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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Hi Meadow View families,
Calling all Chromebooks! This is a reminder message about Chromebooks. It is time to return all the Chromebooks that Bethel School District has loaned out.
If your child still has a Bethel Chromebook, please return it to Willamette High School, tomorrow, Thursday, between noon and 7:00 p.m.
That’s Thursday, June 18th, between noon and 7:00 p.m. at Willamette High School.
Call our school office if you have any questions: 541-607-9700.
Summer Meals Continue in Bethel
A 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)
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Goodbye to the 19-20 School Year
Hello Amazing Meadow View Families!
Today is the final day of the 19-20 school year! We are so incredibly proud of our Meadow View students, families and staff for making it through what is likely most unusual school experience we’ve ever encountered! You showed heart, flexibility and a strong sense of community. Thank you for partnering with us on this journey. That being said, BRING ON SUMMER! We have several updates for you below as we wrap up the school year.
Stay safe, stay connected and stay strong!
Erika and Carmen
K-8 MV Video Yearbook
As you know, due to COVID-19, many of the print shops for Lifetouch were temporarily closed and are just now in the process of reopening. Due to the closures, publishing of the yearbooks is 6-8 weeks out. We will plan on distributing yearbooks to students who ordered them at the beginning of the 20-21 school year and we will make sure our departing 8th graders who ordered yearbooks receive theirs as well. In the meantime, we put together a video yearbook for you with over 300 photos from the school year! Enjoy!
Construction Projects Around MV
The turf behind the school will be replaced this summer! Hooray! Expect construction at the turf and know that a brand new turf is on the way!
We wanted to give you an update on the Safe Routes To School construction projects. The City shared that the construction on Barger and Legacy for school speed zone flashers and a speed radar on Barger will be happening this summer! Expect safer roads in the fall!
Summer Reading Resources for K-5
Our amazing reading specialist, Eileen Thomas, created an Summer Reading Resource Choice Board for elementary families to use over break. Read, read, read! Have an amazing summer, MV!
Report Cards Coming Soon
Spring Report Cards from distance learning will be mailed Tuesday, June 16th! Remember that report cards will look different this spring because of the school closure. They will also include reminder information about Online Registration, including your child’s Snapcode for Registration. Watch for all of this in the mail soon!
Where’s Waldo: Meadow View Edition
Remember this from a few weeks ago?! Did you find your teacher or were you stumped? We thought we’d help you out and add in teachers’ names just in case you couldn’t spy your MV teachers!
Hi, Bethel 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.
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8th Grade Virtual Departure Ceremony is Tonight!
Hello 8th Grade Families,
Tonight is the Virtual Departure Ceremony! Here is the link: Meadow View 8th Grade Virtual Departure Ceremony 2020 (don’t panic when it doesn’t work right now–it’s set to go live at 6:30pm). It will be available for viewing starting at 6:30pm, the original time of our brick and mortar ceremony. If you are unable to watch the ceremony tonight you can watch it at any time as long as you have the link. The link can also be shared with family and friends. We are so sad that we are unable to be with you in person to congratulate our incredible 8th graders and to wish them well as they transition to high school. Well done! We will miss you dearly.
We also want to recognize our amazing 8th grade parents/families and teaching team for partnering with us during distance learning. The last 12 weeks were unexpected and we appreciate all of your support and are thankful for our Meadow View community.
Here’s to the class of 2024!
All the best,
Erika and Carmen
PS, If you weren’t able to come to pick up your 8th grader’s departure swag and promotion certificate, you can come tomorrow from 4-6pm! We can’t wait to see you!