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Internet Access Survey

posted Aug 19, 2020, 9:34 AM by Jason Borgstrom


Families,

Please complete the Internet Access Survey if you do NOT have access to the internet and intend on using a portable hotspot provided by the district (Please fill out one survey per household).  Additionally, due to an increase in underground fiber optic cable installation projects in Sherburne County, we are requesting specific information (address, availability of internet service providers, etc.) to help further connect all neighborhoods with this expansion project.

Click here for Survey

OR copy and paste the following address into a web browser.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-KBRpkKr1BP9OLESFNfOss5Pq_XIxCjddAgTYXXHaTqvVhw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Transportation Department Needs Assessment Survey

posted Aug 17, 2020, 12:03 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Aug 17, 2020, 2:09 PM ]


Families,

Becker Public Schools Transportation Department is requesting assistance to help us gather information for planning purposes as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. 


***Please complete one form for each of your children.  


Due to potential limited bus capacity in the hybrid model, we recommend everyone who is able to transport their children to do so to help us to meet requirements by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We appreciate your assistance and your flexibility in helping to provide safe transportation to our students and their families.

We are asking for your completion of this survey by 11:59 pm on Monday, August 17th

Please complete the survey for EACH CHILD ATTENDING Becker Public Schools (K-12)

Becker Public Schools Reopening...

posted Aug 13, 2020, 7:21 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 7:24 PM ]


Please peruse the press release from Becker Public Schools in regard to the reopening plan.

Family Needs Assessment

posted Aug 5, 2020, 1:56 PM by Jason Borgstrom


Families,


Becker Public Schools continues to plan as we move forward to reopening for the 20-21 school year.  We are and will continue asking for your input throughout this process.  


We have included a couple of videos in this message for you to view.  We have one video for our Primary (K-2) and Intermediate (3-5) School buildings and one video for our Middle (6-8) and High School (9-12) buildings.  The videos and surveys are very similar, however, there are some pretty big differences in the Hybrid learning plan between the Elementary and Secondary Schools.  


We are asking for your completion of this survey by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 7th. 


Please complete one survey for each student.  More information on School Readiness will be coming out as we progress. We appreciate your time and attention to this and look forward to continuing to provide a safe and exceptional learning experience for our students and families.


Please watch this video for Becker Elementary Schools (Primary/Intermediate) prior to completing the survey - Becker Elementary (K-5) Schools Video


Please watch this video for Becker Secondary Schools (Middle/High) prior to completing the survey - Becker Secondary (6-12) Schools Video


After watching the video, please complete the survey for EACH CHILD ATTENDING Becker Elementary Schools K-5 (Primary/Intermediate)


After watching the video, please complete the survey for EACH CHILD ATTENDING Becker Secondary Schools 6-12 (Middle/High)



Following information from the previous district survey, we have worked hard to implement as many recommended safety precautions as possible without limiting our personal and professional relationships which have been identified to impact student learning.  

Each building will have an individualized plan that considers the three models of learning already provided by the MDE.  Within each of those models, we have chosen the four priorities that were shared previously with staff.  Those are:  Health and Safety, Choices, Social Emotional Wellbeing, and Student Success.

 

We have also identified safety measures for a safe return to school in-person or in a hybrid model.  Some specific safety precautions we will utilize include:

 

·  Dual Filtration Systems and Monitoring of Ventilation Systems

·  Daily Use of Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayers in Buildings and Transportation

·  Increased Access to Water Bottle Filling Stations

·  Face Shields for Staff Members

·  Mask Requirement per Executive Order 20-81

·  Room Specific Sanitizers

·  Increased Social Distance Opportunities

·  Hand Sanitizer Dispensers in Common and High Traffic Areas

·  Personal Protective Equipment for Specific Staff in High Risk Areas

·  COVID Specific Signs and Decals in and around Restrooms, Classrooms, Fountains, etc.

·  Limiting of Non-essential Visitors/Volunteers/External groups

 

In-Person Model

The in-person model for Becker Public Schools will create as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom. Students will be engaged with their peers and their teacher in learning.  We will have 100% occupancy limits in classrooms and on transportation with some redefined learning spaces.  There will be minimal changes to the regular classroom schedule with the previously shared safety precautions.  There will be continuous/on-going communication with County and State agencies related to current conditions. There will be some modifications to schedules and programming, but care was taken to eliminate any issues with student learning related to these changes.



