COVID-19 Communication - March 21, 2020

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

We hope you had a restful Spring Break however different it may have been compared to other years. During this time we have undertaken a thorough cleaning of all schools. Please continue Social Distancing and all Government Agency recommendations, this is not a time to be lax, the health of our community, state, nation and world depend on it. 


Although we were aware of the virus spreading in other parts of the world and that soon the virus would begin to spread in the United States, it feels unforeseen that this pandemic would physically shut our schools down. Truly, we are navigating uncharted paths in public education.


With that being said, I want to say something about our amazing teachers, staff and administrators that I feel is important for you to know. Our staff is expertly trained to handle crisis situations at school, but this crisis impacts their own families and friends as well. We must share that we are all impacted personally, physically and emotionally. 


This news was delivered to our staff with very little notice and it felt as if we blindsided them.  The shift from classroom teaching to Home Learning teaching has happened seemingly overnight. This is not only a teaching transformation for our staff, but a learning transformation for your children as well. It is a new reality to be thinking about online teaching and for many of our teachers this will be the very first time they deliver curriculum and instruction in this way.


With that said, our entire staff have embraced our District Motto - Education Reimagined - with innovation, enthusiasm and willingness and I am grateful for all of their hard work. 


We all want this new reality to be an effective teaching and learning experience. However, it is important for you to know that Home Learning is not an online teaching program. We simply do not have the design and delivery of an established digital curriculum.  Home Learning is each individual teacher changing the delivery of their instruction to a digital experience. Google Classroom is an incredibly robust platform but methods of teaching and the nature of assignments is up to individual teachers.


It is important for you to understand that we will continue to manage this crisis and our teachers and staff want Home Learning to be a successful and effective experience for students. This is a real test for our school district and I truly believe that our students are ready for some new experiences. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us into uncharted territories, to that end I ask for your patience and understanding while we learn, adapt and grow in our new reality. In all likelihood, every day and week will look different as we see what is working well and what we need to change.  


On Monday, March 23 our teachers will continue their Education Reimagined Home Learning planning in collaborative online settings. As you are aware, there won’t be any instruction on Monday. Students will hear from teachers on Tuesday, March 24, when Home Learning begins


If you have a device at home that is not BHUSD issued, you may use it. You do not need to collect a BHUSD device for Home Learning. Home Learning is accessible from any device using wifi.


If a student does not have access to a laptop/charger (3-12) or workbooks (TK-2), they can pick these items up at Horace Mann Elementary School on Monday, March 23, between 10:30am - 12:00pm. Access to the campus will be through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. Stay in your car on Hamel Drive and we will come to you. 


If you are without internet access/wifi at home, please email David Damico our Interim Executive Director of Technology directly at ddamico@bhusd.org


Please read through this communication carefully as it answers a number of questions our community have raised.


Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy


California Department of Education Guidelines for Distance Learning:


BHUSD Home Learning Website:



Communication to Students:

  • Communication to students regarding work and assignments including all other 3rd party applications (eg. Flip Grid) will be communicated through the following:

    • Grades TK-2: Seesaw and Consumables (workbooks)/Parent Email

    • Grades 3-5: Google Classroom/BHUSD Gmail/Google Hangouts/Meet

    • Grades 6-8: Google Classroom/BHUSD Gmail/Google Hangouts/Meet

    • Grades 9-12: Google Classroom/BHUSD Gmail/Google Hangouts/Meet


Communication to Parents:

  • Please keep in mind that ideally, teachers will communicate directly with students so as parents you may not hear from teachers much like at school. We are encouraging you to engage directly with your child and support them reaching out to their teachers with questions. We want to empower our students during this time. TK-2 teachers will communicate directly with parents to reach their students. 


Home Learning:

  • Our goal is to provide families and students with academic resources to continue instruction.

  • You will receive communication regarding Home Learning directly from teachers. 

  • Our attendance will be based off student work completed.

    • If students are not completing assignments and meeting the virtual meeting times/ collaborations, then this must be documented. 

  • All functionality is now active on BHUSD devices. 

  • To help keep your students organized, utilize this planner template - Click Here.  

  • For resources to enhance student learning, tools and more information about Home Learning please Click Here 


Technology:

  • New! For immediate support please click on the Tech Support blue box on the homepage of your school's website from 7:30am-4pm Monday to Friday.

  • Please email tech@bhusd.org for troubleshooting technology issues.


Food Accessibility: 

  • Any BHUSD student that needs food or receives a District provided lunch can receive to-go lunches at Horace Mann Elementary School Monday through Friday between 10:30am - 12:00pm through the Hamel Drive Auditorium Gate only. This is free for both free and free/reduced groups. If you are a parent or guardian, you must bring the student with youStay in your car on Hamel Drive and we will come to you. 


College & Testing: 

  • Please visit bhusd.org/COVID19/ and click on College & Testing for up to date information from our College Counselor as to how we will be impacted. 


Extending School into Summer:

  • Due to the passage of Senate Bill 117 we will not need to extend school into summer. 


Safe Practices, Helpful Tips, How to Talk to Kids and Helpful Links:

  • These are all updated regularly and can be found at bhusd.org/COVID-19 when you click on the relevant areas. 


COVID-19 Diagnosis:

  • 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, pwenker@bhusd.org) and your Principal or direct supervisor. 


Emotional Support:

  • Email is not checked outside of school hours. If you are emailing with a serious and immediate concern regarding a student (yourself or a friend), please call 9-1-1. If your concern needs immediate attention, support is also available by contacting the providers listed below.

    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

    • Crisis Text Line: text word “HOME” to 741-741 

    • Maple Counseling Center (310) 271-9999

    • LA County Mental Health Services: (800) 854-7771

    • The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386

  • For BHHS Students, you will still be able to access the Norman Aid Student Support Center by scheduling a virtual counseling session through the following link. Our virtual counseling sessions will be supported by our Counseling Interns and Maple Counseling Center while being supervised by Mrs. Norman-Franks. For more information visit the Norman Aid website


I need additional help, who do I ask?

  • Please see below.