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Just In Time Information about BK’s efforts to protect our students from Covid19

Just In Time Information

Just In Time Information about BK’s efforts to protect our students from Covid19

Today, April 3rd, 2020, we’re surveying our parents about our first week of Virtual Learning.  Please give us your feedback.

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Click here for our school-wide community update from Wednesday, April 1st.

In it we cover the earthquake that shook BK on Tuesday, March 31st, and how we’re doing on goals #2 and #4:

  • Goal #2: Continue to provide a great education for all students via virtual learning
  • Goal #4: Find ways to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate members of our community

Stay Safe BK!

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Our Update for Today – Friday, March 27th – is pretty long.  So CLICK HERE to read the email we sent to parents.

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Tuesday, March 24th Update

Dear Bishop Kelly Community,

We wanted to inform our entire community that Bishop Kelly will remain closed through Monday, April 20th and we will continue with our virtual learning through that time. This decision is in line with the March 23rd directive from the Idaho State Board of Education that all school districts and charter schools implement a soft closure through Monday, April 20th. Regarding activities, no decision has been announced as the IHSAA Board meets next Tuesday. However, they are most likely going to move the activities closure date to April 20 also.
This decision is in line with two of the five objectives we set for this uncertain time we are in:
  • Prioritize the health and well being of our faculty, staff, students, and greater community
  • Continue to provide a great education for all students via virtual learning
While we are well prepared for virtual learning through this period – or longer – and this decision is not unexpected by us or our community, it will be challenging for families, students, and faculty and staff. We will be looking at ways to lessen the burdens on all BK community members and we must always remember the most powerful enemy of this COVID-19 virus is prayer. Tomorrow is the feast of the Annunciation. Pope Francis is calling for all Christians to pray the Our Father tomorrow at Noon. Let’s have the BK community join all of our brothers and sisters around the world.
We must also reemphasize to our entire community the importance of social distancing, healthy habits such as handwashing, and not gathering in groups. This is particularly challenging with young people, many of whom do not see this as their issue. Treasure Valley students, including I am sure BK kids, are still congregating in close quarters at area parks and in other common areas. While spending time outside is healthy, particularly in our current situation, the circumstances by which the kids are spending time together is not. Instead of hanging at the park where hundreds of people may be, go for a run/walk/hike with one or two friends on a trail. They can also utilize technology to stay connected i.e. Skype, Zoom, etc. Netflix has also rolled out a way to “watch movies together as a virtual group”. And they should not be out at all if they have any of the following conditions – fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, loose stools, or loss of smell or taste.
As we know from information from China, Italy, and here in the US, kids and young people in their 20’s can be infected with COVID-19, can be hospitalized, and, in very rare situations, can die from this disease. This is on top of the fact that young people, even if not significantly ill, can spread the disease to those who are even more vulnerable. Those groups are not just the “very old”, they are individuals in their 30s on up, both with and without underlying medical conditions. Thanks to each of you for your support in this area to minimize the community spread and keep our children and our families healthy.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We will send another Just in Time communication on Friday, March 27th, with more details and reminders on virtual learning and we hope to be able to answer any additional questions you may have.

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Today we combined our weekly BK Alive Newsletter and our Just In Time Update.  This newsletter is dense with information about Virtual School beginning on March 30th.  Please CLICK HERE to access the archived email.

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3/19/2020 Update

 

