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NCC Vo-Tech School Reopening Information

This past week brought us unexpected snow days and remote days during our hybrid learning schedule. It is important to be able to alter plans as situations change, and we thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we revised our decisions on 2-1-21.

HYBRID 2.0

Now that families have responded to the survey about in-person class attendance, we will have information to share with you next week regarding the start date of our Hybrid 2.0 schedule. 

REMINDER: NO CLASSES ON MONDAY, FEB. 8

Monday is a professional learning day for staff and there are no classes for students.  Schools and offices will be open if you need to contact anyone. All students will have classes on Tuesday, Feb. 9, including in-person classes for those 10th graders who participate in-person.

FOR ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

The following message is being shared by school districts across New Castle County with families who have school-aged children:

During the first week of February, we celebrate National School Counseling Week.  School counselors play an important role in helping students maintain connections to their families, friends/classmates, school and community.  

During COVID-19, a number of our students struggle to maintain these connections and need our help to do so during these unprecedented times.  

Because we know that many/most teenagers do not openly share their feelings with adults, it is important that we (parents/caregivers and school) routinely check in with our children to see how they are doing.  Here are some typical check-in questions that may help with starting those conversations:

  • What went well today?  What didn’t go well today?
  • What is something you’re proud of?
  • Tell me one positive and one negative thing that happened today/this week.
  • Even though there are a lot of struggles this school year, are there any parts of it that you like? 

Please consider putting the following information in your home so you can access it in an emergency:

For Parents and Caregivers

  • Mobile Response & Stabilization Services 1-800-969-HELP (4357)
    • A free, 24/7 service for hotline support, mobile outreach and walk-in crisis services

For Students

  • Crisis Text Line: Text DE to 741741
    • A free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis

If at any time your child is struggling to maintain connections at home, school or in the community, we encourage you to reach out to your School Counselor for support. Additional mental health supports are available at your school-based Wellness Center.

  • At Delcastle: Guidance Office: 995-8080; Wellness Center: 892-4460
  • At Hodgson: Guidance Office: 834-7233; Wellness Center: 832-5400
  • At Howard: Guidance Office: 571-5421; Wellness Center: 576-8080
  • At St. Georges: Guidance Office: 449-3600; Wellness Center: 449-3370

CELEBRATING FEBRUARY

February is Black History Month and CTE (Career and Technical Education) Month across the country.  One way NCC Vo-Tech is recognizing both is by highlighting contributions Black Americans have made (both current and historical) to the 40 career fields of study offered in our high schools.  Each day this month, we are featuring a program or two on our district and school Facebook pages.  At the end of the month, we will make all of these daily posts available on our websites. Links to your school’s Facebook page can be found on your school website.  The district Facebook link is Facebook.com/NCCVTSD.

Please continue to wash your hands, stay socially distanced, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID19 in our community.

-NCC Vo-Tech

Today’s message includes links to the 1-14-21 parent webinar and changes to the in-person class schedule.

 

NCCVT LIVE PARENT WEBINAR ON NEW HYBRID IN-PERSON CLASSES

Last week’s parent webinar focused on a new 2-day-per-week hybrid schedule for students who select in-person classes. This new schedule, named Hybrid 2.0, is tentatively scheduled to begin February 16.

To watch a recording of the 30-minute webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/4WpCNVbYihw

To watch a Spanish version of the recorded webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/Vegd5x3LAEo

 

REMINDER: COMPLETE PARENT SURVEY BY WEDNESDAY AT 4 PM

Parents – If you have not done so, please complete the survey sent to you Friday morning by your school. If you have not received the survey link, please check your spam/junk folder. If it is not there, contact your school for the link.

 

CHANGE: TUESDAY, JAN. 26, WILL BE A FULLY-REMOTE INSTRUCTION DAY

Tuesday, January 26, is the first day of the 2nd semester. Many students will have new classes, new teachers, and new classmates. In order for teachers to be able to meet all of their new students online and to provide course expectations, in-person hybrid classes for 10th grade students will not be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Instead, students in all grades will have a mandatory, fully-remote learning day with synchronous sessions. In-person hybrid classes for 11th grade students begin Wednesday, Jan. 27. In-person hybrid classes for 9th grade students begin Thursday, Jan. 28 (see change below). Friday, January 29th will continue as an asynchronous learning day with learning centers still available.

 

CHANGE: IN-PERSON CLASS DAYS FOR 9th AND 12th GRADE TO SWITCH

Beginning with the 2nd semester, in-person days for 9th and 12th grade will switch. Mondays will be for 12th grade in-person classes, and Thursdays will be for 9th grade in-person classes. In-person classes for 9th grade students begin Thursday, Jan. 28. This change will be in effect until the district shifts to the new hybrid, 2-day-per week schedule. In-person for 12th grade will be Mondays; for 10th grade will be Tuesdays; for 11th grade will be Wednesdays; for 9th grade will be Thursdays.

 

HALF-WAY POINT IN THE SCHOOL YEAR

The first semester and 2nd marking period end this week – we want our students to finish strong. Please encourage your student to complete all assigned work and to prepare for end-of-course assessments. It is hard to imagine that we are at the half-way point of this school year. Despite the frustrations and disappointments, our students are meeting the challenges this pandemic has created. We are proud of them and are hopeful that the second half of the school year allows for more of them to return to in-person classes with their own teachers.

Please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

NCCVT LIVE PARENT WEBINAR ON THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 6:30 PM

Don’t miss our live online webinar for parents tomorrow night. The webinar will provide specific information about concluding the first semester and will introduce details about a new in-person hybrid model in which students will attend classes with all of their own teachers 2-days-per week while following their own daily schedule. This new hybrid schedule will not begin until mid-February. Parents must register for the webinar in advance no later than 6:00 p.m. on Thursday to participate. When you register, you will fill out a brief form and receive a link to the webinar. Please save the link in order to attend the event. A Spanish version of the webinar will be recorded and shared early next week.

 

To Register, visit: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hta2IQh_jUO9xr0hTYKb0ktelFilUVRPugGxFVIG9LpUMTQ3UFc0UjE2VjNORDdSRTQzUEdUUDMySC4u

 

PARENT SURVEY FOR NEW HYBRID MODEL

This Friday (1/15/21), your school will email to you a link to a new parent survey. The survey will ask if your student will attend in-person classes when the new hybrid schedule begins in mid-February. Details of the new schedule will be presented with the survey. The survey must be submitted by Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4 PM. We appreciate your cooperation in responding promptly when the survey is sent.

 

Please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

 

Previous Weekly Updates

With Winter Break beginning Dec. 23 through January 3, we want to provide important information about a few changes coming in January. Please watch a 5-minute video message from NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent Joseph Jones at this link: https://youtu.be/rmOxqngsSY4

 

CHANGE TO RESTART OF IN-PERSON CLASSES

Throughout this pandemic, one of our goals has been to provide opportunities for all students to be as successful as possible.

