• Your Thoughts About Reopening BCSD

     

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    6.10.20

    • K-3 students need more time in the classroom than older kids, as much of the curriculum for early grades involves classroom behaviors and SEL.

    • Kids need to be back in school, things need to go back to normal for everyone’s sake

    • Daycare for children if we go with Plan B or C as both parents work, it will not be affordable as well as paying tax dollars that go to the schools

    • The education of our children, instead of moving from a fear place. More importantly there should be testing at school for Covid, if the child is sick then institute a plan for that child, To have the students have to adhere to plan b would disastrous to the education

    • Keep the struggling students in mind. My daughter has problems keeping up when she is in class, and when it all went home, she did even worse. Any plan has to be adaptable to these kids who need more teacher input. A teacher cannot provide the same level of instruction through a computer. Some students need that face to face interaction to survive. You will lose a lot of kids.

    • Follow the college model. They are going back to in class learning this fall. Does it seriously make sense to social distance these kids two days a week and then have them all hanging out together on the other days? They were the biggest offenders during quarantine. Kids were having parties and sleepovers. If you guys think that you're going to social distance them by having them learn at home, you're sadly mistaken.

    • Younger kids need to be in school every day. How is a parent of a second grader supposed to work and still be home with their kid. This spring time experiment was hard enough on parents and they were home! Again, these kids need face to face interaction. You can't put them in front of an iPad and expect that they will receive the best level of instruction. We had to help every step of the way. Written instructions are not the same for all kids.

    • The social aspect is another issue. Kids at home are missing out on valuable interaction with their piers. In a school setting, they learn how to function as adults. Play dates and sleepovers don't provide the same learning opportunities that a structured school setting does.

    • Do the right thing. Open the schools. Go back to a form of normal that is as close to what these kids had before. After this last spring, they deserve it.

    • Consistently! Also, explicit learning and grading expectations for teachers, students and parents if distant learning.

    • Parents need their children in school so they can work. Some employers that have been flexible during stay-at-home orders and phased reopening will NOT be flexible if their children do not go to school full-time in the fall. Small children could, and will, be left alone, and parents will not have the same capacity to help with distance learning as they did in March-May if they are back at work. Distance learning was somewhat of a joke and it will only be more so if parents are not helping in even the meager capacity they were before. BCSD needs to follow what is happening in the valley, if people and companies are back at work, then they need to be as well. Distance learning should only be employed if the WRV has another stay-at-home order or businesses are shut by state/local order.

    • If the district ends up going with Plan B it would be nice to have the kids going to school Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday. Finding childcare mid-week is more difficult. It would be ideal to have the teacher planning day on Friday.

     6.11.20

    • two day's a week no way... what are the parents gonna do. Now the parents half to miss work?

    • The kids need to get back to school. Period. Even if it means some more people get sick (myself included!) Any plan other then "A" should be a last resort.

    • I think plan B is the best plan of action, I think if distance learning is done packets should be sent home, because not everyone has a printer.

    • that we should do choose plan A because not all of us can afford daycare full time especially throught out the school year . the kids need to go back to school and take precautions

    • Plan now for distance learning to be an effective teaching tool for kids as soon as school starts. Team with tech to make sure that each teacher has an effective strategy on day 1 and possibly have tech work with staff tech leaders as well to accomplish this goal. The kids can't afford to loose additional learning time. Consider social emotional issues and classroom balance issues with the alphabetical plan for A/B schedule. It might be better to let teachers determine which kids are in the 2 groups for the best classroom balance and meeting the needs of students.

    • Getting the kids back into a normal environment at a brick and mortar school. We now know way more about the disease and how it doesn't affect kids like it does the elderly and those with pre existing conditions. An education and a safe learning environment is essential for kids and years of research shows the importance of this. It is time to move forward with a normal environment and give our kids the education they are to be provided by the laws of our country and paid for by our property taxes.

    • Consistency for my kids. Putting kids in class with only A-L or M-Z when they have become friends with students A-Z might be hard for students that don’t have many friends.

    • Working parents and how we can continue working while educating our children.

