We need to keep our heads up and continue to be a unified district in the presence of adversity. Jack Hewitt, Summerfield Schools I can only say that all decisions have and will continue to be made on what we feel is best for the community as a whole. Districts such as Bedford Public Schools have continued to respond as changes in educational mandates occur based upon orders from Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan Legislature creating what can only be deemed as a constantly moving target. Okay Read full story Don't show again [x] Avon Maitland District School Board Home. It allows for all students to maintain their normal course learning schedules. Dr. Carl Shultz Please see our COVID-19 information hub for our health and safety protocols, daily screening tool, COVID-19 Management in schools document, and reported cases in our schools. As previously mentioned, BPS Food Service has continued to serve our community throughout the closure. Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools, October 28, 2020 Moving forward, the district will be sending out our second student learning commitment survey during week five to ensure that building leadership and transportation have enough time to make necessary adjustments based upon student selections. Many teachers report that pupils who walk or cycle to school are more alert and ready to learn than those who arrive by car. Information on Coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, self isolation, find out what Bedford Borough Council are doing about the coronavirus outbreak Reasons to register for an account Registering an account will enable you to access ALL COVID-19 RELATED INFORMATION FOR BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS. This order will remain in effect until Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Those cases will have N/A (Not Applicable) appearing in the fields for the date on the property and specific building/property. SCHOOL FUNDING Eight previously reported cases are now considered recovered, dropping the … This dashboard by clicking on this dashboard link above. When information about the spread of COVID-19 began increasing and the likelihood of its continued spread became more apparent, I assembled our district leadership team to address potential areas of impact such as athletics, transportation, custodial/maintenance, health services, and instructional services to name a few. The other building that is undergoing major renovations this summer is Jackman Road Elementary (new windows and exterior doors, replacement of all heating units with heat and cooling units in all instructional classrooms, new security/remote access systems, updated restrooms throughout the building, and a newly designed parking lot which includes an extended parent drop-off loop to hold more vehicles). Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools, March 20, 2020 As discussed at last evening’s meeting there are reasons to be hopeful. As always, I hope that this update finds you and your family safe and well and that everyone has a peaceful and restful holiday season. Respectfully, If not available, use hand sanitizer. CLARIFICATION FOR YOUNG FIVES: Young 5s is considered kindergarten by the State of Michigan in regards to classification and therefore is included in this Executive Order. It appears that this theme will be continuing throughout the remainder of the year. It will be issued under the name of the oldest student in the household. As previously stated, BPS students and staff make up a large portion of the Bedford Community and thus our data throughout the pandemic has mirrored one another. I can speak for the entire Kicking Mule family when I say that we have missed seeing you experience what you have worked so hard to earn. If you do not see a topic that you are searching for answers on, please email building administration, department/program directors, or myself. Edward Manuszak, Dundee Community Schools The statement, which is available in full on the district’s Facebook page, did not identify whether the infected person was a student or staff member, but indicated that someone at Bedford Junior High School recently tested positive. Massachusetts public schools report 431 new coronavirus cases Katie Lanna Massachusetts public schools reported a total of 431 new cases of COVID-19 among students and staff with building access during the period from Dec. 24 through Jan. 6, a period that includes many schools' winter breaks. The second order issued on October 6, 2020 (hours ago) requires school districts within the state to provide Public Notification for Probable or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas as needed with an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer, wiping down hard surface areas, and employing other methods to help ensure a safe learning environment. As you are aware, Bedford Public Schools will remain fully remote preK-12 through the next scheduled Board of Education Meeting on January 7, 2021 based on current township level data and Monroe County Health Department collaboration. I will be hosting a Superintendent District Discussion via Zoom this evening at 6:00 pm. ELIGIBLE FAMILIES NOT CURRENTLY RECEIVING FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (FAP) BENEFITS CAN ALSO PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAM, Q. Completed applications can also be returned at these locations as well. This daily and completely normal exposure by members of the district leads to COVID-19 exposure on many levels. There will certainly be additional information coming from Lansing in the near future as our Legislature and Governor work to create what I hope will be a new policy that maintains a safe, productive, and consistent learning environment for all moving forward. The update went on to describe how BPS would begin to implement these changes for grades K-5 in order to be in compliance. The first two points are necessary for contact tracing pursuant to CDC guidance, and the second two points provide information to assist in narrowing the scope of individuals who might constitute close contacts. CDC COVID-19 Information This means that they are largely running their normal scheduled service with additional protective measures in place, as agreed by Public Health. It has been over a month since my last district update after what started out as a flurry of early spring update emails. A person who is a close contact of someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed. Additionally, today, I met with representatives from the Monroe County Department of Health, Monroe County Community College, and my fellow Monroe County Superintendents to discuss a countywide approach to implementing some or all of these strategies. I also know that BPS students and staff do not reside within a bubble and thus spend a majority of their days and evenings outside of our classrooms with family, friends, and other members of the community. Unless otherwise noted, mobile food pantries will: I wanted to end this message with some positive information. 