CHROMEBOOK INTERNET ACCESS
Due to a power pole going down in Monroe, the internet fiber we use was melted and it disrupted our service access. The ISD has rerouted our internet traffic through a different fiber path and we are back up and operational once again. Students must turn their chromebooks off and back on for the filter to allow them to access the internet.
Posted: February 13, 2019
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION EXPO &
March 2, 2019
from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at
Bedford Junior High School
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST DOLPHINS, JAGUARS, MUSTANGS
AND MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2032!
This is one-stop shopping to get your child registered at Bedford Public Schools with lots of supervised activities for your new student while you take care of the registration details:
Talk to a Teacher!
Take a Bus Ride!
Play with Friends!
Meet the Mascots!
Learn More About Community Education
Programs and Latchkey!
FREE Hearing and Vision Screenings!
Get a FREE T-Shirt!
Enter to Win An Amazon Fire HD8 Tablet for Kids!
One Winner at Each School!
(Must have registration complete by April 19, 2019)
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.
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
Posted: February 6, 2019
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON CLOSINGS & SRE REOPENING RECOMMENDATION
Dear Bedford Public Schools Community Members,
I hope that everyone has enjoyed this unplanned, but necessary, week long winter break. I wanted to thank each of you for the patience and understanding that you have shown over the past two weeks with the cancellations that have occurred. In my many years as an educator, I have not experienced a week long extended break due extreme weather and I am not sure that I will again. The extended cancellations have exhausted our district's available state provided six emergency related "forgiven days." There is a process in place where districts that go over the allotted amount of emergency days are eligible to apply for up to an additional three days through an appeal. I will be completing this process as needed and will hope for approval through the Michigan Department of Education. I was forced to apply for additional days of forgiveness last year and we were awarded the waiver. In the event that we are forced to make up additional days at the end of the year, BPS will communicate this as early as possible for scheduling purposes.
In other news, I would like to update our community on the districts ongoing review of re-opening Smith Road Elementary. From the start of our process, we have tried to look at as many factors as possible to make a decision that will benefit our students and community. In order to generate a final recommendation, district administration reviewed an updated cost analysis for the proposal, current and forecasted student enrollment information, and logistical information based on potential timelines as well as community input. The analysis of these different variables were presented at last evening's Board of Education Committee of the Whole workshop. The presentation included a final recommendation from district administration 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. I want to stress as your superintendent that 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. I want to thank all parents and staff members that have put in the time to assist us as we have gone through this very thorough process.
Thank you and I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend!
Dr. Carl Shultz
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools
Posted: February 1, 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
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT ON WEATHER, CLOSINGS & DELAYS
January 25, 2019
Bedford Public Schools Community,
It is once again that time of year when everyone becomes anxious about the wintry weather. Bedford Public Schools recognizes 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. However, in this great state of ours, it is always a possibility that conditions simply are not safe for travel or long-term exposure for students, staff, and parents. These types of conditions often require tough decisions to be made. 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 between 5:30-6:00 am, however, there are situations where 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. 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.
Now that I have shared the process and rationale behind making necessary weather related decisions, I would like to share some thoughts on next week's forecast. I know that it is very early, but according to Weather Underground's© 10 Day Forecast, our area is in for some possibly extreme low temperatures and snow fall. The Monroe County Superintendents have agreed that -15 degrees wind chill (real feel) is our threshold to either delay or cancel school. Based on the early forecast we are going to be testing this boundary on several occasions next week. As a reminder, Monroe County is large in actual ground coverage making it possible for one district to be affected by this standard while another is not. I will keep everyone as updated as possible utilizing my twitter account @BedfordSupt and my Superintendent Facebook account. I typically am able to report any changes on these accounts slightly before the actual Honeywell Alert is sent due to the system delay. I take communication very seriously and try to give updated information as it is available. Finally, for those of you that have asked, I am a very poor singer and will be unable to meet requests that have been made for me to create a singing school cancellation video (Trust me it is for the best!).
Thank you and have a wonderful and safe weekend,
Dr. Carl Shultz
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.
Hearts, hearts and more hearts! That's what we frequently see and think about in the month of February. It is, therefore, a very appropriate topic to mention this month!
Promoting cardiovascular health in children is vital in preventing heart disease later in life, according to a recent statement released by the American Heart Association. The main focus of the statement was to review ideal cardiovascular health in children and identify ways to improve heart health in children with poor cardiovascular health.
Researchers emphasize the importance of key "health metrics" in children: weight, physical activity, diet, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and smoking status. For ideal health, children should get at least one hour of physical activity a day, eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and never try smoking. Ideal health in children also includes having a normal cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. By meeting these standards, children will have a lower risk of poor cardiovascular health presently and in the future.
The concern is that few children actually meet all of these guidelines. A heart-healthy lifestyle, when introduced to children, helps to further develop this lifestyle into adulthood. Talk to your child's Health Care Professional to learn what you can do to develop new strategies to improve their cardiovascular health.
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 February 4, 2019