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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

October 13, 2020

Good afternoon GNBVT families,

As we begin the fourth cycle of the school year, we continue to thank all of you (students, teachers, and families) as we adjust to a learning format that looks very different from past educational experiences.

A reminder that the school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:31 p.m.

 

Students on Campus this Week (September 28 – October 2)

 

Cycle 4 Begins

All Division 1 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program every day this week.

All Division 1 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (October 13th – October 15th) GREEN Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction while GOLD Cohort students complete their remote CVTE assignments. Friday (October 16th) GOLD Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction while GREEN Cohort students will complete their remote CVTE assignments. This will continue the following week on Monday October 19th and Tuesday October 20th.

All Division 2 students in academics complete all academic classes remotely through Tuesday, October 20th.

Students on Campus NEXT Week (October 19th – October 23rd)

Cycle 4 Continues through October 20th; Cycle 5 Begins October 21st

All Division 1 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program Monday and Tuesday (October 19th and October 20th).

All Division 2 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 21st, October 22nd, and October 23rd).

All Division 1 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors: Monday and Tuesday (October 19th – October 20th) GOLD Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction while GREEN Cohort students complete their remote CVTE assignments.

All Division 2 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (October 21st, October 22nd, and October 23rd) GREEN Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction while GOLD Cohort students will complete their remote CVTE assignments.

All academics will continue to be conducted remotely for all students/grade levels.

Transition to Phase 1B

The administration is working carefully with public health officials on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region and in the school reopening process. In keeping with a careful approach to school reopening, GNBVT is preparing a more cautious approach to bringing additional students in school for their CVTE instruction. The district is considering phasing Senior Students back into the school building for their CVTE rotations beginning November 6th (cycle 7 of the school year).

The decision will NOT be officially made until the week prior (week ending October 30th) – but for planning and transparency purposes, we wanted to share the next steps should public health data support that decision.

If implemented, all seniors in both the GREEN and GOLD cohorts will report for in-person CVTE education for all six days of their shop rotation.

Sophomore and Junior students will continue to operate in their shop rotations under the GREEN and GOLD cohort model.

Freshmen students’ schedules will remain as they are now. Academics will be conducted remotely for all students.

 

Trimester 1 Progress Reports 

Progress reports will be posted to the Aspen portal on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Parents should review student progress during Trimester 1 at this time.

School Forms & Informational Items

Later this week, we will be sending out via school messenger, school forms to be completed for your student through the ASPEN portal. Informational items such as annual letters, parking lot/school drop-off map, school lunches and accident insurance will be posted to the school’s website.

You may see all those BACK TO SCHOOL forms and a link to SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION (Student Handbook):

MCAS for Class of 2022 and 2023

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released preliminary instructions to districts regarding the MCAS assessments for this school year. DESE expects all junior students to take the assessments during this school year. These assessments will be administered beginning in the middle of January, 2021. Academic support preparation sessions will be offered to students in advance of these assessments and will be communicated by the end of this month. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to have their students participate in these sessions to ensure they meet the DESE competency determination. As you likely know, achieving a passing score on the MCAS assessment is a statewide graduation requirement.

All sophomores (Class of 2023) will take the MCAS assessments in May, 2021.

Important Reminders from Previous Newsletters

Remote Learning and Student Expectations

We really appreciate students’ active participation in the learning process during the first days of school, both in-person and especially during remote classrooms. Students are reminded of the District Expectations SY 2020-2021, and are thanked for their efforts during the first days of school.

IMPORTANT:

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.

 

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.

 

Finally, we expect students who must be quarantined (due to being a close contact or travel out of state) to complete the work assigned to them in all of their classes. If you have any questions regarding assignments for missed in-person shop time, please contact the shop teacher. We believe that this will keep students current in their work completion. Freshman students who will miss Exploratory time should contact Mr. Pimental (robert.pimental@gnbvt.edu) to discuss the situation.

 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is unable to complete their work due to symptoms, please contact their Guidance Counselor to develop a plan for work completion. If additional time is required on top of the district’s make-up policy, the Guidance Counselor will determine the plan and inform the student’s teachers.

 

Student Support Sessions during Remote Academics

Students may be required to attend the asynchronous (independent support sessions in the afternoons during their remote academic days. Mandated attendance is at the discretion of teachers. Teachers are monitoring student progress towards learning objectives and identifying students who are struggling with grade level concepts/ not submitting assignments that meet competency standards. Those students will be required to attend sessions and will receive notifications to their school emails. Parents/Guardians should be regularly checking the Aspen portal for updated grades and can also email teachers requesting support for their child(ren) should concerns exist.