Hybrid Model-Elementary (Primary/Intermediate)

Similar to the In-Person Model, Becker Primary and Intermediate school will continue to have in-person options available to 100% of our students.  Some additional safety changes taking place in the Hybrid Model will be increased social distancing due to the utilization of a variety of non-conventional spaces.  Schools must also limit the overall number of people on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. The Hybrid Model will continue to allow daily contact with licensed staff and personnel in the Primary and Intermediate School.  


Hybrid Model-Secondary (Middle/High)

The Hybrid Model for Becker Middle School and High School will take place in groups. Group A will be students A-K, and Group B will be students L-Z.  50% of students would be present on either Monday/Tuesday (Group A), or Thursday/Friday (Group B). Wednesdays would be designated as a Distance Learning Day for all students. Additionally, days that students are not in school would be designated as Distance Learning days depending on their Group schedule. Some additional safety changes taking place in the Hybrid Model will be increased social distancing due to a limited number of students within the building at one type.  Schools must also limit the overall number of people on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. The Hybrid Model will continue to allow daily contact with licensed staff and personnel in the Middle and High School.

Based on student need, some students may be required to attend in person during the week outside of their group schedule.


Distance Learning Model

If COVID case numbers increase and guidance suggests a distance learning model, students will be participating in a synchronous learning environment, meaning their classes will take place with a licensed teacher during the same time as they would in the in-person model.  School will be available for emergency child care and other required or vital functions.  


Note: All school districts must offer a distance learning model to all families who choose not to attend in-person/hybrid learning (whether as part of an in-person learning model or hybrid learning model) due to medical risks or other safety concerns.  Families are encouraged to contact building administrators to identify solutions to these risks that can allow more in-person interaction and instruction.

Teachers of the Year

posted Jun 9, 2020, 11:15 AM by Jason Borgstrom

Congratulations to this year's Teachers of the Year! Primary School: Jenny Obermoller; Intermediate School: Nikki Kaehler; Middle School: Nicole Wentland: High School: Michelle Kuseske. The teachers were honored in a Google Meet Becker Education Association end of year celebration last week.



2020 Graduation Live Stream - Facebook

posted May 29, 2020, 4:22 PM by Jason Borgstrom   [ updated May 29, 2020, 4:38 PM ]

The link for the live stream is https://www.facebook.com/218553697932/videos/644831986071790/ or simply visit Becker Public Schools on facebook. 

Unfortunately, prepackaged video content will not be available during the live stream. Check back for the recording.
https://www.facebook.com/218553697932/videos/644831986071790/

Counseling Service During COVID-19

posted May 20, 2020, 1:08 PM by Jason Borgstrom

https://docs.google.com/a/isd726.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aXNkNzI2Lm9yZ3xiZWNrZXJzY2hvb2xzfGd4OjNmMDI1ODJmYTFiYmQwM2Y

Greater MN is offering their Brief Counseling service as a free service during COVID-19. Please take a look at their flyer.


Distance Learning Plan

posted Mar 27, 2020, 12:30 PM by Jason Borgstrom


Here is the Becker School District Distance Learning Plan. Our goal within this plan is to be sure we align with the mission of MDE for "MN school district to ensure they have meaningful, relevant, and equitable learning opportunities to address the needs of all students".

Distance Learning Form - Please complete ASAP

posted Mar 23, 2020, 10:26 AM by Jason Borgstrom


Families,

We are working on our online access inventory.  This information will allow us to help to meet the needs of our students as we plan for distant learning.  In order to gather this information, we are requesting all families fill out this form with information that will help us to supply resources to meet your student's needs.

Distance Learning Form - https://forms.gle/eYunJY4g9sMi9NED6

This form will need to be completed by Tuesday, March 24th by 9:00 am.

Meal Delivery

posted Mar 17, 2020, 3:12 PM by Jason Borgstrom


Becker Public Schools will be offering meal delivery service for K-12 students in need on days that school is closed or distance learning is being completed. Meals will be dropped off at the family's doorstep and would include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. If you have students that would like to participate, please follow the attached link to complete the survey if you have students that would like to participate. One survey needs to be completed for each student in the household. The survey must be submitted by Monday, March 23rd at 5am if you would like meals started on Tuesday, March 24th. All other submissions can get deliveries, but not until Thursday, March 26th. 


Please direct any Transportation questions to Tom Risley trisley@isd726.org or Food Service Questions to Felicia Kittok at fkittok@isd726.org.  

Before we start transporting, meals can still be picked up tomorrow outside of the PAC entrance (Door 3).

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