The safety of our scholars, staff, and families is always our highest priority.
Blackstone Valley Prep continues to closely track developments related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We follow all mandates from the Office of the Governor and Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Network Leadership Team participates in frequent calls with superintendents across the state and the Commissioner.
As mandated by the Governor, Distance Learning will take place March 23-May 1, 2020.
Scholars will have the following days OFF: April 3, April 9, April 10, and April 17.
COVID-19 Updates from the BVP Blog
Distance Learning Resources
How will this work?
Each scholar has been assigned a Distance Learning Teacher (DLT) by your scholar’s Head of School. This may be their mentor (at the High School level), their squad/community club teacher, their homeroom/advisory teacher, the case manager for their IEP, or another adult in their building. This person will check in with the scholar and/or caregiver for at least 15 minutes 2-3 times per week. Distance Learning Teachers will be responsible for scheduling these check ins at times that work for them and their scholars, and they can take place via phone, Zoom, FaceTime, or another agreed upon tool.
These check-ins form the backbone of BVP’s approach to distance learning and support the following priorities: 1) support safety and physical health, 2) provide stability and connection to our school community, and 3) keep learning!
Aside from check-ins with a DLT, will I receive additional communication from the school?
YES. Scholars/families will receive a ParentSquare message from their Head of School at 8 a.m. every morning (beginning Tuesday, 3/24) that includes: school-specific information, network-wide updates (if applicable), and suggested daily enrichment activities designed to get your scholar(s) moving, break up their day, and even provide them with a little enjoyment during these difficult times. (Scholars can select whichever enrichment activity interests them the most.)
What will a typical day look like for my scholar?
The suggested schedules (linked above) should be used as a guide for how long your child should spend on each activity daily. For scholars 5-12, to the extent possible, scholars should stick to these times to complete their work for each class and connect with their teachers. Middle School and High School teachers will also have scheduled office hours.
Where can I access the materials my scholar will need?
Learning packets were sent home with K-8 scholars on Friday, March 13. Scholars who were absent on Friday received a packet in the mail the following week. Digital copies of the K-8 packets can be found online. High school assignments can be found here.
My scholar has an IEP or 504 Plan. What should I know?
All scholars will continue to receive free and appropriate public education (FAPE) under IDEA federal and Rhode Island State regulations. Accommodations, modifications, and other supports guaranteed under Section 504 will be provided. Our staff will continue to collaborate with each other and work closely with families to plan the best method of communication and individualized distance learning plans for every scholar.
What about the state tests and other tests like the SAT or AP Exams?
RIDE is working with Massachusetts to determine what to do about the RICAS (it’s built with Massachusetts and their MCAS). Likewise, RIDE is working with the College Board on the PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams. The March, April, and May PSATs and SATs have all been postponed. Follow www.twitter.com/APforStudents to stay up to date on AP Exams.
I still have questions. Who should I contact?
In an effort to streamline communication, please direct your questions to your scholar’s DLT during the scheduled check-in. The DLT will work directly with your scholar’s Head of School to answer any questions they might not have the answer to.
What else should I be doing?
Read! Do Khan Academy for math (Mission Complete Khan shirts will be free while they last!). Watch a documentary. Write in a journal. Exercise. Play music. Create art. Check in on one another. Follow @bvprep and @chiachess on Twitter. Practice social distancing. And, WASH. YOUR. HANDS.
The BVP Social Workers’ Fund assists BVP families and alumni experiencing extreme hardships.
Centers for Disease Control Recommendations
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.