The Bethel School District will not return to in-person learning in October due to the rising rate of COVID-19 cases in Pierce County. All students will continue in our current remote learning instructional model through at least mid November. This decision was made after discussions with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
We know in-person learning is more effective for the majority of students and we will continue to work to move to a hybrid model when COVID-19 case rates decline. However, we will not move to in-person learning for all students until it is safe to do so.
When case rates decrease and continue to show a decline in Pierce County, we will provide families with at least two weeks notification prior to moving to an in-person hybrid model. The earliest this would happen is mid November.
The health and safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority and we will continue to look to the experts at the health department for their guidance and recommendations.
Please remember to wear your masks and follow social distancing guidelines so we can all move towards a safe return to in-person learning in the future.
Policy Updates During the Study Session, the School Board reviewed updates to several policies and procedures. These included the following policies, which were adopted for first reading and further study during the Board meeting.
2255: Alternative Learning Experience Programs
3122: Excused And Unexcused Absences
4300: Limiting Immigration Enforcement In Schools (New)
6112: Rental Or Lease Of District Property
New Curriculum: Conservation Biology Our Conservation Biology course (formerly titled Conservation Wildlife Biology) did not have a curriculum resource to support the teaching of the course. The director of CTE worked with the teacher to review available resources and make a recommendation to the Instructional Materials Committee. The textbook, Natural Resource Systems, was adopted by the School Board.