November 6, 2020

I appreciated the message in this article about Unfiltered Leadership in Times of Crisis.


Our next Leadership Excellence and Equity training for administrators and supervisors is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18. Please complete this homework assignment from BRYT/Courtney prior to that date and be ready to share your insights with your small team on that day. 


Please be sure that your buildings are open during regular hours so the public can access your office staff. I would define “regular office hours” as 8-3. One of your staff members (Office Manager?) should be there to assist folks in person as they come in.


Following is a message from Alandra ( involvement is voluntary, but I encourage you to consider participating!): We know the world, and even our community, can feel awfully stressful and hostile right now. We are hoping to make the discourse in our community more positive and are launching a kindness campaign with regional partners to elevate stories of kindness – with a special focus on World Kindness Day, Nov. 13. If you are interested in learning more and supporting this effort: Here is a list of ideas of how to join both in and out of school. We are hoping these resources will make it easy to join: Writing prompts, for instance; topics for advisory or freshmen foundations; a contest at the high school level; books to read at the elementary level. Additionally, we know many schools are ALREADY doing a lot around kindness. Please consider sharing with Alandra the great work you are already doing. Thank you. And if you haven’t yet watched the kindness launch video featuring our 8th graders, be sure to do so.


LIPI and Transportation: Before submitting your request for transportation for LIPI, be sure you have contacted and CONFIRMED with the parent/student that they are set to attend and should expect a phone call from transportation. Kim shared there have been several times they have contacted a parent/student and they know nothing about being selected for LIPI.


Our ROCKIN Nursing staff is at it again! They will be regularly preparing important information for you to share with your families! HERE is the first communication they would like you to send out by next Friday, Nov 13. Please work with your nurse about HOW and WHERE they can send out information to your families on a regular basis. Facebook? Webpage? Emails via synergy? In conjunction with a weekly message you distribute?


Monday, November 9th is our fall MAC survey day. Remember anything we do on MAC day, with connecting our students to medical, mental health, dental, vision, or OHP health insurance can be claimable and result in reimbursement that directly funds our FAN advocates. Please coordinate with your FAN advocate for any support or communication regarding MAC day. 


Here is a link to a DRAFT website that the LEAD Cohort (and Kinsey putting it all together) has created. Please DO NOT share or send out to anyone on your staff at this time. This resource may be communicated broadly as soon as next week, but I wanted you to be able to preview it if you’d like


Notes from Paul: Off-Grid: I will be out of the office and off-grid Monday-Wednesday of next week.

From Transportation: Our routers will not be working over Thanksgiving break. So- if a school wants to start a student on 11/11/30 for LIPI, we need to have the LIPI request form no later than 11/14.

Classified Staff: Our classified union has expressed high interest in helping their members avoid having to use their sick leave if they are required to self-isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure.  One way to make that happen was if classified staff had work that they could do from home. Here is a list of jobs (some of which can be done remotely) that OSEA wanted to be passed along to building administrators.  

Should a classified member in your building have to self-isolate and you have the ability to assign remote work for them to do in lieu of taking sick leave, they would greatly appreciate it.

Site Visits For Middle & High Schools: I’ve visited all of the elementary schools plus Mountain View, [email protected] and Bend High to walk through their safety checklist plans.  Here is a signup form so that I can assist middle and high school planning efforts as you solidify your plans for students returning for hybrid.  Look forward to connecting with you (and/or members of your safety team) during a site visit.

Return To School Phase-In Scenarios: Unfortunately, we know that we won’t meet the metrics when they are released on November 9th.  For subsequent weeks, here is a document that explains how our phased-in transition will work.  Lora will share this information with teachers next week.

Safety Checklist Due Date Reminder: Please upload your new school’s COVID-19 Safety Checklist here before the end of the day on Thursday,  November 12th.

Family Connections: How are your family connections teams going?  One of our behavioral coaches, Amanda Schook, has been visiting some school’s family connections team meetings and shared some observations in a google doc that may help your school-based teams.  Please reach out to Paul and Amanda if your school’s FC team can use any support from our district FC team.


VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS: Visitors and volunteers will be restricted to common entry and exit areas while maintaining physical distancing. Only BLS staff and essential visitors are allowed to enter buildings beyond the lobby. Examples of essential visitors are DHS, child protective services, law enforcement, student teachers and their supervisors, CASA advocates, Friends of Children mentors, cadet teachers, and ESD service providers. When in doubt whether a visitor is ‘essential’, consult with your direct supervisor. Non-district personnel should schedule work/deliveries outside student contact hours if moving beyond the school entry.


Notes from Amy: iPad Insurance: Across our district, the purchase of iPad insurance is down more than 60% from previous years.  We anticipated this would happen, and also realize it is causing concern.  In preparation, extra funds were budgeted to cover damaged devices.  Our advice to principals is to use your best judgement when assessing fines.  If damage looks like blatant misuse or abuse you should fine the student for damage.  If damage appears to be accidental and in the course of normal use you do not need to assess a fine.  Going forward, we will be revisiting the topic of insurance for future years and hope to come up with a different solution for dealing with damaged devices.

WebEx Security Updates: On Monday, November 30th our WebEx instance will receive another security upgrade.  As of that date, students who are logged in to the WebEx platform will go directly into their teacher’s meeting room, whereas those who are not logged in will need to be let in from the “waiting room”.  More about this change can be found in our blog entry.  Our Instructional Technology team recommends that all students log in to WebEx independent of their scheduled meetings to facilitate the process; logins can happen any time so long as they are done before November 30th.  

Apple iOS 14.1: On Wednesday, November 11th, the newest iPad operating system will be available for students to download.  Students will not have to upgrade immediately, but will be prompted at some point that the update is available.  When new updates come out, it is possible that we will start to see some challenges with the behavior of other apps.  At this point we have determined that all of our curriculum apps and frequently used tools are ready for this update, so glitches might be the result of students NOT having updated their devices.  Running the iOS update from “Settings” is a great problem-solving step if new app glitches show up.

iCloud Logins: We are also recommending that all students login to their school Apple ID to utilize upgraded iCloud storage.  This message has already been pushed out to many staff members and students, more information on how to do it can be found in this blog entry.


HS Principal WebEx to review Hybrid Schedule: Monday, Nov [email protected] 8:00am

HS Admin and Teacher discussion about CDL Schedule: Tuesday, Nov [email protected]:00pm

No HS Admin Meeting this week

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