Superintendent

Last Updated: 8/5/2021 7:19 PM

M Kircher

Welcome Back, Tigers!

I hope that everyone has had a safe and wonderful summer break. We have been busy over the summer hiring new staff and preparing our facilities for the new school year. We are excited to welcome back our staff and students to the 2021-2022 school year.

Facility and Technology Improvements

Through the use of ESSER funds from the federal stimulus plan, Bethel-Tate has been able to make the following much-needed upgrades and repairs:

  • New dual convection ovens in our kitchens

  • Replaced failing chiller in Bethel-Tate Middle School

  • Purchased 64 new Chromebooks for each school in the district

  • Replaced 72 aging classroom SmartBoards with new interactive monitors

  • Replaced drinking fountains with bottle filling stations at all buildings.

The district also applied for a grant that we hope will provide Chromebook devices for home use for Bethel-Tate students in need.

Health and Safety Update

The health and safety of our students and families are our greatest priority. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus, particularly the latest Delta variant, has continued to be a threat.

I have been in constant communications with the state and local health officials regarding the latest safety protocols and recommendations. In addition, I have been in numerous conversations with the local and regional superintendents concerning school safety measures for the upcoming school year. We intend to follow the guidance provided by the health experts and local, state, and national health and education officials.

With the opening of school, Bethel-Tate will follow the current recommendations from the Ohio Department of Education concerning facial covering and COVID-19 protection protocols. We are strongly encouraging the wearing of facial coverings but realize this is the decision of each parent and individual.

In July, the Board of Education approved the return-to-school plan for the 2021-2022 school year, including a Facial Covering/COVID-19 protection policy. This policy is in place for all school functions, including the normal school day, after the school day, all school-related activities, and district-provided transportation to and from events on and off school grounds that occur before, during, and after school day hours.

2021-2022 Facial Covering/COVID-19 Policy

  • Proper wearing of masks/facial coverings following CDC guidelines is strongly recommended but not required for the students, staff, and visitors who have or have not been fully vaccinated at this time.
  • Consistent mask-wearing for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated.
  • Prevention measures in place (good ventilation, regular cleaning, hand washing, covering coughs, and sneezes and staying home when sick).
  • The COVID-19 vaccination for staff and eligible students is strongly recommended.
  • All bus drivers, staff, and students must wear masks/facial coverings when riding on district buses.

Per the 07-27-21 guidance, the CDC requires masks worn in all public transportation, including school buses. This requirement is regardless of vaccination status.*

*Reference: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/schools/K-12-Schools-Guidance.pdf.

The guidance is changing continuously, and we will share updates and potential changes as they become available. We are called upon to continue to be patient and flexible as we combat this virus.

Wishing you a healthy and productive school year! We are #BetterTogether!

Melissa Kircher
Superintendent