2020-2021 Return-to-School Information
Two COVID-19 Pandemic Conditions of Operation Models for the 2020-2021 school year have been developed and approved by the Board of Education. The two comprehensive models provided guidelines for a full and a blended learning return. The primary goal for both plans is the safety of our students, staff, and community against the exposure and spread of CODIV-19.
On July 16, the Board approved all buildings to start the 2020-2021 school year with the Full-Return operation method. Bethel-Tate Local Schools will also offer a full-time On-Line Virtual Academy for students who are unable to attend school in-person.
Bethel-Tate's Reopening Plan
The following model was approved for Full Return:
Full Return Learning Model
The Board also approved the Facial Covering policy linked below.
Facial Covering Policy
The Board approved the Blended Learning Model. Based on the latest health and safety guidelines, this model could be implemented during the school year if there is a need to implement additional social distancing protocols.
Full-Time On-Line Virtual Academy Option
Bethel-Tate Local Schools is committed to providing a well-rounded education for all students and we are eager to safely return to the classroom this fall.
Bethel-Tate Local Schools will offer a full-time On-Line Virtual Academy for students who are unable to attend school in-person for medical/health reasons, or other extenuating circumstances that may prevent students from confidently returning to school face-to-face. Students must commit to a full semester. Please complete a separate On-Line Virtual Academy Option form for each child within your family who will be opting to attend the On-Line Virtual Academy. If you are not interested in the On-Line Virtual Academy, you do not need to complete this form.
We ask that all completed On-Line Virtual Academy Option forms be submitted by no later than the end of the business day on August 14, 2020. The anticipated start date for all online programs to begin is Monday, August 31, 2020.
On August 14, the following letter was emailed to parents who enrollment their child(ten) in the Virtual Academy:
For further information about the Virtual Academy Programs, click on the links below:
ACCELERATE EDUCATION GRADES K-5
APEX ONLINE LEARNING GRADES 6-12
REGISTRATION FOR VIRTUAL ACADEMY PROGRAMS
To complete the Full-Time On-Line Virtual Academy form, please go to the following link. Deadline August 14, 2020.
Surveys to Parents and Staff
The District conducted surveys to our parents and staff in order to obtain valuable feedback for our planning of the Return to School. Below are the recent Survey results:
Bethel-Tate Local School District has a pandemic plan for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Within this plan, the district has comprehensive action steps that follow defined stages of risk--low, moderate, and high.
Guidance from the Ohio Department of Education on Graduation Ceremonies
The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health urge school districts to be thoughtful and careful in choosing and planning the best way to celebrate graduation and other milestones. Several options are available and can be successfully implemented all while keeping safe practices in mind.
Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
Virtual graduation ceremonies are the safest. We strongly recommend this approach to maximize the safety and health of everyone involved. There are many good examples to be found on social media of virtual graduation ceremonies using technology.
Structured and Controlled In-Person Graduation Ceremonies
More care and complex planning is required in attempting structured and controlled in-person graduation ceremonies. Several schools and districts have already worked with their local health departments to develop creative ways to hold structured in-person ceremonies and create memorable experiences for participants that also follow social distancing best practices and comply with the mass gatherings limit of 10 people.
Click here for the ODE guidelines
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
We encourage you to regularly check these websites for the most up to date information about COVID-19:
Ohio Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Clermont County Public Health
American Academy of Pediatrics
COVID-19 Information and Articles
COVID-19 Testing - FAQ's from Clermont County Public Health Department
If you have questions about coronavirus, the Ohio Department of Health has set up a call center. You can reach the call center 7 days per week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.