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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 26, 2020

Good afternoon GNBVT families,

We hope that this newsletter finds you well. We appreciate the commitment to GNBVT by families, students, teachers and administrators.

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

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

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

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

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 29th and October 30th) 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.

 

Students on Campus NEXT Week (November 2nd – November 6th)

Cycle 6 Continues through November 5th; Cycle 7 Begins November 6th

All Division 1 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (November 2nd, November 3rd, November 4th, and November 5th).

All Division 2 Freshmen students report for their CVTE exploratory program Friday (November 6th).

All Division 1 Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors:

GREEN Cohort students will have their in-person CVTE instruction Monday (November 2nd) while GOLD Cohort students will have their remote CVTE assignments. GOLD Cohort students report for their in-person

CVTE instruction Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (November 3rd, November 4th, and November 5th) while GREEN Cohort students complete their remote CVTE assignments. This concludes cycle 6.

Information on Cycle 7, beginning Friday, November 6th will be sent out this week on Friday (October 30th)

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

Transition to Phase 1B

The administration continues to work carefully with public health officials on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region and in the school reopening process as we strive to move slowly towards Phase II of our reopening plan.

As we finalize our transition to Phase 1B, SENIOR (Grade 12) students (both cohorts GREEN and GOLD), should plan for full in-person instruction during their CVTE learning time. However, careful analysis of public health data continues and the district will send further communication on Friday, October 30th.

Again, we must stress that public health data and close consultation with local boards of health will drive this decision. Sophomore and Junior students will continue to operate their shop rotations under the GREEN and GOLD cohort model. Freshmen students’ will remain as they are now.  Academics will be conducted remotely for all students.

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 will be on the school website on Thursday this week.

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.

Open House 2020

Open House 2020, currently scheduled for Sunday, November 22nd, will look very differently from the past.  Open House experiences at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Obviously, access to the building will be restricted and tours of our school will not be possible on this date.  The district is planning for this event now and will be releasing information during the week of November 9th! 

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.

 

MCAS Support Sessions for the Class of 2022 (Grade 11)

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 (Grade 10)

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.

 

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​.

We thank you for your continued support and focus on supporting all Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech students during this challenging time!

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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