    • Daycare for children if we go with Plan B or C as both parents work, it will not be affordable as well as paying tax dollars that go to the schools

    • Insure that teachers are rigorously trained in best practices for distance learning.

    • Distance learning from home will not get these kids a good education. Deep down you all know it’s true. Online classes that we received this year were inadequate to say the least. They need a classroom! How can you expect working parents to find daycare for multiple kids for multiple days a week! That will put many families in crisis and could risk them losing their jobs because of it. Including ours. If there are families with special circumstances that are under higher risk because of elderly family members in the house or if their children have immunocompromised conditions that leave them at high risk they should have to take special precautions themselves or the school district should make special considerations just for those groups, ie distance learning resources and full programs setup specifically for their age group/grade. Give people the option to take whatever level risk THEY think is appropriate. If it spreads like wildfire again plan c is available otherwise let’s get smart take some precautions and get back to work! If you have parents sign up now for online, hybrid, or in class semesters you would know what resources would need to go where, right now instead of later this summer and be forced to scramble if things change. It’s hard work but it can be done. Give people a choice and let these kids go back to

    6.12.20

    • To not traumatize our children!! To not add to more of the 400% increase in child abuse since this virus came to be! My son is a GATE child and loved school but I’ll do anything in my power to not have him living in fear like this. So sick, and so sad. We won’t be returning for plan A, B, or C.

    • The most important thing the School District needs to do is to get the kids back in the classroom in August. This is absolutely critical for the students emotional and mental well being. Unless the entire community shuts down again in August (i.e. businesses, restaurants, etc.), the kids should be back in school. If conditions change and the community begins shutting down again, the School District should shift to Option B with Option C being the final resort. But the goal should be to have kids in school on August 17.

    • that we should do choose plan A because not all of us can afford daycare full time especially throught out the school year . the kids need to go back to school and take precautions

    • How to keep kids safe And healthy without scaring/traumatizing them with too many new rules and regulations.

    • Children need to go to school.

    • It is imperative to implement, enforce, and continue all the protocols necessary for safe in class learning. If remote learning is required, it must be a true virtual classroom. I’m sorry to say our first experience with remote learning was a failure.

    • Parents being available for students at home, and hearing issues. Using masks is safest but there should be a plan for students and staff with hearing aids or cochlear implants as not being able to see mouths moving will be challenging. Also, for district staff, if our kids are home half of the time will the district permit us to be at home with them?

    • Have all kids get tested once a month and submit test results to school.

    • Homeschooling does not work for the majority of parents not to mention a lot of the students don't have support systems in place at home to help them with their homework and learning. And many don't even have access to reliable internet. As a working parent trying to home school while working from home full time was an absolute nightmare! It was extremely taxing on myself and my son. And I am not the only one. This needs to be taken into consideration. Where will all the kids go if they are not in school and their parents are working? It's truly a parent's worst nightmare! I do agree with option A. It's the new normal. However B and C options are ridiculous for parents and children alike. Learning from home does NOT work. And really? Two days a week at school and the rest at home. Again I ask what are working parents supposed to do? Unless the Governor shuts down the entire state again my employer will not allow me to work from home again. With two full time working parents what do I do about learning for my 9 year old son? Leave him at home alone and hope he can figure his homework out by himself? There has to be better options.

    • Students mental health, normal routine for our kids. School back to normal. Business as usual

    • Making school feel as normal as possible for the kids. I am hoping for option A or worst case scenario option B.

    • Plan A+....don’t blow it. Look at Ketchum Parks and Rec. Thank God they’re not scared and providing what is likely the most essential service there is: letting kids be kids, learning and doing. Forget “Jazz Hands” and let’s get to work! 

    • I think it's important to allow parents the flexibility to chose how their students return to school. In terms of working parents - day on, day off, day on etc doesn't make sense for routine or work. Why not send A-L on Mon and Tues and then M-Z Thurs-Fri? That allows a day for cleaning between "groups" in the middle. I think many parents still won't feel comfortable sending their kids back yet. I would say maybe January would be better and just continue the distance learning via Chrome books until then. I think there are too many unknown factors and going back to school is really jumping the gun. It puts teachers, bus drivers, staff and parents, grand parents all at risk.

