In an email to parents, Wil Cwikiel has announced BICS’s decision to move pre-K to 8th grade students to online learning for at least the two days they would have been in school this coming week. High school students began online instruction last Wednesday in response to the latest State Health Department order. Plans for after Thanksgiving for pre-K to 8th grade are up in the air for now. High school students are required to stay out through December 8th.
Here’s the full text of Mr. Cwikiel’s email:
Due to community spread of COVID-19 in Beaver Island, BICS will have remote instruction for all grades PK-12 tomorrow and Tuesday.
This should not be an issue for our High School students, as they were already planning to be remote. However, there are some logistics to address at the MS and Elementary level.
For MS students, since first hour is SSR, all students should take this time to read as they normally would. Parents, If your MS student needs their Chromebook or other educational materials, please follow the directions below for Elementary parents. MS and HS students will be on their normal schedule.
Since our elementary students were not planning to have remote learning, and typically do not take home their Chromebooks, books, and other educational materials, Monday morning will be a time for parents to come to the school and pickup these materials at the curb. The actual remote learning will begin at 12:00 noon when K-2 students connect with Dr. Dunsmore and 3-6 grade students connect with Mrs. Robert.
Parents of MS and Elementary Students, to collect your students’ Chromebooks, books, or other educational materials, we will have a pick up time tomorrow (Monday) morning from 8:30 until 11:30 am. Please call the school or my cell phone number (231) 838-5334 to set up a time for you to come to school during those hours. Please call ahead of time so I can gather your student’s materials. Come to the circle drive and stay in your car. I will bring the materials out to you.
Indeed, we were all hoping that we would be able to keep BICS open throughout the pandemic. In the interest of halting the spread of this virus on the Island, I feel that BICS must move to remote learning at all grade levels. The MS and HS classes will continue on their schedule…and the elementary classrooms will meet at 12:00 noon on Monday. The Elementary teachers will explain the schedule for Tuesday. P-K will not meet on Monday, but Miss Patti will be in touch with P-K parents for the schedule for Tuesday.
We will have more information on Tuesday afternoon regarding when we will be back to school face to face after Thanksgiving. But for now, PLEASE do everything you can to stop the spread on the Island.
Wilfred Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal
Beaver Island Community School