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.

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

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.


Remote Learning


How do families monitor our kids study progress?

ParentVUE can be used to monitor student grades and attendance. Instructions are on the BSD website. ParentVUE can also be accessed via a mobile app.

Can students switch electives?

If a student selected an elective course that is no longer offered, nor is a modified course available, the student’s alternate choice elective course will be assigned.

How will remote learning impact seniors applying for colleges?

Remote learning will not impact seniors applying for college. Applicable lessons will continue to be facilitated by certificated support staff, as has occurred previously.

When does school start?

School starts on Thursday, September 3 for grades one through 12. Kindergarten starts Wednesday, September 9.

Are elementary students going to be getting classes from their specific teacher from their specific school?

Yes, in the Temporary Remote/Hybrid model. Students may not have a teacher from their school in the virtual program.

If my child is in BSD Virtual, will they be able to graduate from their home high school?

Yes.

Will there be opportunities for students to have “face to face” time with their peers?

Yes, all students will have live lessons online with their teacher and classmates.


Student Learning Experience


Will we have the same grading system that we had in the spring with P or NP?

Grades will look like they have traditionally. The district has a plan to implement grading practices that ensure grades are accurate, resistant to bias and motivational for students.

What accountability will there be for teachers?

Principals are accountable for ensuring that instruction is consistent with District expectations.

How will the district support teachers with teaching online lessons?

The district is providing professional development for all educators before the start of school on how to more effectively utilize TEAMS and the remote instructional model, as well as other learning software and tools.

How will we ensure that students do not receive too much screen time?

The daily schedule includes time for both synchronous (real time, online) learning as well as time for asynchronous (more independent, small group, or scaffolded) learning experiences to provide balance for students.


Childcare and Preschool


Will the district be providing school age childcare this year?

Recognizing that some families are unable to stay home during our full remote learning start this fall, the Bellevue School District will be offering limited childcare service. Spots will be prioritized for children of essential workers. Examples include healthcare workers, first responders and educators. Families will be informed of acceptance within the week that they apply. We recognize that these limited services may not meet all the needs of our families. Visit the Early and Extended Learning Programs to learn more.

Will the district be offering preschool this year?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Bellevue School District is unable to offered tuition-based preschool as we have in the past. We will be offering limited preschool service by invitation only. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to return to our normal offerings as soon as safely possible.


Kindergarten


How will the district support the development of the teacher-student relationship at Kindergarten?

Our goal is for all families who have an incoming Kindergarten student to meet with their teacher prior to the first day of school on September 9. More information will be coming from your student’s school in the next few weeks and schools will share details regarding how families can schedule a time to meet your student’s Kindergarten teacher at a time on September 3, 4 or 8 for an individual Family Connection Meeting. This meeting is a chance for families and teachers to connect and get to know each other before school begins for Kindergarten students.

My child is starting Kindergarten. What will that experience be like? Will she have the same teacher and class online as when they return in person?

All grade levels will begin with remote learning. This means your student will be provided a device to access learning from home. A schedule will be provided, which will include live lessons with the teacher and classmates, as well as small group instruction and some time to learn independently. This will provide students flexibility between being on the device for the full remote instructional block. Students will have the same teacher during temporary remote and hybrid.

When will parents have communication with the Kindergarten teacher?

Schools will begin communicating start-of-the-year activities, including Kindergarten transition events and activities, in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for communications from your child’s school.


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.


Enrollment


Will BSD Virtual be available for the entire 2020-21 school year?

Yes, BSD Virtual will be available for the entire school year.

If I choose BSD virtual learning and school “opens” in February 2021, will my children be able to go back to in-person learning?

You will be able to choose in-person (hybrid) for the second semester, if desired.  Second semester begins at the end of January 2021.

How are you going to monitor families that move out of the district and keep their kids enrolled in BSD?

Washington has residency laws that the Bellevue School District must follow and we cannot receive funding for students not residing in our district. Unfortunately, that means that if students are residing outside of the Bellevue School District or outside of the state of Washington and the district is audited, state funds would need to be returned.


COVID-19 Outbreak at School


What is BSD’s protocol if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

Public Health Seattle King County is developing a tool kit that should be ready prior to September 3rd which will provide guidance on how BSD should respond if we have a positive case of COVID-19 at school. Part of this guidance is that if someone tests positive, BSD will conduct contact tracing within the school.  Anyone who was determined to be a close contact (within 6 feet of the person who tested positive for 15 minutes or longer) of the person who tested positive will be asked to stay home and quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with the person who was positive for COVID-19. If we get additional guidance from the Department of Health or Public Health Seattle King County we will update our plans.

