BSD Family Update

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Planning for school in the fall

Dear BSD Families,

By now, many of you may have heard that OSPI released the state’s plan for opening schools in the fall.

We have a fall start workgroup with 50+ members including staff, parents, students, community partners, childcare providers and two school board directors that will review the requirements outlined by the state and make a recommendation to the Bremerton School Board. Our goal is to have our “base model” plan ready for the Board to review and approve in early July, with a more detailed plan ready to share with our families in late July. Final plans must be approved by the state two weeks before the first day of the school year (which is currently September 2nd).

We understand how unsettling this is to families and staff to not have specifics about how our schools will operate in the fall. However, we have many important decisions to make. It is going to take time and a lot of thoughtful discussion to develop a detailed plan that meets the health and safety guidelines outlined by OSPI. We must consider a number of things including, but not limited to, transportation, staffing, social distancing protocols, personal protective equipment (PPE), athletics, child nutrition services, special education accommodations, technology, childcare, summer programming, and custodial services/capacity.

We are working to create a plan that:

  • Minimizes the spread of Covid-19 virus

  • Keeps students & staff safe

  • Allows new learning to continue

  • Supports students academically and socially-emotionally

  • Assists parents & families through an alternative schedule or setting for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Serves all students and their unique needs with a focus on equity

We will be sending out a survey next week to get your feedback. Thank you in advance for your participation. We are committed to transparency and proactive and reactive communication with our families and staff while we work to develop our District’s plan for the fall.

We will be in touch about this important process very soon.

Take good care,

Dr. Aaron Leavell


Join us in celebrating the BHS Class of 2020!

Class of 2020 Senior Awards Night video

Click here to view the Class of 2020 Senior Awards Night video on Bremerton Knights TV!

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La próxima semana es la última semana de nuestro programa de comidas Grab-n-Go del año escolar que incluye la entrega de comidas en nuestras rutas de autobús. ¡Vea la información a continuación sobre nuestro programa de almuerzo de verano!

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Guidance from the City of Bremerton on parks use

Before you plan to enjoy your lunch at a city park, please consider the following. As of June 11:

  • Picnics are allowed in city parks, but park picnic tables are currently off-limits.
  • Playground at all parks are still closed.
  • Only a limited number of parks restrooms are open.
  • The next stage will allow for additional access to parks.

For the latest information on City of Bremerton parks, visit:

Washington families get help to buy food during school closures

Dear Families,

Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades k-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.

If your family has lost income since schools closed, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply by calling 360-473-4717 or go online to

Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT – it is not Basic Food and will not count in a public charge test. P-EBT is intended to replace meals missed while schools closed due to COVID-19. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and get P-EBT at the same time – they are separate programs.

If your family does not receive Basic Food, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. The application will be open by June 30. There are two ways to apply:

See the flyer below for more information about P-EBT.

We want to make sure all of our students stay healthy and grow strong.


Lynn Johnson


Child Nutrition Services


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Renaissance High School 2020 Graduation

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Character trait of the month for June: Courage!

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Welcome to Summer Learning 2020

A message from Kitsap Regional Library

Read 10-hours, 100-hours, or take the choose your own adventure learning challenge! For each challenge you complete you will earn tickets and increase your chances of winning one of four great prize packs, like a Nintendo Switch, e-Reader, outdoor adventure pack, or $200 gift card to a local bookstore. You can also earn special digital rewards and cool badges! If you make it all the way to 100 hours, be one of the few to claim your own coveted 100-Hour Reader T-shirt!

Our summer programs have also gone virtual! Each day of the week we will have a new video or live via Zoom program for you to enjoy!

  • Messy Mondays videos for STEM and Art projects you can do at home and a weekly challenge. #KRLchallengeaccepted
  • Teatime Topics Tuesdays for live discussion on social, historical, and popular topics for curious kids.
  • Wild Wednesdays videos to learn about the natural world through activities that help you explore wherever you are. Wednesdays in July and August will be live performances by our Summer Performers, like School of Taiko and Ana Montes: Flamenco Dance
  • Readers Theatre Thursdays for live dramatic readings of some of our favorite chapter books.
  • Fearless Fridays videos to flex your muscles, brains, and feelings by finding creative and hilarious ways to be active at home.

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Note: New time for meal pick-up at Boys & Girls Club

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Guidance from Washington State Department of Health on wearing face masks

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Need help with your Chromebook?

Call the BSD Tech Hotline at 360-473-1065. The line is staffed Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Special Education hotline

Do you have questions or concerns about your students special education services during the school closure? Call our special education hotline at 360-473-1007 (Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.).

Educational resources & activities for families

Looking for some extra activities for your kids? Check out our Family Resources website!

Student learning & grading quick links:

2020-21 kindergarten registration open!

Visit for information, to register online, or to download registration forms.

Social Distancing guidelines remain in place

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when picking up meals or waiting at the bus stop! Thank you!

Playgrounds are still closed

Playgrounds are closed until further notice.


Bremerton School District Non-Discrimination Statement

The Bremerton School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participation in educational programs and/or extra-curricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and ADA Coordinator, Garth Steedman, at 360.473.1031 or or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh, at 360.473.4400 or Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.

BSD School Closure Updates (Distributed 6/11/2020)

Background photo: Kokoro Garden, Bremerton High School