Wrapping up the third week of distance learning, on Friday, May 1st, the Bethel School District addressed several frequently asked questions (PDF) from parents regarding current distance learning issues as well as any potential future impact.

Questions answered include:

  • What will report cards look like for my child?
  • Do we need to turn in work for my child?
  • Distance Learning isn’t rigorous enough. Why aren’t they being taught anything new?
  • Will my child move on to the next grade next school year?
  • What is the plan for next fall to help my child fill in gaps in learning, especially with the material they are missing this spring?
  • Will school go into the summer to make up for missed instruction?
  • When can I pick up my child’s materials and supplies from the classroom?
  • How can I turn in library books?
  • Are there still Chromebooks available for check out?
  • What happens with Lost and Found clothes?
  • What are the nutrition sites and times?
  • If my child doesn’t engage with online learning, will they lose their spot at Kalapuya next year?
  • What is happening with graduation or promotion activities this year?

“Our team continues to be impressed by the participation of our students. [We] know that the stronger our partnership is with our families the more we can do to support our students, so thank you for everything that you all are doing during these times.”

Ry Robinson, Principal at Cascade Middle Schookl

Ry Robinson

Principal, Cascade Middle School


Distance Learning Headline

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.

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Bethel District To Roll-Out Distance Learning April 13th

The Bethel School District will be rolling out its state-mandated distance learning program on April 13th. Until then, Bethel’s “Enrichment Resources” have been replaced by “Supplemental Resources.”

Schools have mailed out five-day “Supplemental” resources to all families, however, in the future, it’s expected that these resources will only be mailed out to those families who require mailed resources.

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Bethel District Special Education Update

Amy Tidwell, Bethel Special Services Director, reached out to parents via email today to update them on the District’s move to distance learning, and how it relates to special education.

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Bethel District Moving to Distance Learning

In a March 31st message, Bethel School District Superintendent, Chris Parra, indicated that the entire district will be moving to a distance learning education model for the rest of the school year. This is in response to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) directive to all school districts as Oregon, in an effort to continue to slow the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

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Bethel District Finalizes & Approves Student Investment Application


After 20 stakeholder meetings spanning between November 2019 to February 2020, on Monday afternoon, the Bethel School District finalized, and the school board approved, their Student Success Act (SSA) grant application.

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With schools across Oregon canceled until April 28th, at the earliest, and social distancing
1Social distancing is a set of nonpharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. The objective of social distancing is to reduce the probability of contact between persons carrying an infection, and others who are not infected, so as to minimize disease transmission, morbidity and ultimately, mortality.
being the new norm, in-person Bethel PRO PANDA meetings won’t be possible. Therefore a new direction is warranted.

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By executive order, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, has ordered all public schools to remain closed for another six weeks, through April 28. It’s likely that the shutdown could be extended further depending on a number of factors.

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