• On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, BCTC's Joint Operating Committee approved our Continuity of Education Plan for the start of the 2020-2021 School Year. Please be advised, the plan is designed to be flexible and provides BCTC the opportunity to adjust or pivot at any time.

    Continuity of Education Plan Summary - 2020-2021 School Year (To view or download the completed document, click HERE)

    Continuity of Education is the overarching term for any educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure. It is important that students have the opportunity to develop and maintain skills while away from the customary school environment. This can be achieved through Planned Instruction, Enrichment and Review or a combination thereof in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.

    Planned Instruction: Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards.

    Enrichment and Review: Enrichment and Review consists of informal activities that reinforce or extend students’ prior learning. New standards and skills are not addressed through Enrichment and Review.

    Synchronous Learning: Occurs in real-time and may be in-person or through distance education methods. (Examples: in-class lecture, Live Schoology conference session, etc.)

    Asynchronous Learning: Occurs in a virtual environment and does not include live/real-time interactions between the teacher/student. (Example: Assignments/Labs are posted for completion within a set amount of time)

    The Berks Career and Technology Center is prepared to deliver high-quality instruction to our students regardless of the method of delivery. Through the use of a tiered approach, our students and staff will integrate a mixture of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction that may be delivered in-person, virtually, or through a combination of in-person and virtual (hybrid) methods.

                                                             

    Modes of Instruction

    ***Due to constantly changing circumstances, new information, and updated guidance, the Berks Career and Technology Center may be required to shift from one mode of instruction to another with little advanced notice. It is imperative we plan accordingly. ***

    In-person Learning

    • Return to regular in-person learning
    • Will follow the health and safety guidelines as developed within our JOC approved Health and Safety Plan
    • Assignments are graded and points may be deducted for late/incomplete work.
    • Attendance is counted towards work ethic grade
    • Delivery of new content is the expectation

    In-person Instruction Schedule

    Monday through Friday

    7:45 AM - 11:00 AM and 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM

    • Delivering in-person learning to all students
    • Follows sending school arrival/dismissal schedule
    • Virtual LRC will be available to students via Schoology if the regular LRC is not available.

     

    Hybrid Instruction

    • Instruction is delivered in a hybrid environment utilizing both in-person learning and virtual instruction options.
      • Virtual – Theory-based instruction/Obtaining online/virtual certifications (when applicable)
      • In-person – Skills-based instruction/assessment
    • Students will attend BCTC when assigned with student numbers and class rosters determined by the BCTC Return to Learning Plan/Emergency Instructional Time Template/BCTC Hybrid schedule while following any requirements set forth in an IEP.
    • All guidelines set forth in the Health and Safety plan will be followed when students/staff are in the building.
    • Daily engagements/interactions with both virtual and in-person learning students.
    • Teacher delivers content to both in-person and virtual students simultaneously through the use of previously posted assignments, live streaming conferences, other means as determined by the instructor. (Synchronous learning opportunities when appropriate and possible)
    • Delivery of new content is the expectation through both in-person and virtual instruction.
    • Assignments are graded and points may be deducted for late/incomplete work.
    • Attendance is tracked on a daily basis and counted towards the work ethic grade for both in-person and virtual instruction.
      • For students who do not log-in/check-in/participate, normal attendance procedures are followed.
      • Attendance for virtual learning students – ­see attendance section
    • Teachers follow their contract hours and deliver instruction from their classrooms.

    Hybrid Instruction Schedule

    Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

    • Students will attend BCTC on the days assigned according to the BCTC Return to Learning plan.
      • Sending schools who are full virtual – students from these schools will attend for in-person instruction based on the BCTC hybrid schedule developed in August 2020
      • Sending schools who are operating on a hybrid schedule – students from these schools will attend BCTC for in-person instruction on the same days they attend the sending school for in-person instruction (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday). Every Wednesday and days when not assigned to attend in-person learning at BCTC will be virtual learning days for these students.
      • Sending schools who are operating an in-person learning model five days a week – these students will attend BCTC for in-person instruction up to four days a week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday).
      • Wednesday will reserved as a full virtual day for all BCTC students.

    **The BCTC delivery model and operating schedules may be adjusted throughout the year**

    7:45 AM 11:00 AM and 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM

    • Delivering in-person learning to students in attendance.
    • Posting of activities and communicating and interacting with students virtually.
      • May be done through both synchronous and asynchronous methods.
      • Live Schoology Conference/MS Teams sessions with students both in attendance at BCTC and participating remotely.
    • Expectation is that teachers are available to virtual students to provide feedback on assignments and answer questions at pre-determined points throughout the day. (Built into the daily plan)
      • Online conferences/collaboration time are based on the sending school schedule.
    • Virtual LRC will be available to students via Schoology when the regular LRC is not available.

    Wednesday @ 3:00 PM – Q & A sessions

    • Strictly voluntary
    • No new information will be shared
    • Topics will be derived from the faculty
    • Topics addressed may be carried over to the Thursday Admin update meeting

    Thursday @ 3:00 PM – Administrative Updates will be provided on an as needed basis

    • Mandatory Attendance for Teachers, Technology Integration Coaches, Campus Counselors, and Educational Facilitators
    • New information and updates will be shared
    • Opportunities will be available for questions/discussions
    • Topics mostly derived from the BCTC Administrative Team and Admin Q & A

     

    Virtual Instruction

    • Planned Instruction is delivered virtually through Schoology, Microsoft Office 365, and other approved educational apps and services.
    • Enrichment and review activities are utilized to support planned instruction and may not be the primary method of instructional content.
    • Teachers follow their contract hours and deliver instruction from their classrooms. (As long as we are permitted to do so)
    • Refer to the Virtual Instruction student/staff expectations for more information.

    Virtual Instruction Schedule

    Monday through Thursday

    7:30 AM – 3:15 PM

    • Contractual hours are followed

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    • Availability for Meetings (Meeting dates and times will be shared in advance to allow for proper planning)
      • Weekly check-ins with instructors
      • Faculty meetings
      • Planning and preparation

    7:45 AM – 11:00 AM & 11:45 AM - 3:00 PM

    • Delivering virtual instruction through both synchronous and asynchronous methods.
    • Communicating and interacting with students.
    • Schoology Conference sessions.
    • Expectation is that teachers are available to students for questions. How that is accomplished is at the discretion of each individual teacher. There is no expectation that any teacher is expected to be online the entire time as long as there is sufficient monitoring of students in place.
      • Teachers may adjust their meeting/online/collaboration time based on the needs of the students and teacher.
    • Assignments are graded and points may be deducted for late/incomplete work.
    • Attendance is tracked on a daily basis and counted towards the work ethic grade for both in-person and virtual instruction.
      • For students who do not log-in/check-in/participate, normal attendance procedures are followed.
    • Virtual LRC will be available to students via Schoology.

    Friday

    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    • Students participating in asynchronous learning activities.
    • Teacher planning, preparation, and posting of asynchronous learning activities.
    • Opportunity to provide Mental Health interventions in the virtual environment.
      • Provide asynchronous lessons/activities and feedback and/or answering questions for students.
    • Virtual LRC will be available to students via Schoology.

    Monday and Wednesday @ 3:00 PM – Q & A sessions

    • Strictly voluntary
    • No new information will be shared
    • Topics/Content will be derived from the faculty participating in the sessions
    • Topics addressed may be carried over to the Thursday Admin update meeting

    Tuesday and Thursday @ 3:00 PM – Administrative Updates

    • Mandatory Attendance
    • New information and updates will be shared
    • Opportunities will be available for questions/discussions
    • Topics derived from a combination of the BCTC Administrative Team and Admin Q & A