COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Good Afternoon Bermudian Springs Families:
Once again we would like to thank you for your continued support throughout the 2020-2021 school year. As we entered the school year, we stated that we may need to change our instructional model quickly, based on the number of confirmed positive cases in a rolling 14-day window. This is one of those changes. Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has mandated that all Districts that offer any form of in-person face to face instruction sign an attestation form that would require schools to transition to a full remote instructional model when confirmed positive cases reach a specified number in a rolling 14-day window.
Transition to Full Remote Instruction
Based upon the requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we will be transitioning to full remote learning for BERMUDIAN SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY starting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, through Friday, December 4, 2020. In addition, there will be no athletics for students in Grades 9-12 beginning December 1, 2020, through Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Students will return to their Hybrid Learning Model and athletics will resume on Monday, December 07, 2020 (Cherry Day).
More information will be shared only with our Bermudian Springs High School families via email that will contain specific information pertaining to our high school students' remote learning schedule.
Thank you for your continued support! We will continue to provide updated information as appropriate.
Recently we conducted a survey of all parents, staff members, and students in Grades 5-12. The results of those surveys will be presented at tonight's Building &. Grounds Meeting which begins at 7:30 pm and will be live-streamed. A copy of the presentation that will be shared can be found by clicking here: Instructional Model Review Presentation - October 21, 2020
A Message to the Community:
Bermudian Springs School District was officially informed today of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Bermudian Springs High School. The individual who is the confirmed case was in attendance at the school for a brief period of time prior to being diagnosed. The individual has not been in school since earlier this week and is following the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance on quarantine and measures to take before returning to school.
Based on the circumstances and direction provided by the Department of Health no other individuals need to be contacted nor does any further contact tracing need to occur. The Department of Health commended our organization for our adherence to the health and safety plan which minimizes the impact of this positive case.
The District will continue following all PA Department of Health guidance, including the continuation of heightened cleaning measures and continued monitoring of students and staff for any additional suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Bermudian Springs High School and all schools in the district will remain open.
We ask our families to continue monitoring your children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and to continue working with us to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff throughout this time.
Thank you for your continued support of Bermudian Springs School District
Please find below several sections that include important information regarding the opening of the 2020 - 2021 school year which is set to begin on Monday, August 31, 2020. Each section heading is a hyperlink that will take you to important information, so please be sure to click on the headings. It is important to note that ALL students must be screened at home prior to coming to school each day. The "Daily Health Screening" section provides you guidance on how to conduct the screening and what to look for.
2020 - 2021 Hybrid Schedule
Clicking the title above will provide you with a schedule that outlines the specific days that students in the Cherry and Steel Groups are to attend school in-person. The schedule only goes through the end of December 2020. In the event that we must continue with our hybrid model past the end of the year, a new schedule will be developed and shared.
Daily Health Screening
If a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, or come in contact with someone who has tested positive, or become ill at school, District staff will follow processes developed in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control, WellSpan Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Specific initial protocols will be used in each unique situation:
2020 - 2021 Bermudian Springs Transportation Information
We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we enter this school year. Our top priority is to transport all children as safe as possible while complying with recommendations and requirements put forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Health, and Transportation. The information accessed by clicking the heading above addresses numerous questions you and/or your child may have about transportation for the upcoming school year.
Bermudian Springs Health and Wellness Resources
The nurses and trainer of the Bermudian Springs School District developed a series of resources to assist our students and families. The resources included in the link above outline a variety of strategies to be used by students and families in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition, information about the free WellSpan Coronavirus Hotline is included as well.Finally, later in the week please look for information you will be receiving about Canvas!
Our District Health & Safety Planning Team has been meeting for weeks to develop our “draft” Health & Safety Plan. The following are other important dates and tasks that will take place over the next few weeks
July 8 All Adams County School Districts meet to discuss and review Health & Safety plans
July 15 Special Board Workshop: Present to School Board a “Draft” of Health & Safety Plan
(Meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and be streamed)
July 16 Email “Draft” of Health & Safety Plan to the community providing an opportunity
to share feedback
July 20 Reconvene Health & Safety Planning Team to review feedback and adjust “Draft”
July 22 Building & Grounds Meeting: Seek approval of Health & Safety Plan
(Meeting will begin at 2:30 pm and be streamed)
July 23 Email Health & Safety Plan to the community and provide other important information
Beginning on July 9th, Alumni Field (track and stadium), the multi-purpose field, as well as the tennis courts will be open to the general public. However, we do ask that community members do not use the facilities if our student-athletes are engaged in any pre-season workout. We greatly appreciated patience as we worked to develop plans for opening these facilities.
