2020-21 School Year
- Fall 2020 Updates
- Connected Learning Guide
- Meal Distribution
- Technology help
- Childcare Information & Resources
- School Supplies
- Resources for military families
- School-Based Health Clinic (PCHS)
- Staff, Parent, Guardian or Visitor Health Screening
- Continuous Learning Model
- Elementary Connected Learning Schedule
- Flexible Learning
- West Hills STEM Academy Information
- Mountain View Middle School Connected Learning
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- BHS Smart Start site
- Otoño 2020
2020-21 School Year FAQ
Connected Learning - fall 2020
Why is the Bremerton School District implementing Connected Learning (virtual/online/remote) for the fall?
This decision was made after a thorough review of available reports, local models, and guidance from public health officials. We have concluded that with the current community transmission rate data, it is not safe to reopen schools in-person at this time.
When are we coming back to school?
At this time, we cannot predict how long our school buildings will remain closed. We will continue to rely on public health guidance in monitoring community health and reassess the situation in November which is half-way through the first semester. Beginning the school year with Connected Learning for the first nine weeks will provide some much-needed consistency. We are determined to return to in-person instruction as soon as it’s safely possible.
Will there be attendance requirements for connected learning this fall?
Yes. OSPI requires that school districts have weekly schedules for each student, daily engagement or assigned work for each student, and requirements for daily attendance.
How much time each day will my student spend learning this fall?
This varies by grade level. Additional details are available here:
- MVMS daily schedule
- Bremerton High School daily schedule
- WHSA 6-8th grade schedule
- Elementary daily/weekly schedule (includes WHSA K-5)
What happens if my child can’t meet the expectations in Connected Learning. For example, what happens if my student can’t make the scheduled Zoom classroom meeting with his/her teacher?
The daily scheduled Zoom/Google Meets meetings are an important time for students to connect with their teacher(s), and peers and maintain a sense of belonging and connection. We realize things come up and kids get sick. If your student is going to miss a scheduled call, please call-in as you would for any absence.
What improvements is the District making to virtual learning?
Parent, student, and teacher feedback has allowed us to make significant improvements to our Continuous Learning System (see next page) which will allow for a more robust learning experience with increased expectations for student participation, more consistency for delivery of content, and more student support. We will be streamlining communication and using standardized online tools and platforms districtwide. Students will have attendance requirements and teachers will provide weekly schedules for each student as well as daily engagement or assigned work for each student.
Bremerton School District Continuous Learning System
Whether learning remotely or face-to-face, the Bremerton School District’s Continuous Learning System is used to engage and empower our students to excel.
Will the synchronous learning be recorded and/or will there be asynchronous learning to accommodate parents who work during the day?
Our Continuous Learning System allows us to effectively deliver high-quality instruction through both asynchronous (recorded) and synchronous (live or “real time”) learning experiences. Our synchronous time together maximizes connection, community, and collaboration with peers. Our asynchronous time provides autonomy for students to engage in deep learning that is relevant and meaningful at their own time, pace, and place.
There will be a mix of recorded lessons, live interactions with staff members, and additional supplemental support activities. We cannot record synchronous (“real time” or “live”) learning with students due to regulations on student privacy.
Click here for information on the two different virtual options available for our students in grades K-5.
How much of the standard curriculum do you plan to cover?
Our Teaching & Learning staff is working hard to determine our grade level and department area essential standards and assessments.
How will Connected Learning learning work for special education students?
We are committed to supporting students and families with unique needs, including special education services. Students with disabilities will have additional options in alignment with the IEP Teams’ decisions. Beginning in late August, special education teachers will be reaching out to students and families to initiate conversations about Instruction, services, and accommodations that can be safely delivered through a combination of connected learning and in-person support. An update will be sent to all families of students who receive special services the week of August 17.
Will my elementary children have classes with specialists (music, PE, interventionists) in all learning pathways?
Yes. Elementary PE and music will have asynchronous lessons/choice boards to work through weekly in all learning pathways.
Will teachers increase Social Emotional Learning given the impacts of social isolation and the overall trauma our children have experienced with COVID?
The social and emotional needs of students is a priority. Our social and emotional curriculum Character Strong, Purpose-full People, and Second Steps all have online components for fun and engaging lessons. Our elementary interventionists and middle and high school counselors will continue to work with students and their families to help students in this area. Teachers and Kitsap Mental Health staff at the Restorative School and Sequoia will be working with students and their families remotely.
Meals, Transportation & Childcare
Will the District be providing meals for students?
Yes, the District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch this fall. We are still working on the details and will provide an update the week of August 24. Our summer lunch program has been extended for another week and meals will now be available the week of August 24th (Monday and Wednesday only). Learn more here.
What about childcare for parents that have to work?
We understand that childcare is a concern for many of our families. Although we cannot directly provide childcare, we are committed to helping our working families find solutions. We will continue to work with our childcare partners and will work with local agencies and community-based organizations to support and connect our families with community-generated solutions.
