Bethel School District Eugene OR

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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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Registration for School Year 20-21

Dear Prairie Mountain Families,

It is that time of year again, when we remind all PM families to complete the online registration process for their student(s) as soon as possible. 
Please follow the following steps to locate the online registration page.

1. www.bethel.k12.or.us 

2. Select the Parent Tab

3. Select “Returning Student” or “New Student”

4. Sign in with your student snap code credentials. Student snap codes were emailed to the primary guardian earlier this month, and will be mailed home with report cards this week.

5. Complete all registration forms.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 541-607-9849. Our office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8-noon through June 25th. 

If you have already completed online registration for your student(s), thank you and enjoy your summer! In addition, we ask that you please periodically review this webpage for information for the upcoming school year. We will let you know more as soon as we have information to share.

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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)

 

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)

What’s Next for Bethel Schools?

Hi Prairie Mountain 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.

Thanks,
RW

 

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.
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Farewell to School Year 2019-2020

Hello Prairie Mountain Students and Families,

Today has been a bittersweet day for us here on the Mountain.  It has been a day of goodbyes, and a day of celebrations.  Please know that even though this is the last day of school, we will not stop thinking of all of you.  You will remain in our thoughts all throughout the summer and into next school year.  We wish you a summer of fun, friends, and family.  We also wish you a summer of safe adventures, and family traditions still able to be had.  Thank you for walking this journey with us, and thank you for loving us and trusting us all along the way.  Christy and I feel that we are the luckiest administrators in the world because of the community that we serve.  Until next time, remember to manage, lead, succeed, and soar today and everyday like an EAGLE!

RW

Hola estudiantes y familias de Prairie Mountain,

Hoy ha sido un día agridulce para nosotros aquí en la Montaña.  Ha sido un día de despedidas, y un día de celebraciones.  Por favor, sepan que, aunque sea el último día de clases, no dejaremos de pensar en todos ustedes.  Permanecerán en nuestros pensamientos durante todo el verano y el próximo año escolar.  Les deseamos un verano de diversión, amigos y familia.  También les deseamos un verano de aventuras seguras, y que las tradiciones familiares se mantengan.  Gracias por recorrer este viaje con nosotros, y gracias por amarnos y confiar en nosotros durante todo el camino.  Christy y yo sentimos que somos los administradores más afortunados del mundo por la comunidad a la que servimos.  ¡Hasta la próxima vez, recuerden administrar, liderar, tener éxito y volar hoy y todos los días como un ÁGUILA!

 

 

RW

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