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.
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.
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 Shasta 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 Shasta Middle School. 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.
Shasta Middle School will be completing another training in the ALICE protocol next week with students and staff. 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.
Principal, Shasta Middle School
Last week, Shasta Middle School had the privilege of hosting Chinese students and staff from our sister school Beijing No. 159. Beijing students were invited to participate and perform in various classes while the visiting teachers shared cultural lessons with our students. Students were able to ask questions of each other in an open forum, which made for a rich and rewarding experience for all.