 

When Governor Carney requested that schools pause in-person instruction from Dec. 18 until January 11 due to the increase of COVID cases, we agreed to observe the request. Upon taking a closer look at our January instructional and assessment schedule, it seemed disruptive to open for in-person classes for one week (beginning Jan. 11), then switch to fully remote for a week of test prep, review and assessment (beginning Jan. 19).

 

In order to give all students more time with their academic teachers online, so they can better understand and prepare for end of course requirements, classes for students who are attending in person will not resume until Tuesday, January 26. The Friday Learning Center program, for those students who have been attending, will continue as scheduled, resuming January 8.

 

JANUARY SCHEDULE

  • After winter break, classes for all students will resume Monday, January 4, using a fully-remote schedule for two weeks.
  • Students will be off on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Students will begin assessment prep and review January 14th.
  • Final assessments are due January 21st and 22nd.
  • Students will be off on Monday, January 25th for a staff professional day.
  • Tuesday, January 26th is the beginning of our second semester and the third marking period.
  • For those students who attend in-person, we hope to resume those classes on Tuesday, January 26th, depending on guidance from the state regarding the level of COVID spread in the community.
 

IN-PERSON SCHEDULE MODIFICATION

In order to increase student time with their own academic teachers, we are changing our in-person hybrid schedule. In January, we will provide details on the new schedule which increases the number of days students attend each week and the amount of time they are with their own academic and career teachers.

We will send a survey to all families in mid-January, asking you to commit your student to either in-person classes with the new hybrid schedule or to a fully-remote schedule for the remainder of the pandemic emergency. We will send details of the new schedule in January.

 

REMINDER: PLEASE REPORT POSITIVE COVID TESTS TO YOUR SCHOOL

Even though schools are on winter break, if your student tests positive or must quarantine, it is important for you to contact your school nurse as soon as possible. Nurses will be checking emails and voicemails throughout the break. You may not receive a response from the nurse until January 4, but it is important to inform the nurse. If your student has not been attending in-person classes, you should still contact your school nurse. See email addresses below. If you have questions regarding COVID positive and quarantine requirements, contact the Delaware Division of Public Health at 866-408-1899 or your primary care provider.

 

Delcastle School nurses: Julie.Morgan@nccvt.k12.de.us Joan.Wilkie@nccvt.k12.de.us
Hodgson School nurses: Tracy.McMullen@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

Christine.Moses@nccvt.k12.de.us

Howard School nurses: Ursula.Ferrari@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

Joan.Holveck@nccvt.k12.de.us

St.Georges School nurses: Stephanie.Britz@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

Megan.Slocomb@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

CURBSIDE MEALS TO GO

NCC Vo-Tech Nutrition Services will resume curbside meals to go on Monday, Jan. 4. Meals are available for pick up at all four high schools from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

EMERGENCY HELP

Please call the Delaware 211 Helpline if you experience a food, housing, mental health, or medical care emergency.

 

KNOW AN 8th GRADER WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN NCC VO-TECH?

Admissions applications are due January 13 from 8th grade students who live in New Castle County and who are interested in attending a NCC Vo-Tech high school next year. If you know any prospective students, please direct them to the admissions section of our website for information on how to apply.

 

We thank our students, their families, and our staff for pushing forward through this most unexpected school year. We all have endured disappointments and frustrations, yet we have found new and creative ways to teach and to learn, to celebrate achievements, to win sports competitions, and to stay connected.

 

Enjoy your winter break, stay safe, and be hopeful for what 2021 may bring.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

Based on the increase of COVID-19 cases in the community which has caused operational issues in some school districts, Governor Carney announced late today that he is recommending schools take a pause from hybrid, in-person classes starting Monday, December 14 through Friday, January 8. Winter sports practices may continue, provided social distancing and masking guidelines are followed, but no competitions will be permitted beginning Dec. 14 until January 11 at the earliest. Fall sports will continue as planned.

 

Though our schools have not faced significant operational challenges like some other school districts in the state, we will observe the recommendation based on the community spread and move to fully remote instruction beginning Dec. 14. Activities such as Drivers Ed driving sessions and senior pictures will continue as scheduled during the weeks of Dec. 14 and January 4. We will provide additional details in coming days.

 

We appreciate the continued cooperation and support of our families and staff.

 

To read the Governor’s entire message, visit: https://news.delaware.gov/2020/12/03/message-from-governor-carney-on-covid-19/

 

Please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when with anyone who does not live in your immediate household. Also encourage your student to do the same whether in school or in the community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

Our schools have successfully completed five full weeks of in-person classes in the hybrid scenario. Though the number of positive COVID-19 cases has continued to increase in our community and across the country, we are doing our best to be able to remain open for in-person classes. Please watch a 3-minute video message from NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent Joseph Jones at this link: https://youtu.be/6_q8_EKIhNA

 

REMINDER: PLEASE REPORT POSITIVE COVID TESTS TO YOUR SCHOOL

It is important to immediately let your school know if your student tests positive or is told to quarantine. By identifying cases quickly, contact tracing can begin and families can be notified. During this Thanksgiving break, positive tests and quarantine cases should still be reported to your school nurses and to the school principal. See email addresses below.

 

Delcastle

Principal: Hayes@nccvt.12.de.us

School nurses: Morgan@nccvt.k12.de.us

Wilkie@nccvt.k12.de.us


Hodgson

Principal:

Colihan@nccvt.k12.de.us

School nurses:

McMullen@nccvt.k12.de.us

Moses@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

Howard

Principal:

Hill@nccvt.k12.de.us

School nurses:

Ferrari@nccvt.k12.de.us

Holveck@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

St.Georges

Principal:

Reynolds@nccvt.k12.de.us

School nurses:

Britz@nccvt.k12.de.us

Slocomb@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

ARE WE CHANGING TO FULLY REMOTE?

With community spread of COVID increasing, please be aware that we may have to change from hybrid to fully remote instruction at any time. Some school districts in our area have already had to make this change. If it becomes necessary to return to fully remote, we will inform you immediately. In the meantime, please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when with anyone who does not live in your immediate household. Also encourage your student to do the same whether in school or in the community.

 

REQUEST FROM DELAWARE DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Division of Public Health (DPH) has asked school districts to provide the following recommendations to families to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 infection in the community:

 

    • Only dine socially (at home and in restaurants) with those who live with you.
    • Don’t spend time socially with people outside your household
    • Don’t hold holiday dinners with those outside your household – even family members
 

According to DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, data shows the primary way in which COVID-19 is being spread is at in-door social gatherings, whether at a house party, casual dinner, or restaurant, where people take off their masks while they eat, drink and chat with people outside of their immediate household.

 

KNOW AN 8th GRADER WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN NCC VO-TECH?

Admissions applications are now available for 8th grade students who live in New Castle County and who are interested in attending a NCC Vo-Tech high school next year. If you know any prospective students, please direct them to the admissions section of our website for information on how to apply.

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were not able to host the annual Open House events at all four schools. We will be posting opportunities for virtual tours and information events in coming weeks. Prospective families with questions may contact the NCC Vo-Tech Office of Admissions at 995-8035 and 995-8188, or the Spanish line at 995-8036.