2. Currently, Bedford Public Schools has been following our published Return to Learning Plan which requires all students in grades 6-12 to wear facial masks anytime the student is utilizing district transportation, inside of the school building hallways and gathering areas, and when in inside of the classroom learning environment. As I shared with all of you yesterday in my brief email, Governor Whitmer’s signing of Michigan Executive Order 2020-35 immediately suspends face-to-face learning in all K-12 Schools for the remainder of the current school year. The province says 670 of its 4,828 schools have at least one active case of COVID-19 and three schools are closed due to outbreaks. As stated during yesterday’s Board meeting, BPS leadership has already begun the process of reviewing our current in-person learning programs to better suit the needs of our students and staff members. As superintendent, I am charged to bring forward the best possible solutions for maintaining a balanced district budget while also maintaining the integrity of our community’s high educational expectations. This decision is both difficult and necessary to ensure our ability as a district to keep families safe and learning continuous. Thank you for your attention and support regarding this important topic as safety is our number one priority. Carl Shultz, Ph.D We will be sharing updated dates and times as well as the process for completing new student registration very soon via email, district website, and social media. We have been working diligently throughout the day to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information in light of the closure of all school districts within the State of Michigan enacted by Governor Whitmer late last night. All field trips are suspended for 3/12/2020 - 3/13/2020. 1. 1:59 Coronavirus… While the order limits extra-curricular activities for grades PreK-8, the new order continues to leave the decision about in-person PreK-8 instruction to the local district and health department. The mitigation strategies that have been instituted have made it possible for nine full weeks of available in-person learning. Superintendent Respectfully, Chris Sununu details an emergency order for public schools to close over the next three weeks and initiate remote learning practices as the state tries to … There are several factors that come into play when considering the district’s learning plan in our current closure and any potential additional closures. BPS is more than aware of the strain that this transition places on our families. The school day will be shortened by 90 minutes for both options. Respectfully, The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. *We are including information on any individual cases of a staff or student that is listed on our COVID-19 Dashboard after October 5, 2020, even if that individual was not physically present on district property during the period of infection. Each grade-level will look different in our plan but there will be consistency and support to assist students and families along the way. That can take a toll on our mental health, too. BUILDING ACCESSIBILITY: All district buildings will be closed and off limits to students, staff, and visitors during this mandatory three-week closure except for those employees scheduled to be working at each site. No contests until further notice. Superintendent's Office - Click to Email 97 McMahon Rd, Bedford, MA 01730 (781) 275-7588 Fax (781) 275-0885 Under the new order, all in-person learning activities for students in grades 9-12 remain suspended. Copy of 1-Page Summary of the Executive Order (734) 850-6001, October 6, 2020 The Executive Order details essential businesses and organizations that if possible, should maintain services to their communities. In addition, the order prohibits extra-curricular events for all students’ grades K-12 including athletics, arts, school clubs, etc. The revised guidance, formerly known as the State of Michigan Guidelines for Operating School Safely, is much more concise than the originally adopted MI Safe School Roadmap and places the responsibility to determine safe school operations and transition timelines on local districts and health departments. At this time, close contacts with this exposure have been notified separately, following local health department protocol, and instructed to self-quarantine. Bedford Public Schools is, and will remain, a special place. Good Afternoon BPS Families, Posted: April 3, 2020, All athletic fields, track, and stadiums are now closed for safety and health reasons due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Saskatoon Public Schools has compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by families, students and the community, from self-isolating to case notification to remote learning practices. Therefore, for the safety of our students and staff, and in an attempt to maintain some resemblance of consistency, Bedford Public Schools will not be altering the health and safety protocols as written in our approved district Return to Learning Plan, which is posted on our school district’s website. CDC Fact Sheets The measure places limits on where individuals may travel and also which businesses may continue to operate for a minimum of three weeks. My research has found that this virus is absolutely dangerous and can be spread rapidly, however the mass hysteria and rumors surrounding it seems to be equally as dangerous. In a message to parents on Wednesday, March 4, Hastings-on-Hudson Schools Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte announced that school buildings will be closed for the rest of the week to sanitize the buildings “out of an abundance of caution.” We take pride in working positively with our parents and community to support our students in achieving excellence and becoming productive, caring, and responsible members of society. The total number of cases now recorded is 1,373. -- Fever I would like to thank all of our family members that have reached out to offer support and volunteer service. I have held several Zoom Meetings but never one with more than 30 