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  • Questions about medical appointments

    We all know that we’re supposed to stay home, especially if we’re not feeling well. But what about getting to important medical appointments like dialysis? Or visiting your health care provider after calling their office and telling them about your COVID-19-like symptoms? Read more here:

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  • Helping children cope with COVID-19

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  • Social Distancing 

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  • All Bethel schools closed starting Tuesday, March 17

    Today, Governor Inslee has canceled school for all school districts in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties effective Tuesday, March 17th through April 24th. This closure includes all Bethel schools.
    The last day of school for students will be Monday, March 16. 
    You may notice some school districts are closing as of this Friday. We have chosen to follow the Governor’s direction to give our families an additional day to plan for this difficult transition. If you choose to keep your student home on Friday or Monday, the absence will be excused.
    We want to encourage parents, students, and staff to retrieve medication and other essential personal items that they need to have with them before schools are closed. 
    We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:

    • Providing meals to our students who need them.
    • Providing learning support materials and online learning resources. These are not meant to be a replacement for classroom instruction, but will help students practice their skills and learn independently during the closure.

    We will be sending updates with information and resources via robocall, email, and text messages. We will also post them on our website:

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  • A message from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the Bethel School District

    Dear students, staff and families,

    The Health Department advises we take these steps to help prevent the spread of viruses, including COVID-19:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol. Using soap and water is preferred.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Call your healthcare provider if you need medical care.

    You may wonder if you should wear a mask when you’re in public. We recommend wearing a mask only if you’re sick, so you don’t expose others.


    Diseases don’t stop at city, county, or international borders. This coronavirus may have originated abroad, but not everyone with increased risk has the disease or was potentially exposed to it.

    Get reliable information at The Health Department regularly updates this page, including frequently asked questions. You can also sign up for public health blog updates at


    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

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  • What is novel coronavirus?

    Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

    Who is at risk for novel coronavirus?

    Currently the risk to the general public is low. At this time, there are a small number of individual cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases. Travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at increased risk. See for the latest travel guidance from the CDC.

    How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus?

    If you are traveling overseas (to China but also to other places) follow the CDC’s guidance:

    Right now, the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public.

    Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

    Learn more by clicking here.

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  • MyIR - How to access immunization records

    The state has come out with a promotional kit to help parents access immunization records. This will assist with the change in regulation starting in August that requires medical verification of immunizations instead of parent report.



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