NOW REGISTERING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!
Each of our schools are accepting new student registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. Stop in the office today!
NEW KINDERGARTEN STUDENT?
All newly registered Kindergarten students get a FREE T-Shirt!
For more information, please call 734-850-6028,
or any school office:
Douglas Road Elementary: 734-850-6700
Jackman Road Elementary: 734-850-6600
Monroe Road Elementary: 734-850-6800
Bedford Junior High School: 734-850-6200
Bedford High School and Bedford Virtual Academy: 734-850-6100
WHAT TO BRING WHEN YOU REGISTER:
-- Bedford Public Schools Registration Form
-- Health Appraisal Form
-- Proof of Residency which must include:
-- Proof of homeownership (Property tax, deed) or rental/lease agreement
-- Current utility bill (water, gas, electric) or homeowner's insurance policy
-- Valid Michigan Driver's License or Michigan State ID
with current Bedford address
-- Certified Birth Certificate *
-- Accurate Immunization Records
-- Hearing & Vision Screening Records (due 8/23/2019)
-- Custody/Guardianship Papers (if applicable)
-- Recommended: Your calendar to schedule a screening date in June
* If parent's name is different than what is listed on the child's birth certificate, additional documentation will be required.
New Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age by September 1st of the enrollment school year.
ALL DAY YOUNG FIVES PROGRAM:
A full day program is available for children who qualify based on June screening results. June screening appointments are set when registering.
Updated: April 16, 2019
NOTES FOR MHSAA DISTRICT SOFTBALL & BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS HOSTED AT BEDFORD
Bedford will be hosting MHSAA District tournaments for both softball and baseball on Saturday, June 1st.
The gate will open at 9:00 AM and admission will be $6. Because this is a MHSAA event, no passes can be accepted.
All parking will be in the high school lot with handicapped areas designated and clearly marked. Any vehicles parked on a grassy area will be towed immediately.
There will be only one entrance for spectators located on the access road between the tennis courts and baseball outfield. All other entrances will not be open. The tennis courts and football stadium will be locked and will not be available for public access during this tournament.
Posted: May 22, 2019
LAST DAY FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR TO REMAIN JUNE 11th.
Michigan House and Senate have approved legislation to excuse four additional emergency days (this year). The Bill has been sent to the Governor for her signature. As long as she signs it, which is widely believed that she will do, this means no adjustments will be needed to the end of this school year's calendar. The last day of school will be a half day on June 11th as originally planned. Thank you Bedford for your patience and support.
Posted: May 2, 2019
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
Mental Health Essay Challenge
Open to students 16-18
Entries due: May 31, 2019
Cash prizes available for selected essays
Essay details and entry instructions
Mental Health America has a challenge each day in May to make small changes – both physically and mentally – to create gains for our overall health and well-being. Each day of the week we will have a theme for the type of activity and those will be shared with high school students through Schoology:
#MindfulMonday, #TastyTuesday, #WellnessWednesday, #ThoughtfulThursday, #FitnessFriday, #StressFreeSaturday and #SleepWellSunday
DAY 21 -- DIET TWEAKS
#TastyTuesday: Checking in on the 3rd #TastyTuesday – have you been able to 'tweak' your regular diet to incorporate some of the foods that support positive mental health?
Here is a favorite recipe that includes many of the listed food items:
Corn and Black Bean Guacamole
· 3 medium to large avocados
· 1 small roma tomato (diced)
· 1/4 cup diced red onion
· 1 jalapeno pepper (diced)
· 2 TBS - 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
· 1/2 cup corn
· 1/2 cup black beans (rinsed)
· 1 tsp chili powder
· garlic powder
· 1 tsp salt
· juice from 1 lime
1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Cut each avocado into pieces inside the skin. Scoop out into a bowl with a spoon.
