BBES News and Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Building Bridges Community Newsletter

 

February 26, 2021

 

 

BOLLMAN BRIDGE IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS

 

 

March

 

 

 1st - NEW Schedule will Start

 1st - Hybrid Model Begins for identified students (5 days a week)

 8th - Kindergarten Registration Begins

 9th - PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm

11th - Return to In-Person Learning Orientation Primary Students Grades K - 2nd

16th - Talk With Me Program 7:00 pm (see PTA section below for details) 

15th - Hybrid Model Begins for identified students in grades K, 1, and 2

25th - Return to In-Person Learning Orientation Intermediate Grades 3rd - 5th

29th - Hybrid Model Begins for identified students in grades 3, 4, and 5

 

SCHOOL NEWS AND UPDATES

 

 

 

Important Reminder for All Families for March 1 Changes

 

As you may know, HCPSS will begin its transition to a hybrid model on Monday, March 1. We are excited to begin welcoming back students in person and look forward to seeing other students virtually. Please know that we will continue to work toward the best interests of every student, no matter whether they are participating in person or virtually.

Families are reminded that all student schedules will change on Monday, for both students returning in-person and those remaining virtual. All school start times will be adjusted to begin 20 minutes later than pre-COVID start times. Students will not change courses/subjects, however class times and lengths will change. You can find the general Bollman Bridge Elementary  schedule online at https://www.hcpss.org/2020-2021/hybrid-schedules/bbes/

All families should note that effective March 1, there will be new procedures for student meals. Meals for seven days per week will continue to be provided at no cost to students; however, the days and times meals will be provided will change. Students returning in person may choose to receive meals any day they are in school. For all other families, meals will be available for pickup from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at elementary school locations and 9-10 a.m. at middle and high school locations on the following:

  • Mondays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under

  • Wednesdays – Students in Groups E, A or B

  • Thursdays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under

Full details on student meals (Links to an external site.) can be found on the HCPSS website.

For students returning in person, please note:

  • If you are eligible for, and opted into receiving transportation services, you can now log in to the HCPSS Bus Stop Locator (Links to an external site.) for locations and times.

  • You can find the Bollman Bridge Elementary Readiness Checklist online at  https://facilities-checklist.hcpss.org/bbes

  • Families of students in Group E (5 days) should have received confirmation your child is enrolled and will return in person Monday, March 1. If you did not receive this information, please contact Rhonda Inskeep at rhonda_inskeep@hcpss.org.

  • Families of students in Groups A or B (hybrid) will receive communication from Bollman Bridge Elementary beginning Monday, March 1 with your child’s group designation and additional information.

We know families have a lot of questions. Please visit the HCPSS Help Site (Links to an external site.), which features answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions regarding this school year, searchable and sorted by applicable categories. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Return to In-Person Learning Orientations

 

We will be holding virtual family orientations for those students and parents who will be attending school in-person the week before each phase begins.   Join the BBES admin. team to hear more about what to expect when attending in-person school!  Login information will be shared with those particular families.

Primary Students - March 11 - 7:00 pm

Intermediate Students - March 25 - 7:00 pm

New Vestibule Guidelines

For health and safety all visitors must wear a mask when entering the vestibule.  All Social Distancing Guidelines must be followed.  When entering the building if you see a family in the vestibule, we ask that you please remain six feet apart.  If there are more than 3 families in the vestibule at one time we ask that you remain outside until a family exits.

New Late Arrival Procedures

For health and safety all visitors must wear a mask when entering the vestibule.  At this time only staff and students may enter past the vestibule.

Use the Buzzer to call into the Front Office to let the secretaries know that your student has arrived.   Please use a clean pen to sign your student in on the Late Arrival Sheet.  Once you have finished we ask that you place the pen in the “USED” container provided.  Hand Sanitizer has been provided for you.

New Early Dismissal Procedures

For health and safety all visitors must wear a mask when entering the vestibule.  At this time only staff and students may enter past the vestibule.

Use the Buzzer to call into the Front Office to let the secretaries know that you are picking your student up early.    Please use a clean pen to sign your student out on the Early Dismissal Sheet.  Once you have finished we ask that you place the pen in the “USED” container provided.  Hand Sanitizer has been provided for you.

New Change in Student Dismissal Procedures

For health and safety all visitors must wear a mask when entering the vestibule.  At this time only staff and students may enter past the vestibule.

