GREATER NEW BEDFORD REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
1121 Ashley Boulevard • New Bedford, MA • 02745-2496 Tel. 508-998-3321 • Fax 508-995-7268 • www.gnbvt.edu
Preparation • Passion • Perseverance
August 24, 2021
Letters from Superintendent Watson, Principal Williams, Assistant Principals Caron and Pimental, The Business Office and Attendance Office.
Re: Accidental Insurance
The enclosed brochure explains the SCHOOL-TIME COVERAGE which the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School has purchased for all students enrolled as of the first day of school. This coverage is only for school related activities and supervised travel to and from school. This insurance supplements but does not take the place of your personal insurance coverage. It is designed to cover those expenses not covered by other insurance the student might be insured under, not to duplicate benefits from such other insurance. Should a student have an accident, claim forms will be sent to the student’s home by mail.
Forms should be filled out and mailed to:
- Bob McCloskey Insurance, P.O. Box 511, Matawan, New Jersey 07747 (within 90 days of the accident)
Any bills received by the parent should be forwarded to the above agency and not to the school. The brochure also offers coverage that provides benefits for all accidents during a twelve-month period, 24-hours a day wherever they occur, thus ensuring the student is adequately covered at all times. I urge you to read this brochure, remember, the school district will provide the school-time coverage. If you decide to purchase the 24-hour coverage, please fill out the enrollment application and mail it directly to Bob McCloskey Insurance.
The Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, through its School Committee and its employees, in selecting an insurer to offer this coverage, does not mean to restrict your choice in selecting any other insurer. The District does not benefit from such selection and does not warrant or guarantee the solvency of any insurer.
Re: School Discipline
Dear Parent / Guardian:
As a parent/guardian of a Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech student, you play a crucial role in fostering a healthy learning environment at the school. We are excited about partnering with you to help your child succeed.
What can you do to help? First, tell your child that you expect him/her to work hard each day. Sending your child to school, every day, and on time is the first step to ensuring that they will have a productive learning experience. Secondly, please read the Student Handbook to become familiar with the school, its programs, and its disciplinary code. Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School prides itself on creating a safe, secure, rigorous learning environment. We will not tolerate a lack of respect or tolerance for others. Proper behavior is expected of all students at all times.
Every parent must understand that while cell phones are a primary means of electronic communication, using a cell phone during the school day is not permitted. Our students have the privilege of possessing a portable communication device; however, use of their device is only permitted outside the school building before and after the instructional day.
Every year, a number of Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech students lose their chance to continue attending our school because of failing grades, lack of effort, safety concerns, disciplinary action, and/or attendance problems. While we do not treat such decisions lightly, we want you to know that we will not hesitate to discipline, or remove from school, any student whose behavior is disruptive to the learning environment. We owe that to the school and to its hard-working students, teachers, and staff.
We know that parents may not always agree with the discipline measures taken when a student violates a school rule, but our goal is to educate students. This includes educating them about discipline and the consequences they face when they decide to break the rules.
Over the years, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech has built a reputation for providing a positive atmosphere in which students can excel. We are continually working to make the learning environment at our school even better. As we do so, we will be looking for your understanding, cooperation, and support. We thank you, in advance, for your support and look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child.
Warley J. Williams, III
Re: Sex Education / Health
Dear Parent /Guardian:
A comprehensive health education curriculum has been developed by our professional staff under the guidance of the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Advisory Council. The overall goal of the program is to continue efforts begun in earlier grades to promote the health and the well-being of our students and to help them make wise and informed decisions during their teenage years and beyond.
Sex education is part of the health education curriculum in grade 9, including topics such as puberty; dating; relationships and communication skills; responsibilities of human sexuality; pregnancy; prevention of HIV+/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; prevention of sexual abuse and dating violence; and other human sexuality issues. The instructional materials we use for these courses include up-to-date materials from Responsible Attitudes about Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting (RAPPP) which is a program provided by the SouthCoast Hospital Systems. If you would like to review any of these materials at the school, you are welcome to do so. Please call Ryan Methia, Coordinator of Health and Physical Education, to arrange a convenient time at (508) 998-3321, ext. 293.
During this course, students will be able to ask questions which will be answered factually and in an age appropriate manner. Each student’s privacy will be respected and no one will be put on the spot to ask or answer questions or reveal personal information. Material will be presented in a balanced, factual way that makes clear that people may have strong religious and moral beliefs about issues such as birth control and abortion, and that these beliefs must be respected.
