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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,

We hope that this newsletter finds you well. As always, a reminder that the school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:31 p.m.

 

Students on Campus this Week (October 19 – October 23)

 

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

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

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

All Division 1 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors:

Monday and Tuesday (October 19 – October 20) 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 21, October 22, and October 23) 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.

Students on Campus NEXT Week (October 26 – October 30)

Cycle 5 Continues through October 28; Cycle 6 Begins October 29.

All Division 2 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (October 26, October 27, and October 28).

All Division 1 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program Thursday and Friday (October 29 and October 30).

All Division 2 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors:

GOLD Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (October 26th, October 27th, and October 28th) while GREEN Cohort students will have their remote CVTE assignments during those dates.

All Division 1 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors:

GREEN Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction Thursday and Friday (October 29 and October 30) while GOLD Cohort students will complete their remote CVTE assignments during those dates.

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.

 

Possip Parent Surveys

Every other Friday throughout the school year, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech will be sending a survey out to all parents through Possip. Possip is a parent engagement platform designed to get insights, feedback and information from parents/guardians of GNBVT students. The survey is structured in a way that it will take less than a minute or two to complete. We hope you will help us improve and participate every other week!

MCAS for Class of 2022

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) ​expects all junior students (Class of 2022) to take the MCAS assessments in ELA and Math between January 14th – February 5th. Academic support preparation sessions will be offered to students beginning in November. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to have their students participate in these sessions to ensure they meet the DESE competency determination. ​Achieving a passing score on the MCAS assessments is a statewide graduation requirement. ​Please use the following link to sign up for the Academic Support Sessions. ​MCAS Academic Support-Juniors Only

 

MCAS for Class of 2023

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

 

Guidance Department 

ATTENTION SENIORS! Financial Aid for College is available:

Get free help completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://masfaa.org/fafsaday/

The Educational Opportunity Center is offering FREE in person and virtual appointments to discuss college admissions, complete the FAFSA and other financial aid options, career planning, and more. For an appointment contact Beth Connelly-Sylvia at 508-996-3147 Ext. 3923 or ​bconnellysylvia@sevenhills.org​.

The GNBVT Scholarship and other locally funded scholarship applications are uploaded as we receive them. Please find them under the Guidance & Admissions tab at ​https://www.gnbvt.edu/scholarships/

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):

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.

 

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.

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​.

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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