Irving Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Update On School Reopening Plans

Although it’s only early July and there are still two whole months before the new school year begins, families are understandably anxious and interested in our plans for reopening Bethel schools.

COVID-19 continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school. As a result, our school cannot operate in a normal fashion to begin the 2020-21 school year. From top to bottom, here is some important information you should know:

The Plan: Bethel administrators and department leaders are now outlining details of two learning models: a Hybrid model, combining in-classroom instruction with distance learning, and a Comprehensive Distance Learning option for students who are unable to attend in person. There are many reasons why the Hybrid model has been selected, but most center on following the Oregon Health Authority’s strict health and safety requirements now in place for schools:

– Social Distancing: The State requires that each student in school be provided a social distancing area of 7’ x 5’ (35 sq. ft.). Depending on the size of the room, that limits classrooms to about 14 students at one time. So, about half the school enrollment will be able to attend school at one time.

– Instruction: A core value in Bethel is to maximize in-person instruction to provide continuity of learning, care, and connection. A Hybrid model brings students to school for some days each week, while offering distance learning for the days when students are not in the building, while Comprehensive Distance Learning is for students who cannot attend in-person at all.

– Health & Safety: No in-person plan will work without the ability to protect the health of all children and adults in the school. We are more able to limit your child’s contact with others throughout the day by reducing the number of students in school at one time, while keeping students in consistent groups, as required, 

– Transportation: Social distancing requirements apply on school buses, too. This will cut the capacity of most of our buses by more than half. If all students attended each day, we simply would not have enough buses to provide transportation for all the students who need it. We will ask parents to transport their children, if they are able.

– Cleaning: In a Hybrid model, schools will be able to clean between student group rotations to disinfect all high-touch surfaces throughout the school.

– Childcare: Part-time in-school instruction is a significant burden on many families. With the Hybrid model, students will be in school some days and on a regular schedule. It also aligns with what private daycare centers typically offer (2 or 3 days per week options).

Your Choices: It is critical that we hear from you while the plan is still in the development phase.  Watch for a survey coming in the Principal’s Blog. We’ll be asking about transportation, distance learning, meals, and more. Your input is incredibly important in helping the District refine its reopening plans.

Family Feedback: You will have opportunities July 13, 14 and 15 to learn more and provide feedback about the draft reopening plan. Your input is critical to the successful development and implementation of the plan. Details about the upcoming family feedback Zoom sessions will be shared in the Principal’s Blog.

The Timeline: After the survey and your feedback, the final Operational Blueprint has to receive approval from Lane County Public Health and be submitted to the state by August 15th.

Communication: We will continue to share updates as relevant information is available. Watch for emailed information coming via the Principal’s Blog.

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Congratulations Irving 5th Graders!

Irving 5th Grade Students,

We will miss you at Irving next year and wish you all the best as you head to Middle School!  Irving created a video to celebrate your 5th grade year…check it out below.  Thank you to Julie Stowell and Laura Choate for creating the video.  

School Reopening Message to Families

Irving Families,

A number of you have asked whether we will be back in classrooms in September. The simple answer is…we don’t know yet. Superintendent Chris Parra has an important message about Bethel’s work to create a reopening plan, and a chance for you to offer input.

Nathan Bridgens


Hi, Irving Families,

As we close out this unusual and historic school year, all thoughts turn to what school next fall might look like. I want you to know that Bethel School District has been working on developing plans for the reopening of our schools, and this will take time. Make no mistake, it is very, very complicated. Done right, a reopening plan is not something that could or should be accomplished quickly.

State Guidance: Just today, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released its formal guidance for the reopening of schools this fall. ODE’s new directions to schools makes it clear that we will not be able to have a typical reopening in the fall. Instead, there will be strict guidelines on how many students can be in the same space together (social distancing), the sanitizing of areas within the school, health check protocols, face coverings, and guidance regarding transportation, meals, and school visitors.

Developing Bethel’s Plan: A number of September scenarios are being considered by school districts around the state, including a blend of in-school classes and online learning, or students attending only partial days, or even attending every other week, or not having in person instruction at all. Having just today received the ODE’s guidance, it’s too early to speculate what our final plan will be, and that can be frustrating for you and your children. Our approach is intentionally deliberate and thoughtful as we consider the strict health and safety guidelines that must be met in addition to, equity, instruction, engagement, physical/mental/social-emotional health, and staffing and personnel.

