Current covid-19 activity level chartHybrid Learning

When will Battle Ground transition to hybrid learning?

As of Feb. 1, Clark County is in the moderate level of COVID-19 activity (calculated by Clark County Public Health).

The state Department of Health updated the metrics for in-person learning on Dec. 16. Kindergartners have been in school since early November, Battle Ground primary students have been learning in-person since Feb. 1, and middle school students began hybrid on Feb. 22. High School students will begin Hybrid learning on March 15. Please watch for more information from your school and the district.

Read more about the district’s transition plan for returning to in-person learning below.

Hybrid Learning Plan

Battle Ground Public Schools has developed a plan for hybrid learning, which is a combination of both in-person and remote learning. In this model, half of our students attend school for two days each week to accommodate physical distancing in the buildings.

Families who are considering which learning option is right for them should also read about the Remote Learning Plan and the Hybrid or Remote Learning FAQ.

Why Hybrid Learning?

The State of Washington has set metrics for in-person learning that require schools to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between students in buildings. At this distance, Battle Ground’s largest classrooms can accommodate about 15 students, and many classrooms are smaller. It is the same for districts across the state. To comply with the requirements, Battle Ground and other districts are providing hybrid learning to students.

Goals:

  • Provide Safe Learning Environments
  • Provide Families Options Regarding Instruction Delivery
  • Provide Equitable Learning Opportunities for Under Resourced and Underrepresented Students
  • Provide Clear and Timely Communication

Plan Components

  • Schedules
  • Health and Safety
  • Student Supports
  • Activities and Athletics Procedures
  • COVID Exposure/Closure Procedures

Click below for more details.

Student Groups

  • Students will be divided into two groups to accommodate physical distancing at school. Parents can request a change based on family need/situation.
    • Group A (A-L) will attend in person on Monday and Tuesday
    • Group B (M-Z) will attend in person on Thursday and Friday

Weekly Schedule

  • In-person student day is 10:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (5 hours)
  • On two of their at-home learning days, students will have a scheduled remote class with their specialist teacher.
  • Teacher work day is 8:40 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
  • When students are not at school learning with their teachers, they will be directed to work independently on assignments.
  • Wednesday is a cleaning day (between cohorts). The entire building and all classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected. Teachers will have meeting, planning, professional development and student communication time.

Attestation

It is important that parents use the Qualtrics app to attest to their child’s health every day so that schools can get class started on time. Each day of in-person learning, primary families will receive a 5 a.m. email from Battle Ground Public Schools (noreply@qemailserver.com) asking a parent/guardian to attest online to their primary student’s health. The software offers families the option to receive the daily message in a text format as well.  Step-by-step instructions on how to do the attestation are online. All students go through the daily attestation process prior to starting school, including a temperature check.

Lunch
Primary students eat lunch in their classrooms (physically distanced)

Completion of Assigned Work
Students have the flexibility to complete remote lessons throughout the week and when it is convenient for the child and family.  Please communicate with your classroom teacher about assignment results in order to inform next steps.

Grading
Teachers will assign marks for all academic subject areas. Grade marks will be based on a combination of classroom observations, assignments, and assessments and information collected from asynchronous learning.

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this process.  Parents and students can contact their teacher via any of the following ways:

  1. Call their classroom teacher’s district phone number/extension and leave a message;
  2. Email the classroom teacher;
  3. Check-in (electronically) with the classroom teacher during their posted office hours.

Tech Support
At any given point in time, students and families can get Tech Support by first contacting the classroom teacher, then by emailing: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org or calling: (360) 885-5465.

Student Groups

  • Students will be divided into two groups to accommodate physical distancing at school. Parents can request a change based on family need/situation.
    • Group A (A-L) will attend in person on Monday and Tuesday
    • Group B (M-Z) will attend in person on Thursday and Friday

Middle School Sample Hybrid ScheduleWeekly Schedule

  • In-person student day is 8:10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
  • 5 periods each day
  • On two of their at-home learning days, students will have a scheduled remote class with their specialist teacher.
  • Teacher work day is 7:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Wednesdays are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for teachers so PLC teams can meet (7.5 hours).
  • When students are not at school learning with their teachers, they will be directed to work independently on assignments.
  • Wednesday is a cleaning day (between cohorts). The entire building and all classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected.  Teachers will have meeting, planning, professional development and student communication time.

