2020-21 CAMPUS REOPENING NEWSLETTER
WELCOME TO WESTECH
A message from your principal Mr. Venuto
Students and Families,
The opening of the 2020-21 school year is unprecedented as we navigate through this current crisis. Dependent on new information, we continue to refine our reopening plans to ensure students are able to return to a safe learning environment.
By now you should have received information regarding our hybrid schedule which includes:
- an option form for remote learning
- current student schedule and designated rotation
- Chromebook distribution information for new students
- changes to fall athletics
We realize the challenges ahead and rely on our instructional staff to teach students in-person and in a synchronous format for those working remotely. Teachers have been equipped with various instructional technology platforms to help them perform this task, and our expectation for rigorous coursework remains the same, expecting students to adhere to due dates and deadlines set forth by teachers.
Additionally, afternoon time has been set aside throughout the week for students to receive virtual assistance from teachers and counselors which includes social-emotional support and opportunities to participate in clubs/activities virtually. Information from staff members will be forthcoming once the school year gets underway and families may reach out to individual staff to schedule a time.
I hope you find the next few pages of this newsletter informative. My virtual door is always open, and I welcome the opportunity to discuss issues or to answer your questions. I look forward to our anticipated partnership and continued support from parents, as we work together to ensure the success of our students. This will certainly be a community effort, and we ask for your continued support at home during the remote learning experience.
Enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer, and we will see rotation day "B" students on September 8th.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT WESTECH
The busing of students to and from BCIT is coordinated by the student's home sending district. You should be receiving information from your sending district about bus pick up and drop off times and locations, as well as safety protocol. Please contact them directly with any questions related to transportation.
STUDENT ENTRANCE DOORS
THERMAL CAMERA TEMPERATURE SCANS
Upon arrival, students will have their temperatures taken by a thermal camera system. Students with a temperature exceeding 100.4 will be brought to an isolation room, and families will be contacted to pick up their child immediately.
Once students' temperatures are scanned, they must practice proper social distancing and avoid congregating in large groups. Students can proceed only to the following areas: the atrium, cafeteria or auditorium. Students will not be allowed to congregate in the hallways prior to the homeroom bell. Administrators and staff will be present to monitor students and maintain safe practices.
DAILY STUDENT SCREENING FORM
FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS
BCIT will be providing each student with a set of 5 face masks; however, students are permitted to wear their own masks.
All students must adhere to the requirements below:
- FACE MASKS MUST FULLY COVER THE NOSE AND MOUTH
- FACE MASKS WITH HOLES OR OPENINGS ARE NOT PERMITTED
- FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES IN THE BUILDING, INCLUDING ON THE BUSES.
** PLEASE NOTE:
- FACE SHIELDS ARE ONLY PERMITTED WHEN WORN WITH A FACE MASK.
- BANDANAS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE WORN IN LIEU OF A FACE MASK.
HAND WASHING AND SANITIZING
LOCKERS, LOCKER ROOMS AND WATER FOUNTAINS
Due to health and safety guidelines, we have shut off all water fountains throughout the building. Students should bring their own water in a clear bottle/container.
PARENTS, STUDENTS & BCIT WORKING TOGETHER
HOW TO ACCESS THE PARENT PORTAL
In an effort to effectively communicate in real time, we will be sending student-related notifications to you electronically through text message and email. Please be sure your contact information in the Parent Portal is current and accurate.
All correspondences and student-related information are communicated and listed via Parent Portal.
Parents/Guardians are required to thoroughly review and update the following:
- All emergency contacts' home/cell phone numbers and full addresses
- Parent/Guardian home/cell/work phone numbers and home/work email addresses
- All relatives/persons authorized to pick up your child during the school year on your behalf
The following forms must be completed via the Parent Portal to view your child's class schedule
Identifying Rotation Groups in Genesis Portal
ATTENTION FULL-TIME REMOTE ONLY STUDENTS
STUDENT LIFE @ WESTECH
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
All rotation B students should be present in school on Tuesday, September 8th. All other students should sign on to the Google Classroom by 8:26 am. Invitations to Google Classrooms will be sent by individual teachers prior to the first day of school. The hybrid schedule below indicates which days your rotation meets.
2020-21 BCIT Westampton School Hybrid Schedule
BCIT Westampton 100% Remote Student Schedule
DRESS CODE EXPECTATIONS
The traditional BCIT dress code will be modified at the onset of the school year since students will not be permitted to utilize locker rooms for Physical Education & Career Major classes. All clothing must be school appropriate. As a guide to interpreting "appropriate" the following are examples of unacceptable dress and are NOT to be worn in school:
- Hats, gloves, scarves, & sunglasses
STUDENT ID CARDS
STUDENT MEAL INFORMATION
Student meals can be ordered for students using a Google Form which will be linked to our website prior to the first day of school. Forms need to be completed before 9:30 am each day.
All student meals ordered through our food service provider will be delivered & distributed during 4th block classes.
Use this link for free and reduced lunch applications and creating a cafeteria account.
How to Pay for School Fees & Visit the School Store
BCIT utilizes MySchoolBucks to collect payments from students and families for almost all school-related fees (field trips, dance tickets, AP testing, etc) .
*Please note, this feature is NOT for school cafeteria payments.
Create your free account today to easily pay for your student’s fees online or with on-the-go mobile app.
Also, with this account, you can visit our online MySchoolBucks School Store!
With MySchoolBucks you’ll be able to quickly browse school items and make payments from anywhere.
Get Started Today:
- Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the mobile app
- Create your free account and add your students using their school name / student ID
- Add school items or invoices to your cart
- Check out using your credit / debit card
P.R.I.D.E STANDS FOR...
Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort
The PRIDE Program provides an opportunity for students to be recognized for their individual efforts. PRIDE rewards students for behavior which exemplifies the highest standards at WesTech. PRIDE students are recognized on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis in a variety of ways including exclusive rewards and activities.
Any student possessing the following is eligible for participation:
- Effort to obtain good grades
- Works diligently
- Displays and maintains good behavior and school attendance
- Wants to be involved in WesTech student and campus activities and events
SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE
Student Assistance Coordinator
CHILD STUDY TEAM OFFICE
WE ARE A ZERO TOLERANCE CAMPUS
Students and families should be cognizant of our HIB Policy, as everyone has a responsibility to limit violating behavior. Any perceived incidents should be reported immediately to ANY staff member. Our HIB specialist is in place to handle these reports.
Through education, awareness and a positive school climate we hope HIB infractions are reduced to a minimum.
Mrs. Colleen Cech-Stevens
609-267-4226 ext. 8387
Dr. Ashanti Holley
609-267-4226 ext. 4607