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Bethel School District releases proposed plan for reopening school buildings

The Bethel Public School District has released a draft plan for reopening school buildings this fall.  

Superintendent Christine Carver told the Board of Education that cleaning, social distancing and other changes will cost about $1.9 million, but there is state and federal coronavirus relief funding and some money left from previous budgets, to cover the tab.  There are three plans in the works: a full reopening, a hybrid model and one for distance learning. 

The hybrid plan is the same as several area towns with half the kids in school buildings Mondays and Tuesdays, cleaning on Wednesdays, and the other half in classrooms Thursday and Fridays with distancing learning on the other three days.  Families will be given the option to do just distance learning. 

Bethel plans to send out a survey asking for a decision, and about whether kids will be on the bus. 

Any student missing online lessons would be treated as being absent according to the Bethel Schools reopening plan.  The lessons will not be record in order to protect student privacy.  Bethel could rent or buy tents and extend WiFi outside, so classes can be held outdoors.  Families who choose distance learning may pick up meals at the high school.  Students attending school will eat in their classrooms, according to the draft plan.

Virtual information sessions are being held tonight and tomorrow.  The meeting for Rockwell and Berry age children is from 5:30 to 7pm, and for Johnson School students from 7 to 8:30pm.  The session for Middle School parents is tomorrow from 5:30 to 7pm and high schoolers from 7 to 8:30pm.

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