The following organizations are providing all-day childcare for families:
- Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound - www.bgcsps.org
- YMCA YKids: 360-813-1813
- Treetop: 360-373-5457
- Kitsap Childcare & Preschool: 360-473-4862
The military is also providing childcare and other support for dependents of military members. Information is available here.
Kitsap Community Resources is enrolling for part-day, full-day, extended day and home-based preschool programs. Learn more here.
Why is the District “OK” with kids being around other kids in childcare, but not at school?
We know that some of our families are in a situation where they must work and also find a way to ensure their children are appropriately cared for when they can’t be in school. Childcare facilities are licensed by the state and operate under different regulations than schools. In order to operate, child care facilities are offering smaller groups and taking the appropriate steps to meet the state’s health and safety guidelines.
Will we be able to get another District-issued Chromebook so my students don’t have to share?
Our goal is to provide a Chromebook for every student that needs one for online learning.
We've got additional Chromebooks available for:
- Students who had to share a device with a family member(s) in the spring.
- Students who weren't previously assigned a device.
- Any newly-enrolled student in the Bremerton School District.
If your student(s) needs a Chromebook, we invite you to stop by the District Office (134 Marion Avenue North in Bremerton) during the month of August on:
- Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m
- Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A few other important details:
- Students must be enrolled in the Bremerton School District to receive a Chromebook.
- Parents will be asked to review and sign paperwork before the student is assigned a Chromebook.
- Please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when picking up your Chromebook.
What about families without internet access at home?
In the spring, the District provided internet “hot spots” to students who do not have internet access at home. A limited number of hotspots are still available. We will communicate the process for requesting a hot spot with families in August. Click here to learn about other low-cost internet options.
Will there be technology support for families?
The BSD Tech Helpline that launched in early April is still staffed, and will continue to be staffed in the fall to assist families with Chromebook questions/issues, as well as providing support for logging into or accessing District online resources/tools.
Additionally, there will be resources and training available online, both on the website and via connected learning training sessions taught by district technology integration staff members.
Secondary (MVMS & BHS)
Chromebook questions: please see information under “Technology” above.
Bremerton High School Families: Please visit the BHS Smart Start website for the latest information and updates. For questions, please contact 360-473-0806.
Mountain View Middle School Families: Please visit the MVMS Connected Learning website for information and updates. For questions, please contact 360-473-0606.
West Hills STEM Academy: More information will be provided ASAP.
What about West Sound Tech (WST)?
WST will be connected learning in the fall/ We are working on a plan to offer lab time for students to get hands-on practice. WST will provide more info as plans solidify. Please watch for updates on the WST website and Facebook page and call 360-473-0550 with questions.
Can my student still take AP courses?
Yes. AP (Advanced Placement) courses will remain an option at Bremerton High School.
What electives are going to be offered at the middle and high school?
All courses previously offered by Bremerton High School and MVMS will be offered with Connected Learning learning this fall.
Will band, orchestra and choir be offered for secondary students?
All courses, including band & orchestra, previously offered this fall by Bremerton High School and MVMS will be offered during Connected Learning this fall. Please visit BHS Smart Start website for more information.
How will CTE classes like wood shop or art happen? Will students be able to bring the tools home for use?
Our staff are working together to develop a plan for CTE (Career, Technology & Engineering) courses. Please visit the BHS Smart Start website for more information.
What about after-school clubs and activities?
After school clubs and activities at Mountain View Middle School and Bremerton High School will continue virtually this fall. Bremerton High School and Mountain View Middle School will provide additional information on clubs and activities available in the coming weeks.
When will my MVMS student get his/her 2019-20 yearbook?
Staff at Mountain View Middle School will be communicating with families about yearbooks very soon. Thank you for your patience.
Chromebook questions: please see information under “Technology” above.
Will there be a chance for our kids to “meet” their teacher before school starts?
We know how important this is. Please watch for an update from your principal, and check the school’s website for information/updates.
What will the daily schedule look like?
The elementary schedule will be shared with families by Friday, August 21.
Will the Highly Capable, Montessori and Spanish Dual Immersion programs be offered in both the Hybrid and the virtual pathways?
These programs will begin with Connected Learning (virtual) this fall.
When we are safely able to return to school in-person, these programs will only be available with the Hybrid Learning Pathway. Due to the high-level of interaction and rigor required for students to develop a second language, the Dual Immersion program is most beneficial in-person. Additionally, our limited staff may not be able to offer the same high-quality instruction to a remote group while also teaching students in person. We are encouraging our families in the Dual Immersion program to select the Hybrid Learning Pathway when schools are able to safely re-open so students can have the most access and engagement in their dual languages.
Will elementary students have music? What will the District do to encourage students to be active during 100% connected learning?
Our staff are working together to examine how best to provide an engaging and vibrant learning experience for all elementary subjects, including music.