Due to community health safety concerns regarding the 2020 covid-19 pandemic, Bethany Christian Schools will suspend on-site classes on Monday, March 16, through the end of spring break (April 12). School may reopen on Monday, April 13, pending future developments.
Bethany students come from homes throughout the county and beyond. “We are committed to keeping our students and employees safe and their families healthy,” said Head of School Tim Lehman. “We want to do our part for our families and the wider community by limiting large gatherings--with a student body of nearly 300 students, this essentially would be every day.”.
Bethany Christian was one of the first schools in the region to implement e:earning days in 2014 for weather-related cancellations. With years of experience in remote learning, the school is equipped to manage a prolonged closure for the well-being of the school community. Teachers will continue to work and plan lessons. School offices will remain open, though some staff may work remotely.
All school events, including sports practices and games, are canceled during this period. Academic work, however, will continue. Teachers will adapt lesson plans to feature some new programs that allow interactive work online. “Google has made available some free tools during this outbreak to enable schools to do more online shared work. We will be orienting our faculty to those tools in the next few days,” said Lehman. “Employees will be compensated as usual throughout this period, including our cafeteria and custodial staff.”
For more information and updates on eLearning and cancellations, see School Updates due to Covid-19.