Attestation

It is important that parents use the Qualtrics app to attest to their child’s health every day so that schools can get class started on time. Middle school students can use the application to attest to their own health, but parents must enter their child’s cell phone number in the app to allow this to happen. Each day of in-person learning, middle school families will receive a 5 a.m. email from Battle Ground Public Schools (noreply@qemailserver.com) asking a parent/guardian to attest online to their middle school student’s health. The first email will offer families the option to sign up for the daily message in a text format.  Step-by-step instructions on how to do the attestation are online. All students go through daily attestation prior to starting school, including a temperature check.

Lunch
Middle school students will not eat lunch at school during hybrid learning. Instead, they will have a mid-morning snack break where they will have the opportunity to get a free grab and go breakfast. Parents can choose for students to receive a free grab and go lunch to take home.

Grading
Teachers will assign marks for all academic subject areas. Grade marks will be based on a combination of classroom observations, assignments, and assessments and information collected from asynchronous learning.

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this process.  Parents and students can contact their teacher via any of the following ways:

  1. Call their classroom teacher’s district phone number/extension and leave a message;
  2. Email the classroom teacher;
  3. Check-in (electronically) with the classroom teacher during their posted office hours.

Tech Support
At any given point in time, students and families can get Tech Support by first contacting the classroom teacher, then by emailing: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org or calling: (360) 885-5465.

Student Groups

  • Students will be divided into two groups to accommodate physical distancing at school. Parents can request a change based on family need/situation.
    • Group A (A-L) will attend in person on Monday and Tuesday
    • Group B (M-Z) will attend in person on Thursday and Friday

High School Sample Hybrid ScheduleWeekly Schedule

  • In-person student day is 7:55 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. (5 hours)
  • 3 periods each day (85-minute long periods)
  • Teacher work day is 7:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Wednesdays are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for teachers so PLC teams can meet. (7.5 hours)
  • When students are not at school learning with their teachers, they will be directed to work independently on assignments.
  • Wednesday is a cleaning day (between cohorts). The entire building and all classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected. Students will participate in remote, at-home learning. Teachers will have meeting, planning, professional development and student communication time.

Attestation

It is important that parents use the Qualtrics app to attest to their child’s health every day so that schools can get class started on time. High school students can use the application to attest to their own health, but parents must enter their child’s cell phone number in the app to allow this to happen. Each day of in-person learning, families will receive a 5 a.m. email from Battle Ground Public Schools (noreply@qemailserver.com) asking a parent/guardian to attest online to their high school student’s health. The first email will offer families the option to sign up for the daily message in a text format.  Step-by-step instructions on how to do the attestation are online. All students go through daily attestation prior to starting school, including a temperature check.

Meals/lunch
High school students will have access to breakfast after completing daily health attestation. A free grab and go lunch will be provided to students to eat at home after the school day.

Grading
Teachers will assign marks for all academic subject areas. Grade marks will be based on a combination of classroom observations, assignments, and assessments and information collected from asynchronous learning.

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this process.  Parents and students can contact their teacher via any of the following ways:

  1. Call their classroom teacher’s district phone number/extension and leave a message;
  2. Email the classroom teacher;
  3. Check-in (electronically) with the classroom teacher during their posted office hours.

Tech Support
At any given point in time, students and families can get Tech Support by first contacting the classroom teacher, then by emailing: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org or calling: (360) 885-5465.

ALEs – Creating schedules to fit the needs of students and families they serve. Will offer learning options in line with other buildings. Schedules may differ slightly to meet the unique structure of their programs.

Special Education – Teachers and staff will work with parents to provide specialized instruction and supports as defined by a student’s individualized education program (IEP). Those decisions will be made as part of the IEP team process. If you need to contact the Special Education department, please visit www.battlegroundps.org/special-education/.

Title I – Students eligible for Title I Services will continue to receive these supports. 

