March 16, 2020
Dear Families and Community Members:
Much continues to change with this unique time that our community is in. Byron Center Public Schools remains thankful for your support, patience, and trust as we work through all the details. As mentioned before, BCPS continues to work in collaboration with the MDE, KISD, KCHD and other local and state agencies as we make decisions for our staff, students and parents.
BCPS will continue to provide updates as needed. Listed below are three main areas that the district has been working on over the last few days:
Optional Academic Enrichment:
In an effort to be equitable and sensitive to all our families, BCPS will be offering optional enrichment opportunities for all students. BCPS will not focus on new instruction rather the reinforcement of concepts that we have already taught. Please note this is optional. Principals will communicate these enrichment opportunities once a week beginning Tuesday, March 17.
Food Service: Byron Center Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch. Meals will be provided for children 18 and younger, or 26 and younger with a disability, during this mandatory closure. Children do not need to be present to receive the meals. Children do not need to be BCPS students to receive food. This service is open to all families with children in our community. If your child has a food allergy or you are unable to pick-up meals at the sites, please email the Director of Nutrition Services, Kerri Saltzgaber for assistance.
Mental and Social Health:
This COVID-19 outbreak may be a very emotionally taxing time for our students and families. The district leadership team, in partnership with other health experts, has identified social-emotional resources for parents and students. This includes resources on how to talk with students about the outbreak and dealing with the anxiety and stress that this may bring.
The entire BCPS district is officially closed at this time. Our Principals and Central Office Administration will continue to work remotely. If there are specific questions or areas of need, please reach-out through email. We have included on our web page a link to Frequently Asked Questions. We will continue to update these when we learn more.
Once again, thank you for your trust and support of BCPS as we continue to work through the fine details and appropriate next steps. Please continue to be safe and take care of yourself and your family.
Kevin Macina, Ph.D.