Bett District Update - August 18, 2020

Bett District Update - August 18, 2020

Aug 18, 2020


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August 18, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

The first day of school for BCSD students is Monday, August, 24th.


Dear BCSD Parents/Guardians,

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to the 2020-2021 school year! As you are aware, this school year will be different than any other school year due to the challenges of COVID-19.

As a school community, we will be redefining what a “traditional” school day looks like. The opening of the 2020-2021 school year poses numerous challenges for the Bettendorf Community School District, including the implementation of mitigation strategies (i.e. social distancing, use of facial coverings, good hygiene practices, etc.); addressing the social/emotional/mental health needs of our students and staff; and preparing for the probability of COVID-19 cases within our school community. We will continue to take direction from the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, and the Scott County Health Department.

We appreciate your continued patience, grace, and flexibility as we work through the challenges of COVID-19 in launching the 2020-2021 School Year. Despite these challenges, BCSD staff and the community have been working tirelessly to ensure that our students have access to a rich, meaningful educational experience in a safe environment. I am confident in our ability to persist through these challenges and continue our long standing tradition of excellence.

Thank you for entrusting the Bettendorf Community School District staff with the education of your student(s). It is a privilege we do not take lightly.


Dr. Michelle Morse


The District offices and buildings will be closed tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 19th, from 7:30 am - 10:30 am for our annual staff back-to-school in-service. We are sorry for any inconvenience.


We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. As we prepare to welcome our students back to school on Monday, August 24th, we wanted to highlight a few updates:

  • Student’s First Day
    • Cohort A, Hybrid Model (in-person), August 24th
    • Cohort B, Hybrid Model (in-person), August 25th
    • Please note, the dates above will be modified for incoming kindergarten students. You will receive specific information from your site principal.
    • 100% Online Learning Model, August 24th
    • Preschool, Virtual Home Visits, August 24th and 25th, first day for students, August 26th
  • Teachers and/or class schedules will be available after 2 pm on Wednesday, August 19th
  • A calendar has been created outlining the A/B days for students participating in the Hybrid Learning Model (A/B DAY CALENDAR)
  • BCSD Parent/Student Updated FAQ (8.18.2020)
  • CANVAS TRAINING FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS - Parent Information and Student Tutorial for the Canvas Learning Management System will be sent out Thursday, August, 20th.
  • For additional information on the District’s Return to Learn Plan, please visit, Return to Learn 2020-2021 on the District’s website.


HEALTH SERVICES UPDATE - Changes in health services for 2020-2021 School Year


MEALS AVAILABLE TO ONLINE LEARNERS (Hybrid & 100% Online Learning)


The District Transportation Department will be making modifications to the transportation model to facilitate the Hybrid Learning Model. Below are the highlights of the changes we are making:

  • Bus capacity will be limited to 1 student per seat, students from the same household will be forced to sit together. We may add a route to provide additional capacity, but current transportation registration numbers do not support an additional route.
  • Middle School and High School routes will follow the same routes and pick up/drop-off procedures as previous years.
  • Buses will be cleaned by drivers between student groups (i.e. between Middle School drop and beginning elementary pick up).
  • We will be modifying elementary routes to pick up/drop off by elementary school, meaning we will be eliminating the elementary transfer. This was done as a best practice for social distancing and to keep students with others from their own building.

Agenda | Video

Donation to BHS Ping Pong Club
Directors approved a $500.00 donation in memory of Tyler Hurd to the BHS Ping Pong After School Activity fund from David Roberts Consulting Group, St. Charles, IL.

Summer Projects

  • Paul Norton Elementary Controlled Entry Addition and Renovation
    The main office and principal were relocated in the new space and a conference room was added to the building. The former main office area was renovated into a larger nurse’s suite and guidance counselor’s office. The estimate for the project was $1,518,000. Current projections for the total cost of the project are $1,387,757.
  • Herbert Hoover Elementary – Library Roof Replacement
    The project scope consisted of replacing the membrane of the library roof. The existing insulation was kept in place as it was dry and additional insulation was added to meet updated building codes. The budget for the project was $150,000 and the low bid was $110,550.
  • Miscellaneous Summer PPEL Projects
    Bettendorf High School: Classroom updates in a few D Wing classrooms (ceiling, lighting, carpet), parking lot sealing and striping, miscellaneous concrete repair, and painting science classrooms
    Bettendorf Middle School: Parking lot patching and striping, and sidewalk repair
    Paul Norton Elementary School: Concrete/sidewalk repair and parking lot crack seal

Issuance of RFP for Professional Design Services for Herbert Hoover Elementary Addition & Renovation
Directors approved an RFP plan for Professional Design Services for Herbert Hoover Elementary Addition & Renovation as presented. A recommendation is scheduled to be made to the BOE September, 21st. The scope of the project is an addition for a secure entry, administrative spaces, and renovations to other spaces in the school.


The Bettendorf Community School District uses the SchoolMessenger system to communicate with parents and staff. You do have the ability to adjust message delivery preferences or opt out of General Notifications, Early Release/No School Reminders, and School Delays & Cancellations Due to Weather. Update your preferences through or by contacting Celeste at (563) 359-3681, ext. 3005 or - Learn more


The safety and security of Bettendorf Community School District students and staff is of utmost importance. The district has a comprehensive crisis plan developed in cooperation with Bettendorf police and local emergency management agencies. The plan is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

Our schools also have well‐established security measures for the safety of students and staff including: visitor check‐in procedures, locked doors after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and police liaison officer support. To assure that you receive information in an emergency, please be sure to keep your contact information up-to-date in Infinite Campus.

Information for parents on emergency notifications (Also available in school handbooks)


The Bettendorf Community School District works with QC Crime Stoppers and other area school districts in providing P3 Campus as one of our safety initiatives. P3 Campus is an anonymous tip reporting solution designed specifically for the educational community. School community members can report about a wide range of concerns including: bullying, suicide concerns, depression, sexting, stealing, threats, cutting, abuse, dating and domestic violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, or other types of dangerous situations that threaten their safety or the safety of others through the P3 Campus mobile app or through any web browser at


Check out the Bulldog Booster apparel stores for Football and Volleyball! The stores close on Aug. 23. Bettendorf Volleyball | Bulldog Football Learn more about the Bulldog Athletic Boosters.

RUN WITH CARL – Going the Social Distance

To keep the Quad Cities Community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while furthering Run with Carl, Run with Carl is going SOCIALLY DISTANCED!

Lace up your running/walking shoes and hit the pavement in honor of Carl, run the RWC route, and post a selfie tagging #RWC2020! Run with Carl will still be collecting donations to directly benefit the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley School Foundations through our RWC PayPal. Later this summer, there will be a SPECIAL EDITION shirt released for purchase to commemorate the year, so be looking for more information about that coming soon!


Family Museum

FM STEM! & Explore Spanish

Sept. 8 - Dec. 18
Posted 8-14-20


Aug. 24 1st Day of School for Students

Aug. 27 HS Sports Kick-Off

Aug. 28 HS Football vs Washington (Away)

Sept. 7 No School - Labor Day

Sept. 8 Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting - 6 pm

Sept. 11 HS Football vs Davenport Central (Home)

Sept. 15 Mobile Food Pantry - 5:45-7 pm Herbert Hoover Elementary

Sept. 18 HS Football vs Davenport North (Home)

Sept. 21 Board of Education Meeting - 6 pm

Sept. 25 HS Football vs Pleasant Valley (Home)

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