Dear BK Parents and Students,
Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father and the Blessed Virgin Mary’s husband. Talk about someone whose plans changed! The darkest hours of his life may well have been those when he first learned of Mary’s pregnancy; but precisely in this time of trial Joseph showed himself to be great. He accepted what the angel of the Lord told him – “ ….do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins. When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. ” (Matthew, 1, 18-21)
May we not be afraid as our plans for school, sports, work, spring break, etc. change. And remember during these challenging times that God is with us.
Speaking of God being with us, our Chaplain, Fr. Greg Vance, has written a letter to our community on suggestions of what things we – both Catholics and other faith denominations – can do without Masses or worship services. As you have likely read, Bishop Peter Christensen asked for all public Masses to be suspended as of this coming Saturday and Sunday (March 21st and 22nd). We now enter an even more challenging time for our lives of faith in Jesus Christ. Here is the link to the letter.
It is important in these daily communications to remind our community of the five goals that we set for the uncertain period we are entering and that are guiding our decisions and actions::
  • Prioritize the health and well being of our faculty, staff, students, and greater community.
  • Continue to provide a great education for all students via virtual learning
  • Maintain the strong sense of community we have here at Bishop Kelly
  • Find ways to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate members of our community
  • Deliver predictable, daily communication to our entire community
Students coming back to gather supplies and meet briefly with teachers over the last two days went very well. Students were scattered throughout their two hour time slots, keeping appropriate social distancing and never gathering in groups greater than five or so. They seemed to truly enjoy seeing their teachers, getting what they needed, taking some makeup tests, and seeing some of their friends. And as we mentioned yesterday, we loved seeing them. We miss them. A school without students just is not right – but it is our reality for the foreseeable future.
Toward that end we will be sharing with you tomorrow in our Just in Time Communication the details of our plans for virtual learning for the week of March 30th – April 3rd. It will include class schedules, student expectations, and processes for counselors and student support services.
A final note – there are many wonderful things happening in the midst of this crisis. We have seen BK students step forward to help take care of their siblings while their parents work … community members offering to help pay a student’s tuition because of tough financial situations … teachers uncomfortable with technology stepping up to embrace virtual learning because they know it is important to continue providing a great education for their students … our new softball dugouts and backstop project completed due to the hard work of many – especially Coach Missy Nichols, past parent Jim Redinger, our Director of Buildings and Grounds, Chad Blue, and the generosity of our community … and, the entire BK team – teachers, staff, and administrators – working collaboratively all week to ensure we are ready to go live on Monday, March 30th, with virtual learning. We will be a better school and a stronger community thanks to the efforts of so many through this crisis.
We are archiving these communications and future FAQ’s that arise on our Info for BK Families about COVID-19 webpage. Please let us know if you have any additional questions by replying to this email with your questions or calling the BK front office at (208)375-6010.
God bless,
Rich Raimondi, President
Mike Caldwell, Principal
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3/18/2020 Update
Dear Parents and Students,
Thank you for your continued support, feedback and questions regarding the decision to close Bishop Kelly for regular school through March 30 due to the COVID-19 disease. From the many comments we have received, we trust that you are still finding these daily communications on our school closure helpful. You should expect to see them each day through this Friday, with one Just in Time Communication sent out late next week prior to our return from spring break. We are archiving these communications and future FAQ’s that arise on our Info for BK Families about COVID-19 webpage.
As a reminder, the five goals we set for the uncertain period we are entering:
  • Prioritize the health and well being of our faculty, staff, students, and greater community.
  • Continue to provide a great education for all students via virtual learning
  • Maintain the strong sense of community we have here at Bishop Kelly
  • Find ways to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate members of our community
  • Deliver predictable, daily communication to our entire community
Today’s visits by students went very well. Students were scattered throughout their two hour time slots and they kept appropriate social distancing and never gathered in groups greater than five or so. It was wonderful to see students on campus and every student we talked with truly enjoyed seeing their teachers, getting what they needed, taking some makeup tests, and seeing some of their friends. And we loved seeing them. We miss them. A school without students just is not right – but it is our reality for the foreseeable future.
We will add two FAQ’s today based on some decisions we have made and repeat two we need your help on.
REPEAT QUESTIONS
Q: What if I don’t have the tools, equipment or WIFI infrastructure at home to have my son/daughter be successful with virtual learning?
A: We are committed to providing a great education for all students via virtual learning. To do that all students and families must have the necessary tools at home to be successful in a virtual learning environment. We would ask that you click on this link to take a survey as to your technology needs. We have laptops we can provide as loaners and will seek to provide solutions for Wifi connectivity and other equipment to students and families that need them.
Q: What are the dates and times again for my son/daughter to come to BK tomorrow (March 19th)? What are the expectations for their time here at BK?
Thursday, March 19
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Last names M-R, and ALL Bus Riders (Busses will provide pickup and drop off for this window of time)
  • 10:00 am – Noon: Last names S-Z
The bus schedule for Nampa, Eagle, and Meridian busses for Thursday morning are:
  • Nampa pickup: 7:00 am Depart from BK: 11:00 am
  • Eagle pickup 7:00 am Depart from BK: 11:00 am
  • Meridian pickup : 7:00 am Depart from BK: 11:00 am
Today students needed anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes to get items out of their lockers, visit their seven classrooms and teachers (if needed). This was a bit longer if the students needed to finish an exam, etc.
They can arrive anytime during their designated time, but suggest they get to BK 30 minutes before their session ends. They should not plan to “hang around” school and visit with friends. Social distancing continues to be one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of the virus – both here at BK and during their spring break.
NEW QUESTIONS
Q: When we will know what the schedule is for the week of March 30 upon our return from spring break?
A: We are finalizing plans and schedules for that week and will communicate this Friday, March 20th, our final decisions. It will include the class schedules, student expectations, and process for counselors and student support services.
Q: With the various events that were planned this spring, can you provide an update on the status of each event?
  • All Spring Sports- Postponed until further notice. Earliest possible re-start would be practicing April 5th, Games on April 11th.
  • Irish Fest- Postponed with possible reschedule around Cinco de Mayo Weekend (May 8th or 9th)
  • All School Mass- April 3rd -Cancelled
  • Prom- April 4th -Postponed Indefinitely
  • Service Learning Day April 9th- Postponed Indefinitely
  • Scholarship Luncheon April 15th- Postponed Indefinitely
  • Senior Retreat in Cascade – April 25-27- Undetermined
  • Senior Mass- 5/1- Undetermined
  • Graduation 5/23- Undetermined at this time.
  • New Orleans Service Trips- Late May/ Early June- Undetermined at this time
We continue to be very grateful that our BK community is pulling together through this unprecedented time. We appreciate the resilience, patience, and partnership exhibited as we work to safeguard the health of our students, faculty/staff, and our community and seek to Continue to provide a great education for all students via virtual learning. Please join us in achieving these goals with your actions, attitude, and spirit. And please share your ideas with us on how we can accomplish these as a community.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions by replying to this email with your questions or calling the BK front office at (208)375-6010