Health and Safety

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.

EpiPen: If your student has a Life-Threatening Allergy and requires an EpiPen please notify the nurse if you have not received paperwork to complete. Students may bring in their EpiPen’s to school and provide one to the nurse and the other to be kept in their backpack.

Over the Counter Medications can be brought to school in a sealed bottle along with a Medical Doctor’s order. You will need to sign a Parental Consent form (from the school nurse) and return it to the nurse.

Inhalers: Students may bring their inhaler to school and keep it in their backpack. Parents/guardians need to obtain a medication order as well as sign a Parental Consent Form and provide to the nurse.

Updated Physicals: We ask that you provide a recent physical if you have not provided to the school nurse. Please include an immunization record of recent/future vaccines administered for this school year.

Locked Drop Box: There is a locked drop box for any student who wishes to drop off paperwork not requiring the immediate attention of the nurse.

Meningococcal Vaccination: For the 2020-2021 school year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is requiring proof of meningococcal vaccination for students entering Grade 11. According to this new regulation, all students should receive a booster on or after their 16th birthday. We ask that you provide proof of this immunization by submitting an updated immunization record prior to returning to school in the fall or once your child has turned 16 years old (during the school year). Please submit the required proof by attention to the school nurse.

FLU Vaccination: All students in Massachusetts are expected to have the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Please provide documentation from your child’s physician to the school nurse by the deadline. We thank you in advance for helping us maintain compliance with these new Department of Public Health mandates.

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.

 

Parent/Guardian Visits to GNBVT

Due to the enhanced safety and wellness measures we have put into place, we ask parents/guardians to first use email and phone calls to communicate with our staff. If a meeting is needed, our staff will set-up a virtual meeting with you. At this time, we will not be allowing parents/guardians into the school, unless it is an emergency. Please note you will not be granted access to the school if you do not have a scheduled appointment with staff prior. 

Technology

Any student in need of a Chromebook or Hotspot should call (508) 998-3321 ext. 383. Please email aspen@gnbvt.edu for ASPEN related issues only. If a student is unable to login to a Chromebook/Google or needs a password reset, please email technology@gnbvt.edu or call (508) 998-3321 ext. 383. If leaving a voicemail, please be sure to include your student’s name, ID and reason for calling.

Possip Parent Survey

A reminder to all parents that the district will be sending out a bi-weekly survey, on Fridays from Possip as a means to engage in productive, meaningful two-way communication with families. Please take a minute to complete the survey. The administration will answer the most frequently asked questions each week and try to address the concerns of all GNBVT stakeholders. Please tell us what we’re doing well and how we can improve!

School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Finally, families should note that if finances have been impacted by the current COVID-19 healthcare crisis, you do have the ability to apply for assistance (SNAP) through the State of Massachusetts. Please visit https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/ to apply for SNAP benefits or https://www.myschoolapps.com to complete the application for free or reduced pricing of school provided breakfast and lunches. If you have already 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

Please remember that we are here to assist you and your child in their education. We look forward to welcoming back our students both in the hybrid and remote environments. 

Sincerely,

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

Michael Watson, Academic Principal and Robert Watt, CVTE Principal

 

Vocational/Technical Remote Learning Days

Time/Day of Cycle Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 
7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in*
8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Shop Assignment Shop Assignment

Shop

Assignment

Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment
9:45 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. Shop Assignment Shop Assignment

Shop

Assignment

Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment
12:00 p.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Lunch

(times may vary)

Lunch

(times may vary)

Lunch

(times may vary)

Lunch

(times may vary)

Lunch

(times may vary)

Lunch

(times may vary)

12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in*
1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Shop Assignment Shop Assignment

Shop

Assignment

Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment
1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in* Student Check-in*
2:00 p.m.- 2:31 p.m. Shop Assignment Shop Assignment

Shop

Assignment

Shop Assignment Shop Assignment Shop Assignment
2:31 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Extra Help for Green and Gold Cohort Extra Help for Green and Gold Cohort Extra Help for Green and Gold Cohort Extra Help for Green and Gold Cohort Extra Help for Green and Gold Cohort Extra Help for Green and Gold Cohort

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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