November 8

Private Practitioners in our Schools- Please see this reminder from Sean- Bend La Pine Schools does not allow private practitioner’s to conduct business in our schools during school hours.  This includes a private behavioral health therapist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, private behavior support skills trainer, observations by family advocates or any person hired by a student’s family to provide services.  Usually, this will come through as a request from a family to have their private provider observe the student in the school setting.  This does not include private folks related to contracts or partnerships we have with community partners (The Child Center, School Based Health Center, Deschutes County Health).  Also, this does not include parents inviting a private practitioner to an IEP or team meeting, which is perfectly fine.  If you are approached by a family or private provider about observing or working with a student in your school, consider and try the following:

  1. Explain that BLPS does not allow private providers to conduct business in our schools.  In turn, we will not propose conducting academic instruction in their office.
  2. Inquire about the type of information they hope to obtain, and offer to have a member of the school team provide that information.  Typically, with the permission of the parents, we can conduct an observation and share the results with the family and private provider.
  3. If the family requests that a provider come into school and perform their services in the school setting, inquire about those services and, if appropriate, explain that we have trained staff that can deliver those services.  If needed, convene and school or IEP team to consider the services requested by the parent.
  4. Offer to have our team members consult with the private provider to learn about their work and align services when appropriate.
  5. If asked about a specific policy, please refer to KK-AR: Visitors to District Facilities.  The most pertinent language in this police includes:

Permission to visit will be granted if, in the judgment of the school principal or designee, the visit serves school interests. Permission to visit will be denied if the visit would be disruptive to the educational program or orderly school operations, would impede the work of teachers through interruptions or unreasonable demands on teacher or staff time, or if the visitor’s course of conduct would conflict with district policies or administrative regulations, building regulations, or the law. The school principal or designee may also deny permission to visit if he or she has reasonable cause to believe that the visit would compromise the safety or welfare of students and staff. The school principal or designee has discretion to limit the scope of the visit as to the duration or specific location of the visit in order to ensure the safety and welfare of students or the orderly administration of educational programs and school operations.

  1. If you continue to get questions about this practice, please refer the parent to the Office of School Support or Special Programs.

Music Meeting- As you know, our elementary music (and PE) teachers meet on a regular basis to collaborate during some of our SIW’s. They take and share notes with me after the meetings. I thought I should begin to share those notes with you. Don’t feel as if you have to do anything. They are just for your information.

Forefront-  We are asking all teachers input into Forefront at the minimum:

  • All post assessments
  • NC Baseline and Checkups 2 & 4 if required by School EBISS team

The only exceptions are: Westside Village and Highland because they use a different math program and their assessments are currently not in Forefront.

SBAC Opt Out– We now have a Spanish version of the parent letter for SBAC op out.

Out- I will be out next Thursday afternoon and Friday for the Oregon School Boards Association conference in Portland. You can reach me by cell and I will be checking email.

Attendance- Please check out this week’s chronic absenteeism article which focuses on the importance of addressing chronic absenteeism in the early grades.

Let’s Talk Behavior- Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 20 at N. Star to have an informal (voluntary) meet and talk with principals/vice principals about behavior. This is a teacher directed SIW day, so you won’t have anything to lead at your buildings. We are all dealing with difficult student behavior and it would be great to share, listen and learn from each other about what is working, what isn’t working, what supports would be helpful and ideas for things we can do moving forward. We’ll shoot for a soft 1:30 start time.

Sometimes when we are dealing with the intense behaviors it is difficult to remember our core, or whole school actions. I was able to attend the PBIS coordinators meeting this morning and it was a good reminder that we need to pay attention to and put energy into our school level PBIS plans to be sure we have a strong foundation in place.

Book Study- In my opinion, effectively functioning PLC’s are one of the foundational components of a strong school.  PLC’s are not an extra but should truly be the way we do business. The Dufours wrote the book (actually a few books) on PLC’s.  I will soon be reading Learning by Doing and am inviting any of you who would like to join me to do a book study. This study will be a bit different as we won’t be meeting in person, but will be doing it virtually. Christie Boen is helping me set up another page on this blog for our study group. Those participating will decide on a section to read during a set period of time and then respond to prompts and each other’s posts on the blog- as much or as little commenting or questioning as you desire. Please let me know by November 22 if you would like to read the book. I will order one for anyone thinking they want to participate. More directions to follow. I hope this will be an easy way to do some collaborative learning without trying to schedule a group of people to meet several times as we know how busy our schedules are. Call if you have any questions.

PD Opportunity- Dean Richards asked that I share this PD opportunity with you. Please pass along to any you think might be interested.

Upcoming Events

November 11- Veterans’ Day- No School

November 18- Chronic Absenteeism workshop – 3:15

November 20- Behavior roundtable- North Star @ 1:30

November 22- College Day

November 25-29- Thanksgiving Break

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