Will school buildings reopen in the fall?
We are planning to be back in our school buildings to begin classes on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The district is currently developing a Health and Safety Plan which will guide the safe return of students, staff and community as we resume educating our children onsite. The plan will be posted on the district website in July for review. Some components of the plan have been developed for summer activities and are posted on the district website.
What if we are not permitted to return to our school buildings in the fall or are directed to close buildings again during the school year?
We have evaluated our distance learning program over the course of the fourth marking period and have received feedback on how we could make the process more consistent and easier to manage from Kindergarten through grade 12. The district has selected a Learning Management System (LMS) called Schoology, which will make it easier to access and manage student learning for everyone. We just acquired the system and are working to integrate it with our Student Information System (SIS) which is PowerSchool. We need to be prepared for multiple learning scenarios. This system will help us maximize learning in any environment.
Will the district have access to more technology and better internet connectivity?
The CARES Act is providing funding to school districts in the form of a grant to assist districts adjust to an uncertain educational environment. We submitted and were successful in securing approximately $178,000 which will provide technology for every student K-12. This technology will maximize the use of Schoology and standardize access to learning tools across the district whatever our learning situation. We will also work to increase the stability of our internet service in our buildings as well as advocate for stable broadband service across our district and county.
What is the status of the Prom?
The BBHS Junior-Senior Prom has been scheduled for July 2, 2020. As more information is available from the PA Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding large-group gatherings, we will provide additional information.
Physical date changed from July 31 to August 4.
Any athlete planning to play a sport next year will need a physical between June 1st and the first day of practice. The first official day of practice for varsity football is August 10th and all other sports is August 17th. We will have physicals available at the school on August 4th starting at 9:00 AM, there will be a sign-up list at the drop-off dates or you can call the high school office. Cost of a school physical is $15.00. Those that will not be coming in on a drop-off date can contact their coach or Mr. Prosser to sign up. Physical forms are also available on the school website at https://www.bbsd.com/Page/16017
Athletes entering grades 7, 9, and 11 or athletes that did not play a sport last year are required to take a concussion test before beginning practice. Concussion tests will be available in the high school computer lab on July 31st and August 4th from 9:00 - 12:00. Athletes should enter the school at the high school office. Concussion tests typically take 20-30 minutes. If you have questions or cannot make one of those times please email Mr. Prosser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Berlin Brothersvalley Community,
In recent weeks, our nation has experienced heart wrenching and physically devastating violence. We want to acknowledge the toll that these events have taken on schools across the country. In the wake of these events, we want to reassure you that BBSD continues to provide a safe environment for our children to learn.
BBSD is vigilant in our efforts to ensure our schools are safe. We have a detailed emergency operations plan that lays out specific plans and responses related to prevention & mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. We conduct regular drills that provide practice to our students and staff on how to best respond to emergency situations. Also, we continue to work closely with law enforcement and other security professionals to maximize our safety efforts.
Please know that BBSD continues to be proactive in our safety measures. We encourage the community to work with the school district and local police departments, and to report any issues that may cause you concern. If you see something, please say something, and encourage your children to do the same.
Berlin Brothersvalley School District has the ability to send out text alerts and messages. In order to participate in this service, your cell phone number must be in our student database AND you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.
*Although Berlin Brothersvalley School District does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.