    • My family is in full support of option (A) for the fall school start. Practicing good hygiene is important as well as continuing to educate our children. We feel strongly that our kid’s need to be with their wonderful teachers and their piers to succeed.

    • Not only our children’s academics and health, but also their psychological and physical well-being. Fact is that Covid will continue to spread. Allowing your child to attend school puts them at very high risk of contracting the disease. Masks, hygiene, smaller groups will help to slow down the rate of contraction, but will do little to decrease the incidence of contraction. In my opinion, parent’s who allow their children to attend school need to understand that their children will get most likely get covid at some point during the school year. Fortunately, it seems to have little affect on children and is relatively mild in most young to middle-aged adults. Many people rely on school for childcare during the day so they can go to work or work from home. I’m not sure how people will be able to manage home schooling again for an entire year.

     


    6.12.20 (after 11:30 a.m.)

    • I am very concerned about the possibility of Plan B. It seems that it will be very difficult to have students in school part time. Many parents work. How will we find childcare three days a week? If the students are attending childcare 3 days a week they will be exposed to a whole different group of people. Then, they will bring that back to the classroom the next day. If many kids are attending different child care situations on their off days it seems that this would greatly increase the variety of people that each student is exposed to. I understand that is mostly a solution to the issue of trying to provide social distancing on the busses. But, I wonder if there is another solution. Could there be staggered start times so that the busses could bring small loads to school and then go back out to get more kids? Obviously this presents challenges for the beginning of the day. But, it still seems easier than a part time school schedule for kids.

    • That kids need to be learning at school

    • Students should be learning at school.

    • The health of the children and what standards they need to pass to move to the next grade. Social health, i.e. going to school in masks probably isn't healthy for social well being og children. Children or parents not comfortable with the situation should be able to opt out of attending school and distance learn with no consequence of losing their spot in that school. Math, reading, writing, spelling...the standard classes need to be targeted so school can be short and to the point without all the extra stuff taking up extra time.

    • Social distancing and online learning will be more damaging to kids than the “maybe” possibility of getting sick by a virus that has not affected kids. Our kids NEED to be at school and us, working parents, HAVE to go to work. There should an online learning OPTION for those who don’t feel comfortable sending their kids to school.

    • ensuring the community (Teachers, parents, bus drivers, staff) feel safe and heard.

    • 1.) The most important thing in my opinion is to be prepared to make changes immediately based on what is happening with the virus. Most epidemiologists when asked what they will be willing to do within the next year say, "it depends." The above plans sounds like it will be flexible as needed, though my rising Junior really DOES NOT like at all the idea of Plan B and being separated from friends. What about separating the school by grades instead so it won't interfere so much with social circles? 2.) I think that special provisions need to be made for kids or families who are more susceptible to the disease, due to underlying medical conditions or elderly people in the household, so that they can choose to stay home if needed -- teachers, as well. 3.) Indoors is much worse than outdoors for disease spread. Here is an interesting article about reducing pressure on kids to perform upon return and increasing outdoor learning. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/05/11/why-kids-shouldnt-be-forced-sit-desks-all-day-when-schools-reopen/

    • Getting back to normal! Plan B and C are not an option.

    • I want to make sure that all students have access to internet and a tablet/computer to make distance learning equitable, however, I really want as much in classroom learning as is safely possible. I think every effort possible should be made to keep kids on campus as much as possible.

    • Students mental health, normal routine for our kids. School back to normal. Business as usual

    • The quality of education and ensuring students don’t fall behind

    • Social distancing and online learning will be more damaging to kids than the “maybe” possibility of getting sick by a virus that has not affected kids. Our kids NEED to be at school and us, working parents, HAVE to go to work. There should an online learning OPTION for those who don’t feel comfortable sending their kids to school.

    • Children do not generally seem affected by the virus. They *may* spread it, though we do not know much about that. So, since we know little about that it makes it very tough to say how to proceed. I’m not sure fewer students is going to make much difference better to ha e all the students and do your best to all wear masks and use a lot of hand sanitizer. In my experience kids will wear a mask if they get used to it!

