End of Year Communication from Dr. Aten

Dear Bayfield Family,


As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, we can certainly acknowledge this school year ends in a way no one could imagine a few months ago. Our new learning continuation plan was met with challenges as well as some incredible innovations. In adversity, we found families and teachers performing heroic work. What I choose to focus on in these closing days of the school year is a district and a community who pulled together and rallied to make the very best out of an unprecedented situation. Thanks to all involved as we achieved almost 100 percent of students and families engaged in learning.  We also realize that Google Classroom, Schoology, and Google Meets can never replace the rich relationships we form from in-person learning.

Class of 2020 —To our graduating seniors — Congratulations! You were cruising down the home stretch of this school year and the finish line came upon you much quicker than expected. Our seniors have experienced far more successes over your years than you may have lost during these few months. Please know the Bayfield community of family, friends, and citizens care deeply about you. We wish you the very best and give you a standing ovation in salute of your tenacity, grit, and perseverance as you move onward. We know you will do great things in this world.

Our parents and guardians have been amazing.  Frankly, we could not have finished the school year without you.  You never signed up to be a kitchen table teacher, but you handled it with love and patience.  I have been touched by the numerous stories of how parents and grandparents worked daily with their students, all while keeping their job responsibilities going.  Nothing about this pandemic has been easy, but your commitment to model perseverance and life-long learning  demonstrate we have a supportive school district and community.


Like so many of our families and students, we are ending the school year and missing our annual traditions, ceremonies, concerts, games, and events. But, most of all, we miss seeing our students. The staff at Bayfield School District chose to work in education for one reason: We love our students.  We are honored to be a part of our thriving community as our young people learn and grow. 

To our incredible staff – Thank You! You are extraordinary and very talented as each of you rushed to change our profession and adapt to the needs of each student. Above all, you embodied what it means to care about Each Student, Each Day: Wolverine Way. Moreover, Bayfield School District is committed to a long-term cycle of continuous improvement. Like students, we learn, grow, and adapt, and we will continue to keep our focus on our students and on our community. I hope our staff can find some time away this summer to recharge and relax.  Also, we congratulate our four retiring staff, Sally Brown, Pam Catron, Ted Hockenbury, and Annette Shock for over a century of dedication to our profession.


What’s Next for the Bayfield School District?

A multitude of things need to happen in the next few days and weeks, and we want to share what you can expect.


Last Day for Instruction:  Friday, May 15

The last day of remote learning for students is Friday, May 15.

BPS Return of Materials for grade K-2: May 13 and 14 

The process will be similar to our learning packet pick-up. All BPS staff members will be wearing face masks and gloves.  Families will drive through the Hug and Go with your child’s name/teacher name in the window of your vehicle.  We’ll bring the student items out to you! If you have library books/baggie books, please bring them at this time as well.  On Wednesday, May 13: Kindergarten from 11A.M. through 1P.M., and 1st Grade, 2 P.M. through 4 P.M. On Thursday, May 14: 2nd Grade, 2 P.M. through 4 P.M.

Return of Materials for Grades 3-12

We will collect materials on Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19, from 2-6 P.M., at Bayfield High School for all BIS, BMS, and BHS students. We will retrieve library books, textbooks, internet hotspots, and Chromebooks.  This event will be drive-up service only, and as much as we would love to give hugs and catch up, this is not a time for personal connections; so, prepare yourself for a brief and efficient experience through the car or truck window. Staff, students, and family members will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing, without exception. Each school building has sent out a detailed information for materials collection, as well.  If you have specific questions, please contact your principal.


We thank you in advance for following return guidelines and for your patience as we balance high-quality customer service and life-saving health-safety requirements.


Deep Cleaning of Schools and Facilities

Following locker and desk clean-out and materials collection days, our Bayfield School District custodial team will continue to deep clean all schools and facilities. Our custodial staff have continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow best practices and equipment recommendations for cleaning and sanitization.


High School Graduation and Middle School Continuation

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! It is our deepest hope to celebrate the class of 2020 at in-person events, if that is at all possible. It is too early to know how the COVID-19 pandemic will manifest locally this summer. We have created a draft list of procedures to continue with commencement exercises. We are working with the Board of Education and San Juan Basin Public Health as we look to implement the plan for graduation exercises. We have a great group of students, parents, administrators, and community stakeholders who are currently planning for numerous options, and we will do everything we can to give our graduates the celebration they deserve.  Please note: Middle school Continuation will happen only after we have our graduation for the Class of 2020 and may be postponed to a celebration for the start of the freshman year.


CHSAA, Activities, and Athletics

The Colorado High School Activities Association has canceled all performances, festivals, competitions, regular spring season, and culminating CHSAA-sanctioned spring activities and athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season. This CHSAA moratorium is in effect through June 1. As for June activities and athletics, we have canceled all camps, seminars, and student activity/athletic travel.  To be clear, Bayfield School District indoor and outdoor athletic venues and facilities will not be available for any practices, skill development, weightlifting, or conditioning through June 30, as district facilities will be closed. We continue to revisit this decision every two weeks, with hopes of opening these activities in July.

Reading Program at Bayfield Primary School and High School Summer School

We are working on providing 1:1 literacy tutoring for K-2 students during the summer at BPS for interested families.  More information will be available for BPS families soon. Summer school at BHS will be in an online-only format to ensure our students, who need extra support, can stay on track for graduation.


The 2020-21 School Year

We are considering various scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, not knowing precisely what the public health situation will look like in August. Currently, our first plan is to go to school in August. Secondary plans will be developed to respond to various public health requirements to ensure public safety. As for preparing for next year, I think masks and temperature checks are going to be part of our life for the near future and into next school year. 


To all of our students and families returning next year, you have earned a much-deserved summer break. The end of this year was not easy for anyone, but you have also demonstrated the ability to adapt in a time when things were not easy or certain.


Enjoy your time away from your studies and from school. We will be working very hard over the summer to prepare for your return. I hope our families find the time to have some fun and relax this summer. You have earned it!


💜 Thank you for being a Wolverine 💜

Dr. K. Kevin Aten

Superintendent of Schools

Bayfield School District

"Each Student, Each Day: Wolverine Way"