What is Bend International School doing to increase sanitation and minimize the spread of Covid 19?

* Increased janitorial cleaning protocols & stocked up on cleaning supplies
* Ordered special cleaning supplies and sprayers for disinfecting
* Sending students home when they are sick
* Clear expectations with families regarding when to stay home and how to prevent illness
*Quarantine room for students who exhibit symptoms
*Screening upon entry for signs of illness
*Staggered pick up times to facilitate physical distancing.
*Maintaining small cohorts of students throughout the day to minimize contact.
*Regular disinfecting of high touch surfaces at school.
* Staff will be required to wear a face-covering or face shield during school days.
*All students K-8 will be required to wear a face-covering or face shield during school days.

Is there lunch service still available during the school closure?

Bend-La Pine Schools will serve free “grab and go” meals for kids 18 and under at 10 locations throughout the district.  More details and information are on the district’s website.

How is Bend International School implementing the state of Ready Schools Safe Learners Guidance for School Reopening?

Bend International School will adhere to the guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority on reopening schools.  The metrics state that schools must be in a county that achieves the following metrics:  Case rate: ≤10 cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days and the test positivity: ≤5% in the preceding 7 days (must also be met for three weeks in a row) the following state metric must be met three weeks in a row: Test positivity: ≤5% in the preceding 7 days.  Due to the metrics not being met in Deschutes County, we are planning to open using our comprehensive distance learning plan.  Our distance learning program will begin on September 14th for students.  September 9th through September 11th we will be meeting with students and families to issue devices, share our school calendar, and handbook and pick up last year’s yearbook.  We will also provide a short orientation to our new distance learning program with your child’s teacher.  The decision to return to in-person instruction will be made every six weeks so at the earliest students could return to in-person instruction on November 2nd.

Covid 19 School Reopening Plan

When are the informational meeting for parents about school reopening?

We have had several informational meetings, recordings of the meetings can be found below.  We will be meeting with families individually on September 9th through the 11th to provide an orientation for the upcoming school year.

When will in person instruction begin for students?

Our K-3 classes are going to be returning to in-person instruction on October 5th.  The kindergarten class will return full time and grades 1-3 will begin on a hybrid model where half students learn in person one day and the other half do distance learning.   More details will be forthcoming to families of these students via email.

What should I do if a digital learning tool is not working?

Contact our technology integration specialist Elizabeth Colvin at elizabeth@bendinternationalschool.org

How should I talk to my child about the Covid 19 virus?

Talking to you child in an age approriate manner is essential to maintain wellness during the outbreak.  Here is  guidance from local public health officials and the CDC. 

How will schools in Oregon handle potential exposures to Covid-19 for the upcoming 2020-21 school year?

Bend International School will follow the guidelines that the Oregon Department of Education has outlined for how schools should deal with potential Covid-19 exposures and outbreaks.  The guidance can be found below.