    • BCRD should prioritize placing all children in a family in the same school (i.e., all at Hemingway vs. 1 at WRMS & others at Hemingway) to decrease risk of transmission for the family as well as for the schools!

    6.13.20

    • Tailor the approach to school directly

    • Tailor the approach to Blaine County's particular situation. If our county seems ready and safe to be in school, please let the kids go. Don't be swayed by other counties or states that are not ready. Our family's preference is to go to school physically.

    • Some children reside with members of the at risk population I am immunosuppressed, and do not want my child attending school. Kids will be kids, being careless at times

    • I never did any of my online school because my way of learning is not through a computer. I learn by being in a classroom with a teacher who can help and answer any questions I have. I do not believe that online school is effective for students who are more of hands on learners and who need the help or support given by a teacher.

    • Continue to make safety the top priority.

      If all students attend, use masks etc. Could take temperatures daily? Emphasize the need to stay home if any sick symptoms at all. Could do double the bus runs, starting earlier, to spread out loads. Give a bit more time between classes & require students to wash their hands between every period. ....

    • All teachers using distance learning with the same format and expectations, all assignments via distance learning are pass/fail. Regular grades for in person classes. All teachers monitored-this did not happen in the spring and some teachers did not engage or post anything!!!!!

    • Students with IEPs

    6.14.20

    • Keeping our kids academically challenged- last spring was a pathetic display of academics and as a result my son was bored and did way too many electronics.

    • Getting back to a normal daily system and engaging w teachers and peers without fear. Encouraging hand washing and wiping of surfaces Should be a top priority but I do not feel masks are necessary,.

    • The single most important thing to consider is our kids mental health as well as their education. As CDC statistics reveal for young people ages 0-24 and since the beginning of the pandemic there has been 137 deaths from Covid. During the same time for the same age group there has been 149 deaths from the flu. For our young people the threat from Covid and the flu are statistically similar. (https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Death-Counts-by-Sex-Age-and-S/9bhg-hcku/data) The emotional, mental, educational, and social damage that we are doing to our young kids by keeping them out of the schools and extra-curricular activities is absolutely worse than Covid. Lets get them back to school. Back to learning, growing, and belonging! At best, distance learning is only half of an education and completely misses out on the social and emotional aspects of being with your herd. These kids all took a knee for the greater good this past school year. Now, for the greater good we need to get them back into school and into all of their extra-curricular programs. Let's protect all of those who are in a high risk demographic and get back to school!

      A recent headline- Fauci said on CNN Thursday that some schools may have “no problem” welcoming students back in the fall, but the decision to reopen depends on the rate of infection in specific areas. He added, though, that it won’t be necessary to keep schools closed next year. 

      “Children can get infected, so, yes, so you've got to be careful,” Fauci said. “You got to be careful for them, and you got to be careful that they may not spread it. Now, to make an extrapolation that you shouldn't open schools, I think is a bit of a reach.” (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fauci-gives-reassurance-on-school-reopenings)

      If you are in the business for doing what is best for kids there is no reason NOT to open schools up. The young people in our community will be crushed if this does not happen.


    6.15.20

    • The learning experience for children and parents during the COVID-19 quarantine was not very effective and caused a lot of stress. In our family, both of us work and trying to supervise both children, help them understand assignments and the general dynamic of multiple people in the house spending hours and hours on screens was not very productive nor healthful. The belief that children and teachers will be able to wear masks and have normal school days is not founded in any research. school is an interactive experience. The number of children that have been severely ill is low.

      The concept of having split days will impact the entire valley and my wife will not be able to continue working her job. my employees will not be able to do their jobs either. So, either run it full open or shut it down, anything in between is not pedagogically sound nor will families and business be able to handle the impacts.

    • It is important to keep as much social distance as possible and use hand sanitizer but I am very concerned about our kids wearing face masks all day every day. There are studies about that not being healthy either.

