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UPDATED: Bethel Public Schools CLOSED to All In-Person, Hybrid and Distance Learners on Mon. Feb. 1st Due to Snow Storm, Also CLOSED Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

Report by Paula Antolini, January 31, 2021, 9:05PM EDT

UPDATE February 1, 2021, 5:00PM:

Message from Bethel Public Schools:

Due to total accumulations, timing of additional snowfall amounts into the morning hours, drifting snow, and the necessary storm clean-up, the Bethel Public Schools will be closed to all in-person, hybrid, and distance learners tomorrow Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

As has been previously communicated in our district newsletter and communications, regarding weather-related closures, once we use the five (5) emergency days built into our school calendar as typical weather-related closures (i.e., snow days) and when we exceed those days, the district will transition to using Distance Learning Days rather than calling a weather-related closure (i.e., snow day). This weather-related closure is our third this year.

It brings the last day of school to Friday, June 18th. Stay safe and warm. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at carverc@bethel.k12.ct.us.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Letter from Dr. Christine L. Carver, Superintendent of Schools, January 31, 2021:

Due to the impending storm, the Bethel Public Schools will be closed to all in-person, hybrid, and distance learners tomorrow Monday, February 1, 2021.    

As has been previously communicated in our district newsletter and communications, regarding weather-related closures, once we use the five (5) emergency days built into our school calendar as typical weather-related closures (i.e., snow days) and when we exceed those days, the district will transition to using Distance Learning Days rather than calling a weather-related closure (i.e., snow day).  This weather-related closure is only our second this year.  Therefore, if the weather closure extends into Tuesday, it would also be deemed as a school closure.   

Depending on the timing of the end of the storm, total accumulation, high winds, and our ability to clean up, Tuesday may also be impacted. We will likely not know that until tomorrow evening.  We will send out a communication tomorrow evening to update you on the status of the plans for Tuesday.    

In addition, after sending out my communication this morning, we found out late this morning that a member of the Johnson School community also tested positive for COVID-19.  That individual was last in school on Wednesday, January 27th.  All direct contacts were notified today.  Again, school and health department officials have notified any staff and the parents/guardians of students who may have had the potential for direct contact for the exposure.  If you have not had exposure with the positive case, you will not be notified.   

Stay safe and warm.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at carverc@bethel.k12.ct.us.  

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