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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

November 23, 2020

Good afternoon GNBVT families,

We hope that this newsletter finds you all well. As we approach the Thanksgiving recess, we wish all students/families a restful holiday amidst difficult circumstances created by the pandemic. School will be in session this week through Wednesday (November 25th) when students will be dismissed at 10:50 a.m. School will resume on Monday, November 30th, 2020 continuing to follow our hybrid model.

Students on Campus THIS Week (November 23rd – November 25th)

Cycle 8 ends Tuesday, November 24th.  Cycle 9 begins Wednesday, November 25th.

  • All Division 1 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program on Monday and Tuesday.
  • All Division 2 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program on Wednesday.
  • All Division 1 Sophomore, Junior students GOLD Cohorts complete their in-person CVTE instruction for cycle 8 on Tuesday, November 24th while ​GREEN ​Cohort students complete their remote CVTE assignments.
  • All Division 1 Senior students in both GREEN and GOLD Cohorts complete their in-person CVTE instruction for cycle 8 on Tuesday, November 24th.
  • All Division 1 Sophomore and Juniors students in both the GREEN and GOLD Cohort report for their in-person CVTE instruction for cycle 9 on Wednesday, November 25th.
  • All academics will continue to be conducted remotely for all students/grade levels.

School Schedule for Wednesday, November 25th (half-day Day Before Thanksgiving)

Wednesday, November 25th, is the day before Thanksgiving. It will be cycle 9, Day 1. This day is a half-day of school with dismissal at 10:50am. There will be no lunch served.

Students scheduled for in-person CVTE learning will report as scheduled and be dismissed at 10:50am.  Students scheduled for remote CVTE learning will follow the same schedule.

Students in Academics will have a slightly altered schedule to accommodate the half-day. There will be NO support sessions offered on this day in the afternoon. Classes will run as follows:

  • 7:40am – 8:40am, Block 1
  • 8:45am – 9:45am, Block 2
  • 9:50am – 10:50am, Block 3

MCAS for the Class of 2022 (Grade 11) 

MCAS assessments in ELA and Math will be administered to all juniors (Class of 2022) during the testing window established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educations (January 14-February 5). These assignments will be administered in-person as required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. GNBVT has begun planning for these assessments to be administered in a socially distant, safe manner. Achieving a passing score (meeting the competency determination established by DESE) on the MCAS assessments is a statewide graduation requirement.

Academic support preparation sessions began on Monday, November 9th. Please contact the academic office at (508) 998-3321 ext. 202 should you have any questions

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to have their students participate in these sessions to ensure they meet the DESE competency determination.

Freshman Shop Selection 

Assistant Principal, Mr. Robert M. Pimental will be sending home final shop selection sheets on Wednesday, December 2nd for Division 2 students and on Monday, December 14th for Division 1 students. Shop selections sheets are due back the next day: Division 2 due Thursday, December 3rd and Division 1 due Tuesday, December 15th. It is important to note that failure to submit the form by the due date, may result in an administratively assigned shop for your student. A copy of the letter is attached.

Important Reminders from Previous Newsletters

Breakfast/Lunch

Starting November 2nd, all students are eligible to participate in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) USDA meals program that is available until June 30th or until the funding is not available. This means all students will receive (at no cost) 1 full component breakfast and 1 full component lunch each day. Students in the building will continue to have their lunch shifts as normal. Remote students will now have the opportunity to order meals for the days they are learning remotely with 2 different pick up days (Tuesdays and Thursdays both 9:00 a.m. -10: 00 a.m.) Links for the remote ordering are on the school’s website homepage.

If at any time the district has to switch back to a paid program, families that feel they are eligible for either free or reduced breakfast and lunch pricing can visit http://www.myschoolapps.com to complete an application. If you already have been notified of your status from direct certification, an application does not need to be completed. 

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.

Remote Learning and Student Expectations

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

Students are reminded that their camera and microphone must be on during remote sessions, complete all assignments, check emails from teachers for attendance requirements during support sessions, and request any support they need to meet with success in all of their classes. Students are expected to be present for the entire class periods. We know this is challenging for all and we are here to help.  During the asynchronous (independent learning time), students should be completing all assignments in preparation for the next scheduled, synchronous (live) class time. It is important that all students are prepared for class periods and by completing these assignments it will provide teachers with the information they need to ensure positive student learning outcomes.

We must remind students given circumstances that have already appeared in other districts, that we will strictly prohibit screenshots, pictures and/or any audio or video recording of any teachers and/or classmates. It is illegal in Massachusetts to record another person through any medium without their consent.  Recordings, as well as any other form of online bullying or harassment will be handled as a discipline matter and may result in suspension, expulsion and could include police involvement.

Students are reminded of the District Expectations SY 2020-2021, and are thanked for their efforts during the first days of school.

 

Health and Safety

Stop the Spread!

The Commonwealth is launching a strategic testing program across Massachusetts for asymptomatic individuals in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Commonwealth urges residents in New Bedford and other high risk communities to get tested. Testing is FREE and available at the following New Bedford locations (more information can be found online at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread​:

  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center: 508-742-3807
  • Seven Hills Behavioral Health Van will be testing at various locations across the city (see website above for specific days/times.)
  • Sister Rose’s House: 508-996-0546

Please stay home if you are sick!

We are asking our students to stay home if they are ill. This will help to minimize the incident rates of the common cold, flu and COVID-19. If your student is experiencing any of the following, please keep them home and inform the GNBVT Nurses Office at Ext. 204 or 205:

  • Fever 100 and over or chills/shaking chills
  • Headache when in combination w/other symptoms
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Fatigue when in combination w/other symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion/runny nose (not due to other known causes/allergies) when in combination w/other symptoms

If your child is exhibiting any of the above symptoms please keep your child home and call your physician. You will be required to provide medical documentation upon the return to school.

Your student may return to school when the following are true:

  • Your medical provider has determined a different illness then COVID-19 and cleared student to return (medical note must be provided to school), OR
  • Your student has negative test results for COVID-19, no symptoms AND a note from their medical provider

PLEASE NOTE: If you should be notified that you are COVID positive or have been a close contact of a COVID positive individual, please contact your physician and notify the school nurse promptly. Our School Nurses will work with you to determine dates if it is appropriate for a student to return to school.

Student Travel to High Risk States​: All students and families are reminded that travel outside of Massachusetts to states deemed “High Risk” by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a 14-day quarantine or negative COVID-19 test that was administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival to Massachusetts. Proof of COVID-19 test results must be provided to the school’s Attendance Office.

Bus Routes

The capacity of students riding the bus to school has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bus routes are posted to the school website and are available here: ​https://www.gnbvt.edu/2020-2021-bus-routes/

Sincerely,

Principals Signatures Michael P. Watson, Academic Principal Robert J. Watt, CVTE Principal

Michael Watson, Academic Principal and Robert Watt, CVTE Principal

 

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, homelessness, immigration status or veteran status in its education programs and activities, including admission to or employment in such programs or activities.

James L. O’Brien, Superintendent-Director

Michael P. Watson, Academic Principal • Robert J. Watt, Vocational Technical Principal

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