COVID-19 Communication - March 12, 2020
Dear BHUSD Community,
It is important to me that you go into Spring Break tomorrow with some peace of mind regarding how BHUSD will be impacted by the growing concerns around COVID-19. As of today, March 12, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in BHUSD. However, out of an abundance of caution, we must take preventative steps now to ensure our community stays as protected as it can.
Given this, BHUSD is deploying plans to ensure our community is both prepared for the likelihood of long-term disruption and is protected from the virus. To that end, today, each student was sent home with Home Learning (devices/workbooks) in the event that it was necessary to change the delivery of our instruction. That time has come. The following information applies to all users of our facilities, BH City Programs that use BHUSD facilities, the ESL Program, City Pre-School, BHEF, and all events during this time.
This evening, BHUSD is making the following announcements:
Starting tomorrow, March 13 at 1pm, BHUSD will be physically shut down until Sunday, April 5. This includes every school site and the District Office. Employees - Please contact your immediate supervisor if you are unsure as to whether you need to physically report to work.
During this time we will undertake a thorough cleaning of all schools.
On Monday, March 23, there will be no instruction. Teachers will utilize this day via online communication tools to collaborate and plan Home Learning.
Any BHUSD student that receives a District provided lunch can continue to receive to-go lunches at Horace Mann Elementary School starting Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only.
If a student needs to access a laptop/charger or they were absent today when their workbooks were made available, they can pick these items up at Horace Mann on Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm. Access to the campus will be through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only.
On Tuesday, March 24, Home Learning for all BHUSD students will begin. See below for more information.
All field trips, activities, concerts, performances, conferences, and gatherings will be suspended through at least Sunday, April 5.
All athletic events will be canceled through at least Sunday, April 5. This includes both games and practices.
We will physically reopen all BHUSD Schools and the District Office on Monday, April 6, unless we announce otherwise or Government Agencies indicate we must remain physically shut down.
Home Learning starting Tuesday, March 24:
In terms of curriculum, each core subject a student is enrolled in and each elective course will be delivered via Home Learning. For example: 4th grade students will receive curriculum in Math, English, Social Studies, Science and MakerSpace, Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, and Physical Education. Middle and High School students will receive curriculum/instruction for every class in which they are enrolled.
Teachers will utilize Monday, March 23 to collaborate and plan Home Learning via online communication tools. Teachers will communicate to all their students by the morning of Tuesday, March 24 with their expectations for that week. For 3-12 graders, their work will be turned back into the teacher electronically (via email or Google Classroom) by Friday, March 27. Every Monday teachers will release additional work to be completed by students and turned in by Friday. BHUSD staff will be able to answer questions regarding instruction and provide technological assistance via email during their regular working hours.
Instructional staff that provide services to our students who receive special education and related services will make every effort to deliver the service minutes indicated in each student’s IEP utilizing the platforms available. When services return to the classroom setting, IEP teams can meet to determine if compensatory services are needed.
I know these decisions will introduce some difficulties to many of our families. We have made them with the understanding that the full gravity of this situation is still unknown. Please understand that the purpose of this decision is to fulfill our responsibility to our broader community by taking every possible step to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
It is imperative that after Spring Break you implement all necessary precautions including self-quarantine, social distancing and all suggested CDC actions. This is not an extended vacation. We all share in the duty and obligation to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
If you are an employee and you are diagnosed or if you are a parent and your child is diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please report this to Student Services (Phil Wenker, firstname.lastname@example.org) and your Principal or direct supervisor.
Have a safe Spring Break. Be sure to take time to rest and recuperate. Please look out for further communications as more information becomes available.