Updated May 19, 2020
UPDATED May 19, 2020: A few notes for Property Pick Up.
If you or anyone you are with are displaying any of the early warning signs of COVID-19, do not enter the school property and contact your instructor through email or phone. We will make other arrangements for special circumstances.
Students may not congregate on school property. Please arrive at your scheduled time and exit the school campus afterwards to be considerate of scheduled times.
- All students must schedule a property pick up time in advance.
- All students must wear a face covering.
- Pick up from each program will be at the outside door to program. No building entrance for any students. Each back door will be blocked with a table or desk, ensuring contact free exchange.
- Students will remain in vehicle until scheduled time or door area is clear of any other student.
- If any student needs special arrangements, such as a student project pick up, OR items somewhere else in the room besides your locker, please speak with your teacher in advance to plan properly.
- Any money due can made by check to BCTC (no cash), receipts to follow at a later date.
- Proxy Card and Driving Pass must be turned in.
- No property will be turned over to anyone other than the rightful owner.
- Seniors will be given a BCTC lawn sign, you can pick up a lawn sign for a classmate.
- All drivers must exit BCTC property immediately upon receiving belongings.
- If you are an underclassmen and do not show up for the pick-up, your belongings will remain locked in your locked until we return to school, hopefully in August. Separate summer pick-ups at a different time will not be an available option.
UPDATED May 11, 2020: Click HERE to schedule your Property Pick Up.
Students - If you need to change your scheduled time -> select a new available time and email your Instructor so that time can now be release to someone else.
Please speak with your Instructor should special attention be needed, project pick up or other materials located somewhere besides your locker.
No building access will be granted to anyone, besides BCTC employees. No contact pick up will occur near outside classroom door.
Other instructions to be released as we near the pick up date.
UPDATED May 4, 2020: We hope we find you all safe and healthy at this time. In an effort to follow mandates established by our Berks County and State Government officials, we will be utilizing the dates of Thursday, May 28th and Friday May 29th to pick up personal belongings from BCTC, each teacher has been assigned one date.
We encourage all of you to schedule a pre-established no-contact appointment in advance with your Instructor. The schedule for appointments will be available beginning the week of May 11th, each instructor will then forward you detailed information regarding pick up procedures in an effort to maintain safe distancing.
More information can be obtained through your student’s instructor. This webpage will be updated weekly.
Of course, should the Governor extend or change our “Shut down” rules or timeline, this plan could also change.
Any further questions can be directed towards building administrators.
We thank you for your help and cooperation during the challenging time.
BCTC Administrative Team
UPDATED APRIL 21, 2020: As of today, we are developing a process for students to retrieve their belongings from each campus during the week of May 11th with opportunities to do so both during the day and early evening. Please know we will continue to heed the advice of our health and state officials as to the safety of our students and staff and these dates are subject to change based on that information.
Throughout the remainder of the 4th quarter, students are encouraged to continue logging into their Schoology accounts, participate in class lessons/discussions, and complete assignments on a regular basis. Each assignment that is posted is graded and failure to complete these assignments may result in a negative impact to their grade. It is imperative students complete these assignments in order for them to stay on track within their respective programs as the 4th quarter grades will be counted towards overall progress and final averages. Should an extenuating circumstance exist that prevents regular completion of assignments, those students must contact their instructor or a campus counselor.
The New Student Orientation night scheduled for May 6th and 7th will be postponed to a date closer to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. More information and details regarding the process for the ordering of supplies, kits, tools, textbooks, and uniforms, will be made available to those students shortly.
We are saddened we cannot celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors in a more traditional environment this year; however, we are preparing an alternate recognition ceremony to pay tribute to our 2020 senior class. Once those plans are finalized, we will share that information with all of you.
Finally, the last student day is scheduled for Thursday, June 4th.
UPDATED APRIL 6, 2020: Due to COVID 19, we are abiding by the Stay-at-Home request, therefore, please note that for our 7:30 pm, April 22, 2020 JOC meeting we will be holding it online. The details regarding public access will be posted on this website one week prior to the meeting.
UPDATED APRIL 5, 2020: This past week, BCTC launched our virtual education experience for our students. While this week was focused on review and practice, completing any outstanding 3rd qtr. work, and becoming familiar with the new delivery model, we had tremendous student participation and we thank you for your support and congratulate your son/daughter on a job well done! Starting, Monday, April 6th, we will move into the delivery of new content and all students are expected to participate in daily interactions with their teacher and complete all assignments.
To facilitate the virtual education experience, we will be utilizing various videoconferencing software through BCTC to deliver lessons in real-time designed to mimic the regular classroom environment to the extent possible. Furthermore, these lessons may occasionally be recorded for reference later by members of the class.
