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How to make it a great first week of the new school year

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – We are so excited to welcome back our students and families to the new school year. While online instruction won’t start until Monday, September 14, families and students should still plan to do a few things to make it a great start of the school year. 

Ready to Learn website

Our new Ready to Learn website has launched. Families can find information about:

Back to School Connections

Families should have already scheduled an in-person appointment or virtual Zoom meeting with their child(ren)’s teacher(s). If you have not been contacted by school staff, please call the main office at your child(ren)’s school or program:

  • Pre-K: (763) 561-4480 x5001
  • Grades K-5 at Brooklyn Center Elementary: (763) 561-4480
  • Grades 6-12 at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School: (763) 561-2120
  • Early College Academy: (763) 450-3383

During in-person appointments, staff and families will need to follow health and safety protocols, including wearing a face covering or mask and practice social distancing. In order to allow for social distancing, we ask that families limit the number of people who attend the on-site appointments. 

Instruction Start Date

In order for staff members to be able to focus on building connections and relationships with families, regular instruction will begin on Monday, September 14. This will be done online, as part of the limited campus hybrid model. Most students will learn off-campus. Setting-III special education students in our center-based programs will have the option of on-campus learning and this will begin on Monday, September 21. Setting-III students will engage in online learning through Friday, September 18.

Technology 

A learning device will be assigned to each student. Students in early childhood programs through grade 2 will receive an iPad. Students in grades 3-12 will receive a Chromebook. Internet connectivity assistance will also be provided. Families and students will receive training for how to use their devices and learning systems at the beginning of the school year. 

Most students were able to keep their district-issued device from spring 2020 over the summer. Students who do not have their device or need to transition from an iPad to a Chromebook (from grade 2 to grade 3) will receive their device during the week of September 8 at back to school connections appointments with staff. 

Meal Distribution and Pick-Up

Meal distribution will continue again on Tuesday, September 8. Buses will deliver meals to students through meal distribution routes every day, Monday through Friday, at specific locations and times. Click here to view the list in a print-friendly document. Click here to view a map to determine the stop closest to your family.

Families will also be able to pick-up meals at our sites at the following times and locations:

  • Brooklyn Center Elementary: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the roundabout at the main entrance
  • Brooklyn Center Middle and High School: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the main entrance

Please wait in your car or outside the building and someone will bring bagged meals to you.

Centaur Plus Childcare

Families can now register for childcare for the 2020-2021 school year. The program will be located at our Early College Academy campus and is open Mondays – Fridays from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on school days and non-school days, excluding holidays. We are open to all BC families and staff. Click here to register today!

Centaur Plus (previously known as Bright Start) is a fee-based program that provides quality and engaging instruction in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades Pre-K – 5. Centaur Plus will be available in all learning scenarios and includes onsite distance learning support.

Click here for more information about Centaur Plus.

COVID-19 Packs

BCCS and our partners at Brooklyn Bridge Alliance have teamed up to provide families with Back to School/Class/Work COVID 19 Packs and Sport Packs. These packs have some basic supplies that can be signed up for using this COVID 19 Pack Google Form. BCCS families should mark “Brooklyn Center High School” as their school. 

Some of the items include hand sanitizer, masks, thermometers, soap, face shields, portable lap desks, headphones, pencil sharpener, USB drive, graphing paper, paints, scissors, hula hoops, Disc Golf kits, and the ball and velcro mitt kits. 

This will be on a first-come, first-served basis and only available to residents of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. Please complete this form by 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 3.

Once forms are submitted, families will receive communication on how to pick-up their packs.