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BPS PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE PLAN--FALL 2020
UPDATED "RETURN TO LEARN OUTLINE" PRESENTATION from August 6, 2020 Board Meeting
MI Safe Schools Return to Schools Roadmap
COVID-19 CASE NOTIFICATION
September 15, 2020
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents/Guardians,
Bedford Public Schools commitment to timely and transparent communication is paramount to our goal of further strengthening our partnership between school and home. Therefore, I am writing today to share that our district’s first confirmed in-person case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified at Bedford Junior High School. We are working closely with the Monroe County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. At this time, close contacts with this exposure have been notified separately, following local health department protocol, and instructed to self-quarantine.
This letter is informational only; no further action is required for your student at this time.
As a precaution, we will be completing additional disinfection of areas of the school building and applicable transportation equipment. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas as needed with an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer, wiping down hard surface areas, and employing other methods to help ensure a safe learning environment.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are less than 6 feet from each other for at least 15 minutes. A person who is a close contact of someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include:
Fever (>100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain.
There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones:
1. Children and adults should stay home when ill.
2. Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds.
3. If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes must contain at least 60% alcohol. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use.
4. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand).
5. Follow guidance for wearing a face covering and social distancing.
For more information regarding COVID-19, or you have questions, please contact the Monroe County Health Department at
Dr. Carl Shultz,
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
COMMUNTY EDUCATION FALL PROGRAMS
Check out our fall line up of classes and activities! You can see a full list (http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/com_ed/Files/2020-Fall-Programs.pdf) and register online at https://bedford.ce.eleyo.com/. More programs and activities will be added throughout the fall and winter.
Community Ed also offers other programs and activities for families:
Bedford Skate dates are scheduled for October 13 and November 17 at Ohio Skate
from 4:00 - 8:00 pm.
Ed2Go offers a full array of online Career Training programs in multiple fields. Go to www.ed2go.com/bedfordae for a complete list
Follow Community Ed on Facebook for updates on their new programs and activities: facebook.com/bedfordcommunityeducation
Posted: September 18, 2020
Monroe County Exchange Club Eyeglasses for Kids Program
The Monroe County Exchange Club offers financial assistance for families that do not have insurance or are unable to provide their children with glasses, due to financial circumstances. Eye exams to determine the need for glasses are offered locally at Pinnacle Eye Group here in Bedford and are also covered. As the first step in this process, please fill out the Monroe Exchange Club Application for Eyeglass Assistance or contact the school office and we can send an application home with your child.
Posted: September 18, 2020
Note: Times will fluctuate until everyone settles down into a routine. You can follow the progress of your route using our "Where's the Bus? link to see how close the bus is to your stop.
Posted: September 4, 2020
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT
September 9, 2020
Dear BPS Families,
Bedford Public Schools are committed to ensuring that our students receive the best education possible through professional staff members and utilization of state of the art educational technology. It was brought to the attention of administration this morning that a quiz posted on a district teacher’s Schoololgy account contained multiple questions that were deemed inappropriate in nature and not at all related to our approved Bedford Public Schools curriculum. An investigation immediately took place and the quiz link has been removed from Schoology.
During the investigation it was determined that the teacher was utilizing an available popular educational tool for creating or sharing short quizzes as an example of the types of short activities each day could begin with in the classroom. This process included the teacher selecting a pre-created nationally available quiz from the program’s quiz bank on the topics of current politics and elections. Believing that the selected quiz topic would be relevant to the upcoming general election and the course content, the teacher admittedly did not read each of the fifteen questions included in the quiz and thuswas not aware of the inaccurate and misinformation presented. The teacher will be posting a brief
statement regarding the mistake for students in this class.
While district leadership understands that professional mistakes unfortunately can and will happen from time to time, it is important to quickly correct and address the concerns. This issue is being taken seriously and district policies and protocols will be followed to ensure that these types of incidents do not take place in the future. As BPS Superintendent, I want to reassure our community that our commitment and focus remains on providing our students with the most accurate and relevant learning opportunities at all times.
