Take a moment to think about this: “You have wonderful children who are resilient, work hard, and can figure out difficult things.” (Communicated in a parent message sent by one of your colleagues.) To me this touches on the anxiety parents are experiencing right now (“How do I figure this out?”) and the hope/reminder they they don’t have to (“Your child can do this!”). This is likely how your staff is also feeling right now… as well as us at times. Some things I know for sure are this: You’ve got this. I have faith in you and your leadership. I am proud to work along side and learn from you. __________________________________________________________
If you haven’t look at and dug in a bit at this Remote Learning Tools page (with lots of great links to dig further) that our district instructional team has created then I highly encourage you to do so soon. If you see something missing that you think would be helpful, please reach out to one of the members listed at the bottom of the page. __________________________________________________________
Please share the following reminders from Alandra with your teachers and counselors as appropriate:
- SOCIAL MEDIA: We are seeing an uptick in digital communication and many schools and staff creating new social media accounts. Quick reminder that staff members who wish to create a professional social media account need to check in with Alandra Johnson. She has some important guidelines and tips to share about using social media while representing our schools. Send an email to [email protected] (She is also glad to hear from those who have already created accounts and now want to make them official.)
- RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES: When sharing community resources with families, be sure to use our district pages, which are updated, vetted and approved (many are also translated):
Información (resources in Spanish) ________________________________________________________
Sean has recently sent out this letter to SPED families. If you have any questions about this please reach out to one of the SPED Directors.
THIS and THAT:
The business office has been in touch with your Office Manager regarding repayments to your families for spring sports fees. I am told that the reimbursement process has begun. __________________________________________________________
Here is a FAN Advocate update from Dana:
- Talk to your FAN Advocate about assigning a classified staff member to help with outreach. Some schools have done this and it has helped lessen the load for the FAN Advocate.
- We will be conducting our Spring MAC Survey the week of April 20. Mara Stephens and the FAN Advocates will get information out to staff. Mara has also recorded a training that can be viewed by staff members that need to complete the MAC training.
- Please remind staff that if they hear of families that are now homeless, we need to get them counted. Connect with your FAN Advocate so she can follow up.
- There is a district team that is working to identify locations where students are not able to access the Grab and Go lunches. Look for information in the days to come about expanded food delivery locations.
- FAN Advocates are collecting names for the Hot Spots. Dana, Ben and Skip continue to coordinate with Bend Broadband to get connectivity up for those that apply. Hot Spots will be coming soon, and a plan for distribution will follow also.
- Please take a minute to reach out and thank your Advocate. They are all working incredibly hard and are doing everything they can to connect students and families to services.
- If you feel there is an unmet need, please don’t hesitate to email or call Dana Pedersen. _______________________________________________________
The following message was sent to HS ADs recently by Sal. Thought you might be interested in seeing it as well (I removed a few sentences regarding repayment to families because I already mentioned that above):
Well…the worst case scenario just became realty. School is officially closed through the end of the year and thus OSAA has officially canceled spring sports and all state competitions. The OSAA calendar governs through the end of May and resumes after moratorium week (this year early Aug). BLP is extending all current sports/activities closures through the end of our school year, June 14th. There will be some gray area between June 14th through early Aug. No decision has currently been made regarding this time frame however we hope to provide more clarity before the end of the 19/20 school year.
BLP does not currently support any virtual sports competitions that involves BLP staff in any way. ______________________________________________________
As you know, due to COVID-19, we have made a change to MS grading practices for this spring. If you need a PDF of the parent request form for letter grade(s), you can find it in the COVID folder in TRIBE. I’ve also emailed you a fillable PDF version that you can share electronically with any interested parents. Please share this change with parents in an upcoming (planned) communication (if you haven’t already). Please include some langauge around the reasons we are going with P/NG, as encouragement for folks to stick with this rather than request letter grade(s). __________________________________________________________
And speaking of grading for the spring term, I think it is wise to have your teachers assess and enter assignments with a letter grade (as much as would normally occur), even with a default of P/NG, because it is going to be much easier to turn letter grade averages into a Pass than it would be to turn a Pass into a letter grade at the end of the term. Connected to this, I do not advocate that assessment of learning should be “dumbed down” or “expectations lower” for students, but it should be obvious that the environment in which a student is currently learning (home vs. classroom) is less conducive for assuring equitable access to teaching. ___________________________________________________________
When the district guidance Google doc is updated, we’ll try and remember to share with you when those updates occur and what they deal with. Here is your first update:
- Under #5…A new document, an FAQ from Sean and his team about SPED, has been added as a separate document.
- Under # 1 and #2…We pulled docs out about high school grading and graduation. Have not replaced those with updated content yet.
- Under #7…We added some content about how to access Google Voice when using your personal phone to mask your number and set up another number. We included a link about that.
- Under #8… Athletics has been updated to indicate OSAA has cancelled all spring sports and refunds are being processed. ________________________________________________________
Hayley is passing this along, and it sounds like something you may find reason to share as well!
Our team of amazing Behavior Coaches have organized a user-friendly tool for parents. The tools in this resource- schedules, ready/not ready, and break routines- are tools that we use when coaching across the district (so students may/will be familiar). All the links are set for Anyone with the link can view.
From Scott Bojanowski: During this morning’s safety meeting, we had some questions from school administrators about our SROs and if they will continue to service our schools now that school buildings are closed for the remainder of the school year. I talked with our SRO supervisors at Bend PD and Deschutes County Sheriff’s office today.
The SROs will be on patrol duty during the weekdays, but they are still available to assist school administrators when needed. As always if there is an emergency, please call 911 to get law enforcement assistance ASAP.
Jimmy Krauger (Summit HS) and Amy Ward (Bend HS) will be working patrol Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Scott Schaier (Middle Schools/Marshall HS) and Erik Ammon (MVHS) will be working Tuesday – Friday 8:00 – 6:00 pM on patrol. I did not receive specific shift times for Deputy Bryan Morris is South County, but he will be working during the weekdays.
The SROs will continue to try and help serve meals at the designated school sites, and will be available for school administrators to call or email with support requests (i.e. welfare checks on students, vandalism reports, etc.). __________________________________________________________
I’ve also added this District Guidance document (the one with hot links) to our COVID folder so it is easy to find for future reference. Thank you for sharing this with your staff earlier this week. ___________________________________________________________
We have a MS admin Webex on Monday at 2:00. I’ll send out an agenda and link to our meeting by noon on Monday.