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Hybrid Learning Model Update

Dear BISD Community,

We are wrapping up week two of the school year and despite our current challenges and limitations, I’ve heard wonderful anecdotes about how teaching and learning are thriving. Thank you for your continued support and dedication as we navigate this new school year.

I wanted to let you know that at last night’s School Board meeting, I shared an update on the  Hybrid Learning Model. Below is an overview of what was discussed.  Alternatively, you can listen to the meeting via this Zoom recording.
  • According to Kitsap Public Health District, the number of COVID-19 cases is improving 
  • Kitsap Public Health District is paying close attention to the two-week mark after Labor Day to see if there is a spike in cases like there was after the 4th of July
  • Kitsap Public Health District believes there is now adequate:
    - Available testing
    - Contact tracing support
  • If the case count in Kitsap County remains in the Moderate Category (25-75 cases/100,000 people over a two week period), and the other Decision Tree considerations are met, Kitsap Public Health District supports us with moving forward with slowly bringing students enrolled in the Hybrid Model back for in-person learning
  • Our current plan is to bring our youngest learners back first, and then work our way through the grade levels
  • Other area school districts in King, Pierce and Clallam counties have heard similar messages from their Health Districts
NEXT STEPS:
  • Continue with the logistics planning for in-person learning, including daily check-in procedures, transportation details and facility planning (much of this work was already accomplished in the summer before we pivoted our planning to all-remote learning)
  • Continue working in conjunction with Kitsap Health District to monitor the number of cases
  • Update the School Board on Sept. 24
  • Possibly implement in-person learning for Hybrid Model students in grades K-4 (earliest date would be October 12, possibly bring back by grade bands)
  • Continue planning to bring back other Hybrid Learning Model students
    - Grades 5-6 students perhaps in November
    - Grades 7-8 students TBD
    - Grades 9-12 students second semester
This is promising news and I remain cautiously optimistic with an emphasis on the word caution. We need to temper this news with the caveat that with COVID-19, things can change on a dime. Our situation may look very different in two-to-four weeks than it looks right now. It will be important to manage expectations as we move forward with this school year and remain flexible to shift if the COVID-19 case count changes. We will continue to follow the science and the Department of Health’s guidelines to inform our decisions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our district. In addition, when we are able to bring students and staff safely back to our buildings, we will follow all the safety procedures outlined in our Family Handbook

As our planning evolves, I will continue to share updates with you. Please check our FAQs often, as we will add and update information as it become available. In addition, please direct questions to BISDreopening@bisd303.org

Sincerely, 
Peter Bang-Knudsen
Superintendent

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