LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT MARCH 14th NATIONAL STUDENT WALKOUT
March 12, 2018
Dear Parents and Community Members,
On Wednesday, March 14, a 17-minute National Student Walkout has been called in support of standing-up against school violence. The 17-minute demonstration is in honor of the innocent lives taken during the tragic shootings that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; one minute each to honor the victims lost.
Our school administrators are aware of the potential for students' desire to create a peaceful statement by participating in this event. Bedford Public Schools will allow this student-led activity to be held at the secondary level. The opportunity to participate will look different in each building and the events will be monitored by building and district staff to ensure safety and appropriate completion. Bedford High School Students may utilize the Community Stadium as a gathering location for the 17-minute activity. Students choosing to participate from Bedford Junior High School will be able to do so by joining their classmates in the cafeteria.
Students who participate will not be penalized for taking part in this activity. No students will be pressured by the schools to participate; the gatherings are a student choice and voluntary. We will provide safe and supervised environments with as much structure as possible for those who choose to participate, as well as for those who choose not to participate. All students will be expected to be back in their assigned class after the 17-minute activity time has concluded. At all times, students will be expected to behave according to the student code of conduct, and per policy, they will not be permitted to leave school grounds.
As always, the safety and security of students and staff will be our number one priority. The district's school resource officer, school support, and counseling specialists will be made available to students and staff, as needed. We also encourage our families to have conversations with their secondary students about their expectations and participation in this student-led activity. These types of dialogue can provide the best learning for all students.
If you have specific questions about the planned activities, I encourage you to speak with your school's principal.
Posted March 12, 2018
PARENT/GUARDIAN/COMMUNITY SURVEY ABOUT SAFTEY & SECURITY AT BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
At Bedford Public Schools, our district is always looking to improve our programs. One important way that we can accomplish this goal is by asking our parents/guardians/community how they feel we are doing in specific areas.
Please take the time to complete a very brief
so that we can utilize the information to help make future decisions regarding the safety and security for our district.
We will be collecting survey results until Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Posted March 8, 2018
Take the Kindergarten Tour!
Each of our elementary schools will be open for incoming Kindergarten students and families to tour on April 16, 2018 from 6-7 pm. Mark your calendars!
Office staff will also be on hand to accept registrations for new Kindergarten students, or any missing required documentation from the Kindergarten Registration Expo.
Once Kindergarten registration is completed: Get a Free T-shirt!
And enter to win one of three (one at each school) Fire HD8 Kids Tablets if new Kindergarten student is registered by April 17, 2018!
Click on our "Registering a New Student" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page to see what you need to bring with you.
We are looking forward to meeting all of our future Dolphins, Jaguars, and Mustangs!
Posted February 5, 2018
FOLLOW UP LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS
February 23, 2018
Dear Parents and Community Members,
As superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, I understand that our top priority is to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable learning environment. Our dedicated staff, and research-based procedures, ensure that we accomplish this goal on a daily basis here in Bedford. An unfortunate reality is that there are circumstances and events that are outside of our control as a district. One of these realities includes the
ability for individuals to post and share information on the internet and specifically social media websites. This issue has become more prevalent recently with many copycat messages being created and shared regarding school violence.
This morning, I received a contact from the Monroe County Sheriff Department regarding a post that was being shared on multiple social media sites regarding a threat to "bhs". The post was not specific to location, district, or even building. There are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of schools across the country with the initials BHS. In addition, there were several similar threats posted in recent days that used the same format but exchanged the "bhs" for other school building initials. The Sheriff Department assured me that they would continue to monitor the postings and would work alongside our administration to investigate this particular shared post. We also agreed to have an increased police presence around the district buildings throughout the day.
The outcome for this investigation is that the particular posted threat was actually intended for Belen High School located in Belen, New Mexico. The originator of the post has been arrested and will be charged accordingly. If at any time we felt that a threat was being made against one of our Bedford Public School buildings, we would have released information immediately followed with an appropriate plan of action.
A critical component in maintaining a safe and secure community is collaboration. We ask that you continue to monitor your student(s) social media sites as well as your own for any information that you feel should be shared with the proper authorities and district administration. Also, please have a conversation with your student(s) regarding the importance of speaking up when they see or hear things that may present a danger. A well informed community is a stronger community.
Bedford Public Schools takes the security and safety of our students and staff members very seriously. I want to ensure everyone that any threat or action toward our district will be handled immediately and full
prosecution under the law will be recommended.
