Fairfield Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Bethel To Vote On No-Tax-Increase School Bond

Fairfield families will be voting on the Bethel Bond Measure in November.  Just like the one in 2012 that built our new school, it will not increase the current tax rate.

The Bethel School Board has unanimously approved a bond measure for the November ballot, one that will not increase the current tax rate.

The bond was recommended by a large District committee of community members, staff, and architects that spent months studying the facilities and programs in Bethel.

The bond, just like the one that built our new school, would further improve student safety at Fairfield, provide a covered play area for rainy day recess, and update our student textbooks and student computers for in-person and remote learning.

It would build a Vocational Ed Center at Willamette High School to create a modern learning space for hands-on programs like Computer Programming, Construction Design, Healthcare, and Robotics.

And, Cascade Middle School would also be replaced. The oldest school in the District, Cascade was built in 1955 and has numerous structural, mechanical and design issues that were identified in official reports submitted to the state.

In addition, if the $99 million bond passes, Bethel will be granted another $6 million in matching grants from the state.

Bethel’s last bond also did not increase anyone’s tax rate, and was passed by voters in 2012 with a 73% Yes vote.

La Junta Escolar de Bethel aprobó por unanimidad una medida de bonos para la boleta electoral de noviembre, una que no aumentará la tasa impositiva actual. Continue reading

School Calendar Changes; Register Now

School Calendar Changes: We are working hard to make remote learning at the start of the school year more robust, engaging and rewarding for students. All Bethel schools will continue with remote learning through at least October 23.  Meanwhile, in order to properly train all staff on the new and improved version of remote learning, the first official day of school in Bethel will be September 14.

Important Parent Survey: When the time comes that we are able to transition to in-school instruction, you will be given a choice of whether to continue with 100% online learning. We are trying to determine how many students might choose to stay with online learning or in-person instruction. Please take this very brief survey. Your input will help Bethel schools determine staffing for both programs.

Student Registration: Now is the time to register your student for the coming school year. Please click here to register. All students will take part in remote learning to start the school year, but first all students must be registered. If you need help with the process, call our school office at 541-689-3751.

Chromebooks For Students: The District is once again planning to distribute Chromebooks to those students without adequate access to a device for remote learning. When you take the Parent Survey it will also help us determine the technology need, so our school can begin making plans for distributing the Chromebooks.

School Supplies: Great news! Bethel will be providing nearly all school supplies for its students. All your child needs is a backpack, and we can help with that, too. These supplies will mostly be used when our schools reopen, but some items might be needed during remote learning. Watch for further details on how to access Bethel’s school supplies.

District Support: Bethel has gathered a supply of essential supplies and is eager to get them into the hands of families. These include dry and canned food, household cleaning products, and personal hygiene products, toilet paper and diapers. Call the District Office for more information: 541-689-3280.

Project Hope: This annual community service event will take place Sunday, August 30, in the Willamette High School courtyard with social distancing protocols in place. Free shoes, backpacks and some school supplies will be provided. Watch for information on the sign-up in our principal’s blog.


Cambios en el Calendario Escolar: Estamos trabajando arduamente para que el aprendizaje remoto al comienzo del año escolar sea más sólido, atractivo y gratificante para los estudiantes.  Todas las escuelas de Bethel continuarán con el aprendizaje remoto hasta al menos hasta el 23 de Octubre.  Mientras tanto, para capacitar adecuadamente a todo el personal en la nueva y mejorada versión del aprendizaje remoto, el primer día oficial de clases en Bethel será el 14 de Septiembre.

Encuesta Importante Para los Padres: Cuando llegue el momento en que podamos hacerla transición a la instrucción en la escuela, se le dará la opción de continuar con el aprendizaje al 100% en línea. Estamos tratando de determinar cuántos estudiantes podrían optar por quedarse con el aprendizaje en línea o la instrucción en persona. Por favor, responda esta breve encuesta. Su opinión ayudará a las escuelas de Bethel a determinar la dotación de personal para ambos programas.

Registración del Estudiante: Ahora es el momento de inscribir a su estudiante para el próximo año escolar. Por favor haga clic aquí para registrar a su estudiante. Todos los estudiantes participarán en el aprendizaje a distancia para comenzar el año escolar, pero primero todos los estudiantes deben estar registrados. Si necesita ayuda con el proceso, llame a la oficina de nuestra escuela al 541-689-3751.

