BPS Blizzard Bags Pilot Program

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The BPS EdTech Team will be supporting students and teachers during a unique pilot opportunity this spring. Burlington Public Schools will be participating in piloting learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on our BPS Blizzard Bag site. BPS students will complete assignments during the months of April and May that will support learning from core academic areas. The assignments also include enrichment opportunities and Field Trip Experiences that can be included as part of thematic units being completed at grades 1-8.

The pilot program provides BPS students with assignments and activities that will cover time on learning missed during two canceled snow days from this winter. Students will not need to make up these two days at the end of the school year in June.

Questions about the program will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an email address where you can send questions (blizzardbags@bpsk12.org). We will share all of the questions asked on a Frequently Asked Questions section that is included on the BPS Blizzard Bag site.

Student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.

Please visit the BPS Blizzard Bag site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the site. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week.

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