 

Please check the links below in the Family Resources section for helpful information. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes information on a class schedule adjustment for next Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24, an update on positive COVID cases, and planning for the holiday break.

 

Our schools have successfully completed four full weeks of in-person classes in the hybrid scenario. During this same time, the number of positive COVID-19 cases has been increasing in our community and across the country. Health experts warned that with the colder weather and upcoming holiday season, the number of COVID-19 cases would likely increase.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT NCC VO-TECH?

While our schools have reported a few student and staff positive cases, cases did not spread in our schools. Our students who are attending in-person classes and staff are following school safety requirements, and their cooperation has helped to keep our incidence rate low and allowed us to remain open. We realize that this could change at any time, and if it does, we will inform you immediately. In the meantime, please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when with anyone who does not live in your immediate household. Also encourage your student to do the same whether in school or in the community.

 

CHANGE TO SCHOOL SCHEDULE NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY (NOV. 23-24)

All students will have synchronous classes on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24. There will be no in-person classes at school for 9th and 10th grade students. This change will allow teachers to connect with all of their students prior to the holiday break. Students should check Schoology for their schedule on those two days. Curbside meals are available for pick-up next week only on Monday, Nov. 23, from 7:00 AM until 1:30 PM. Athletic practices and games will continue as scheduled. Schools are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25-27. In-person classes will resume Monday, Nov. 30.

 

REQUEST FROM DELAWARE DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Division of Public Health (DPH) has asked school districts to provide the following recommendations to families to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 infection in the community:

 

    • Only dine socially (at home and in restaurants) with those who live with you.
    • Don’t spend time socially with people outside your household
    • Don’t hold holiday dinners with those outside your household – even family members
 

According to DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, data shows the primary way in which COVID-19 is being spread is at in-door social gatherings, whether at a house party, casual dinner, or restaurant, where people take off their masks while they eat, drink and chat with people outside of their immediate household.

Click here for additional information on how to have a safe holiday, and what to do if you travel.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

Watch for a video message early next week from NCC Vo-Tech School Superintendent Joseph Jones.

 

KNOW AN 8th GRADER WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN NCC VO-TECH?

Admissions applications are now available for 8th grade students who live in New Castle County and who are interested in attending a NCC Vo-Tech high school next year. If you know any prospective students, please direct them to the admissions section of our website for information on how to apply.

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were not be able to host the annual Open House events at all four schools. We will be posting opportunities for virtual tours and information events in coming weeks. Prospective families with questions may contact the NCC Vo-Tech Office of Admissions at 995-8035 and 995-8188, or the Spanish line at 995-8036.

 

Links are still being added to the Family Resources section below. Please check for new information. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes information on students wanting to change from fully remote to hybrid, an update about meal services, and calendar reminders.

 

As we come to the close of the first marking period on Friday, our schools have successfully completed two full weeks of in-person classes in the hybrid scenario, with one grade level attending per day. Many students are participating, and their transition to the classroom has been smooth.

 

WE CHOSE FULLY REMOTE AND NOW WANT TO SWITCH TO IN-PERSON

The 2nd marking period begins Monday, Nov. 2. If you had previously selected fully remote instruction for your student but now would like your student to attend in-person, please contact your school’s guidance office as soon as possible. It is important for schools to know how many students to expect for in-person attendance.

 

NUTRITION SERVICES UPDATE: MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Breakfast and Lunch at school is free of charge for all students. Students walk to the cafeteria in small groups to make their selection and then they take the meal back to the classroom to eat. Safety measures are in place to protect students while they are served in the cafeteria.

 

Curbside meals are still available for pick up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM. On Mondays and Wednesdays, each student will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, on Fridays they will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. We will adjust the number of meals provided at curbside pick-up based on a student’s in-person schedule.

 

Curbside meal pick-up will be closed on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11th and also during Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, Nov. 25th and Friday, Nov. 27th.

 

SCHOOL CLOSED, NO CLASSES ON TUESDAY, NOV. 3, ELECTION DAY

Please remember that 10th grade students do not attend in-person on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Tuesday is Election Day, and there are no classes for students online or in person. Schools will also be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, in observation of Veterans Day.

 

KNOW AN 8th GRADER WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN NCC VO-TECH?

Admissions applications are available beginning Monday, Nov. 2nd to 8th grade students who live in New Castle County and who are interested in attending a NCC Vo-Tech high school next year. If you know any prospective students, please direct them to the admissions section of our website for information on how to apply.

 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to host the annual Open House events at all four schools. We will be posting opportunities for virtual tours and information events in late November and early December.

 

Links are still being added to the Family Resources section below. Please check for new information. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes links to recordings of the last NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar, an update about meal services, and information about how our families will be notified when a positive COVID case is identified in their school.

 

NCCVT START STRONG LIVE WEBINAR: STUDENTS RETURNING TO IN-PERSON CLASSES

Last week’s live parent webinar focused on what to expect when students return to in-person classes this week.

 

To watch a recording of the 30-minute webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/AoDxuYvK7Zg

For a Spanish version of the recorded webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/HCnjxmZwgGc

 

To review answers to questions that were submitted during the webinar, please visit: in English / in Spanish

 

NUTRITION SERVICES UPDATE: MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS
Breakfast and Lunch at school is free of charge for all students. Students walk to the cafeteria in small groups to make their selection and then they take the meal back to the classroom to eat. Safety measures are in place to protect students while they are served in the cafeteria.

 

Curbside meals are still available for pick up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM. On Mondays and Wednesdays, each student will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, on Fridays they will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

 

For convenience, students who are attending in-person classes on Mondays and Wednesdays or the Learning Centers on Fridays are able to take meals home with them at the end of the school day. Students should look on Schoology for a form to reserve pickup meals and to view more details on the pickup procedure at their school.

 

COVID NOTIFICATIONS

We are happy to welcome students back to in-person classes this week. Though we expect everyone to follow all safeguard measures, we know it is possible that positive COVID cases will occur.

 

As required by the state’s emergency order, when your school becomes aware that a student or staff member has tested positive and was in the school building at the same time as students, you will be notified by your school. Families will receive an email and an automated phone message. These messages will be form notifications, as schools are not permitted to provide specific information about individuals. Positive case information also will be available at this website when there is information to share.

 

All families will receive the notifications, regardless of whether or not your student is attending in-person classes.

 

DOES A POSITIVE COVID CASE MEAN THE SCHOOL WILL CLOSE?

School will not automatically close when a positive case(s) is reported. The recommendation to close a school will come from the Division of Public Health (DPH) if the Office of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology recommends it based on their assessment of significant disease spread in the school. It is not likely that one case will cause a school closure - particularly if those who are determined to have been in close contact with the positive individual are contained in one area. If multiple cases in several classrooms happen and it seems that infection has spread between classrooms - then it is possible that the school would close at least for a short period to reduce spread. There could be multiple cases in several classrooms, but the point of infection can be traced to exposure outside of the school - such as a parent who is working outside of the home – and that may lead to a decision not to close. Because each case is unique, the decision depends on the assessment of the epidemiologist.

