RETURN TO LEARN RELATED LINKS:
RETURN TO LEARN GUIDE
RETURN TO LEARN PLAN FAQs
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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
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
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
UPCOMING DATES FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN PLAYING BOYS BASKETBALL
Boys Basketball Open Gym for 7th and 8th Graders: 3:30-5:00 pm on:
Sunday, Oct. 25
Sunday, Nov. 1 (7th grade only)
Masks must be worn for open gym and tryouts!! Bring your own water bottle and hand sanitizer! Please wear a shirt with your last name on the back to tryouts!
8th grade: 5:00-7:00 pm on:
Wednesday, Oct. 28th
Thursday, Oct. 29th
Friday, Oct. 30th
7th grade: 3:00-5:00 pm on:
Wednesday, Nov. 4th
Thursday, Nov. 5th
Friday, Nov. 6th
Posted: October 15, 2020
FREE BOOKS FOR KIDS
Preschool to Grade 6
Sunday, October 25, 2020
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Erie United Methodist Church
1100 East Samaria Road/M-151
Erie, MI 48133
(Intersection of E. Samaria Road/M-151 and Cemetery Roads)
Kids will be able to choose 2 new books from a large selection to take home for free! Kids must be present to select books. They can choose from picture books, early readers, classics, adventure and many other Scholastic titles.
Event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. If not, it will move into the gym.
Masks/social distancing required.
Posted: October 14, 2020
Join the JHS Virtual Book Club!
The BJHS Virtual Book Club will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 6 pm.
The first one is today.
JHS Schoology Library Group: GTXD-QJGX-5S8C2
Email: Mr. Korycinski if you have any questions.
Posted: October 7, 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
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE CHANGE
7th Grade Football at Pinckney has been postponed. Tentatively rescheduled for Nov 3rd (Home).
Posted: September 29, 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
BJHS FUNDRAISER INFO
DELIVERY DATE: On Site Pick Up TBD
The orders will be delivered to the school as usual and we will have a curbside system for pickup. All orders not picked up on delivery day, due to the product being perishable, will be considered a donation to the school. Kleinhenn and the school will not be responsible for orders not picked up.
Posted: September 22, 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
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
CHANGES TO ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL TRAFFIC FLOW
WELCOMING BJHS STUDENTS BACK!
Principal Roderick Hurley has made available some materials to help explain what the school year will look like as we prepare to go back to school in Phase 4. He has created a slide show presentation explaining the BJHS Cohort Groups concept and how the days will be structured and a companion video that he narrates as he goes through the slides.
Students will not be using lockers while we are in Phase 4 but will be allowed a backpack in class.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
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 31, 2020
CHANGES TO BJHS DROP-OFF/PICK-UP TRAFFIC FLOW
One of the bond projects at the junior high school over the summer, was the reconfiguration of the drop-off/pick-up loop and repaving of older portions of the drives and parking areas.
The new loop, which we are calling the Mega-Loop, will provide drop-off/pick-up areas for both the junior high and high school. (The high school will have an additional drop-off/pick up area on the south side of their building.)
You will enter the north drive on the side of the junior high closest to the Bedford Public Library as in the past. 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 that will prevent thru traffic from the junior high and high school. Please follow the direction of school personnel.
Posted: August 19, 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 Also Needed Throughout the District.
Applications are available at the Administration Building at 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182.
BJHS COLLECTING BOX TOPS VIRTUALLY!
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.
Scan your receipt on the Box Tops app for a chance to DOUBLE your school's fall earnings until 10/4/20. See https://www.boxtops4education.com/ for more details on how to scan your receipts.
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Enroll in Kroger Community Reward Program to help benefit BJHS students every time you shop! Select the Bedford Junior High School PTO # 81894 when you sign up. Your enrollment needs to be renewed annually after April 30th.
BJHS SPORTS NEWS
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The boys cross country team did it! They finished their 2020 season Undefeated with a perfect 8-0 record with their sweep of Tecumseh yesterday. The amazing Aiden D. won his 6th race of the season, and with his best time ever, 11:43. Colin B. was second followed closely by Bryce M., Dylan S., Brandon M., Jordan B., Sawyer U. and Owen P. Most of the boys ran their best race of the year. Great job boys on a great 2020 cross country season. (10-15-2020)
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
On Saturday the girls cross country team took on Dundee and WON! Our tops scoring racers were Iva R. with 14.02, Maddy T with 14.15., Anika H. with 41.48, Aubrey M. with 14.57, Sophia J. with 15.10, Maddie T. with 15.17, and Adelle R. with 15.19. 28 girls earned personal records. Way to go ladies! (9/22/2020)
The 7th grade football team crushed Chelsea last night 48-0!!
The 8th grade football team had a nice win against Chelsea last night with a score of 30-12!!
Nice job guys!! (10-21-2020)
The 7th grade volleyball team fought hard but lost against Dexter Maroon. 25-19W, 21-25L, and 22-25L. All the girls played great! (10-15-2020)
The 8th grade volleyball team defeated Chelsea. 25-13 W 25-14 W 25-18 W. Alivia B. and Torey D. had some awesome serves! Haley K. passed great in the back row! Keep up the great work, girls! (10/20/2020)
* 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.
-- 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.