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Bethel Schools To Start With Online Instruction

Hi Malabon Families,

We have an important development to share about the start of the coming school year.

– Tuesday afternoon the State issued new rules for opening Oregon schools to in-person instruction, requiring a consistently low rate of new COVID cases. Neither Lane County nor the state of Oregon are currently meeting those low rates of new infection.

– Bethel schools are continuing to plan for a return to in-person instruction at some point during the 2020-21 school year.

– The #1 priority remains the health and safety for our students, families, and staff.

Opening Online: It has become clear that we must start the school year with 100% online instruction for all students. We will welcome all students back into our schools as soon as public health conditions allow.

This decision is a disappointment to many students and families who have been anticipating a return to school.  It is also a relief to those who have been hesitant about a return to in-person instruction in the midst of a pandemic.

Here are the new required COVID-19 baseline numbers we need to meet in order for us to open schools for in-person instruction. We were at these rates in May and June, and they are our new community-wide goal:

Lane County metrics– must be met three weeks in a row:

– 10 or fewer positive cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days

– 5% or fewer positive tests in Lane County in the preceding 7 days

–  AND –

State metric must be met three weeks in a row:

– Test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding 7 days

K-3 Students: The state is more lenient on the baseline COVID numbers for opening doors for K-3 students. Research shared by Oregon Health Authority has shown that children under 10 get the virus at lower rates, get less sick, and spread the virus less than older students and adults.

So, while there is a possibility we will bring back K-3 students earlier than grades 4-12, all students will start with Bethel Online learning. We will share updates with you as soon as possible.

Bethel Online Learning: While starting this school year remotely is not ideal for many students and families, we have learned from the feedback our Bethel families provided after our emergency distance learning experience this spring. Bethel is committed to offering every child a rigorous online curriculum, five days a week, with daily contact from our dedicated Bethel teachers. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to have access to the wide variety of classes and experiences available with in-person learning. To learn more about Bethel Online learning, click here.

Our goal remains to bring Bethel students and staff back to school as soon as is safely possible. The lower COVID-19 rates required by the state will become a community-wide goal that we can achieve by being diligent in our own health and safety behaviors.

So, while watching the COVID-19 numbers each day, our work is continuing, in order to provide the best possible education for all Bethel children.
Chris Parra
Bethel Superintendent

Hola, Familias de Malabon,

Tenemos una actualización importante que compartir sobre el comienzo del próximo año escolar.

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Reopening Answers & New State Guidance

What happens if a student or teacher is diagnosed with COVID-19? Can you explain the rules about face coverings? Could Bethel’s proposed instruction models change?

Answers to these questions and more about the reopening of Bethel schools are now available here. The questions are continuing to be gathered by taking this parent survey.

The answers are subject to change due to the seemingly ever-changing nature of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority, and Governor Brown have released updated guidance for schools.

Read the updated state guidance here.

It includes new requirements about face coverings, sanitizing, health screening, transportation, and much more.

¿Qué sucede si un estudiante o maestro es diagnosticado con COVID-19? ¿Puedes explicar las reglas sobre el uso de mascarillas? Continue reading

How? Who? Why? School Reopening Information

How are we going to be able to reopen schools?

What safety measures will be in place when your child returns to school?

What might the school schedule look like and why?

To get answers to these questions and learn more about the upcoming school year in Bethel, join one of the School Reopening Information Sessions next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Your feedback will help guide continued planning for the coming school year.

Each Zoom meeting is just one hour, with options to join one of the morning, afternoon or evening sessions.

– Tuesday, July 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Zoom Link

– Wednesday, July 15, Noon-1:00 p.m. Zoom Link

– Thursday, July 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Zoom Link

– Spanish Language, Thursday, July 16, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Zoom Link

– Spanish Language, Thursday, July 16th, 4:30-5:30 p.m: Zoom Link

For those unable to attend one of the meetings, a recorded presentation will be available on our website by mid-July.


¿Cómo vamos a poder reabrir las escuelas?

¿Cómo se vería el horario escolar y por qué?

¿Qué opciones tienes?

Para obtener respuestas a estas preguntas y obtener más información sobre el próximo año escolar en Bethel, únase a una de las sesiones informativas de reapertura escolar el próximo martes, miércoles o jueves. Sus comentarios ayudarán a guiar la planificación continua para el próximo año escolar.

Cada reunión de Zoom es de solo una hora, con opciones para unirse a una de las sesiones de la mañana, la tarde o la tarde.

– Idioma español, jueves 16 de julio, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Zoom Link

– Idioma español, jueves 16 de julio, 4:30-5:30 p.m: Zoom Link

– Martes 14 de julio, 9: 00-10: 00 a.m. Zoom Link

– Miércoles 15 de julio, mediodía-1: 00 p.m. Zoom Link

– Jueves 16 de julio, 6: 00-7: 00 p.m. Zoom Link

Para aquellos que no puedan asistir a una de las reuniones, una presentación grabada estará disponible en nuestro sitio web a mediados de julio.

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.


Aunque es solo a principios de julio y aún faltan dos meses para que comience el nuevo año escolar, las familias están comprensiblemente ansiosas e interesadas en nuestros planes para reabrir las escuelas de Bethel.


COVID-19 continúa cambiando los aspectos más fundamentales de cómo vivimos, incluida la forma en que llevamos a cabo la escuela. Como resultado, nuestra escuela no puede funcionar de manera normal para comenzar el año escolar 2020-21.

