COVID-19 Communication - March 27, 2020

Dear BHUSD Community,

 

I can only begin to imagine the set of challenges each one of you is facing during this time trying to juggle the impact of these unprecedented circumstances.  I want to thank you for your understanding and patience during our first week of Home Learning.  


Due to the Global Pandemic we are extending our physical shutdown. The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has provided a recommendation regarding a return date for LA County School Districts and BHUSD will be following this recommendation. For staff, the return date (as of today) is Monday, May 4th. For students, the return date (as of today) is Tuesday, May 5th.


We are adopting a philosophy of flexibility during this time. When we announced the physical shutdown it was for 10 days. We created an initial Home Learning Plan based on a 10 day period of time not knowing the full extent of COVID-19. Now that we are extending the physical shutdown of our school District we must significantly change this plan which you will see below. 


We will continue to observe the District calendar pre-planned Local Holidays and Staff Development Days. Between now and May 5th this includes the following:


  • April 1st - Staff Development Day (no student work will be provided) 

  • April 9th & 10th - Local Holidays (no student work will be provided) 




Home Learning Instructional Program Expectations Starting Thursday, April 2: 


Definitions: We are providing these definitions because we will never be able to replicate a true in person classroom environment through Home Learning. The delivery of instruction will look different for every student during Home Learning. 


Curriculum Delivery - This does not mean direct face to face teaching 100% of the time. Blended learning opportunities including; online face to face live (google hangout/meet/zoom), watching live instruction using slides, watching videos of teachers prerecorded, workbook time, independent work, project work, group work, online resources (YouTube/Khan Academy/other video platforms). Curriculum Delivery does not include independent reading that students should be engaging in during the week. 


Independent Reading - We recommend at least 30-45 minutes per day for elementary grade students, 45-60 minutes for middle and high school students. 


Scheduled Time - Below you will see schedules for BHHS and BVMS (elementary schedules will be sent out by the teacher as they are grade level and teacher specific). The times in these schedules provide a macro structure, the specific information for how the teacher will use each allocated time period will be communicated to the students directly.  


Homework - This is a hard one to differentiate right now, independent work may blur the lines however, we encourage your student to reach out to their teacher if they are unclear about expectations. 


Live instruction or meetings are NOT to be recorded in any way by anyone, including staff, students or parents per Ed Code 51512.


BHHS and BVMS 


  • Teachers will provide students with 240 minutes per week of curriculum delivery (myriad of options above) per core and elective subjects they are enrolled in. 

  • On average, during physical school the regular number of minutes provided is 240 per week of curriculum per core and elective subjects. 

  • In our Home Learning schedule (below), we provide 4 periods of 40 minutes equaling 160 minutes per core and elective subjects.

  • This leaves 80 minutes for students to complete outside of this schedule per core and elective subjects.  

  • Students will be given a minimum of two opportunities each week to receive live instruction and/or meet with staff via Google Hangout/Meet/Zoom during the schedule. 

  • The teacher will communicate with the student directly on what time and day the instruction will be delivered. 

  • Students can also receive support through office hours and email communication. 


ELEMENTARY 


Elementary schedules will be sent out by the teacher as they are grade level and teacher specific, these will be implemented starting Thursday, April 2


TK - 5 Grades:

  • Teachers will provide students with 120 minutes per week of curriculum delivery in Math, English, Science and Social Studies.

  • Students must be given a minimum of two opportunities each week to receive live instruction from their Homeroom Teachers and/or meet with staff via Google Hangout/Meet/Zoom during the schedule. 

  • Plus up to 60 minutes per week for MakerSpace, Art, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Science and Physical Education.


Grading/Feedback to Students:


  • Teachers will offer students meaningful feedback and encouragement.

  • Teachers will grade assignments in a timely manner to help students and parents understand where they are in the Home Learning process.

  • Teachers will work with their department chair or School Administration to adjust grading practices to reflect any changes in the way they are delivering curriculum. 


Late Start Wednesdays and Early Release Thursdays will not be observed during this time. The BHHS and BVMS schedules (at the end of this email) will be implemented starting Thursday, April 2nd. 


For more information about Home Learning please click here


Don’t forget - 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.


Food Accessibility - If any BHUSD student needs lunch, please pick it up at Horace Mann Elementary School between 10:30am - 12:00pm, Monday - Friday. You must bring your BHUSD student with you. Due to Health and Safety precautions, please stay in your car on Hamel Drive and we will come to you.


I also ask that you please read over the Netiquette Rules below with your children. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

  1. Your Teacher

  2. Your Grade Level Counselor or Assistant Principals

  3. Your Principal 


I will continue to be in touch with you as the information about this Pandemic evolves and impacts our District. 


Respectfully,

Dr. Bregy

Superintendent 

BHHS HOME LEARNING STUDENT SCHEDULE

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BVMS HOME LEARNING STUDENT SCHEDULE

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