Bethel-Tate Schools Tiger eNews

January 2021

New Quarantine Guidelines & Transportation Update

There have been some important updates concerning COVID-19 protocols and policies. On December 30, Governor DeWine shared new quarantine guidelines for K-12 schools. These updated guidelines impact staff and students who are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The changes also enable the district to resume full bus ridership. See details below.

Following the K-12 schools updated quarantine guidance, students and adults in K-12 schools may continue to attend in-person school after exposure to someone with COVID-19 if the following conditions are met:

  • The school has documented COVID-19 prevention policies, including universal mask-wearing, social distancing, hand washing, identification and management of students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • The exposure occurred within a classroom environment or while on required school transport (e.g., school bus).
  • The person with COVID-19 and any associated contacts were wearing facemasks that covered their nose and mouth at all times. If meals were consumed, a distance of at least 6 feet between students must have been maintained.
  • Social distancing was maintained. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines acceptable distancing as a minimum of 6 feet. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, desks should be placed ideally 6 feet apart and at a minimum 3 feet apart.

A person with COVID-19 is considered to be infectious to other people for two days before symptoms started and until ten days after symptoms started. Individuals, who have been identified as being exposed based upon the above should be monitored and checked closely for symptoms of developing illness for a period of 14 days from the date of their last exposure.

A person identified as exposed may not participate in any extracurricular activities during the period of monitoring for the illness. A person identified as being exposed must follow strictly all COVID-19 facemask, social distancing, and sanitation practices.

The new quarantine guidance does eliminate the transportation restrictions currently in place for eligible school bus ridership. Beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021, our bus services will resume to full ridership for all residential stops. We will no longer have the one-mile radius from residence to school restrictions. The revised route information will be posted this week on

As always, we will continue to follow the guidance and advice of our state and local health officials. We will keep you informed of any modifications.

Third Grade Fall ELA State Test Scores on the Rise

In spite of all the difficulties this school year with COVID-19, we are happy to report our third-grade students performed well on Ohio’s State Test for Third Grade English Language Arts (ELA) that was given in October. Ebon C. Hill Intermediate had 47% of third-grade students score proficient or higher on the state test. To put this in perspective, the passage rate for the state of Ohio this year on the fall test was 37%.

"We consider this a very good result considering this test measures end-of-the-school-year learning expectations and all of the difficulties we have experienced with COVID-19 last school year and this school year," Ebon C. Hill Principal Matt Wagner said. "We appreciate the work of our preschool through third-grade teachers for all of their efforts in improving these scores."

The increase in the ELA score can also be attributed to new programs and collaboration between the primary and intermediate schools. William Bick Primary and Ebon C. Hill Intermediate added some additional software learning programs and intensified intervention measures.

The district should receive the parent reports showing each student's results by the end of January. Once these reports are received from the Ohio Department of Education, they will be sent home.

"I am proud of the work of our principals, Greg Chandler and Matt Wagner, and their teachers for all their efforts to work with our students and improve their proficiency in ELA. It is their second-highest score in six years for our fall testing," shared Superintendent Melissa Kircher.

District Purchases New Chromebooks Through CARES Act Funding

In December, Bethel-Tate Schools purchased and acquired 100 HP Chromebooks and three Chromebook charging carts as part of the CARES act funding. Bethel-Tate received monies through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) to enable the district to purchase this much-needed technology.

Since November, the district has been able to purchase a total of 100 T-Mobile Hotspots, 275 HP Chromebooks, 100 Windows-based laptops, and eight Chromebook charging carts using grant monies associated with COVID-19 relief.

"These devices will be used to replenish our technology inventories and allow more devices for remote learning," shared Director of Operations John Burns.

Thank you, Bethel-Tate Board of Education

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to show our appreciation to school board members throughout the state of Ohio. School board members are ordinary people who have an extraordinary dedication to our public schools.

School board members dedicate many hours to their work both in and outside of board meetings. Board members attend school functions, review district, financial, and legislative reports, prepare agendas, and make difficult and challenging decisions through their dedicated service to our district. We appreciate all their time and effort for Bethel-Tate staff, students, and community.

Thank you, Bethel-Tate Board Members:

  • President, David Brannock
  • Vice President, William Shula
  • Board Member, Brandy Pryor
  • Board Member, Tiffiany Riddle
  • Board Member, Gary Shepherd

Board Holds Annual Organizational Meeting

The Bethel-Tate Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021. The meeting was livestreamed via Zoom. The Board named Mr. Dave Brannock as president and Dr. William Shula as vice president for the calendar year 2021. Dr. Shula (pictured left) and Mr. Brannock (pictured right) were officially sworn in by District Treasurer Karen Royer.

The regular Board meetings in 2021 will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Bethel-Tate High School. The first regular meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. The meetings will be open to the public and held in the high school's cafeteria with social distancing measures. The public in attendance at the meeting will be required to wear masks.

At the organizational meeting, the Board also established Board committee assignments for 2021:


Mrs. Riddle and Mrs. Pryor


Mrs. Pryor and Dr. Shula


Mrs. Pryor and Mrs. Riddle


Mr. Brannock and Dr. Shula


Mr. Brannock and Dr. Shula


Mr. Brannock and Mr. Shepherd

The Board meeting will hold a special meeting on Friday, January 15, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Board office. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss an operating levy for May 2021.

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Grab and Go Meals Offered on Mondays

Bethel-Tate's Food Service 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.

If you have any questions, please call Darlene Parks, Food Service Director, at 513-734-2271, ext. 7190.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports at Bethel-Tate High School and Bethel-Tate Middle School:

  1. Each player will now have four tickets per home event that anyone in their household can purchase. Only families in the same household should sit together while at the event.
  2. Each player will have two tickets per away event that anyone in their household can purchase. Only families in the same household should sit together while at the event.
  3. Spectators and athletes are encouraged to leave once their event has concluded.

Calendar Check

January 18: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19: Board of Education Regular Meeting, Bethel-Tate High School, 6 p.m.

February 15: NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

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Bethel, Ohio 45106


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