Letters From Tonia

Bethany’s Response to Covid, Flu, & Cold

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2nd Corinthians 5:7

Dear Bethany Family,

I am aware of the increased cases of the new variant, Omicron, as well as increased cases of both flu and cold during this winter season. In the ongoing effort to keep both staff and students safe, Bethany Preschool, Elementary and Middle School have implemented the following;

Students must continue to wear masks indoors unless they have an exemption on file in the office.

Classrooms are being wiped and disinfected during the day by your child’s teachers and are cleaned every evening by a cleaning crew.

Elementary/Middle School:  Lunch tables are washed/hosed down every morning and every afternoon.

Preschool: Lunch tables are disinfected, washed, and wiped throughout the day by staff and are cleaned every evening by a cleaning crew.

Students are placed 5 to 6 feet apart in class when possible.

Effective Monday, January 10thPTF meeting is cancelled.

Parents are no longer allowed on campus. You will be able to come into the main office to drop off items including tuition, forms, homework, lunch, etc.

All items for birthday parties can be dropped off in the main office and will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Please make sure to communicate with your child’s teacher when this will take place.  Unfortunately, no homemade goods can be brought on campus☹.

For the month of January, all Chapels will held in individual classrooms school wide.

We will follow through with both elementary and middle school basketball tryouts and we are still on for the Parents Night Out – whoo hoo!

As Principal, I attend a weekly Coronavirus Telebriefing for K-12 Schools. The weekly panel consists of Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Dr. Robert Gilchick, and Dr. Andrea Kim.  I am also privy to information from the Long Beach Health Department, email updates from the CDC, and I converse with local private school Principals in the surrounding areas.  With all of the above forms of communication, nothing is clad proof.  We simply must partner together and use common sense to limit the spread of any virus at our school. We can only do our best.  Again, prescreen your child at home for COVID, flu and/or cold like symptoms. If someone in your household is sick or test positive for COVID keep your child home, monitor his/her symptoms, and see your child’s pediatrician. If your student has been absent for 3+ days, we need a negative COVID PCR test result or a doctor’s note for readmittance.  We must make better choices to do all we can to ensure our campus remains open and safe.

Let me end this letter by saying overall; parents, you are doing a great job informing the office if your child is sick or will not be attending school.  Your child’s teacher is prepared to send home schoolwork and/or homework to help your child remain on track with his/her studies.  We will successfully get through this season.  God sustained us last year and He will do it again.

Mrs. Tonia Hill

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