    • I think we need to be very cautious with our children and community this fall; as so many have predicted they anticipate a surge in the fall (and it could be worse than the first wave). We have already started the online Ed process, students/parents getting used to it and it seems to me that continuing this process (plan c) with improvements to online material and resources (resources for BOTH parents to help and students) is the best way to go. It seems rushed and irresponsible to bring students back together when we are all being told we should expect a resurgence (it’s already happening in some areas). Why run this risk when we already have the basic structure in place for online Ed. The district should be spending time improving the online process this summer so our children have as enriching of experience as possible. It also seems the district could save a lot of money if they did not have to run utilities and busses this fall. The district is already facing budget cuts so it seems this would be a good idea. My vote is Plan C for at least the fall semester if not all of next school year with some in-person activities starting in the spring.

     6.17.20

     

    • Allowing families to decide if they want to send their kids to school or not. Since we need to be ready to move online in the event of another major outbreak have those who choose not to be in school participate in a live virtual school experience. The schedule whether online or in person needs to follow a regular schedule with kids going from class to class at allotted times (whether virtually or in person.) Not having accountability for either the student or the teachers is doing a huge disservice to the kids. This was a huge disappointment in the last 8 weeks of school. Accountability of grading is also necessary if you want anyone to pay attention and do any work. It was unfortunate that message was sent out to the kids. It created an apathy amongst good students as well as struggling students and made it extraordinarily difficult for parents to motivate their kids with nothing at stake.
    • We can give the kids the needed education & socialization they need and practice safety. It can be done. I feel Option A would be best, but to make ALL parent comfortable and safe, we should add that any student could also be kept home by parents and have in class live virtual (in real time) instruction by the same class, same teacher as the kids that are physically in school. This would solve issues that ANY parent has with returning to school. Okay with going? send your kids Not okay with going? keep your kids home and they can do school with their class in real time.

    • Consider year-round school for maybe 2-3 years to get our kids caught up.

     

    6.18.20

     

