https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxLGnpD9XY4 Watch the BVHS class of 2020 graduation ceremony tonight! Live stream starts at 8:30 pm!
Come celebrate our 2020 BVHS graduates on Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm! There will be a car parade from Avery Parsons to Comanche Drive In. Community are invited to park along Main Street (the street will not be closed) and parallel park up West Main to honk and cheer as the graduates pass. Congratulations Class of 2020.
We recently completed evaluations of our science, PE, professional learning,and gifted and talented programs. These will be available on our district website in coming weeks. This summer, we will begin evaluation of our English Language Arts and Industrial Arts/Business program. An important part of the evaluation process is feedback data from our students and families regarding each program. We encourage your participation in the survey links below regarding these programs. If you have students at multiple grades, please complete the survey specific for a grade level. You are welcome to complete the survey more than once, with responses matching the grade level you enter. These surveys are for parents/guardians. Students had the opportunity to complete through their distance learning. ELA Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewCl-38ZN0ACJQN579vj6et7F5-jZUfiVIdAxzyosCBYLg0A/viewform Industrial Arts Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-EGqz5Yw-6tEBhmSoLTpwZHuA8v7fL_4RV3Nwf5yHtv8Myg/viewform
Mr. Oharah brings together the 6th grade Rising Voices with a reminder we all could use...Here Comes the Sun. Thank you for letting your voices bring us so much joy, singers! https://youtu.be/MPBSAOwvxmA
To honor the retirement of: Laurie Hancock – 23 years Bill Fabian – 12 years Marvin Douty – 5 years Please join the Buena Vista School District and Chaffee County Sheriff's Department for a parade/drive by past Laurie Hancock's and Marvin Douty's homes to honor their retirement and years of service in the Buena Vista School District. We will meet at 6:30 p.m., Friday May 15th, in the parking lot at the former Paw Paw Billies Restaurant. We'll proceed out to Hancock's, come back to town on Hwy 24 to Gregg Drive then out to Mr. Douty's. Please stay with the procession back to town to participate in Friday Nigh Lights past the BVHS Football Field to the Baseball Field. Please feel free to decorate your cars, make up signs and bring cards for the retirees. Also, to honor Mr. Fabian there will be a 30 minute Zoom meeting at 3:OO p.m. on Friday the 15th. Lisa Yates will set it up. Please bring a favorite memory to share and bring a book title that expresses our hopes for him in retirement.
Welcome to Kindergarten! Take a moment to watch the Kindergarten welcome video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tnnfrUV8RtUDXLl0oOwDBSmz-XnLZy2o/view Kindergarten welcome letter, readiness calendar, and registration form are found here: https://www.apptegy.net/s/resources-bvsd/browse/130464#
The next virtual Board of Education meeting is Monday, May 11th at 6:00 pm. Join by using Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88986475943?pwd=RE9WTi9WRXVWSXlXMUEzU1Y1Y0lIUT09 Meeting ID: 889 8647 5943 Password: 9cDCVd One tap mobile +13462487799,,88986475943#,,1#,941409# US (Houston) +14086380968,,88986475943#,,1#,941409# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) Meeting ID: 889 8647 5943 Password: 941409 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbGXSAdY9v
The BVSD will continue to provide meals through June. There are changes to the program for the summer, please see the attached flier for more information. Our food service department will continue to provide meals through Friday, May 29th, and will send an extra lunch home on Friday, May 22nd, as they will be closed on Memorial Day.