2. Add your tomato, onion, cilantro, corn, and black beans to the bowl.
3. Sprinkle with garlic powder, chili powder, salt and add limejuice to taste.
4. Stir gently to combine.
5. Serve with your favorite chips.
A video to gently remind you of the top 10 healthiest foods.
DAY 20 -- MAKING AN EFFORT TO BE MINDFUL
#MindfulMonday: Research indicates that people who practice mindfulness regularly experience benefits like reduced rumination (repeated thoughts about distress or problems without finding solutions), reduced stress levels, boosted working memory, increased focus, less emotional reactivity and more relationship satisfaction.
Dr. Dzung Vo, a pediatrician and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada specializes in teaching and researching how mindfulness can promote resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of stress and adversity.
Here is a 3 minute video, "Mindfullness: Youth Voices" of what teens reported about mindfulness.
One exercise to try is Mindful Listening. The idea is to listen intently from a neutral standpoint, with a present awareness -to become fully entwined – don't' think---hear.
Mindfulness Bell - A 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation
DAY 19 -- IMPORTANCE OF AVOIDING DEPRIVATION
#SleepWellSunday: Sleep. For some, it may seem like a waste of time. You could instead be answering e-mail, doing a chore, working or finishing school tasks. But research shows you're more likely to succeed at your tasks – and enjoy greater well-being – if you get some serious shuteye.
Of course, it's not easy to sleep when you're feeling overwhelmed. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they lose sleep because of stress. That's especially unfortunate because sleep combats some of the fallout of stress, and poor sleep has been linked to significant problems including:
-- impaired memory
-- reduced immune system functioning
-- weight gain
-- greater likelihood of accidents
Radical changes occur in adolescence include tremendous hormonal shifts and significant brain development, which affect teenage behavior. However, the physical, mental and behavioral consequences of chronic sleep deprivation are profound. Studies indicate 60-70% of American teens live with a borderline to severe sleep debt.
According to Dr. Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry at Brown University, sleep deprivation puts teenagers into a kind of perpetual cloud or haze. That haze, Dr. Carskadon, stated, can negatively affect teenager's mood, ability to think, to react, to regulate their emotions, to learn and to get along with adults.
In addition, recent research suggests sleep deprivation interferes with brain function at a cellular level. Scientists at UCLA found that sleep deprivation interferes with the ability of some brain cells to function and communicate with one another.
Sleep deprivation: disrupts levels of hormones that affect thought, mood and energy; leaves key areas of the brain "always on" and activates genes that interfere with optimal brain activity.
Additional side effects include:
YOU CAN'T FOCUS WELL.
Attention is especially sensitive to the effects of sleep deprivation. Attention is about focus and concentration-your ability to stay with tasks long enough to make meaningful progress. Sleep deprivation makes focus harder to achieve.
YOUR REACTION TIME SLOWS DOWN.
Reacting to changing circumstances around is a critical skill that helps keep us and others – safe. It can be significantly compromised by sleep deprivation.
TROUBLE MAKING -- AND STORING--MEMORIES.
Research indicates sleep is deeply critical to memory in all its phases – from acquiring memories to storing them, to recalling them. Sleep deprivation impairs learning and the ability to create new memories. Poor sleep also diminished your capacity to recall the memories you've already made.
DECISION MAKING SKILLS AND JUDGMENT SKILLS SUFFER.
The area of the brain that handles planning and complex decision making and enables you to make complicated, nuanced judgment calls that balance risk and reward (prefrontal cortex) is especially hard hit by sleep deprivation. Low on sleep, you're more likely to be impulsive in your decision making and engage in risky behavior.
The video, "What would happen if you didn't sleep?" by Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep. Dr. Claudia Aquirre is a neuroscientist who earned her doctorate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California (USC).
DAY 18 -- HOBBY TIME
#StressFreeSaturday: Today's challenge is about hobbies. Many, if not most of us, find ourselves stuck in a daily or weekly routine that offers little more than a 'rinse and repeat' type of life. This is great because a schedule is easy to stick with and we always know what to expect, which makes life easy to sail through.