Computadoras Para Los Estudiantes: El Distrito una vez más planea distribuir las computadoras a aquellos estudiantes que no tienen acceso adecuado a un dispositivo para aprendizaje remoto. Cuando usted realice la Encuesta Para Padres, también nos ayudará a determinar la necesidad de tecnología, para que nuestra escuela pueda comenzar a hacer planes para distribuir las Computadoras.

Útiles Escolares: ¡Buenas noticias! Bethel proporcionará casi todos los útiles escolares para sus estudiantes. Todo lo que su hijo necesita es una mochila y también podemos ayudarle con eso. Estos útiles se utilizarán principalmente cuando nuestras escuelas vuelvan a abrir, pero es posible que se necesiten algunos elementos durante el aprendizaje remoto. Esté atento a más detalles sobre cómo acceder a los útiles escolares de Bethel.

Apoyo del Distrito: Bethel ha reunido un suministro de suministros esenciales y está ansioso por ponerlos en manos de las familias. Estos incluyen alimentos secos y enlatados, productos de limpieza para el hogar y productos de higiene personal, papel higiénico y pañales. Llame a la Oficina del Distrito para obtener más información: 541-689-3280.

Proyecto Esperanza: Este evento anual de servicio comunitario se llevará a cabo el Domingo 30 de Agosto, en el patio de la Escuela Preparatoria Willamette con protocolos de distanciamiento social establecidos. Se proporcionarán zapatos, mochilas y algunos útiles escolares gratis. Esté atento a la información sobre el registro en el blog de nuestro director.

Bethel Schools To Start With Online Instruction

Hi Fairfield Families,

We have an important development to share about the start of the coming school year.

– Tuesday afternoon the State issued new rules for opening Oregon schools to in-person instruction, requiring a consistently low rate of new COVID cases. Neither Lane County nor the state of Oregon are currently meeting those low rates of new infection.

– Bethel schools are continuing to plan for a return to in-person instruction at some point during the 2020-21 school year.

– The #1 priority remains the health and safety for our students, families, and staff.

Opening Online: It has become clear that we must start the school year with 100% online instruction for all students. We will welcome all students back into our schools as soon as public health conditions allow.

This decision is a disappointment to many students and families who have been anticipating a return to school.  It is also a relief to those who have been hesitant about a return to in-person instruction in the midst of a pandemic.

Here are the new required COVID-19 baseline numbers we need to meet in order for us to open schools for in-person instruction. We were at these rates in May and June, and they are our new community-wide goal:

Lane County metrics– must be met three weeks in a row:

– 10 or fewer positive cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days

– 5% or fewer positive tests in Lane County in the preceding 7 days

–  AND –

State metric must be met three weeks in a row:

– Test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding 7 days

K-3 Students: The state is more lenient on the baseline COVID numbers for opening doors for K-3 students. Research shared by Oregon Health Authority has shown that children under 10 get the virus at lower rates, get less sick, and spread the virus less than older students and adults.

So, while there is a possibility we will bring back K-3 students earlier than grades 4-12, all students will start with Bethel Online learning. We will share updates with you as soon as possible.

Bethel Online Learning: While starting this school year remotely is not ideal for many students and families, we have learned from the feedback our Bethel families provided after our emergency distance learning experience this spring. Bethel is committed to offering every child a rigorous online curriculum, five days a week, with daily contact from our dedicated Bethel teachers. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to have access to the wide variety of classes and experiences available with in-person learning. To learn more about Bethel Online learning, click here.

Our goal remains to bring Bethel students and staff back to school as soon as is safely possible. The lower COVID-19 rates required by the state will become a community-wide goal that we can achieve by being diligent in our own health and safety behaviors.

So, while watching the COVID-19 numbers each day, our work is continuing, in order to provide the best possible education for all Bethel children.
Chris Parra
Bethel Superintendent

Hola, Familias de Fairfield,

Tenemos una actualización importante que compartir sobre el comienzo del próximo año escolar.

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Reopening Answers & New State Guidance

What happens if a student or teacher is diagnosed with COVID-19? Can you explain the rules about face coverings? Could Bethel’s proposed instruction models change?

Answers to these questions and more about the reopening of Bethel schools are now available here. The questions are continuing to be gathered by taking this parent survey.

The answers are subject to change due to the seemingly ever-changing nature of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority, and Governor Brown have released updated guidance for schools.

Read the updated state guidance here.

It includes new requirements about face coverings, sanitizing, health screening, transportation, and much more.

¿Qué sucede si un estudiante o maestro es diagnosticado con COVID-19? ¿Puedes explicar las reglas sobre el uso de mascarillas? Continue reading

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