BWRSD Community Update 3/24/20

Message from Jonathan Brice, Superintendent of Schools

Thank You

Thank you to our students, families, teachers, administrators, and other staff who worked together to make BWRSD's first two days of distance learning successful. Teachers have done a wonderful job of preparing engaging lessons. Students seem to be excited to see their classmates and teachers and get back to work. On day 1, distance learning had fewer than 160 student absences.


Distance Learning

Principals/Assistant Principals, district administrators, and I have visited countless virtual classrooms and observed students actively engaged in learning. Schools have truly become 21st century learning platforms. As parents and members of the community, you should expect to see a good, better, best type of distance learning program in your student’s classroom. As with all instructional practices, teachers alternate practices and you should not expect to see the same practices each day. Below are brief explanations of what you should see in your child’s classroom:


  • Good: Assignments posted to Seesaw or Google classroom. This is a foundational level of distance learning. Assignments are designed to continue mastery of content in specific subjects in which students are currently enrolled.

  • Better: Teachers incorporate a video or audio clip into the lesson along with an assignment. This level of distance learning is more interactive and uses technology platforms to create a stronger connection between teaching, learning, students, and teachers.

  • Best: Teachers incorporate a group meeting component into their classroom lesson, include an assignment, and possibly a video or audio clip. Using the platforms available to BWRSD students and staff, parents should see a variety of activities that engage students and provide opportunity for real-time interaction via video and audio platforms.


Support for Students

During this time, BWRSD is fortunate to have 1-1 take home chromebooks in grades 6-12 and chromebooks and ipads in all elementary schools. Recognizing that some elementary students may not have had devices at home, BWRSD worked with principals/assistant principals to distribute over 500 chromebooks and ipads to elementary families. We are only providing one device per elementary family, if requested. If you are still in need of a device, please email your child’s principal, and we will put you on a waitlist. We have a limited number of chromebooks remaining and may not have the ability to fulfill your request.


Please remember that we are providing students with grab and go meals. Each day we are providing approximately over 200 meals for students. Grab and go meals can be picked up daily between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Kickemuit Middle School, Colt Andrews Elementary School, and Hope and Main.


Human services staff (school counselors, social workers, psychologists, special educators, and school nurses) will reach out to students on their caseload to ensure that we are maintaining close contact and support for our students. Please feel free to email your principal if your student(s) are not contacted by the end of the week.


Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Meeting - Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The JFC will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 7 p.m. Preliminary information is that BWRSD will not receive the requested funding of 3.985% or $1,554,954. We recognize that we all are experiencing difficult times as we deal with the health, educational, and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The failure to fulfill the budget request will result in a decrease in extracurricular activities (including athletics, band, drama, and clubs), a decrease in staffing, and impede contract negotiations. An appeal of the decision made by the JFC at tomorrow’s meeting may be unrealistic given our current reality. Voicing your concern and asking questions now, may be the last opportunity to discuss your concerns with the elected officials who decide the total funding for BWRSD.


Parents and interested community members will be able to watch the virtual meeting using the link: Live stream of JFC Meeting


The agenda for the meeting is available on our website and you can view it here by clicking on this link: 3/25/20 JFC Meeting Agenda


Parents, community members, and staff may also send questions to JFC chairperson Steven Calenda at scalenda@townofwarren-ri.gov no later than 6:00 pm March 25, 2020.


Sincerely,


Jonathan T. Brice, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Bristol Warren Regional School District

Here are some examples of Distance Learning from our teachers:

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