2021-2022 School Year Details

We are excited to begin to share details about the 2021-2022 school year. Please stay tuned for frequent updates in the weeks ahead as we approach our first day of school for students in Grades One through Eight on Tuesday, August 31st.    

 

The start of school for Kindergarten is different since they participate in Kindergarten Screening Activities, Open Houses and will begin attending school on Thursday September 9th & 10th with an early release at noon. Full day kindergarten will begin on Monday, September 13th.  

The first day of school for students in Grades 1-8 is this coming Tuesday, August 31st. 
We recognize that there have been a number of communications and updates to the community and wanted to consolidate information in this handy checklist.

 

 

 

 

 

School Year Registration Form:

Our back to school forms are now available. It is important to note that you must include your students LASID (student ID) on the registration packet. LASID’s were emailed to all new parents from our Data Coordinator. Returning parents can find their LASID in SchoolBrains. Please click here to complete this form once for every child you have enrolled at BFCCPS 
This registration packet includes the following information:
  • BFCCPS Parent/Student Handbook
  • BFCCPS Health Attestation
  • BFCCPS Technology Responsible Use and Digital Learning Agreement
  • BFCCPS Family Pledge
  • Acknowledgment that Emergency Contacts and approved Dismissal Contacts have been updated on SchoolBrains
  • Opt In/Opt Out for Family Directory
  • Opt In/Opt Out for PCO Communications
  • Media Opt Out: Please fill this form out ONLY if you choose to have your child OPTED OUT of having their image and likeness published for school use, and/or media use

School Start Times: 

BFCCPS has a dual start time. Students in Kindergarten through Grade Five begin at 9am, and students in Grades Six through Eight start at 8:20 am. 

  • Students in Grade Six through Eight who are dropped off may begin doing so at 8 am. 
  • Students in Kindergarten through Grade five who are dropped off may begin doing so at 8:45 am.
  • All students are dismissed at the end of the day at 3:05pm. 

Arrival/Dismissal procedures are posted here

Virtual Town Hall & COVID Precautions

The BFCCPS Administration and Nurse Leader Christina Barrows held a Virtual Town Hall meeting on August 25th to review, mitigation strategies, COVID Quarantine protocols, and COVID-19 Testing programs. 

The slide deck from this event can be found here for families who were not able to join us.


Earlier this week, the BFCCPS Administrative team hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting during which we reviewed three Optional COVID Testing Programs week.  If you were not able to join us, you can find the slideshow here.   

Three types of free, onsite testing will be available to BFCCPS students, faculty and staff: 

  1.  Routine COVID Safety Check * previously known as pooled testing
  2. Rapid Point of Care Diagnostic Testing with Binax NOW 
  3. “Test and Stay”

The BFCCPS Medical Advisory Team believes that these COVID testing programs are an important mitigation strategy designed to preserve in person learning at BFCCPS this fall. 

We are happy to announce that the consent form is now available in one online form with no need for specific codes: COVID Testing Consent.  

We had hoped that families would have the chance to consent to onsite testing programs  individually; however, based on the information we have received, the consent for all three programs is combined and not available as individual testing programs. Please be advised that once we receive your consent, your student will be enrolled in all three programs.   

Last year we created two videos to help illustrate the testing process. While the names of these programs have changed since the spring, the process will largely be the same. 

This first video illustrates the process of nasal swabs which would be applicable to all three testing protocols this year:  

https://youtu.be/aQIUemFgS7c

The second video highlights students who participated in our spring pooled testing (which is now referred to as a “COVID Safety Check” 

https://youtu.be/fngIEQEIyi4

We thank you for considering providing consent for your student(s) to participate in these programs.  If you have any further questions regarding the testing programs or the consent process, please reach out to Nurse Leader, Christina Barrows at cbarrows@bfccps.org.


Class Placement:

Homeroom teacher assignments were posted on August 9th at 3pm.  Parents can view their child’s homeroom teacher by logging into theSchoolBrains Parent portaltoday starting at 3pm. If you have forgotten your password, you can click the “forgot password” button to reset it.  (Please note that if your child is new to BFCCPS this year, you will receive your login and password by email fromMrs. Gibeault.)  In the weeks ahead there will be enhancements added to the SchoolBrains parent portal and we will provide more details on the new features closer to the start of the school year. 

We will be updating the Faculty Page on the website with photos in staff bios, you can check here for updates


School Supply Lists: 

School supply lists are now available and are found in this Google Drive Folder

We are sharing an addendum to the School Supply lists which are directly related to our Co-Curricular Classes. The document is organized by subject and grade level and has been added to this Google Drive Folderso that everything is one central location.  Many of the Co-Curricular supplies are already on the homeroom teacher’s list, or are likely items that are in your home. If there’s anything you don’t have or are unable to get, please don’t feel that you have to run out and buy them. Please email Chris Heater cheater@bfccps.org to let me know of any concerns you have with getting supplies and I will be happy to work with you to find a solution.

Dress Code: 

As you prepare for back to school, please be sure to review the BFCCPS Dress Code. The purpose of this dress code is to maintain a safe and respectful school environment that is conducive to learning. 