Daily COVID testing?

We will not be requiring daily COVID testing.

Have steps been taken to clearly communicate with staff, parents and students that if one is being tested for COVID, one should not come back to school until the test results come back negative?

The district will be providing communication to families and employees about what to do if they are waiting for a COVID-19 test result. Those who get COVID-19 tests are given instruction to stay home and away from others until receiving the test results at the time they are tested.

Will the school close down if someone tests positive? Would a letter go out to families?

The district will be partnering with Public Health-Seattle King County if we have an outbreak of COVID-19 in the school building. At this time, our plan is that if we have four known cases of COVID-19 within two weeks in one school building, we will close the school building for 24 hours for additional cleaning and consultation with Public Health prior to re-opening. We will contact the families of students who were close contacts of anyone who tested positive for COVID-19. If we get additional guidance from the Department of Health or Public Health Seattle King County, we will update our plans.


Health, Safety and Hygiene


When will we know if we are extending beyond the initial six weeks of temporary remote learning?

Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health recently provided guidance on “safely” opening schools. The Bellevue School District will use information data as a tool to forecast and measure moving forward. We will continue to monitor King County data

What specific data points are the Bellevue School District and the Department of Health looking at to deem it “safe” enough to open schools in the winter?

King County currently has 99 cases per 100,000 residents and is considered “high-risk” according to state guidance.

Guidance for schools located in “high-risk” areas, which are defined as places with more than 75 cases per 100,000 residents over a two-week period, is that they should “strongly consider distance learning, with the option for limited in-person instruction” for some students, such as those with disabilities. Schools in high-risk counties are also being told to consider canceling all sports and extracurricular activities

Guidance for schools in “moderate-risk” counties, which are defined as between 25 and 75 cases per 100,000, were told to consider prioritizing in-person learning for elementary school students and those who receive special education services.

Schools in “low risk” counties are those with 25 cases per 100,000 residents. Schools in this category received guidance to teach elementary schoolers in person and consider a hybrid model for older students that splits their time between in-person and remote instruction.

What criteria is being used to determine when or if schools will open for in-person learning?

The Bellevue School District is looking at Bellevue-specific data as well as data trends from greater King County. We are also meeting with representatives from Public Health-Seattle King County frequently to discuss disease projections, modelling, and trends.

It is important for us to consider data from the greater King County area because many of the parents/guardians of students within Bellevue School District work outside of Bellevue, and many of our district employees live outside of Bellevue.

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 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.


Mask Requirements for Students


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.

How do you ensure students keep them on?

There are good resources on how to teach students how to tolerate wearing cloth face coverings that we will be sharing with families and our staff members. One of the best ways to help students to wear their cloth face coverings are for the adults around them to wear them.

Do students have to wear them the whole time? Can they take them off for lunch and recess? Do they have to wear them if they’re seated 6 feet apart?

Students will be expected to wear face coverings throughout the day, which includes instructional time.  There will be opportunities for students to very briefly lower their masks, such as when silent reading and when not in close proximity to others. Brief mask breaks will be sprinkled into the instructional day, as needed, while maintaining physical distancing and adhering to safe protocols. Students may also remove their masks when eating in the designated areas and at recess. Students are expected to wear their masks when transitioning to a designated location for breakfast and/or lunch, up until the time they are actually eating.

Is it healthy for students to wear them the whole day?

At this time, there is no research to indicate that wearing face masks is unhealthy for students. We will be building ‘mask-free’ time into student schedules when in-person instruction begins.

Will you be providing PPE for teachers and students upon their return to class?

We have purchased cloth face masks and received donated masks, which we can provide teachers and students upon their return to class. We are developing plans for other types of PPE which may be needed in special circumstances and purchasing those accordingly.


Ventilation

Metrix Engineers who have developed ventilation standards for all building in the District based on American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Condition Engineers Re-opening guide for schools.

What is being done to increase ventilation in classrooms and school hallways?

Systems in all BSD schools have been set to pull in air from outside. District buildings have multiple layers of MERV 8-13 filters in place that are changed every three months. Our ventilation systems are fully commissioned and continuously monitor carbon dioxide levels with sensors as a measure of ventilation.

Do Bellevue schools have air filtration systems in place, such as HEPA or MERV-13?

