School Closure Information

Schools closed through April 24

To help our state and nation slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Battle Ground Public Schools are closed through Friday, April 24. This directive is from Governor Jay Inslee and applies to all schools in the state of Washington. The information below is intended to help the community connect with helpful resources during this unprecedented closure.

Looking for past messages that were sent out by the district? We’ve archived the daily updates on our News feed.

Similar to our summer meal program, children can pick up a free and nutritious sack lunch and breakfast items for the following morning each week day between 11 a.m. and noon.

Grab and go lunch and breakfast is available to children ages 0–18

Students need to be present to pick up their meals.

When: 11 a.m. to noon weekdays, March 17–27 and April 6–24

(meals will NOT be served spring break, March 30-April 3)

Where:

  • Amboy Middle School
  • Battle Ground High School
  • Captain Strong Primary
  • Daybreak Primary
  • Glenwood Heights Primary
  • Maple Grove Primary
  • Pleasant Valley Primary
  • Prairie High School
  • Tukes Valley Primary
  • Yacolt Primary

Families are strongly encouraged to pick up meals at one of the 10 BGPS locations that are set up to distribute sack lunches/breakfasts. However, families that are absolutely unable to get to schools to pick up meals in person can request meal delivery to your child’s bus stop. For those who need it, meal delivery is set to begin on Monday, March 23. To request delivery of meals, please complete the online request form to get started. If you are unable to complete the form online, you may call the Meal Delivery Request Line at (360) 885-6614. However, please note that completing the online request form is the most efficient method of requesting meal delivery.

Technology access

We have created a Technology Access Form for you to fill out and a telephone hotline to call if students do not have reliable internet service at home and/or need a device for home use. If you cannot complete the form online, please call the hotline at (360) 885-5474. However, please note that completing the online form is the most efficient method of reporting technology access needs. If students need a device and/or Internet access, we will follow-up with you. Our initial priority for providing access to technology resources will be seniors. Please ONLY fill out the form if your student DOES NOT have access to a Chromebook/other computer or DOES NOT have reliable  internet access at home.

Free and Discounted Internet

Xfinity has opened its public hotspots to non-Xfinity customers. Just connect to the “xfinitywifi” SSID and accept the terms and conditions. For additional information about this offer, go to www.xfinity.com/wifi.

TDS Telecommunications LLC is offering free broadband Internet access to low-income individuals and/or families with K-12 children and college students for 60 days (in response to the COVID-19 pandemic). This offer is for new customers in communities where TDS provides service. To verify eligibility for this offer, residents will be asked to provide documentation from qualifying programs. For more information, please call 1-888-287-8156. New customers must mention the 60-day free offer when calling. To check to see if TDS Internet is available in your area, you can enter your address here to see what services are available.

Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home as the country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency. New Internet Essentials customers can receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect automatically for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward. More info about Comcast’s Internet Essentials service offer is available here.

Home Learning Resources

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. This list will expand in the coming weeks. We are also working on videos that explain what the resources are and how they can be used.

This learning is not required and it will not be graded, but we hope it engages students and encourages learning at home. Visit our Home Learning Resources webpage.

AP tests

The College Board has announced that traditional face-to-face AP exams will not take place this year. In lieu of the traditional exam setup, the College Board is providing free remote learning resources and investing in the development of new, at-home testing options. While some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later while the content is still fresh, other students may want more time to practice. To address this disparity,  there will be two testing dates for each AP subject.

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Visit the AP Central website for the latest information regarding remote learning resources, at-home testing options, and exam dates.

SAT and ACT exams

SAT Exams: The makeup for the SAT exam on March 28 (originally scheduled for March 14) and the SAT exam scheduled for May 2 have been canceled. Students who already registered for the May 2 exam (and whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities) will receive refunds. Students can go to https://www.khanacademy.org/sat to keep their readiness skills sharp while schools are closed. As of now, the SAT exam on June 6 is still scheduled.

ACT exams: ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. Students can go to https://www.act.org/ for more information.

Information for high school seniors

Graduation ceremonies and requirements

High school graduation ceremony dates will not change. The last attendance day for seniors will be extended beyond the graduation ceremony. As of March 13, OSPI has canceled all required state testing for the remainder of the school year. We will have more information on graduation requirements in the future.

Running Start students

Follow the Clark and Lower Columbia College schedules for your classes at these colleges.

School and district hours: Schools are closed to the public. If you need assistance from someone in the district office, please make an appointment by calling 360-885-5300.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the weeks to come, we will be working with our teachers to provide online learning opportunities for our students and ways for our teachers to connect and engage with families.

Please note that the majority of the first two weeks of the closure will be made up on May 1 and June 10-19. Because these days will be made up, they are treated like snow days. Many staff, including teachers, do not work on days that will be made up later in the year.

We realize that online learning is not the optimal option for all students, and are working to develop a tiered model of support with the goal that all students would benefit from our modified instructional delivery system.

While we expect that technology will be leveraged to support student learning, this is not a conversion to “online school.” Our modified instructional delivery system will not replace the quality and personalized learning that happens in our classrooms, but it will provide instruction to help our students retain academic skills.

Until we are able to offer an online educational program with support, we have created a web page with links to many online learning sites. You can search our new Home Learning Resources page by keyword or browse by subject and grade level. We will continue to add additional learning sites and videos describing these sites in the coming days, so check back often. 

During the closure we will continue to provide information via several methods:
Battle Ground website for updates
Email
Automated phone call
Social media
BGPS Information line: (360) 885-5343

Some of the missed school days will be made up at the end of the school year, and the last day of school will be June 19.

The make-up days will be: May 1 (snow makeup day), June 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19.

The district will apply for a state waiver for the additional days that students miss.

High school graduation ceremony dates will not change. The last attendance day for seniors will be extended beyond the graduation ceremony. As of March 13, OSPI has canceled all required state testing for the remainder of the school year. We will have more information on graduation requirements in the future.

ALL athletics, school activities, field trips, and performances have been canceled until further notice.

Yes, all school events are canceled and school buildings are closed to the public.

Governor Jay Inslee has directed all public and private K-12 schools in Washington to close through April 24.

Unfortunately at this time, we cannot provide definitive answers about which events will be rescheduled or when. Once school has resumed, the district will provide more information about activities and events.

All Community Education events and Facilities Rentals are canceled.

If you have children or family members with other medical conditions that put them at higher risk for the flu, talk to your healthcare provider about planning specific to your family.

No. Parent-teacher conferences have been canceled.

Governor Jay Inslee has directed all public and private K-12 schools in Washington to close through April 24.

Unfortunately at this time, we cannot provide definitive answers about which events will be rescheduled or when. Once school has resumed, the district will provide more information about activities and events.

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