Bethel Public Schools Opening Plan for Fall 2021

Report by Paula Antolini, June 21, 2021, 11:17AM EDT

A Message from the Dr. Christine Carver, Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools:

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Students,

To say we are in an unprecedented time is an understatement. We have completed one of the most complex years in my professional career, but I am renewed with a sense of hope as we think about next year. As you know, the district has always been committed to providing in-person learning. It is our hope that next school year, we will increase the ability to offer as many of our “normal” curricular and extracurricular activities that make our school district and community special.

That being said, schools will need to continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Public Health, and State Department of Education. We know that there is a variety of opinions on all aspects of mitigation. You will see in many aspects of this document that our policy next year will be based on mandates from those state agencies. We anticipate that there likely will be new guidance as we get closer to the school year.

As was true this year, we anticipate that there will be periodic changes in the guidance throughout the year. We will always keep the health and safety of our students and staff a priority when we make decisions.

As always, your patience and support are appreciated. We realize these are complex and challenging times for families. Please let us know if your family needs any support. We can do this together.


The Bethel Public Schools 2021 Opening Plan includes:

Public Comment & Plan Revisions

State Department of Education Expectations for Opening, Fall 2021

Continuous Learning

* Blended Learning Practices

School Liaison, Communication Plans, and Data Collection



Daily Operations

Child Nutrition


Health Practices and Protocols

Standard Public Health Practices and Adequate Supplies

Immunizations and Health Assessments

Reporting Illnesses, Quarantine and Addressing Vulnerable Populations

Social Distancing


Health Monitoring Plan

Special Education

English Learners (ELs)

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

Family and Student Engagement

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health





Please note that sections of this document have been taken from or adapted from the following resources: 



The resources below, provided by the CSDE in the Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together (2020), are intended to support and guide schools and families. Many are linked within this BPS School Opening Plan and also on our district Covid-19 School Opening website.



CDC Communications & Print Materials