BMS Remote Learning

BMS Remote Learning
Posted on 03/16/2020
Cartoon image of student engaged in digital learning.Dear BMS Parents and Guardians:

As you know, Bucksport Middle School will be closing and transitioning to remote learning starting at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16th through next Friday, March 27th. This is due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, often referred to as coronavirus. We are closing the schools for at least two weeks in order to slow the spread of the virus, helping our health care facilities to treat people who may become ill. It is important to note that as of this morning there are only a small handful of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine, none of which are in our community or school.

During the school day today, teachers provided students with information to start “remote learning” on Wednesday, March 18th. These plans include:

For all students in all grades, this will mean finding and turning in their work on google classroom;

7th and 8th grade students will be able to take home their Macbooks with them today; and

5th and 6th grade students will be able to take home their chromebooks once we receive parental permission [please see attached permission slip].

When we are learning remotely, the school office will be open and teachers will be working 8:00-2:30. Parents can communicate with their children’s teachers through google classroom or email. If students need help on their school work, teachers will be available during online “office hours” and also via telephone for help. Office hours will be posted in each teacher’s google classrooms. Parents can also call the school at 469-6647 if they need anything. We ask that after 3:00pm on 3/16 that you call the office first before coming to school.

We know that this closure for remote learning will create substantial disruptions for families. Plans are underway to continue the free breakfast and lunch program for any school aged child in the four RSU 25 communities of Bucksport, Orland, Prospect, and Verona Island. Plans are also underway to continue providing critical mental health and special education support to students. You can expect additional communication from Superintendent Jim Boothby and Principal Todd West as well as school nurses, food service providers, and special ed teachers. We will utilize email, phone calls, school and district websites, and social media to communicate with families during this time.

As this is an unprecedented situation for our educational system, we know that you will likely have questions or unique situations. If there is anything we can do to help support your child’s learning or well-being during this school closure and remote learning period, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to working with families and helping provide unique solutions to support your child remotely- please let us know how we can help.

Sincerely, Todd West, Principal

5th & 6th Grade Chromebook Permission Slip

Taking Care of Mental Health During COVID-19 Measures