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Bethel School District reveals hybrid school reopening plan

The Bethel School District revealed it's reopening plans Thursday, announcing that students will return to school in a hybrid in-person and distance learning environment.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 10:56 AM
Updated: Sep 1, 2020 1:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Bethel School District revealed its reopening plans Thursday, announcing that students will return to school in a hybrid in-person and distance learning environment.

According to the district, students would be split into two groups. Both would be in school for two consecutive days on a staggered schedule. For the other three days, the students would do distancing learning.

Officials are deciding between two plans: In the first, one group is in school Monday and Tuesday while the other group is in-school Wednesday and Thursday, with Friday serving as a school cleaning day. In the second plan, one group is in-school Monday and Tuesday while the other group is in-school Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday serving as the cleaning day.

The district is taking feedback from parents and guardians to decide between the options. Parents can find the survey on the district's website.

A third group of students who are unable to attend in-person classes will engage in distance learning every day, led by Bethel teachers.

When students are in school, the district says it is developing extensive social distancing, cleaning and screening plans in coordination with public health officials and statewide requirements.

Officials say they hope to finalize their plan by July 22. They will then submit an "operational blueprint" to the school board and Lane County Public Health by mid-August at the latest. Finally, they will submit the plan to the Oregon Department of Education by August 15.

In a video describing the plan, officials said students will return to school in "September or some other time."

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