Plan Updates

March 17, 2021 En Español

Families are being asked to maintain safe practices outside of the school day to help limit the spread and to allow students to access in-person education to the greatest extent possible.

March 16, 2021 En Español

School districts across Illinois have recently been asked to return students to in-person learning as they are able. The Restore Leadership Team has been meeting to discuss the impact of new IDPH guidance on a mode change for in-person learners, and we are pleased to announce that a decision was made today to return to in-person learning every day beginning on April 6th. The new IDPH guidance allows for social distancing at three feet in classrooms which eliminates the need for a hybrid, Crimson/Gold schedule. Families do not need to opt into these changes: remote families will remain remote and in-person families will remain in person.  

There will not be any changes to daily schedules, lunches, or bus routes. The mode change does not impact fully remote families, including those in the BVA. We have updated the FAQ section on the Restore page. Please refer to it for additional information.

March 8, 2021

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education just released Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools that prioritizes in-person learning for all Illinois Communities. The guidance may allow us to expand our in-person instruction this spring. We are reviewing the updated mitigation strategies to determine how this will impact BPS101. Few, if any, changes will be made to our in-person learning plan before spring break. By that time, the majority of our staff will have been fully vaccinated. Watch for updates in our weekly Restore BPS101 messages and on our Restore BPS101 website which will be updated over the next days and weeks with the new guidance. 

February 24, 2021

BPS101 is carefully examining all potential paths for the 2021-22 school year, and we look forward to sharing an update with you as soon as possible. Some future planning is taking place at the Board of Education level including changes to kindergarten for the fall. Read the full message here.

February 17, 2021

The newly updated CDC guidelines for K-12 schools affirm our current modes of learning and use of mitigation strategies in BPS101.  For more about the indicators and thresholds, see the updated guidance on the CDC website. 

February 10, 2021

In addition to moving to Phase 4 Mitigations, in the last week we have surpassed 100 days of school! Check out how Miss Ciway from H.C. Storm School celebrated with her class! 

February 3, 2021

There are several Community Resources available to our District families in this time of change. In addition, two resources have recently been created specifically to help local families that are balancing school and work. 

  • Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? You aren’t alone! Join a free Zoom support group that meets every Thursday for 90 minutes. Sponsored by Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness. Contact Carli Nehls to reserve a spot at cnehls@auntmarthas.org.
  • BPS101 student services staff have put together a Virtual Calming Room containing tools and strategies to help students manage emotions and feelings in productive ways. There are resources for all ages.

January 27, 2021

New this week, Kane County moved to Tier 1 Mitigation on Tuesday, January 26. The reduction in restriction does not impact our learning plan or school schedule during school hours. We will continue to enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet, the hand washing protocol, and mask wearing, along with the hybrid schedule. One change for us will be group size for meetings and before/after school activities which is now up from 10 to 25.

January 20, 2021

Kane County moved to Tier 2 Mitigation on Monday, January 18. Here is a link to detailed information on Tier 2 from the Illinois Department of Public Health. We would like to be clear that the reduction in restriction does not impact our learning plan or school schedule during school hours. We will continue to enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet, the hand washing protocol, and mask wearing, along with the hybrid schedule. If interested in learning about vaccinations in Illinois, follow this LINK for information from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

January 6, 2021

Today is the first day of the second half of the 2020-21 school year for students. Crimson hybrid students attended onsite today, while Gold and remote only students attended virtually. Kindergarten, first grade, and identified populations returned in everyday mode.

As of today, the Kane County Health department does not have a sign-up to receive the COVID vaccination, but they do have a sign-up to get notified of updates on the process. You can sign-up on their website HERE.

December 16, 2020 (Spanish)

Our winter break begins on Monday, December 21st, and classes will resume on Wednesday, January 6th. We will resume our Crimson/Gold rotation for most in-person learners on January 6th, which is a Crimson Day. Some identified groups, including kindergarten and the addition of first-grade students, will be in everyday mode starting January 6th. District families can plan for this to be the schedule for the remainder of the school year. 

