Check Back Here for Everything You Need to Know to Get Ready for the 20-21 School Year
Information on this page is current as of 8/9/20. Due to the evolving circumstances of the current health pandemic, information is subject to change.
On Thursday, July 15, Principal Livengood hosted a Parent Information session to discuss opening plans. The link to the video of the presentation, along with links to resources, can be found here.
Planning for 20-21
At this time, we are planning for opening under the Plan B Transition model. This means we will begin with online only instruction and begin to transition into the Plan B model, a hybrid model of instruction, using both in-person and virtual learning. All students will follow a single, Track 4 calendar. Online instruction will begin on August 17. The first two weeks of school may not yet include a full schedule, as there will be time dedicated to building relationships and ensuring families and students have everything they need to be successful.
WCPSS has created a downloadable guide to help families understand the plans for the fall. Download the WCPSS Return-to-Campus Guide here.
Bell Schedule - Due to the reduced number of school days this year, our school day will be extended by 15 minutes. We do not yet know if those minutes will be added to the beginning of the day, the end of the day, or a combination of the two. As soon as we know, we will post our bell schedule for our families.
Childcare - As the new school year begins with virtual learning for all Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) students, WCPSS has joined forces with several area nonprofits and local governments to help provide safe academic environments for students in grades K - 6 across Wake County. The new effort, Families and Schools Together (FAST) Initiative, is being led by the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), WakeEd Partnership, the YMCA of the Triangle, Marbles Kids Museum, Boys & Girls Clubs Serving Wake County and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
FAST’s primary goal is to ensure that all families in Wake County have support for remote learning during the work day. These staffed small-group and socially distanced learning centers will also provide physical activity and extended learning opportunities. All sites will prioritize affordability with financial assistance available. Parents who wish to learn more about FAST and find a learning center for your child should visit http://WakeFast.org
Technology Help - WCPSS has created this resource site to assist parents and students with technology during virtual learning. If you requested a device from WCPSS, more information about pickup is coming soon!
Kindergarten Orientation - Plesae join us for our virtual Kindergarten Orientation! We held separate orientations for children registered for Virtual Academy and those joining us in the Plan B Transition plan. If you weren't able to join us, a recording of each one is linked below:
School SuppliesPlease click here for the 20-21 School Supply Lists. If you ordered an EduKit for your child, we will have pickup times available during the Orientaiton period to pick these up from school. All children will need an individual pencil pouch or school supply box to keep their supplies.All students will be given learning materials for Quarter 1 during the first two weeks of school. These materials may include workbooks, journals, and/or worksheets. Please store these materials in a location at home that is easily accessible for our students.
WCPSS Virtual Academy *Enrollment in the Virtual Academy is now Closed.
Parents may also choose to enroll their child(ren) in the WCPSS Virtual Academy, a fully online instructional program. There were two enrollment periods in July and enrollment is now closed, with the exception of newly-enrolling families.
More information about the Virtual Academy can be found here. You can watch an archived version of the WCPSS Virtual Academy Open House on the WCPSS YouTube Channel where Staff discuss the Virtual Academy schedule, course offering and more.
Students who attend school through our Virtual Academy will be issued some learning materials from school. We will establish times during the first two weeks of school for families to pick-up these materials, along with any personal belongings that might have been left at school in March.
What is the difference between the Plan B Transition and the Virtual Academy?
During the first few weeks of school, it really won't look very different, however, it is our goal to begin to bring students in Plan B back into the building as early as September. Families wishing to maintain the continuity of a fuly online learning environment for the semester or full school year, regardelss of any decisions made at the district or state to move between plans during the school year, should enroll in the Virtual Academy.
Even though the district is opening under the Plan B Transition model, with all students participating only through online instruction, it will be important that families who wish to remain virtual for the entitety of the first semster, or full school year, are registered with the Virtual Academy.
This chart may assist parents in understanding the differences.
Track Assignments for New Students
Track assignment letters for new 20-21 students were mailed on May 26. As of 7/6/2020, track assignments will not be issued to new students until it is determined we will move back to a multi-track system for the 20-21 school year. Though we will follow the single-track T4 schedule while we use hybrid or virtual instruction, students maintain their pre-existing track assignment. Questions about track assignments should be directed to Mark Flynn, our Student Information Data Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher assignments are currently being made. Teachers will send an email on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 8, to families to let them know there students have been placed in their class. Teacher changes will not be possible. Some BCES teachers will be teaching in the Virtual Academy while others teach in the hybrid model. While we have asisgned students to minimize any disruption, parents should be aware that classes and teachers WILL change should we move back to fully in-person learning across 4 calendars during the school year. Due to the complexity of scheduling this year, we are not able to accept requests for placements, including requests to be placed with particular students.