    • Having a plan that keeps our students and community safe, while optimizing learning for all students. 
    • Obviously, health and the kids not falling behind. The remote learning, I feel doesn't tend to all student’s needs. There are kids with more learning needs. 
    • How to support students and working parents if the kids are not in school full time. For parents that work full-time, having the kids not in class to a normal schedule is a huge burden. 
    • Educating our kids in a healthy environment. A place where the students feel safe and welcome, not fear that they have to keep covered and afraid to touch things. Not have fear that they won't be able to see their friends. 
    • Student satisfaction that will keep them engaged in school. If the split is based solely on name, we're going to miss out on learning abilities, social interactions, efficiency that create good learning environments. Unless you're planning to sanitize classrooms, hallways, etc. on a daily basis, along with ventilation updates, not sure part time learning (2x days per week) is going to keep kids healthy. 
    • Pan A all the way. Students need to get back to a normal life. We can’t and won’t live quarantined forever. Remote learning for a lot of people I know did not go well at all. It's a lot of stress on everyone. Kids are struggling more and are going to fall behind. They need the extra help that being at school brings. They need to socialize and be kids. 
    • You need to be better prepared for any scenario. I think that if you had the technology to do live streaming that would work for any scenario. If students can't watch live it could be recorded to view later. Even if the schools had to close again the platform would already be in place- and an easy transition. The kids need to have more face to face, and real lessons from the teachers. Not just busy work!! The spring distance learning was a joke! If parents weren't comfortable with sending kids back to school in August-they could choose to do it remotely. Maybe you need to have families sign a waiver saying we know the risk and we choose to send our kids. I really think they are losing so much more than academics by not being in the classroom. As far as the split days- that is awful if kids don't have friends in their 1/2 of alphabet- maybe by grades would be better. Probably not ideal for families with multiple kids but I would rather my kids have friends than have them go the same days. Also, another consideration would be instead of 2 days a week, they alternate 1 week on and 1 week remote- but my 1st choice is back to school full time. Being at home on screens is not ideal! 
    • From our experience last year, distance learning does not even compare to learning in the classroom. If at all possible, every effort needs to be made to have students physically interact daily with their peers and teachers. I'm hopeful with daily temperature checks, masks, and maybe even routine testing, students can go back in the fall full time. I also understand the need to balance the safety of the elderly and more vulnerable population, and therefore if there must be an online component, there also must be some structure, more accountability, and a required presence of each student and teacher at certain times on google meets. 
    • How to stay open even when staff and kids get sick. That is going to happen and I don't think it's realistic or fair to shut down school just because one person gets sick. I think you'll need to decide on a threshold. If X% or above of the community has an active infection, then we will transition to distance learning. 
    • I definitely believe that Plan A is the only option. If we really want our kids to learn, then we need to have them engaging with teachers and their fellow students. Initially, the distance learning program was okay, until Administrators, Principals and Teachers stated that grades could not go down, but could potentially go up. Participation really tanked after that. On certain days, only 2-3 kids would show up for Google Classroom. If they don't show up, they will not learn. Long-term, I think we will be seeing some major effects to the distance learning and bridging gaps between kids. 
    • We need a plan that integrates Covid 19 precautions, but NOT at the expense of overall community public health. Public schools, as we have seen since the March shutdown, are the frontlines of MULTIPLE public health impacts-food insecurity, helping facilitate family conflict or abuse, and learning for our most vulnerable population. Switching to virtual learning lead to a spike in absence for our most vulnerable students. Currently, Blaine County has a total of just 5 deaths from COVID, that is just .0002 percent of the population. (of 23,021 people). If we are taking measures that so drastically impact the well being of our children (and parents’ ability to go to work, as I personally have a challenge with now that my kids are home), we must find a solution that is doesn't disproportionally put public health and social well being over a cliff while "saving" lives. 
    • Kids need to go back to school. 
    • BCSD needs to keep our student's health and welfare top of mind. I believe that Plan A could be implemented with strict precautions in place. Masks and hand washing is our best defense in public situations, as are properly spaced work, eating and play areas.
      There needs to be a clear plan in place for what it will look like when a child/teacher is exposed and/or tests positive. Clear understanding will reduce fear and misinterpretation.
      Additionally, there needs to be a defined plan of what the school day will look like if there is a spike in the valley and we go back to lockdown. We need to be prepared for this so that families are set up or at least know their options. This plan can't be put together in August - it needs to be started now. Remote learning is a different animal... in my opinion, there's no excuse for not learning from last year to make next year better should it come to that. 
    • Returning kids to school is essential. There is absolutely no evidence that Covid is any worse than any extreme seasonal virus. This is fear mongering based on a virus that is almost only dangerous to elderly and already unhealthy individuals. Those who are scared should stay home and let the statistics and rational thought prevail. 
    • C-19 in its current form is of virtually no concern to kids and healthy adults. Hopefully it will not mutate into a more vigilant virus in the months to come. The CDC will need to watch this closely. As I understand it, Covid viruses usually get weaker a they mutate but we will see.
      In the meantime, and for countless reasons, our kids need to go back to school full time and our society needs to return to normal (well near normal) immediately, recognizing that elderly or otherwise vulnerable teachers, grandparents and other family members and other vulnerable community members need to take appropriate precautions. 
    • I think the district should plan on Plan A with C as the backup. Let's face it, once the schools are open everyone is exposed so I don't feel staggering will be effective. Also, if sports are happening, that's a deal breaker right there for physical distancing. The only safe way is Plan C, but the kids need to go back to school. I predict that the schools will open in August and close by Thanksgiving. 
    • The district needs to seriously up its game with distance learning. Given the strong possibility of Plan B or C, we need to invest in better options for online learning, and ensure that students have instructional time every day. At Hemingway, the 20 minutes of Zoom interaction per class each week was insufficient. 
    • The quality of education that the children receive remains competitive. The online program that was presented in March was sub par with children receiving no grades and less than 4 hours of school per week. 
    • How to better improve online learning in case we go shelter in place again.

