What is BCTC’s plan on returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year?
Please see the document BCTC Return to Learning Plan for detailed information by district. Continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.
We have also developed plans for a hybrid and full virtual schedule should we need to go in that direction. Each of these plans were presented and approved by our Joint Operating Committee on August 5, 2020.
How can I find out the latest information regarding BCTC’s plan for the start of the school year?
The most up-to-date information can be found on our website at: berkscareer.com and on our social media pages; Twitter: @BerksCareer, Facebook: @BCTC.CE, and Instagram: @berkscareerandtech. Information will also be sent through our SchoolMessenger automated voicemail system to the families of all students.
Will BCTC be offering a virtual “option” for students for the 2020-2021 school year?
If BCTC is in session for in-person learning to occur in either a full in-person format or a hybrid format, we will not be offering a standalone full virtual “option” for students to participate in our programs for the 2020-2021 school year. The decision to not offer a virtual option is due to the importance of gaining valuable industry-based hands-on skills under the direct supervision of our instructors.
If my school is virtual and BCTC is open for students to attend in-person learning, will I still be able to attend BCTC?
Yes, you may attend BCTC under the BCTC A/B Hybrid model. Please refer to the BCTC Return to Learning Plan for detailed information and schedules by school district.
When is the first day of school for BCTC?
At our August 5, 2020 Joint Operating Committee meeting we moved the start date for our students back to August 26th. This will allow for additional professional development for our staff to ensure we are fully prepared to continue to provide a high-quality career and technical education to our students regardless of the instructional delivery format.
Please refer to the BCTC Return to Learning Plan for detailed information regarding start dates by sending school and groupings of students.
What is the schedule for Tulpehocken and Wilson students? How do we know what days they will be attending BCTC?
Tulpy will be in-person everyday through 9/8 and then every other day afterwards.
Wilson is running an A/B schedule. Both schedules are listed in the Return to Learning Plan.
What is the schedule for adult students with the current hybrid plan?
Daytime adult students will attend on a full or part-time basis Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be a virtual online instructional day for day adults. Adult Evening School courses will be offered in the fall. Communication from our Continuing Education department will be sent to all adult students regarding their schedule.
Can a student request to attend BCTC in-person for 5 days a week?
We understand the desire to have in-person instruction for 5 days a week, but at this time we are following the Return to Learning Plan. The BCTC schedule, which was based on the 16 sending school schedules, was designed to reduce the number of people in the building to allow for proper social distancing and safety measures. The administration will continue to monitor the schedule and will make recommended changes as the sending district schedules change. We are anticipating the current Return to Learning student schedule will be re-evaluated near the end of the first marking period (around October 30th). Parents and students will be notified if a change to the BCTC schedule would occur.
How does this schedule work for home-schooled students?
A student who is home-schooled should follow the schedule for the district in which the reside in.
How will transportation be handled for my sending school?
BCTC provides transportation to and from each of our sending schools to both BCTC campuses for the AM and PM sessions. BCTC will continue to provide transportation to/from the sending school on all days when students are expected to be in attendance for in-person learning at BCTC. Please contact your district school for more detailed information on how they are handling transportation to/from the sending school and home. Parents also have the option of dropping off and picking up their students from BCTC.
May students drive to BCTC?
Yes. Students will be able to drive to each campus with the proper permission forms completed and signed by both a parent/guardian and sending school administrator. Parking pass fees for the 2020-2021 school year will be waived. Parking passes are limited due to available spaces and will be offered on a first come first served basis at each campus. Parking pass forms can be obtained through the front office of each campus. BCTC also has permission forms available that can be completed for students who wish to carpool with other students. This form requires a parking pass and the approval of sending school administration and a parent/guardian for each student.
If a student drives, are they permitted to attend BCTC on non-scheduled days?
At this time, the answer is no. Our schedule was designed to reduce the number of people in the building to allow for proper social distancing and safety measures. The administration will monitor and adjust the schedules throughout the year. We are anticipating the current district schedules in effect until the end of the first marking period (around October 30th). Please note that if the sending district schedule changes then BCTC will also change the schedule for students from that district.
If parents will be dropping off their student, must they check into the office when they arrive or do they come directly to their class?
Parents do not need to check-in their student when dropping them off. When students arrive, they will go direct to their class. Students who are to be picked up prior to their regular dismissal will need to stop in the campus office. If the student is leaving at the regular dismissal time they do not need to go to the office.
How will BCTC work to ensure the safety of students and staff while on campus?
The BCTC administration and Pandemic Team have developed a comprehensive Health and Safety Plan that can be found on our website. The plan was presented and approved by our Joint Operating Committee on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and has also been submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This plan, along with the Continuity of Education Plan, will be updated throughout the school year and posted on the BCTC website.
May I bring a water bottle to school?
Yes. Staff and students are encouraged to bring water in a water bottle to school for use during their time at BCTC. Water fountains and water coolers will not be accessible to students.
May I use my sending school issued device (Laptop, iPad, etc.) for use at BCTC?
Yes. Students should bring and use their sending school issued device for their courses at BCTC. This will help to reduce the risk of transmission of germs from one user to another.
Is it possible for each instructor to have a web-cam for everyday instruction?
Yes. Our IT department has been hard at work purchasing, installing, and training teachers on how to use web-cams. We are about 95% covered at this point and will be fully covered by the start of the school year.
Are the Office 365 and Schoology Accounts set up and ready for students?
Yes, accounts have been set up and are ready to go. Accounts for new students have been created. For students returning, their passwords have been re-set. Log-in information will be provided via instructor on the student's first day of in-person instruction.
For assistance in logging into or accessing Schoology from home, please click HERE.
For assistance in logging into or accessing Office 365 from home, please click HERE.