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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
LAST CHANCE FOR PICTURE RETAKES & SENIOR HEADSHOTS
Thursday, October 22 from 1-6 pm in Bedford High School Auditorium
We want you in the yearbook! Students that do not get a picture taken for either will NOT be featured in the portrait section of the yearbook.
In addition, there is some exciting news for SENIORS:
This yearbook is YOUR last yearbook and the staff of the Talisman has decided to make your Senior Portrait Section HUGE! We are making the individual portraits over 70% larger than we have ever made them (only 9 seniors to a page compared to 16 or more in the past!) to put the focus on SENIORS! You need a picture through Prestige to be included in the yearbook.
Seniors: Please make an appointment for your headshot: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxh2rd9k/
Updated: October 20, 2020
HALF DAY DISSMISAL TIME CHANGES &
SACK LUNCH OPTION AVAILABLE
Friday, October 30th is a 1/2 day for staff professional development.
Dismissal times will be adjusted for the day with the junior high and high school getting out at 10:30 am and the elementary schools getting out at 11:30 am. (We will be following that dismisal schedule for any other half days on our school calendar while we are in Phase 4.)
Our Food Service Department will be offering sack lunches for students to take home with them on that day. If you would like your student to get one on that half day, please fill out the order form sent home (or use this Half Day Lunch Order Form link) and return it by Tuesday, October 27th.
Posted: October 21, 2020
VIRTUAL COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR
Toledo Public Schools is organizing a Virtual College & Career Fair for the area community. The event is free and open to the public and features nearly 50 participating colleges and institutions!
You MUST register in advance: https://forms.gle/qNeX6bfKeXMak5BR7
October 28, 2020 from 5-8 pm
5-7 pm: College and Career Reps in Virtual Rooms
5-7 pm: Guidance Counselor Corner in Virtual Rooms
7 pm" Live Presentation with a Financial Aid Representative
Baldwin Wallace University
Ball State University
Bowling Green State University
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland State University
Douglas J. Aveda Institute
Eastern Michigan University
Kent State University
Kentucky State University*
Lake Erie College
Northern Kentucky University
Northwest State Community College
Ohio Christian University
Ohio State University - Lima Campus
Ohio Wesleyan University
Saginaw Valley State University
Shawnee State University
Spring Arbor University
The Modern College of Design
University of Akron
University of Connecticut
University of Findlay
University of Toledo
University of Toledo - Health & Human Services
Wayne State University
Wright State University
*Indicates an HBCU
Posted: October 20, 2020
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
AP Testing Information
Great News! CollegeBoard is waiving the cancellation fee for AP testing this year. This is an opportunity for every student in an AP class to sign up to take the AP exam(s) with no cancellation fee or need for a deposit.
Students would still need to register for their AP test before Nov. 6th to avoid late fees. Each AP Exam this year will cost $100. Payment for exams will be due in March. If a student chooses not to take an AP Exam, or if payment is not received, they will be removed from registration in March without fees. AP Testing will take place the weeks of May 3rd and May 10th.
If you have any questions, please contact the AP Testing Coordinator, Miranda Heams.
Posted: October 14, 2020
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
OCTOBER 6th UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT
October 6, 2020
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents/Guardians,
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued two separate emergency orders utilizing the powers granted under Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 333.2253. The first of these orders signed on October 5, 2020 outlines Statewide Limits to In-person Gatherings and updates Mask Requirements for all Michigan residents (including students in grades K-12). The second order issued on October 6, 2020 (hours ago) requires school districts within the state to provide Public Notification for Probable or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19. While these two MDHHS Emergency Orders are newly issued, the content contained within the orders are extremely similar to that of the now invalidated Executive Orders previously ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Based on consultation with our district’s legal firm and our partnering statewide educational groups, Bedford Public Schools will begin transitioning to meet the requirements outlined in the two separate MDHHS Emergency Orders. Beginning this week, students in grades Y5/K through fifth will be required to wear masks when inside the classroom. BPS staff began transitioning to this previously under Governor Whitmer’s former Executive Order. I want to once again reiterate that just as building staff has in higher grade levels, students will be given opportunities throughout the school day when they will be able to remove their masks for set breaks to ensure comfort. The district will also begin the transition to follow the newly updated public gathering limits. These increased gathering limits will allow for additional student activities and participation in more school activities.
