Dear Beardsley Parents and Stakeholders,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Beardsley School District, I welcome you to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The district has been busy preparing for the return of students to regular in person learning, and I look forward to all our students returning to campus full time, five days per week! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 18th.
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, BSD will reopen in accordance with recent changes to regulations delineated by the CDC, the California Department of Public Health, and OSHA. Under the most recent guidance the district will be able to operate our classrooms at full capacity, as the required 6 feet of space between students has been relaxed by the health authorities. Students and staff will still be required to wear masks while indoors on campus at all times. Masking for students and staff when outside (playground and common areas) is not required at this time. Additionally, the district will be able to operate its bus fleet at full capacity. Masks will also be required at all times on the district’s school buses. For more details regarding current requirements please check the web site below:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/K-12-Guidance-23021-22-School-Year.aspx. Of course these rules are subject to change going forward.
The school day will be extended this year by thirty minutes to allow for extra instructional time for all students. TK through 3rd grades will be dismissed at 2:30, and 4th through 8th grades will be dismissed at 3:00. These additional minutes will allow all students to catch up on lost instructional minutes from last school year. Additionally, the district will offer after school programs at each of our school sites until 6:00 each evening. I am very excited to announce the addition of an afterschool program at San Lauren this year, which will be open to all students.
Another positive change this year is that a free breakfast will be served to ALL students in their respective classrooms instead of the cafeteria each morning. This will ensure that all of our students start the day with a nutritious meal. Please be advised that the earliest time for student drop off at school in the mornings is 7:30.
The district will offer an Independent Study program for those parents who feel their student’s health would be at risk with in person learning. If this applies to your child, please check the district’s web site after August 13th for the details regarding this option.
Student and staff safety is and will continue to be the district’s number one priority. We will work diligently to maintain a safe, healthy and comfortable learning environment for our students and staff. If/when there are changes mandated by health professionals as the year progresses, we will communicate those changes to you as quickly as possible.
In conclusion, I can’t tell you how excited BSD is to have students back for full time in person learning, and all the great opportunities this will present to students, staff, and families. You may contact your student’s school with any questions you may have. The school offices open on Tuesday, August 10th.
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Paul E. Miller