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3/17/2020 Update

Today we sent out THIS EMAIL to parents.

The FAQ section of the email can now be found HERE IN THIS FAQ DOCUMENT.  We will continue to add Questions and Answers to the document, and will alert parents when we do so.

Mr. Caldwell send THIS VIDEO to students today as well.

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3/16/2020 Update
Dear Parents and Students,
Thank you for the support many of you have expressed for the difficult decision to close Bishop Kelly for regular school through March 30th.
We met this morning with all of our faculty and staff and I wanted to share the five goals we set for the uncertain period we are entering:
  • Prioritize the health and well being of our faculty, staff, students, and greater community.
  • Continue to provide a great education for all students via virtual learning
  • Maintain the strong sense of community we have here at Bishop Kelly
  • Find ways to acknowledge, appreciate, and celebrate members of our community
  • Deliver predictable, daily communication to our entire community
Please join us in achieving these goals with your actions, attitude, and spirit. And please share your ideas with us on how we can accomplish these as a community.
Our teachers and staff have been working all day today and will continue tomorrow preparing for the possibility of virtual learning on Monday, March 30th, after spring break. We will continue to evaluate the need to be closed beyond spring break as conditions develop and we receive additional guidance, but are under the assumption we will begin virtual learning on March 30th.
For the remainder of this week, students and parents should do the following THREE things:
1) Students are expected to continue to work on any and all assignments, papers, quizzes, tests, etc. that were in motion prior to this week. If the students have questions about any of this, they can anticipate seeing communication from their teachers sometime tomorrow or can proactively reach out to their teachers this week. Unless told otherwise by their teacher, all work assigned prior to this week should be completed by this Friday, March 20th.
2) In order to help accommodate students getting materials from school and their lockers, and meeting briefly with their teachers if necessary, we have developed a plan for students to come to Bishop Kelly on Wednesday, March 18th, and Thursday, March 19th , in a staggered and organized manner. If students have tests, or quizzes that that need to be made up, this is an optimal time to do that as well.
We will split the student body into four groups by alphabet (not by class) in order to dilute the study body into smaller, manageable groups. If parents do not wish to send their child back to school during this time due to health concerns, it is not required. Students should only go during their assigned times and should not linger around after their assigned time.
Wednesday, March 18 
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Last Names beginning with A-E
  • 10:00 am – Noon: Last names beginning with F-L
Thursday, March 19 
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Last names beginning with M-R, and ALL Bus Riders (Busses will provide pickup and drop off for this window of time)
  • 10:00 am – Noon: Last names beginning with S-Z
Students will be asked to stop by each of their seven classrooms during this time to see if their teachers need to see them. Each teacher will have a note posted on their doors indicating whether or not a student A) Must or is strongly encouraged to see the teacher; B) Is encouraged but not required to see the teacher; or, C) Should not see the teacher. As an example, all English teachers need students to come by to pick up a novel for each class.
3) Finally, we want to make sure that all students and families have the necessary tools at home to be successful in a virtual learning environment. We would ask that you click on this link to take a survey as to your technology needs. We have laptops we can provide as loaners and will seek to provide solutions for Wifi connectivity in homes that need it.
With regard to activities, the Idaho High School Activities Association, in response to COVID-19, and to best serve member schools, student participants, coaches and Idaho families, has announced:
  • Suspension of sanctioned sports and activities for all of its member schools effective Tuesday, March 17th, through Sunday, April 5th. The SIC conference has built in a five day practice window from April 6th – 10th, with a startup date for all competitions of Saturday, April 11th – depending on conditions with COVID-19 in the area.
  • Cancellation of the IHSAA State Cheer/Dance Championships. This event will not be rescheduled.
  • The IHSAA State Debate Championship is still postponed as IHSAA works on the possibility of combining with the State Speech Championships.
Please let us know if you have any questions by replying to this email with your question or calling the BK front office at (208) 375-6010.
We would ask that we all continue to pray for those impacted by COVID-19 and know that during these challenging times that God is with us. Together as a community we will get through this!
Kind regards,
Rich Raimondi,
President
Mike Caldwell
Principal
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3/15/2020
Dear Bishop Kelly Community,
“Fear not beloved you are safe; take courage and be strong.”
Daniel 10:19
With the recent confirmations of COVID-19 cases in Idaho, we have been discussing what to do over the weekend with our colleagues in other Treasure Valley School Districts, our Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Central District Health, and the Governor’s COVID-19 Working Group. We have made the decision that in order to decrease community spread and keep our students and faculty and staff safe, Bishop Kelly High School will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 16th.
Teachers and staff will come in tomorrow (Monday, 3/16) to prepare for the possibility of online instruction on Monday, March 30th – after spring break. This helps us to be prepared for effective delivery of virtual school in the event of an extended school closure. We will continue to evaluate the need to be closed beyond spring break as conditions develop and we receive additional guidance.
Bishop Kelly will not hold regular school at all this week, however are developing a plan for students to come into the school over the next few days in a staggered but organized manner to get needed materials, clean out their lockers, and meet briefly with their teachers. We will communicate that to you, our parents, and our students by end of day tomorrow.
All spring sports are suspended effective Monday, March 16, to minimize contact and be consistent with our school closing. This involves practice and games until further notice.
In the meantime, please help us to reinforce the importance of social distancing, and keep your student(s) off campus.
Over spring break we will be doing another deep clean of the school. During that time we will also be communicating with all of you as we have information to share. Please look for emails and Remind texts, and check our Just In Time blog post about Covid-19 on the BK website for current information.
In the midst of all the confusion and fear, the God of the Resurrection calls each of us to attend to his words of love, care and protection at this time. Let us remember that.
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Dear Parents,
In response to Corona Virus (Covid -19), please be assured that Bishop Kelly as well as the Catholic elementary schools are working to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. Please review the following information closely.
Shared Responsibility in Preventing the Spread
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Keep hands away from the nose and face
  • Keep sick children home,
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with a bent arm or tissue and wash hands afterwards

