Dear BASD Parents and Guardians:
We modified our school calendar at the School Board meeting on Monday, August 10. This change will only impact our secondary students at the Intermediate High School and Senior High School. All of our K-4 elementary schools, our Middle School and Center Avenue Community School will still begin the year as planned on September 1, 2020.
At the secondary (IHS & SHS), we will have a “soft opening” starting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. This means each grade level will report to school one day that week for only two hours.
Tuesday, September 1: ONLY 7th and 12th grade students should arrive at school at the normal time. Students who ride the bus will be picked up at the normal time. Students will be dismissed at 10:15 am. Parents/guardians may pick up their student or students can ride the bus home.
Wednesday, September 2: ONLY 8th and 11th grade students should arrive at school at the normal time. Students who ride the bus will be picked up at the normal time. Students will be dismissed at 10:15 am. Parents/guardians may pick up their student or students can ride the bus home
Thursday, September 3: ONLY 9th and 10th grade students should arrive at school at the normal time. Students who ride the bus will be picked up at the normal time. Students will be dismissed at 10:15 am. Parents/guardians may pick up their student or students can ride the bus home
Friday, September 4: Secondary students (grades 7-12) will not report to school on Friday, September 4, unless they missed their assigned day earlier in the week. However, transportation will not be provided on this day, so students would need a ride to arrive at 8:00 am and depart at 10:15 am.
If your student is enrolled in the Online/Cyber School Model (full time remote instruction), they do not have to physically report to school this week.
If your student is enrolled in the Hybrid School Model (some of their classes in person and some of their classes at home), they should report to school with their grade level at the assigned time that’s listed above.
If your student is enrolled in the new Flexible Traditional School Model (two days a week in person and three days a week at home), they should report to school with their grade level at the assigned time listed above.
The secondary “soft opening” will be helpful for many reasons.
- Chromebooks will be distributed to students when they report to school during their scheduled time. Students will have time to become familiar with their new Chromebook and ensure they know how to login at school and at home. They will also get a brief overview of the programs our teachers will be using this year to facilitate learning.
- The IHS and SHS are our largest buildings. Our arrival procedures will take time. We believe it will be helpful to first practice with a smaller group of students.
- Students will be changing classes at the secondary level. Thus, it’s imperative they become familiar with the building and the foot traffic patterns that will be in place to ensure each hallway only has one-way traffic. They will also have time to locate the hand sanitizing stations throughout the school.
- Our secondary students have the option of choosing between four Learning Pathways. Providing this many individualized options for students takes a lot of planning. Our secondary teachers will use the afternoons as well as Friday for professional development and planning.
- We are wrapping up a construction project at the Senior High School. Although construction will be complete, this will provide extra time to get everything in place and ready for when all of our students return to school full time.
Time will be spent on the first day of school helping students acclimate to the new health and safety procedures at the K-4 elementary schools, the Middle School and Center Avenue Community School. The first day of school for all students in grades K-6 and all Center Avenue students will be Tuesday, September 1. This includes elementary students and Center Avenue students who are enrolled in the Online/Cyber School Model through the BASD Cyber Learning Program.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Butler Area School District