BHM Schools is closed until Tuesday, May 5, and we will begin distance learning on Monday, April 6.  During this time, staff could be working remotely, and we recommend that you communicate with them through email.

Beginning March 27-April 3, the district will have Spring Break as scheduled. Distance learning will begin for BHM Schools on Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 30. Teachers will report May 1 and May 4 to prepare for students returning back to school on Tuesday, May 5. More information will be shared with our families in the next couple of days regarding material and technology pick-up on Friday, March 27. Future updates and announcements will be made through our parent/staff notification system, on our Facebook page and here on our website. We appreciate everyone's patience during this time. 

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March 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BHM COVID-19 Update--March 25, 2020

Governor Tim Walz announced today at his press conference that schools will provide distance learning from March 30 through April 30, 2020. At this time, staff are scheduled to report back to work on Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4 to prepare for the return of students to school on Tuesday, May 5. This is subject to change between now and then. He also shared that residents are to “stay at home” and limit movement for the next two weeks beginning Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. through April 10. Here is the plan for BHM Schools in the days and weeks ahead.

Distance Learning, Materials and Technology Pick-Up
BHM Schools will continue with Spring Break March 27 through April 3. We will begin distance learning on Monday, April 6. To prepare for this, principals will communicate with families by tomorrow morning, Thursday, March 26, about picking up materials and technology (if you indicated a need on the technology survey conducted last week) from buildings on Friday, March 27. 

We will post our district’s distance learning plan on our website by Monday, March 30. Your child’s principal and teacher(s) will be sending emails in the days ahead with more specific information on what distance learning and expectations will look like. Please know that expectations for distance learning will not mimic a regular school day in school. Teachers will be working closely with each of their student’s families and their individual needs.     

Meal Distribution
Beginning Friday, March 27, and continuing over Spring Break, through Friday, April 3, FREE meals will be available for ALL children ages 18 and under and individuals 19 and over with state-defined mental or physical disabilities who participate in school programs, via curbside pick-up at the front entrances, unless otherwise noted, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations: 

Hanover Elementary--274 Labeaux Ave NE, Hanover
Montrose Elementary School of Innovation--100 2nd St. S, Montrose
Parkside Elementary--northwest corner of the building; look for signs--207 3rd Ave NE, Buffalo

We will provide more direction and information on meal distribution plans for after Spring Break once we have more information to share.  

KidKare
KidKare childcare will continue to be available at no cost for our emergency workers that has been outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-02,
School-Age Care for Children of Emergency Workers: Priority Categories of Workers. KidKare is open for full-day care from 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. for children ages 3-12. Please call Lori Trogstad at 763-682-8787 for more information or to register. 

Final Thoughts
We are providing you with the most current and up-to-date information as we get it. Remember that principals and teachers will be communicating with you more specifics regarding distance learning in the days ahead. We know there are many different situations with all of our families and we know flexibility is key as we move forward. As someone so eloquently posted on Facebook, “We are trying to fly a plane that hasn’t been built yet.” We can’t thank you enough for your understanding and patience, and we hope you are staying healthy and safe.

BHM COVID-19 Update--March 20, 2020

Governor Walz held a press conference today, but didn’t share any new information for schools. With that said, we will continue to plan for distance learning through next week. Remember, no instruction will be delivered at this time, however some teachers may be sending messages and possible resources to students to make connections and ease some anxieties. Spring break will be as scheduled March 27-April 3. 

Thank you to everyone who completed the surveys for food and technology distribution. Lunch and breakfast deliveries will begin next week along our bus routes through next Thursday, March 26. If you signed up for this service, you will receive communication on when and where those deliveries will be. The food survey has closed, but if you have not signed-up and would like to receive meals, please contact Nutrition Services Director Kim Hinrichs at 763-682-8772. Plans for technology distribution (the technology survey is still open), along with other student materials, are still in progress and will be communicated once Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) make an announcement on distance learning plans. 

Remember, KidKare is open for full-day care 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m., March 18 through April 3, for all registered families. KidKare is also available to students ages 3-12 who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19 during this time. The definition of who those emergency and critical workers are has been extended and is defined under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-02, Care for Children of Families of Emergency Workers.  Please call Lori Trogstad at 763-682-8787 for more information or to register. 

Thank you for your questions and your comments. We are still working to develop answers to a variety of questions, and we continue to appreciate your cooperation as we work through this unprecedented situation. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. Enjoy your weekend, enjoy your children and stay safe!

BHM COVID-19 Update--March 18, 2020

We realize the unknown can leave many of you and our students feeling anxious at a time like this. There are many questions to be answered and we will do our best to address as many as we can. Decisions change by the minute from our national, state and local leaders and we appreciate the patience and understanding that you have extended to us as we sort through all of the information. The following are categories of information we believe are important for you to know--including *TWO SURVEYS we hope you will complete

What You Need to Know

Teachers met Wednesday, March 18 to begin their preparation for the possibility of distance learning. Please know that we have through March 27 to plan, and we will receive guidance from Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) if students will return to school after that time. No instruction will be distributed from teachers during that time. Once a decision has been made, further communications will be sent out from the district as to how we will continue the education of students. After this closure, students and staff will continue into Spring Break from March 27 through April 3. As stated, we will communicate with you further the plans for students and staff for Monday, April 6.