COVID UPDATE 5.01.2020 BV Schools Families: There is limited information to share at this time, so this message comes as connection to our community and encouragement to stay the good course with remote learning. We understand the mixed and changing emotions this disruptive time evokes. Our natural desire is to know with certainty what the days ahead will be, including as far reaching as the fall. Our best foot forward is to stay grounded in today. Our district is full of hope for a return to school in the fall. We know this is the best for the academic and overall growth of our students. This time has also highlighted the critical role schools play in the economic and psychological health of our communities. Our district team energies are being invested in how to return safely. We are working closely with our county public health. I am on several state level education committees with our Commissioner of Education and Governor regarding the re-opening of schools and our labor and workforce overall. I meet weekly with area superintendents to navigate the changing environment. As well, I serve on the Board of the Rural Alliance, meeting weekly with other rural Colorado districts regarding the impacts of COVID on our schools. Please be assured I am studying, collaborating, and remaining very connected to other leaders to create the guidelines and opportunity for our staff and students to return to the strong, flourishing and challenging learning environments of our BV Schools. Please find below some highlights of upcoming activities and supports from the schools: • Friday Night Lights – tonight at 7:30 pm! Seeing faces and giving and receiving waves is good for the soul. • Two of our BV Staff, Michelle Cunningham and Robin Fritsch, represented our staff in a special segment produced by Chalkbeat (Jan Wondra of ArkValley Voice the contributing journalist), COVID Diaries Colorado: Education under coronavirus. Truly, they represent how staff are showing up in new ways and highlighting what it means to be an educator and parent, spouse, friend, caregiver, during this time. What a beautiful testimony. Thank you to Michelle and Robin for being who you are for our district. The public has an opportunity during this time to see what public schools are doing all the time…just more poignant and noticeable during this time. https://co.chalkbeat.org/2020/4/26/21235412/covid-diaries-colorado-education-under-coronavirus • We will have closing activities at each of our schools the week of May 18-21. Our seniors will have the first and special closing on May 15. Your child’s principal and teacher(s) will be sharing these plans with you in coming days. The purpose is two-fold: 1. Practically, we need to collect devices and other materials and students need to gather any personal belongings still in the schools; 2. Safe, in-person gatherings, seeing some of the people and spaces that were formative for your children this year is important in ending well. We understand not all families will be comfortable with this yet, and that is absolutely ok. We will get items to you through a drive up or delivery model. We will have either small groups or individuals come to classrooms/lockers. We will use the large spaces like practice fields and lawns for outdoor staging and the opportunity for kids to see some of the masked faces of their peers! More to come from your principals. These plans are being developed in collaboration with Chaffee County Public Health. We are also in communication with Sol Vista Health who is supporting us as we welcome and walk together as community through smaller returns to school. • Graduation ceremony plans and other ways to celebrate our seniors are in the works. Our principals and staff have been planning new ways of honoring the Class of 2020 in light of them missing so many traditions. Look for banners, signs, parades, and a hopeful outdoor ceremony (for only students and hopefully families) coming soon. These plans are being developed in collaboration with Chaffee County Public Health. • Our local businesses are slowly re-opening! This is such good news for so many who have been enduring this Great Pause with a burden we cannot imagine from our positions. Our county has done a tremendous job of collaborating and communicating to make this possible. Cheer them on with me. • And to end, a message of hope from amazing talents including our SoundScapes students. Whatever you do today, let it include enjoying this. Don’t miss it. A project requiring incredible commitment from music director, Tanner Ohara, that will be memorable for our students while inspiring each of us. Spring is here… there is hope. https://youtu.be/1pUYMa2cD4c We are with you all in holding up hope for our future together. Stay connected to one another. Ask for help when needed. “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” Be well. Lisa Lisa Yates, Superintendent
The Buena Vista High School Soundscapes and Friends virtual choir performance of "We Sing of Golden Mornings" composed by Neil Ginsberg and text by Ralph Waldo Emerson. https://youtu.be/1pUYMa2cD4c
Join us for the next Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 27th at 6:00 p.m. Time: Apr 27, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93981138558?pwd=cTl1NkpjbkVwS3ZRbkdod1FkNVRFQT09 Meeting ID: 939 8113 8558 Password: 015356 One tap mobile +13462487799,,93981138558#,,#,015356# US (Houston) +14086380968,,93981138558#,,#,015356# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 939 8113 8558 Password: 015356 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adkNvPgX62
Kindergarten registration forms can be found on the website, here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/675465/Kindergarten_Registration.pdf
