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LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON
ELECTRONIC DELIVERY DEVICES FOR NICOTINE...
Dear Bedford Public Schools Parents,
In recent years there has been an emerging trend in the use of various nicotine and cannabis/THC based products and electronic delivery devices among school age children. As a parent and educator, I have witnessed countless incidents that have resulted in ill students or law enforcement intervention related to these types of products. Bedford Public Schools, like every other district in the country, is affected by this epidemic and we continue to search for better ways to keep our students safe both while in school and out in the community. The first step in ensuring our students safety is to educate and inform our community on the existence and dangers of nicotine and cannabis/THC related products and devices. National and regional authorities are also working to intensify the education and prevention programs associated with electronic nicotine devices by addressing the root source. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out warnings to producers and retailers regarding the penalties for targeting minors through advertising and retail displays. One of the true dangers with these products is the packaging and design which are made to resemble everyday objects, such as USB flash drives, credit cards, and writing pens. Device designs can make it very difficult for school leaders and parents to easily identify prohibited devices.
As a district, we have addressed the possession, use, and distribution of these types of products in our Board of Education Bylaws and Polices (5512) and our student handbook. The consequences for violating the policy can be severe and include up to, and including, expulsion from school. In accordance with State of Michigan Law, BPS follows restorative practices when determining student consequences and works to ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in county-wide assistance programs to help families better understand the dangers of recreational and additive use. We have been able to accomplish this goal, while maintaining the necessary privacy for students and their families as required by state law, and, more importantly, do the right thing to ensure assistance programs are followed.
The best way for Bedford Public Schools to combat this rising epidemic is to partner with our parents and community resource providers to ensure a well-rounded prevention model. BPS will continue to present information regarding trends and available resources. Informed parents know what to look for and can be prepared to take appropriate action if the need arises. Parents can be the eyes and ears when our students are outside of our buildings. Together, we can keep our students safe. Please, take the time to speak to your children about the dangers of electronic nicotine and cannabis/THC use. Share the available resources with them and keep an eye out for possession of the types of devices that are becoming increasingly popular. Below are some links to available resources that parents can use to become better educated on this topic: including facts on JUUL, the most popular product currently being sold in the country; and images of some examples of electronic nicotine/THC devices.
Carl Shultz, PhD
Dr. Carl Shultz
Bedford Public Superintendent
SPRING 2018 ASSESSMENT RESULTS AVAILABLE
State assessment scores from Spring 2018 have been released. Individual student results have been sent home. The Michigan Department of Education has put out a video offering information on reading the score reports sent home for individual students. Information is also available on their website at: www.michigan.gov/mstep. You are also welcome to reach out to your school principal with any questions about the assessments.
HOW DID BEDFORD DO?
As a district, Bedford Public Schools exceeded the state average in 16 of the 17 M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) tests our students took with the exception of 5th Grade Math.
For the SAT, last year's juniors averaged a score of 1009.7. The state average was 1000.1 and Monroe County students averaged 987.3.
As with any summative standardized test, this is one snapshot of how our students perform. We use data generated by this test, in conjunction with other student assessment data gathered throughout the year, to look for ways to improve. Bedford's Balanced Assessment Team and school improvement efforts continuously focus on ways to improve the education for each of our students.
(Chart data is listed on Instructional & Students Services webpage: http://www.bedford.k12.mi.us/student_services.html)
Posted August 13, 2018
CHECK FOR YOUR BUS STOP
Bus routes are updated frequently in the last few weeks before school starts as new students are added. Check for the pick-up/drop-off locations for the stop closest to you!
Tip: Use the Where's the Bus? Fleet Viewer link on the left to check the route status of your bus. It is very helpful as everyone adjusts to the routine of the routes.
Posted August 13, 2018
Free & Reduced Meal Applications Available for 2018-19 School Year
Applications for free/reduced meals for 2018-2019 are available online on the Food service webpage (link in left column under District Departments) and in all the school offices.
This form must be filled our annually as benefits will expire on October 12, 2018 if a new application is not submitted. Families can apply at any time of the school year.
Participation is confidential and anonymous to use; staff and fellow students are not aware of who is, or is not, a part of this program. This program provides the obvious benefit of providing nutritious meals as well as qualifying the school for additional benefits and access to additional resources through Title programs based upon the level of participation. We encourage all eligible families to fill out the application regardless of whether or not you intend to use them. A win-win all the way around!
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tammy Newton, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
NOTES FROM OUR NURSES
Bedford Public Schools has two nurses that serve our students in addition to the Health Aides in each school building. To promote health and wellness, they will be drafting articles to appear on our website each month. Information in this article, and other health related topics, can found on the Health & Safety page of our website by clicking on that page link on the right under District Departments.
PREVENTING THE FLU-GOOD HEALTH HABITS CAN HELP STOP GERMS
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.
Additionally, according to the CDC, other actions you can take to minimize the spread of the influenza virus include:
-- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
-- Stay home from work or school when you are sick *Students must be fever free (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours before returning to school*
-- Practice other good health habits such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating a well-balanced diet
Posted June 11, 2018