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Botetourt County Public Schools- School Efficiency Review

posted Jan 19, 2015, 12:54 PM by bcps web   [ updated Jan 19, 2015, 12:55 PM ]

Botetourt County Public Schools recently completed a School Efficiency Review that was coordinated by the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and conducted by MGT of America.

 

The school division efficiency review program, begun in 2004, is designed to identify ways that divisions can realize cost savings in non-instructional areas that can be redirected to classroom activities. Participation by school divisions is voluntary and involves contracting with outside education experts to perform the efficiency reviews. The findings include an evaluation of the efficiency of various offices and operations within a school division, recommendations and projected costs and/or savings associated with the recommendations. The Virginia Department of Planning and Budget (Virginia School Efficiency Review Program) is responsible for coordinating efficiency reviews.

 

The final report is available on this link and on the Virginia Department of Education website (School Finance > School Division Efficiency Reviews).

Secondary Registration Guide 2015-2016

posted Jan 11, 2015, 7:36 PM by Beth Allen   [ updated Jan 11, 2015, 7:38 PM by bcps web ]

FY16 Budget Public Input

posted Jan 6, 2015, 3:24 PM by bcps web   [ updated Jan 6, 2015, 3:24 PM ]

Please comment on each of the following expenditure categories, which are provided by and reported to the Virginia Department of Education. Suggestions and ideas related to decreased or increased spending, addition or elimination of programs, etc. may be submitted for consideration by the School Board. All responses are limited to 160 characters.


School Board Meeting

posted Nov 26, 2014, 6:48 AM by bcps web   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 8:47 AM ]

February 12, 2015 

Location
: School Board Office, 143 Poor Farm Road   Fincastle, VA

Time: 6:30-Agenda will be available in BoardDocs

Overview of Local Assessments

posted Nov 14, 2014, 3:30 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 3:30 PM ]

On September 18, 2014 the Board of Education approved guidelines for locally developed assessments that will replace five discontinued Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. 

Legislation approved by the 2014 General Assembly (HB 930 and Senate Bill 306) eliminated the following SOL tests, effective with the 2014-2015 school year. 

  •       Grade 3 History/Social Science
  •       Grade 3 Science
  •       Grade 5 Writing
  •       US History I
  •       US History II

The intent of this legislation was to eliminate some of the tests used for accountability and to encourage greater use of assessments that are designed to inform instruction. 

The state now requires each school division to locally assess students’ progress in these courses.  In grade 3-5, we will give a cumulative course assessment in late spring to satisfy the requirement.  Currently, we administer benchmark assessments in US History I and US History II.  The benchmarks provide teachers with information about what students have learned as well as the concepts and skills that your child has not yet mastered. 

Local assessments results for your child may be found in Parent Portal.  They will not be used in the calculation of your child’s nine weeks or final course grade.  If you are unable to access Parent Portal, contact the school and they will provide you a paper copy of the assessment results.  

Community College Access Program (CCAP) Information Meeting

posted Nov 12, 2014, 4:08 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 4:09 PM ]


CCAP is a program that makes college available tuition-free to 2015 graduates of public high schools in the localities of Botetourt County, Craig County, Franklin County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem. CCAP could cover the entire cost of tuition for two years at Virginia Western Community College. The program supports as many students as possible based on student need and available CCAP funds.

Event: CCAP Parent Information Meeting

When:  Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Greenfield Education and Training Center, 57 South Center Dr., Daleville

Why attend:  Gather information about the program with opportunities to ask questions.

*Informational meetings will be held at Virginia Western on December 4 and January 15 if you are unable to attend on November 20. More information at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Fall 2014 Parent Meeting- Gifted Education

posted Oct 30, 2014, 7:37 AM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 7:40 AM ]

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Central Academy Middle Forum

What: Informational meeting for parents of students in the Gifted Education Program

 Meeting Agenda

 

    •   STEM-H & Governor’s School
    •  Advanced Studies English
    • Expectations for Middle School
    • Kingore Chart: Gifted Learner vs. High Achiever vs. Creative Learner
    • Parent Enrichment for students: Community events for Gifted Learners

 

 

 

       Sponsored by Botetourt County Public Schools

Gifted Education

Enterovirus D68: EV-D68 FACTS

posted Sep 22, 2014, 8:57 AM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 9:16 AM ]

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of the many non-polio enteroviruses.  EV-D68 infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses, but they have received a lot of media attention lately. We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall. This document is meant to provide you with some basic information regarding EV-D68.  If you have specific concerns regarding your health  or symptoms you or a family member may be experiencing, you should contact your health care provider.

Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses.  They cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.  Anyone can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses.  Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to become infected and get sick, because they do not yet have immunity or protection from previous exposures to the viruses.  Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of developing complications.

You can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person.  You can also become infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Prevention and Treatment:

You can help protect yourself and others from infections by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the restroom and changing diapers
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with standard disinfectants
  • Keeping children home from school or day care when they are sick
  • Ensuring optimal control of asthma

 There is no specific treatment or vaccine  for non-polio enterovirus infections.  People with mild illness caused by non-polio enterovirus infection typically only need to treat symptoms.  They usually recover completely.  However, some illnesses caused by non-polio enteroviruses can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

Symptoms:

Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness.  Symptoms of mild illness may include:  fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, mouth blisters, muscle and body aches.  You should see a health care provider if you or your child is experiencing new onset of wheezing or an increase in asthma symptoms.  As always, if you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your health care provider. 

 

Additional Resources:

Hand washing information:

http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing

Cover Your Cough Information:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

 

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s

Virginia Department of Education:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml

School Board Meeting

posted Aug 12, 2014, 5:58 PM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 8:02 AM ]

November 13, 2014 

Location
: School Board Office, 143 Poor Farm Road   Fincastle, VA

Time: 6:30-Agenda will be available in BoardDocs.

New Grading Scale

posted May 20, 2014, 1:24 PM by bcps web   [ updated May 20, 2014, 3:36 PM ]

Botetourt County Public Schools has adopted a new grading scale which will be effective the 2014 - 2015 school year.

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