Dear BRHS Parents/Guardians,
As the issues surrounding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) increase, the staff and myself want you to know that we are taking every precaution to protect the students in the building. Protocols for cleaning and sanitation are being strictly followed. We are educating students and staff on procedures to prevent infections. Furthermore, we are adopting new processes to promote social distancing by limiting the number of students gathered in a space to less than one hundred individuals. If we observe these practices and support one another in a calm manner, we will get through this situation. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
April 7, 2020
Good afternoon BRHS families!
I hope this message finds you in good health and safe. As you know, Governor Whitmer officially informed us last week that she has suspended face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the school year. That means that all school related activities including extracurricular, athletic, and all other activities have been suspended as well unfortunately.
We have been directed to create a continuity of learning plan to support teaching and learning through the remainder of the 2019.2020 school year. BRHS staff and administration are working together along with District administration to put together a workable solution to meet the needs of all our students. As soon as we have the plan in place, we will communicate it out to all of our stakeholders.
A special comment to all of our seniors and their parents/guardians: We understand the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had on your final semester of high school. Simply put, it wasn’t supposed to end this way. From stepping up to the plate one last time, to roaming through the halls, and making other lasting memories, this semester was supposed to be the pinnacle of your high school career. We want you to know that we are committed to hosting a commencement ceremony or some other celebration if at all possible before you turn the page to the next chapter of your lives.
We miss you. We hope you stay well, safe, and take care of each other. We will communicate our next step in the process for students to continue to earn credits as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
April 15, 2020
I know you have all been anxiously waiting for information on how you are to finish out the school year. Here is what we know up to this point.
Commencement: BRHS values the importance of a graduation ceremony and so we still plan to have graduation, however it may not be on the original date. We are working on alternate dates and will get those out to you very soon so you can plan.
Credits for Graduation: You will be receiving a letter from Ms. Jefts in the next few days detailing exactly what you need to complete in order to graduate. Please check your email for that information and let her know if you have any questions.
Final Day of “Class”: You will have until May 22nd to finish all required coursework. However, if you are not on track to graduate you will be required to continue your coursework until the last day of school for all students which is June 4th. If you are a Career Center student and not on track to graduate, you must attend Career Center until June 4th as well.
School Access: We’ve had questions on whether or not you can come to school to get things out of your locker. Students may not access the building at this point. If you need access to textbooks or your general locker, you may email Mr. Carlson @ firstname.lastname@example.org and he can arrange a time for you to pick up the contents. If you have anything in an athletic locker, that will have to wait since lockers weren’t assigned by names.
Caps & Gowns: Ms. Jefts has been in communication with Jostens about how caps and gowns will be delivered. Jostens is waiting until closer to the end of April to decide how they are going to distribute the final items. Again, watch your email and we will let you know.
Fines: If you have any outstanding fines you still must pay those in order to receive your diploma. Please make checks payable to BRHS and mail them to the high school. If you are unsure of your fine amount email Mrs. Simon (email@example.com) or Mrs. Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Awards Night: BRHS still wants to honor our awards recipients as we always do, it just may look differently this year. For right now, please send Ms. Jefts pictures or photocopies of any scholarships you have received. These can be from an organization or from the college you plan to attend. Please don’t send a scholarship you received from a college you aren’t going to!
Thank you for your patience as we figure out how to end the school year for you in the best way possible. We miss you and wish we were walking the halls with you now!
April 16, 2020
I know you have been anxiously waiting for news on what is still required of you to graduate. I’ve detailed where you are at with graduation requirements below. To help you understand, let me first explain graduation requirements. The state of Michigan has a minimum number of credits and specific classes each student must take to earn a diploma called the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). This includes 4 years of English, 3 years of science, etc. Each school district has the option to maintain just the minimum number of credits required to graduate or require additional credits. Many schools go beyond the minimum requirement based on the values and goals of each district, and the number of credits a student is able to earn each year. BRHS’ additional required credits for graduation are: 1 PE class, 2 Fine/Applied Arts classes, Future Connections, 1 Computer class, and electives.
As a result of school not being in session for the remainder of the year, BRHS has decided to modify the graduation requirements for the Class of 2020 to be the minimum required to meet the MMC. Therefore, if you had one more PE class to finish, one more art, or an elective or two, then those requirements have been waived. The below courses that you are required to finish reflect this change. Also, some of you are not required to finish your Personal Finance class for math because you took Woods 2 this year, and that can count for one senior math class.
You are allowed to finish any class you want. If you love a class and you want to do the work to finish, please do so! But you must let me know if you plan to finish a class that is not required. Otherwise, I, and your teachers, will assume you are only going to do the required classes. These classes must be completed by Friday, May 22nd.
You have completed everything required to graduate and you do not need to finish ANY of your trimester 3 classes. Please let me know by Monday, April 20th if you plan to finish any of your current classes. Congratulations, this is great news!
If you attend the career center, you do not need to complete this trimester in order to receive your diploma. You are still more than welcome to complete it, and it would be a good idea to contact your instructor to see what additional certifications you may receive if you finish. If this is the career you plan to go into it would benefit you to finish, and finishing out even in difficult circumstances will reflect well on you with your future employer.
Note: This information is for high school classes only. If you are enrolled in a college course you are expected to complete the course. Withdrawing at this point, or failing to complete the course will result in no credit and you being responsible for the full cost of the class.
The classes you do not plan to finish, and aren’t required, won’t appear on your transcript, as if you never took them. However, if you tell me you are going to finish a class (or it’s required), and you don’t complete the work, it will go on your transcript as NC (no credit). If you plan to finish a class (or the career center) that is not required for you to graduate, you MUST let me know by Monday, April 20th, otherwise I will assume you are not finishing the class. This is a final decision. You can’t change your mind in two weeks asking it to not appear on your transcript.
Please let me know if you have any questions on your graduation requirements. I know this is a lot to take in and finishing out your senior year like this is not ideal. I am here to help, please let me know how!
April 17, 2020
Good afternoon BRHS families,
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work hard to put in place our learning plan for the remainder of the school year.
It has not been a simple task to navigate the complexity of graduation requirements, credits, and grades at the high school level for this plan. That being said, we do believe we have put together a good plan to support the needs of all learners.
I have included a communication document that should answer many of your questions. Students may opt for online learning or packet learning. Online learning will begin Monday, April 20th while packets will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, April 21st.
We understand the challenges families face during these difficult times. We believe our plan offers flexibility, provides supports, and includes academic workload expectations that are reasonable and offer students a fair opportunity to earn credits.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
May 5, 2020
Dear BRHS Families,
As we enter our third week of distance learning, we have a few announcements for you.
Due to logistics, students will no longer be allowed to change their form of instruction. You are either committed to receiving instruction online or instructional packets.
We will be offering another Instructional Packet Pick-Up/Drop Off on Wednesdays from 11-2 for the remainder of the school year. This will be an addition to Tuesday’s scheduled time of 3-6 pm.
The final instructional packet pick-up for seniors will be on Tuesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th. Final packets for seniors can be dropped off on Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27th.
The final instructional packet pick-up for all underclass students will be Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27th. The due dates for drop off are Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3. School ends on June 4.
We will be accepting books and other items that need to be returned to school during the packet pick-up and drop off times on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We can also return locker items at that time. Please let us know ahead of time if you want contents from your locker.
Anyone interested in picking up his/her Woods Project will be able to do so on Monday, May 18th from 10:00 - 12:00. Please come to the back of the school at the new shop storage door entrance and someone will be there to assist you. Please keep in mind social distancing guidelines.
Ron Pincumbe and Dave Carlson