Online Learning from Home January 2022
  • Thursday, January 6, 2022

     

    Dear BCCS Families:

    Because public health officials are predicting the continued spread of COVID-19 Omicron cases for the next several weeks, Brooklyn Center Community Schools (BCCS) will shift from in-person learning at school to online learning at home for Brooklyn Center Middle and High School students beginning Monday, January 10, and Wednesday, January 12 for Early College Academy and Brooklyn Center Elementary students. We are tentatively planning Friday, January 28 as the last day of online learning from home with a shift back to in-person learning at school on Monday, January 31.

    With the support of the school board, BCCS has decided to shift from in-person learning at school to online learning from home given the current surge of COVID-19 in our community and the subsequent staffing absences and shortages. The shift to online learning from home allows us to better ensure quality learning experiences and support for our students and families in this challenging time. It will also allow the district to thoroughly clean and disinfect our schools to be ready for in-person learning on January 31.

    Our staff is currently working on the details of the shift to online learning from home. Further information will be shared with parents on Monday, January 10. This information will also be posted on the district website. We will communicate regularly with parents throughout the period of online learning from home.

    Thank you for your understanding, flexibility and continued support. 

    Dr. Carly Baker
    Superintendent

     


     Monday, January 10, 2022

     

    Important Dates

    Monday, January 10 - Tuesday, January 11

    • In-person learning at school for BCE and ECA students. 
    • Online learning from home begins for BCS students.

    Wednesday, January 12

    • Online learning from home begins for BCE and ECA students.

    Thursday, January 13 - Friday, January 14 

    • Online learning from home for all students.

    Monday, January 17

    • MLK Day, No school for students and staff.

    Tuesday, January 18 - Friday, January 21

    • Online learning from home for all students. 

    Monday, January 24 - Thursday, January 27

    • Online learning from home for all students.
    • Phased return for BCS students; more information to be shared directly from Mr. Fraser

    Friday, January 28

    • End of semester, No school for students

    Monday, January 31

    • Return to in-person learning at school for BCE, BCS, and ECA. Semester 2 begins. 

     


     

    What is online learning from home? 
    Online learning from home is live, interactive instruction taking place through a virtual format. All students will have regularly scheduled live class meetings, clear activities and learning expectations, and access to their teacher(s) throughout the day. The daily schedule of zoom meetings, online learning tasks, and offline learning activities will vary by grade level. 

     

    What is needed from parents/guardians as Online Learning from Home begins? 
    Families should check to ensure that you have proper internet connectivity at home and that your child’s devices are charged. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or building administration if you need assistance. 

    When will we receive more information about online learning from home from my child’s school? 
    Families will continue to receive updates from their child’s principals via their Sunday night chat or regular communication forum. Additional details will also be shared from classroom teachers via Seesaw or ItsLearning. All messages will be sent via blackboard email and phone messenger, the LMS for your school site, as well as be posted on our website. 

     

    What if my child receives special services? 
    Special education services will be delivered online during this time. Case managers will work with parents/guardians to determine the best service option so that individual student needs are addressed. After the assessment has been made, service providers and case managers will be contacting parents/guardians to ensure students have special education zoom links and a schedule to access online special education learning from home. 

     

    What if we are a Tier 1 family and need Emergency Child Care?
    Emergency Child Care (ECC) will be offered for Tier 1 families only. Tier 1 families include:

    • Healthcare and public health
    • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
    • Food and agriculture
    • Judicial Branch (essential services)
    • National Guard (activated under a Governor Executive Order)
    • Educators in pre-K through grade 12 settings
    • School staff caring for children of critical workers
    • Child care and school-age care providers

    ECC Program Details

    • ECC will run from 7:30am - 3:30pm at no cost for families. 
    • Transportation will be provided for those who register and connect with Jakarta Turner (JTurner@bccs286.org). Students must be registered for transportation at least 36 hours in advance before transportation can be provided (parent drop-up/pick-up is still an option). 
    • Distance learning support will be provided. Students should bring their devices, chargers and headphones. 
    • There will be no before or after school care until school resumes in person (no Centaur Plus or Step 21). 
    • Meals and snacks will be provided.

    Register for ECC on Eleyo

    • To qualify for emergency child care, please complete registration on Eleyo,  and email proof of Tier 1 employment documents to JTurner@bccs286.org
      • Picture of ID badge with company name
      • Letter from a direct supervisor or HR personal
      • Current pay stub from employer (please cross out any personal information like social security number, wages, employee id)

     

    What is the plan for Athletics and Activities? 
    At this time, Athletics and Activities will continue as scheduled.  Any spectators who attend athletic events and activities must wear a mask inside our school buildings and must show proof of a vaccine or a negative test within the last three  days. 



    Will the Health Resource Center be open?
    We will continue to offer services during the online learning from home. 

    • Walk-in health services are available Thursdays from 1-5 pm.
    • Counseling services are available in-person or virtually.
    • Dental services are available on January 10 and January 24 from 8:30am-5pm.

    Contact the Health Resource Center at 763-450-3385 ext 5100 or email hrc@bccs286.org. Please note: Written parental consent must be submitted before students use these resources. Learn more here.

     

    Will STEP and LEAP be offered during Online Learning from Home?
    STEP and LEAP will be virtual during Online Learning from Home. Enrolled participants will receive more communication directly from the program.

     

    Will there be food distribution?
    We will offer pick up meals at BCE and BCS starting Wednesday, January 12. 

    • Door Locations: Main Door at BCS, PreK Door at BCE
    • Pick Up Times: 11am - 1pm every week day

    In addition, we will offer food distribution points within the community starting Wednesday, January 12. Click here for additional details.

     

    10:40 a.m. at 56th Avenue North & Brookview Drive & Ericon Drive & Morgan Avenue North 

    10:40 a.m. at 54th Avenue North and Penn Avenue North 

    10:50 a.m. at 65th Avenue North & Willow Lane North 

    10:50 a.m. at 8616 Edinbrook Xing - Golf Course 

    11:05 a.m. at 55th Avenue North & James Avenue North 

    11:05 a.m. at Bellvue Lane & Camden Avenue North 

    11:20 a.m. at 55th Avenue North & Fremont Avenue North 

    11:20 a.m. at 73rd Avenue & Douglas Drive North 

    11:30 a.m. at 55th Avenue North & Bryant Ave North 

    11:30 a.m. at 72nd Avenue North & Camden Avenue North 

    11:45 a.m. at Northway Drive & Northway Drive 

    11:50 a.m. at 65th Avenue North & Perry Avenue North

     

    Do I need to report it if my student or someone in the family tests positive for COVID-19?
    Please continue to report positive cases to the School Nurse so that tracking of cases can be continued and trends can be evaluated. The Nurse may also be able to offer resources or answer questions.