Often times, medical professionals are recommending COVID tests as a "rule out" based on symptoms. At the recommendation of the Department of Public Health, the Bethel Public School District will only be accepting PCR test results for students. Superintendent Dr Christine Carver said in her recent newsletter that this test is the most accurate in determining positive cases. Documentation, regardless of results, must be received and reviewed by the school nurse before returning to in-person learning. The State Board of Education has passed a resolution allowing for districts to use “snow days” as distance learning days for this school year. Carver says the resolution specified that the state Department of Education must pass guidelines for the use of those days. Once that's done, she will inform families of how the Bethel school district will implement the guidance.