Bethel-Tate Schools Tiger eNews

November 2020

Second Semester Learning Commitment Form Due 11/13

Bethel-Tate Local School District emailed a form to all families to make a selection for your child(ren)'s second-semester learning model. ALL families must fill out this commitment form even if your child is staying in the same learning model for the second semester. Please fill out a separate form for each child. This commitment form must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020.


This current form is to select your child's learning model for the second semester, which begins on January 4, 2021. Your child must remain in this selected learning model for the entire second semester.


The district will continue to offer two choices for learning:

1. In-person learning (five full days a week)

2. On-line virtual learning academy (full remote)


Please go to the following link to complete the form:

https://forms.gle/6whLxRFgkZhWqHQU8

Thank You For Keeping Us Healthy!

We appreciate all the hard work of our staff, students, and families to keep everyone healthy. So far this school year, we have not had one student in our schools test positive for COVID-19. We know that our safety protocols are working--wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, handwashing, and enhanced cleaning. This would not have been possible without the partnership and cooperation of our parents and the hard work and diligence of our staff.


As numbers of COVID cases are increasing in the state and our area, we must remain vigilant and conduct daily wellness checks and following the guidelines below if they come in contact with someone who has COVID.


Daily Wellness Checks

Please continue to conduct a student wellness check including a temperature check prior to sending your child to school. Students with temperatures above 100°F should stay home. If your child is feeling ill or exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19, do not send your child to school.


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Direct Contact/Quarantine

If your child comes in contact with a positive or suspected positive case outside the school setting, please do not send them to school. Direct contact is within 6 feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period of a positive case. If your child has had direct contact with a positive case, they need to quarantine for 14 days after that contact. If your child has had direct contact with a suspected case, please do not send your child to school until the test results have been received. If this suspected case has positive test results, then follow the quarantine guidelines outlined above.

Grants Fund COVID-19 Costs

COVID-19 has become costly. To date, the district has received more than $295,000 in grant dollars to cover COVID-related expenses.


Grant monies have enabled the district to purchase the following:

  • PPE - masks, gloves, and face shields.

  • Disinfectants - cleaning solutions for surfaces that kill COVID-19 and whole room Clorox 360 solutions.

  • Cleaning supplies and equipment - soaps, detergents, wipes, towels, pads, mops, buckets, trash cans, and liners.

  • Sanitizing equipment - electrostatic sprayers, spray bottles, applicators, and pump sprayers.

  • Items for buildings, classrooms, infirmaries, and offices - whiteboards, clear counter shields, partitions, signage, hand sanitizer, and thermometers.

  • Technology - Zoom subscriptions, laptops, and hot spots.

  • Instructional materials and training

  • Staffing - support and Instructional personnel, additional staff, and overtime as needed.

It’s More Than a Meal Application

Completion of Free and Reduced Lunch Tied to Funding for All Students


Bethel-Tate School District needs ALL families to complete our free and reduced meal application to ensure continued funding to support ALL students in our district.


Filling out this form is critical because the number of participants a district reports has a huge impact on how the State of Ohio calculates funding and provides the following benefits:


  • School Funding-Increased funding to ensure students receive the support they need to be successful and provides eligibility for certain grants.
  • Technology-Bethel-Tate can receive more funding for internet access, wireless, and network services.
  • Student Fees-Eligible students can receive discounts on fees for athletics, college applications, and academic tests.

How to get an application?

The USDA has approved an extension for FREE meals through the 2020-2021 school year! To ensure that school fees are waived and meal status remains current, an updated Free and Reduced Meal Application for the current school year must be completed. The free and reduced application needs to be filled out each year even if the student is doing online schooling.


Please fill out the free and reduced application on www.betheltate.org to "find it fast," then click on lunch menus or click here to link the application directly. All information on the free and reduced application is strictly confidential.


Any questions call Darlene Parks, Food Service Director, at 513-734-2271, ext. 7190.

School Facilities to Temporarily Close to Outside Groups

At the Board Meeting on October 27, the Bethel-Tate Board of Education voted to close all school district facilities to outside groups until further notice. Only school-sponsored athletic teams are permitted to use district facilities after the school day.


The Board made this decision based on the limited space currently available in our schools due to the pandemic. In order to follow current health guidelines and maintain six feet of physical distancing in grades K-8, extended spaces and gymnasiums are being used for classrooms during the day. In addition, the district has limited personnel to clean and disinfect spaces after public use.


If health requirements change in the upcoming months, the Board of Education will revisit this decision.

Lowes Supports BTMS Music Program

Thank you to the Milford Lowes for their donation of buckets to the Bethel-Tate Middle School Band Program.


"We appreciate this generous donation and support of music education. We will use these to create some awesome music and the kids will love it," shared BTMS music teacher, Paul Glader.

Congrats, Tigers!

Congratulations to the Bethel-Tate Tigers Football team and Coach Jeff Essig for their outstanding season. The Tigers had an overall record of 7-3 and won two playoff games!


Pictured: Bethel-Tate seniors football players. In their four years, the football team has had a record of 27-14.

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Middle School and High School Students Serve on Hope Squad

Last school year, Bethel-Tate High School and Middle School launched a program called HOPE Squad, a suicide prevention program through the Grant Us Hope Organization. This is a nationally recognized program. Our goal with this program is to increase awareness, teach others to recognize signs, refer students for help, and ultimately save the lives of others. In addition, the Hope Squad helps build relationships and improves our school climate.


We currently have 14 active Hope Squad members at Bethel-Tate High School and 11 at Bethel-Tate Middle School along with six advisors. These members are nominated by their peers as trustworthy peers that they can rely on in times of struggle.


Learn more about the high school's Hope Squad on their new website:

https://sites.google.com/betheltate.org/bthshopesquad/home

BTMS Free Store Opens

The BTMS Free Store is open to students in need within the middle school. If students in other schools have urgent needs, please email Mrs. Carnahan (shari.carahan@betheltate.org) and she will handle filling this need.

Grab and Go Meals Offered on Mondays

Bethel-Tate's foodservice department provides “grab and go” meals for our online learning students on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. Meals are distributed out of the red building in the side parking lot of the middle school.


Any questions call Darlene Parks, Food Service Director, at 513-734-2271, ext. 7190.


Calendar Check

November 19: Board of Education Audit and Finance Committee (Virtual) 6 p.m.

November 24: Regular Board Meeting-Bethel-Tate High School at 6 p.m.

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 18: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

December 22: November 24: Regular Board Meeting-Bethel-Tate High School at 6 p.m.

December 21 to January 3: Winter Break

Contact Us

Bethel-Tate Local Schools

675 West Plane Street

Bethel, Ohio 45106

513-734-2271

www.betheltate.org

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