Back-to-school plan finalized for students in Bethel Park SD

Back-to-school plan finalized for students in Bethel Park SD

BETHEL PARK, Pa. — The Bethel Park School Board has finalized its back-to-school plan.

School will resume Aug. 26 in Bethel Park after the board agreed Tuesday night on two options for students as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play out.

Students can choose to do all in-classroom courses at their school building or all online courses from home.

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In both options, students will be taught by Bethel Park teachers and get the same curriculum.

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Students who learn from home can choose to eventually return to school for in-class instruction when they are ready.

If a student who attends in-person classes gets sick, they can transition to online learning.

District leaders said their back-to-school plan is about making the experience as stress-free as possible and accessible to everyone during an ever-changing time.

“This has been a test of being flexible. Something we’ve never expected in a million years, but it’s all about doing what we do best and that’s educating kids in a safe, healthy environment,” Dr. Janet O’Rourke, assistant superintendent of curriculum and special services, said.

School board members said they will keep a close eye on the ongoing pandemic and if they need to make changes, they will.

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