BV Schools COVID-19 District Response UPDATE 4.21.2020 On April 20, 2020, Governor Polis announced the Stay at Home Order for the state of Colorado would expire on April 27, 2020 and he provided guidance for a “Safer at Home” phase focused on continued protection while also moving to recovery. To view slides from the Governor’s press conference: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qsnMs_bbLLMEqys0YlTnFHlpZy4xnQNv/view The Safer at Home phase gives guidance that education should remain closed to in person learning. The press release stated, “There are three levels of social distancing, which include: Staying at Home, Safer at Home, and Protect our Neighbors. On April 27, the state will be moving onto the Safer at Home phase. During this phase Coloradans will no longer be ordered to stay home, but are still strongly encouraged to do so. Vulnerable populations and seniors must continue staying home except when absolutely necessary and K-12 school districts and postsecondary institutions will continue to suspend normal in-person instruction until the end of the school year.” Governor Polis’ Executive Order related to school closing will be coming shortly. While we are saddened to know we will not be returning together, this was expected, and we will continue a high level of connection with all of our students. As well, we will continue to work with our local public health agency to create plans for phased, small groups of students to return to the building for pick up of personal items, eventual return of student devices and books, and other closing activities. We will do so with strict physical distancing practices in place and following all established protocols. We want our students to be able to end this most unusual school year with some visual closures and connections to the spaces where they have grown this year. Plans will be forthcoming. The end of in person learning also marks the end of our spring sports seasons. To our student-athletes, and especially our seniors, we are so very sorry you are not able to participate this year. Our hearts are heavy for you. The announcement of continued distance learning through the remainder of the school year was anticipated and likely not a surprise to most. However, with it now being a reality, we all need to pay attention to our mindsets regarding this extension. There will likely be new challenges ahead in the remainder of the school year; there i an immediate challenges I believe we need to address together: four additional weeks will take a toll on sustaining engagement for students, teachers, and families alike. Our teachers have already been working together to envision new and “fresh” ways of connecting with students to keep them inspired, positive, and excited during these last four weeks of school. Our driving question will be to ask ourselves, “How can we keep them coming back?” Families, keep encouraging your children, continue to give them space to explore their interests, and be assured knowing we will get back on track in achieving academic milestones in time. We will continue to provide opportunities and practice for your children through these four weeks and our promise is to build upon the growth from this entire year, both in person and distance learning, when we return so each student reaches the peak of success. We will continue our meal program at least through the school year and are evaluating the need to continue this program through the summer. Please see at the end of this update information about our new Grove Early School Director/Assistant Principal, Liz Barnaby and new BVHS principal, Jon Ail. As we continue to navigate our present reality, we look forward with excitement in welcoming these two new leaders to our district. Now, maybe more than ever, is the time to stay connected. There is a lament in this time and sharing in the loss, as well as celebrating our collective hope that it will not always be this way, is essential to living in community well. Please join our staff and families every Friday through the school year at 7:30 pm for Friday Night Lights parade. We will turn the lights on at our football stadium and baseball stadium (at the River Park) and staff will be lined up to wave and see you all. Take time to hop in the car and join us for this weekly connection. It is worth it. Take Care. Be Well. Lisa Yates Superintendent Buena Vista School District
The success of our Industrial Arts program has been catalyzed by many donations from businesses and individuals throughout the years. This outside support has brought our students many unique opportunities for hands-on learning in our wood and metal shops; opportunities that are increasingly rare in public schools. One of these generous contributions was a donation of personal protective equipment from FastCap last Fall to help insure our students’ safety. We are happy to announce that the Industrial Arts Program has decided to pay it forward and donate one hundred fifty N95 face masks that they received from FastCap to Chaffee County Public Health in this time of need.
John Emilsson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: BVMS Parent Meeting Time: Apr 15, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 5 occurrence(s) Apr 15, 2020 06:00 PM Apr 22, 2020 06:00 PM Apr 29, 2020 06:00 PM May 6, 2020 06:00 PM May 13, 2020 06:00 PM Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/tJEvcu2qqDgsG9xAloJMWFO69N7W6NA7lOX7/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCtrD4uGNKWthiPRowMAI_4LOrwpnZdjfpFvRPqKQ1kRCygb8wVBeRRMY_c Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95254263618?pwd=K1FYVkIxTDE0VkRWRE4rYmNSUVNFdz09 Meeting ID: 952 5426 3618 Password: 2ae54m
Chaffee County Shuttle - Senior Shopper Program Launches Mon. April 13th The citizens of Chaffee County, in combinations with The Chaffee Shuttle, (Grant from Chaffee County Community Fund CCCF), Home Health & Hospice (HRHHH) and the Chaffee County Government have launched a senior grocery shopper program. Purpose: Provide grocery delivery services for senior citizens (or citizens in need). These people do not need to leave their home. 1. Seniors in need of grocery’s call Tambra Stutes at Heart of Rockies Home Health & Hospice (HRHHH) at 314-201-1450 to put in their request for groceries. 2. Volunteer shoppers needed! Please call Chris Martin 719-239-0023 or email@example.com with name, full address and phone number. 3. Shopping will be done for Salida/Poncha on M & W; Buena Vista on Tu & Th. 4. Shopping day… Chaffee Shuttle will pick up the volunteer shopper, drop them off at the grocery store, shopper will purchase groceries on their list with a pre-paid gift card to pay for the groceries. Shopper will be driven to the senior’s home for delivery inside or at the front door. The citizen will be encouraged to pay for the groceries with a check payable to Chaffee County Community Foundation. The monies will be deposited back into CCCF’s Senior Shopping account as a donation.
