Dear Clear Lake families,
Please talk to your child about this. It is most likely to take place at the high school level, but there may be some students at the middle and elementary levels who also plan to participate in or recognize this event.
A much-publicized nationwide effort to raise awareness about school safety has called for a student walkout of schools across the country next Wednesday, March 14th, at 10:00 a.m. (Click here for information). The proposed walkout is intended to last for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 victims of the Florida school shooting last month. We want to encourage Clear Lake parents and guardians to talk to your children about this day, and if they have been asked by other students to consider leaving school, particularly at the upper grades. We also understand that some parents may be taking their children out of school to participate.
The walkout is a student-led effort and is not organized, supported, or encouraged by the school. If it takes place, we want to ensure it is conducted in a peaceful, respectful, and safe manner.
The issue of school safety is one with which we are all concerned. We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and their interest in being informed and engaged community members. However, our school and district cannot encourage walkouts or other demonstrations that affect the learning environment. During school hours, students should be in school—safe, supervised, and learning.
Your child’s safety and education are our primary focus. The safest place for students during school hours is in the school building. Should a walkout occur, we will have staff on hand to help keep students safe, but staff cannot join the demonstration as participants.
Any students who leave school to participate in a walkout demonstration will receive an Unexcused Absence, or will be marked Tardy for the class time they miss.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 541 689-0511 or email@example.com
Principal, Clear Lake
All Bethel schools are open and operating on their normal schedules today, Friday, February 23rd.
Some neighborhood streets and sidewalks may be slick, and caution is urged on the morning commute. As always, parents are encouraged to use their best judgement about their child’s school attendance.
Algunas calles y aceras de los vecindarios pueden estar resbaladizas, y se recomienda precaución en el viaje diario a la mañana. Como siempre, se alienta a los padres a utilizar su mejor juicio sobre la asistencia escolar de sus hijos.
With freezing temperatures forecast for Thursday night – and in an abundance of caution – all evening events past 5:30 will be canceled tonight.
As always, check the district and Clear Lake websites, the district Facebook page, or local media for morning weather-related developments.
If you hear nothing, then it means school will take place on a normal schedule.
Como siempre, mire los sitios web del distrito y la escuela, la página de Facebook del distrito y los medios locales para los desarrollos relacionados con el clima matutino.
Si no escucha nada, significa que la escuela se llevará a cabo según un horario normal.
All Bethel schools are on a 2-hour delay Thursday, February 22nd.
Buses will pick up students 2 hours later than the normal time.
A cold breakfast will be available and lunch will be served at all schools today.
Dismissal for all schools will be at their regular times.
Caution is urged on the morning commute. Parents are encouraged to use their best judgement about their child’s school attendance.
Los autobuses recogerán a los estudiantes por la maňana dos horas más tarde de lo normal.
Un desayuno frío estará disponible, también se servirá un almuerzo caliente durante el día.
Los despidos escolares estarán en sus horarios regulares.
Board Meeting To Hear Public Comment
The Bethel School District Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School Cafeteria.
The only agenda item is to hear public comment. Under Board policy, the public comment period is limited to three minutes per person. All those at the meeting who sign a card requesting to speak will be heard. The School Board will make no decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts.
As background, some Bethel residents are concerned the district is removing holiday celebrations from schools. While public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, the district believes that providing students opportunities to celebrate and have fun with their classmates and teachers is vital. And, as a public school system, we must ensure that our celebrations, activities and events during the school day allow all students to participate. We cannot intentionally plan events that we know will exclude children.
Some people are unaware that historically many of the celebrations or parties that have been held at school result in some children not coming to school or not being able to take part for a variety of reasons. Our schools are trying to think creatively about how we celebrate with children, and have fun and meaningful activities at school in ways everyone gets to be involved.
For clarification, while we are not asking families to provide Valentine’s cards, students who wish to bring cards are allowed to do so and time will be provided for children to distribute them. As always, we encourage those with concerns to reach out to their school principal.