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HS Parent Message Oct. 9, 2020
Sally Lopez
Friday, October 09, 2020

High School Parent Message 

October 9, 2020

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Important Dates:

Oct. 12:  School IN Session

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

Oct. 13: Parent Forum Zoom Conference (3-4pm) 

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

Oct. 16:  Mid Marking Period

 

Continued Return of Students: 

Beginning Monday we will be having two cohorts attending school at the same time

Monday and Tuesday (October 12 and 13) Cohorts A and B 

Thursday and Friday (October 15 and 16) Cohorts C and D

As the number of students in the building grows, it is important to emphasize a few points with regard to health safety.  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 but can still attend school at home.  If you have any medical questions, please contact our school nurse at extension 2216(west office) or 2085(east office). Covid Informational Flyers.

Here are the main points when students are in school:

Wash Up:  Students are to practice hand hygiene.  This includes routinely washing hands when sinks are available, 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.  *Please note that the CDC guidelines identify certain requirements for masks and Northern follows these guidelines.  Please see the note below about masks.

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.

In addition, students should bring their Chromebooks, fully charged,  to school.  In a change of our school policy, students may carry a bookbag with them throughout the school day for school supplies, including their Chromebooks.

Masks:  

Students and staff are required to wear masks while in school.  We are grateful for the attention students give this requirement and their cooperation in this regard.  

 More recent CDC guidelines regarding masks have been posted and these are noted below:

 Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19

  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • Masks should be worn by people two years and older

  • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance

  • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators

  • CDC does not recommend the use of neck gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

Per the CDC guidelines, gaiters are not recommended at this time because of questionable effectiveness.  Furthermore, since masks must be secured under the chin, traditionally worn bandanas are not considered effective either.  As a result, students and staff may not wear this as a mask while in school.  Disposable masks will be provided for students to wear for those students who do not bring an acceptable mask to school.


Parent Forum:

On Tuesday, October 13 from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm parents are invited to join district administrators for a virtual discussion on NB’s reopening of school.   The discussion will include a review of the first few weeks of in-person instruction and seek suggestions from parents on strategies to improve programs.  The format will be a Zoom conference and questions will be taken from those submitted in the ‘Chat.’   We look forward to meeting with parents and sharing ideas and information. 


Federal Impact Aid Form

On October 15, 2020, Northern Burlington will again electronically solicit the US Department of Education's Federal Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Form for the 2020-2021 School Year. This form is available through PowerSchool’s parent portal. This survey is important and determines the amount of Federal Impact Aid the district receives. Consequently, this form, one for each student, needs to be completed and submitted by you (student’s parent/guardian/sponsor) by Friday, October 30,2020. Please keep your eye out for this electronic survey form next week. Thank you. 


College Accelerated Program (CAP) Information

The Northern Burlington County Regional High School District has an agreement with Rowan

College at Burlington County which enables our students to earn college credits for selected courses

in which they are presently enrolled. The application deadline for credit for courses taken during the

2020-2021 academic year is Friday, November 13, 2020.  Visit RCBC CAP Program for information.


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.


Daily Screening Process:  

Any time students physically attend school, they will need to complete the health  questionnaire as part of the screening process to enter the building. Any student who is not feeling well or has a fever should not attend school in person.

 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.  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 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.

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:

***FALL SPECIAL***   Visit our website at:  https://nbhsstore.square.site/

FREE BACK-PACK and PAW PRINT PIN with an Online Purchase of $10.00 or more. While supplies last! 

 

Yearbook Pre Orders 2020-2021:

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

Yearbook Ad


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.


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. 


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.  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.


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

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