Virtual Learning Info & Important FAQs

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On-Line Virtual Learning
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated May 28, 2020

REVISED FAQs

What is the last day of school?  The last day of school for ALL students will be Friday, June 12, 2020 This was approved at the April 27 school board meeting.

Will there be a Graduation Ceremony?  Yes.  BCTHS is planning an in-person ceremony for August 3, 2020 (rain date August 4, 2020) at the Neshaminy High School stadium and the school will also have a virtual ceremony on June 11, 2020.  Since our region remains under very strict stay-at-home orders, we are developing a virtual commencement ceremony in order for students to officially (and legally) graduate and move forward with their post-high school plans such as the military, employment, and/or college. Please understand that whatever in-person/live event that takes place must be within health and safety rules. Given the possible safety precautions, any live event would need to be highly regulated. 

Will there be final exams?  There will NOT be a traditional final exam for most students.  For any student who has a failing grade for the course will be given the opportunity to sit for a final exam in order to improve the grade.  Students with a passing grade will be EXEMPT from a final exam.

Will there be an Awards Ceremony?  We will NOT be able to hold an Awards Ceremony, but we will announce and distribute scholarships and awards to all seniors who earn them.  Those seniors will be notified through PPS.

How can a student get his/her personal belongings and turn in textbooks and Chromebooks?  We are developing a plan and procedure to allow students/parents to collect any items that remain at the school and to return items.  Seniors are scheduled to come into the building on June 8 and June 9 (see Senior news item on the BCTHS website).  A schedule for underclassmen to return to the building will soon be available.  The plan will follow all health and safety guidelines and will be highly regulated.  

How do we resolve any student (financial) obligation?  All seniors must resolve (pay for) any outstanding obligations in order to pick up their cap and gowns on June 8 and 9. Students/parents may use credit card, money order or cash when resolving these issues.  A schedule for underclassmen to return to the building will be available soon.  Personal checks will not be accepted.

How will students get their yearbooks and/or cap & gowns?  Cap and gowns may be picked up by seniors on June 8 and 9 (see SENIOR news item on BCTHS website) depending on the Technical program.  Unfortunately, yearbooks will be delayed and will not be available until this summer.

What about Class Rings?  How can my child get a class ring if one was ordered?  Parents will have the option to have the rings shipped to their homes (at the shipping cost) or wait until to pick them up at the school.  Parents should contact the Herff-Jones representative, Gary Lehman at 215-245-8660 or at GaLehman@herffjones.com.

What about the Senior Prom/Senior Class Trip?  Unfortunately, both events must be cancelled.  Students/parents will be able to receive a 100% refund for whatever they may have paid for either event.  The school has been contacting the affected parents about their refunds.

Previous FAQs

How long will BCTHS do online/virtual classes?  For the remainder of the school year.

What if I do not have a computer?  Students can use a smart phone to access the BCTHS Google Classroom.  Students/Families can also go to the school’s website under “Students” tab and fill out a help desk form.  In some circumstances, the school will offer paper/pencil alternatives.

What if my BCTHS Chromebook doesn’t work?  Students should fill out a help desk ticket located on the school’s website under “Students” tab.  The IT staff will be able to swap out an unusable Chromebook as long as a help desk ticket was submitted.  Similar to the Chromebook pickup process, a swap will be handled in the same safe manner.

What if I do not have the internet? On the BCTHS website, there is a list of internet providers offering free service during this shutdown.  Also, students can use the school’s WIFI from outside the building if needed.  All they need to do is use their BCTHS-issued Chromebook and the signal is strong enough from outside the building.  Security staff will be on hand during normal school hours to monitor any issues that may arise.  Note that students/parents are NOT allowed to enter the building during the shutdown.

How will the school take student attendance?  Attendance will be taken every day by submitting a Google Form to the school by 10 am.  This will be sent to the students every day via their BCTHS email.  Students can also access it under the “Students” tab on our website.  If a student cannot log in or get to the website, they may call in their attendance.  Just follow the prompts for attendance if calling.

What if my child is sick?  If a student is sick/ill and cannot complete the online work for the day(s), please call the school’s attendance line, just like previously (before the shutdown).  The student will then be marked as absent.

Can my child’s co-op continue during the shutdown?  Not as a school-sanctioned learning experience.  BCTHS will not allow students to remain on co-op during this time.  If a student wishes to continue to work, that arrangement is solely based up on the family and employer.  BCTHS has no authority or jurisdiction over this decision.

Do I have to do the assignments (does this count)?   Yes. The online classes do count as do any assignment the teachers assign, just like classes were before the shutdown.  Assignments should be completed on a daily basis and/or when due.  These assignments will be graded and added into the school’s grading system, Skyward.  Parents will be able to check their child’s grades in Skyward just as they have always done.  These assignments will count towards a student’s overall grade and GPA.