If your child is changing from a bus to a carpool/walker, then either send in a note or email the homeroom teacher.  If the change occurs after your student comes to school, please call the office at 410-880-5920 by 2:30 pm that day as teachers do not check email during instruction.

Drop off or Pick Up Items

Entry into the Building

For health and safety all visitors must wear a mask when entering the vestibule.  At this time only staff and students may enter past the vestibule.

Please buzz the front office to let the secretaries know that you have dropped the item off.

Forgotten Items (lunches, instruments, etc.):  You may drop off on the table in the vestibule.  Please label the item with your students name and teacher. 

Pick up:  Some items will be labeled with your child’s name so that you can pick up from the table in the vestibule.  If the item is personal/valuable, then you can call the front office and we can pass it to you either in the vestibule or outside.

                Important Message from our School Nurse

For Students Who Will Be Learning In-Person

Medication Drop Off

 

Any medications for students that will be needed during the school day can be dropped off at the BBES front office during office hours, 8:00AM - 4:00PM.  Please make sure that you drop the medication and doctor's orders in a Ziplock bag or stapled brown paper bag with your student's name on the outside. Medications without doctors' orders cannot be accepted. The medication form can be found on our HCPSS website at this link. 

 

Please call the Health Room and let us know when you are dropping off medications. You may call 410-880-5920 and ask for the Health Room. 

 

COVID GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS 

To ensure students are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction, parents/guardians are to perform a symptom check every day before the student leaves home. A student having any of the following symptoms should not be sent to school and may continue to access their classrooms virtually if they are well enough to do so: Maryland Department of Health Response to COVID 19 Positive Cases or COVID 19 Like Illness -https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/COVID%20response%20for%20schools%20with%20decision%20aid_Update%203_FINAL_1.7.21.pdf-

·      1 of the following:

o   New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;

o   New loss of taste or smell; OR

·      2 of the following:

o   Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours;

o   Fatigue;

o   Muscle or body aches;

o   Headache;

o   Sore throat;

o   Congestion or runny nose;

o   Chills or shaking chills;

o   Nausea or vomiting;

o   Diarrhea.

Additionally, student who have been in close contact (within <6 feet for a cumulative of >15 minutes over the past 24 hours with or without a mask) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 (exhibiting COVID- like illness and has not tested negative after exhibiting symptoms) should not enter any HCPSS building.

Parent/guardians will assess their children for symptoms of COVID-19 illness and refrain from sending/transporting them to school until after they have been symptom-free at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, have no fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and have continued improvement of symptoms and /or medical consult with their primary care physician.

Back to School Wellness Resources

 

We know that the changes from the hybrid model may leave with you questions about how to support your children. Consider reviewing the following resources:

 

 

 

Kindergarten & Pre-Kindergarten Registration for School Year 2021-22 Begin in March

Kindergarten Registration for next school year begins Monday, March 8th, and will be conducted ONLINE (scroll down to the green Begin Online Registration link). Students must be five years old by September 1, 2021 to register. If your child will be attending Kindergarten in the fall, please visit the HCPSS Getting Ready for Kindergarten page, which includes resources to support kindergarten readiness.  We also encourage families to visit our Grade K Family and Community Resources page for more information about the kindergarten instructional program and ways families can support their children at home.

Pre-K Registration begins the week of March 15, 2021 and will also be conducted ONLINE (scroll down to the green Begin Online Registration link).  Children must be four years old by September 1, 2021 to attend.

Please call the school front office at 410-880-5920 with any questions.  

Parent Support Group 

 

The Couples & Family Institute of MPB Group, Inc. has developed a group for parents who are feeling overwhelmed with demands of parenting. The group addresses how to incorporate self-care and tackle parenting challenges through a positive lens. All groups are provided via teletherapy. Maryland Medicaid & Carefirst BlueCross/Blue Shield insurance accepted. Cash clients also accepted (Prepaid discounts available).

  • Group Facilitator: Mary Blackwood, LCMFT 

  • Meets Wednesdays at 6:00 pm

  • Email: cfi@mpbgroupinc.com

 

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten 

 

The Bollman Bridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) prekindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.  These classes include children with and without disabilities.  The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills.   Parents of children who will be 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).  Applications will be accepted starting February 22, 2021 and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st.  

If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at earlyinterventionservcies@hcpss.org or at 410-313-7017.

 

HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, or in person).   If you have any additional questions,  please contact Amy Aloi through email at l Amy_Aloi@hcpss.org .