RETURN TO LEARN RELATED LINKS:
RETURN TO LEARN GUIDE
RETURN TO LEARN PLAN FAQs
-- LINK TO SUBMIT A QUESTION: https://forms.gle/cnpbdq5iCvNUUHA48
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
DRE PTO NEWS
BECOME A MEMBER
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Douglas Road Elementary! The DRE
PTO is excited to welcome you and invite you to join us as a member!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR MEETINGS
We plan to host all meetings via Facebook live at 3:30 PM.
We will convene virtually for our first meeting on 10/8/2020. To view the meeting, simply “like” the Douglas Road Elementary PTO Facebook page and plan to join at 3:30 PM on 10/8!
Our second meeting is slated for November 12.
Please note that the recordings will be maintained on Facebook and we encourage you to view them at your own convenience. All content and volunteer opportunities will be available for both synchronous and asynchronous participation!
VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR
Our Book Fair - like many other things - won't be the same as we are used to, but we can still do fun things and, most importantly, put books in the hands of kiddos. Details will be coming soon.
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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
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
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
DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
We are, unfortunately, unable to hold our Open House in person this year. Each teacher is preparing a recording to share infromation about themselves and their classrooms. Virtual Open House links will be emailed to families on Wednesday, September 2 by 4:00 pm.
Due to safety concerns while we are operating in Phase 4, access to our school buildings are restricted. Parents, visitors and volunteers will not be permitted in the building. Please take your first day of school pictures at home. We love our parents and volunteers and look forward to welcoming everyone back into our buildings when the COVID-19 situation improves and we can do so safely.
NEW DROP-OFF/PICK-UP AREA FOR GRADES 3-5
In an effort to reduce congestion and encourage social distancing during arrival and dismissal times, we have added an additional drop-off/pick-up area behind the building near the playground for students in 3rd-5th grade. You will enter using the south drive and loop around the field behind the school and then detour in the parking area behind the building. Students can exit the car in an L-shaped drop-off zone near the playground and school building and enter through the door at the rear of the building. Parents will then continue to follow the traffic flow back out to exit onto Douglas Road using the north drive.
Students up to 2nd grade (along with their older siblings) will continue to be dropped off and picked up along the side of the building near the gym. Parents do not need to follow the the 3rd-5th grade traffic through their parking lot drop-off/pick-up loop behind the school and can continue straight up to their drop off area.
Parents will not be able to walk students to class but older siblings can do so. DRE staff will make sure each of our students gets to their classroom. Please take any first day pictures at home.
All students will engage in virtual specials each day via Schoology. We will run a rotation of three
Specials: Physical Education, Art, and Music. Students will attend one virtual Specials class per day.
Lifetouch school pictures are postponed at this time. We will try to reschedule in March.
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.
HAC IS OPEN
You can now check your student's schedule/teacher assignment in Home Access Center (HAC). If you forgot your password, please contact the HelpDesk at 734-850-6095. Their hours are 7:15 am-3:45 pm.
This year, 2nd and 3rd graders will be taking Chromebooks home in addition to the 4th and 5th graders.
Chromebook Insurance & Permission Forms
BPS Student Chromebook permission forms and the $30 insurance payment per device is now available on MySchoolBucks for parents in grades 2 and up to complete. Families that have 3 or more students have insurance capped at $90. Kindergarten and 1st grade students who requested a device for virtual learning will also need to purchase Chromebook insurance or opt out. K/1 parents who opt out of insurance would be liable for damages. The 3 student cap for insurance would still apply.
There is also a voluntary option to purchase an optional Chromebook messenger bag for $26 as well that your student would keep to use year after year.
Insurance payment and form acknowledgment on Myschoolbucks must be completed prior to Chromebook pickup. Families who do not have the ability to use Myschoolbucks need to email email@example.com to make other arrangements.
Updated: September 2, 2020
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
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE LETTER
August 18, 2020
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents,
I would first like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and guardians who successfully completed the BPS Learning Option Form before last week’s deadline. The turnaround for selecting your student’s learning option for this fall was undeniably short. However, I am extremely impressed with the over 92% submission rate which demonstrates the incredibly high level of school engagement among our community. At this time, district administration is working to contact any families who haven’t made this selection. In addition, our building leadership teams are working on adjusting existing student and staff schedules to meet the requests from our submitted forms. Overall, the breakdown for district learning submissions for the fall of 2020 are 58% of students will be learning in-person and 42% will be learning virtually. These percentages are a great representation of why the BPS Return to Learning Plan was created in the form of a parent option.
