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  • Fall 2020 Reopening Update 7-10-20

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/10/2020 4:45:00 PM

    This week our School Board held a special Study Session to discuss the available options for reopening schools this fall. You can see the presentation by clicking here. Two models have risen to the top, both of which take into account the guidelines from the state and the limitations we have with building capacity:

    1. AM-PM: Every student comes to school everyday for a half-day, Monday-Thursday.
    2. A-B: Full days for students, but only half the student body four days of the week, Monday/Thursday - Tuesday/Friday. 

    Both models would get students back in school while adhering to the guidelines set by the state. Whichever model we select, we are focused on the following:

    • Keeping students and staff safe.
    • Providing for students furthest from educational justice, and those requiring in-person services to fulfill their basic education needs.
    • Maintaining student engagement and learning.
    • Allowing students to be physically present as often as possible.
    • Finding a model that supports in-person and online learning. 
    • Finding a model that is fair to parents, with regard to childcare and learning resources.

    We are currently reviewing classes like band, orchestra, choir and physical education to determine how they may be offered under the state’s guidelines this fall. We are also reviewing food service options and the possibility of after-school activities.

    We are also preparing for a possible return to 100% remote learning if the virus status changes and the state directs us to do so in the interest of public health.

    BETHEL VIRTUAL ACADEMY
    This week, our teacher committee began reviewing online curriculum options for the Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA). Thank you to those families who have already signed up for BVA. If you do not feel comfortable with a face-to-face return to school in the fall, complete the BVA Registration Form by clicking here. Families that sign up for BVA are committing to 100% online-only learning provided by Bethel teachers for at least one quarter at the elementary level and one trimester at the secondary level. A BVA student’s return to the face-to-face model in their home school at the end of quarter or trimester, will be based on space availability. 

    SPORTS
    During its July 7th meeting, the WIAA Executive Board took action to delay the start of the fall season until September 5th for football and September 7th for all other fall sports. WIAA is continuing to review the plan for athletics and for needed changes to the current plan. They meet again on July 22.

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  • Returning books or iPads this summer?

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/10/2020

    Need to return books or iPads over the summer?

    Textbooks and Library Books should be returned to:
    Bethel Learning Materials Center
    516 176 ST E
    Spanaway, WA

    June 22nd-August 21st
    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    The LMC is located on the District Office campus just north of ESC #2

    iPads, Hotspots, or other technology should be returned to:
    Bethel Support Annex
    5410 184th St E, BLDG C
    Puyallup, WA
    253.800.6767

    June 29th - August 21st
    Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    *iPads must be returned with the issued case, Apple cord, Apple block charger.
    *Hotspots must be returned with the block and charger issued with the hotspot.

    Fines can be paid online by visiting wa-bethel.intouchreceipting.com

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  • Fall 2020 FAQ: Masks

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/10/2020

    Q: Will students have to wear their masks while they’re socially distanced at their desks?

    A: Yes, students will have to wear masks at all times when they are attending school. 

    Q: Is there an alternative for children who can’t wear a mask?

    A: We are developing a plan for students with health conditions who can’t wear a mask. Face shields might be an option for some students. 

    Q: Can I make masks to donate to schools?

    A: If you would like to make masks to donate, we know some students would appreciate that and would feel special wearing a mask that has some individuality.

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  • Fall 2020 FAQ: Sports

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/10/2020

    Q: Will sports be offered during the upcoming school year?

    A: During its July 7th meeting, the WIAA Executive Board took action to delay the start of the fall season until September 5th for football and September 7th for all other fall sports. This plan continues to be under review and may change.  They plan to make their next statement concerning the start of fall sports on July 22nd following their scheduled board meeting.

    Q: Will Bethel Rec offer sports this fall?

    A: The Bethel Rec Board of Directors has not yet made a decision about fall sports.

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  • Fall 2020 FAQ: Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA)

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/10/2020

    Q: If a parent fills out the BVA form, are they locked into BVA for the fall, or could they change their mind at a later date?

    A: Students enrolled in BVA will need to complete the entire quarter (elementary) or trimester (secondary) of learning. If at the end of a quarter/trimester a parent wants to return their student to their home school, space availability will be determined prior to them being moved. As soon as space is available, a student would be allowed to return to their home school. 

    Q: Can BVA students attend school for extracurricular activities?

    A:  Yes, a BVA student will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities in their home school.

    Q: If I enroll my student in BVA, does the school provide everything my student needs to learn or will I need to be the one that has to plan what to teach her?

    A: The answer to this question differs based on the age of the students. A secondary student will need the support of their parent/guardian to help them establish a routine for school and monitor their engagement. However, teachers will provide all the instruction necessary for a student to excel. An online curriculum (that is currently being used in established online schools in the state) is being purchased and will support the work of the student and teacher. 

    At the elementary level, younger students will need to work in partnership with their parents. A classroom teacher will be available and providing instruction for the student and parent. A kindergarten student will need a great deal of parent involvement to be successful in BVA. The need for parent involvement will decrease for older elementary students.

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  • Fall 2020 Sports

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/8/2020

    During its July 7th meeting, the WIAA Executive Board took action to delay the start of the fall season until September 5th for football and September 7th for all other fall sports. They plan to make their next statement concerning the start of fall sports on July 22nd following their scheduled board meeting.

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  • Fall 2020 Planning Update 7-2-20

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/2/2020 5:45:00 PM

    This week’s update includes new details on our planning for a return to school this fall, as well as registration information for the Bethel Virtual Academy, which we mentioned last week.

    As we begin narrowing our options for this fall, we want to assure you that all of them (with the exception of the Bethel Virtual Academy) include a return-to-school model for students.  As we consider possible models, the primary requirement set forth by local health authorities is to maintain a 6-foot social distancing. This, combined with our already crowded schools, will not allow all students to be in school at the same time. All schools will need to adopt a modified schedule for the fall of 2020.

    We’ve received many emails from parents concerned about the state requirement for wearing masks in schools that we included in our message last week. We want you to know that all of our schools will be following ALL state requirements when it comes to the health and safety of our students and staff, and this includes wearing masks. This link, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, has information on helping children get used to wearing masks for extended periods of time.

    We know many of you are waiting for a decision about fall. We are considering input from all stakeholders as we work to build a model to support all of our students. Rather than make a quick decision we’d likely have to change in a couple of weeks, we are making sure that we look at each scenario from as many different angles as possible, so we’ll only have to make minimal adjustments.

    Bethel Virtual Academy
    The parent survey we conducted indicated that nearly 10% of Bethel students may want an online-only school option this fall. In order to meet the needs of students and families who do not feel comfortable with a face-to-face return to school in the fall, the district will offer an online-only option through the new Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA). Families that sign up for BVA are committing to 100% online-only learning for at least one quarter at the elementary level and one trimester at the secondary level.

    If you would like your son or daughter to attend school this fall via the Bethel Virtual Academy, please complete this form. Once completed, staff will reach out to you in late July/early August with more information.

    Complete the BVA Registration Form by clicking here.

    We will continue to update you each week via email on progress and decisions that have been made. You can also find the latest updates at bethelsd.org/news.

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