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“We were flexible, we adapted, and looking into 2021-22, we are keeping what works for us,” says Superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen in a School Zone interview. “I want our families to know that we are still taking all measures necessary to keep our students safe and healthy.”
Dr. Shannon states addressing learning gaps brought on by COVID-19 will also remain a top priority for the coming year. A dedicated intervention time has been added to every schedule to address areas of learning loss from the past year. Specialized learning materials, trained staff, and tutoring will be utilized, as well as programs to support the whole child, to keep students at grade level learning and appropriate social-emotional development.
The Superintendent’s office offers detailed information about modifications relating to COVID-19 in the School Zone. In brief, students will be required to wear masks/facial coverings. Social distancing and protective measure signs will remain throughout the campuses. Protective measures will also include thorough sanitization of surfaces between groups, liberal availability of hand sanitizers, and sneeze guards and shields at all front counters. Employees will self-screen for temperature and symptoms every morning, parents will remain responsible for screening their students. Nurses have been trained in all proper protocols. Students will eat in the cafeteria and will be encouraged to practice social distances.
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Beaumont ISD’s School Zone Back to School Issue Offers A-to-Z School Prep
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Preparing for school is always among the most daunting periods of the year for any parent and student. Whether ordering elementary school uniforms, school supplies or getting the sports physical scheduled, opening day seems many miles away. Like last year the 2021-22 school year promises to be unlike any other. The Beaumont ISD School Zone Back to School issue places all BISD information on the “same page,” a great resource as we prepare for an exceptional academic year. Visit the Beaumont Independent School District website to download your School Zone.
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The Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) is ready to welcome back over 18,000 students for a great year of academic learning and personal growth. Every school environment has been sanitized and prepared for in-student learning to resume. Students will benefit from many changes made in the past year, including BISD’s new status as a 1:1 Technology District. Every student who needs a computer can check one out from their own campus to use for the year. This exciting development is one of many developments designed to improve student success across the district. The 2021 School Zone “Back to School” issue highlights everything a parent needs to know to prepare for the exciting return to the classroom.
I want our families to know that we are still taking all measures necessary to keep our students safe and healthy.
- Dr. Shannon Allen, Superintendent
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- Bill Whiting, Manager
Achieving 1:1 Technology and sanitary protocols are just two of the changes students and parents will experience in the coming school year. Parents can also take full advantage of technological advances by joining Parent Self-Serve, a portal in which parents and guardians can track their child’s progress in every facet of her academics. After applying online via the convenient Parent Self-Serve found on the district's website, a parent/guardian can review grades, attendance, classroom assignments, and email instructors.
Beaumont ISD has also launched a new website, a one-stop link for the most up-to-date information about the District. Teachers and administrators collaborated with the Office of Community and Media Relations to create a very user-friendly and visually pleasing website. Parents can also download the District's mobile app.
In May the BISD Board approved Student Accident Insurance, supplemental health insurance that parents can purchase to further protect their K-12 students when on field trips and grades 7-12 students when participating in UIL events.
BISD employees will receive pay raises for the 2021-22 academic year. Check out the School Zone for all the details. The "Back to School" issue also profiles Teachers of the Year 2020-2021, Meagan Smith (Elementary Division), and Ebonique Veal (Secondary Division.) The article is a must-read for students, parents, and teachers alike, two inspirational academic leaders who choose to teach in the Beaumont ISD.
MLK GreenDot is another exciting development. King Middle School will remain in the Beaumont ISD, however, staff will be Green Dot employees charged with implementing a more rigorous academic program that emphasizes high achievement in core subjects. “Green Dot actively works to remove non-academic barriers to learning, from creating safe and welcoming campuses to providing social and emotional supports and health and wellness services.”
You can read all about MLK Green Dot, including new principal Julia Rich, in the School Zone.
Accelerated instruction has also changed from past years. House Bill 4545 mandates that any student at a STAAR-tested grade level in the 2020-21 school year who either did not meet the STAAR test standard or who did not take the test is required to receive 30 hours of accelerated instruction of the 2021-22 year. Parents will receive notification about this mandatory program early in the school year.
The BISD has also received an allocation from congress of $57 billion from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). The key focus areas for this three-year grant are effective instruction, climate and culture, and teacher support. Many other areas of support are described in the School Zone.
In addition to all of the new and exciting developments for 2021-22, the BISD School Zone Back to School edition features everything a parent needs to know to prepare logistically for the coming year, from kindergarten registration support to the expanded transportation program and full Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for all students.
Readers will also find the complete 2021-2022 BISD Directory featuring phone numbers for every school and education center. The Beaumont ISD Instructional Calendar is also included. Volunteer opportunities are described as well. Last but certainly not least, the Beaumont United and West Brook High School Football Schedules are posted.