 

If community-wide spread becomes an issue, then the decision about school closing shifts to the Governor, based on public health advice as part of an emergency order. In this situation, the decision would be based on countywide or statewide data.

 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY STUDENT WAS EXPOSED TO A POSITIVE CASE?

Any close contacts of the person who tested positive will be identified for contact tracing by the school nurse and the DPH epidemiologist, who will determine if anyone must quarantine and be tested. If you are not contacted, your student is not considered to have been a close contact.

 

An example of when a student would be told to quarantine: If a person tests positive and was less than 6 feet apart from your student for more than 15 minutes and either the positive person or your student did not wear a mask, your student would need to quarantine.

 

An example of when quarantine would not be required: If a person tests positive and was 3 feet or more apart from your student for more than 15 minutes but both were wearing a mask the whole time, your student would not need to quarantine.

 

For additional information, please contact your school nurse.

Delcastle Joan Wilkie 302-995-8094 joan.wilkie@nccvt.k12.de.us
Hodgson Tracy McMullen 302-834-0655 tracy.mcmullen@nccvt.k12.de.us
Howard Ursula Ferrari 302-571-5423 ursula.ferrari@nccvt.k12.de.us
St Georges Stephanie Britz 302-449-3625 stephanie.britz@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

We have had a great first few days of in-person classes. Our school staff, administrators, parents and students have worked together to prepare for a successful return. We thank everyone for the effort and partnership that has been required to enable us to reopen in the hybrid, one-grade-a-day scenario.

 

Links are being added to and updated at the Family Resources section below. Please check for new information. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes important information about in-person classes beginning next week, tomorrow night’s NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar, and a student roundtable discussion on Remote Learning.

 

NCCVT START STRONG LIVE PARENT WEBINAR TOMORROW NIGHT, OCT. 15, 6:30 PM

Don’t miss our fourth live online webinar for parents tomorrow night. The webinar will provide specific information about returning to school in-person which begins next week. Parents must register for the webinar in advance no later than 6:00 p.m. on Thursday to participate. When you register, you will fill out a brief form and receive a link to the webinar. Please save the link in order to attend the event. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during the webinar. A Spanish version of the webinar will be recorded and shared later in the week.

To Register, visit: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hta2IQh_jUO9xr0hTYKb0lqruVI9HAhFqYIC289af3dUMDU2STRZSVBOR1QyRVZLVE9IMFBUVjJUUyQlQCN0PWcu

 

FOR STUDENTS RETURNING IN-PERSON: HYBRID PLAYBOOK

A Student Hybrid Playbook presentation which describes “how to” procedures for riding the bus, walking between classes, picking up meals in the cafeteria, and other in-school activities has been posted for your student on your school’s Schoology site. Please encourage your student to watch this presentation. If you have questions, please contact your high school directly. Click your school name to view your school’s version: DelcastleHodgsonHowardSt. Georges.

 

The return to in-person classes will only work if students follow all safety requirements and instructions at all times.

 

SCHOOL BUS PROCEDURES

Instructions on riding the school bus are posted on your student’s Schoology site and are included in the Playbook mentioned above. Please review (in ENGLISH / in SPANISH) if your student is returning to in-person classes and will use the school bus.

 

DOES YOUR STUDENT HAVE MASK ENDURANCE?

Students returning to in-person classes next week must wear face masks at all times except when eating. If your student has not been wearing a mask for extended periods of time, it is best to begin doing so now in preparation for next week.

 

HAND SANITIZER CONCERN?

Hand sanitizer is available throughout the school in all classrooms and common spaces. Students returning to in-person classes are encouraged to wash hands and use sanitizer frequently. If your student is unable to use hand sanitizer for any reason, please send an email to or call the school nurse at your school listed below. Include your student’s name and your name in an email.

 

Delcastle Joan Wilkie 302-995-8094 joan.wilkie@nccvt.k12.de.us
Hodgson Tracy McMullen 302-834-0655 tracy.mcmullen@nccvt.k12.de.us
Howard Ursula Ferrari 302-571-5423 ursula.ferrari@nccvt.k12.de.us
St Georges Stephanie Britz 302-449-3625 stephanie.britz@nccvt.k12.de.us

 

WHAT OUR STUDENTS THINK ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING

See NCC Vo-Tech students discuss their experiences with remote learning on this 25-minute YouTube presentation tonight at 6:15: https://youtu.be/Xu3oo--kvxs

The presentation can also be viewed after tonight using the same link.

 

END OF 1st MARKING PERIOD

There are just about two weeks to go in the first marking period which ends Friday, Oct. 30. Please encourage your student to keep up with assignments.

 

AND FINALLY

We are fully prepared and excited to welcome students back to in-person classes next week. For many students, it will be their first time back in the building since March 13. For our 9th graders, it may be the first time ever in the building! Our teachers and support staff have everything in place for students to have a successful experience. We all are being asked to do things we have never done before. The school day will be different and there are new procedures to be followed. Students must remain distanced in classrooms, during meals, and when walking in the school. They must wear their masks and wear them over the nose. Reminders are posted throughout the schools. With all of these safeguards and procedures in place, issues will arise and will be addressed. Please stay in contact with your school administrators if you have specific questions or concerns.

 

Links are being added to and updated at the Family Resources section below. Please check for new information. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes important information about school bus transportation, student COVID testing, and the next NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m.

 

INFO ON SCHOOL BUS STOPS

Bus route/stop information cards will be mailed to all students tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 9). Routes and stops have been created for all students in the event that all would choose to return to in-person classes. If your student is not returning in-person or is returning but will not use school bus transportation, you still will receive a bus stop information card - please disregard.

For those planning to use school bus transportation, bus route information will also be available on HAC (Home Access Center) on Friday.

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions which limit the number of students permitted on a school bus, the school district will not be able to issue bus passes for individual students who request additional pick-up or drop-off sites.

 

NCCVT START STRONG LIVE PARENT WEBINAR THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 6:30 PM

Don’t miss our fourth live webinar for parents online next Thursday evening. The webinar will provide specific information about returning to school in-person which begins the week of Oct. 19. Parents must register for the webinar in advance no later than 6:00 p.m. on Thursday to participate. When you register, you will fill out a brief form and receive a link to the webinar. Please save the link in order to attend the event. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during the webinar. A Spanish version of the webinar will be recorded and shared later in the week.

To Register, visit: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hta2IQh_jUO9xr0hTYKb0lqruVI9HAhFqYIC289af3dUMDU2STRZSVBOR1QyRVZLVE9IMFBUVjJUUyQlQCN0PWcu

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF COVID-19 TESTING?

Testing helps us find people who are positive so that they can be isolated and their contacts can be quarantined in order to reduce disease transmission. Testing is not a substitute for the three most effective actions to control the spread of disease – wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and staying socially distanced. Testing does not eliminate the risk - it is just one more tool we use to help reduce the spread of the disease. A negative test result does not mean you will stay negative and does not mean you don't have to do the big three. We had good participation at the student COVID-19 testing events held earlier this week. Free tests continue to be available at sites throughout New Castle County. Click here for information.