December 9, 2020

In-person learning resumes tomorrow. Gold students and everyday students (including kindergarten students) will return tomorrow; Crimson students will return on Friday, December 11th. The full Crimson/Gold schedule can be found here

December 2, 2020

At BPS101, we have weighed all of the factors and determined that our return to in-person learning will begin on Thursday, December 10th. Gold students and everyday students (including kindergarten students) will return on that day; Crimson students will return on Friday, December 11th. The full Crimson/Gold schedule can be found here. 

November 16, 2020

Beginning Thursday, November 19th, all BPS101 students will learn remotely. This “adaptive pause” is temporary; the tentative return date is Monday, December 7th. Today’s Messenger about the adaptive pause can be found here, and the related FAQs can be found here. Messenger in Spanish.

November 11, 2020

The district continues to monitor the rising COVID case count in Kane County and our Region. As the numbers rise, so has our reliance on the advice of the Kane County Health Department. The Health Department is still advising us that there is a minimal spread of COVID cases in schools in Kane County. For now, the Health Department will continue to advise us about our ability to maintain in-person learning on a case-by-case basis. The District has pivoted to remote several times as a mitigation strategy for classrooms when necessary, and we will continue to use this mitigation strategy when conditions warrant remote learning.

Choice Week for Second Semester: Now that the second semester is approaching, we are offering families the opportunity to switch between remote and in-person classes. The deadline for change requests is November 20 and can be made HERE. The new mode will be in effect from January 6th through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Unless the guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health change, in-person learners will remain on a Crimson/Gold Hybrid schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

October 26, 2020

We started every day learning for kindergarteners on Monday, October 26th. Principals are doing frequent walkthroughs of the classrooms and frequent check-ins with the teachers to evaluate this new mode. Our next identified group for everyday learning is our first graders. We have begun the planning process to bring them back every day starting sometime in November, but we are pausing those plans temporarily. If our Region doesn’t take a turn for the better, there may be new regulations that could impact schools. We want to avoid too many transitions for these students so we are pausing the plans for now. We are continuing to phase students back into RMS as was communicated earlier in the month. All in-person students, except kindergarten and specially identified groups, are still following the crimson/gold hybrid schedule.

September 24, 2020

There was a lot of information shared today:

  • Student Registration Fees
  • Free Lunch for Pre-K through 8 Students
  • Student Absence Notifications
  • RMS and BHS Hybrid Mode updates

Click here for the entire message.

September 16, 2020

RMS and BHS will be moving to the Hybrid Mode, an every other day learning mode. Dates for the switch from remote to hybrid for RMS and BHS students have been determined to allow for time to plan the details and to align with the beginning of a new grading period. Crimson and gold designations are still determined by last name: (A-L) labeled as crimson and (M-Z) labeled gold. You can see the Crimson/Gold designation for your student on the home page in PowerSchool.

  • BHS students will begin hybrid on Monday, October 19th which is a Gold day and the first day of the second term.
  • RMS students will begin hybrid on Monday, November 16th which is a Crimson day and the first day of the second trimester. 
  • In the weeks preceding the switch to hybrid, the buildings will determine a schedule to bring in all grade levels at RMS and freshmen at BHS to become acclimated with the building and experience in-person learning in this environment.

September 9, 2020

We have updated the Academic Calendar to reflect the decision to proceed with caution based on local health conditions. At this time, we believe elementary schools will continue with the hybrid Crimson/Gold schedule and RMS and BHS will add small groups of students to their in-person population. Elementary students are adjusting well to the hybrid schedule and safety measures in schools which have put us in a position to be confident that this is still a successful mode for those students.

August 25, 2020

Now that school has started, will there be any changes to the plan? The Leadership team continues to meet weekly to monitor guidance, assess local conditions, and make changes to the plan as needed. At this time there are no changes. 

What is the plan for allowing additional students at the secondary level to access in-person learning? Both RMS and BHS are working on plans to allow priority groups of students to return. Return to school plans will be communicated directly to the families. BHS and RMS item pickup will be communicated this week. September 3rd and 4th are tentative dates.