Carl Shultz, Ph.D
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR A LIMITED TIME
As part of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program, BPS will continue to provide meals to children, ages 18 and under, at no cost to the families. This program will include district students learning in-person with daily cafeteria service or for those learning virtually at home, as well as any other children living in the community age 18 and under, a drive thru pick up service will be offered.
DAILY CAFETERIA SERVICE
Free breakfast and lunch are available in the cafeterias Monday-Friday. Students at the secondary level will still have the option of purchasing “A la carte” items from the cafeteria during their scheduled lunch periods.
DRIVE THRU PICK UP SERVICE
Each pick-up day provides enough meals for each child until the next scheduled day. The schedule for drive-thru pick-up service is as follows:
Bedford High School (8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, MI 48182)
• Monday and Thursday: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
• Pick-up location is at the back of the building near the cafeteria entrance.
The USDA has stated that the waivers will last through the end of the calendar year or until existing funds are depleted. BPS will alert district families as soon as we are made aware of the end date for families to prepare for normal food service costs.
Families should also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals that cover both breakfast and lunch on school days regardless of federal waiver programs. It takes an estimated 10-12 days to process the application. Applications for free/reduced meals for 2020-2021 are available online at: https://www.lunchapp.com/ Or can be printed and dropped off using this link: BPS Free/Reduced Lunch Application. Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127, with any questions about this program or if your child has any special dietary needs.
OPTING-IN TO GET EMERGENCY ALERTS AS TEXT MESSAGES
We have switched our emergency notification alert services from Honeywell to School Messenger. Your email and the phone number you have on record with the district will be accessed from our information database to send our emails and calls. If you want to receive any of the alerts as a text message, you will need to opt-in by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 on your phone. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop.” Note: the phone number you want to get the text message sent to must also be the one listed in our records. You will get a reply message letting you know if you successfully opted-in for this service. (If you do not want the texts, you do not have to do anything....no text messaging is the default setting. )
Posted: September 2, 2020
UPDATING PARENT SCHOOLOGY ACCOUNTS
Help us keep you connected in Schoology! Has something changed that you need to update or is there something you need our help to fix? For example, you need to be attached to a new or different school building, you are missing a student, or you want your account removed, etc. Please fill out this form for Schoology accounts updates.
Posted: August 31, 2020
Bedford Athletics Update
We have had good news and bad news in the last week. Let's start with the good news!
MICHIGAN COACH OF THE YEAR
Bedford's Varsity Wrestling Coach, Kevin Vogel was named Michigan High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Congratulations, Coach Vogel!
Our state is reopening gyms and indoor pools and reinstating fall high school athletics.
Soccer can once again begin immediately across the state.
Swimming, Diving, and volleyball can begin indoors on Wednesday, September 9th.
Football will be reduced to a six game regular season beginning with games on September 17th-September 19th.
Essentially this means that schools will begin their season with what would have been the 4th game on their schedule for the season. The current plan is to begin a postseason tournament for any teams that wish to be included. There will be some teams throughout the state that may elect not to participate in football this year and schedules may need to be adjusted due to the resulting gaps.
The SEC met September 3rd to discuss how to move forward with football and volleyball for the JHS. Each season will be shortened in order to allow team selection, preparation, and a new schedule to be written. Many schools were not certain of the number of teams they would be able to field. There could also be a few who opt out of the JHS season.
Volleyball's first contest is tentatively scheduled to be Sept 23rd.
Football will begin practice on September 14th with its first contest tentatively scheduled for Sept 29th.
* Masks must be worn at all times by all participants, coaches, officials, and spectators.
* Spectators must maintain social distancing while in stands or on the grounds.
* Each participant is allowed 2 passes for each contest from both home and away teams.
-- These names must be submitted 24 hours prior to the contest and those listed, and only those listed, will be allowed entrance into the event. There will be no exceptions for extended families or children. The 2 per-participant rule will be strictly followed.
-- The pass list will act as a Covid tracking document.
-- Invited spectators may be changed from contest to contest.
* Admission costs will vary from school to school. For Bedford, each admission is $5.
* Concessions will be closed. Spectators may bring in clear plastic bottled water only.
* The facilities will be cleared of all spectators between levels (Sub varsity- Varsity).