     

    6.22.20

     

    • How to better improve online learning in case we go shelter in place again. 
    • The safety of all kids. 
    • Our family is voting for Plan A.
      Maybe a handheld thermometer in each classroom to check student’s temperature each morning in advisory, before they start their school day. 
    • My biggest concern is cases coming back up once kids start school again. The interruption really through off my kids and we need to try our best to keep cases low while still engaging children in school. 
    • I think it is too soon to plan ANYTHING because it's all going to change in a week or two. Maybe this is a good time to start the school year well past Labor Day, say mid-September. This would allow for more time for Teachers to plan for better distance learning, if need be OR to figure out the best way to get our kids back into the building, possibly on alternating days coupled with virtual classes on the off days.

      Our experience with distance learning in the middle school was mostly heinous. There was one teacher my daughter NEVER ONCE SAW on google meet, Zoom, or ANY other visual platform. He assigned endless homework projects and sent his students to other websites if they were struggling, without offering personal help. THEN he posted videos of all of his hikes he was taking while getting paid to be a teacher. Sending pictures and videos of your hikes is NOT teaching science. One of my daughter's many assignments from this teacher came from an AP Earth Science Class. Um. They are in 8th grade and he was a lazy teacher, out having fun while some kids continued to care about their education.

      we have to go into the next year with distance learning, there absolutely has to be accountability. I would rather home school my child than have her begin her first year of high school with lackluster teachers. I am not suggesting that ALL teachers behaved this way... But even one or two is not okay.

      Let our kids have a summer. Delay the start of school until after Labor Day. See what the risks are in late August and then make a decision. PLEASE!

     


    6.23.20

     

    • Testing for Covid-19 regularly would be the safest and most efficient way that BCSD could ensure safety for all and the best scenario for learning. 
    • Protecting the local population from dying from COVID-19. Keeping the playing field even for all students. To do these two things at once - we need a benefactor to pay for chromebooks and internet access for all students without it! 
    • Keep our community and kids healthy and safe. I hope our school district takes things as seriously this next school year as they did in March. 
    • How to care for the children both in their mental health and education. Also, what is practical. Most parents work 5 days a week; not two. If our elementary aged children are only in school two days a week we will need to find care for them the other days. This will likely not be a socially controlled setting as they would have if they were in school. If the goal is to slow the spread of CoVid 19, it doesn’t make much sense to have school two days a week and have the kids out in the community mixing at whatever day care options we can throw together for the other 3 days. 
    • Keeping the most number of kids and their families and the community safe and healthy should be priority number one. Having quality learning, done safely and with respect to all in the community, should be prior as well. I would like to see the district use model “B” with the understanding that this will not be as convenient to families as “A” full opening, but certainly less disruptive than plan “C”. Allowing a mix of social distancing and slowing socialization and hands-on learning using model “B” seems appropriate. Knowing we can always transition from one model to the other is also reason to start in the middle to see how the in-person learning might or might not impact viral infection.

     


    6.24.20 

     

    • Take the most precautions possible with students and staff. Follow CDC guidelines. I would see the district lean toward the side of caution and safety than pushing to have school back to the old normal. I would rather do a hybrid model or full distance learning than all back in school. There's no way you can follow CDC guidelines with a 6' distance with everyone back in the buildings and all students wearing PPE (which they all won't). Too much stress on everyone. Please don't rush into "live as normal."

     

     


    6.25.20

     

    • The health and safety of the students, staff and community.

     


    6.27.20

     

    • Maximizing students’ safety in terms of their health and balancing that with maximal learning. 

    6.29.20

     

    • I think the district should consider how to keep all students involved regardless of the format they opt in for. I think an option to let families "opt in" to virtual learning from Day 1 should be considered. I think as we watch our local businesses navigate the reopening, the school could consider some of their issues. For example, less is more in one space at one time. There are benefits to limiting the number of physical people in the spaces. Watching consumers make their own choices regardless of recommendations (PPE precautions) is a reminder that our teachers and students might possibly respond the same way. Just as physical distancing diminishes as people are reunited (see restaurants and bars and camps), the chance of spread increases depending on precautions taken or not. We do have to consider young people as carriers and also having their own set of outcomes if they are exposed and get symptoms. It is already a challenge to keep kids at home pre COVID school days. What new systems are in place to ensure that those guidelines are really followed? The elementary and middle schools are especially sensitive to outbreaks of whatever virus/infection goes around the valley. They are hardest hit. I do believe that having all students return to all classes all five days of the school week would not be the most ideal situation and would be cause for our family to consider withdrawing from BCSD.