August 11, 2020

We are one week away to the opening of the 2020-21 school year. Our schedules have been finalized, and PowerSchool is now open for families to view schedules and teachers. On Wednesday, August 19th, we will welcome everyone back to school in different ways:

  • On-site: Elementary Crimson students and other students in specialized programs 
  • Remote: All other students

August 5, 2020

Please note these recent changes to the Restore BPS101 plan:

  • Middle and high school students will start the year remotely and eventually, as conditions allow, evolve toward on-site learning (blended) opportunities for small groups of students.
  • Elementary students will attend in-person on alternating days (crimson and gold) for the foreseeable future.

Why the need for changes?

1. The complexity of creating on-site and remote schedules for students at the middle and high schools, especially given the back-to-school timeline.
2. Teacher feedback that some aspects need adjustment.

August 5, 2020: The Restore BPS101 plan was modified for middle and high school students to start remotely.

July 31, 2020: The plan for fall sports was released.

Messenger Archive

Parent Messenger for April 14, 2021
Parent Messenger for April 7, 2021
Parent Messenger for March 24, 2021
Parent Messenger for March 17, 2021  (COVID case notifications, SAT at BHS, safe behaviors)  En Español
SPECIAL Messenger for March 16, 2021 (Mode Change Announcement) En Español
Parent Messenger for March 10, 2021
SPECIAL Messenger for March 9, 2021 (Updated CDC Guidelines)
Parent Messenger for March 3, 2021
Parent Messenger for February 24, 2021
Parent Messenger for February 17, 2021
Parent Messenger for February 10, 2021
Parent Messenger for February 3, 2021
Parent Messenger for January 27, 2021
Parent Messenger for January 20, 2021
Parent Messenger for January 13, 2021
Parent Messenger for January 6, 2021 (Welcome Back, Academic Calendar, and Vaccination Info Link)
Parent Messenger for December 16, 2020 (Winter Break and Board of Education Updates) (Spanish)
Parent Messenger for December 9, 2020 (Reminder about Return)
Parent Messenger for December 2, 2020 (Return to Hybrid), (Spanish)
Parent Messenger for November 16, 2020 (Reminders about Adaptive Pause)
Parent Messenger for November 16, 2020 (Adaptive Pause), (Spanish)
Parent Messenger for November 11, 2020 (COVID Numbers, Video, and CHOICE WEEK)
Parent Messenger for November 6, 2020 (Gatherings, Quarantining, and Testing)
Parent Messenger for October 28, 2020 (Dashboard and Cases)
Parent Messenger for October 21, 2020 (Contact Tracing and the Bulldog Mantra)
Parent Messenger for October 14, 2020 (Self Certify reminder, Food Service)
Parent Messenger for October 7, 2020 (Registration Fees, Academic Calendar, Return for RMS and BHS)
Parent Messenger for September 30, 2020 (Immunization Deadline, and Registration Fees)
Parent Messenger for September 23, 2020 (Registration Fees, Free lunch, Absences, Mode Updates)Spanish
Parent Messenger for September 16, 2020 (Mode Change for RMS and BHS)Spanish
Parent Messenger for September 9, 2020 (Tech Tips, October Plan, and Food Service)
Parent Messenger for September 2, 2020 (Virtual Opportunities and Monitoring)
Parent Messenger for August 26, 2020 (District and Building Communication)
Parent Messenger for August 18, 2020 (Food, Attendance, and Tech)
Parent Messenger for August 12, 2020 (Certify, First Day, and Meals)
Parent Messenger for August 10, 2020 (Operations Info)
Parent Messenger for August 7, 2020 (Health Services)(CORRECTED)
Parent Messenger for August 5, 2020
Restore BPS101 Message July 29,2020
Restore BPS101 Message July 21,2020
July 21, 2020 Message En español
Restore BPS101 Message July 15, 2020
Restore BPS101 Message “Choice Week”
Restore BPS101 Message July 8, 2020
Restore BPS101 Message July 1, 2020
Restore BPS101 Message June 24, 2020
Restore BPS101 Message June 17, 2020

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