Please join the Buena Vista Board of Education for a community linkage on April 13, 6:00 pm by Google Meet. The Board would like to hear from the community any responses regarding distance learning and receive any questions about the school district currently or in the future. Join Hangouts Meet meet.google.com/qoc-mxat-gfd Join by phone +1 929-336-0258 PIN: 899 337 736#
BV SCHOOLS UPDATE COVID-19 4.3.2020 In response to Governor Polis' executive order on April 2, 2020, the Buena Vista School District will extend its closure to in person learning through April 30, 2020. Distance learning will continue at least through April 30 and families should now have access to learning opportunities from teachers beginning on March 31. The district will continue to follow orders from the Governor, as well as guidance from our local public health department, in determining how learning opportunities to students will be provided after April 30th. Some districts in Colorado in densely populated areas may move beyond the Governor's order and close school to in person learning for the remainder of the year. Others, including Buena Vista, will use April 30th as the guidance, leaving May open to possible individuals or small groups return for in-person assessments or culminating experiences. The district is working on plans to provide culminating experiences, especially for our graduating class of 2020. The school year will not extend past May 28 for all students. The district is considering how summer school might be used in supporting some students in preparing for the coming year, again, dependent on the rate at which social distancing can be lifted. We are confident and prepared in meeting the needs of students in the coming year, with grade promotion, even with this alternative distance-learning during these weeks. We fully understand the learning at home will vary from family to family depending on individual circumstances, and we are committed to working now and in the coming year with each individual's learning needs to ensure continued growth. Principals are hosting parent/guardian virtual meetings during the week of April 6 to support you in your new role as teacher/facilitator for your children. Please refer to building emails for specific information. You are doing great! Somedays are better than others - for you and for your children. You, or your children, are not meant to have this figured out or do it well all the time or even most of the time. Just keep doing the next best thing. Your teachers, principals and entire staff are here for you. When you see the lights turned on our fields, remember, we see you, we are here, and all will be well. Take care, Lisa Yates Superintendent, Buena Vista School District
The Buena Vista Board of Education will have a special board meeting on April 6, 2020. Public may participate virtually. Access information is included below: Topic: BV Schools Board Meeting April 6 Time: Apr 6, 2020 07:15 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/538766355 Meeting ID: 538 766 355 One tap mobile +13462487799,,538766355# US (Houston) +14086380968,,538766355# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 301 715 8592 US +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US Meeting ID: 538 766 355 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adkNvPgX62
Good Morning, BV Schools Families, While we cannot welcome you all back from Spring Break in person, we are sending a warm and very special welcome as we embark on a unique opportunity for distance learning in BV Schools! Together, let's embrace this challenge to create meaningful and lasting memories and experiences in new ways for our students. I know I speak for all of the staff, we miss you and so look forward to the day when we can come together again. And it will come. Until then, let's get started, set up, and organized for distance learning! Today begins pick up of materials at preschool, middle and high school. Tuesday will be pick up at elementary and again for high school students. Check emails from your student's school for specific times and details. Our schools have been sanitized over last two weeks so materials coming out have been disinfected. In addition, our staff will be wearing gloves and masks to distribute materials today. Meals will continue, at no cost, and can be picked up between 11-1 each day at Avery Parsons. If you need help getting materials from your school, please email your principal or any staff member. We can make arrangements to deliver - and if you or anyone in your family is ill, please contact us so we can drop materials outside your door rather than you coming to the school. As a reminder, distance learning at home is much different than in person learning. It will likely take between 1-2 hours per day with room for physical activity, instrument practice, and other creative projects. If you need something, please ask. This week is a slow start to our distance learning so staff, students and families can get settled into new routines. I will continue to send out updates about the district overall each week. Your principal and teachers will be in communication about all the learning logistics. Encourage your children often. Marvel at their adaptablity. Consider their anxiety in all that is different and unknown, and hold them closer. Welcome back and here we go! Lisa Yates Superintendent, Buena Vista School District
