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HS Parent Message - Sept 18, 2020
Sally Lopez
Friday, September 18, 2020

High School Parent Message 

September 18, 2020

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Important dates:

Sept 21- Sept 25:  Remote Instruction for all students

Sept 28 - Oct 9:  Hybrid instruction begins @ 25% - see calendar for specifics.

Oct 12:  No school for students (hybrid or virtual)

Oct 14:  Wednesday, cohort A/B will attend school 

 

Opening School:  

Our very unique school year began this week.  We want to thank everyone for their assistance getting it underway.  All students should be attending their classes according to the bell schedule.  Homeroom is connected to the first class of the day and students should log on by 7:20 am.  If there are any issues joining a video conference, please contact the classroom teacher.

COVID-19 Update:  

Please see this letter from the Superintendent about a COVID-19 case in the district.

 

Chromebooks: 

 If there is an issue with your child’s Chromebook, please contact Ms. Haley at 609-298-3900 x 2031 or dhaley@nburlington.com

 

Instruction 1st Marking Period:

Our Office of Academics created an introductory video for parents and students which explains the expectations during remote and hybrid instruction.   The link to the video can be found here.

For students who are signed up for the hybrid model, they will attend school based on the calendar at this link. Students will all “attend” school virtually, but students participating in the hybrid model will physically come to school on a rotating basis beginning September 28. 

During the weeks of September 28 and October 5, the district will have 25% of the hybrid students physically attend school by turns.  One cohort will attend at a time.  This will introduce students back into the building gradually as well as to the social distancing and mask wearing protocols

Provided the return of students goes well, beginning the week of October 12, the district will have 50% of the hybrid students physically attend school on an alternating basis.  

Again, all of this is outlined in the calendar

At the conclusion of the first marking period, this will be reviewed with the hope of gradually increasing student time in school.

 

Daily Bell Schedule:  

All students will follow this bell schedule, regardless of the remote and hybrid model. 

Student Email:  

Student emails will be an important method of communication as we begin the year remotely.  All students have an nburlington.com email account.  Returning  students will log on the same as they did last year.

New students received log in information when they retrieved their chromebook last week.  Directions for how to log onto student email can be found on the district Web Page www.nburlington.com in the “Live Feed” section.  Directions for how to log on to student email can also be found on this video created by one of our teachers.

Daily Screening Process:  

As we prepare for the gradual physical return of students to the school beginning September 28, it will be important that they are ready to complete the daily health screening process and temperature check.  Any student who is not feeling well or has a fever should not attend school in person.

Any time students physically attend school, they will need to complete the health  questionnaire as part of the screening process to enter the building.   The screening is done using an online application and directions are listed below.  Having this done in advance will greatly speed the process of bringing students into the building.  Students may practice completing the form this next week, even though they will not be coming into the building.

Here is a short video to illustrate the process and more detailed directions are below.

For students with a smartphone

  1. Download the DOCS HealthWorks App from either the Google App Store or the Apple App Store (the app icon  should appear orange & Android OS must be v.8 or newer)

  2. On the DOCS HealthWorks App - Create an account: fill in your name, contact information, student ID number  (the app and website will give you the option of entering the last 4 of your ss#, do not do that IT WON’T WORK)  and the location code for the HIGH SCHOOL - R0D9 (zero - not letter O). 

  3. Each day you visit the district the COVID-19 health assessment will need to be completed, if everything is within normal parameters you will receive a QR code for identification (this QR code is good for 1 day).

For students using their Chromebook

  1. Go to the  Website:  https://secure.dentrustocs.com/docs/covidscreening/weblogin

  2.  On the DOCS HealthWorks website fill in your name, contact information, student ID number  (the app and website will give you the option of entering the last 4 of your ss#, do not do that IT WON’T WORK)  and location code for the Middle School 5NOU  (the letter O).

  3. Each day you visit the district the COVID-19 health assessment will need to be completed, if everything is within normal parameters you will receive a QR code for identification (this QR code is good for 1 day)

If your phone doesn’t support the app or the website didn’t work from home – we will have a Chromebook available at the screening stations

When you arrive at school

  1. Follow the directions of the adults at the entrance who will direct you to present the QR code to the CapScann device for identification. 

  2. The CapScann device will then instruct you to place your wrist in the device opening aligning it with infrared light crosshairs for a precise temperature reading (look for the label on the kiosk.

  3. Once the CapScann device reads the QR code, CapScann will provide 3 acknowledgements that include a green light indicating a normal temperature reading and authorization to enter the building.

The screeners will provide assistance throughout the entry process. 

* Any individual presenting with a potential concern will be  escorted directed to a rescreening area and further evaluated by medical staff.