 

RETURNING STUDENTS: PLAYBOOK “HOW-TO” PRESENTATION POSTED NEXT WEEK

A Student Playbook presentation which describes “how to” procedures for riding the bus, walking between classes, picking up meals in the cafeteria, and other in-school activities will be posted next week on all student Schoology sites. Links will be shared with parents in next week’s Reopening Update. Please encourage your student to watch this presentation. If you have questions, please contact your high school directly. The return to in-person classes will only work if students follow all health and safety requirements.

Links are being added to and updated at the Family Resources section below. Please check for new information. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

NCCVT RETURN-TO-SCHOOL SURVEY LINK IS OPEN

All NCC Vo-Tech parents must complete this Return to In-Person Instruction (ENGLISH SPANISH survey – submit one for each student in your household who attends a NCC Vo-Tech high school. Complete the survey by Wednesday, Oct. 7. We must identify each student who will be returning for in-person learning. If you select “yes,” that means your student will attend school in-person one day a week. If you select “no,” that means your student will remain in the current remote-only learning scenario.

 

LINK TO PRE- REGISTER FOR FREE STUDENT COVID TESTING

New Castle County will host free, drive-through COVID testing for any NCCVT student on Monday, Oct. 5, at Delcastle from 2:30 to 7:30 PM, or Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Hodgson from 2:30 to 7:30 PM. Delcastle is now listed as a site for Oct. 5. Hodgson is to be included in the listing later today for Oct. 6 appointments. Parents should pre-register for an appointment at this link: https://delaware.curativeinc.com/welcome

 

NCCVT START STRONG LIVE WEBINAR ON STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

If you were not able to log on for the third live parent webinar Wednesday night, slides from the presentation can be found here: NCCVT Start Strong 09/30/20

To watch a recording of the 15-minute webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/rh24DlZuppk

For a Spanish version of the recorded webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/ectFaDcsJFc

 

IN-PERSON CLASSES BEGIN OCTOBER 19

We are happy to welcome students back to our schools the week of October 19: 9th graders on Mondays, 10th graders on Tuesdays, 11th graders on Wednesdays, 12th graders on Thursday. With just over two weeks to go, it is important for parents and students to continue to read and listen to messages and updates from your school and from our school district. Specific information on transportation, athletics, and new procedures our students must follow during the school day will be posted on Schoology and sent through email. If you have questions, please contact your high school directly. The return to in-person classes will only work if students follow health and safety requirements.

 

Visit the Family Resources section below for information on student self-screening, mental and physical health supports, childcare, wifi connections, and free COVID testing sites. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes important information about next week’s parent survey, free COVID-19 tests for all NCC Vo-Tech students, and the next NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

 

NCCVT START STRONG LIVE PARENT WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 6:30 PM

Don’t miss our third live webinar for parents online Wednesday evening. The webinar will provide specific information for parents about how to access supports for students during remote learning such as school counselor services, co-op and college application help, etc. This webinar will use the Microsoft Teams platform. Parents must register in advance no later than 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday to participate. When you register, you will fill out a brief form and receive a link to the webinar. Please save the link in order to attend the event. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during the webinar. A Spanish version of the webinar will be recorded and shared later in the week.

TO REGISTER, visit: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hta2IQh_jUO9xr0hTYKb0lqruVI9HAhFqYIC289af3dUQVZTQkxVSFNHUFRFTjNJN1JWQVhWV0hMUiQlQCN0PWcu

 

LOOK FOR RETURN-TO-SCHOOL PARENT SURVEY NEXT WEEK

Our school district is set to open with in-person classes for students the week of October 19. In this scenario, students attend school one day a week by grade level and continue with remote instruction the other four days. We will send a choice survey next week for all parents to complete. You must choose one of two options: to have your student attend school one day a week; or, to have your student remain in the current remote-only learning scenario. Classroom assignments, transportation, and meal service will be determined based on your response.

 

STUDENT COVID TESTS OFFERED PRIOR TO RETURNING TO IN-PERSON CLASSES

NCC Vo-Tech is partnering with New Castle County Government and the Delaware Department of Emergency Management to provide free COVID testing for students PRIOR to the start of in-person classes set to begin the week of Oct. 19.

 

New Castle County is offering drive-thru testing at two locations:

  • On Monday, October 5, from 2:30 to 7:30 PM at Delcastle
  • On Tuesday, October 6, from 2:30 to 7:30 PM at Hodgson

 

The goal is to identify any possible risk of asymptomatic students who could accidentally spread the virus. We strongly encourage EVERY STUDENT to get tested, though it is not required.

 

Registration for the test is required and a link for pre-registration will be provided to you once we receive the information from New Castle County.

 

Any NCC Vo-Tech student can go to either testing location – it is not just for students attending those schools. If you have children attending other schools in other school districts, they can also be tested at the same time. Parents and other family members may also be tested. Tests are done by mouth swab. If it rains, tests will be conducted indoors (face masks will be required). Look for testing registration information next week.

Visit the Family Resources section below for information on mental and physical health supports, childcare, wifi connections, and free COVID testing sites. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

We have just completed our second week of remote learning. Students have met their teachers and are getting acclimated to the new format for instruction. We are working to alleviate technology issues that may occur, and we appreciate the patience of our students and parents as we respond to requests for help.

 

NCCVT Start Strong LIVE Parent Webinar on Technology, Meal Service, and Q&A

If you were not able to log on for the second live parent webinar Tuesday night, please watch a recording of the 30-minute webinar here: https://youtu.be/MnOtcp0lOg8

For a Spanish version of the recorded webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/Rjpm44lYAQo

 

Meal Service Hours at All NCCVT High Schools Extended

NCCVT Nutrition Services has extended distribution service hours at all four schools, Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, and St. Georges, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Parking lot signs at each school will guide you to the pick-up locations.

Meals are free of charge and available for any student 18 years or younger, whether or not you participate in the School Meal Benefits Program. Meals may be picked up by parents, relatives, or the students themselves. If families have children in the household who are not students in NCCVT, they still will be served at any of our high school distribution sites. No identification is required.

 

Meal Service When Hybrid, In-Person Classes Begin

School meals will continue to be distributed for drive-up service, and breakfast and lunch will be served in school each day for those students who attend. Additional information on how meal service will be handled during in-person school days will be provided prior to the start of in-person attendance. Questions? Visit https://www.nccvtns.com/

 

As we move closer to the option of offering in-person classes in mid-October, it is important for parents and students to continue to read and listen to messages and updates from your school and from our school district. Specific information on transportation, athletics, and new procedures students must follow during the school day will be sent in coming weeks. If you have questions, please contact your high school directly. The return to in-person classes will only work if students follow health and safety requirements.

 

Visit the Family Resources section below for information on mental and physical health supports, childcare, wifi connections, and free COVID testing. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes important information about the next NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m., and an update to hours for the drive-through school breakfast and lunch program at all four high schools.