We have sent all primary contacts and email with a link to access the electronic parental consent form for your son/daughter to utilize their webcam with audio for full participation and immersion into the virtual environment. The form requires an eSignature and once completed, will be routed electronically to the teacher and front office. Should you have any questions or did not receive an email, please contact the program instructor.
We are asking to have all forms completed by Thursday, April 9, 2020.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation with this important matter and look forward to exploring this new technology so we may continue to offer a top-notch career and technical education.
UPDATED MARCH 27, 2020: Under direction of Governor Wolf, all Pennsylvania schools are closed until early April or longer; however, we are committed to providing a meaningful educational experience for our students during this time.
For the past several weeks the BCTC administration has been working on a plan to deliver education online in a virtual environment with your child. This week we are working with our teachers to launch a virtual education experience for ALL of our daytime students beginning Monday, March 30th. Our instructors are embracing this new normal in the absence of access to our career and technical school environment. We are committed to making the best of the online educational experiences for our students in this unprecedented time in history.
The expectation is that our students WILL participate in daily online activities and attendance will be taken. Instruction will begin on Monday March 30th. All work for the 3rd quarter is to be complete and submitted by Friday April 3rd.
We are looking forward to reconnecting with our students on Monday. Our teachers will be reaching out to their students by the end of this week. If your child has not already heard from their instructor, please reach out to them beginning on Monday March 30th.
Thank you in advance for your support as we work together to provide an enriched, meaningful experience for all of our students!
UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020: Over the past several days, our custodians have been hard at work deep cleaning and sanitizing our buildings. As of late afternoon, they have completed the process following specific guidelines developed by the Department of Health. All of our buildings will be closed off to faculty, staff, students, and visitors until we are cleared to return. Our team stepped up their game and work tirelessly to complete the process. We are incredibly thankful to have such a hardworking group!
UPDATED MARCH 17, 2020: Due to the unfortunate impact of COVID-19, all CTSO State Conferences have been canceled. This included HOSA, SkillsUSA, and FCCLA. Your advisors will be in contact in the near future.
UPDATED MARCH 16, 2020: Our campuses currently closed through March 27th under orders from Governor Wolf due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We will provide regular updates to our website and social media accounts relating to our campuses and educational program.
This morning, our Administration met to strategize and plan the next steps in response to the COVID-19 school closure. Several topics discussed included distribution of meals (breakfast and lunch) while our schools are closed. In situations where assistance is needed please contact your sending districts.
March's JOC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th has been canceled. All action required for March will be addressed at the April meeting.
UPDATED MARCH 13, 2020, 3:30p.m. : - A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Dr. James Kraft - This afternoon, Governor Wolf has closed all PA schools for a period of 10 business days to begin Monday, March 16th through and including Friday March 27th.
UPDATED MARCH 12, 2020, 6:15p.m. : - A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Dr. James Kraft - As of late this afternoon, several Berks County Schools have made the decision to close for a period of time. We have received telephone calls asking what this means for students from these districts who attend BCTC. Following our protocol for closures, BCTC students who attend a sending school district that is CLOSED is not to attend BCTC during the time of closure nor will BCTC provide bus transportation to and from those districts. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to keep our community informed of any changes that may occur to the BCTC schedule.
UPDATED MARCH 12, 2020: - A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Dr. James Kraft - This morning, at our West Campus, we conducted a Hold in Place procedure in order to investigate a health matter. After review of the situation we concluded in consultation with Berks County Emergency Management Services we were able to resume business as usual from that point forward.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
UPDATED MARCH 9, 2020: As the situation with the Coronavirus develops and new cases are being identified in Pennsylvania, we are taking precautions at the Berks Career and Technology Center to limit opportunities of exposure to the virus for our students and staff. In addition to increased cleaning and sanitizing practices, we will begin limiting folks who are not staff and students from entering our building. Therefore, until further notice we are closing our cosmetology clinics and the restaurants at both campuses to people outside of BCTC students and staff and those on official school business. During this time, students will have the opportunity to continue to provide authentic work experiences to and for BCTC staff and students.
We want to thank each of you who participate in these authentic learning experiences for our students and our hope is that this situation improves quickly and we can return to normal operations. We ask for your understanding as we take these steps to protect the health and welfare of our BCTC community.
In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact one of our campus administrators.
UPDATED MARCH 6, 2020: At Berks Career & Technology Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
At this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. As a career center, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Governor Tom Wolf, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Berks County Intermediate Unity. There is currently no recommendation to close schools in Berks County.
Precautionary measure we are taking to keep our school sanitized:
- Encouraging students to use hand sanitizer, placed in the entry way of the cafeteria and various locations throughout the building
- Disinfecting touch points throughout the building
- Disinfecting our buses
- Providing training on proper hand washing techniques
- Implement the use of Pandemic Illness Checklist, developed by the CDC
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a virus outbreak in our schools and community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.