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ON SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY
Posted February 16, 2018
Dear Bedford Schools Community,
As a district we are deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless event that took the lives of innocent children and staff members yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to victims, family members and community. In honor of the victims, all district flags will be lowered at half-staff.
Bedford Public Schools takes the security and safety of our students and staff members very seriously. I want to reassure you that BPS employs standard safety measures at all of our buildings to reinforce the safe atmosphere that we promote. Bedford Public Schools staff members have undergone active shooter civilian response training in recent years in the form of the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Program. This program is the number one program in America for preparing organizations for tragedies such as this.
Administrators and staff members from Bedford Public Schools work alongside representatives from Bedford Township, Monroe County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police to continuously update and discuss proper action steps. We will continue this coordinated approach to school safety and will continue working together as a community to ensure a safe and effective learning environment.
Tragic events such as the one that took place yesterday can often generate many difficult questions for parents and students. The internet serves as a wonderful tool for learning and information gathering. However, it can also provide inaccurate and sometimes paralyzing effects for our students due to the graphic nature of some displayed videos. Please take the time to speak with your children about this information if they have questions or concerns. The informational links below can provide resources for conversations within your home.
In closing, it is times such as these that we as parents, educators and families need to band together to support one another. If there is anything that our district or community can do to support you, please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.
Getting Your School Closing/Delay Alerts?
Keep your phone numbers/email current by contacting the school office if any changes are needed to the contact information that appears in HAC. It is important that this information is up-to-date so you can be reached if necessary. It is used by our Honeywell Instant Alert system which is the official means of communication with families in the event of an emergency.
Posted March 1, 2018
WHERE'S THE BUS?
Fleet Viewer Now Available for All BPS Buses!
Bedford's Transportation Department has installed Samsara GPS units on each of the buses in the fleet. Use the Fleet Viewer to watch as the bus nears the stop! No more standing in the rain or cold waiting for the bus to get there! Families can stay warm and dry while tracking the real-time location of their bus. They will know that once the bus passes a certain street, or enters their neighborhood, that it is time to head out to the stop so they are ready when it arrives!
HOW TO ACCESS:
1. Go to the Samsara Fleet Viewer Link--Use the link on the left.
2. You will see a map displayed. In the upper left hand corner is says, "Search 48 vehicles." Click your cursor there to enter the route number of your bus. For example: "rt 23." You can also use the name of the route the elementary kids use, for example, "Star" if you child rides the Star Bus. A dark gray circle means it is parked. A green arrow means it is travelling and will be moving along the road in the direction of travel. In both scenarios, the bus is identified by the route information associated with it.
3. Save site as a bookmark on your phone for even more convenience!
NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE PAYMENTS
Online payments are now being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. Chromebook insurance ($30) payments for Bedford students in grades 4-12, including all of the associated technology permissions, can be done completely online through My School Bucks Link. Insurance payments for families with 3 or more students are capped at $90.
Optional messenger style bags are also available for purchase ($25) for those students that don't want to carry their Chromebook in their book bag.
Please note: You must use the MySchoolBucks WEBSITE to conduct your transactions for Chromebooks and other items we are currently accepting payment for (for example, high school parking passes and Latchkey payments). The MySchoolBucks mobile app you might see on your phone ONLY contains the company's meal program which Bedford Public Schools does not use (we use MyMealtime at www.mymealtime.com for deposits into food service accounts).
Athletic Forms & Payment
FinalForms will be used to complete all of the required online
athletic forms and as the online payment system for all levels of
Bedford Public Schools athletics. Please use the Final Forms link on the left. A step-by-step Parent Playbook on how to use FinalForms is available to download.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ONLINE FOR FREE & REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS
Free and Reduced meal applications can now be completed online! You can go directly to My Mealtime (use the link on the left) to set up an account (if you don't already have one). Paper applications are also available in all school offices.
Create an Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals: Click the "Free & Reduced Applications" button at My Mealtime and follow the wizard to create your application. You will need your Student's First Name and Bedford School ID number. You will receive notification regarding the determination of the application within 10 business days. Last year's participants will continue to receive program benefits until Oct. 13th. There is no deadline for application. Families can apply at any point during the school year. All information provided is confidential. Further instructions can be found on the Food Service department page using the link on the left.
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.
We encourage you to complete an application, even if you choose not to use the benefits yourself, since the number of students eligible for benefits also is used to determine other services and funding, such as the funding our schools receive through Title programs.