Here is an interesting summary of research on exclusionary discipline and its ineffectiveness. If you want to dig deeper, read the entire paper: An Empirical Examination of the Effects of Suspension and Suspension Severity on Behavioral and Academic Outcomes.
From Lora: Principals, we probably don’t have to tell you that despite our best efforts, we are still facing shortages of subs most days of each week. We hope this situation will improve with new subs being onboarded, bonuses being offered, and decreasing COVID rates, but FOR THE TIME BEING: The district has suspended ALL school-day professional learning activities for staff who need subs. Our expectation is that staff will also not be approved for school-day professional learning provided by partners like the ESD or other private providers.
From Dean: As the year settles in, please place a copy of your master schedule here. This information will help TLC reach out to teachers and as we schedule our visits.
We have now hired all of the District Level ICCLs across content areas. This team will provide district level guidance on curricular questions and support other teachers in the disciplines.
In order to support this district level team we would like a list of building ICCLs. Please put a list of your ICCLs here. There is a middle school and a high school tab. Please place your ICCL names in the correct tab.
Self Reflections: Stephanie Bent has assigned your self reflection. Please complete this doc prior to winter break.
From Scott Bojanowski: Thank you for helping us get the SRP training video out to all school staff and reviewed this fall.
We need to provide the full one-hour training to new employees and any staff that may have missed the training this fall, or anyone that just wants the full training as a refresher. New hires since January 2021 need to attend one of the training dates below, between now and May 2022. These training dates are in PD Place on the portal for sign-up and they will receive one hour of professional development for attending.
WHAT: Standard Response Training: Standard Response Protocols: Lockout, Secure, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. I Love U Guys Foundation
WHEN: Choose one of the following dates: 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/6, 5/11
WHEN: 3:00-4:00, one hour in-person
WHERE: Ed Center room 314
Please share this with staff from our Bend-La Pine Schools’ Human Resources Benefits Team: It is time again for our annual flu shot clinics. While we are not able to host clinics at all of our schools and departments this year, we are hopeful one of the locations will work for those who are interested. Employees are welcome to attend any of the clinic locations noted below – no appointments are necessary.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION :
- Flu vaccinations are optional.
- Your Care, LLC will be providing our flu shot clinics.
- Only employees and their immediate family members (spouse/partner, and dependent children over the age of 2) may attend. Please adhere to COVID and visitor protocol while attending the clinics.
- The flu vaccination is covered by most insurances with no out of pocket cost. Please have your insurance card with you at the time of the clinic.
- If you are uninsured, you are welcome to attend and pay at the time of the clinic.
- If you have questions regarding the flu vaccine, please review CDC information here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2021-2022.htmFrequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season | CDC What’s New for 2021-2022. A few things are different for the 2021-2022 influenza (flu) season, including: The composition of flu vaccines has been updated.; All flu vaccines will be quadrivalent (four component), meaning designed to protect against four different flu viruses.www.cdc.gov
- COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters will not be administered at the flu shot clinics.
FLU SHOT CLINIC SCHEDULE:
- November 9 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. La Pine High School Auditorium Lobby
- November 10 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. La Pine Elementary Conference Room
- November 17 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Education Center, room 312
- November 18 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Bend Transportation Department
- November 18 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Education Center, room 312
Interested in contracting? If anyone on your staff is interested in setting up a contract with an outside entity, please be sure they are following THESE guidelines. HERE is the document that must be completed by the person requesting the service. Please be sure all building Administrators as well as your Accounting Tech and Activities Directors are informed about this process as they will be approving these requests prior to contractors being allowed on campus.
From April: It’s time once again to start working on leave sheets (the period is shorter this time due to the holiday week approaching). The time period that we are recording leave for is 10/18/21 – 11/07/21. Those with electronic calendars (administrators) can fill in their calendar and let me know when they are done. Everyone else (paper leave sheets) can send me their leave sheets or email me with their dates of leave and I can fill them out for you. If you did not take any leave during this period (10/18 – 11/07) just let me know and I will note it. We are required to turn in a leave sheet whether we have taken leave or not.
From Steve Cook: A quick note to let you know about a small reorganization of our Bend-La Pine Schools and High Desert ESD Student Threat Assessment System (STAS) work.
As of November 1, I have shifted this critical work from the Safety team to the Student Services team, where it will be wrapped into the whole child efforts taking place to support students’ social and emotional health and well-being.
Thanks to Julianne for initiating and leading this work for the last five years. She will be passing the baton to the Student Services Team. Sean Reinhart and Eric Powell will continue to represent our district at regional level advisory meetings. Eric has begun attending Level 2 assessment review on behalf of the district as Jen Goodman and Kay Ann Well have transitioned into other roles.
This month your ESD STAS contact will transition from Misty Groom (as your main point of contact) to Liz Lawrence (you may remember her from her work with our SROs at the Bend Police Department). More information, including contact information, to come in the weeks ahead.
Julianne Repman and Scott Bojanowski will continue to respond and support as incidents are unfolding at your sites. Student Services will be available to provide relevant supports and interventions to students, via STAS, after situations have stabilized.
STAS Update (from Eric Powell)
Please review and bookmark this “STAS 101” document (LINK) to help stay up-to-date on the STAS process for our district. If you have a STAS question, you can always call me directly to process and plan (541) 355-4810 [work] or (541) 639-6693 [cell].
For any new staff needing to be trained in STAS, we have sent them a calendar invite for a training on either December 1 or December 8 (from 1:30-4:30pm). If you would like to attend to get re-trained, please let me know and I can send you the invite.
Also, here is the LINK to the BLS Restorative Practices Support Sheet (which also contains this STAS 101 link). This is a one-stop shop for all things Discipline/Restorative Practices.
HB 3294 Recently, we were made aware of HB3294, the Menstrual Dignity Act. You can read the details of the Act here. Maintenance will be installing feminine hygiene dispensers in a your student bathrooms which allows students to have free access to these products. Some high school students have prepared information related to this which we will share in the near future.
HERE is the calendar for meetings for the year
Here is a sample Learning Walk schedule you can use as a guide to plan that visit.
November 9 – HS Admin Professional Development 8-9:30 @CHS
November 11 – Veterans Day – no school
November 12 – potential sub shortage
November 16 – Principal Breakfast 7:30-8:30 @ Original Pancake House
November 17 – Admin training day 3:30-5:00
November 17-19 – Katie Out
November 20-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 17 – Self Reflection due
January 5 – SLGG’s due
Reminder: complete your work calendars. If you need assistance please contact April Jorgenson.
Mark your calendars for June 20 and 21, 2022 for our Leadership Training Academy.
Congratulations to Sal and his team at BTA[email protected]. This week, the school received a award from Building a Better Central Oregon in the category of Outstanding Education Opportunity. The award is sponsored by CORA.