The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) would like your input on its school reopening plans. The BIE will rely upon the latest U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding reopening its K-12 schools, residential facilities, and post-secondary schools for safe delivery of in-person and hybrid instruction.
Further, BIE is considering additional items that are beyond ED and CDC guidance as it undertakes the plan updates. The items include:
- What is needed to ensure student safety when using commercial transportation services before students travel to a residential facility and when they travel home?
- Would you recommend that students be vaccinated before arriving on campus if vaccinations are available?
- What are your recommendations to serve students that plan to attend residential facilities and post-secondary institutions from communities with high rates of COVID-19?
- Are there any recommendations for grades K-12 and residential facilities not already addressed by ED and CDC reopening guidance that requires additional clarification or guidance by BIE?
The intended purpose of the Tribal consultation and stakeholder engagement is to ensure that BIE is meeting the needs of its students, schools, and Tribal communities during the COVID -19 Pandemic recovery.
Please register for the listening sessions in advance using this link: zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcOCtpzgvHT5ZmlDobA8nzJlx9jJgEhw
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. Each day of Tribal consultation session will be followed by a public session from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. ET.
The BIE will accept both oral and written comments . Written comments may be emailed to email@example.com (link sends e-mail)or by postal mail to Bureau of Indian Education, Ms. Juanita Mendoza, 1849 C Street NW MIB-3612, Washington, DC 20240. Comments must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, May 14, 2021. Questions regarding the Tribal consultations may be directed to Dr. Tamarah Pfeiffer, Chief Academic Officer, Bureau of Indian Education; fax: (505) 563-3043 or email : Tamarah.Pfeiffer@bie.edu.
A copy of the Dear Tribal Leader Letter can also be found here.