BV Schools Families, As you are well aware, Governor Polis issued a Stay at Home order for the state of Colorado beginning March 26 and extending through April 11. Critical operations are exempt from this order. Schools are defined as critical operations. Schools, including meal distribution and delivery/pick up of instructional materials, will continue during this time. Please see the bulleted points below for clarifications. • Daily meal pick ups will continue each week day at Avery Parsons Elementary between 11-1:00pm. Delivery is available as well as volunteering to help with handing out meals by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org • The district will be working with other community partners to provide weekend and evening meals for families who have needs. If you are in need of meals beyond what the school is providing each day, please contact your school counselor, a teacher, or leave a message at 395-7099 and we will contact you with support. Our Board of Education pledged at least $5000 to support this evening meal program for our community. • Learning opportunities will begin the week of March 30. Teachers will be reaching out with students/families by end of day on Monday, March 30 with information for the week’s learning. • Pick up of materials will begin on Monday for middle and high school and continue on Tuesday for elementary, as well as a second pick up for high school. Specific information from building principals will outline this distribution. Stay well! Lisa Yates, Superintendent email@example.com
The Buena Vista Board of Education will have a meeting on March 25, 2020. Public may participate virtually. Access information is included below: Lisa Yates is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: BV Schools Board Meeting 3.23.2020 Time: Mar 25, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/107030565?pwd=WGFsSXYyTHdUSFR6T1N3dzhkR054Zz09 Meeting ID: 107 030 565 Password: 131562 One tap mobile +13462487799,,107030565# US (Houston) +14086380968,,107030565# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 107 030 565 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adkNvPgX62
BV Schools Update COVID -19 March 23, 2020 BV Schools Families, This correspondence does not include any new information regarding the status of school, only reminders and encouragement. School is closed to in person learning through April 17 by Governor Polis' executive order. We will update you if that date is extended. This week, March 23-27 is a scheduled SPRING BREAK. This means there will not be specific learning opportunities provided to students during this week. Meals will be provided again this week through a "Grab n Go" service at Avery Parsons Elementary between 11-1:00 pm. Many thanks to our food service staff for their tireless preparation as well as community volunteers who are handing out and delivering the meals as needed. You can volunteer to help or provide an address for delivery by contacting Emily and firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning opportunities will begin the week of March 30 and will continue through the school closure. In coming days, you will receive specific information from your school principal and teacher/advisor about instructions for pick up of needed materials and supplies next Monday or Tuesday. K-5 learning will not use technology to deliver; 6-12 grade will use technology for delivery of learning opportunities. We will work with each family to gain access to these learning opportunities. While we cannot replicate the quality instruction that happens each day when school is open, our teaching staff have been working over the last weeks to develop prompts, practice, thinking, and experiences that will continue a path of growth in grade level learning outcomes. Do we have all the answers to distance learning that is guaranteed to work right away? No, we do not. Do we have a good plan that will be continually reviewed and adjusted to meet our needs as we implement? Absolutely! Again, more information will be provided from each building principal as we start up on March 30. In the meantime, enjoy these Spring Break days! As together we move along in these unusual days, a reminder that experiencing a range of emotions is normal. As the novelty wears, it can be tempting to look ahead at the calendar and a return to our routines or even school, seem far away. I encourage us all to stay in the present. Today is enough and trying to hold tomorrow's worry, too, can lead to overwhelm and even despair. Finding ways to celebrate the good in these times is a simple way to stay in the present. Several people I know are documenting a highlight or two of each day through a phone photo or a sentence on a post it on a wall of their house. Again, it is to be expected to experience a range of emotions. Boredom and anxiety can lead to being annoyed with our children, spouses, interactions with others at the store, officials making decisions, and more. If we lose our gratitude and begin to focus on the inconvenience and worry of how long this will be, we can turn to blame and criticism of those endeavoring to do the best on behalf of all. If you find yourself overwhelmed, you are not alone. We are in this together. As a reminder, our school counselors and Sol Vista staff who work with our school are available, as are other school staff if you feel more comfortable. We encourage you to reach out as you need, even if it is just a check in for ideas as you care for your children at home. We have experts who do this for a living and are ready to help! Again, please reach out to others as we navigate this together. You can email directly to staff or call 719.395.7099 to speak with someone and someone will call you. Take care of each other. Be well. Lisa Yates, Superintendent Buena Vista School District
