared by a school employee before entry.A health screening must be performed (including temperature check with a touchless thermometer).
    • If the parent/guardian is experiencing any symptoms on the health assessment (or attestation) they cannot enter the school facility.
    • When parents arrive for their appointment, they should remain in their car until the office releases them to come to the building.
    • Face coverings are required to enter any BSD building.

    Student meals

    Due to elementary students returning to buildings for hybrid learning, our meal program is changing effective Monday, November 9. The District will continue to provide meals for all children age 18 and under, or up to age 21 if enrolled in the Bremerton School District.


    ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN THE HYBRID PATHWAY (AM AND PM)
    • Students will receive a “grab-n-go” meal bag when they leave the school building.
    • On Monday, Thursday and Friday the bag will contain one lunch and one breakfast.
    • On Tuesdays the meal bag will contain breakfast and lunch for both Tuesday and Wednesday.


    MEAL PICK-UP AT SCHOOLS

    • "Grab-n-go" meals will be available for pick-up elementary schools from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    • Meals will be available for any child at Mountain View Middle School and Bremerton High School from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    • Students who attend Renaissance High School or Open Doors may pick up meals at any other school as meals will not be served at those locations.


    BUS DELIVERY

    • BSD buses will continue to deliver "grab-n-go" meals Monday through Friday. The bus routes will remain the same as now, just a half hour earlier.

      • The meal bags will contain a breakfast, lunch and snack for one day.

      • A parent, guardian, or caretaker may pick up the meal bag.

      • View the revised bus schedules here.


    IMPORTANT DETAILS:

    • Children age 18 and under (or up to age 21 if enrolled in a Bremerton School District) are eligible to receive meals.

      • Children to not have to be enrolled in the Bremerton School District to receive a meal.

    • Families can go to any bus stop or school that is convenient for them.

    • Students do not need to be present for a parent/guardian to receive a meal.

    www.BremertonSchools.org/Meals

    Click here for links to the updated meal program information, including revised meal delivery bus routes and breakfast/lunch menus.

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    The information below is for families with students enrolled in the Hybrid Pathway who will return to buildings for face-to-face learning in November.

    Bus transportation for hybrid pathway students (A/B)

    Bus transportation will be provided for both Group A and Group B. Families are encouraged to consider alternate forms of transportation, including walking, biking or being driven by caregivers as much as possible.


    IMPORTANT: Bus transport is the exception to the 6-foot rule of physical distancing. Bus riders will not be screened until arriving at school; it's imperative that parents not send students on the bus if they will not be able to pass the screening or have an elevated temperature.


    • Everyone on the bus must wear a cloth face covering or disposable mask while on the bus. *

    • Students will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the bus (hand sanitizer will be provided). *

    • Riders will be kept as far apart as possible. No more than two elementary students per seat and one secondary student per seat.

    • Students will have assigned seating; students from the same household will be seated together.

    • Windows will be open in order to maximize ventilation (students should dress accordingly!).

    • Transportation staff will sanitize and disinfect the bus throughout the day.

    • High touch areas will be cleaned after each completed route.

    • Students will be assigned to one bus route. Due to capacity constraints, students will be unable to ride a different bus with a friend.



    *Exceptions will be made for masks and hand sanitizer on a case-by-case basis or in accordance with a student's IEP or 504 plan.

    Chromebooks

    Your child's teacher will be communicating with you and your students about the need for bringing-in your child's Chromebook.

    Daily health assessment forms / temperature screenings

    A daily health assessment (also called “attestation”) form is required for all students.

    • Parents are encouraged to complete the health assessment document form prior to sending their child to school.

    • Every student must turn in a completed health assessment form or complete a health assessment given by a staff person prior to entering the school building.

    • The District will provide printed copies of the health assessment form in English and Spanish.

    • Click the links below to download/print the health assessment form.


    If a student has a fever (>100.4 degrees F) upon entry to the building, they will be taken to a “temporary observation” area. Additional details on the process for evaluating students with a fever are available in our COVID Staff Guide viewable at www.BremertonSchools.org/COVID-19.
    The health assessment form is being mailed to all K-2 families the week of November 2, and copies will be distributed at schools. Click below to download/print the form at home.

    Student health and safety protocols

    When students arrive at school, they should:

    • Make sure they are wearing a cloth face covering or disposable mask*.

    • Enter the building using one of the identified entrances.

    • Turn in a completed health assessment form or complete a health assessment given by a staff person.

    • Get their temperature taken.

    • Sanitize their hands.

    • Report directly to his/her classroom (no bathroom, library, etc. stops).