Your Feedback: It is also important to solicit your thoughts about what worked over the last three months and what needs addressing. Try as we might to provide normalcy during a world-wide pandemic, we know that our efforts haven’t hit the mark on everything. Please take this short, anonymous survey. Your clear feedback will also help inform our planning.

Thanks: My thanks go out to you, Bethel families. You have been flexible and patient with challenging home schedules, made time to talk with staff, and set up and attended Zoom meetings. You have shown your dedication and commitment to your children’s education through extraordinary circumstances.

Promises: Finally, I can make two promises: we will do our best to inform families about our reopening plan as soon as there is solid information to share, and we will keep children’s health and safety as our top priority. We must be able to maintain the well-being of our kids and the community.

Stay healthy, care for one another, and thank you for participating in the survey.

Chris Parra
Bethel Superintendent


Hola familias de Irving escuela,

Algunos de ustedes han preguntado si volveremos a las aulas en septiembre. La respuesta simple es … aún no lo sabemos. El superintendente Chris Parra tiene un mensaje importante sobre el trabajo de Bethel para crear un plan de reapertura y la oportunidad de ofrecer su opinión.
Nathan Bridgens

Hola familias de Irving escuela,

A medida que cerramos este año escolar inusual e histórico, todos los pensamientos se vuelven a cómo sería la escuela el próximo otoño. Quiero que sepan que el Distrito Escolar de Bethel ha estado trabajando en el desarrollo de planes para la reapertura de nuestras escuelas, y esto llevará tiempo. No se equivoquen, es muy, muy complicado. Bien hecho, un plan de reapertura no es algo que pueda o deba lograrse rápidamente

Orientación estatal: Hoy mismo, el Departamento de Educación de Oregón (ODE) publicó su orientación formal para la reapertura de las escuelas este otoño. Las nuevas direcciones de ODE a las escuelas dejan en claro que no podremos tener una reapertura típica en el otoño. En cambio, habrá pautas estrictas sobre cuántos estudiantes pueden estar juntos en el mismo espacio (distanciamiento social), desinfección de áreas dentro de la escuela, protocolos de control de salud, cubiertas faciales y orientación sobre transporte, comidas y visitantes a la escuela.

Desarrollo del plan de Bethel: Los distritos escolares están considerando una serie de escenarios en septiembre, que incluyen una combinación de clases en la escuela y aprendizaje en línea, o estudiantes que asisten solo días parciales, o incluso que asisten cada dos semanas, o que no tengan ninguna instrucción en persona. Es demasiado pronto para especular cuál será nuestro plan final, y eso puede ser frustrante para usted y sus hijos. Nuestro enfoque es deliberadamente atento y cuidadoso al considerar la equidad, la instrucción, el compromiso, la salud física / mental / social-emocional, y el personal. 

Su opinión: también es importante solicitar su opinión sobre lo que funcionó en los últimos tres meses y lo que debe abordarse. Por más que intentemos proporcionar normalidad durante una pandemia mundial, sabemos que nuestros esfuerzos no han dado en el blanco en todo. Responda a esta breve encuesta anónima. Sus comentarios claros ayudarán a informar nuestra planificación.

Gracias: Muchas gracias a ustedes, familias de Bethel. Ha sido flexible y paciente con horarios hogareños desafiantes, ha hecho tiempo para hablar con el personal y ha organizado y asistido a las reuniones de Zoom. Ha demostrado su dedicación y compromiso con la educación de sus hijos a través de circunstancias extraordinarias.

Promesas: Finalmente, puedo hacer dos promesas: haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para informar a las familias sobre nuestro plan de reapertura tan pronto como haya información sólida para compartir, y mantendremos la salud y seguridad de los niños como nuestra principal prioridad. Debemos poder mantener el bienestar de nuestros hijos y la comunidad.

Manténgase saludable, cuídense mutuamente y gracias por participar en la encuesta.

Chris Parra
Bethel Superintendente


Irving Weekly Update

Irving Families,

This coming week is the last of the school year, but it’s an important one for your child. Teachers are still gathering information about student learning, and students will be showing what they know from the reflections that have been assigned, so please stay engaged through the week with the reflection task. Teachers will also be hosting fun Zoom meetings during the last week of the school year.

Report Cards: They will look different this spring because of the school closure, but report cards will be mailed home the week of June 15th. They will also include reminder information about Online Registration, including your child’s Snapcode for Registration. Watch for all of this in the mail.