     

    • Ensuring that our kids can get a quality education with minimal spread of covid is most important. Mask wearing should be mandatory for students, educators and all staff; if you give teens the option not to wear them, they won't. If families don't want their kids wearing masks, they can opt to do online learning and not attend school. It's important that we protect the health of teachers and staff from getting sick, as well as our broader community. I don't want my kids bringing home Covid, as I have three auto-immune diseases. Plan B is the best option, but it will be challenging to disinfect the school daily. So maybe have the kids go in two or three day blocks. For example: Week 1 group A-L go to school Mon-Weds; M-Z attend Th-Fri. Week 2 M-Z attend Mon-Wed; and A-L attend Th-Fri. Then the rotation starts again. Kids will have five days of continuous' learning -- Th-Fr and M-W. The other five days they learn online. Online learning is challenging, but my daughter is doing IDLA this summer and it is very good. We should figure out a way to supplement classroom learning with IDLA. If we do online learning, we need to ensure equity of internet access. Could we provide students who don't have wifi with some type of hotspot device?

     

    • Obviously we would all like to get back to normal with our students attending classes in-person. However, the reality is that we now have increasing case loads across Idaho. Perhaps our Blaine County bubble of health will continue into the fall. Perhaps not. All it will take is ONE person to visit our schools and later be diagnosed COVID-positive to shut the whole school down again. Why even start school with in-person attendance when it is almost certain school will be forced to go back on-line? Perhaps isolation could work at the elementary school level but I don't see how it could be effectively implemented at the middle or high school.

     


    6.30.20

    • These kids need to get back to school. Parents have to work and if the school is not open these kids will either be home alone or the parents lose their jobs. They need to be in school, full-time! The spread will not decrease if they are in school only part time. That is just ridiculous to even think that

     

    • This is a dilemma because health and education are both critical and are at odds right now. There's no easy answer. Therefore, must have flexibility to respond, possibly very quickly, depending on the current local epidemic situation. This means providing teachers with maximum training and resources to be able to handle all situations, including an all distance-learning option. Not fun, but at least they'll have more time to prepare than they did in March.

     


    7.01.20

    • Keeping kids safe and ensuring they are keeping up with curriculum as it would have been before this crisis.

     

    • Contact tracing and mask wearing for students. Cohesive and integrated curriculum with consistent attendance mandated and online courses held in such a way that student attendance is an expectation, not an option and that consumes enough of the day to be useful. One type of platform (not disparate link labyrinths) used by teachers--so that a student gets a "list" from all of their teachers in one centralized location in a timely manner. No "Fs" for incompletes or sickness--so discouraging. Use "I" for when things aren't done and support students efforts to complete the work, not foster the "failure" concept when they're struggling. The determination of whether to open or not should not be influenced by politics or popularity but by scientific and epidemiological considerations only. Masks should be required.

    7.02.20

     

    • Please consider the health of the students and those who are imunocompromised or have autoimmune related diseases. I do not feel safe sending my child back to school if the entire student body will be relegated to one building. Too many bodies in one place.

    7.06.20

    • Health and well being of the kids AND community. Kids are not generally as affected by COVID but they are transmitters and often asymptomatic. If Plan B goes into affect, it makes sense to keep the same kids in 2 day blocks rather than staggered. Parents and kids alike, need a very clear and universal system to get assignments, submit work and check progress. Particularly important for younger children. Provide a recorded parent tutorial on how to best support your child. Start school after Labor Day. Provide on-line equivalent education for immune compromised or those that think they may be "coming down with something". I want our kids back in school, but not at the expense of the health and well being of our community.

    7.07.20

    • Does distance learning work for elementary students, can we push the beginning of the school year back a month to see if Covid subsides after tourist season ends