    Student safety protocols (during the school day)

    • Social distancing will be required while on school district property (inside and outside).

      • Students and staff must stay 6 feet away from others in the classroom or any shared space

    • Cloth face coverings or disposable masks are required in all schools and buses.*

      • Students are responsible for providing their own masks (face masks will be available to those in need).

      • It is suggested that students bring a second mask every day.

    • Students should frequently wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available during the day.

    • Students should wash their hands:

      • When they enter their classroom(s)

      • After using restrooms

      • Before leaving at the end of the day

    • Student “touch points” will be limited as much as possible.

    • Students will keep their materials with them (or at their desk) whenever possible.

    • School supplies and equipment will not be shared.

    • Students and staff should avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Teachers will introduce/reinforce strategies & guidelines for students on hand washing, hygiene practices and proper mask usage.

    • Students will have assigned seating in each classroom.


    At the end of the day students will:

    • Wipe down their chair and desk with a solution of unscented soap and water.

    • Wash or sanitize their hands before exiting the classroom

    • Follow the building safety protocols for exiting the building.



    *Exceptions will be made for masks on a case-by-case basis or in accordance with a student's IEP or 504 plan.

    IMPORTANT REMINDER

    Students must must wear a cloth face covering or disposable mask while while at school and on the bus.


    Please visit www.BremertonSchools.org/Masks for mask information and resources to help you prepare your student for wearing masks at school!

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    Summary of COVID-19 safety protocols in our schools

    • Class sizes and classroom spaces will be modified as appropriate/needed to promote distancing and maintain a healthy classroom environment.

    • Schools will work to manage movement and limit transmission opportunities within the school building.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout all school buildings.
    • Signage to direct traffic flow, support distancing, and required face coverings will be displayed prominently throughout schools.
    • A site-specific COVID-19 supervisor has been designated by the District at each school, and at other work sites, to monitor the health of employees and to enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan.
    • Each school has a designated isolation room for children who begin showing symptoms of illness at school and are awaiting pick-up.


    Custodial and facilities safety protocols


    The following changes are being implemented in all schools:

    • Classrooms will be set-up to allow for social distancing.

    • We will increase daily cleaning and disinfecting in all of our schools (more information on our cleaning protocols is available at www.BremertonSchools.org/COVID-19).

    • Our custodial staff will disinfect high touch areas with Environmental Protection Agency-rated cleaners.

    • We’ve increased air ventilation and the incorporation of outside air.

    • Drinking fountains are turned off but water bottle filling stations will be available.

    Recess, field trips and volunteers

    Recess

    • Students will not participate in recess. However, teachers may elect to take students outdoors for movement breaks. Shared use of equipment will not be allowed.
    • Masks use must continue, even outdoors.
    • Physical distancing must continue, even outdoors.


    Field trips

    • Field trips are not permitted at this time.


    Volunteers

    • In-school volunteers are not permitted at this time.

    Please do not send your child to school if he/she is ill

    If your child is sick - even with mild symptoms - please keep your child home from school and notify your child’s school that your student is ill.


    • If your student’s symptoms are related to a chronic condition, contact the school and follow school policies for chronic condition management.

    • Please contact your health care provider about serious illness, including any fever of 100.4°F or higher


    To help protect all students, please notify the school if your child is diagnosed with any of these diseases:
    • Chickenpox
    • COVID-19
    • Diphtheria
    • E. coli diarrhea
    • Hepatitis
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Pertussis
    • Rubella
    • Salmonella
    • Scabies
    • Shigellosis
    • Tuberculosis
    • another disease as requested


    The school will protect your private information as required by law. RCW 70.02, Washington’s Health Care Information Access and Disclosure Act.


    Medication

    Notify school staff if your student requires medication during school hours. Follow school protocols for medication at school. Unless otherwise instructed, if your student’s illness requires antibiotics, the student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Antibiotics are not effective for viral illnesses such as COVID-19.

    School office & health room phone numbers

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    When Students Get Sick At School

    If a student is already in the building and has a fever of 100.4 or begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, the child’s parent/guardian or emergency contact(s) will be notified immediately. The child will wait in the “Temporary Observation Room” until the student can be picked-up and taken home.

    Quarantine Impacts on Students

    • If your student is in quarantine, please monitor their health.

    • If they do not feel well, please contact your child’s physician.

    • As long as your student feels well during quarantine, please have them participate in Connected Learning.

    • Please contact your child’s teacher or principal with questions or support.

    Helpful Links





    This plan is based on OSPI's "Reopening Washington's Schools District Planning Guide. This Guide will be updated as needed since guidance continues to evolve.

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