BV Schools COVID-19 District Response UPDATE 3.19.2020 11:00 am BV Schools Closure extended through April 17, 2020 To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23 to April 17. The executive order directs Colorado school districts to make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time while taking into account the needs of local communities. This order also directs the Commissioner of Education to issue guidance to support school systems in developing and implementing plans to assist families and students in accessing alternative learning, providing free and reduced lunch and breakfast, and offering waivers for instructional time as appropriate. “Protecting the health of all Coloradoans is our top priority, and moving to online learning and other ways to support learning at home is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “We know school leaders, educators and families will have a lot of questions about how to support their students’ learning at home during this unprecedented time. The department is working on guidance and developing resources to support our schools and students, and it will be available very soon.” The Governor made this order via press release this evening. Read it online here: https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/colorado-takes-further-action-address-public-health-threat-covid-19 The Buena Vista School District had already closed school buildings with an extended spring break through March 27. This order will extend that time-frame through April 17. Educators and leadership in the Buena Vista School District have already started working on how to provide educational resources for students and families. To emphasize, this is a new reality for all and it will require all of us working together in support of children in the Buena Vista School District. Our leadership understands this information brings both certainty and uncertainty for the weeks ahead. I ask we allow each other a measure of grace as we develop plans for what learning looks like during this time away from school. Now, more than ever, we must work together for the benefit of our children and our community. We thank you for being patient as we navigate this new reality. You will continue to receive updates in coming days regarding alternative learning options for students that will begin after spring break, during the week of March 30. In the meantime, reassure your children all will be well, give them appropriate facts about COVID 19, find ways to help and ask for help, and keep your head up. The good is around you. Our children, of all ages, need to see us seeing the good. Take Care. Be Well. Lisa Yates Superintendent Buena Vista School District
How to speak to your children about COVID-19: Steve Gross, a researcher and leader in this area brain science and health, and who has provided professional training for our staff, recently posted a short video as a guide to parents in talking with your children about the pandemic. It is simple and for many, will reassure you that what you are doing is right on track and enough. https://vimeo.com/398256226
BV Schools COVID 19 UPDATE 3.18. 2020 11:00 am BV Schools Families, Please see below updates: The Colorado Department of Education has canceled state standardized testing and accountability for the 2019-20 school year. These tests were scheduled for April and will not be administered this year or used for accreditation for school or districts due to COVID 19 closures and uncertainties. I have been notified that by the end of this week, Governor Polis will be making a statewide recommendation or directive for school districts regarding extended school closures. To date, 98% of school districts in the state are closed due to an extended spring break. The Buena Vista School District is awaiting the Governor's announcement to determine the extent of its closure. Once a closure time is determined, the school district will be in contact with families regarding provision of educational services. There are many considerations of what education will look like outside of school walls and ensuring access for all. We will work through this and will follow guidance provided from our state. We are fully expecting waivers for instructional time and required school attendance. We are also expecting latitude in credit requirements and graduation guidance for our seniors. I ask our district community to be patient and understanding as we navigate the coming days. We will support families in providing learning opportunities throughout any extended closure. More information will be provided in coming days. The district leadership team is meeting regularly to prepare for these unprecedented days ahead. As of now, we are on an extended spring break and encourage you to enjoy the time from school with your family. One of the district's priority areas is "creating spaces of optimism." Brain research provides evidence that deeper learning occurs when students (all humans!) are in state of safety, belonging, and joy. For this reason, as a staff we continually learn together about how to best create these spaces of optimism when students are together. Our commitment to academic growth cannot be separated from our ability to create such spaces of optimism. Steve Gross, a researcher and leader in this area brain science and health, and who has provided professional training for our staff, recently posted a short video as a guide to parents in talking with your children about the pandemic. It is simple and for many, will reassure you that what you are doing is right on track and enough. I encourage you to take a few minutes to view. You can find it here: https://vimeo.com/398256226 or from our website. The district will continue "grab and go" lunches during Spring Break (March 23-27). Pick up will continue at Avery Parsons between 11:00-1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Delivery is also available by emailing: email@example.com or leaving a message at 719-395-7099 with your address. Meals are available to all age 18 and under. Keep looking up and see the good. It will not always be this way. Staying open to all this circumstance has to shape us, restore us, and bring us together will lead us to the good. Ask for help when you need.
Bagged Meals: Just a reminder that the district is providing a bagged meal every day through this Friday, March 20th. Families/students may pick up a meal by driving/walking to the Avery Parsons Elementary drop off loop on Main Street between 11am and 1pm. This is available to all families; there are no qualifiers. If you are unable to get to Avery Parsons during this time and are in need of the meal for your children, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org who is coordinating meal delivery for families.
