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Bossier Strong Start 2020

Bossier Strong Start 2020

Dear BPSB families,

Bossier Schools is ready. We are ready for our schools to reopen; we are ready to reconnect with our students; and we are ready for learning to begin on day one.

I know our parents are both eager and anxious about what school will look like when children return amid the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a father, grandfather and educator, nothing is more important to me than providing a safe environment for our students’ and employees’ return. Let me assure you months of conversations, increased safety measures and cautious, methodical and intentional planning underscore everything we have done to prepare for August 12 and is what shaped Bossier Strong Start 2020, the district’s detailed reopening guide and best practices.

There is no way around it. The beginning of the 2020-21 academic year will look different as the district works within the framework of state education and health guidelines. Until Louisiana enters Phase 3, daily instruction will be provided for our youngest learners in PreK-5th, whose parents depend the most on schools being open for child care. Students in 6th-12th grades will be on an A/B schedule, alternating days between face-to-face instruction and remote learning. A full-time virtual option will also be available at every grade level for families that do not feel comfortable with their children returning to the classroom and prefer they learn from home.

Each day will begin with temperature checks for students and staff, face masks will be required for third grade and above, handwashing and proper hygiene will be encouraged, static grouping and/or social distancing will be emphasized and cleaning and disinfection protocols will be stepped up to the fullest extent possible.

Transportation will continue to be provided for all students, although it poses a big challenge. The district encourages parents who are able to transport their child to and from school in an effort to mitigate reduced bus capacity.

While there is no perfect plan for the imperfect times and challenges we are navigating, Bossier Schools is confident that with your partnership we will start strong and your children will thrive. That is because together, we are Bossier Strong!

~Mitch Downey

Superintendent, Bossier Schools