June 29, 2020
Dear Bethel Park School District Parents/Guardians and Staff:
This has been an exceptionally busy summer in Bethel Park, with the closing of the 2019-2020 school year, culminating in successful commencement ceremonies for the Bethel Park High School Class of 2020.
Our focus now has turned toward the re-opening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Our Administrative Team is working diligently to complete our Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan, which we must turn into the Pennsylvania Department of Education before we can reopen our schools.
Based on the current government parameters of operating Pennsylvania in the Green Phase during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bethel Park School District intends to select the option of a Total Reopening of Schools for all students and staff when we submit our Reopening Plan to the State.
As part of this Total Reopening, we are required to put together more detailed plans regarding a number of issues, including transportation of students, meals, and how we will handle traffic in public areas and hallways, to name a few. We are working on those details now and will be back in touch with you once those details are finalized.
While it is our goal to be fully opened come August 26, we also need to be actively planning alternative options for those students whose health issues would preclude them from attending school in person. Please also be aware that if the COVID-19 situation changes and Pennsylvania moves back into yellow or red phases, this plan will be subject to change.
We will continue to stay in touch with you as our plans unfold, but as you make your plans for the summer and the fall, we wanted you to know of our commitment to bringing our students back to school in the fall.
While there will obviously be changes to the way our schools operate, we know that face to face classroom instruction is vital to our students’ success, and we will do everything in our power to make our schools safe and healthy environments for learning.
We look forward to sharing the details of our plans with you once they are finalized.
We hope you and your families are having a restful and safe summer. We look forward to welcoming everybody back to school on Wednesday, August 26.
Joseph C. Dimperio, PhD
Please click on the links below to see information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding reopening schools in the fall.