February 19, 2021
Dear BSD Community,
First, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate an ever-changing landscape in public education. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen a dramatic shift from the Governor and Oregon Department of Education on the COVID-19 health metric requirements. We’ve welcomed the availability of vaccinations for educators. And our county has moved from the Extreme Risk to the High Risk category. All these factors have influenced our decision to change course at the middle and high school levels.
We will NOT be moving forward with BSD Connect on April 19, as previously announced. Instead, we plan to move ahead with In-Person Hybrid Instruction for middle, high and option school students who want to return to campus. The details of the plan are currently being worked out, but we plan to offer simultaneous instruction.
Simply put, teachers would provide live instruction from school to all students. Students who prefer to stay in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) would receive that live instruction via their computers at home. Students who opt for Hybrid would be divided into two attendance groups. They'd spend two full days on campus and three days online at home, as current state-mandated safety protocols do not allow for all students to be on campus at the same time. In-person and online instruction will occur simultaneously for the first half of each period. During the second half of the period when students engage in applied learning (practice work), teachers would provide in-person support to students in the classroom. Wednesdays would look much like they do now in CDL. Please know that all plans that involve changes to working conditions are subject to negotiation with our employee associations.
We are targeting an April 19 start date. In the next few weeks, we’ll be asking families to commit to either CDL or Hybrid for the remainder of the school year. Know that we’ll be providing you more specifics on the model and safety protocols before we ask you to make a decision.
Please note: Middle schoolers at our K-8 schools will follow the elementary hybrid schedule NOT the schedule for our comprehensive middle schools. More specific information for those families is coming, as well.
In the meantime, all secondary students will continue learning in CDL. In addition, middle, high and option schools will begin to offer on-campus social activities. You’ll be receiving more information from your home school.
While our new Hybrid plan won’t be the same as “regular” school, we do think that it’s a step in the right direction. We want to thank all Oregonians for doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Your efforts have allowed us to take this significant move forward.