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Please watch this 2-minute video – https://youtu.be/OZTjNtlKpQk from NCC Vo-Tech School District Superintendent Joseph Jones, then read the following message about moving from optional to required learning beginning March 30 for all students.

To All NCC Vo-Tech Students and Families,

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. As you are aware, Governor Carney has extended the mandatory school closure for students through May 15, 2020. As a result, we will shift from offering learning opportunities that were optional, which is what we have done this past week, to learning assignments that are required.

This means that students will be expected to complete assignments that are posted by their teachers on Schoology. Those assignments will be graded and will count. We are moving to this online learning experience so our students are able to keep up with their classwork and earn credits for their courses during the next 6 weeks.

Our priority at this time is to first finalize the third marking period for students.

In order to finish the third marking period, all New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District high schools will be providing students with the opportunity to make up assignments missed or failed prior to the closing of schools on March 13th. Students can start earning grades for selected assignments for the third marking period beginning on Monday, March 30. We will end the third marking period on Thursday, April 9.

Students must check their teachers’ Schoology pages for more information related to the third marking period. There is a Frequently Asked Questions document after this letter with answers to general questions.

Our staff will be reaching out to families over the next several days to check-in with students and to evaluate if internet service or device accessibility will be a barrier to continuing learning and completing assignments. Not all families will be contacted, as teachers can see on Schoology which students have participated in learning during this past week. An alternate plan will be made available for households that do not have Internet or experience intermittent reliability. Please be patient with us as we determine alternate plans and identify the students who need them.

The fourth marking period will begin on Tuesday, April 14th. More information will be coming to address the learning process for the final marking period of the year. Since Delaware is under a stay-at-home directive, and we have moved to a new learning model, Spring Break week now will be considered a work week. We officially will be “off” on Good Friday (April10) and Easter Monday (April 13). Neither teachers nor students will be expected to post or complete assignments during these two days. Using Spring Break as a work week will allow teachers and students to recapture student/teacher days.

Please stay tuned as we continue to monitor and reassess the situation daily. We will continue to send communications to all families and staff via email, and post updates and resources to our website and student Schoology sites.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Sincerely,

Joseph M. Jones

Superintendent

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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.

The student must be present for the pick-up. No ID is required.

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

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Delaware Gov. John Carney has directed all schools to close until May 15.

Please see the Governor’s statement below.

Please read the following message from NCC Vo-Tech School District Superintendent Joseph Jones with information about this extended school closure.

Dear NCC Vo-Tech Families:

As we enter the second week of our school closures, I wanted to provide you with some important updates. I hope your family is well during this difficult time.

As I write this, Delaware is up to 87 confirmed cases of coronavirus according to the Division of Public Health, and Delaware Governor John Carney has just announced that schools will be closed until May 15. The announcement also stated that there will be a recommendation made to the State Board of Education that no district would go beyond the end of June.

How will this extended closure affect your child – everything from grades, to prom, to date for last day of school, and even graduation? As of now, we d not have those answers. We are working with state education officials to determine the best way to move forward. It is my sincere hope that we will have clearer information to share in the upcoming week.

We will continue to communicate with our school community throughout this pandemic. I appreciate your patience as we travel this difficult time together. Please know we are making decisions that are focused on meeting all of our students’ needs. When it comes to learning, we are investigating the best way to ensure all students have access to lessons and that they can meaningfully engage with instruction and with their teachers.

I am pleased to say that on our first day of posting material on Schoology, 75% of our students logged in to access any work that was posted. Based on this information, we will continue to post information, announcements, and Q and A’s for students on Schoology, as well as on social media and on our school websites. Please encourage your child to log in daily and read all that is posted.

We added an audio and video communications software application, Zoom, to all student Chromebooks and iPads over the weekend. While this was done primarily for our dual enrollment students, we are considering ways our teachers may be able to utilize Zoom to connect with our students.

We continue to post information on all school websites, social media accounts, and Schoology and are sending automated calls and emails to families in order to keep you informed. We’ve recently posted information about the following:

  1. A link to a listing of more than 100 meal distribution sites located in New Castle County;
  2. How students can contact the Wellness Center if they need medical information and/or help;
  3. Mental health tips from our school psychologists on how to cope during this trying time;
  4. How to care for younger siblings if students are pressed into childcare duties as parents work.

