We regularly update these FAQs as more information is available. Thank you for being part of the BSD community.

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Decision-Making and Communication


How is the Bellevue School District making decisions about re-opening in the fall?

The health and well-being of students continues to be our primary concern. We are fully committed to providing each student a full year of learning that meets our shared value of excellence. In accordance with Governor Inslee’s proclamation, BSD will take a careful, flexible, and science-based approach to re-opening. On June 2, the School Board adopted a set of commitments to guide our efforts. We are making decisions based on an understanding of student needs, who is most at risk, and how best to minimize risk.

Who is involved in decision-making?

Our planning teams include educators, students, administrators, parents, and community stakeholders. Ten implementation teams are preparing recommendations on every aspect of BSD’s instruction and operations. Our Steering Committee will provide feedback on those recommendations. The Superintendent and Executive Team will approve the final proposals. A complete plan will be submitted to the School Board for final review.

When can I expect to hear more from the district?

UPDATE: On July 22, 2020, Dr. Ivan Duran, Superintendent, announced that Bellevue School District will begin school this fall with remote learning for all families.  The district will evaluate the remote start after the first six weeks of school.

On Monday, July 27, families will receive more detail on daily remote learning schedules to provide a better understanding of students’ daily learning experience in both the Temporary Remote/Hybrid Learning and BSD Virtual Learning programs.

On Tuesday, July 28, with a requested due date of August 2, families will be asked to confirm their intent to enroll in either the Temporary Remote/Hybrid Learning model or the BSD Virtual Learning model.  Your response will greatly assist the district in assigning students to educators and building schedules for middle and high school students.


Temporary Remote Instruction


Will students have in-person instruction this fall?

UPDATE: It has always been our goal that our students would return to school this fall at one of our 29 school campuses. There is no substitute for in-person learning.   It provides essential connections for our students with both the educators who know them well and their classmates.  Regrettably, public health does not support the safe return to school at this time.  Bellevue School District will begin school this fall with remote learning for all families.  The district will evaluate the remote start after the first six weeks of school.

Our goal is to have students return to a hybrid model as soon as health conditions allow.

Will any students have in-person instruction this fall?

We will offer some limited in-person services to support our students and their families, including students with specific needs and targeted supports to those students most in need.  We are also exploring our ability to provide some limited childcare.   More details about these services will be communicated with families as specific plans are available.

What will remote learning look like, and how will it be different from spring 2020?

On Monday, July 27, families will receive more detail on daily remote learning schedules to provide a better understanding of students’ daily learning experience in both the Temporary Remote/Hybrid Learning and BSD Virtual Learning programs.

Improvements to the student experience will be made based on our key learnings from spring 2020, which included:

  • Instruction​: small group work is preferred for sustaining engagement in an online learning format​
  • Connection​: personal connections with teachers and between peers are essential​
  • Support​: families and students need more support for technology, time management, social emotional learning, and childcare

BSD Virtual


If I am enrolled in BSD Virtual, will I be able to remain with my neighborhood school?

If you have an elementary student, you will get the best of both worlds – your student will be with some of their classmates from your neighborhood school and, depending on your students’ grade level and other students that have elected BSD Virtual, they will have an opportunity to meet students from other schools in his class. Your student will be working with an educator that may be from their neighborhood school or another school. Your student will remain in this class for the time that they are enrolled in BSD Virtual academy during the 2020/2021 school year.

​Your student will also be connected to his neighborhood school. You will still receive the building newsletters and PTSA information. If you need additional supports from the counselor or others in the building, they will be there to provide services just like when you were enrolled. In addition, your student will be able to participate in virtual school assemblies and other programs available through your neighborhood school.

​For secondary students, the BSD Virtual school can be thought of as a “wing” of the school. Your student will be assigned to seven periods with seven teachers. In some classes, they will be with students and teachers from their school, while for others they may be in a combined class with students from their school as well as a neighboring school. These classes and teachers will remain the same for the entire semester or year unless, you decide to move your student to the Hybrid model of instruction. Your student will still work with the support staff at their neighborhood school such as counselors.


Hybrid Learning


If we start in a temporary remote learning model, when will we move to an in-person hybrid model?

There is no substitute for in-person learning.  It provides essential connections for our students with both educators and peers.  As such, getting to in-person learning as quickly and safely as possible is a priority for our school district.  At this point, we plan to continuously monitor COVID-19 key indicators for King County (King County COVID-19 Dashboards).  We are setting up the temporary remote learning so that we can seamlessly transition to remote learning keeping students in their same classroom cohorts with the same educators.