The district continues to monitor the very dynamic COVID -19 situation in our country/world. It is understandable we are all wondering what the days ahead might hold. As a reminder to families, the district's response to the outbreak was to close school by extending an already scheduled spring break, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Should it be determined to extend this closure beyond March 27, educational services will be provided to our students at that time. During this extended spring break (March 16-27), we want to assure families learning is not lost. We all know our children learn valuable lessons from experiences and conversations outside the school walls. While our teachers excel in providing high quality and critical instruction, this time and space away will not lessen their academic growth. The school district will continue to plan for educational access after spring break; in the meantime, our children will enjoy (and learn!) with a little longer spring break! Beginning immediately the school district will provide meals and connection to community resources as needed. Meals will continue to be available between 11-1:00 pm each day at Avery Parsons and delivery is available by contacting email@example.com. Our school counselors and Sol Vista are also available to support families. Please see the information below from our counselors. From your district school counselors: During this next week, we would like to let our families know that we are available to offer support. Please feel free to contact us directly through our school emails. Jeanne Shane BVHS at firstname.lastname@example.org Natalie Moore CCHS at email@example.com Amie Urbine BVMS at firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle Cunningham APES at email@example.com Shaundra Moss The Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org Or you may call 719.395.7099 to leave a message and you will be connected with a school counselor. Also, please note these additional resources and let us know if you need further information: -SolVista Mental Health 719-539-6502 or https://solvistahealth.org/ -Colorado Crisis Services number is 844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255. -Chaffee County Resources for Health and Wellness at www.chaffeeresources.com We all share uncertainty about the future, our health, the health of others, our finances, the finances of others, and more. Continue to care well for yourself and others. It will not always be this way. Remember to reach out for help as you need. Sincerely, Lisa Yates Superintendent Buena Vista School District
BV Schools COVID-19 District Response UPDATE 3.15.2020 9:00 am The district will continue to provide updates regarding the response our schools will be taking during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We will use our district website (https://www.bvschools.org), email, our alert system, and district-produced social media. The district will be providing a bagged meal beginning Monday, March 16- Friday, March 20. Families/students may pick up a meal by driving/walking to the Avery Parsons Elementary drop off loop on Main Street between 11-1:00 pm each day. People will be outside to deliver the bag to individuals in their car during this time. We are doing our best to estimate the number of bags to prepare and will do what we can to have enough ready for all who need. As the week moves along, we will have a better idea of quantity needed. This is available to all families; there are no qualifiers. If you are unable to get to Avery Parsons during this time and are in need of the meal for your children, you can email: email@example.com who is coordinating meal delivery for families who need. You may also use the same email to volunteer to hand out or deliver meals. The district will announce at a later date if meals will extend through spring break. Our kindness, our gratitude, our positive presumptions, our patience, our ability to "see the good" in the midst of uncertainty will serve us all well in walking through this together. This mindset of lifting up is the assurance our children need, especially during times of uncertainty. Behind each food bag is district food service staff who are arranging to safely leave their homes to prepare on behalf of others. And for our staff to have the food to prepare, there are food producers, packagers, and delivery drivers who have had to manage and coordinate new safety systems to continue such provision. District custodial and maintenance staff are working during this closure to continue and expand deep disinfecting. Our community healthcare providers are working tirelessly to evaluate and care for our health needs and questions. Local businesses are navigating impacts and making difficult decisions daily. Public Health in our county has provided timely and important information and guidance throughout the ongoing developments of this outbreak. I am grateful for the positive contributions of each of these people and more in making decisions and taking action on behalf of our community. Our response of helping over criticism and love over fear could be the legacy of this situation for our community. The district will continue to work with the Chaffee County Public Health and Colorado Department of Education and Health as we monitor the situation and make decisions about additional responses. Each of us can help slow the spread of this virus by limiting our contact with others to only essential needs. Checking in on those most vulnerable is another way we can help. We are all in it together! It will not always be this way. In all things, there will be good for us. Take care. Lisa Yates Superintendent Buena Vista School District
During the emergency closure BV Schools will have bagged breakfast and lunches for families Monday through Friday next week between 11-1. Pick up will be at Avery Parsons. Drive thru the drop off circle and people will be waiting outside to deliver the bag to the car. The district will announce at a later date if meals will extend through spring break.
The Buena Vista School District will have an emergency closure due to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) for student instruction from March 16-19 and extending through Spring Break on March 30. Please see the attached information. For additional information on COVID-19, please contact Chaffee County Public Health.
