BULLHEAD CITY – Even though buildings remain closed to students, the 2020-2021 school year in Bullhead City still starts July 29 as distance learning, or online classes. That means that registration for the new semester continues in person at all five K-8 campuses. A separate registration is underway at Coyote Canyon School for the three sites offering preschool.
Bullhead City Elementary School District Superintendent Carolyn Stewart urged parents who have not yet registered their children for the new semester to do so as quickly as possible. In order to tackle Arizona’s student technology gap, on-site registration will insure a student’s opportunity to be considered for a Chromebook laptop computer and possibly a District-provided Wi-Fi hotspot for the school year. By registering on-site at each child’s school before classes start, both parents and schools can also verify that all contact information is correct for both routine and emergency communication.
Once registered, families will receive links to virtual open houses at each school attended by children in the household. The open houses for all schools will be July 27 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Parents and guardians will be notified of teacher assignments and class schedules. The links will remain active past the opening of school.
“The only thing different right now is that classes are starting on computers instead of in person,” she said. “We’ve had teams of teachers, instructional coaches, principals and district administrators work all summer to develop the best possible reopening plans for children in an ever-changing environment. Unlike the spring, students will be able to interact online with their classmates, as well as their teachers. And the virtual open houses will have important information for both parents and students.”
BCESD’s virtual open houses will have several components, including videos from administrators, office staff and teachers. Parents should plan on about 30 minutes per child for the online open houses, and will also have the flexibility to “attend” more than one if there are children on multiple campuses.
When State restrictions are lifted and campuses reopen, parents will have the option of continuing their child’s education online or in person. However, because virtual classes start this month on the same date that the regular school year was scheduled to launch, registration is continuing uninterrupted.