Dear Bayside Community
This week the Provincial Government announced that elementary and secondary students are shifting back to Remote Learning this Monday, April 19. Please see this letter from our Director of Education Sean Monteith. I understand that for most of our Bayside Community, this move to online learning is certainly not your preferred method of learning for your child. I recognize that for many families, this may produce additional strain in your home and yet another change to adapt to. This in addition to the Stay at Home Order. Everything has been a lot during this pandemic and I am grateful for your kindness, patience, and support as we continue this journey together.
Moving to Remote Learning
On Monday and Tuesday our Elementary and Secondary teachers will be setting up their Virtual Learning classrooms and getting ready to shift to online learning. They will reach out your family and connect with your student to ensure they are ready to press “play” for a regular, online school day on Wednesday, April 21st. For the first two days following the break, your child will be responsible for any posted learning tasks, ensuring their technology is set up and that they have a suitable workspace to begin online learning. Teachers will provide students and families with instructions on what to expect moving forward. Beginning Wednesday, the regular school day is in effect and student learning will go synchronous (live) following our regular daily schedule. Additionally, our high expectations for all BSS students are also in effect. I am always so proud of our Bayside students and as we shift back to remote learning, my expectations remain the same. Learning behaviour in the online classroom will be held to the same high standard for attendance, participation, work ethic, and of course, school code of conduct.
Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions about online learning or have difficulty accessing BrightSpace or the Google Classroom. Here is some information for parents about the use and applications of Google Workspaces and Extensions. I encourage you to review this resource and learn a bit more about the powerful online tools that your child’s teacher may be using in the coming weeks. I know that many families have taken advantage of the Government’s Support for Learners program and purchased devices for their child. I also understand there is an additional Support for Learners program soon to be in effect. If you have any outstanding technology needs and your child does not have a device for online learning, please communicate directly with the classroom teacher. Teacher email addresses are available on the school website under contacts.
Contacting the School
Our schools are currently closed and staff are working remotely. Voicemail and email will be checked regularly. If you need to reach the school please call 613 966 2922 ext 51401 and leave a message stating your name, your student name, return phone number as well as the reason for the call. Someone will return your call. Additionally, you may email the school directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessing Report Cards
In February, HPE launched a new Student Information System called ASPEN. We are no longer using Maplewood. Students can now access their information on the ASPEN online student portal. This is where you will find report cards. The instructions can be found here. There is a link at the bottom of the BSS website: https://bss.hpedsb.on.ca/ or by clicking HERE
With the Stay at Home Order in effect and the return to remote learning, questions about the format for June graduation continue. Please be assured that the Graduation Committee is meeting regularly and responding to Public Health Direction. We are mindful that public safety is our highest priority and we are committed to having a successful Grade 8 and Grade 12 Graduation that keeps everyone safe and allows all graduates to be recognized. We will continue to communicate in this regard and will also be communicating directly with graduates through their @apps account.
Graduation Photos – Postponed
The onsite Graduation photo’s that were originally scheduled to begin April 19th have been postponed. Lifetouch is not able to photograph graduating students during lockdown as they are considered a non-essential business service. All photos are on-hold until the Government announces a return to in person learning. I have been assured that BSS will be rescheduled with first priority and Grade 8 Graduation Portraits will follow. I apologize for this additional disappointment and frustration
School Council Fundraiser
We have a very active school council and we always welcome new members. Please reach out to the Chair Brad Beal if you would like more information about School Council. The BSS School Council is actively fundraising to support our Grade 8 and Grade 12 Graduation. We had a very successful Boston Pizza fundraiser in March and we now invite you to join a fabulous online fundraising event that promise to be awesome!! How about a Virtual Cooking Class next week? That sounds like an evening well spent. . Please click the link for more details. Search for our Facebook group "Bayside Secondary Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser". You can also go directly to this website for more information: https://robinbuhr.epicure.com/en-ca/
That is all for now. Please follow us on social media and check the website for more information. Things change frequently these days! And please reach out anytime with any questions or concerns you may have. Enjoy the weekend ahead.
Ruth Ellen Cummings, Principal
Bayside Secondary School