If you are interested in virtual classes for the first quarter, you must contact the appropriate school principal by July 27 and receive confirmation from that principal so we can ensure we have adequate staffing to serve you.
June 22, 2020
Dear Bartlesville Public Schools Parents and Guardians,
Throughout the pandemic, our students, families, and district staff have remained vigilant, flexible, and patient. Our collaborative efforts have safeguarded each other’s health while fulfilling our district mission of educating and enriching lives.
As we approach the 2020-2021 academic year, we recognize the uncertainties regarding community health and the most appropriate and feasible precautions to ensure we meet all students’ educational needs. There are multiple district committees working on safety measures and supplies as well as revised operational policies and procedures. We plan to share our initial plans the week of July 13, realizing that those plans must continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19 and ways to reduce its impact.
Parents who are particularly concerned about on-site instruction should consider how the district offers three different options for any student’s learning environment, as outlined in the accompanying chart. Option 1 is a traditional classroom setting inside our schools. Option 2 is a combination of online and on-site instruction to help students and families who may deal with intermittent health concerns. Option 3 is an online virtual learning environment in Bruin Virtual School with instruction led by certified district teachers and which offers optional participation in school-sponsored athletics and fine arts programs. All three options will provide continual access to submitted and/or graded online assignments as we expand our 1:1 Chromebook program across grades 3-12 in August and all grades by early autumn. We will continue to provide take-home devices for middle and high school students while providing classroom-based devices for elementary students which could be checked out during Distance Learning periods. Any students in Options 2 or 3 will be provided a take-home device. We also offer cellular hotspots when needed to ensure educational internet access for students learning at home.
I urge any parents interested in Option 2’s blending of online and on-site instruction to contact their school principal and those interested in Option 3’s virtual instruction to visit BruinVirtual.com.
Please stay safe, and thank you for your support and confidence in our hard-working staff. I look forward to sharing with you in mid-July additional information on our plans for the upcoming school year.
Chuck McCauley, Superintendent