ELL – Supports and instruction will be provided for English Language Learners. Students who choose to remain remote will continue receiving support.

Homeless Services – Homeless services continue to be provided and are supported through the Family and Community Resource Center.

Mental Health issues that accompany the COVID-19 pandemic have rapidly compounded public health concerns. Research assessing the mental health implications of COVID-19 has identified a heightened prevalence of depression and anxiety among children, which reflects the widespread effects of uncertainty and health-related fears.

To support positive mental health, BGPS provides a wide variety of programs and resources that may be helpful to students and families:

  • Counselors at every school will be accessible to students and families in addition to regularly providing classroom lessons and discussions
  • Outside referrals and supports can be provided through our partnerships with community based mental health providers
  • A comprehensive SEL plan has been developed and implemented in all of our buildings 
  • Each building has a student support structure to assist parents and families looking for help
  • BGPS Family and Community Resource Center is also available to help students and families and can connect them to valuable community supports
  • As a district we understand the importance of offering athletic opportunities to students. High school sports were allowed to resume after the southwest Washington region entered Phase 2 of the state’s “Healthy Washington” reopening plan. In early February, it was announced that Seasons 2 and 3 in the 3A and 4A Greater St. Helens League would merge into a single season that begins April 12. All athletic protocols and processes will follow guidance from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, or WIAA
  • Performing arts classes will follow Department of Health guidelines. Music classes continue to use purchased curriculum, materials, or resources.
  • While we understand the importance and value of field trips to learning, they are cancelled at this time.
  • We are committed to bringing back CTE hands-on courses for students to gain experiences.  Students are using small groups to get hands-on access to programs.
  • Busses will be available to transport students. Parents are encouraged to drive students if possible to decrease the number of students on the bus each day.
  • Physical distancing as best as possible. Students in the same family can/will sit together, others will have space between them and another student. (May not be 6 feet.)
  • When possible, board the bus back to front. Exit the bus front to back.
  • Hand sanitizer available.
  • Masks required.
  • Windows open (when possible) to increase air flow.
  • Busses cleaned after every run.

Per state Department of Health requirements and CDC guidelines, all student, staff, volunteer and building visitors must attest to their health upon entering any school building.

Before arriving at school, families will use the Qualtrics Application for attestation
The district will use the Qualtrics application for attestation. Families and staff can
access the app from a computer or cell phone. Guardians and staff will get an email or text message reminder to attest to their student’s/personal health.  

  • The survey asks if they have any of the following symptoms: Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing? Fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher) or chills? Cough? Recent loss of taste or smell?  Congestion?  Sore throat?  Muscle or body aches? Headache? Unusual fatigue? Nausea or vomiting? Diarrhea? 
  • Additionally, the survey asks: Have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Told by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self- isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?   Have a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
  • If any of these are checked, then they get a message to stay home and contact their healthcare provider.  If none are checked, they are cleared for school/work.  The district is notified of anyone not “passing” the attestation.

Upon arriving at school: temp check and confirmation of attestation
Students arriving to school will need to be dropped off at the curb by parents or by the bus.  Parents will be required to stay in their vehicles and to leave promptly.  Each student will have a colored lanyard that will identify what grade they are in. 