 

NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss our second live webinar for parents online Tuesday evening. The webinar will provide specific information for parents on the district’s Technology applications, our new Schoology access for parents, an update on meals served at all four schools, and answers to parent questions that were submitted during the first webinar on Sept. 1. This webinar will use the Microsoft Teams platform. Parents must register in advance no later than 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday to participate. When you register, you will fill out a brief form and receive a link to the webinar. Please save the link in order to attend the event. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions about Technology during the webinar. A Spanish version of the webinar will be recorded and shared later in the week.

TO REGISTER, visit: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hta2IQh_jUO9xr0hTYKb0lqruVI9HAhFqYIC289af3dUREdVNVJGSFBYMEkyVzdFMkFBU1ZOQVQ0WiQlQCN0PWcu

 

WELCOME BACK! Meals at All NCCVT High Schools – Change in Pickup Time

NCCVT Nutrition Services was happy to see hundreds of families who picked up meals this past week. Meals can now be picked up any time from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at all four schools. Friday pick-ups will now include 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches per student. Meals are free of charge to any student 18 years or younger, and may be picked up by parents, relatives, or the students themselves. No identification is required.

If families have children in the household who are not students in NCCVT, they still will be served at any of our high school distribution sites. Questions? Visit https://www.nccvtns.com/

 

High School Sports

The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors voted yesterday to allow high school fall sports to begin later this month. The plan must be approved by the State Board of Education, which meets September 17. If approved, we will provide additional information on how this impacts NCC Vo-Tech athletes.

Students have just completed their first week of school, and we realize that remote learning is a challenge for all. We hope it was a good week. Thank you for your partnership in helping your student stay engaged and motivated to learn. If you have questions, please contact your high school directly. We look forward to bringing students back for in-person instruction as soon as possible, but until that time, please continue to read and listen to messages and updates from your school and from our school district. Visit the Family Resources section below for information on mental and physical health supports, childcare, wifi connections, and free COVID testing. Continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

This week’s message includes important information about the NCC Vo-Tech school breakfast and lunch program, which will begin Wednesday, Sept. 9, with drive-through pick-ups available at all four high schools.

NCCVT Start Strong LIVE parent webinar on Remote Learning Guidelines

If you were not able to log in for the live parent webinar Tuesday night, please watch a recording of the 30-minute webinar here: https://youtu.be/vw91O33OFi8

For a Spanish version of the recorded webinar, visit: https://youtu.be/Q8ZOpPMxL04

Answers to questions that were submitted during the live webinar will be posted in coming weeks.

NEW! Starting Wednesday, Sept. 9, Meals at All NCCVT High Schools!

NCCVT Nutrition Services is pleased to announce that all four schools, Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, and St. Georges, will be serving meals-to-go beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Breakfasts and lunches, featuring student menu favorites, will be packaged for grab and go outdoor distribution.

WHEN: Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, then each Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. only.

WHAT: Whether you pick up in the morning or at mid-day, each student meal package will include 2 complete breakfasts and 2 complete lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays; 1 breakfast and 1 lunch on Fridays. Meals will include storage and reheating instructions. Most meals will require refrigeration.

WHERE: Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, St. Georges – follow signs in the school parking lot.

WHO: Any student 18 years or younger, whether or not you participate in the School Meal Benefits Program. Meals may be picked up by parents, relatives, or the students themselves. No identification is required.

COST: Meals are free of charge to all.

SAFTEY PRECAUTIONS: Participants who are picking up meals are asked to please wear a face mask. Nutrition Services staff who are distributing packaged meals will be wearing face masks.

MORE DETAILS: The USDA Summer Food Service Program has been extended, due to COVID-19, until December. Students may go to any site that distributes meals, not just their specific school or a school in their specific school district. Students who have received meals this summer at other locations may continue to do so or may go to any NCC Vo-Tech high school. If families have children in the household who are not students in NCCVT, they still will be served at any of our high school distribution sites. Questions? Visit https://www.nccvtns.com/

WHEN IN-PERSON CLASSES BEGIN: Additional information will be sent to you before in-person classes begin. In the meantime, Meal Benefit Forms for the 2020-21 school year will be available at all school distribution sites. Families will be able to submit completed forms at these locations.

School begins with remote learning for all students on Tuesday, September 8, and to that we say, “Welcome Back!” Please continue to read and listen to messages and updates from your school and from our school district. If you have questions, please contact your high school directly. Enjoy this upcoming holiday weekend and please remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

The school district will announce in advance when in-person instruction will begin, and will also provide information on daily schedules, transportation, and meal service. Prior to in-person instruction, the district will share safety requirements, school building procedures during in-person class days, school bus procedures, and answers to questions. Please review this information when it is provided in order that you and your student are fully prepared when in-person instruction begins.

Remote Learning Guidelines

If you did not have the opportunity to review the infographics sent last week describing our Remote Learning Guidelines (English / Spanish) or the Special Education and Support Services (English / Spanish), please do so.

Your Teachers Are Back!

More than 500 NCC Vo-Tech teachers, para-educators, specialists, support staff, and administrators attended the virtual “Start Strong” Zoom opening day event on Monday, Aug. 24. During the next two weeks, staff will continue learning about and preparing for remote instruction which begins September 8.

COVID-19 Student Health Assessment Self-Screening Tool

When students return for in-person instruction, they will be required to perform a health screening each morning before leaving for school. Please review this self-screening tool provided by the Division of Public Health.

Watch For Remote Learning Information Sessions for Parents

Need more information about remote learning expectations, daily schedules, attendance, or technology? NCC Vo-Tech will host brief virtual information webinars (in English and Spanish) for parents beginning next week. Sessions will be scheduled in the evenings and last approximately 20-30 minutes. Look for the webinar announcements next week on your school or the school district website calendar.

It’s a LOT

We know you are receiving many messages and communications from your school, our district, and soon, your student’s teachers. It can be overwhelming. When you or your student need help or clarification, please reach out. Contact your school directly – emails and phone messages are being answered, even though the buildings are not yet open to the public. Also, our students’ physical, emotional, and mental health continue to be a priority. Please contact the Wellness Center (School-Based Health Center) at your school or visit https://christianacare.org/services/primarycare/pediatrics/highschoolwellnesscenters/ for information. The Centers are open and serving students. Also review the Family Resources section below for a list of helpful resources.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we learn together how to best serve and support our students during this time of remote instruction.

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

After reviewing responses from the parent and staff surveys, discussing our reopening plans with teachers, staff, and school administrators, and posing questions to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), it became clear that our community is not fully ready to support the hybrid face-to-face option, and that taking a delayed, more careful approach would be best for our students and staff.

This decision was difficult. Our district Safe Return to Schools work groups and teams worked throughout the summer to develop plans and schedules for how to safely reopen, and these plans will be utilized if we are able to move to a hybrid option in October. Many families who responded to our survey indicated they were comfortable or somewhat comfortable sending their student back to school with our hybrid plan but more than half were not comfortable sending their student if positive cases of COVID-19 were identified in their school. DPH has said that schools should expect to have positive cases once schools reopen. To those families and students who were ready, we are sorry for having to delay that opportunity.

