Superintendent's Message

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Melissa Kircher
Superintendent

Dear Bethel-Tate Parents/Guardians:

Welcome back! We all know that the 2020-2021 school year is going to be a year for the history books! We are excited to have students return to our buildings for in-person learning on Monday, August 24. Our virtual learners will begin their school year on Monday, August 31. If you enrolled your child in the virtual options, you should have received a letter from the building principal.

 

New Staff

We are happy to welcome the following new staff members to our Bethel-Tate School District:

Lisa Armstrong  Social Studies Teacher at High School
Andrew Baker Music Teacher at Bick Primary & Hill Intermediate
Ashley Brown Guidance Counselor at High School
Olivia Fisher  Social Studies Teacher at High School
Rebecca Gaghan Bus Driver
Thomas Haas   Assistant Principal at High School
Denae Jones 2nd Grade Teacher at Bick Primary
Torie Mollett  English Teacher  at High School
Lora Richards Budget Specialist at Central Office
Ashlee Scheadler District Nurse
Dan Simmons Athletic Director for District
Courtney Woodard English Teacher at High School

     

 Safe Return

Our team has been working hand in hand with the Clermont County Health Department to follow the most up-to-date guidelines from the local and state health departments and the CDC. Throughout the summer, we met on a regular basis with Clermont County and Southwest Ohio Superintendents to hear from the health experts and share best practices.

 

We are doing the best we can ensure staff and students have the safest environment possible. There are four criteria essential to help us stay healthy:

  • Wearing face coverings/masks
  • Maintaining physical distancing (3 feet is good and 6 feet is best)
  • Proper and consistent hand washing/sanitizing
  • Keeping our students in groups/cohorts to close the bubble and limit the risk of exposure/spread.

 

Students in grades K-12 will have assigned seating throughout the day starting and ending in the bus, in the classroom, and during lunch periods. This safety measure enables the district and health department to conduct contact tracing in the case of a positive COVID case at school. If we follow the above safety protocols, it will minimize the need to quarantine our schools/classrooms.

 

Daily Health Screening Requirements

Since COVID-19 spreads so rapidly it is essential that students (and their caregivers), staff, and volunteers conduct daily health checks prior to going to school, which should include taking their temperature and accessing their symptoms. Anyone with symptoms described below or a temperature above 100°F should stay home. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may appear two to 14 days after exposure.

 

Symptoms to Check for Daily Prior to Leaving Home for School:

  • Fever of 100°F or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

When students arrive at school, they will be asked by a staff member if they received their daily health checks. If they say no, a staff member will check the student's temperature and conduct a symptom assessment. Parents that drove their students in will be asked to remain. If a student reports or shows any symptoms of illness, they will be sent home immediately with their parents.  Students that rode on the bus that have not been screened at home will be checked and if shows symptoms will remain in the infirmary until a parent or guardian picks them up.

Make Sure You Have a Plan B

Bethel-Tate School District has put the recommended health and safety protocols in place to return students to school as safely as possible with the goal to keep students in school. If there is a COVID outbreak in the district, one or all of our schools or even one of our classrooms may need to transition to remote learning. The district will give as much notice as possible but changes can often happen quickly even on a day-to-day basis. It is critical that parents/guardians have a backup plan for child care if this transition to remote learning is necessary over the course of the school year. This transition could be brief or extended based on the most current health data. Any decision to close a building or quarantine a classroom will be made in conjunction with the Clermont County Health Department. The decision is made based on local health data and an assessment of each situation. 

Thanks for your ongoing support. We look forward to a healthy and productive school year!

Melissa Kircher

Superintendent




 




8/23/2020


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