Before and After School Care:

We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2021-2022 Before and After School Care program will be available again this year. Registration for both programs are included in a single form this year, and all registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis. 

Registration will be for particular days of the week for the duration of the trimester, i.e., every Monday or every Wednesday.  Registration is now open and will run through August 25th and will take place via FamilyID

Students must be pre-registered, no drop in services are available. Before and After School Care tuition is paid twice per semester. The first payment is due by August 25, 2021 and the second payment is due by October 6, 2021. (Payment in full is also welcome.) Students who are enrolled in the program for the current trimester will have first right of refusal for registration for the next trimester.  Please contact Samantha Palmer at spalmer@bfccps.org with any questions related to Before and After School Care. 


Breakfast and Lunch Ordering: 

BFCCPS is pleased to offer Breakfast and Lunch ordering for the 2021-2022 School. Breakfast and Lunch is free to all BFCCPS students regardless of household eligibility through June 30, 2022. We strongly recommend pre-registering for lunch to ensure an accurate meal count and reduce food waste. Pre-registration will close at 5pm the Tuesday before the following week.  Orders for the week of August 31st will close at 5pm on Tuesday, August 24th. Order forms will be posted to FamilyID as they become available for registration 

One breakfast and two lunch choices will be offered daily.  Breakfast and lunch orders each come with a choice of 0% or 1% milk and fresh fruit. Students who bring lunch from home may purchase milk a la carte. Money can be electronically added to your student’s account on the Parent Payment Portal

Genuine Foods labeling is compliant for Top 8 Allergens (dairy, soy, peanut, tree-nut, fish, shellfish, egg, and wheat) A monthly Meal Allergen Report is available. Please contact Mrs. Jarvis atmjarvis@bfccps.orgfor information.  


Arrival and Dismissal Information

Please be sure to visit this page on our website for detailed Arrival and Dismissal procedures. The instructions do vary between the time of day and there have been some adjustments to the process since last year. Thank you in advance for your review of these details.


School Dismissal Manager and Car Line Updates

School Dismissal Manager is a software program BFCCPS has used for the last few years that provides us with an organized and efficient tracking system for tardy and absence notification as well as afternoon dismissals. You can quickly and easily update your students’ attendance and dismissal instructions using the easy-to-use mobile and desktop interface. 

You will receive an email from School Dismissal Manager that contains important instructions and your personal login credentials. Once you receive your credentials, please use them to log into the new system so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with it and set up your child’s default dismissal schedule. 

It is critical that families update dismissal instructions so we can ensure we have accurate information as to how your child(ren) should be sent home on the first day of school. We have learned from past years that setting up your default dismissals works best on the website at https://www.schooldismissalmanager.com/

You can watch a demo video of how to set up School Dismissal Manger here: https://www.schooldismissalmanager.com/video/SDM_PWA_module.mp4

Moving forward, parents should use School Dismissal Manager to report student absences, notify us of early dismissals and any change to dismissal plans to ensure a safe dismissal each day.

It is very important that any returning parents who have used the School Dismissal phone app before uninstall the previous version. The new version must be downloaded from this location since the The app is NO LONGER available in the Apple or Android app stores.

Two Loading Zones:  BFCCPS staff will load students into vehicles both along the back and gymnasium side of the school building in two lines of cars. This will allow us to load twice as many students in a round than we have in the past.  Vehicles will be released one side at a time, as we have in the past.

Dismissal via the Commons: Students that are being dismissed by Carline, will be centrally dismissed from the school commons. This was not possible last year, but returning to gathering in a central location will also allow us to load cars much more efficiently.

As with any new system, we expect there to be a learning curve and delays in the first days of school. We are optimistic that after that this approach will prove to be safe and efficient.

Thank you in advance for your attention to these important details to ensure a safe and timely dismissal for all students!


FamilyID:

FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to sign school policies, such as handbook agreements, media releases, and responsible use policies; as well as, helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through Family ID, the system keeps track of your information in your Family ID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
Please take a moment to register for FamilyID time to streamline future registrations and online forms. We will continue to add online forms and registrations using FamilyID over the next few months including Breakfast and Lunch Ordering, Field Trips and the annual School Year Registration.  You can learn more about how to create a FamilyID account in this special edition of Ben’s Buzz

 


 

Classical Enrichment Block Catalogue (Grades Six through Eight Only)

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School is pleased to announce this year’s Classical Enrichment Course Catalog!  Classes are offered by BFCCPS faculty and staff members as well as Artists in Residence contracted by BFCCPS.

Classes are divided by trimester and cover a multitude of topics across all
content areas.  A class description, teacher, and other information is listed for each class.

Electronic Registration is scheduled for August 25-September 3 and must be completed by Friday, September 3, 2021.  The first enrichment class begins on Tuesday, September 14.

Beginning Wednesday, August 25 you will be able to fill out the online registration form, which can be found byclicking here for the form.  Please be sure to choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for each trimester. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FORM WITH THEIR BFCCPS EMAIL ADDRESS.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Mr. Heater
cheater@bfccps.org


 



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