Dear Bethany Families,
Thank you for continuing to partner with our Bethany teachers during distance learning. Daily attendance in Zoom meetings (whole group and small group) is essential to the success of our students. We know how challenging this is for working parents, and appreciate all you are doing to keep our Bobcats on track. California approved Senate Bill 98 (SB98) this summer to refine the expectations for distance learning during the 2020-2021 school year. As a part of SB98, schools are required to document daily participation in distance learning. Students who do not participate in daily activities must be marked as absent. In addition to daily attendance, schools are also required to track daily engagement in instruction. This engagement is tracked through the daily completion of assignments. Students who do not complete assignments on a daily basis will be marked “not engaged” on days when work was not completed. We will continue to work with families and students to help facilitate the completion of assignments for grading purposes, however completion of late work does not retroactively mitigate attendance and engagement concerns.
It was wonderful to see so many families here to pick up materials last week. Our next materials pickup and drop off is scheduled for Friday, September 25th from 12-8 p.m. Materials will once again be available outside the main gates for contactless pickup. Please only take the materials marked with your child’s name. Second chance pickup for those who can’t come that evening will be from 7:45-8:45 a.m. daily the following week, or by appointment. Please note that we do not have staff available for drop in pick up at other times.
I’m happy to announce that fall pictures are coming on October 14th! These will be done by appointment, with strict safety protocols. Please see the flyer later in this newsletter to learn how to sign up.
Our virtual Student of the Month assembly for Respect will be pushed out by teachers on September 25th. We are fortunate to have many respectful students and look forward to honoring someone respectful from each class.
Great things happen at Bethany every day. Thank you for sharing them with us!