Ordering lunch for pickup during - Remote Learning: 

Students who are receiving instruction remotely, or their parents/guardians, may pick up meals (three to five meals at one time) for those days they are receiving remote instruction. *

As with the Spring 2020 meal distribution, the pick-up location is near the Middle School’s rear entrance (Middle School Door C-3 that leads into the teachers’ lounge). NB has established MONDAY through THURSDAY for pick up of meals for the remote learning days. Meals may be picked up between the hours of 12:15 PM and 1:15 PM at the Middle School entering via the Island Road entrance and taking the 1st left to go toward the back of the school (look for signage). For social distancing purposes, NB will limit the number of people entering the middle school facilities.

*We ask that you complete the Google Document below for Remote Learning Students to sign up for these meals for pick up on Monday -Thursday.

https://docs.google.com/forms/... 

 

Opening of School Forms: 

 The typical opening of school forms that had to be completed by hand are now available to complete through PowerSchool.  Please log on to your Parent PowerSchool account and complete the two electronic annual forms: 

  1. Parent Consent Form and 

  2. Emergency Information & Trip/Activity Medical form

If you cannot access your Parent Portal account, please contact your child’s counselor for assistance. Thank you!

COVID-19 Information: 

 As we approach the start of school in September, we remind everyone of the steps we can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Handouts with this information can be found on our website

Clinical Corner

Back-to-school season can be a chaotic time of year. With students getting back to classes in the time of COVID-19, it probably feels more stressful than ever. While the pandemic leaves many of us unsure of what will unfold in the 2020 academic year, there are still things parents can do to help ensure student success. Here are 5 ways parents can impact student success in school.  Please click below for the full article.

https://parentandteen.com/parent-involvement-school-success/

It’s Flu Season 2020-2021

Q:  When is it too late to get a Flu Shot?

A: When you’re sick from catching the flu

The Burlington County Health Department offers residents free seasonal flu vaccines, and many Doctor’s offices, Urgent Care Centers, and pharmacies like CVS & Walgreens also offer free or low-cost Flu shots. 

The convergence of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the start of flu season means some people can become infected with both illnesses, as well as put more stress on an already stressed-out health system.

“While not as deadly or transmissible as COVID-19, influenza still sends at least 100,000 people to the hospital each year,” said Health Department Director Dr. Herbert Conaway in a statement. “Getting a flu shot also helps conserve potentially scarce health care resources during this pandemic.”

The vaccines will be available every Thursday at the BCHD (See flyer) starting on Sept. 24 through January at clinics throughout the county.

http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/355/Flu-Information

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm

Advancement Placement Exam Registration

For the 2020-2021 school year, AP Exam registration and payment will occur online. Online exam registration will begin on Monday, October 26, 2020 and end on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The AP exam registration process is two steps, but both can be completed in one sitting. It is advised that the student and parent/guardian complete the registration together. Registration directions are included in this AP Exam Letter 2020-2021 from Dr. Leslie Puente-Ervin, AP Coordinator. 

PSAT

Northern Burlington will offer the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to students in Grade 11 this year. The PSAT 10 WILL NOT be administered at NB. PSAT/NMSQT will be administered in the high school on Thursday, October 29. Students are expected to arrive at 7:00 a.m. and will be finished at approximately 11:00 a.m.. Transportation will be provided if needed. Please log into the parent PowerSchool portal and complete the PSAT form if you would like your child to participate in the assessment on October 29.  The form also inquires about transportation needs for that day so that special bus routes can be created. 

SAT

The SAT test will not be hosted this fall at NB however, there are locations available. Please visit www.collegeboard.org for more information about SAT test locations. Contact your child’s counselor with any questions. Thank you!

 

NHS TUTORING

Is your child in need of some extra help?  NHS tutoring is here to assist!  Virtual tutoring will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-2pm beginning on September 22nd.  All you need to do is have the student who in need of help email the NHS adviser at jnewman@nburlington.com and then the student will receive a link to the virtual tutoring session

STUDENT PARKING

Student parking for the 2020-2021 school year is now available for seniors and juniors (with birthdays up to the end of December 2003) for this phase of hybrid learning.  Please click then review the appropriate link below (depending upon your grade level), to the letter with the application process & requirements stated within.

 Seniors click class of 2021

Juniors click class of 2022

Senior Trip Information

Click here for Senior Trip Information.

Yearbook 2019-2020

If you are interested in buying last school year(2019-2020) yearbook, they are still available for $75.   Please contact Tina Kim, tkim@nburlington.com  for details.

Have a great weekend!

                                                                                                                                                                       Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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Webpage at www.nburlington.com