Stay Healthy. Stay positive. Stay Strong
Import Lunch Information
We are pleased to share that we will continue to provide lunches through the end of June! Pick-up will continue to be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the York Springs Fire Hall, Lake Meade Community Center, East Berlin Community Center, and at the Hampton Fire Department.
May Pick-up Dates:
Wednesday, May 20
Friday, May 22,
Wednesday, May 27
Friday, May 29
Please note: we will provide meals on Friday, May 22 to cover the Memorial Day Holiday. Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day and our sites will be closed.
The message below was emailed to all families earlier today.
We hope that you and your family continue to do well as we near the end of the 2019-20 school year. Just a reminder that the last day of school will be Friday, May 29th!
The intent of this email is to provide you with a few important reminders and an update on our planning process as we look to the 2020-2021 school year.
Unfortunately, Adams County remains in the Red Phase. The guidance we have received from the PA Department of Education, as well as our solicitor, indicates that our campus will remain closed to outside individuals through the Red and Yellow phases. This includes all facilities (stadium, track, multi-purpose field). We will continue to monitor the guidance provided to us with a goal of opening up our facilities when deemed appropriate. Thank you for your patience!
Friday, May 29th will be our last day of serving lunches for the 2019-20 school year.
Collection and Returning of Items
We have been working in our schools to collect all student materials, bag them up, and label them with the appropriate student name. It was our hope that we would be able to facilitate a pick-up and drop-off time towards the end of May. As of now, we are not permitted to conduct such activity. Please know that we will communicate with you when we are permitted to conduct such activity.
Please know that due to the current circumstances, we ARE NOT going to be collecting iPads from students who are returning next school year. We do plan to collect iPads from our senior students.
Planning for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
We have developed our framework and foundation for planning for multiple scenarios for 2020 - 2021. We will be planning around three possible scenarios. They are as follows:
Scenario 1: Reopen schools without significant physical distancing or other public health mitigation strategies
Scenario 2: Reopen schools with physical distancing and/or other public health mitigation strategies (hybrid model)
Scenario 3: Enhanced remote learning
Stay Healthy. Stay positive. Stay Strong
If you purchased tickets for Bermudian Springs' 2020 production of Chicago: High School Edition, please complete the Google Form at the following link: Musical Refund
Click the links below for more information.
School (FID) WILL NOT be in session on Friday, April 10th or Monday, April 13 due to the holiday. However, we will be using a make-up day (listed on the school calendar) on Tuesday, April 14th. This day will now be a FID.
3rd Marking Period
All assignments and work for the 3rd marking period are due by the end of the day on Friday, April 10th. We are expecting students to complete and turn in any outstanding work that was assigned by teachers before March 12th. Report cards will be posted in Sapphire on Wednesday, April 22nd.
4th Marking Period
All students are expected to work on the assignments and activities provided by their teachers. However, we WILL NOT be providing a grade to any student for the 4th marking period. Students will be provided strategic feedback on their work. Final grades for students will reflect the average of the first, second, and third marking periods only. Notations will be provided on student transcripts. Additional questions should be directed to building principals.
A reminder that any individual aged 18 or younger within our community is eligible to receive a free lunch. This does include children who are not old enough to be in school.
We will be providing lunch on Monday, April 13th even though it is a holiday!
We will continue to provide lunches on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Stay Healthy. Stay positive. Stay Strong
Letters to Families of Our Special Education Students
Earlier this afternoon, Governor Wolf announced that schools across Pennsylvania are closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate appropriately.
Also, please know that we will continue our plan to begin using our Flexible Instructional Day model on Wednesday, April 1st. You should have received a call and an email with specific details from each of our buildings.