As we continue to plan for distance learning, we realize that some of our students will need technology and/or internet access. We would like you to complete the following brief, four-question Technology Access Survey. Please complete the survey by noon on Friday, March 20.

Many of you are wondering if we will make-up any of these days missed. We will not need to make up the days through March 27. We continue to take direction from MDE and will follow their guidance.

Please wait for communication from your principal regarding times to pick up items from the school. If you have essential items such as medications that need to be picked up, we ask that you call or email the school to make arrangements to stop in. We want to control the number of people entering the building at once and to ensure that someone is in the school office when you arrive.

 

KidKare is open for full-day care 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m., March 18 through April 3, for all registered families. KidKare is also available to students ages 3-12 who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19 during this time. Those emergency and critical workers are defined under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-02, Care for Children of Families of Emergency Workers - full list 03.17.20.pdf.  Please call Lori Trogstad at 763-682-8787 for more information or to register.

Bus Delivery--Please Complete the Survey!
Beginning March 23-26, BHM Schools will offer FREE meals to ALL children in our district ages 18 and under and individuals 19 and over with state-defined mental or physical disabilities who participate in school programs. Meals will be delivered to children along already established BHM bus routes. NOTE: your child does not have to currently ride the bus to receive meals. If your child currently walks to school, they will need to participate in the Curb-Side Pick-Up service at their neighborhood school. The buses will deliver a bag lunch, and a breakfast for the following day. If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the Food Order Request Survey by noon Thursday, March 19. If you have questions, email Nutrition Services Director Kim Hinrichs (khinrich@bhmschools.org).

Curb-Side Pick-Up
Currently, FREE meals are being offered to ALL children in our district ages 18 and under and individuals 19 and over with state-defined mental or physical disabilities who participate in school programs, via curb-side pick-up at the front entrance, unless otherwise noted, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the following locations: 

  • Hanover Elementary--274 Labeaux Ave NE, Hanover
  • Montrose Elementary School of Innovation--100 2nd St., Montrose
  • Parkside Elementary--northwest corner of the building; look for signs--207 3rd Ave NE, Buffalo

Participants receive a bag lunch for the current day and a bag breakfast for the following day. Meals are not to be consumed on-site.

Beginning March 23-26, curb-side pick-up will be at the front entrance, unless otherwise noted, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations: 

  • Buffalo Community Middle School--1300 Hwy 25 N, Buffalo
  • Hanover Elementary--274 Labeaux Ave NE, Hanover
  • Montrose Elementary School of Innovation--100 2nd St., Montrose
  • Parkside Elementary--northwest corner of the building; look for signs--207 3rd Ave NE, Buffalo
  • Northwinds Elementary--1111 7th Ave NW, Buffalo
  • Tatanka Elementary--703 8th St NE, Buffalo

We will communicate more information about the continuation of this service over Spring Break and beyond. 

Stop Auto Payments
Currently, some families have set-up monthly automatic payments for meals. Since we are uncertain when school will resume, you might want to consider temporarily suspending those automatic payments. You can do this by logging into the Parent Portal. If you have questions, email Nutrition Services Secretary Allison Barkley (abarkley@bhmschools.org).

 

Coronoavirus (COVID-19) Update--March 15, 2020

During Governor Walz’s press conference this morning, he stated that schools will be closed in the state of Minnesota from March 18-27. BHM Schools has made the decision to not have school, beginning tomorrow, March 16 through March 27. Spring Break will go on as scheduled March 27-April 3. The decision to close schools will allow districts to plan for extended school closures and provide time for districts to plan for distance learning. 

While our schools are closed (March 16 through April 3), all district-related activities and events are canceled. There are no ECFE/ECSE classes or preschool classes. All Community Education classes and activities are also canceled during this time. More guidance will be provided in the days and weeks ahead.   

KidKare sites will remain open during this time (March 16 through April 3) for all registered families for full-day daycare. Child care will be made available to students ages 12 and under who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19. Those emergency and critical workers can include:

  • Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics
  • Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities
  • Other health systems and organizations such as:
    • Home Care workers
    • Personal Care Assistants
    • Ambulance/emergency
    • Direct Care and Treatment
  • First responders
  • Firefighters
  • Personnel providing correctional services
  • Essential court personnel
  • Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff
  • State and local public health agency employees
  • MNsure Navigators 
  • County financial/eligibility workers
  • County case managers
  • Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services

Contact Community Education at 763-682-8770 if you are one of these emergency/critical workers that would need childcare during this closure. 

We cannot stress enough about how important it is for EVERYONE to help prevent the spread of any illness by following the guidelines below:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve (or tissue). Make sure your mouth and nose are covered.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing. 

Resources
If you have questions about infectious diseases, call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-3920. Phone lines are open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7- p.m.

We know your children could be asking questions. Here are some guidelines you can use when talking with your children from the National Association of School Psychologists. 

Talk with your children about COVID-19

To learn more about COVID-19 and how to cope with this developing situation, visit:

BHM Schools Illness and Injury Guidelines

MDH Recommendations for Schools and Child Care

MDH Latest COVID-19 Updates

Wright County Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

This is a fast-changing situation and new guidance is given out daily. We know that you have many questions and more information will be shared in the days ahead as decisions are made. Once again, we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we navigate this ever-changing situation.

We will continue to keep familes updated on any changes through our parent messaging system, our website and Facebook page.