The district does not have HEPA filters in our HVAC system. We use Tri-Dex 2 ply to 4 ply filters which range from MERV 8-13. Occupied spaces are filtered multiple times by different equipment, such as Heat Pumps, DOAS (Dedicated Outside Air Supply) and Heat Recovery Units. Our filters are changed every three months.

Have outdoor classrooms been considered?

The district is increasing the use of outdoor spaces for instructional purposes (including Physical Education, music classes, etc.) and for lunches. There will be occasions when weather will prohibit the use of outdoor spaces, so alternative spaces have been identified.


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.



Technology

When is Technology being distributed?

Families can expect to pick up technology devices beginning the week of August 17. Schools will communicate more details to their students and families.

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.

Will you be including digital etiquette and cyber security lessons for children at the start of the school year?

Schools will be using Common Sense Media lessons with students.  The digital etiquette is being incorporated into the building “classroom norms” in each class.

For cyber security, the district will be using a combination of Common Sense Media and materials from Knowbe4 (our phishing/training platform for staff).  The platform also allows us to share posters, flyers, newsletters, and more.


Special Education


What type of support will you have for students with IEPs?

Students with IEPs will experience education with lesson planning that aligns with the instructional model presented previously. The lessons will be designed with supports for learners, including those with disabilities. Students will receive specially designed instruction and accommodations, both in the remote and in person instruction, and educators are receiving additional training on how to support those. Further, as mentioned before, we will have additional adult supports to engage students in learning regardless of setting. This can happen in both the whole class instructional times and additional small group interactions.

How are you going to ensure special education students will continue to receive the services they need?

An implementation team of nearly 30 individuals, including parents, students, community parents and district staff, have made recommendations for services, both for the remote setting, hybrid, and in person. Regardless of the service setting, students will receive instruction in their goal areas.

Students will receive face-to-face instruction according to the district schedule with additional support personnel, such as paraeducators, to help, regardless of the setting. For students with the highest levels of special education services and for some select service areas such as OT or PT, in-person services will be determined on a student-by-student basis.

The implementation team has recommended that all students have every goal assessed in the fall, whether instruction is remote or in person, to measure progress or regression. Then, the recommendations include that an IEP team meeting occur with every family to discuss any amendments to IEPs or recovery services. These assessments and IEP meetings will happening in a roll out during the first semester of the school year. Families will receive more specific information on the special education recommendations by Friday, August 14.

What will happen with IEP testing? Will it be in-person or online?

This will depend on the assessments that are necessary. If the assessment can be provided remotely to mitigate the spread of COVID 19, that will be the model. However, there are some assessments that may need to be completed in person, and some in-person assessments can be completed.

How will special needs students receive occupational and physical therapy?

This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Some students may wish to continue remotely or it may be necessary for these services to continue in a remote or telehealth manner. For others, it may be necessary for the student to have them in person in order to receive benefit.


Language Immersion Programs


What will remote learning for Mandarin and Spanish immersion programs look like?  For parents who can’t speak the language, how can we help our students with learning the language and homework?

The district has a team of educators dedicated to the goal of making dual language and language immersion (Spanish and Mandarin) a reality through virtual learning, but to ensure that it is a high-quality program in all learning models.

These programs will follow the same schedule as the other elementary schools, but will apply best practices for instruction in dual language and language learning. BSD is hosting a dual language/language immersion professional development day to bring teachers and administrators together to talk about language learning strategies and how to engage students with different home languages in the dual environment.

Our goal is to build on synchronous learning time to develop language fluency and to provide targeted support during small group instructional times. Enhanced family connection and support for dual language and language immersion schools will be prioritized (including providing supports for homework, opportunities for more language practice, and more).

Jing Mei Elementary

Because Jing Mei is our stand-alone Mandarin dual language program, we are working with Principal Bogucharova and the  building leadership team on an approach that utilizes Jing Mei staff to teach students who choose BSD Virtual and students who choose hybrid. The solution will require collaboration between student placement and staffing, but we are confident that we will be able to make it work.

Elementary Spanish Dual Language

For students in Spanish dual language and immersion at the elementary level (Sherwood Forest, Stevenson, Lake Hills and Puesta del Sol), the district has an exciting opportunity, if it’s needed, to bring kids together who have selected BSD Virtual. Based on numbers, we are working to create at least 1 100% virtual classroom per grade level. Our goal is to keep students with their home school community, but if needed, we are also looking forward to the opportunity to create some cross-school teaching and learning collaborations!