  • The students will go to the large gyms and line up on the colored marks that match their lanyard for the attestation verification.  Students will queue on colored markings on the floor which are placed to accommodate physical distancing.  Each colored marking is placed at 6 foot intervals and represents a different grade level.
  • There will be one screener for each grade level.  This screener will first ask if the student has the email notification from their guardian’s attestation.  If the student has that, they can show it to the screener who will verify the date of the attestation.  The screener will then take the student’s temperature and if it’s less than 100.4, allow that child to go on to their class.  If the student’s temperature is 100.4 or higher, the student will go to the Quarantine Room where they will wait for their guardian to pick them up and take them home. 
  • If the student doesn’t have that email or notification on their cell phone, the screener will check the Qualtrics application to see if the student’s attestation had been done and if the student was cleared to come to school.  If the student was cleared, the screener will then take the student’s temperature and if it’s less than 100.4, allow that child to go on to their class. 
  • If the student doesn’t have the attestation completed by the time they come through the line, the screener will use the Qualtrics application to ask the student the screening questions.  During this process, the screener will take the student’s temperature as part of the process.  If the student is cleared at that time, they will be sent to class.
  • Face masks are required for all staff and students per Washington State Department of Health, except under special circumstances such as a developmental or health diagnosis.
  • Physical Distancing will be in place. The number of students
    will be limited to assure that there is 6 feet between each
    person. Desks will be removed or clearly marked to indicate
    that students should not sit here. All students face forward.
  • Use of communal supplies will be discouraged. 
  • All “extra” furniture will be removed. Especially any cloth    covered furniture that is difficult to clean.
  • All classrooms will have a supply of hand sanitizer available for student and staff use.
  • Students will wipe down desks when they arrive in class and when they leave class (with safe and effective cleaning products)
  • Primary students will eat in their classrooms. Lunches will be delivered. Primary grab and go breakfasts will be distributed at the end of the school day to take home per parent request.
  • Middle and high school students will not eat lunch at school, but will have the opportunity to get a grab and go breakfast during the school day and can get a free grab and go lunch to eat at home.
  • Masks can be removed when students are eating.
  • For recess the number of students on the playground or in a specific area will be limited.
  • Meals will be provided free of charge through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

USDA free meal program

The USDA has extended its free Summer Meal Program through Sept. 30, 2021. Nutritious grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be available for curbside pickup Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday to children ages 0-18.

  • Midday Distribution Time:  11 a.m. to noon
    When: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday  (No service during spring break or on Memorial Day)
  • Where:
    • Captain Strong Primary
    • Glenwood Heights Primary
    • Pleasant Valley Primary
    • Maple Grove Primary
    • Yacolt Primary
    • Amboy Middle
    • Daybreak Primary
    • Tukes Valley Primary
    • Prairie High School
    • Battle Ground High School
  • Student movement will be limited as much as possible.
  • Teachers will move instead of students whenever possible.
  • Hallways will be designated one way when possible.
  • In larger hallways floor markings will separate students going different directions.
  • When possible, groups will transition at different times to reduce hallway traffic.
  • Masks are required for EVERYONE, except under special circumstances such as a developmental or health diagnosis.
  • Students will need to bring their own masks—A supply of masks will be available for those who need one
  • Education and training will be provided
  • Administration will monitor staff compliance
  • Staff will monitor student compliance
  • Anyone not wearing a mask properly and in accordance with established guidelines will be asked to comply immediately
  • Staff or students who don’t comply or who continue to disregard the mask wearing policies are subject to disciplinary action
  • Additional PPE for staff will be provided when needed and necessary

According to the CDC … promoting hand hygiene is one of the most important actions schools can take to slow the spread of COVID19 and other infectious diseases and protect students and staff.

  • Education and Training
  • Increased Signage
  • Handwashing Stations provided throughout the building
  • Hand Sanitizer available in classrooms
  • Scheduled hand washing times for younger students

According to the CDC … Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm’s’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Education and Training
  • Increased Signage
  • Physical Distancing as much as possible in the classroom, during transitions, at recess and lunch, on the bus
  • Assemblies and larger student gatherings will not be held

Battle Ground Public Schools has contracted with PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. to provide direction and support for cleaning practices and procedures during the pandemic. 

PBS has worked with the district to develop a cleaning plan incorporating the following: 

  • Standardized practices for routine cleaning and sanitization of buildings by custodial staff.
  • Standardized practices for routine cleaning and sanitization of buildings by non custodial building  staff. 
  • Standardized practices for disinfection of buildings by custodial staff or outside person(s) following a known or suspected case of  COVID-19. 
  • Training requirements and training videos. 
  • PPE usage related to cleaning processes. 
  • Standardized recommended cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection chemicals and equipment.

BGPS has worked closely with the Department of Health to develop procedures to provide a timely and comprehensive response in the event of a COVID-19 exposure at our schools. Throughout this process the goal of BGPS will be to provide transparent communication while balancing our legal obligation to protect the privacy of individuals affected.

