Superintendent's Message



Dear BPS Families,

It has been an eventful couple of weeks! Both cohorts of students successfully transitioned back to in-person learning and our new remote schedules began. I had the pleasure to greet students on their first day back and observe the teaching and learning in this new model. It was clear that our emphasis on building relationships and encouraging student independence during the remote learning model paid off. All of our staff are spending countless hours on planning and preparing. Yet, everyone who I encountered echoed the sentiment that they are elated to have the students back in the buildings and are grateful to the families for supporting the learning at home. This year more than ever, it will take a village.

We knew that this school year would require flexibility and problem solving. This proved true as we assessed and responded to student and parent needs around scheduling and transportation.  We also managed the district’s first positive cases and saw that all of our protocols for safety and cleaning are keeping our school community safe. Below are a few important updates and reminders as we move into the next week.

 

Food Service:

  • Due to the changing weather, BPS is making a slight change to the locations of Grab n Go meals starting this Monday, October 26, 2020. It will continue to be Monday thru Friday, 11:00-1:00 PM at Bournedale Elementary and Bourne Intermediate School, however, the location has changed to the Main Entrance of each building. Parents/Caregivers should pull up to the curb at the Main Entrance and our Food Service Personnel will bring your meal or meals out to you. Multiple days can be picked up and please remember to alert the staff to any necessary allergy information.

  • Our Backpack program is continuing and is also given out weekly at the Grab & Go, usually on Fridays.

  • As a reminder – all student meals are free. It does not cost the district to provide this to our student so we strongly encourage everyone to participate.

 

Transportation:

  • BPS Bus transportation is now accepting new requests. Please note that the window to request new transportation will close on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:00PM. Information is on our website or by clicking here.

 

Learning Model Changes:

  • Please be aware that requests to change your child’s learning model requires advance notice and may result in a change of class/teacher assignments. For requests to move from hybrid to remote-only we can usually accommodate that change in about a week. However, to move from remote-only to hybrid it may take 2-4 weeks and is dependent on classroom capacity.

 

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.

Sincerely,

Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou, Ed.D., Superintendent




9/25/2020


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