What would a hybrid of in-person and remote schooling look like?

In the case of a hybrid learning model, our goal is to bring K through 2nd grade students and some with specific needs back to school five days per week.  Students in 3rd through 12th grade would attend 50% in person and 50% remote.  More detail will be provided as plans are fully developed.

The average number of students we expect to be physically in each classroom, using six foot separation, is 16.


Intent to Enroll Form


What do I need to know about the Intent to Enroll form?

UPDATE: On Tuesday, July 28, with a requested due date of August 2, families will be asked to confirm their intent to enroll in either the Temporary Remote/Hybrid Learning model or the BSD Virtual Learning model.  Your response will greatly assist the district in assigning students to educators and building schedules for middle and high school students.


Health, Safety and Hygiene


What other safety precautions is BSD putting in place for when we return to school in-person?

There are layers of safety precautions being put in place to support the safety and health of our school community including those below among others:

  • Six feet physical distancing
  • Frequent scheduled hand washing and sanitizing
  • Some classes moved outdoors
  • Organized foot traffic flow throughout the building
  • Creating a culture of health and safety including expecting people to stay home when sick
  • Minimizing building visitors
  • Requiring face coverings
  • Increased outside airflow
  • Daily health screenings of students and staff including temperature checks
  • Cleaning during the day of high touch areas
  • Staggered start and departure times
  • Use of multiple building entrances

How will health screening be done when we return to school?

All employees, students and visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before they are allowed entry to the school building.  Screenings will include a series of questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, whether a person has had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, and taking their temperature.

All employees or students (parents) who answer ‘YES’ to any of the questions or who have a temperature will be asked to go home and contact their healthcare provider.  They will be given a sheet of paper with next steps and guidance on when they can return to the school building.

Will students be required to wear face coverings?

For those students who will receive limited in school services (see above) this fall, face coverings will be required.  OSPI has required all students and teachers to wear face coverings. Research shows that the simple act of wearing a cloth covering can help reduce transmission of COVID-19. Wearing face coverings helps us protect ourselves and one another.

Will students be required to wash their hands a certain number of times per day?

Students will be asked to wash their hands upon entry. Hand washing, face coverings, and physical distancing are currently the most effective tools we have to contain the spread of COVID-19. All will be used daily in our schools.


Grades and Attendance


How do families monitor our kids study progress?

The ParentVue App can be used to monitor student grades and attendance. Instructions are on the BSD website. Just search ParentVue.


Special Education Services


What will the district be doing to support students with IEPs?

The district will be prioritizing students with IEPs by giving them access to in-person instruction. There will be three groups of students.

  • Students who due to medical needs or family selection will receive services remotely.
  • Students with limited in-person services. This will be aligned to the schedule so students can get in-person specially designed instruction when they are not meeting with their teacher.
  • Students with full time in-person services. This will be aligned to the schedule and to IEP services.

Choice Schools


My student is enrolled in Big Picture. If my student is enrolled in BSD Virtual, will they still receive Big Picture curriculum and be taught by Big Picture educators?

Where possible, students will be grouped with other students from their choice school and taught the choice school curriculum by teachers from that school. In cases where that is not possible due to numbers, students from the choice school will be grouped with students from another BSD school and taught BSD curriculum.

We have worked with Big Picture to identify critical courses that will be prioritized to be taught using the choice school curriculum and instructor. At Big Picture this is Advisory and Internship.

My student is enrolled in International School. If my student is enrolled in BSD Virtual, will they still receive International curriculum and be taught by International Educators?

Where possible, students will be grouped with other students from their choice school and taught the choice school curriculum by teachers from that school. In cases where that is not possible due to numbers, students from the choice school will be grouped with students from another BSD school and taught BSD curriculum.

We have worked with International to identify critical courses that will be prioritized to be taught using the choice school curriculum and instructor. At International this is the International Studies (Social Studies) course pathway.

If my student is in a dual language or language immersion program, will the BSD Virtual option continue to be dual language/language immersion, or will it be all in English?

We are currently working out logistics to see if we can provide dual language/ language immersion as part of the BSD Virtual option.

This will depend on factors such as:

  1. How many families opt for BSD Virtual in each grade level, and
  2. Available staffing to provide BSD Virtual or Temporary Remote/Hybrid instruction.

Once we receive all family intent-to-enroll forms and decide if dual language/language immersion is feasible in the BSD Virtual option, we will inform families in our dual language and language immersion schools.