We are pleased to report that our remote learning plan is fully developed and ready to launch. All students will attend classes with a set daily schedule. Please read the Remote Learning Guidelines (English/Spanish) summary document for information on daily and weekly schedules, grades, and attendance.

Additionally, please read the Special Education, Special Services, Mental Health Supports (English/Spanish) document for information on how we will continue to support our students’ educational, social, and emotional needs during this time of remote and hybrid learning.

Please look for more specific details to be shared by your student’s school and teachers, including Chromebook/iPad distribution for freshmen, student meals, schedules, student supports, and extra-curricular opportunities.

While we are disappointed that we will not be welcoming our students back in person to start the school year, we will provide a quality remote learning experience that keeps our students and staff safe. We want to thank our many school district stakeholders who provided input to help us make this important decision.

Please continue to read updates sent to you by our district and your school, posted on our district and school websites, and shared on social media and Schoology. We appreciate your flexibility and support as we ready our staff to begin the 2020-21 school year. Stay healthy, practice social distancing, and please wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

We will announce a reopening decision the week of Aug. 17. Please know that safety is our primary concern, and if we reopen with a hybrid model, we will meet or exceed all requirements outlined by the Delaware Division of Public Health for reopening schools. Please refer to these guidelines at https://www.doe.k12.de.us/cms/lib/DE01922744/Centricity/Domain/599/ddoe_returningtoschool_guidance_final.pdf

What if the hybrid model is offered and I don’t want my student to attend in-person?

Several parents have asked this question – a fully remote option will be available to any parent who indicates that preference. However, because of the need to establish bus routes, students will not be able to change from remote to hybrid to remote. If the hybrid plan is offered, parents will be asked to select hybrid or fully remote. If hybrid is selected, those students are expected to attend unless they are sick or in quarantine.

School Calendar – The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8. If there is a decision to offer a hybrid plan, students would begin with remote learning on September 8 and would not begin in-person until the week of September 14 at the earliest.

Fall Sports – The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) Board of Directors has recommended to delay the start of the fall sports seasons until at least December, when a condensed version of the season may be scheduled. Student athletes are encouraged to continue their personal conditioning routines.

Chromebooks/iPads for Grades 10, 11, 12 – The district Technology Department asks if a student needs repair/maintenance on a Chromebook or iPad, to please make an appointment (accessing their school’s website) to have the device repaired as soon as possible and not to wait until the beginning of the school year. Chromebooks and iPads should remain charged throughout the summer.

Chromebooks/iPads for 9th Graders – Schools are making plans for students to pick up their devices prior to the beginning of the school year. You will hear instructions directly from your school when these plans are finalized.

Wellness Center/Meals – Contact your school’s Wellness Center for information on physicals, mental health concerns, or other medical supports you may need. Call 211 for information on Summer Meal distribution sites.

What You Can Do – Please continue to stay informed. Read the weekly messages we send by phone, email, and post on this district and your school website and on social media. It is important that everyone understands safety requirements, attendance expectations, weekly schedules, and what supports are available.

COVID Testing – New Castle County is offering free COVID testing at different locations each week. Visit https://www.nccde.org/2011/COVID-19-Resources for information.

The decision to reopen schools is complex, and we are taking all concerns into consideration as we determine the best path forward for our students and employees. The decision may not be ideal or even what the majority may prefer, but will be based on our ability to provide a safe environment that minimizes risk while providing students with academic and social/emotional supports. We appreciate your continued partnership. Stay healthy, practice social distancing, and please wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

Governor Carney has announced that based on the minimal to moderate level of COVID-19 community spread, schools are being encouraged to reopen if able for in-person classes under Scenario 2, which is a hybrid mix of in-person and online learning. Each school district is expected to make its own plan based on the capacity of individual school buildings to meet social distancing requirements and the ability to meet other safety measures.

 

If NCC Vo-Tech offers a hybrid option, students would come to school one day a week by grade level. The other days would be a blend of online instruction and assignments.

 

Please watch this brief video - https://youtu.be/rym2-EzyErA - from NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent Joseph Jones describing our school district’s hybrid plan.

Then, please complete this Safe Return to School (English / Spanish) parent survey – submit one survey for each student in your household who attends a NCC Vo-Tech high school. We will use this information to better plan for reopening. It is important to complete and submit the survey by Friday, Aug. 7.

 

Questions and Answers – Please visit the Delaware Department of Education website to read specific questions and answers about responding to COVID in schools: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/4241

 

School Calendar – The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8.

 

Chromebooks/iPads for Grades 10, 11, 12 – Chromebooks/iPads should be kept charged to ensure that they are always in working condition. Please have your student check by logging into it and checking Schoology. If your student is experiencing any issues, please visit your school’s website and sign up for a Chromebook/iPad issues appointment.

  • Both parent and student need to complete the online Chromebook/iPad forms for this coming school year. The forms can be found on your school’s website in the “Student Services” menu under the Chromebooks or iPad section.
  • Insurance payments for this school year should also be made online. Students or parents can pay online in two places. On your school’s website in the “Student Services” menu, select Chromebooks or iPads. At the bottom of that page is a link Pay Your Chromebook/iPad Fee Online. Or, go to the “Student Services” menu and select “Chromebook or iPad Insurance” to make a payment.

 

Chromebooks/iPads for 9th Graders – Schools are making plans for students to pick up their devices prior to the beginning of the school year. You will hear instructions directly from your school when these plans are finalized.

Wellness Center/Meals – Contact your school’s Wellness Center, which is now open, for information on physicals, mental health concerns, or other medical supports you may need. Call 211 for information on Summer Meal distribution sites.

What You Can Do – Please continue to stay informed. Read the weekly messages we send by phone, email, and post on this district and your school website and on social media. It is important that everyone understands safety requirements, attendance expectations, weekly schedules, and what supports are available.

COVID Testing – New Castle County is offering free COVID testing at different locations each week.

 

Visit https://www.nccde.org/2011/COVID-19-Resources for information.

 

We hope to be able to welcome our students and staff back into our buildings next month, and we appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unique educational journey together. Stay healthy, practice social distancing, and please wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

-NCC Vo-Tech School District

Governor John Carney said he will announce in early August whether or not schools will start the school year in person. This announcement will be determined by the level of COVID-19 community spread. As of this week, Delaware is not surging but is maintaining a minimal to moderate rate of spread.

Health and Safety Directives

The Delaware Department of Education last week released a Returning to School (https://www.doe.k12.de.us/cms/lib/DE01922744/Centricity/Domain/599/ddoe_returningtoschool_guidance_final.pdf) guidelines document which outlines essential safety protocols and planning steps to reopen schools. Included in the document are precautions with the word “must.” These precautions are mandatory. Other precautions were listed as “should,” which are considered strongly recommended.

Our goal is to follow all precautions that are listed, and in turn, it is equally important that all students understand and practice precautions such as wearing face masks and maintaining distance to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. Please review the following requirements with your child.