However, what happens when that routine becomes very dull and overly predictable?
A benefit of having a hobby allows us to relax and sore of 'zone out' while doing something we find enjoyable. Hobbies can be physical like golf, gardening or dancing, or they can be activities like writing, making music, crafting or cosplaying that provide an opportunity to flex our creative muscles.
Incorporating a hobby into your life can add the excitement and spark that it may need to flow over to your overall performance and ability to maintain a healthy family and other relationships.
-- Hobbies are a great stress reliever. They are a healthy and productive distraction from school and personal troubles.
-- Hobbies encourage you to take a break. Hobbies offer you an opportunity to take a break, while also giving you a sense of purpose.
-- Hobbies allow you to explore yourself and your talents. You never really know what you're capable of unless you try something.
-- Hobbies can help your performance. Having a hobby helps you learn how to handle stress and think creatively.
-- Hobbies help you grow. Doing something that leaves you feeling inspired and recharged feeds your soul.
-- Hobbies exercise the brain, which is a benefit for mental health. Many of us get stuck in a repetitive routine, doing the same thing continually. A hobby can compliment your work by exercising your brain in different ways.
So, how to choose a hobby that will work for you? Different hobbies offer different benefits. Perhaps answering the following questions may assist you in finding the 'perfect' hobby for you.
What are you currently missing- more social time, competition, relaxation?
What health need could your hobby help with-cardio, exercising your brain, spending time outdoors?
What interest would you like to further?
What skills would you like to have?
What social groups would you like to be involved with?
10 hobbies for mental health and happiness:
-- Meditation for relaxation
-- Dance is best for happiness
-- Acting is great for making friends
-- Mind-body exercises (yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong) are best for relaxation and inner peace
-- Walking/hiking/running in nature are best for anxiety, depression and overall mental health
-- Art/writing/photography are good hobbies for creativity
-- Gardening is a good hobby for relaxation and happiness
-- Time at the beach is best for relaxation
-- Cooking is best for health
-- Volunteering/altruism and compassion are good for happiness
-- Aikdo is a good hobby for happiness and inner peace
Which hobby will you choose?
DAY 17 -- EMOTIONAL FITNESS
#FitnessFriday: It's #FitnessFriday with the focus on 'emotional fitness'. Emotional fitness is the simple idea that our minds need regular exercise and training just as much as our bodies do in order to stay healthy and fit.
Consider the following:
-- have you ever wished you could handle stress with a little more grace and a little less anxiety?
-- do you frequently get the sense that your most important relationships would be stronger if you had a better handle on your own emotional struggles?
-- or perhaps you are about to enter a new phase of life (graduation – moving away from home, etc) and want to be as emotionally available and balanced as possible but worry that you're not quite there?
Three exercises to build your emotional fitness include:
1. TRAIN YOUR ATTENTION MUSCLE WITH MINDFULNESS
As Winifred Gallagher puts it in her book, "Rapt": Your life-who you are, what you think, feel and do, what you love – is the sum of what you focus on. This means that if we want to get serious about changing how we think about things, we need to build up our attention muscle and learn to control what we choose to focus on or disengage from. We need to strengthen our ability to shift our attention from whatever event or stimuli happens to attract it and keep it focused on the things that will help us make good decisions, do our best work and move toward our values and goals.
2. ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING PATTERNS WITH COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING
Things themselves don't make us feel the way we do; instead, it's the way we think about things that impact us emotionally. Our thoughts cause emotions, not things themselves. So, if our thoughts determine the quality of how we feel on a regular basis, that means that by changing how we tend to think about things, we can change how we tend to feel about things. A good place to begin changing negative or unhelpful thought patterns and/or habits is to learn to identify and then modify cognitive distortions. If you are not familiar with the term, you can learn more about them in this article: 10 Types of Negative Self-Talk(and How to Correct Them)
3. BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS USING VALIDATION
Many people have unhealthy relationships with their own emotions. Although it sounds technical, the concept of emotional validation is simple: rather than try to fix or eliminate our emotions, we can acknowledge them instead with a couple of techniques.
