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HS Parent Message October 2, 2020
Sally Lopez
Friday, October 02, 2020

High School Parent Message 

October 2, 2020

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Important Dates:

Oct. 5 & 6:  Cohort B comes to school

Oct. 8 & 9:  Cohort D comes to school

Oct. 12:  School IN Session

Oct. 12 & 13: Cohorts A and B come to school

Oct. 12 through Oct. 16:  Week of Respect

Oct. 15 & 16:  Cohorts C and D come to school

Oct. 16:  Mid Marking Period

 

Meet the Teachers:  

By now, you should have received the introductory videos from your child’s teachers via email.  These are virtual presentations where you can learn about your child’s teachers at your convenience.  If there are any questions, please contact the teachers.

I would also like to share with you a presentation from our Superintendent and one from me, the High School Principal 


Parent Summaries in Google Classroom: 

As parents, you have the opportunity to get summaries of content in Google classroom provided the teacher has opted to have that setting on. Here is a link that shows you how you can personalize your Google classroom parent summary settings. https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6388136?hl=en 

Parents should have already received an email inviting them to receive guardian summaries. If they did not see the email, please contact lhumes@nburlington.com  with the student’s name, grade, and guardian email address to be added.

 

Opening School

We welcomed back half of our students this week.  Next week we will be welcoming in the last two cohorts, as noted below.

  • Cohort B October 5 and 6

  • Cohort D October 8 and 9

Most importantly, students should not come to school if they are sick.  The remote option is available on a day to day basis if a student has any symptoms on the day he or she is supposed to attend school in person.  Any medical questions, please contact our school nurse at extension East-2085  West- 2216.

Here are the main points when students are in school:

Wash Up:  Students are to practice hand hygiene.  This includes washing hands when sinks are available and using the hand sanitizer when entering classrooms and as needed.

Mask Up:  Students are to wear masks at all times while in the building and on the bus.  Masks are to meet CDC guidelines and cover both the mouth and the nose.

Cover Up:  Students are to sneeze/cough into an elbow, even when wearing a mask.

Back Up:  Students are to exercise social distancing whenever possible.

Teachers will review classroom procedures to support these safety procedures.

In addition, students are expected to bring their Chromebooks, fully charged,  to school.  If there is an issue with your child’s Chromebook, please contact Ms. Haley at 609-298-3900 x 2031 or dhaley@nburlington.com


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 social security #, 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 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)

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.


Student Bussing Information

Student bussing information is now posted on PowerSchool for those students who signed up for bussing as part of the hybrid model.

  • Log onto PowerSchool (parent login)

  • Go to the button on the left hand side labeled “Transportation Info”  

  • The button looks like this


Travel Quarantine Update

If a student is planning to travel out of state please check the New Jersey’s Travel Advisory Form 


Calendar Change:

There has been a change in our school calendar.  Here is the new district calendar link. 

As a result of this change, October 12th is now a school day.  Here is the new link for the revised Calendar for Remote Instruction  - Marking Period 1

Monday 10/12 Cohorts A&B Periods 1-2 thru 8

Tuesday 10/13 Cohorts A&B Periods 10 thru 16-17

Wednesday 10/14 ALL Students Remote

 

School Store:

The High School Store is OPEN for business ONLINE and we are starting the year with a SALE that you don't want to miss!  Check out our website at:  https://nbhsstore.square.site/  for 10% select items and to see the new apparel that is arriving weekly!  The sale ends October 2, 2020!

 

Yearbooks:

2020-2021 yearbooks are now on sale for $75. Order yours at jostensyearbooks.com

Ordering School Lunch for Students

Please note that Lunches are FREE through the end of December FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Students learning remotely: 

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. Ordering ahead of time is required:

 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) via the Island Road entrance and taking the 1st left to go toward the back of the school. NB has established MONDAY and TUESDAY for pick up of meals. Meals may be picked up between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM. For social distancing purposes, NB will limit the number of people entering the middle school facility at one time.

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

 Students present in the building:

When students are present in school, they will have the option to pre-order a grab and go lunch. Students or parents  will use the google form to order lunch selection by 8 AM for that day's pick up. Please click on the Lunch Distribution Plan link for more details. 


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

Worried Your Kid Is Falling Behind? You’re Not AloneWhen do we need to start panicking about our children falling behind?  Deborah Stipek, Ph.D., a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, said that may not be the right question to ask. “I think a more useful one is, ‘How do we ensure that our children get the best possible opportunities to learn under these challenging circumstances?’” she said.  Anxiety and stress can be a major driver of kids falling behind, said Bruce Fuller, Ph.D., a professor of education and public policy at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. When parents lose their patience or don’t listen, said Dr. Fuller, children can start to shut down emotionally, in turn disengaging from reading and rich conversation inside the family.  “Children’s cognitive learning is built on a secure emotional foundation,” he said.  “Kids are resilient and they’ll undoubtedly get the content knowledge they need,” said Estes, a public school teacher. “Right now, our main focus should be making them feel loved, secure and safe amidst these disruptions. Learning can’t occur until those things are in place.” Please click below for the full article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/parenting/online-learning-school-coronavirus.html?smid=em-share


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


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.


The Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) at Northern 

MFLCs provide non-medical confidential counseling services that build resiliency and problem solving skills to deal with everyday normal stressors.  

MFLCs can offer support on a variety of issues including stress management, coping skills, conflict resolution, deployment and reintegration issues, self-esteem, confidence, and grief and loss. This can be done through individual, group or family counseling sessions.  

The MFLC program provides non-medical counseling but does not provide mental health evaluations or diagnosis. MFLC support is confidential, however MFLCs are mandated to report risk of harm to self and/or others, abuse or neglect, domestic violence, and illegal behavior.  

MFLC services are provided at no cost to military services members and their families, and are flexible in both time and location.  The Northern Burlington MFLC is available to offer face to face and telehealth non-medical counseling to students and parents. You can reach the MFLC directly at 732-688-8973 to schedule a session. Please note: a parent or guardian will need to be present during telehealth sessions. 

Parents or guardians must sign a permission slip for MFLC to work with students.

 

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.  Parking Decals  are being mailed to students upon approval. 

Seniors click class of 2021

Juniors click class of 2022


Class of 2021 Parents & Students - October 7th Financial Aid Night

On October 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM the Counseling Office will have a speaker from HESAA to present the financial aid process for college.  This is a one-hour overview of the financial aid process and our speaker will answer questions about grants, scholarships, and loans offered by the State of New Jersey. This event is for parents and students in the Class of 2021. The FAFSA opens for the Class of 2021 in October 2020. The presentation can be accessed HERE.  


2020 College Application Process for Seniors & their families

Each year, the counseling department presents to parents of seniors about the College Application process. This year we have created a virtual presentation that can be viewed HERE. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor directly. A chart of counseling assignments can be found HERE. If your student needs to speak with his/her counselor at any time throughout the year, they can do so by submitting a request using the request form or email.


Senior Trip Information

Click here for Senior Trip Information.

Have a great weekend!

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal

Follow the Superintendent on twitter:  @NBCSUPER

Webpage at www.nburlington.com