  • Staff will be trained on how to isolate symptomatic students or staff members at school, handling positive cases, and assisting with Clark County Public Health Department with contact tracing efforts.
  • Clark County Public Health will notify BGPS of potential exposure to COVID-19 in the learning or work environment and BGPS will support the Health Department in its follow up work.
  • Anyone determined to be at a potential risk for exposure will be contacted directly and will receive proper guidance.
  • BGPS will communicate with necessary parents and/or staff within the building or department regarding potential exposure.

If a student contracts COVID-19:

  • At the direction of the DOH, BGPS will notify families of students in the same class/cohort, while on the same bus, or on the same club or team.
  • The DOH will conduct contact tracing and notification will be made to individuals who may have had close contact.
  • A COVID-19 positive student may return to school when they meet DOH guidelines.

If an employee gets COVID-19:

  • At the direction of the DOH, BGPS will notify families of students and employees in the same school as the COVID-positive employee.
  • The DOH will conduct contact tracing and notification will be made to individuals who may have had close contact.
  • The COVID-positive employee may return to school when they meet DOH guidelines.

Possible school closures 
The decision to close BGPS schools may be made as a means to prevent further spread of COVID-19 or in a response to increased student and/or staff absenteeism. The district will make school closure decisions in consultation with the Clark County Health Department.

  • BGPS will consider implementing school closures based upon guidelines from DOH, OSPI, State and Federal Governments and will consider variables including the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building.
  • When there is confirmation of a COVID-19 infected person in a school building, BGPS will work with the DOH to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community (building) and other factors to determine when a building should close.
  • Unaffected sites will remain open.
  • If temporary school closures occur, teachers and students will transition instruction to remote learning immediately until the building reopens.

More information about technology assistance is on the Chromebook Help web page.

Chromebooks

Battle Ground Public Schools provides Chromebooks to students who do not have access to a computing device at home. The Student Help Desk provides technical support for Chromebook and educational software issues.

Students who need a Chromebook can come by the Student Helpdesk and Tech Services during Student Helpdesk hours:

Student Help Desk

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Call:
(360) 885-5465
Email: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org
Location: 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie

Internet access

If your students DO NOT have reliable internet service at home, you can check in with the Student Help Desk at (360) 885-5465 about the availability of a hotspot.

Other options for internet access are also listed on the Chromebook Help page.

Battle Ground Public Schools uses the Google Education Suite, Seesaw and Zoom as its primary online learning tools.

Instructions for logging into these and other school applications are on the Learning Apps and Logins page.

To support families during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have compiled a list of resources to continue learning at home.

Visit our Home Learning Resources webpage.

Tips for learning at home

ESD 112 has tips for making distance learning work for your family:

  • Designate a learning (and working) space
  • Set a schedule for work and play
  • Let off some steam and be creative
  • Practice social distancing–but don’t isolate
  • Take some time to talk through what’s happening
  • Give yourself a break

Parent Academy FlyerIntroducing the Parent Academy: online classes specifically designed to help you navigate and understand the tools that your students use for online learning. The classes are taught by the district’s own technology education trainers and coaches.

The recorded classes are available online as videos.

The classes focus on tips and information that will benefit all parents. We understand you may have questions or concerns specific to your child’s learning. Please contact your child’s teacher with any specific questions.

In the interest of developing strong partnerships between home and school, we are invested in supporting parents to assist in the education of their children. The following are items for consideration.

Parent Academy

Recorded videos to help you support your children.

  • Remote Learning Survival Guide
  • Google Classroom/SeeSaw
  • Courses on individual apps for parents
  • Math curriculum for parents
  • Supporting your child’s social-emotional needs

In Building Supports

  • Internet Cafes are available at schools to support students during remote learning. The cafes are staffed by classified support staff that may have knowledge in the content areas or grade levels.
  • Family support structures are in place at each building to provide extra assistance for parents at home. Please let your school know if you need additional supports and resources during the pandemic or help with organizing student learning and assignments.
  • Student Helpdesk/Tech Helpline – a helpline for students and parents to call in and get support with technology needs, supports or hardware issues.

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