BMES Family Weekly Update

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Message from Principal Wagner

February 20, 2022

Good evening BMES Families,

During a special school board meeting last week, the York County School Board voted unanimously to adjust some of the division’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Beginning Tuesday, February 22, mask wearing by students will become optional while inside YCSD school buildings and offices. It is important to note that students will still be required to wear masks while on school buses in accordance with federal orders.

With masks becoming optional, administration has established expectations that the teachers and staff will focus on instruction and academics while family choice of mask wearing should be discussed at home. Please have this discussion with your child prior to school on Tuesday morning and remind your child of your expectation, mask wearing or no masks.

Students and staff should still report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 and follow isolation guidelines. All positive COVID- 19 individuals will serve a quarantine to ensure the health and safety of the BMES community. Additionally, all students and staff should continue daily health screenings and stay home when sick to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Just another schedule reminder- On Monday, February 21, 2022, all schools and offices are closed in observance of President's Day. There will be no school for students.

Have a wonderful evening,

Mrs. Wagner

Upcoming Events

February 21, 2022

All YCSD schools and offices will be closed on February 21, 2022 in observance of President's Day.

February 22, 2022

Join us in a spirit day wearing tie dye, ties, or even tutu's!

February 25

Wear Red for the American Heart Association. Mr. Carel is conducting a fundraiser and great opportunities throughout PE for our students to learn about a healthy heart and mind.

February 28, 2022

Please let our parents know if they want to guarantee to get a yearbook they need to order by February 28. We will order some extras to sell when they arrive but do not want to over order so we want to do a big push this month to get as many ordered as possible.

Here is the link to our online ordering site-

Week of February 28-March 4

Read Across America Week! Join us for celebrating reading and literacy!
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March 11

March 11 will be an early dismissal for students.

  • No preschool students attend on an early dismissal day.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served

March 24

Grades 3-5 Title I Reading Night.

More information will be coming soon!

Parent Resources

Free Tutoring

As part of the division's efforts to address unfinished learning in accordance with the ARP Act ESSER III funds, the York County School Division has partnered with FEV Tutor to provide students in grades 3-12 with free, 1:1 online tutoring. In addition to supporting coursework and homework in core subjects such as math, English/Language Arts, science and social studies, FEV Tutor offers support for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Along with the on-demand support, FEV Tutor also offers weekly sessions between 7 and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends so families can select the times that work best for their schedule. To get started with e-tutoring, students should log in to Clever and locate the FEV Tutor app icon to get started. They can then schedule sessions and access live help at any time of the day.

While all support is live and personalized to each student's classes and needs, the program does not involve device cameras or microphones - instead all interactions involve a whiteboard and chat feature. Students will be able to share their screens and upload documents to review with tutors, and tutors only have access to student work provided by the individual student. Once a student is signed up for weekly sessions, FEV Tutor may periodically email families and students (aged 13 and older).

COVID Updates

COVID Notice

The division’s COVID-19 Dashboard continues to be updated daily to reflect the members of the Bethel Manor Elementary school community who have entered isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19. For the latest data for our school, please refer to the Dashboard. Additionally, staff members have notified all individuals who were identified as close contacts, as defined by the Virginia Department of Health. If you have not been contacted personally, your children were not considered close contacts. Information regarding contact tracing and quarantine requirements is available in the division’s Safe Return Plan.

Contact Us

Upcoming Absence

Please send an email to sharing your child's name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence.