BWRSD Community Update 6/9/20

Message from Jonathan Brice, Superintendent of Schools

Dear BWRSD families,


Today’s update has information about the following topics:


  • Virtual Support Day - Wednesday, June 10th

  • BWRSD Free Book Distribution - PreK through 12th Grade

  • Update on Fall Re-opening

  • Athletics Update

  • Meal Distribution Update

  • BWRSD Parents as Teachers Newsletter

  • Special Education Access to Student IEPs and Meeting Documents

  • Student Support for families

  • BWRSD Online Tech Support for Families


Sincerely,


Jonathan Brice


Jonathan T. Brice, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Virtual Support Day - Wednesday, June 10

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, is a Virtual Support Day. This will be a day of self-directed learning for students. They will be responsible for checking in for daily attendance and completing the lessons assigned for that week. Teachers and staff members should check in with students who have missing assignments, need additional instructional support, or are in danger of failing a class.


BWRSD Free Book Distribution - PreK through 12th Grade

To support and encourage reading over the summer, we will be distributing free books to families. We are fortunate to have received a number of book donations from Rogers Free Library, Books are Wings, and Reach Out and Read and cleaned our book closets to identify books students would enjoy reading at home. We are happy to be able to offer free books for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Books are bagged/boxed by grade level and there are assorted titles inside.


Books will be distributed, via curbside pick up on the dates below. School staff will be onsite to assist, wearing masks and gloves. Parents are asked to wear masks for the pick up, as well.


Wednesday June 10 and Thursday June 11

8:00-11:00 am at Hugh Cole

Please drive around to the rear of the building.


Tuesday June 16 and Wednesday June 17

8:00-11:00 am at Colt Andrews

Adjacent to lunch distribution


All are welcome to pick up books at either location. If you are interested in books but unable to make the listed dates, please email julie.fezettebaker@bwrsd.org.


Update on Fall Re-opening

RIDE has provided initial guidance to school districts about reopening of schools in the Fall. Our district’s primary focus will be opening schools while maintaining the health and safety of students and staff. The process of reopening schools will require extensive coordination among school-district-vendor-families in order to develop a hybrid schedule that supports all students. It is likely that the model of school in the fall will contain both traditional in school options for some students and distance learning for others. Our initial planning will look for ways to return elementary students to school as safely as possible.


Currently, all district administrators and leaders from BWEA and C94 are working on initial reopening plans. Guidance from RIDE, RIDOH, CDC are changing weekly. As the guidance changes, we will continue to refine our reopening plans. We will share information with you so that you can stay abreast of our plans.


Athletics Update

A message from our Athletic Director, Christy Belisle

During this time of school closure, we have been busy researching the latest guidelines and recommended protocols from a variety of agencies, including the Center for Disease Control, R.I. Department of Health, the NFHS Sports Medicine Committee, the RI Sports Medicine Committee, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and the Governor's office for the return of Athletics in BWRSD. We are also reviewing the various models under consideration across neighboring states.


Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our middle and high school student athletes. While we know you are all anxious to return to play, each sport will likely return to play on a different timeline, with a different set of rules, safety protocols and reduced capacity for fans. Please be patient with us while we do this important work.


As we wait for a clearer timeline for the return of athletics, let’s remain hopeful and continue to stay active. We will update you as soon as additional information is available.


Meal Distribution Update

Please be advised that meals will be distributed at Colt Andrews School, Kickemuit Middle School, and Hope & Main as usual this week. The last day of meal distribution at these locations will be June 18, 2020 which is the last day of school as BWRSD is not eligible for a summer meal program per the federal government. During the summer months, the East Bay Food Pantry has grab n go food locations throughout the week. See this flyer for more information. All food is available free of charge. Call 401-396-9490 for details!


BWRSD Parents as Teacher Newsletter

Thank you to Emily Spence for sharing this month's Parents as Teachers newsletter, focused on music. It includes a number of great resources for families of children ages birth to 5, including a special musical offering on June 22 with Fay Bullard. The newsletter can be accessed here.


Special Education Access to Student IEPs and Meeting Documents

Special Educators, specialists, and staff have been uploading IEPs and other documents into Aspen for parents to view. The IT Department has provided the following steps for parents to use to access these documents.


  1. Log into your Aspen parent account (email portal@bwrsd.org if you need help).

  2. Click on the Family top tab.

  3. Click on the Documents side tab. Any documents uploaded for your student will be here.


Student Support for Families

If any parent of a student with an IEP, 504, ELL or other concern have any questions about student assignments, services, or support, please contact the Office of Student Services and Support at bwrsdstudentsupport@bwrsd.org.


BWRSD Online Tech Support for Families

If you experience any issues with your student’s device or while working on certain applications online, please send an email to our Technology Helpdesk at BWRSDTech@bwrsd.org for tech and software application support. The email account is accessible 24 hours per day, and you can expect a response within 24 hours Monday-Friday. Thank you for your patience.

BWRSD Distance Learning Plan/COVID 19 Info

Visit our website link above to view more information about the following: 1. BWRSD Distance Learning Plan 2. Parent Resources for Google & Seesaw Classrooms 3. COVID-19 Information 4. BWRSD Community Updates