Good afternoon Bethel Families,
During this unprecedented time it is extremely encouraging to have our students back on campus, and we will continue to do so in a fashion that is safe for all of our students, families, and staff.
In that spirit, BCS administration has been in constant communication with Riverside County Health officials, including today, and are aware of the current influx of positive COVID-19 tests in recent weeks. Over the weekend, we have received confirmation of a few positive COVID-19 test results with our school employees. Although, we have not hit our trigger for school closure (as stated in our county approved reopening plan), we want to remain diligent, empathetic, and responsive to the current circumstances.
Therefore, with the guidance of the Riverside County Public Health Department and out of the abundance of caution, BCS will immediately implement the following action to protect our students, families, and staff.
Middle and High School (Grades 6-12)
We will discontinue on-campus learning for this week and revert to our distance learning program with a scheduled return to on-campus instruction on Monday, November 30. (Please be watching for email updates as we get closer to the resume date). This will allow our staff to get well, quarantine those exposed, and have our classrooms cleaned and sanitized thoroughly.
Unfortunately, there will not be childcare available for these grade levels during this time.
Elementary (Grades K-5)
Due to the ability to cohort our lower grades, on-campus instruction and before and after school daycare will continue as normal. I would like to inform our parents that we have received one positive COVID-19 test result in our kindergarten cohort. The employee was sent home at the sign of their first symptom on Monday, November 9th and has not returned to campus since that day. We have completely deep cleaned and sanitized the kindergarten classroom and all other high traffic areas. As of today, we have not received any additional positive test results in our K-5 program.
In the coming days, Mr. Spencer will be gathering data and completing our contact tracing report to submit to our local health department. Families who have a student who may have been exposed will be contacted by him.
I am happy to report that most of our staff has been retested over the last few days with many results coming back negative. However, as we follow our guidelines, many staff members in the upper grades still must quarantine.
Thank you for all your support and prayers during this time and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out via email.
Have a safe and blessed week.