participants, so please be patient if you join me for the discussion as I have set the meeting up to accommodate up to 1,000 guests! Dr. Carl Shultz I have taken part in countless video and phone conferences over the past two weeks and I can tell you that state and local leadership have not stopped communicating and planning. Please be advised that new applications for transport, will be processed within 15 working days. The goal is to create an updated in-person learning program that will closely resemble what our highly successful traditional classroom learning looks like districtwide. Dr. Carl Shultz, Fast forward to the August 6th Board of Education Meeting, I was blessed as your superintendent to be able to present the fruits of our collective labor in the form of the BPS Return to Learning Plan. Procedures may be different from school to school (some schools ask you to sign up, and some deliver off the bus) so please call that district's food service department to find out how they are running their program. Please read the following guides of how we are providing school transport in line with the current public health guidelines during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Additionally, I am proud to share that our district team worked this week to collect all of the classroom supplies (mostly Clorox-style wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves) that remained inside of our buildings. About $450,000 worth of grants will go toward improving security. Of course, our preference and hope is that we are safe to return to our traditional learning programs so that we can have students back in our buildings. 2020-185. Coping During COVID-19: Resources for Parents In addition, based on initial reports, the United States is likely to follow European nations by officially approving multiple COVID-19 vaccinations within the next couple of weeks. Those that are currently receiving benefits will remain eligible and can continue to receive them after school starts through October 19, 2020 when they expire. Posted: April 3, 2020. We have so much to be grateful for as a community and this should be a time to celebrate our students and not get down due to events outside of our control. The building principal will share information with his/her building families and the district dashboard will be updated. There are also individual or family cycle lessons available to help build your confidence while cycling, for more details please email sustainable.transport@bedford.gov.uk . Please refer to the COVID-19 Dashboard for the current data on COVID-19 at Bedford Public Schools. Governor Whitmer’s announcement also included a plan to ensure that all districts within the state return to offering an in-person learning opportunity to families who want their children in classrooms as soon as possible, but no later than March 1, 2021. Face-to-face instruction will resume on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use. In line with the latest Government guidance, Bedford Borough schools re-opened in September. A continuation of the recent data trends within our county and township could see implementation of this newly designed program as early as the start of the 2nd semester on February 1, 2021. In fact, through state and federal support, BPS has been able to enhance our program to provide free meals to any individual 18 years and under and students with special needs through age 26. Dear BPS Parents/Guardians, 734-850-6001, 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182. Thank you for your partnership. Although these future positive pieces may not immediately support returning to in-person learning, they do open the door for improved conditions and for the opportunity of returning our buildings to a more traditional daily schedule when opened. We have been in close contact with the Monroe County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Education. -- Limiting or canceling activities where more than one hundred individuals gather While this is an unprecedented event for our state, I believe that for the safety of our students and staff, it was needed for our district to be able to move forward. According to CDC Board discussions, educational personnel will be included in the second phase of vaccination recipients or Phase 1b (Phase 1a are Health Care Professionals and Long-term care facilities). The superintendents of Monroe County have released the following special notice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members: As of May 7th, there has been an incredible amount of work begun on the planned summer of 2020 bond projects. Therefore, unless mandated by state officials, BPS will maintain our currently scheduled spring break and return to classes on April 13, 2020. Respectfully, Stay tuned for more guidance and be prepared for modifications to current practices and event cancellations. Utilizing this background knowledge and current verified data, the Bedford Board of Education unanimously supported the recommendation last evening to remain in our current full-virtual learning program through the next scheduled Board of Education Meeting on January 7, 2020. As a parent, a teacher, and as a superintendent, I know that learning does not take place exclusively inside classrooms. I would like to personally thank all of our students, staff, and families for making the necessary sacrifices needed to make this opportunity possible. As with the current three-week order, we've been told that data will continuously be evaluated to determine if these new restrictions will remain in effect after the December 20, 2020 scheduled end date. Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools, It was nearly a month ago when I wrote to share the state's newly published MI Safe Schools Return to Schools Roadmap. Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis We will not be ready to share the finalized plan until it has been reviewed/approved by both the Monroe Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education. -- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and warm water are not available. The only difference is that students who have been attending their homeroom lab daily will now need to work from home. The Legislature has already discussed potential action and will continue to do so as the crisis continues. While these recommendations will absolutely affect the current district calendar of events including our scheduled academic and extra-curricular events, they are highly recommended by state and national health experts. 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