As district leadership continues preparing for the return of students into our buildings and programs, parents and students will continue to be updated as decisions are finalized. I know that there seems to be some confusion regarding some of the logistics of our learning options. As we get closer to the start of September, many of these questions and concerns will be answered through our partnership with the Monroe County Health Department and other outside agencies that guide our ability to operate safely and effectively. We believe strongly that we have designed a program that can be both safe for students and still offer high level educational delivery. Of course, if at any time it is deemed that we are unable to maintain a safe environment for students and staff, BPS leaders will make the necessary changes to adapt. This includes possible individual classroom quarantines, flexible school cancellation days due to extreme heat and mandatory mask requirements, or even large-scale COVID Breakouts that could force full virtual options districtwide. BPS is prepared for each of these scenarios and will share pertinent information with families as soon as it becomes available.
One topic that continues to be brought up regarding our learning options revolves around the “flexibility” of the secondary buildings’ learning programs. The ability for BHS and BJHS to offer attendance flexibility to our students comes from two important factors. First, the design of our cohort model at the secondary level makes it possible for students to receive the same learning opportunities regardless of physical location. Students at home learning virtually will receive the exact same lessons and learning activities as a student sitting in their homeroom cohort who is also learning virtually. Second, the State of Michigan has passed legislation changing the procedures for how students can be counted for attendance for this school year. This change allows for districts like BPS to incorporate new methodology when counting student attendance and thus allows for this more flexible manner. These two factors play a large role in our ability to allow secondary students who selected in-person learning as their primary learning option to learn from home when needed and vice versa. We asked students to select a primary learning option as a way to determine who would be utilizing transportation (only in-person primary selections are eligible for the first 10 weeks) and to help gauge the likely max number of students present on a given date. If this plan seems complex, it is because it is very complex with many moving parts. Anytime an organization is being forced to rethink every aspect of its daily structure, especially one that is as clearly understood and familiar as a school day, it is bound to be a little confusing at first. Secondary principals will be sending out additional information regarding schedules and activities in the near future.
Unfortunately, the elementary level learning options are not able to provide this same level of flexibility as the secondary level. Students selecting in-person or virtual learning for grades K-5 are committed to their program option for the first ten weeks of the school year and then can make an alternate selection at that time. This is due to the scheduling of staff to handle both learning options as teachers will be dedicated to one learning option or the other. Elementary classrooms will be smaller than in previous years due to the number of students electing virtual learning and thus social distancing will be greater than normal. Elementary principals will be sending out additional information regarding fall schedules and events in the near future.
As a parent and educational leader, I understand the anxious feelings regarding how schools will look this fall. I also understand the questions associated with our district’s plan and the fine details that still need to be addressed. If you cannot locate the answers in the district published FAQ, Learning Plan Guide, or the Preparedness and Response Plan (linked below), I cannot stress enough how important it is that you direct these questions to the leaders at your child’s individual school building(s) or to a district level leader such as myself or our Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Dr. Mark French. I am restating this point because of the great number of inaccuracies that I have seen being shared throughout social media regarding our plan. I enjoy social media for many of its great attributes, however I implore all BPS Families to remember that being properly informed regarding your child’s education is much different than asking social media “friends” for recommendations on the best restaurants for Friday date night.
Our district learning plan was submitted last week and approved by the State of Michigan yesterday. This plan is available on the district website and outlines additional information about district protocols and compliance of state mandates. The direct link to the BPS Plan is: BPS PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE PLAN--FALL 2020.
Thank you again for your dedication and patience and I look forward to seeing everyone healthy and safe very soon!
Carl Shultz, Ph.D
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
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 our office at 734-850-6701 and we'll send one home with your child.
Posted: November 5, 2019
DRE BOX TOPS GO HIGH TECH!
Redeeming Box Tops is now available using a free app that scans your receipt (within 14 days of purchase) and automatically applies the 10 cents per participating item to the school you choose. Look for the new Box Tops scan logo on the package. More information on this new app for box tops can be found at btfe.com.
Posted: September 30, 2019
Store is currently closed.
INTRODUCING SCHOOLOGY FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES
A link has been added in the Quick Links section on the left.
For the students, teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.
For the parents, the Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:
-- The classes your child is enrolled in.
-- Your child's upcoming assignments/events.
-- School and class announcements.
-- Grades and attendance information.
You will need a Parent Access Code that you can get from your child's teacher to create your account. You can choose to set up notifications to come to your email and opt to receive additional notifications when a child has an overdue assignment.
Use these links to find out more information about signing up and getting started in Schoology:
Schoology is also available as an app for your mobile devices.
Posted August 22, 2018
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.
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
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