March 12, 2020 Dear BV Schools Families, Buena Vista School District has made the difficult decision to cancel all school- and district-sponsored out-of-state travel for students due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This includes all international and domestic trips. District leaders made the decision to cancel student trips for the remainder of the school year and until further notice due to the evolving nature and surging impact of COVID-19 on communities and schools across the country and the world. At the time the decision was made, multiple states and cities across the country had declared formal states of emergency due to the spread of the virus, and that number is growing. At this time, we cannot as a school district ensure the safety and well-being of students traveling out of state. We realize that this decision is disappointing, but when it comes to the health and safety of our students and staff, we will always err on the side of caution. This includes the long-anticipated band trip to California over Spring break. We encourage you to review your contract and reach out and contact your travel company with any questions or concerns you may have. They are best positioned to answer questions about refunds, vouchers, rescheduling travel and other topics. Though we are advocating for our families, please know, the decision about whether to offer refunds or rescheduling opportunities ultimately sits with the travel companies. We apologize for the impact the district decision has made on spring travel plans for students. It is our utmost responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff, and at this time, we are unable to uphold that responsibility for students and staff who travel. We will provide further communication regarding any other restrictions, cancellations or closures with other school events. We are following school closure restrictions provided by the Colorado Department of Health. Sincerely, Lisa Yates Superintendent Buena Vista District School District
Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 13th at 3:00 pm regarding COVID -19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) hosted by Chaffee County Public Health. For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/COVID19ChaffeeCounty.
Busses for Sale by Sealed Bid The Buena Vista School District will be accepting sealed bids starting Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the District Administration Building, 113 N. Court St. BV. for the following busses. Please see Shelly or Janice. 1990 Blue Bird International Minimum Bid $1000 Engine: DT466 Transmission: Automatic Brakes: Air Capacity: All but four front bench seats have been removed. Vin: 1HVBBDBN9LH212706 Mileage: Unknown Runs and Drives, Operational Hydraulic Wheel Chair Lift, Sold in as Is Condition. 2000 Thomas Freightliner Minimum Bid $3,000 Engine: Cummins 359 5.9 Transmission: Automatic Brakes: Air Capacity: 77 Vin: 4UZAAXBV11CH40528 Mileage: 251766 Runs and drives, On Spots (Drop down chains), Underbody Storage Compartments, Air Ride Drivers Seat. Sold in as is condition. You may view these at the District Transportation Garage, 653 Gregg Drive, BVCO, starting Monday, March 9th thru Friday, March 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. See Tony Stromer, Transportation Director. Further questions please call 719-395-9040
Wocket in my Pocket Friday! Wear your pajamas!
Early Advisor's Meeting has been postponed to from March 4 until Wednesday March 11, 2020 at 8am-9am at the South Grove Rec Room. Siblings welcome to join. Snacks, coffee and tea offered. We hope to see you next week!
Wacky Wednesday Wear mixed up clothing! (shirts backwards, inside out, etc.)
Buena Vista School District is hiring a school bus driver. CDL with School Bus endorsement required. Buena Vista School District will provide required training and resources to obtain required license. Interested candidates apply at www.bvschools.org/emloyment.html or call 719-395-7002. Buena Vista School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Join us tonight for Girls' Varsity Playoff Basketball at 6:00 p.m. - It's a REDOUT and Huck-A-Duck at halftime!
The old making way for new at the BV middle and high school. For those interested, some bricks from @buena.vista.high.school have been saved and are just outside the demo fence on Marquette. Please remember 50+ years of dust and material are on these so washing before bringing inside would be wise. #bvschoolsthepeak #memories #bittersweet
The Buena Vista School District is seeking a part-time (27 hours/week) Early School Assistant Teacher at Avery Parsons Early School/The Grove. To apply please visit www.bvschools.org/employment.html or call 719-395-7002. Buena Vista School District is an equal opportunity employer.
Monday, January 20, 2020 is Martin Luther King Day. It is a day dedicated to honor the legacy of an American whose words and actions brought light to injustices in our country. “Let us build bridges rather than barriers”. He also said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” In BV Schools we come together in school on this day to immerse our students in the provocations and challenges to serve and promote equality. His teachings match our district vision. It is a day of honor and a call to serve others. Join us in taking together about the brave and powerful teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Buena Vista School District is seeking a school bus route driver. Preferred qualifications include a current CDL with a Class B and School Bus Endorsement. Proper training and resources will be provided to obtain required license. To apply visit: www.bvschools.org/employment.html or call 719-395-7002. Buena Vista School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Happy New Year! We look forward to having our K-12 students back on Thursday, January 9th. The Grove starts back tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7th!
The elementary principal position opens for applicants on Monday, January 6th. Apply here: www.bvschools.org/employment.html
The Avery Parsons Scholastic Book Fair is next week! Support our school, and finish up your holiday shopping. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/averyparsons
Construction didn’t prevent BVHS Trident Theater Company from preparing another great show. Teacher / Librarian Bill Fabian steps to the stage during rehearsal as the audience truly brings this production to life. Come see “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” at The Loft Orpheum Theater. Show times THIS Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm with an extra show Saturday at 2pm. #bvschoolsthepeak
Snow day today! No School, see you tomorrow!