FOLLOW UP LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS
February 23, 2018
Dear Parents and Community Members,
As superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, I understand that our top priority is to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable learning environment. Our dedicated staff, and research-based procedures, ensure that we accomplish this goal on a daily basis here in Bedford. An unfortunate reality is that there are circumstances and events that are outside of our control as a district. One of these realities includes the
ability for individuals to post and share information on the internet and specifically social media websites. This issue has become more prevalent recently with many copycat messages being created and shared regarding school violence.
This morning, I received a contact from the Monroe County Sheriff Department regarding a post that was being shared on multiple social media sites regarding a threat to "bhs". The post was not specific to location, district, or even building. There are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of schools across the country with the initials BHS. In addition, there were several similar threats posted in recent days that used the same format but exchanged the "bhs" for other school building initials. The Sheriff Department assured me that they would continue to monitor the postings and would work alongside our administration to investigate this particular shared post. We also agreed to have an increased police presence around the district buildings throughout the day.
The outcome for this investigation is that the particular posted threat was actually intended for Belen High School located in Belen, New Mexico. The originator of the post has been arrested and will be charged accordingly. If at any time we felt that a threat was being made against one of our Bedford Public School buildings, we would have released information immediately followed with an appropriate plan of action.
A critical component in maintaining a safe and secure community is collaboration. We ask that you continue to monitor your student(s) social media sites as well as your own for any information that you feel should be shared with the proper authorities and district administration. Also, please have a conversation with your student(s) regarding the importance of speaking up when they see or hear things that may present a danger. A well informed community is a stronger community.
Bedford Public Schools takes the security and safety of our students and staff members very seriously. I want to ensure everyone that any threat or action toward our district will be handled immediately and full
prosecution under the law will be recommended.
HONEYWELL ALERT SENT OUT ABOUT THREAT REPORTS
February 23, 2018
Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools was contacted by the Monroe County Sheriff Department with information that they received about a threat being shared on social media. The posted threat is not specific in regards to which BHS it is referring. The Sheriff Department has indicated that a similar post has been circulating around the country and in some cases has exchanged the BHS intials for other school building initials. There are neighboring districts that have received building specific threats and have take appropriate action based on the information received. As a precautionary measure, we will have an increased police presence around the district throughout the day. Please continue to monitor your student and your personal media websites for any information that may be helpful to authorities and building administration. Additional information will be sent out later today through email and our district website. Thank you.
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY
Posted February 16, 2018
Dear Bedford Schools Community,
As a district we are deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless event that took the lives of innocent children and staff members yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to victims, family members and community. In honor of the victims, all district flags will be lowered at half-staff.
Bedford Public Schools takes the security and safety of our students and staff members very seriously. I want to reassure you that BPS employs standard safety measures at all of our buildings to reinforce the safe atmosphere that we promote. Bedford Public Schools staff members have undergone active shooter civilian response training in recent years in the form of the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Program. This program is the number one program in America for preparing organizations for tragedies such as this.
Administrators and staff members from Bedford Public Schools work alongside representatives from Bedford Township, Monroe County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police to continuously update and discuss proper action steps. We will continue this coordinated approach to school safety and will continue working together as a community to ensure a safe and effective learning environment.
Tragic events such as the one that took place yesterday can often generate many difficult questions for parents and students. The internet serves as a wonderful tool for learning and information gathering. However, it can also provide inaccurate and sometimes paralyzing effects for our students due to the graphic nature of some displayed videos. Please take the time to speak with your children about this information if they have questions or concerns. The informational links below can provide resources for conversations within your home.
In closing, it is times such as these that we as parents, educators and families need to band together to support one another. If there is anything that our district or community can do to support you, please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON SNOW DAYS
February 7, 2018
Parents, Staff, and Community,
The staff at Bedford Public Schools believes that educating our students is a privilege that we take very seriously. In fact, the only thing that we hold dearer is keeping our students safe. Paramount to student safety is the process of making decisions on the closing or delaying of school due to inclement weather. I hope that everyone knows that, as a district, we recognize that our decision to alter our posted school schedule can have a major impact on our families and that our preference is to always have students in school and learning.
While the decision to start, delay, close or release students early from school ultimately rests on myself as the Superintendent, I work closely with department administrators, local authorities and neighboring districts to make the best informed decision possible. The typical protocol involves collecting multiple data points that include, but are not limited to, multiple individuals driving the community roads before 5:00 am, constant updates from neighboring school districts, and the reliance on the National Weather Service to arrive at the final decision. My goal is to always make an educated decision no later than 5:30 am, however there are times that we need additional time before making that announcement. In addition, there are also times that a decision needs to be altered based on changing conditions or new information. The reality is that we live in the beautiful, and difficult-to-forecast, State of Michigan. There is no set guideline that I can share that would help parents predict our decisions because no two days are identical. The factors that impact specific decisions are wind, ice, visibility, previous snow accumulation and forecast for rapid temperature changes.
