BCIT MEDFORD NEWSLETTER

September 2020

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Parents & Students:


What an interesting start to the 2020-21 school year! The entire BCIT Medford staff is extremely proud of our students for creating such a successful opening. This year has presented our students and staff with countless obstacles that we have never had to deal with in the past. With that said, the energy from the staff and the students has been positive everyday since we opened school on September 8th.


We are all aware of the challenges that the Hybrid Schedule and Remote Learning have created for the students and the parents. I personally want to thank our parents for their support as we continue to push forward and work to provide our students the best possible learning environment during this unique time.


Please read through the newsletter as there are several updates for parents and students. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact anyone of the administrative team.


Thank you and be safe!


Mike Parker

Principal, BCIT Medford

Student Screening Procedures

Please be certain to monitor your child's health everyday that they are assigned to attend school on campus. If you child is not feeling well or has multiple symptoms from the screening form, please keep you child home from school. Please refer to the image below how to address any concerns regarding possible COVID symptoms.



Also, please be aware of the Travel Restriction that are currently in place for the state of New Jersey. Once again, if you have any questions contact the nurse at the number above.

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Parent Google Classroom Tutorial

How to Use Google Classroom for Parents!
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Revised: BCIT 2020-2021 DISTRICT CALENDAR

The district professional day for Oct. 23rd has been moved to Oct. 30th.


October 23rd will now be a "B" Day for our Hybrid students with all other students working remote on this day.

IMPORTANT: All students will be remote on November 3rd for Election Day!!!

Important Upcoming Dates...

  • Oct 7 Exploratory 2 Ends
  • Oct. 12 School Closed (Columbus Day)
  • Oct 13 Underclassmen Photo Day
  • Oct 13 5:00-8:00PM Underclassmen Photos (Remote Students Only)
  • Oct 14 Underclassmen Photo Day
  • Oct 14 1/2 Day In-service
  • Oct 15 Underclassmen Photo Day
  • *Oct 23 Calendar change - B day (No Longer Staff In-service)
  • Oct 26 Exploratory 3 Ends
  • *Nov 3 Calendar change - All Students Remote
  • Nov 17 Exploratory 4 Ends
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School Picture Day!!!

Hybrid Student Picture Day:
Students will take their picture during their assigned A, B, or C Cohort Day. Students assigned to A Day will take their picture during school hours on October 13th, B Day students are scheduled for October 14th and C Day students are scheduled for October 15th.


Remote Student Picture Day:
Students will take their picture on October 13th from 5pm-8pm. In order to enter the building, students must have their COVID Form completed on Genesis for October 13th. ONLY STUDENTS ARE PERMITTED IN THE BUILDING! All non-BCIT students must remain in the car. Prior to entering the building all students will have their temperature checked.

Hybrid Meal Delivery on Campus...

In order to more efficiently provide our Hybrid students their meals when on campus, the students are now retrieving their meals from the cafeteria at dismissal. This new procedure has worked well over the last week and will stay in place permanently.


Please remind your child when you are ordering meals so that they know to stop by the cafeteria during dismissal.

SCHOOL LUNCH INFORMATION

School meals will be very different this year as we adhere to the current regulations due to the pandemic. BCIT has worked closely with our food service provider to create a safe and efficient system for ordering and obtaining meals at school.


Breakfast will be served each morning in the cafeteria under strict social distancing regulations. A limited number of students will be permitted in the cafeteria at one time as staff members will monitor the area. Students will enter the lunch line and purchase their pre-packaged meals and have a seat at designated locations in the cafeteria.


Lunch will require pre-orders through a Google Form that will be located on the Medford Homepage and students will also have access either through their email or Google Classroom. Lunch orders need to be made the evening before students report to campus on their assigned day. If parents and students forget to make their order, students will have the ability in homeroom to complete their order online on their Chromebook or personal device. During 4th block the food service provider will begin to deliver the meals to the classrooms for the students to take home. Students will receive 5 meals: (3) Lunches & (2) Breakfast meals. Students will not be permitted to eat lunch in school or on the bus. Please reinforce with your child that they need to wait until they get home to eat their lunch.


In order to help eliminate spread of the virus, we highly recommend going cashless!!! We are asking that parents sign up for the online service, School Cafe, to pay for all meals. There are links below to set up an account.


Please follow the link below for school lunch information including free and reduced lunch applications.


