The Bethel School District previously announced that distance learning will be rolled out April 13th. However, in a recent update, Bethel will roll-out distance learning for grades 6 through 12 on that date, and delay the rollout for K-5 until Monday, April 20th.
In a detailed message that was replicated, nearly verbatim, on most elementary and middle school blog pages, it states: “We are purposely starting slowly with Distance Learning at the Elementary level. This will allow us time to learn the process together and avoid frustrations by moving too quickly.”
“We are purposely starting slowly with Distance Learning at the Elementary level. This will allow us time to learn the process together and avoid frustrations by moving too quickly.”
The message also provides an example of what the typical K-5 weekly schedule might (emphasis theirs) look like. The elementary schools will be utilizing Zoom video conferencing.
The distance learning plan for middle through high school, which is available respectively here and here, will utilize Google Classroom.
Lastly, in order to address any technology access issues for families, a “Parent Student Technology Help Desk” has been set up. Families needing Internet access are directed to contact Internet Essentials (from Comcast) online or by calling 1-855/846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).
Analysis & Opinion
Although the delay is unexpected, it is entirely reasonable under the circumstances. In fact, some K-5 classes will start with introductory Zoom sessions with their students during the week of April 13th.