The second of the MDHHS Emergency Orders relates to district communication and tracking of COVID-19 related data. The order states that “School districts and nonpublic schools must publish information about any cases of a probable or confirmed COVID-19 positive individual present on school property or at a school function during the period of infection.” As shared in previous updates, Bedford Public Schools has already created a comprehensive COVID-19 Dashboard for the purpose of sharing timely and accurate COVID-19 related data within all buildings. The district will continue to update this information daily as necessary. As a reminder, moving forward, I will not be sending out districtwide letters each time a building within the district experiences a positive case of COVID-19. The building principal will share information with his/her building families and the district dashboard will be updated.
Once again, I applaud all of our families and staff for your dedication, patience, and flexibility as we continue to navigate our way through this lengthy pandemic. As previously mentioned, BPS will be sending out the second Student Learning Option Commitment Form covering weeks 11-20 tomorrow. This will serve as the opportunity to select your student’s learning program (in-person or virtual) for the next quarter of the school year. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact me or your student’s principal.
Carl Shultz, Ph.D
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
More Hands-on Courses Meeting Face-to-Face
Next week, we will be moving forward with some more of our hands-on classes meeting in-person for face-to-face instruction.
Choir courses and Drafting will meet everyday starting on Monday. Construction, Welding/Machine, Automotive, and Foods will be meeting once a week.
If you are a student in one of these classes, the teacher will be posting via Schoology when their course will be meeting, so stay tuned for more information from your teacher.
Posted: September 30, 2020
Order Your 2020-2021 Yearbook
There is still time to order a yearbook. The 2021 Talisman will be a true historical document of a year in the life of Bedford High School! The cost is now $75 until January 8th. After this date it will go up another $10. Any questions? See Mr. Sanderson in room E18A or E22.
Go to yearbookforever.com and search Bedford High School.
Updated: October 7, 2020
INTERESTED IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
Any students interested in participating in...
HOSA...should contact Mrs. Regaldo or check Schoology announcements for the HOSA course code.
DECA... should contact Mr. DuPont or check Schoology announcements for the HOSA course code.
BPA... should contact Mrs. Lundquist or check Schoology announcements for the BPA course code.
GSA...should contact Mr. Emery or see Mrs. Schultz's Schoology announcement to view flyer. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 6th from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM in Room A-12. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford Fire Explorers...should contact email@example.com or attend recruiting night on Sunday, October 25th at 6:00 PM at the Bedford Fire Department at 1106 W. Temperance Road, Temperance, MI.
Updated: October 5, 2020
FANS CAN FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH ATHLETIC BROADCASTS
Spectators are limited at all athletic contests, but fans can still watch the game. Our athletic department has several games being streamed. To view the games, check out https://www.bedfordsports.com/. You can catch all the spiking, setting, scoring, and tackles live online. GO MULES!
Posted: September 18, 2020
IN-PERSON INSTRUMENTAL CLASSES TO RESUME
We will be starting the next step for our students at the high school. Orchestra, Varsity Band, and Symphonic Band will begin meeting in-person in those classrooms starting on Monday, September 21st.
Orchestra will run from 9:45am-10:15am daily.
Varsity Band will run from 10:25am- 10:55am daily. Students in Varsity Band will also be a cohort during lunch and will eat 4B lunch during this time.
Symphonic Band will run from 11:35am - 12:05pm. Students in Symphonic Band that have not had lunch, will have 5B lunch during this time. Students in Symphonic Band that had 4A or 4B lunch would return to their homeroom/cohort.
Posted: September 18, 2020
SEND YOUR PICTURES TO YEARBOOK STAFF
The 2021 Yearbook Staff is looking for YOUR pictures! We are going to continue the success we've had in making a great yearbook and, given the virtual nature of our world today, need any and all pictures you have of student/staff life in and around Bedford High School. We encourage you to download the free YEARBOOK SNAP app where you can search for Bedford High School and use the code "bedfordhs" to upload any and all pics. These pictures will then be reviewed for possible use in the yearbook. Take pictures early and often, and send them our way!
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
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
Please use the link above which will take you to a page with links with each teacher/class. Parents and students, we encourage you to "stop by" your teachers' links to get familiar with them and the classes this year.
Posted: September 3, 2020
CHANGES TO ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TRAFFIC FLOW
FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
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.
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 3, 2020
If you student requires any medication during the school day, even “over the counter” medication, this form must be completed and signed by your physician. Forms will also be available in the office.
Posted: August 3, 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.
-- For information on how you can submit names, please contact your son/daughter's coach or the Bedford Athletic office.
-- 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. It has been announced that the limits for spectators will be raised beginning Oct 9th. We will have a decision of how that will proceed well in advance of the opening date.
Updated: September 28, 2020
CHANGES TO ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TRAFFIC FLOW
One of the bond projects on the high school/junior high school campus over the summer, was the reconfiguration of the drop-off/pick-up loop and repaving of older portions of the drives and parking areas.
There is a new loop, which we are calling the Mega-Loop, that will provide drop-off/pick-up areas for both the junior high and high school in between the two schools.
From Jackman Road, you will enter the drive just north of the junior high building (on the side of the building closest to the Bedford Public Library). You will travel behind the junior high and then continue towards the stadium, you will follow the new drive that circles around the north side of the high school building, runs parallel with the bus depot parking lot, turns to run along the south side of the junior high before passing behind the junior high and finally exiting out onto Jackman Road on the same drive that you entered on. You can drop off students at both the high school and the junior high using the Mega-Loop. A gate located in front of the stadium will be closed during the arrival and dismissal times and it will prevent thru traffic between the junior high and high school parking areas. Anyone needing to drop off students in the Mega-Loop and needing to park at the high school would need to follow the loop around, exit onto Jackman Road, and then proceed to the high school. Please follow the direction of school personnel.
THE SOUTH LOOP
A parent drop-off/pick-up loop on the south side of the high school near the competitive gym, band room and auditorium has also been constructed.
Parents will enter on the easternmost drive off of Dean Road (the one closest to the light at the intersection with Jackman Road). Traffic will proceed on the newly installed area of asphalt just south of the staff parking spots and then do a you turn in front of the auditorium to drop students off along that sidewalk that runs along that side of the building. Traffic will exit out of the same drive as you entered. Gates will separate this area from student parking traffic.
STUDENT PARKING ACCESS
High school student drivers will access the student parking area separately from the loop areas. They will enter and exit using the drive off of Dean Road between the east side of softball field and the spirit rock. Gates will restrict traffic to just students parking in that area. People will not be able to travel back and forth between the high school and the junior high on the drive by the stadium during arrival and dismissal times, nor will students be able to pass south of the high school to Jackman Road to exit. Students can park in yellow striped spaces. White striped spaces are reserved for staff use. (Note: referenced map does not indicate which spaces are student or staff.)
Staff can park in the spaces in the middle of the South Loop accessible off of Dean Road, or in front of the school using the southernmost drive on Jackman Road. These two areas will be separated by a gate during arrival and dismissal time. White striped spaces are also reserved for staff use behind the high school accessed using the Student Parking Access Drive.
Updated: August 21, 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
Bedford Public Schools has substitute teaching opportunities for those with 90+ credit hours from a four-year accredited college or university. Substitute teachers have the opportunity to choose the grade levels or subjects they prefer to teach and even how often you would like to work. If you are interested in this opportunity, our substitute teachers also referred to as “Guest Teachers” are hired through EDUStaff. Start your application today..
Para Professional, Lunchroom, Secretarial, Bus Driver and Playground Substitutes Throughout the District Also Needed
Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
COLLECTING VIRTUAL BOX TOPS & FOOD TOWN RECEIPTS
Save your Temperance Food Town receipts for the High School. You can bring them in or drop them in the box at the store check outs. These will help to purchase items for the high school. Thank you for saving!
Posted September 7, 2018