El Plan: Los administradores de Bethel y los líderes del departamento ahora están describiendo los detalles de dos modelos de aprendizaje: un modelo híbrido, que combina la instrucción en el salón de clase con el aprendizaje a distancia y una opción integral de aprendizaje a distancia para estudiantes que no pueden asistir en persona a través del modelo híbrido. Hay muchas razones por las que se ha seleccionado el modelo híbrido, pero la mayoría se centra en seguir los estrictos requisitos de salud y seguridad de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon que ahora aplican a las escuelas:

  • Distanciamiento Social: El Estado requiere que cada estudiante en la escuela tenga un área de distanciamiento social de 7’ x 5’ (35 pies cuadrados). Dependiendo del tamaño del salón de clase, eso limita los salones a unos 14 estudiantes a la vez.
  • Instrucción: Un valor fundamental de Bethel es maximizar la instrucción en persona para proporcionar la continuidad del aprendizaje, cuidado y conexión. Un modelo híbrido lleva a los estudiantes a la escuela durante algunos días cada semana, mientras ofrece un aprendizaje integral a distancia para los días cuando los estudiantes no estén en el edificio, o para los estudiantes que no puedan asistir en persona.
  • Salud Y Seguridad: Ningún plan en persona funcionara sin la capacidad de proteger la salud de todos los niños y adultos en la escuela. Podemos limitar más el contacto de su hijo con otras personas durante todo el día al reducir el número de estudiantes en la escuela al mismo tiempo, mientras mantengamos a los estudiantes en grupos consistentes, según sea requerido. 
  • Transporte: Los requisitos de distanciamiento social también se aplican en los autobuses escolares. Esto reducirá la capacidad de la mayoría de nuestros autobuses en más de la mitad. Si todos los estudiantes asistieran cada día, simplemente no tendríamos suficientes autobuses para proporcionar transporte a todos los estudiantes que los necesiten. Les pediremos a los padres que transporten a sus hijos, si pueden.
  • Limpieza: En un modelo híbrido, las escuelas podrán limpiar entre las rotaciones de grupos de estudiantes para desinfectar todas las superficies de alto contacto en toda la escuela.
  • Cuidado de Niños: La instrucción de medio tiempo en persona es una carga significativa para muchas familias. Con el modelo híbrido, los estudiantes estarán en la escuela algunos días y en un horario regular. También se alinea con lo que suelen ofrecer las guarderías (opciones de 2 o 3 días por semana).

Sus Opciones: Es fundamental que tengamos noticias suyas mientras el plan aún se encuentra en la fase de desarrollo.  Esté atento a la encuesta que pondrán en el Blog del Director. Le preguntaremos sobre el transporte, aprendizaje a distancia, comidas y más. Su aporte es increíblemente importante para ayudar al Distrito a refinar sus planes de reapertura.

Comentarios Familiares: Usted tendrá oportunidades el 13, 14 y 15 de Julio para obtener más información y brindar comentarios sobre el proyecto del plan de reapertura. Su aporte es crítico para el desarrollo exitoso y la implementación del plan. Los detalles de las próximas sesiones familiares en Zoom se compartirán en el Blog del Director.

Línea de Tiempo: Después de la encuesta y sus comentarios, el Plan Operativo final debe recibir la aprobación del Condado de Lane de la Salud Pública y ser presentado al estado antes del 15 de Agosto.

Comunicación: Continuaremos compartiendo actualizaciones a medida que haya información relevante disponible. Esté al tanto de información enviada por correo electrónico a través del Blog del Director.

June 16th News From Malabon

Summer Meals Continue In BethelA new plan for the meals program will ensure health and nutritious food will be available throughout the summer.

Tuesday June 16th will be the last day for the current meals sites in Bethel.

The District will provide a bridge meals program between now and the start of the summer food program on June 29th. The temporary meals sites will be at Prairie Mountain School (10:00-11:00 and Fairfield Elementary (11:30-12:30), weekdays from June 17-26.

Beginning June 30th, Bethel will offer multi-meal boxes on Tuesdays and Fridays at Willamette High School (Tu, Fri, 10:00-11:00) and Prairie Mountain School (Tu, Fri, 11:00-1:00). The multi-meal boxes will include breakfasts and lunches to cover the days the sites are not open.

Food for Lane County will operate daily summer meal programs, serving bagged breakfasts/lunches at:

  • Fairfield Elementary (11:00 – Noon)
  • Malabon Elementary (11:00 – Noon)
  • Danebo Elementary (11:00 – Noon)


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


Las comidas de verano continúan en Bethel:  Un nuevo plan para el programa de comidas asegurará que haya alimentos saludables y nutritivos disponibles durante todo el verano.

El martes 16 de junio será el último día para los sitios de comidas actuales en Bethel.

El Distrito proporcionará un programa de comidas puente entre ahora y el comienzo del programa de alimentos de verano el 29 de junio. Los sitios de comidas temporales están en la escuela Prairie Mountain (10:00-11:00 y primaria Fairfield (11:30-12:30), los días laborables del 17 al 26 de junio.

A partir del 30 de junio, Bethel ofrecerá cajas de comidas múltiples los martes y viernes en escuela secundaria de Willamette (Tu, viernes, 10:00-11: 00) y escuela Prairie Mountain (Tu, viernes, 11:00-1: 00). Las cajas de comidas múltiples incluirán desayunos y almuerzos para cubrir los días en que los sitios no están abiertos.

Food for Lane County operará diariamente programas de comidas de verano, sirviendo desayunos / almuerzos en bolsas en:

  • Primaria Fairfield (11:00 – mediodía)
  • Primaria Malabon (11:00 – Mediodía)
  • Primaria Danebo (11:00 – Mediodía)


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

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