“Must” Requirements Listed for Reopening Schools

  • All staff and students must wear cloth face coverings in the school building.
  • Students and staff must have access to handwashing facilities and supplies and hand sanitizer, and be allowed time to wash hands in between activities.
  • Students and staff must maintain a minimum of 3 feet apart with face coverings.
  • Desks must be arranged so they are facing the same direction.
  • Off-site field trips must be discontinued.
  • Attendees at large-scale gatherings must be able to maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times from non-household members.
  • Students and staff must stay home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed to have COVID-19 or if required by the Division of Public Health to isolate or quarantine.
  • Schools must identify an area or room separated from others where a student or staff member who becomes ill at school can wait until they can be picked up.
  • Schools must ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces (stair railings, doorknobs, bathrooms, etc.), cleaning between every 15 minutes to 2 hours using EPA-approved cleaning and disinfecting solutions.
  • Capacity must be limited by the number of students that can be seated between 3 or more feet apart on the school bus with face coverings.
  • High-touch surfaces on buses must be cleaned between every bus run with an EPA-approved solution.

The state guidelines also include specific recommendations for preparations and plans to be completed prior to and during any in-person learning scenarios. Please know that NCC Vo-Tech is working to address all required and recommended actions.

Why Are Neighboring School Plans Different?

Many NCC Vo-Tech families have children who attend schools in other school districts, or attend charter or non-public schools. Please understand that scenarios will vary among schools. What may work for a high school population may not be effective for elementary students. Remote learning and expectations will be designed for different age groups. While the delivery of instruction may be different, you can be assured that all schools are working on plans that best serve their individual school communities.

What Can You Do?

These reopening plans are complex and will change many aspects of the way our schools generally operate, from how parking, drops-offs and pickups are handled to cafeteria routines to limiting anyone other than students and staff from entering our buildings.

These changes rely on the full cooperation of students, staff, and families in order to be successful. We must work together to protect one another by effectively implementing protective measures.

Please stay informed. Read the messages we will be sending weekly by phone, email, and posting on our district and your school website and on social media. Ensure that your child is aware of all that is changing.

We are all doing things we have never done before, making plans we could not have conceived we would ever need. The decisions being made about instruction and operations are difficult but we are committed to providing our students a high-quality and equitable education in a safe learning environment.

We thank you for your continued support, participation and partnership as we work through this health emergency. Stay healthy, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask in public.

School Calendar – The NCC Vo-Tech Board of Education voted earlier this week to postpone the first day of school for students to Tuesday, September 8, no matter which school opening scenario is in place. This postponement will allow the school district additional time to prepare.

Student Attendance – The school district is developing student “attendance” definitions and expectations for both a fully-remote or hybrid return-to-school plan. This information will be shared with students and parents as soon as it is determined.

Fall Athletics – no decisions have been made by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) as to the status of the fall sports program for high schools. Coaches have been in touch with their student athletes regarding the approved guidelines for practices and conditioning. Please email your school’s Athletic Director if you have specific questions.

Drivers Ed – Gov. Carney has modified the State of Emergency declaration to allow for in-vehicle drivers education to resume for Delaware high school students who would have been scheduled for driving this past spring. The modification specifies safety measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19, such as requiring occupants to wear face masks at all times, seating of the instructor and two students, and opening windows as much as possible to aid air flow. NCC Vo-Tech drivers ed instructors will contact students and parents directly to schedule driving appointments. Students will be contacted according to their birth dates.

Transportation – If students return to school in-person, COVID-19 Guidelines state that no more than 23 students may travel on a school bus that normally can seat more than 50. Students will have assigned seats and the seats will be staggered to maintain distance. Students must wear face masks and must load filling in back seats first to the front. Windows will be open, depending on the weather, to allow for increased air flow. At bus stops, students will be required to socially distance. High-touch areas of all buses will be cleaned between each bus run.

Chromebooks/iPads for Grades 10, 11, 12 – The district Technology Department asks if a student needs repair/maintenance on a Chromebook or iPad, to please make an appointment (accessing their school’s website) to have the device repaired as soon as possible and not to wait until the beginning of the school year. Chromebooks and iPads should remain charged throughout the summer.

Chromebooks/iPads for 9th Graders – Schools are making plans for students to pick up their devices prior to the beginning of the school year. You will hear instructions directly from your school when these plans are finalized.

Wellness Center/Meals – Contact your school’s Wellness Center for information on physicals, mental health concerns, or other medical supports you may need. Call 211 for information on Summer Meal distribution sites.

What You Can Do – Please continue to stay informed. Read the weekly messages we send by phone, email, and post on our district and your school website and on social media. Ensure that your child is aware of all that is changing. Next week, we will send you an online link to a Safe Return to School survey to gauge parent opinions on return options. Please complete the survey.

COVID Testing – New Castle County is offering free COVID testing at different locations each week. Visit https://www.nccde.org/2011/COVID-19-Resources for information.

We thank you for your continued support, participation and partnership as we work through this health emergency. Stay healthy, practice social distancing, and please wear a face mask in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Please see a brief video message from NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent Joseph Jones about school reopening plans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tSPimtQO_M

NCC Vo-Tech established a School Reopening Task Force in June to develop a roadmap for reopening schools in the fall. The task force is divided into three major areas – Operations and Personnel, Teaching and Learning, and Fiscal Planning. Each area has sub work groups focused on specific topics (see below*). Work group members represent different campuses and programs and each group will develop fact sheets that will be posted.

All groups have been instructed to plan for three different scenarios for reopening:

  • All students return with social distancing and mask requirements
  • Remote Learning continues with no in-person instruction
  • Partial Remote/In-Person Hybrid (such as A/B days, rotation of students, fewer hours, etc.)

State and national guidance is being reviewed and all plans will follow restrictions, guidelines, and safety procedures set forth by the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration. Currently, Delaware remains in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. Phase 3, which was expected to begin June 29, has been delayed.

We are not yet able to answer the big question everyone is asking: When are we going back and what will it look like? However, please know that we are working throughout the summer to be ready for any of the three listed scenarios.

We will post a Reopening Update weekly until mid August, or more frequently if we have information to share.

Summer Update –

  • Offices are not yet open to the public. Please call or email your school or the school district if you have inquiries.
  • Some of our school parking lots are being used for free community COVID testing, organized by New Castle County. Our schools and the district do not have information on these activities – for information, please visit https://www.nccde.org/2011/COVID-19-Resources

 

*Reopening Work Groups

Academic Planning

Communications

CTE Planning

Fiscal Panning

Human Resources

Nurses/Health

Nutrition

Physical Plants

Safety

Social/Emotional Health

Special Education

Technology

Transportation

 

Below are some helpful links to resources you may need during this Coronavirus emergency.

 
NCC Vo-Tech students who need meals during this school closure will be served at any location that is providing meals. For up-to-date information on locations across New Castle County and the City of Wilmington, visit: https://www.nccvtns.com/. For all sites located in the entire State of Delaware, visit: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/page/4149. Information on meal distribution locations is also available by dialing 211.