Contact Food Services: foodserviceoffice@burlcoschools.org

Free & Reduced Lunch Questions: ginac@burlcoschools.org

SCHOOL CAFE

Please register on School Cafe to manage your student's school lunch account. Please note this is the only system to make school lunch payments.


Payments should not be made on myschoolbucks.com.

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TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Your sending district will provide your transportation information. BCIT does not coordinate transportation for our students. Any questions or concerns pertaining to transportation must be directed to your sending district.

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IMPORTANT LINKS

MySchoolBucks is the payment system that should be used for student fees and fines as well as for payments for special activities. MySchoolBucks should not be utilized for school lunch payments. Please use the above link to register for a parent account.

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STUDENT PARKING

Parking Registration must be completed online using the Google Form linked below. Students should sign into their student accounts to complete registration.


The following information is required in order to obtain a parking permit:

1. Drivers license

2. Registration

3. Insurance card

4. Make, model, and year of the vehicle

5. License plate #

Photos of documents (license, registration, insurance) must be uploaded directly to the Google Form.


If you have any questions please email studentparking@burlcoschools.org.


Once your application for a parking permit has been received, the Main Office will be in contact to complete the registration process. As this may take a couple of school days, please be patient and wait for the Main Office staff to contact you.

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FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Looking for national scholarships? Complete the registration at www.fastweb.com to receive email notifications of scholarship programs.


Visit www.meritaid.com to find merit-based scholarship opportunities from colleges before you apply. This website can help students with merit-based scholarships from colleges that reflect your accomplishments and interests.


Another good resource for researching scholarships is www.finaid.org .

Paper FAFSAs will no longer be delivered in bulk to high schools. Students are able to obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for faster processing. A PDF version of the FAFSA is also available for download at www. studentaid.ed.gov.


The US Department of Education sponsors www.studentaid.ed.gov, which provides helpful information on preparing for college, types of financial aid, determining who is eligible for financial aid, how to apply for aid with the FAFSA, and information on repaying your loans.

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Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Information

Creating a positive learning environment is essential to the success of all students at BCIT Medford. The state of NewJersey has very specific guidelines for schools to follow in an effort to eliminate acts of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) with an educational setting. BCIT-Medford enforces these guidelines to the full extent of the state guidelines and regulations. The full district Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) policy can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook.


If you have any questions regarding Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), please contact our HIB Specialist, Mr. Jeff Pensabene at jpensabene@burlcoschools.org.


For further information regarding Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), please click on the link below.

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EXPLORATORY: CAREER MAJOR SELECTION PROCESS

The purpose of the Career Major Exploratory Program is to expose all incoming students to a select number of career options prior to their selection of a career major course. The student, parent, guidance counselors, Child Study Team, and career major instructor will participate in the career major selection process.


PROCEDURE:

Each entering student will have four exploratory cycles in career majors during the first semester of his or her initial year at BCIT. Students will select three career majors and will be assigned to one non-traditional career major. New student exploratory programs will be scheduled in the fourth block of each day.


At the conclusion of the fourth exploratory cycle, the student will have the opportunity to select first and second career major choices, with the advice of his/her parent/guardian and career major instructor.


All students will then be ranked in each CTE area based on their academic performance. Guidance counselors will assess and match students to their career major choices dependent upon each student’s ranking, space availability in the career major program, and student/parent selections for first and second choices. It is important that students perform their best in each exploratory in an effort to get their 1st or 2nd choice of Career Major.

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At the current time the District has not made a decision regarding Winter Sports

Student-athletes must have a valid physical and other required forms on file with the nurse’s office prior to participation in athletics. The school’s physician must approve all physicals completed by any private physician prior to final clearance.


Our school physician performs physicals at each campus. We recommend that student-athletes get a physical at school as this helps to streamline the approval process (less paperwork). If you plan on getting a physical at Medford Tech, you must call the nurse's office and make an appointment prior to getting the physical.

Click Here for the Medford Tech Sports Packet

This packet contains all the forms that need to be completed in order to participate in any athletic program.

Click Here for Medford Tech Athletic Registration

All student-athletes must register online every season (fall, winter, & spring) in order to be able to participate.

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SCHOOL TO WORK

The School to Work office is available to offer connections to employment in your students chosen career major field. Please contact Mr. John Demree at jdemree@burlcoschools.org for more information.
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Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening Procedures:

In the event of a campus emergency or inclement weather, students will be contacted using information stored in Genesis, our electronic student information database. Parents should be reminded to ensure that their contact information is up-to-date.


In addition, we will post a Special Alert Message on our website.

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