Under the Massachusetts Law and School Committee Policy, you may exempt your child from any portion of the curriculum that primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues. To receive an exemption, simply send me a letter at least three (3) days before the scheduled lesson(s) requesting an exemption for your son/daughter. No student who is exempted from this portion of the curriculum will be penalized. We may provide an alternative assignment to students including, but not restricted to, written, oral, or physical activities based on the school’s ability to provide adequate supervision to students exempted.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a positive and educationally enriching experience during his/her school year. If you have any questions about sex education or any other matter concerning your child’s education, please call me.
Warley J. Williams, III
Re: Morning Drop-Off, Pick-up, and Bussing
- All parents dropping off their child must drop them off in the “horseshoe” in front of the building and NEVER IN THE PARKING LOT.
- Follow all signs.
- Entry into driveway for student pick-up is not allowed between 2:00-2:45p.m. unless you are dismissing a student. Pick up in the rear of the school is not allowed.
- All pick-ups must be done on Ashley Blvd.
- Bus routes are final and bus stops will not be added to bus routes.
- If your child has a disability, and requires accommodations, please call Dr. Larkin at ext. 790.
- Once students are issued an ID, they must wear it onto the bus to gain access.
- Once a student has an established bus stop, they will not be able to ride on another bus unless they bring a parent/guardian note or a parent/guardian call is made to confirm the bus change with Mrs. Martin (Security Dept. Administrative Assistant).
Re: Parking Permits
As you may know, it is required that your child must have a parking permit to use the school parking lot. As stated in the 2021-2022 Student Handbook: Parking on school property is a privilege, not a right. This privilege is limited to students with a parking permit. Students without a parking permit may not park on school grounds except on weekends, during school vacations, or when attending evening functions. Students that have a parking permit may park in white lined parking spots. Students will only be allowed to park in the yellow lined parking spots after 2:30 p.m., as these parking spots are reserved for teachers and staff.
The parking permit must be visible, and placed in the middle of the windshield, behind the rearview mirror. Parking permits will be strictly enforced for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will have until September 10, 2021 to park in the parking lot without a parking permit. After that, they will be told to park off campus until they get a parking permit. Students will be able to attain a parking permit free of charge, which can be picked up at the Security Office with Stacey Martin.
If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Martin at 508-998-3321 ext.286
Jeffrey Caron, Assistant Principal
Robert Pimental, Assistant Principal
Re: Student Lunch Information
Good Afternoon GNB Students and Families,
The USDA extended the waiver that allows schools to serve FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL GNB students through 6/30/2022, under the Seamless Summer Option. What this means for GNB students:
- GNB students will receive 1 healthy full component breakfast and 1 healthy full component lunch each school day at no cost. Any additional items/meals purchased will be the responsibility of the student for payment.
The USDA has extended the free meal waiver through June 30, 2022 as long as funding is available. Therefore, please continue to complete a household application to determine eligibility for free and/or reduced price meals if the district needs to move back to a paid program based on USDA funding. Please visit www.myschoolapps.com to complete an application.
ALL applications completed in the school year 2020-2021 have been removed, a NEW application needs to be completed each year.
If you have already been notified of your status (direct certification) through an email from firstname.lastname@example.org you do not need to complete another application.
We also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit www.startwithsnap.org or call the Project Bread Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
If students purchase additional items than the allotted free breakfast or lunch, payment will need to be made by the student. For cash free transactions, families can establish an account with your student’s ID number to put money on their account to scan their ID at checkout by using www.myschoolbucks.com.
Re: Attendance Policies
Welcome to Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School! There are a few new policies in our student handbook that you will need to become familiar with. Please take a few minutes to review the Dismissal Policy and the Tardy/Detention Policy in the student handbook.
The Attendance Department does not allow phone call dismissals barring a serious family emergency. Please understand this is for the safety of all our students and staff. If you are coming in to pick up your child you will need to show Identification, if you are sending another family member or friend to pick up your child, they must be listed on the 10A Emergency form so please make sure your emergency information is updated. All students getting dismissed who are self-drivers are required to drop off a permission note from a parent/guardian to the Attendance Office before school in the morning, the note should include the student’s name ID #, your telephone number and indicate that the student is a self-driver. We will call you to verify you wrote the note.
Tardy/Detentions have now been centralized and are held after school in the Cafeteria Extension Monday through Thursday from 2:31-4:00 p.m. and late bus transportation is provided. Please remind your child that all tardy/detentions must be served within a (2) day period unless there is a valid excuse for missing the detention. For more detailed information please refer to the student handbook.
I look forward to meeting you and working with your child over the coming school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office. (508) 998-3321.
Supervisor of Attendance
Phone: (508) 998-3321 ext. 341 or 734
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Michael P. Watson, Superintendent-Director
Warley Williams, Principal
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