My child has an IEP/GIEP and/or a 504 plan.  How will you make accommodations?  Since BCTHS is closed for all students in accordance with Governor Wolf’s school closure order, the special education department is working diligently to provide your child’s GIEP, or 504 plan, or IEP to the maximum extent necessary and possible given the limitations of a virtual platform.  Parents/Students are encouraged to reach out to the child’s case manager or the Special Education Director to discuss the specifics of implementation and any questions or concerns you may have.  Please know that our school a staff and school will try its best.  Simply put, BCTHS personnel will give their best faith effort to provide a continuity of education for all of its students.

Will my child graduate if they do not take the NOCTI?  Yes.  Pennsylvania has waived the NOCTI requirement for seniors.  Assuming the student has enough credits to graduate (just like any year), seniors will earn their diploma and receive their program of study competency list.  Students will not be issued a Pennsylvania Skills Certificate because this is tied to the NOCTI, which will not be given this year.  BCTHS encourages all students to earn as many industry certifications as possible.

Will the cancellation of NOCTI tests affect my child’s ability to get a job or enter into college/post-secondary?  No. BCTHS has always put a big emphasis on NOCTIs, long before they became a state requirement.   With a hands-on and a written component, the NOCTIs are one way to demonstrate a student’s knowledge in their specific technical field – but it is not the only way. The reality is that this is just not possible to do this year, especially given the hands-on portion of the exam.   Although disappointing, not having the NOCTI will not hurt students going directly into the workforce or heading to college since so many of our students earn other industry certifications (e.g., ServSafe, ASE, Microsoft, OSHA, etc.). In addition to students attaining industry certifications, all seniors will receive a list of the competencies they have earned during their time at BCTHS. This competency (task) list is aligned with business and industry standards AND sanctioned by the PA Dept. of Education. To summarize, although it is disappointing that the school/state cannot have seniors take the NOCTI, students will be ready to enter their respective careers and colleges after graduation. 

What is the best way to reach my teacher?  During online classes, the best way is through Google Classroom or email.

How do I know if an event is cancelled or postponed?  All events for the year have been cancelled.

What about …..?  Contact the teacher for class-specific questions and issues.  BCTHS encourages you to communicate with the teacher regarding assignments, extra help, make-up work, etc.  For other questions, please contact the school’s Administrative Director, Leon Poeske (pay-ski), at lpoeske@bcths.com.

 

BCTHS will continue to add to these FAQs as necessary.

 

Days 1-6 ("White" days)

Block

Period

Time

9

10

11

12

1

1

 8:00 - 8:20

Acad.

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

Acad.

2

8:25 - 8:45

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

2

3

9:00 - 9:20

Acad.

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

Acad.

4

9:25 - 9:45

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

3

5

10:00 - 10:20

Acad.

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

Acad.

6

10:25 - 10:45

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

4

7

11:00 - 11:20

Acad.

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

Acad.

8

11:25 - 11:45

Tech/PE

Tech/PE

Lunch

12:00 - 12:30

Lunch

Help/Support

12:30 - 2:30

Office Hours (Add'l Help, Support, etc.)

 

Days 7-12 ("Blue" days)

Block

Period

Time

9 - AM Tech

9 - PM Tech

10

11

12

1

1

 8:00 - 8:20

Tech

Tech Elec.

Acad.

Acad.

Tech/PE

2

8:25 - 8:45

Tech Elec.

Tech/PE

2

3

9:00 - 9:20

Tech Elec.

Acad.

Acad.

Tech/PE

4

9:25 - 9:45

Tech Elec.

Tech/PE

3

5

10:00 - 10:20

Tech Elec.

Tech

Acad.

Acad.

Tech/PE

6

10:25 - 10:45

Tech Elec.

Tech/PE

4

7

11:00 - 11:20

Tech Elec.

Acad.

Acad.

Tech/PE

8

11:25 - 11:45

Tech Elec.

Tech/PE

Lunch

12:00 - 12:30

Lunch

Help/Support

12:30 - 2:30

Office Hours (Add'l Help, Support, etc.)

 

 

 

Tech Elec. = Read 180, Spanish, Math, Comp. Lit., WS, Sem., ESL

 

Free/Low Cost Internet Solutions

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FreedomPop - 4G LTE         

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NetZero - 10 hrs dial up         

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WiFi is also available in the Main parking lot area of BCTHS.  You must sign on using your BCTHS email and log-on information.  Please keep in mind the need to keep a safe distance from other individuals.  There are to be no groups congregating.

 

PDF VERSION OF DAILY STUDENT SCHEDULE

Revised 2019-20 Parent BLOCK Calendar

Revised 2019-20 ROTATION Calendar

 

 

 

 

 
 




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