In a recent newsletter to families, Bethel Superintendent of Schools Dr Christine Carver provided an update of what parents and children can expect in the fall when the new school year starts. She noted that there may be revisions depending on guidance from the CDC, the State Department of Education, and the Department of Public Health. Bethel intends to start school, full in-person, including specials, with the traditional model of older students switching classrooms by period. The district is trying to create schedules to allow students to resume eating in the cafeteria and still maintain some social distancing if needed. The schools can not require COVID vaccinations, but she says they would like parents who have had their children vaccinated to let the school nurse know, to update health records, and assist with contact tracing. Bethel is considering removing desk shields. The main reason they were put up was for when students were unmasked at lunch. The district intends to resume all after and before school activities in the fall.