Bethel-Tate Schools Tiger eNews
Back-to-School Issue - 2021-2021
Welcome Back, Tigers!
I hope that everyone has had a safe and wonderful summer break. We have been busy over the summer hiring new staff and preparing our facilities for the new school year. We are excited to welcome back our staff and students to the 2021-2022 school year.
Facility and Technology Improvements
Through the use of ESSER funds from the federal stimulus plan, Bethel-Tate has been able to make the following much-needed upgrades and repairs:
New dual convection ovens in our kitchens
Replaced failing chiller in Bethel-Tate Middle School
Purchased 64 new Chromebooks for each school in the district
Replaced 72 aging classroom SmartBoards with new interactive monitors
Replaced drinking fountains with bottle filling stations at all buildings.
The district also applied for a grant that we hope will provide Chromebook devices for home use for Bethel-Tate students in need.
Health and Safety Update
The health and safety of our students and families are our greatest priority. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus, particularly the latest Delta variant, has continued to be a threat.
I have been in constant communications with the state and local health officials regarding the latest safety protocols and recommendations. In addition, I have been in numerous conversations with the local and regional superintendents concerning school safety measures for the upcoming school year. We intend to follow the guidance provided by the health experts and local, state, and national health and education officials.
With the opening of school, Bethel-Tate will follow the current recommendations from the Ohio Department of Education concerning facial covering and COVID-19 protection protocols. We are strongly encouraging the wearing of facial coverings but realize this is the decision of each parent and individual.
In July, the Board of Education approved the return-to-school plan for the 2021-2022 school year, including a Facial Covering/COVID-19 protection policy. This policy is in place for all school functions, including the normal school day, after the school day, all school-related activities, and district-provided transportation to and from events on and off school grounds that occur before, during, and after school day hours.
2021-2022 Facial Covering/COVID-19 Policy
- Proper wearing of masks/facial coverings following CDC guidelines is strongly recommended but not required for the students, staff, and visitors who have or have not been fully vaccinated at this time.
- Consistent mask-wearing for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated.
- Prevention measures in place (good ventilation, regular cleaning, hand washing, covering coughs, and sneezes and staying home when sick).
- The COVID-19 vaccination for staff and eligible students is strongly recommended.
- All bus drivers, staff, and students must wear masks/facial coverings when riding on district buses.
Per the 07-27-21 guidance, the CDC requires masks worn in all public transportation, including school buses. This requirement is regardless of vaccination status.*
The guidance is changing continuously, and we will share updates and potential changes as they become available. We are called upon to continue to be patient and flexible as we combat this virus.
Wishing you a healthy and productive school year! We are #BetterTogether!
Vaccination Clinic for 7th and 12th Graders at BTHS
Find more info at: https://ccphohio.org/.../07/26/back-to-school-immunizations/
Bus Routes Online by 8/13
Go to www.betheltate.org to see your child's route. Our transportation department will also have representatives at each school open houses/schedule pick-up nights to answer questions.
Free Meals Offered for All in 2021-2022
The Bethel-Tate Local School District will offer free meals for all students during the 2021-2022 school year through USDA funding. Parents/guardians must still fill out the free and reduced lunch application if they wish to determine their eligibility to have their child's school fees waived. Click here for the application.
The Ohio Department of Education received approval to offer free breakfast and lunch for all students who attend schools on the national school lunch program. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide nutritious meals essential to health, wellness, and focused learning.
Parent Funds Effort to Restore Fields
The district greatly appreciates the efforts of Bethel-Tate School District parent Bill Rapp for his generosity in coordinating and financing the upgrades and repairs to our high school athletic practice and game fields. Mr. Rapp covered the cost of the materials, labor, and equipment to aerate and add new layers of topsoil to the high school fields which were then reseeded and fertilized. In total, Mr. Rapp personally donated more than $3,100 to cover the project and provided the use of his equipment. Mr. Rapp and his team volunteered more than 50 hours of their time and spent several weekends working on the fields after cultivation and planting, ensuring the growth of the new natural turf was successful.
To preserve this new grass and aid in the recovery of the field, the district has come up with a plan to minimize the use of the high school fields. For the 2021-22 school year, all JV boys and girls sports (football and soccer) will practice and play their home games at the Bethel-Tate Middle School fields. Varsity sports will remain at the high school field for practices and games. At the end of the school year, we will re-evaluate the conditions of the field and our facility plan for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
“The field's repaired natural turf is meeting expectations regarding the first year's growth. It is important to limit initial uses to help establish proper thick and strong turf root structures for long-term success. In addition, continued maintenance and proper field use management will ensure the longevity of good field conditions for the future,” said John Burns, Director of Operations, Bethel-Tate Schools.
Don't forget to update your child's forms online. Click on the button above to go to the FinalForms link. Questions? Please contact your child's school.
Hope Squad Received Grant to Focus on Suicide Prevention Efforts
Bethel-Tate Middle and High School Hope Squad received a $3,750 grant from Clermont County Family & Children First (FCF) for the 2021-2022 school year to focus on suicide prevention efforts.
The funds will be used for suicide prevention programs, materials, and activities organized through the advisors and students in Hope Squad. Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention.