BBSD Frequently Asked Questions
May 21, 2020
Will school buildings reopen in the fall?
The Governor ordered the closure of all Pennsylvania public schools for the remainder for the 2019-2020 school year. That included all face to face classes and activities associated with school district operations. The district enacted the Flexible Instruction Day (FID) plan to provide continuity of education for all students in the Berlin Brothersvalley School District. We are currently in the “yellow” zone which has loosened some of the restrictions in Somerset County. Following these as well as CDC guidelines, we plan to offer limited extended school year services over the summer. At this time, we are planning to be back in our school buildings to begin classes on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
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 will be providing training for staff as soon as possible and orientation for parents and students over the summer. 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 are submitting a grant which will provide technology for every student K-12. This one to one learning environment 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.
Will Prom be canceled?
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.
How will the closure impact graduating Seniors?
Graduation status for seniors will be determined in accordance with past years. March 24 was the last day of the 3rd Marking Period. The 4th Marking Period began on March 25 and will conclude on Wednesday, May 27. Seniors who began the second semester on track to graduate, but were failing one or more classes required to graduate were contacted by their guidance counselor, Mrs. McMillen. She has worked with students to create a plan to earn their diploma. All seniors who intend on graduating this year were informed that it was required to do work assigned in order to be eligible to receive a BBSD diploma. Seniors who do not complete the process will not graduate on time and will be provided with opportunities to complete the process over the summer in order to receive their diploma.
We will recognize the graduation of the BBHS class of 2020 on Saturday, May 30 with a ceremony conducted in the stadium at 12 noon. If the weather does not cooperate, students will still receive their diplomas that day and the ceremony will be rescheduled for Saturday, June 6 in the stadium at 12 noon. We will utilize guidance from the State Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education for safety guidelines.
Final Work Drop-off and Building Preparation for Deep Cleaning
May 26, 2020 is the final day to return work and materials in order to conclude the 2019-2020 school year. Parents and students were provided opportunities to pick up all belongings from lockers and classrooms at earlier times. After May 27, 2020 the buildings will be completely empty of personal belongings and prepared for a deep cleaning in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.
Students (and parents) were expected to communicate and make a good faith effort to complete work assigned by teachers. Grades will be assigned for work and be uploaded into Power School to compute grades for Marking Period 4 which ends on Wednesday, May 27. Report cards will be mailed on Monday, June 1, 2020.
High School Scholarships and Awards Ceremony
Due to building closures, a traditional 2019-2020 awards ceremony will not be held. Award and scholarship sponsors will deliver awards to the district. Awardees will be contacted by phone to notify them of the recognition and how to access them in the in the high school office. A virtual award and scholarship presentation video will be created and posted to www.bbsd.com the week of May 25th.
When will the last cafeteria meal distributions occur for the year?
The last meal distributions for the year will be Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday. May 28.