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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
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: OCTOBER 15, 2020
October 15, 2020
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents/Guardians,
I hope that this update finds your family healthy and well. As you are aware, the window for the 2nd quarter student learning program selection closed on Wednesday afternoon. Overall, based on the results of the forms submitted, the district will see an increase of just over eight percent of our students who will be transitioning from full virtual learning to in-person learning beginning on November 16, 2020. Over the next couple of weeks, our elementary building principals will be working with their staff members to make the appropriate schedule updates to effectively accommodate the transitioning students. In addition, the BPS Transportation Department will also be making the necessary adjustments to bus routes to ensure that all students who are eligible and interested in ridership will be accommodated.
It has become abundantly clear that some of our families (mostly with students at the secondary level) are ready and hoping for a quick transition to a more traditional learning model. I am in full agreement that the district goal is to begin moving toward a program that serves students in a more direct, in-person model. The delicate balance that exists between student/staff health and safety and full educational capacity is extremely fragile. While our current learning program is not perfect, we have demonstrated the ability to maintain a safe learning environment that incorporates educational opportunities and choices for families. This is an extremely important factor for our community to consider as our state’s traditional cold and flu season rapidly approaches. There is little doubt, based on recent regional and state related COVID-19 data, that the number of district positive cases will increase before they shrink to a level that would allow BPS to make the program transitions that many parents and district leaders are looking forward to. Recent data reported includes the highest one- and two-week positive case averages since the month of April. This includes hospitalization and death rate increases. In addition, Lucas County which borders BPS to our south was upgraded to Level 3 Red (very high exposure and spread) status on the State of Ohio’s Public Advisory Health Advisory System this afternoon.
The silver lining to this message is that while we may still be in the midst of a global pandemic, Bedford Public School Students continue to have academic and extra-curricular opportunities daily. As previously mentioned, both district and building leadership are aware that some students and families have found difficulty succeeding at their traditional or expected academic achievement levels. I want to ensure all of you that we will continuously strive to make necessary adjustment to our programs to meet these challenges. I am also aware of many incredible stories regarding student and staff success over the previous six weeks. As district superintendent, I am our district’s first teacher and first learner and I believe strongly in the growth mindset. The growth that I have witnessed in our students and staff since the beginning of this pandemic is absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to see what is yet to come.
BPS will be posting a parent/student/staff survey in the next week that will help district leaders to better prepare for our student and staff needs as we progress through our current situation. I implore everyone to use this survey to constructively share your experiences (both positive and negative) with the district so that we can continue to improve our programs. As an example of our ability to make appropriate improvements to our programs, Bedford Junior High School and Bedford High School have already made some weekly schedule adjustments to better meet our student’s needs such as safely rotating cohorts of students into live face-to-face elective courses. We will continue to slowly and safely make these types of adjustments with input from our local Monroe County Health Department and the most recent and relevant data available.
Please continue to be patient and to communicate with your child’s teacher(s) with any concerns or assistance needed. The best way to succeed in any challenge is through partnership and BPS needs our families more than ever as we push forward for our students.
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
Parent Support Group
Are you struggling with parenting? Are you stressed due to the pandemic, trying to work from home and/or manage homeschooling? YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Family Medical Center of Michigan's Parent Support Group will assist you with: Coping skills, Parenting tips, Anxiety, Depression, Developing a support network, Having a safe place to vent!
If you are interested, please contact Shannon Lorentz at: 734-347-2048
Facilitator: Kailah Ayres-Tuttle, MA, LLPC
Zoom Presentation: Supporting the Virtual Family
Presenters: Margot Lechlak, LMSW; Danielle Handler, LMSW; and Ryan Nelson, LMSW
Thursday, October 29, 2020
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Updated: October 12, 2020
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
Assistance for Eyeglasses Provided by 2 Local Groups
Both groups partner locally with the Pinnacle Eye Group here in Bedford.
The Bedford Lions provides assistance to anyone of any age. Contact Kirk Davis of the Bedford Lions at 419-346-7400 for help with eye exams and glasses. You can also check out the Bedford Lions Facebook page.
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. (View the Flyer)
Posted: October 6, 2020
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. )
A one-time, free text announcement will be sent to the phone number on record on October 1, 2020 if you have not already opted-in for this service.
Updated: September 22, 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
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!
* 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
FOOD SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
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 extended the free meals waivers through September 2021.
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.
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY OPTIONS
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.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Bedford High School
8285 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182
Free food package to the first 300 households.
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
-- None 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.
Updated: October 12, 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
GSRP has new income eligibility guidelines. View their GSRP flyer for more information.
Updated October 16, 2020
Use this Bus Routes link to find the pick up and drop off location nearest to your house.
Posted: August 28, 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