Although my staff and I do our absolute best in this process, I know that often no perfect decision exists. If, based on current weather conditions, parents/guardians do not feel as though it is safe for your child(ren) to attend school, use your best judgment on whether your student(s) should attend. Please discourage new teenage drivers from driving in bad conditions and offer them alternatives if weather conditions worsen.
Finally, I wanted to provide you with an update on our current allotted Emergency Day usage. As of today, February 7, 2018, Bedford Public Schools have had a total of six cancellations and one 2-Hour Delay. The State of Michigan has a policy on district calendars and the specific number of instructional days and clock-hours for students to attend. As a district, we are allowed six additional days for emergency use, a category that inclement weather falls under.
Therefore, as a district, we are now working on zero flexibility based on state requirements.
Individual grade levels may have some additional time available due to state testing schedules, but as a whole, we are at our limit. If we face additional cancellations, we will appeal to the state, and if needed, alter our district calendar to reflect the necessary additional time. Please be aware that a concern for potential make-up time in no way factors into our decision-making process. We will always base our decision on a safety-first policy.
Kindergarten Registration Expo and Great Start Readiness Roundup
One-stop shopping to get your child registered for Kindergarten at Bedford Public Schools!
March 3, 2018
10 am - 3 pm
Bedford Junior High School Cafeteria
Mom and Dad can take care of the registration details.
Kids can have fun!
Ride a School Bus!
Play with Friends!
Meet the Mascots!
Talk to a Teacher!
Once Kindergarten registration is completed: Get a Free T-shirt!
And enter to win one of three (one at each school) Fire HD8 Kids Tablets if new Kindergarten student is registered by April 17, 2018!
Learn about Latchkey and other Community Education Programs!
Click on our "Registering a New Student" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to see what you need to bring with you.
Posted February 5, 2018
Take the Kindergarten Tour!
Each of our elementary schools will be open for incoming Kindergarten students and families to tour on April 16, 2018 from 6-7 pm. Mark your calendars! We are looking forward to meeting all of our future Dolphins, Jaguars, and Mustangs!
Posted February 5, 2018
Getting Your School Closing/Delay Alerts?
Keep your phone numbers current by contacting the school office and updating your email in HAC.
Posted December 22, 2017
WHERE'S THE BUS?
Fleet Viewer Now Available for All BPS Buses!
Bedford's Transportation Department has installed Samsara GPS units on each of the buses in the fleet. Use the Fleet Viewer to watch as the bus nears the stop! No more standing in the rain or cold waiting for the bus to get there! Families can stay warm and dry while tracking the real-time location of their bus. They will know that once the bus passes a certain street, or enters their neighborhood, that it is time to head out to the stop so they are ready when it arrives!
HOW TO ACCESS:
1. Go to the Samsara Fleet Viewer Link--Use the link on the left.
2. You will see a map displayed. In the upper left hand corner is says, "Search 48 vehicles." Click your cursor there to enter the route number of your bus. For example: "rt 23." You can also use the name of the route the elementary kids use, for example, "Star" if you child rides the Star Bus. A dark gray circle means it is parked. A green arrow means it is travelling and will be moving along the road in the direction of travel. In both scenarios, the bus is identified by the route information associated with it.
3. Save site as a bookmark on your phone for even more convenience!
NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE PAYMENTS
Online payments are now being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Chromebook insurance ($30) payments for Bedford students in grades 4-12, including all of the associated technology permissions, can be done completely online through My School Bucks Link. Insurance payments for families with 3 or more students are capped at $90.
Optional messenger style bags are also available for purchase ($25) for those students that don't want to carry their Chromebook in their book bag.
Please note: You must use the MySchoolBucks WEBSITE to conduct your transactions for Chromebooks and other items we are currently accepting payment for (for example, high school parking passes and Latchkey payments). The MySchoolBucks mobile app you might see on your phone ONLY contains the company's meal program which Bedford Public Schools does not use (we use MyMealtime at www.mymealtime.com for deposits into food service accounts).
Athletic Forms & Payment
FinalForms will be used to complete all of the required online
athletic forms and as the online payment system for all levels of
Bedford Public Schools athletics. Please use the Final Forms link on the left. A step-by-step Parent Playbook on how to use FinalForms is available to download.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ONLINE FOR FREE & REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS
Free and Reduced meal applications can now be completed online! You can go directly to My Mealtime (use the link on the left) to set up an account (if you don't already have one). Paper applications are also available in all school offices.
Create an Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals: Click the "Free & Reduced Applications" button at My Mealtime and follow the wizard to create your application. You will need your Student's First Name and Bedford School ID number. You will receive notification regarding the determination of the application within 10 business days. Last year's participants will continue to receive program benefits until Oct. 13th. There is no deadline for application. Families can apply at any point during the school year. All information provided is confidential. Further instructions can be found on the Food Service department page using the link on the left.
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.
We encourage you to complete an application, even if you choose not to use the benefits yourself, since the number of students eligible for benefits also is used to determine other services and funding, such as the funding our schools receive through Title programs.