Student Walk Out: March 14

A much-publicized na­tionwide effort to raise awareness about school safety has called for a student walkout of schools across the country on 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.

The walkout is a student-led effort and is not being organized by the school. We are in communication with student leaders with the goal of ensuring that any walkout be 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 interrupt the learning environment.

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 will not be there as participants. Students who leave school to participate in a walkout during normal school hours will receive an absence or be marked tardy for whatever class time they miss.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

Stefan Aumack
Principal, Kalapuya High School

All Bethel Schools On Regular Schedule Friday

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.

Todas las escuelas de Bethel están abiertas y funcionando en sus horarios normales hoy, viernes, 23 de febrero.

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.

Cancellations and Delays Due to Weather

Evening Events Cancelled after 5:30 tonight (February 22nd): With freezing temperatures forecast for tonight – and in an abundance of caution – all evening events past 5:30 will be canceled tonight. As always, watch the district and school websites, the district Facebook page, and local media for morning weather-related developments. If you hear nothing, then it means school will take place on a normal schedule.

Late Start Schedule for Kalapuya: While Kalapuya has slightly different schedules during the week, on ANY 2-hour delayed start due to weather conditions, Kalapuya classes will begin at 10:00 a.m., regardless of the day. Please look for public announcements regarding school delays or closures due to weather.


Bethel Schools On 2-Hour Delay Thursday

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.

Todas las escuelas de Bethel tienen un retraso de 2 horas el jueves, 22 de febrero.

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.

Reunión de la Junta para escuchar comentarios públicos

La Junta del Distrito Escolar de Bethel ha programado una reunión especial para el jueves 15 de febrero a las 7:00 p.m. en la Cafetería de la Escuela Intermedia Shasta.

El único ítem de la agenda es escuchar comentarios públicos. Según la política de la Junta, el período de comentarios públicos se limita a tres minutos por persona. Todos aquellos en la reunión que firmen una tarjeta solicitando hablar serán escuchados. La Junta Escolar no tomará decisiones en la reunión del jueves, pero les dará a los residentes la oportunidad de compartir sus ideas.

Como antecedentes, algunos residentes de Bethel están preocupados de que el distrito elimine las celebraciones de dias festivos de las escuelas. Las escuelas públicas no están obligadas a celebrar fiestas o celebraciones relacionadas con los días festivos, pero el distrito cree que es vital proporcionar oportunidades a los estudiantes para celebrar y divertirse con sus compañeros y maestros. Y, como sistema escolar público, debemos asegurarnos de que nuestras celebraciones, actividades y eventos durante el día escolar permitan que todos los estudiantes participen. No podemos planear eventos intencionalmente que sabemos excluirán a los niños.

Algunas personas desconocen que históricamente muchas de las celebraciones o fiestas que se han celebrado en la escuela hacen que algunos niños no vayan a la escuela o no puedan participar por diversas razones. Nuestras escuelas están tratando de pensar creativamente sobre cómo celebramos con los niños, y tener actividades divertidas en la escuela de maneras significativas en las que todos puedan participar.

Para mayor claridad, aunque no estamos pidiendo a las familias que entreguen tarjetas de San Valentín, los estudiantes que deseen llevar tarjetas pueden hacerlo y se les dará tiempo para que los niños las distribuyan. Como siempre, alentamos a aquellos con inquietudes a comunicarse con el/la director/a de su escuela.


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