Good evening Bethany Families. This is Josh Eanes, Principal at Bethany Elementary School calling with a few announcements for the week.
I hope you’ve all had a safe and restful Holiday season and wish everyone a Happy New Year. Here’s to hoping 2021 will be our best year yet!
Virtual learning will continue for all students this week beginning Tuesday, January 5th. Please remember, during Virtual Learning, we take daily attendance, assign grades for completed work, and require daily participation. Work should be completed within 7 days of being assigned. Assignments submitted weeks late will not be accepted as it does not provide our teachers an opportunity to grade and provide accurate student feedback.
Wednesday will be a remote instruction day for all students.
Bethany Elementary School will continue serving free breakfast and lunch to any child up to age 18 through the end of this school year, regardless of their free and reduced meal status. Simply come to our school between 11:30am and 1:00pm each day to pick up your child’s free lunch and breakfast for the next day.
Lastly, at its most recent meeting, the RCS Board of Education voted to return elementary students to school on Plan A beginning January 21st, 2021. As a result, students in grades PreK-5th will have the option to attend school full-time, in-person, 5 days a week beginning January 21st. All health and safety precautions will remain in place, including mandatory face coverings for everyone. The option to remain 100% virtual will still be available for those families interested. More logistical information about Plan A will be shared in the coming weeks.
As we plan for this transition, we need your help. Please communicate with your child’s teacher this week to let them know whether your child will attend school in person or 100% virtually beginning January 21st. Parents will have until January 8th to make a final decision as to how their child will attend school for the remainder of this school year. If a parent does not indicate a choice, their child will be scheduled to attend school on campus. Again, parents have until January 8th to make a final decision.
Respectfully, as we prepare for Plan A and students return, please know that changes may be made to our daily schedule and there is a possibility for re-rostering in certain grade levels depending on the total number of virtual students. This could result in your child having a different teacher beginning January 21st. These changes will likely be necessary to help us all be successful once we return to school on January 21st. Any and all changes will be communicated during the week of January 11th-15th.
As always, our school staff promises to do the very best we can and will always make decisions in the best interest of our students. Our students, parents and community are integral parts of our success and we will keep you informed throughout this process. We are very appreciative of your continued support and know we will get through this time together.
Please enjoy the rest of your evening and we look forward to a great week of school."