Chromebook Return: It’s time to return the loaner Chromebooks in order to prepare for the coming school year. Bethel loaned out more than 2,300 Chromebooks which need to be cleaned, reorganized, repaired and prepared for September. Here is the schedule for returning Chromebooks; each day is at Willamette High School:

Monday, June 15th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Tuesday, June 16th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Wednesday, June 17th:  7:30am-4:00pm

Thursday, June 17th:  Noon to 7pm


Questions? Call 541-607-1450

Other Information:

Willamette girls soccer coach Christine Guldager gets her team fired up before games, but her sportsmanship has been recognized with a state award from referees.

Recognizing Winning And Sportsmanship

Here’s proof that winning does not preclude sportsmanship. Christine Guldager, the girls soccer coach (and Math teacher) at Willamette High School, has been honored with the Oregon Meritorious Sportsmanship Award. This recognition is presented by the Oregon Athletic Officials Association…the referees.

Not only has Christine led by her example of positive behavior, her teams are perennial league championship contenders and state tournament participants.

Congratulations to Christine, and thank you for setting such a positive example of how to win with sportsmanship and humility.


Irving familias,

¡La línea de meta está aquí! La próxima semana es la última del año escolar, pero es importante para su hijo. Los maestros aún están recopilando información sobre el aprendizaje de los alumnos, y los alumnos mostrarán lo que saben de las reflexiones que se les han asignado, así que por favor manténganse comprometidos durante la semana con la tarea de reflexión. Los maestros también organizarán divertidas reuniones de Zoom durante la última semana del año escolar.

Boletas de calificaciones: Se verán diferentes esta primavera debido al cierre de la escuela, pero las boletas de calificaciones se enviarán a casa la semana del 15 de junio. También incluirán información de recordatorio sobre el registro en línea, incluido el Snapcode de registro de su hijo. Esté atento a todo esto por correo.

Devolver Chromebooks: Es hora de devolver las Chromebooks prestadas para prepararse para el próximo año escolar. Bethel prestó más de 2,300 Chromebooks que necesitan ser limpiados, reorganizados, reparados y preparados para septiembre. Aquí está el calendario para devolver Chromebooks; cada día es en Willamette High School:

Lunes 15 de junio: 7:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.

Martes 16 de junio: 7:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.

Miércoles 17 de junio: 7:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.

Jueves 17 de junio: mediodía a 7pm


Preguntas? Llama al 541-607-1450


Reconociendo ganar y la deportividad

Aquí hay pruebas de que ganar no excluye la deportividad.

Christine Guldager, la entrenadora de fútbol de niñas (y maestra de matemáticas) en Willamette High School, ha sido honrada con el Premio de Deportividad Meritoria de Oregon. Este reconocimiento es presentado por la Asociación de Oficiales Atléticos de Oregon … los árbitros.

Christine no solo ha liderado su ejemplo de comportamiento positivo, sino que sus equipos son competidores perennes del campeonato de liga y participantes estatales en torneos.

Felicitaciones a Christine, quien representa a todo Bethel mientras da un ejemplo positivo de cómo ganar con deportividad y humildad.

Bethel School District Essentials Drive

Here’s one way we can donate and help our neighbors during COVID-19. The Bethel Education Foundation is teaming with the Bethel School District and the Kendall Automotive Group to stage a Stuff the Truck Essentials Drive this Friday, 10:00-2:00 at Willamette High School.

Your donations of laundry detergent, gift cards, cleaning supplies, diapers, non-perishable food, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, etc., will be collected and later distributed to Bethel families.

In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, volunteers will be accepting donations in the Willamette parking lot without the need for drivers to get out of their cars.

For more information, contact the Bethel Education Foundation at 541-517-3303.

Aquí hay una manera en que podemos ayudar a nuestros vecinos durante COVID-19. El Distrito Escolar de Bethel se está asociando con la Fundación de Educación Bethel y el Kendall Automotive Group para organizar Essentials Drive este viernes, 10: 00-2: 00 en escuela secundaria de Willamette.

Se recogerán detergentes para la ropa, artículos de limpieza, pañales, alimentos no perecederos, papel higiénico, toallas de papel, productos de higiene femenina, artículos de tocador, etc., y luego se distribuirán a las familias Bethel.

Para mantener las pautas de distanciamiento social, los voluntarios aceptarán donaciones en el estacionamiento de Willamette sin la necesidad de que los conductores salgan de sus autos.

Para más información, comuníquese con la oficina de Fundación de Educación Bethel al 541-517-3303.

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