 

Bishop Kelly Custodial staff are making it a high priority to disinfect touch points throughout the schools. 
  • Areas of high impact that are disinfected regularly include:
  • Door handles, crash bars, doorknobs
  • Entry windows
  • Office counters and surfaces
  • Handrails
  • Sinks and drinking fountains
  • Dispensers
  • Anything else that is handled frequently by multiple people.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed in key locations throughout the school.
  • We are also setting aside time each day this week to have an all school “wipe down” of desks, laptops and cell phones.

 

Additional Ways our Parents and Community Can Help:
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs with the routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. These include doorknobs, light switches, handles of faucets and sinks.
  • Encourage your child to regularly disinfect the things they bring to school each day, especially their laptops, cell phones, and water bottles
  • Wash clothing regularly, especially after a workout (PE, Athletics, etc.)
  • Practice good hygiene by showering and washing hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Stay home if you have flu like symptoms. 
  • Please make sure your student is getting adequate sleep and is eating a balanced diet.

 

Upcoming Travel Considerations (Spring Break, Etc.)
Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision yesterday to postpone organized student trips over Spring Break. The CDC advised that students traveling out of the country could face “unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home, or accessing health care while abroad.” It was just a few hours later than the new travel restrictions from Europe were announced, which just reinforced our decision. As disappointed as we all are, I hope all involved understand why staying in the country is important right now.
Many of our families travel out of the valley for spring break. If you or anyone in your immediate household travel to a highly exposed area, we would expect you to be extremely conservative on your returning to school and would ask that you are transparent with our administrative team in your possible exposure.
Coronavirus Impact on College Visits 
The counseling office is receiving word from colleges and universities regarding closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many schools are moving to an online format for admitted student weekends, as well as for campus visits. While we typically encourage students to use Spring Break as a time to visit college campuses, this year we are urging caution in that area. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling “Admission events that usually occur at this time—such as campus tours, information sessions, and open house events for admitted students—may be cancelled or moved online. Please check college websites for the latest information.” It is also possible that ACT and SAT test centers may be affected in the future, so please check their websites for updates on information. While we know that nothing compares to an actual campus visit, there are options for students to take part in virtual tours through Scoir. If your student needs help accessing Scoir, please have them email Mrs. Crum.
THIS LINK to College Kickstart is a good place to check for college visit campus closures.
Thank you for your continued support in working together to keep all of us healthy!
Sincerely,
Mike Caldwell and the Bishop Kelly Leadership Team
Events and Activities Impacting the BK Community that have been Cancelled or Postponed:

State Debate – Postponed
State Cheer – Postponed
Irish Fest – Postponed
Idaho Catholic Youth Conference – Cancelled

The BK Spring Play Performances are happening as scheduled, with the theater seating being disinfected after each performance.
Spring Sports practices and games are happening as scheduled.