Secondary

For secondary students in Spanish and Mandarin, the district has a team working to ensure we can offer BSD Virtual students access to dual language/language immersion courses

How will learning work for incoming Kindergarten students in the immersion programs?

Our Kindergarten teachers for the dual language and language immersion classes are masters at creating welcoming, safe and fun learning environments. They have to because they are teaching students with varying experience in Spanish and Mandarin. A remote learning start for Kindergarten is different, but our teachers are already thinking about how to make it the most engaging experience possible. Kindergarten teachers in dual and immersion schools, as well as in other schools, will begin planning parent connections prior to the first day of school so that families can connect with teachers and talk about your child’s strengths and needs and what the year is going to bring.


English Language Learners


What are the resources for students who need ELL services?

All ELL students will have access to grade-level learning from their classroom teacher and ELL facilitators in small group instruction using weekly lesson plans with visual and language support. In addition, MLL facilitators have created engaging online language lesson plans using videos, visuals around the content in social studies and science for students and families to access. The Multilingual department will be hosting a virtual ELL Family Event in August to provide more information to families and resources. This event will be offered in different languages spoken by our families in Bellevue.


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.

Will Advanced Learning be available for both the hybrid model and BSD virtual learning model?

Yes.

Will it be handled differently in the two models?

The district is going to provide advanced learning classes, curriculum and instruction. Advanced learning staff are going to try their best to keep students with their peers and a teacher from their school, but it depends on the responses from the intent to enroll inquiry we distributed to families. It is possible that students from different schools may be grouped together with an advanced learning teacher from one of the advanced learning schools.

How will Advanced Learning programs be handled in the remote learning model?

Students served in the Advanced Learning program will continue to have these courses during temporary remote learning and when we return in person (Hybrid) or if they are enrolled in the Virtual program.


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.


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.

Is there an opportunity for some onsite presence for fully online students?

Students participating in BSD Virtual will be able to access onsite activities at their home schools before and after the regular school day, such as activities and athletics and school-wide events, when these are available to other students participating in hybrid learning. During the regular school day, access will be limited to students participating in in-person instruction and to building staff, prioritizing student and staff safety and limiting contacts.

How does Orchestra and Band take place online?

A core group of certificated music staff and a return-to-school implementation team have been meeting throughout the summer to identify best instructional practices for varied curricular areas, such as music, and to make necessary adjustments, while prioritizing student and staff safety. During virtual learning, music students will be grouped together by level (elementary, middle and high) and by focus area (Band, Orchestra and Choir), enrollment numbers permitting. Instruction will focus on individual goals, music fundamentals, literacy and theory, developing skill at using recording technology, and small group performances, versus large group performances. Small group and individual time will focus on developing individual skill on instruments or voice, with student and staff safety prioritized. Projects will focus on small and large group “virtual ensembles” where students create high quality recordings and videos, in lieu of traditional live performances. For choir and band students, playing and/or singing will be reserved for the remote portion of the class, versus in-class sessions.

How does club activity work? Will it be 100% online?

The district recognizes the importance of club activities for students’ social emotional health and well-bring. In-person club activities will occur during the Hybrid learning model, as parameters allow. The athletics/activities return-to-school implementation team continues to review and consider guidance from local and state agencies (Department of Health, Governor’s office, OSPI, etc.), adjusting implementation plans, as warranted. Activities will be facilitated via remote means up until the Hybrid learning model is implemented and in-person activities may occur.

Will after-school clubs meet in the Hybrid model?

Provided that current guidance permits it, after-school activities may meet when students are engaged in the Hybrid learning model. Safety protocols will be introduced to prioritize student and staff safety, such as physical distancing, use of PPE, limiting number of participants at one time, carefully selecting locations, enacting cleaning protocols pre and post gatherings, etc.

Will students in the Hybrid model have some sort of physical activity every day?

Elementary students will continue to receive physical education instruction through PE Specialists.  Physical activity will also be embedded into the time allocated for recess at the elementary level, which would include two-to three recesses per day, depending on individual school and/or grade-level schedules.

Secondary students enrolled in one or more Physical Education (PE) courses will continue to receive physical activity during those designated class periods. P.E. course offerings have been modified, prioritizing safety. Secondary students will continue to transition from class to class between each period, providing additional opportunities for physical activity. Transition times between classes at the secondary level have been lengthened to increase student use of routes from one classroom to another that are outdoors, versus using the hallways.


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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