-- label your emotions clearly. We tend to you vague terms to describe what we are experiencing. Instead, be very specific about emotion your feeling at the time…Nervous? Ashamed? Disillusioned? Excluded? Guilty?.......
-- notice the complexity of your emotions. The vast majority of the time our emotional state involves many different emotions of various intensities.
-- practice tolerating and accepting emotional discomfort. Of course, we don't enjoy feeling sad or anxious or guilty. Rather than trying to fix or eliminate our negative emotions and moods (which incorrectly teaches the brain to interpret them as threats), it's best to simply acknowledge them.
-- learn your "emotional kryptonite". Everyone has certain emotions they especially dislike and tend to avoid. But this avoidance can lead to serious negative consequences.
DAY 16 -- VIEWING YOURSELF
#ThoughtfulThursday: Today's focus includes self-respect and self-esteem.
Self-respect is indicative of how you view yourself. Showing self-respect keeps your positive feelings about you flowing and growing. When you practice self-respect, you will feel more positive emotions and thoughts about yourself.
Some tips to help develop a healthy level of self-respect include:
-- consider your own feelings
-- avoid making self-deprecating comments
-- acknowledge to yourself that you deserve respectful treatment
-- avoid allowing anyone to treat you disrespectfully
-- behave in ways that show you care
-- treat others with respect
Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It's based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can sometimes feel difficult to change.
Your self-esteem can affect whether you:
-- like and value yourself as a person
-- are able to make decisions and assert yourself
-- recognize your strengths and positives
-- feel able to try new and/or difficult things
-- show kindness towards yourself
-- move past mistakes without blaming yourself unfairly
-- take the time you need for yourself
-- believe your matter and are good enough
-- believe you deserve happiness
It's important to remember that you have the right to feel good about who you are.
Thought for today: Know Your Worth
"You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served" -Tene Edwards-
Question to ponder: If your thoughts were posted on a billboard, would you be proud or embarrassed by them? Would you even dare to say those things to someone else? If not, why would you believe it's OK to be telling them to yourself?
DAY 15 -- SELF-REGULATION
#WellnessWednesday: The focus today is to learn about self-regulation and it's impact on our relationships with family, friends and society in general.
According to Dr. Stuart Shanker, self-regulation refers to the manner in which an individual deals with stress, in it's many forms, and then solves problems constructively.
Dr. Stuart Shanker is a research professor of Philosphoy and Psycholgost at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also the founder and Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute (SRI) and an acclaimed author and international speaker. Dr. Shanker is best known as Canada's leading expert in the psychophysiological theory of self-regulation.
Dr. Shanker states there are five domains of self-regulation with each one having it's own unique set of stressors – biological, emotion, cognitive, social and prosocial.
Although unique, they are all interlocked in such a way that stress in any one domain can exacerbate stress-reactivity in another. His series of YouTube videos explains more:
-- What is Self-Reg?
-- The Biological Domain
-- The Emotion Domain
-- The Cognitive Domain
-- The Prosocial Domain
Updated: May 22, 2019
"Supplying Our Future" Backpacks for Kids in Monroe County
This is program run by a group of caring people and our friends at the Salvation Army and the United Way of Monroe County who are working to make sure every child K-12 has the school supplies necessary to start school. It is that time of year again we are seeking applicants to receive backpacks and school supplies in August to make sure they start next school year off on the right track. Deadline to return the Backpack Referral Form is July 19th.
Backpack Pick Up date is Friday, August 9th from 4-6 pm at the Francis Family YMCA at 2000 W. Dean Road, Temperance Michigan 48182. Students can bring swimsuits and enjoy the YMCA pool, too, but parents MUST swim with their children!