All school districts in New Castle County continue to collaborate and share information, since we know that many families may have children in multiple school districts.

Springtime is an incredible time of year. Athletic activities move from inside a gym to an outdoor field or track, days get longer, and excitement grows as we plan all of the end-of-year activities for 12th graders before they graduate. We know this is a difficult time for our students, and especially for our seniors. As the father of three teenagers myself, I understand the worry and stress this pandemic is causing. We are also ever mindful of those in our community who are now or may become ill, and we keep them all in our thoughts.

This is a challenging time for us all, and yet our strength is in our community. Our school district is fortunate to have creative, talented, and committed staff members who are working collectively to solve issues, anticipate challenges, and address the needs of our students. There will be disappointments and many changes to our normal routine. Despite these circumstances, I hope we can all approach the weeks to come with a generosity of spirit – kindness and concern, flexibility and tolerance.

Stay well,

Joseph Jones Ed.D.

Superintendent

NCC Vo-Tech School District

School Letter Governor Carney
 
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The Admissions Registration deadline has been extended from March 16 to March 30 for eighth grade students who have been offered assignment to a NCC Vo-Tech high school for next school year.

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After consulting with school superintendents from across the state and following the closure of all public schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, Gov. John Carney has directed all schools to close for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday March 16.
 
Please see the Governor’s statement below.

School districts are being asked to adjust their calendars and review Spring Break dates in support of this action.

We are well aware that a decision to change Spring Break, which is scheduled for April 10-17, will create hardships for families, schools, employers and childcare providers. President Trump has declared a national state of emergency – and extraordinary measures are needed to slow the progress of this disease.

 

We are acting quickly to provide as much time as possible for families to plan. This is a fluid situation and that means we may not be able to answer all of your questions at this time.

The decision was a difficult one for the Governor to make. His goal, and ours is to do whatever we can to prevent the spread of the virus and to make sure we can move back to normal as quickly as possible while keeping our community healthy.

 

Will we have to make up the days?

At this time we know we will have to make up some if not all of the days. We do not know what that plan will be at this time.

 

What about graduations?

This is a fluid situation. Currently, UD is closed to outside events. We will confirm our graduation dates and times as soon as possible.

 

Will work be sent home while school is closed?

Learning opportunities may be posted on Schoology sites for individual courses. Students will need to check Schoology beginning Wednesday, March 18. These will be learning opportunities for students to remain engaged in coursework. This will not be new material nor will there be any assessments. Students who do not have internet access will have the opportunity to complete lessons when schools reopen.

 

Is there a chance that we could be out longer?

There’s always that possibility, but our hope is that this closure will help slow the spread of the disease and allow us to get back on schedule.

 

What will happen to the 3rd Marking Period?

We will make adjustments to the marking period calendar.

 

Will Co-Op students continue to work?

Yes, but the decision to participate will be made between the family, the student, and the employer. The Co-Op coordinator will be in contact with students and employers.

 

What if I had an IEP meeting scheduled during the closure?

When we return to school, IEP meetings will be rescheduled.

 

Can students continue to participate in Dual Enrollment?

Del Tech is currently closed until March 23. If the college opens before our schools open, students would have to provide their own transportation to attend classes. Please check the Del Tech website for updates.

 

What about sports and school activities?

All are canceled until further notice.

Please continue to visit the district/school websites for updates. More specific plans regarding continued learning opportunities will be released next week.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) continues to provide updated information on its website at https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/epi/2019novelcoronavirus.html

Additionally, they have opened a call center tollfree at 1-866-408-1899 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to answer questions about Coronavirus. Please continue to follow best practices for helping to prevent the spread if COVID-19.

 
 
 
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https://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/2020/03/03/750-vo-tech-seniors-get-real-life-experience-new-castle-county/4906589002/

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2020 – 2021 District Calendar

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Please mail or email any comments to the address below:

NCCVT District Office

1417 Newport Road

Wilmington, DE 19804

ATTN: Michele Marra

michele.marra@nccvt.k12.de.us

All comments need to be postmarked no later than March 17, 2020. Thank you.

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