* This situation continues to be fluid and may change at any time.
Updated September 15,, 2020
CLASS OF 2020 DIPLOMA PICK-UP
Any graduate that could not attend either of the graduation ceremonies can pick up their diplomas in our temporary high school office quarters at Smith Road Elementary while the bond construction work is going on. They may come in any time between 8 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday. Please follow all COVID-19 safety precautions.
Lifetouch will be taking three professional quality photos as they have done for Bedford graduations for many years. Weather permitting, they will be taking three photos: walking across the stage, after receiving the diploma with the traditional flag background, and each graduate with his/her guests, weather premitting. Photos will be online to view/order at events.lifetouch.com ten days after the ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to the graduates with no obligation to purchase.
It is our intention to compile all the video clips we have (independent of the Facebook live feeds) into one video file that captures all of the graduates in one place, with both the Saturday morning and Tuesday evening events, and the student speeches all together. Senior photos for any students not recorded crossing the stage will also be included to be sure all of our graduates could be recognized together. To keep everyone moving through the stadium with the current event crowd size restrictions, the graduation events were very loosely structured in the order the graduates arrived, rather than queuing everyone alphabetically. To help find your graduate, we will also put together a companion guide listing the approximate time in the video that your graduate appears. We will upload the finished products online and let you know when they are available.
Student speeches have been pre-recorded and can be viewed using the following links:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2020!
Updated: July 29, 2020
FREE AND REDUCED SCHOOL MEAL BENEFITS
Those that are currently receiving benefits will remain eligible and can continue to receive them after school starts through October 19, 2020 when they expire.
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2020-21 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, in all the school offices, or can be printed here. Families can apply at any time during the school year.
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY OPTIONS
We will continue to post Mobile Food Pantry dates/locations throughout the summer.
Unless otherwise noted, mobile food pantries will:
-- not require you to register for the event.
-- give one food package to the first 250 households.*
-- require you to provide ID showing Monroe County residency for every household that wishes to receive a free food package.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dundee Assembly of God
13790 S. Custer Rd, Dundee, MI 48131
Thursday, September 17, 2020
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Luna Pier Water Tower Park
11355 Harold Dr., Luna Pier, MI 48157
Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Opportunity Center at the ALCC
120 Eastchester St., Monroe, MI 48161
First 200 Households
MONROE FAMILY YMCA GRAB & GO MEALS
ALL families are welcome to receive FREE BREAKFAST & SUPPER for youth up to age 18-NO QUESTIONS ASKED! Sites are designed as drive up to grab and go!
ALL SITES ARE AVAILABLE MONDAY-FRIDAY, unless otherwise noted. Times, dates and locations are subject to change.
For more information, connect with Carrie Powell at 734.241.2606 X242 or email@example.com
CITY OF MONROE FIRE DEPT. (old station)
75 Scott St.
Monroe, MI 48161
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ELEVATE CHURCH
Distribution on Greenwood Ave.
Monroe, MI 48162
6112 Greenwycke Ln.
Monroe, MI 48161
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CROSSWALK MONROE
1250 Strandwyck Dr.
Monroe, MI 48161
MONROE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
3401 S. Custer Rd.
Monroe, MI 48161
MONROE FAMILY YMCA
1111 W. Elm Ave.
Monroe, MI 48162
DISTRIBUTION TIME: 4:00pm-5:30pm
MONROE FIRST UNITED METHODIST
312 Harrison St.
Monroe, MI 48161
75 Briarwood Trl.
Monroe, MI 48161
OPPORTUNITY CENTER AT ALCC
120 Eastchester St.
Monroe, MI 48161
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY ONLY
This program is made possible through the generous funding from La-Z-Boy Foundation, Wal-Mart Foundation, Michigan Health and Human Services, DTE Foundation, Meijer, Mid-American Group, Dr. Richard & Rose Walker, Steve & Melinda Whittington, Tim Hortons, Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company, Public House Food + Drink, Industrial Inspection Company, Rotary Club of Monroe, Michigan, Kiwanis Club of Monroe, Tom & Renee Treece of Guided Ministries, Chris Kull, Louise & Jerry Bauerschmidt, Monroe County Community Credit Union, Vince’s Drive-In and support from Annual Campaign Donors and our distribution partners.