Stay Healthy. Stay Positive. And Stay Strong
To All Bermudian Springs Students:
The end of the 3rd Marking Period will now be Friday, April 10th.
We are expecting students to complete and turn in any outstanding work that was assigned by teachers before March 12th no later than Friday, April 10th. In the event that students do not have the materials they need to complete any assignment, they are expected to communicate that with their teachers. Pro-actively some teachers will be communicating adjustments to their expectations or providing alternate ways to complete the work. All questions related to any assignment should be directed to the teacher who assigned the work.
Letters to Families of Our Special Education Students
3/25/2020: IMPORTANT UPDATE
Please click the link below to read important information about our school closure and movement to our use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID).
Moving to FID - Parent Letter (English)
Moving to FID - Parent Letter (Spanish)
On March 23, 2020, the Governor announced school closures for an additional length of time. We are currently working on our plan to provide Flexible Instructional Days and will be communicating with all families no later than Wednesday evening. Thank you for your patience!
IMPORTANT: All PSSA and Keystone Exam Assessments for the 2019-20 school year have been canceled!
A District update with more information will be pushed out later tonight using our "Berm Blast" methods.
Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found by clicking here.
** There are NO academic expectations during the first 10 days of our school closures.
Free bagged lunches will be distributed for all students 18 years of age and under daily from 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m beginning Tuesday, March 17th. PLEASE click the link below for more detailed information
Dear Bermudian Springs School District Community:
Bermudian Springs School District administration, along with health and government officials continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. Though we are unaware of any student or staff member in our district having or being exposed to the virus, it is important for the district to maintain open communication with you regarding our ongoing measures to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff and community.
To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the District community and region, all Bermudian Springs School District schools will be closed from March 13, 2020 at 5:00pm, through March 29, 2020. As of now,we are planning to reopen our schools on March 30th. During our closure, offices will be staffed, but we will not allow public access except on an as needed basis.
The closure affects all programming at the school, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, weekend events, and all facility use by outside groups. We understand that this closure may cause an inconvenience, but trust that you will support our efforts on behalf of the wellness of our community.
In order to promote instructional equity for all of our students, the district will make up the days through the use of “make-up” days, and other days available to us through communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These methods will be determined once we realize the full scope of impact that closures may have in the coming weeks.
We understand that you may have questions regarding the effects of this closure. Please share those questions with your student’s building principal. Answers to many of these questions will be posted on our website in the coming days. Additionally, we are working on a plan that would enable us to provide lunch to our students at designated locations throughout our community. More information will be communicated as we organize this process.
All official District updates and information regarding COVID-19 will be sent to you via our “Bermudian Blast” platform by email or phone.
As always, protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and communicate as appropriate.
Shane Hotchkiss, Ed.D
The District plans to share an update with parents on Friday, March 13th.
You are most likely aware of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, that has become prevalent in other countries around the world. We would like to provide information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) on what has been done to prepare, in the event an outbreak would occur in Pennsylvania, and where you can access additional information.
There are NO reported cases of Coronavirus connected to our school district.
We are providing information to you so you are aware of this issue, and so you are assured that the Bermudian Springs School District has plans in place to monitor, prepare for and respond to any health or safety issue that may impact us. We also encourage you to use the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health as trusted resources on the latest updates and guidance concerning this health issue.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently shared guidelines for K-12 schools with Bermudian Springs School District. We have included a link to that guidance, below, in our Coronavirus Resource Center.
The guidance included tips for reducing the spread of any illness among our community at this time, such as:
** Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, do not use your hands!
** Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones, and other frequently touched areas. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
** Contain if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
Our schools are cleaned and disinfected daily as part of ongoing custodial services. During a time of potential heightened illness, such as flu season, our staff enhances cleaning services and has plans in place to address areas in which higher incidents of illness may occur throughout that time.
We will continue to follow all recommendations from federal, state and local health officials concerning the Coronavirus, and will continue to provide you with updates related to this issue as we receive them.
Please click the links to view COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources.
CDC - What You Need To Know (English)
CDC - What You Need To Know (Spanish)