For the Temporary Remote/Hybrid option, students in dual language/language immersion will continue in dual language/language immersion.

If your family wants full remote learning, but only if it is in dual language/ language immersion, we recommend you select Temporary Remote/Hybrid since it will start in remote learning and switch over when deemed safe.

If your family wants full remote learning no matter what, we recommend you choose BSD Virtual.

If my student is at a choice school or at a school through open enrollment, will they lose their spot at the school if we select the BSD Virtual option for the fall?

As long as your student continues to live in the boundaries of the Bellevue School District, your student will not lose their spot at the choice school or open enrollment school if you select BSD Virtual.

If you move out of our boundaries – either to another district, out of state or out of the country, your student will lose their spot at the school and will be withdrawn from the Bellevue School District. In order to participate in either our remote or in-person option, the student must be living in District or have an approved Interdistrict transfer application.


Advanced Learning


My student is in Advanced Learning. Will they continue to receive Advanced Learning curriculum, whether they are enrolled in the BSD Virtual or Temporary Remote/Hybrid learning models?

Yes, students enrolled in either the BSD Virtual or Temporary Remote/Hybrid learning models will continue to receive instruction using Advanced Learning curriculum.


College Credit (AP / Career and Technical Education / International Baccalaureate)


Will AP courses be offered for the BSD Virtual Learning program?

Yes, many AP courses will be available in the BSD Virtual Learning program. Some courses requiring highly specialized equipment and or in person instruction that cannot be replicated in the Virtual Learning environment will not be offered.

Will Career and Technical Education courses be offered for the BSD Virtual Learning program?

Yes, a limited number of CTE courses at the middle and high school level will be offered in the BSD Virtual Learning program. Courses will be limited to Digital Technology and Coding in Python at the middle school level. At the high school level, courses in Business, Management & Administration, and select courses in Human Services, Information Technology and Marketing, Sales & Service will be available.

Will International Baccalaureate courses be offered for the BSD Virtual Learning program?

Yes, IB options will be available. Advanced Learning IB classes will be combined with Traditional program IB classes. In rare instances in order to meet an IB requirement, students may need to join an ‘in-person’ class section remotely rather than being grouped with other BSD Virtual program students.


Technology


How will the district support Technology needs during remote learning (BSD Virtual or Temporary Remote/Hybrid)?

All students will have a BSD issued device which will in and of itself make technology support simpler.  Technology support staff will know the operating system, software, and hardware to be able to better address any issues.

Technology support will be available to families in person, by phone, or by submitting work order tickets.


Athletics & Activities


Will there be fall sports?

The WIAA Executive Board met recently and made decisions regarding athletics for the 2020-21 school year. They also shared that there could be more changes in the coming weeks. The Modified Sports Season Calendar (PDF) is available from WIAA.

  • For the 2020-21 school year, cross country, boys golf and boys tennis are considered ‘alternate season sports’ and may be in the fall, or Season 1 (Sept. 7 until Nov. 8). WIAA culminating events for cross country will be held in Season 3 and boys golf and boys tennis will be held in Season 4. The KingCo Conference will be deciding whether to move all three sports to Season 3 during the week of August 3-7.
  • WIAA does not have any scheduled sports during November and December.
  • Season 2 will start Jan. 4 with the normal winter sports: basketball, boys swimming and diving, gymnastics, cheerleading and wrestling. It ends March 7.
  • Season 3, which will have the normal fall sports of football, girls soccer and volleyball, will run from March 1 to May 2. Should the KingCo Conference vote to shift Season 1 sports, cross country, boys golf and boys tennis will be Season 3 sports. Boys water polo will also be offered during Season 3.
  • Season 4 will be the traditional Spring season, offering baseball, fastpitch softball, dance/drill, girls golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, and track & field. Badminton, boys and girls lacrosse will also be offered during Season 4.
  • For high-risk sports (wrestling, football, dance/drill, and cheer) to compete, counties must be Phase 4-plus.

School Calendar


Will the school calendar be modified or extended?

Families should prepare for contingency planning that involves adjustments to school breaks and the summer.


King County Department of Health


What role does the King County Department of Health play?

BSD must receive approval from the King County Department of Health to re-open.


Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


What role does OSPI play?

OSPI is issuing periodic guidance to support school districts across Washington to safely re-open. Districts must submit their re-opening plans to OSPI two weeks prior to the start of school (August 20 for BSD).


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