Yesterday, Governor Reynolds extended the school closure through April 30. This presents unique challenges for students, staff, and families. The staff at Bettendorf High School has focused on continued student learning, equity, and accessibility for all. The voluntary learning opportunities will continue to be offered as the District researches the best options going forward. As soon as plans are finalized, I will communicate them to you. I respectfully ask that you please have your students show you some of the extension opportunities provided them by their teachers. With the school closure continuing through the end of April, it is imperative that students participate in the opportunities. Your support in this regard is appreciated.
COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every facet of our lives, this is especially true for high school students. The months of April and May are ordinarily dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments and talents of our students with banquets, ceremonies, and concerts. All events scheduled for April are postponed. During this unprecedented time, please know that, in every manner possible, we will either hold the event scheduled on the designated date. Those events already postponed will be re-scheduled to another date if possible.
This situation is particularly difficult for our seniors. The uncertainty as to whether the events they have long anticipated will occur, adds a dimension of stress and concern. It is most important for members of the Class of 2020 to know that Bettendorf High School is committed to making sure those seniors in a position to graduate on May 31, will do so. We will do whatever it takes to support seniors in earning their diploma, despite the school closure. If we are unable to host our traditional graduation ceremony on May 31, we will absolutely create a path for students and their families to celebrate this milestone.
School Closure: Governor Reynolds has extended the current school closure through April 30.
Closing 3rd Quarter: I am attaching the letter that went to parents/guardians and BHS students on Wednesday. The letter outlines how the 3rd quarter will close. Letter.pdf
Shrek: The high school musical production, Shrek, was scheduled to take place this weekend but is postponed. All patrons who purchased tickets online will be notified about future plans via email.
National Honor Society Induction: The NHS induction ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 is postponed. Students eligible for induction into NHS will receive information next week regarding the application process.
Extracurricular Activities: All athletic, fine arts, clubs and activities are suspended until further notice.
Campus Access: The Bettendorf High School campus is closed. Students, families and community members may not access the property in any way at this time. Thank you for honoring this and expecting your student to do the same.
Finally, all scheduled events in May remain on the calendar. Prom is scheduled for May 16 and graduation on May 31. Whether these events take place as scheduled is dependent upon the status of the virus and the directives regarding public gatherings. I am acutely aware of how important both of these events are to students and their families and I certainly hope we can host these important traditions.
If you have any questions about any school related issues, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 332-7001.
Joy M Kelly, Ed.S.