With freezing temperatures forecast for Thursday night – and in an abundance of caution – all evening events in Bethel School District past 5:30 will be canceled tonight. That includes Kidsports practices.
As always, check the district and Meadow View 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.
In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Florida, here is an update on safety preparations at Meadow View. Back in 2014 Bethel was the first district in the area – and perhaps the first in Oregon – to have all staff trained in the ALICE procedures (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.) The updated protocols in ALICE are recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and more. This strategy empowers staff and students with more options during a life-threatening emergency, the kind we all hope never happens.
Prior to adopting the ALICE protocol our lockdown procedures involved our staff locking classroom and office doors, moving all students to a part of the room where they could not be seen (as much as possible), where they quietly remained until an announcement was given that indicated the event had passed. The philosophy of ALICE is to use communication so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, including removing as many people as possible from the danger zone if necessary. And it encourages active responses like barricading doors to enhance safety in a major emergency.
Our district initially implemented ALICE training for all staff including practice lockdown drills (with staff only) to tighten our procedures before introducing it to students. The last two years we included students in the training, introducing them to the protocol with different discussions and videos appropriate for students at the elementary and secondary levels.
Here’s a link to our Safety Training videos for the middle and high school levels. And here are our Safety Training videos for the elementary level.
Each time we train we learn what further improvements need to be made. We have also learned that increased communication during a lockdown is a positive change. Many teachers and parents report that this simple change in procedure greatly reduced the level of anxiety for both students and parents.
Meadow View has plans for another training with students and staff in the next few weeks. Following each drill our staff solicits questions from students to further understand what changes we must make to continue improving safety for all students. We also intend to continue sharing our plans with you as we work together to ensure a safe school environment.
Finally, we encourage students that if they see something, say something. Most of the school shooters have told someone or hinted at their intentions before the shooting started. We believe the time taken for these trainings is well worth it. The safety of your children remains our top priority.
As always, contact me if you have any questions.
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. Public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, but 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 activities at school in meaningful ways in which 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.
Safe Routes to School Survey
We need your help with a parent online survey. Bethel’s Safe Routes to School coordinator is trying to improve conditions for walking and biking to school (new crossings, improved signage, etc.), and one of the requirements when seeking federal and local funding is a parent survey. The survey is easy and straightforward, and if you can take a moment we’d appreciate your feedback.
Click here for the survey. Questions? Contact Bob Beals, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Parking Lot Safety
Meadow View families, when dropping off or picking up students, please do not leave your car unattended in the pause parking (drop off/pick up) lane. If you are coming inside the school, please be sure to park in a designated parking space. The pause parking lane is marked by the white lines painted on the right side of the roundabout. Please be very careful at the crosswalks where staff and students are crossing. As a reminder, pause parking is not permitted on Legacy. By working together, we can ensure our parking lot is safe for everyone!
Avoid Colds Flu
Bethel School District has become aware that some students are absent because of a respiratory illness. From the information we have at this point, it appears that the illness might be caused by influenza or “flu”.
What is flu? Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. It is thought to be spread by droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. It is also possible to transmit flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. The average incubation period for flu is 2 days but can range between 1-4 days. Those with flu can infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
Symptoms: Fever (100 ºF or higher), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, feeling very tired, vomiting or diarrhea. Not everyone that has flu has all of these symptoms.
How serious is it? The severity of flu is unpredictable and can vary from person to person. Certain people are at a higher risk of complication from flu. These include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). Complication of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infection, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Immunocompromised or high-risk individuals (e.g., people with cancer, pregnant women, the elderly) should seek medical care promptly if they develop flu-like symptoms.
If you think your child has the flu, the following will help you and help prevent others from getting sick:
Stay at home for 24 hours until after fever has resolved without the aid of fever reducing medicines (e.g., Advil or Tylenol)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick. Maintain distance from other people to prevent the spread of illness.
- Wash hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds Alcohol based hand-sanitizers are also helpful in reducing the spread of the flu.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Wash hands after blowing the nose or coughing into a tissue, and dispose of tissues after use.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs
The Bethel Health Center is a full service medical clinic located at 1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A (Cascade Middle School) Open Mon-Thurs during the school year.
Call for appointment 541-607-1430. If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance, please contact Lane County Health and Human Services at 541-682-4041