MI Bridges can connect you to resources specific to your location, needs, and circumstances.
NOTICE OF PESTICIDE APPLICATION
The Bedford Public Schools Facilities Department will treat outdoor areas (weather permitting) throughout the months of April - September. The areas to be treated will be announced at least 48 hours in advance on the District website (www.bedford.k12.mi.us) and the main entrance to the facility being treated. (e.g.: main turnstile gate at the community stadium for applications within the facility) Signage will remain in place for the appropriate reentry period specified on the label of the product used. (e.g.: 4 hour reentry period for dry time of product Pronto. Last application time at stadium 10:30 am, reentry is 2:30 pm for entire stadium)
CURRENTLY SCHEDULED APPLICATIONS
-- No applications are currently scheduled.
Records of the treatments will be available in the main office within 48 hours of completion of each inspection, application of pesticide or service call. IPM Records are available for review anytime, and are located in the main office.
Posted: July 13, 2020
All Bedford school district athletic facilities are closed until further notice.
All athletic fields, track, and stadiums are now closed for safety and health reasons due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Posted: April 3, 2020
The following information will need to be submitted electronically or when school buildings are reopened:
Proof of Income:
-- 2019 W-2s
-- Income Tax Return
-- SSI, TANF
-- 4 weeks of pay stubs
Foster Care documentation if applicable
Child’s Birth Certificate
Immunization Record (if available)
Proof of Residency (drivers license, bill, rent lease, etc.)
GSRP: 4 yrs. by Sept. 1, 2020*
Head Start: 3 yrs. by Sept. 1, 2020
*SB 133 allows children turning 4 between Sept. 2, 2020 – Dec. 1, 2020 to submit a waiver application. Space is limited based on availability and location. Enrollment may be considered after Sept. 1, 2020.
For more information, contact:
GSRP: Courtney Last at 734-342-8690
Head Start: Kristin Shappee at 734-342-8715
Posted: April 3, 2020
The Monroe Exchange Club can provide eyeglasses to Monroe County students of parents that do not have insurance or are unable to provide their children with eyeglasses due to financial hardship. An eyeglass assistance application is available online or if you need a printed application form, please contact your school office and they'll send one home with your child.
Posted November 5, 2019
Use this Bus Routes link to find the pick up and drop off location nearest to your house.
Posted: August 28, 2019
FOOD SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Free & Reduced Meal Applications for 2020-21 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2020-21 are available online, on the Food Service webpage, in all the school offices, or can be printed here.
This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 19, 2020 if a new application is not submitted. Families can also apply for Free and Reduced School Meals at any time during the school year.
Participation is confidential and anonymous to use. All student transactions at the cafeteria cash register appear identical regardless of whether students are paying full price, receiving reduced prices, or free meals, to protect the confidentiality of program participation. It's a win-win situation: the students benefit from the healthy food at breakfast and lunch with families keeping more of their hard earned money, and schools can benefit from federal funding and programs that become available based on family participation in the school meal program.
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tionya Byrne, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
Food Service Donations Accepted
In the past, Bedford Public Schools has been fortunate to have received donations to help pay off students' negative food service balances. Accounts have been set up at each school to receive donations from anyone else interested in ensuring that all of our students can enjoy a healthy meal every day at school. Stop by the school office if you wish to make a similar donation.
Posted July 29,2019
NOTES FROM OUR NURSES
Bedford Public Schools has two nurses that serve our students in addition to the Health Aides in each school building. To promote health and wellness, they will be drafting articles to appear on our website each month. Information in this article, and other health related topics, can found on the Health & Safety page of our website by clicking on that page link on the right under District Departments.
Please remember that a Medical Authorization Form, signed by a physician, is required for your child to use any Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications -- this includes cough drops -- while in school. All medications MUST be brought to school by a parent/guardian/adult with appropriate paperwork. Students, even if they are 18 years of age, may NOT carry medication to school. Thank you for your cooperation.
Updated: February 3, 2020
Updated: October 11, 2019