Posted: April 29, 2019
BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR
Saturday, August 17, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Monroe County Health Department has scheduled their annual Back to School Health Fair at 2353 South Custer Road, Monroe, MI 48161. Free services for children ages 5-19 will be offered there! Limited appointments are available. Please call 734-240-7800 for more information.
-- Hearing & Vision Screenings
-- School/Sports Physicals
-- Nutrition Education
-- Recycling Education
-- Medication Takeback
--And Family Fun & Games!
Posted: May 15, 2019
NOTICE OF PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS
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 PESTICIDE 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: May 22, 2019
FINAL RECOMMENDATION ON SMITH ROAD ELEMENTARY REOPENING PROPOSAL
Bedford Public Schools considered reopening Smith Road Elementary School (SRE) for the 2019-2020 school year. Current enrollment numbers are resulting in larger class sizes within our three elementary schools that lack the space to expand the number of grade level classrooms to reduce class sizes. Bedford is proposed reopening Smith Road Elementary School as an early learning center which would house the Great Start Readiness Program, Young 5s, and Kindergarten.
In December 2018, several Community Forums were held and the SRE Reopening Proposal Presentation was followed with an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions, make comments, and share concerns.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been created based on the forum and other discussions.
A Final Presentation and Recommendation was shared with the Board of Education on January 31, 2019.
The final recommendation from district administration was to NOT move forward at this time with re-opening SRE as an Early Childhood Center as proposed. The main determining factors were: declining enrollment projections over the next five years, budgetary constraints due to state and federal educational funding levels, and not being able to solidify answers to some of the logistical concerns. We have been able to use some creativity this year to keep our class sizes at a respectable number. We will continue to look for creative ways to provide flexibility within our existing spaces to meet the needs of our students and staff.
Thank you to all parents and staff members that have put in the time to assist us as we have gone through this very thorough process.
For more information about this proposal, please contact Dr. Mark French, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Services. E-mail: email@example.com · Phone: 734-850-6025.
Posted: February 1, 2019
Warning Signs Presentation
This is a link to the Warning Signs Presentation given to each of the high school classes in an assembly on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. It discusses various risk factors to be aware of, how to respond, and where to seek help. At school, counselors, teachers, administrators, or any adult, are people you can reach out to for help. The important part is that someone makes the effort to reach out for help. It may save a life. Here are the additional resources included in the presentation:
In an emergency: call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
DoSomething.org Crisis Text Line: 741741
OK2SAY (School Bullying/Crisis): Call: 1-855-565-2729, Text 652729 (OK2SAY)
Posted: December 11, 2018
Letter from the Superintendent
and Related Resources
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents,
As you may or may not be aware, our district has recently experienced the loss of a recent graduate which has deeply impacted us as a community. We have implemented our school's Emergency Response Plan in an effort to provide appropriate support to staff and students within our buildings. Students and staff will react in different ways to crises of this nature, so it will be important to continue to have support available to assist individuals in need. Counselors and mental health professionals, along with building administration, are available in the school setting to assist students as they express their feelings related to loss. In addition, we have worked with the Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) to provide additional on-site social workers for Bedford High School as needed.
The Bedford Public Schools plan is also designed to provide assistance to our students and their families when deemed necessary outside of the traditional school day. Please observe your child closely over the next several days and weeks to watch for signs of distress, which may indicate a need for additional support and guidance. I have included a list of references for available resources to help you recognize possible reactions you may observe in your child. Children that have advanced stages of grief or who suffer from severe depression may already be exhibiting warning signs for potential self-risk including withdrawal, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts. If you feel your child is in need of special assistance or is having a great deal of difficulty coping with their emotions, please do not hesitate to call or reach out to district staff or one of the professional resources listed. While it is important to deal with grief, loss, anger and fear reactions, we believe it is essential to resume as normal a routine as possible regarding home and school activities. Also, utilize frequent and honest conversations with your child to let them know that we all need assistance at some point. Please feel free to contact one of our district staff members or myself if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child, or the steps being taken by the school. I cannot stress enough the importance of working collaboratively to ensure the safety and proper care of our families and students.
1) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Addressing Grief - http://tinyw.in/dvZ3
2) National Alliance for Grieving Children: About Childhood Grief - http://tinyw.in/oYsF
3) Oakland County Health Department (Parent Toolkit) - http://tinyw.in/9Dx2
4) Monroe County Mental Health Resources Guide (Promedica Health) - http://tinyw.in/t4jD
Dr. Carl Shultz
PARENT SURVEYS FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
Every year at this time we conduct parent surveys to help guide our school improvement efforts. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey for the school that your child(ren) attends.
Posted November 19, 2018
SPRING 2018 ASSESSMENT RESULTS AVAILABLE
State assessment scores from Spring 2018 have been released. Individual student results have been sent home. The Michigan Department of Education has put out a video offering information on reading the score reports sent home for individual students. Information is also available on their website at: www.michigan.gov/mstep. You are also welcome to reach out to your school principal with any questions about the assessments.
HOW DID BEDFORD DO?
As a district, Bedford Public Schools exceeded the state average in 16 of the 17 M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) tests our students took with the exception of 5th Grade Math.
For the SAT, last year's juniors averaged a score of 1009.7. The state average was 1000.1 and Monroe County students averaged 987.3.
As with any summative standardized test, this is one snapshot of how our students perform. We use data generated by this test, in conjunction with other student assessment data gathered throughout the year, to look for ways to improve. Bedford's Balanced Assessment Team and school improvement efforts continuously focus on ways to improve the education for each of our students.
(Chart data is listed on Instructional & Students Services webpage: http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/student_services.html)
Posted August 13, 2018
CHECK FOR YOUR BUS STOP
Bus routes are updated frequently in the last few weeks before school starts as new students are added. Check for the pick-up/drop-off locations for the stop closest to you!
Tip: Use the Where's the Bus? Fleet Viewer link on the left to check the route status of your bus. It is very helpful as everyone adjusts to the routine of the routes.
Posted August 13, 2018
Free & Reduced Meal Applications Available for 2018-19 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2018-2019 are available online on the Food service webpage (link in left column under District Departments) and in all the school offices.
This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 12, 2018 if a new application is not submitted. Families can apply at any time of the school year.
Participation is confidential and anonymous to use; staff and fellow students are not aware of who is, or is not, a part of this program. This program provides the obvious benefit of providing nutritious meals as well as qualifying the school for additional benefits and access to additional resources through Title programs based upon the level of participation. We encourage all eligible families to fill out the application regardless of whether or not you intend to use them. A win-win all the way around!
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tammy Newton, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
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.
May is National Bike Month!
As we move closer to the end of the school year, children spend more time outdoors riding bicycles. According to the National Safety Council, there are rules to keep children safe while riding bikes.
Bike helmets are vital in keeping riders safe, as the head is usually the first body part to fly forward in a collision or fall. Skin and bone are the only line of protection for the brain, so it is important that the helmet meet federal safety standards and fit securely.
Other rules to keep safe while riding include:
-- Be aware of traffic laws, as cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
-- Know what your bike is capable of doing
-- Ride single-file in the direction of traffic while watching out for opening car doors and other hazards
-- Know and use proper hand signals when turning. Use extra care at intersections
-- One rider per bike, unless it is specifically made for two. Unsecured passengers put you at risk for injury to yourself and others
-- Never hitch onto cars
-- Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
-- If riding at night, wear reflective clothing and have reflective gear on your bike
-- Keep bikes well maintained, chains clean and lubricated. Periodically inspect brake pads. Make sure horn or bell are working properly
Cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and travel from place to place. Please ride safely!
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 OTC medications must be sent to the Health Room with appropriate paperwork and will be administered as needed. Thank you for your cooperation.
Posted May 1, 2019