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HS Parent Message November 4, 2020
Sally Lopez
Wednesday, November 04, 2020

High School Parent Message 

November 4, 2020

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Important Dates:

 

Nov 5 & 6:  School Closed - NJEA Convention

Nov 10: Afternoon Parent Conferences

Nov 11: School Closed - Veterans’ Day

Nov 12: Afternoon & Evening Parent Conferences

Nov 13: Afternoon Parent Conferences

Nov 16, 17, 19, 20: Picture Days

Nov 18:  Early Dismissal of Student/Staff Professional Development Day

Nov 20:  End of Marking Period 1

Nov 23:  Marking Period 2 Begins

Nov 25:  Early Dismissal

Nov 26 & 27: School Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Long Weekend: 

Enjoy the four day weekend.  We wish everyone a healthy and restful break.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back (in person or virtually) on Monday.

The state of New Jersey has seen a growth in COVID-19 cases as cold weather approaches.  We appreciate the students' work in following school safety practices designed to limit the chance of the spread of this virus.  It is appropriate to echo the guidelines sent out in a recent notice from the Superintendent with a reminder follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:

  • Staying home when you are sick;

  • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds; 

  • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;

  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;

  • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);

  • Wearing a face covering while in school; and

  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms. 

Following these practices increase our chances of keeping everyone healthy both in school and out of school.

Travel Advisories:

If a student is planning to travel out of state please check the following:

New Jersey’s Travel Advisory Form 

COVID-When to get tested 

COVID Cannot test out of Quarantine   

COVID-How-Long-Isolate-Quarantine 

Second Marking Period Survey:

At this time, NB is once again asking for each family to select the learning model they prefer for their student(s) during the second marking period. Although the second marking period begins on November 26th, we will not make any changes to a student’s learning model until November 30th. 

Option A (Hybrid): Under this option, the student will participate in the hybrid learning program.  This is a partial in-person and partial virtual model of instruction.  Students will be expected to wear masks while in the building.  Each cohort attends classes in-person for approximately 4 hours per day, two days per week.  Students will participate in remote instruction on the days their cohort is not in-person..   

Option B (Remote): Your child will participate in the 100% remote learning program. Although participating remotely, your student will be required to participate in the scheduled instruction.  NB will provide the 100% remote learning model in accordance with state guidelines. 

We are asking parents to again make this decision for Q2 on or before Thursday, November 12th

To complete the survey, please log in to PowerSchool, select ‘Forms’ on the left side, then select ‘Reopening Our Schools’ to complete the survey. Be sure to submit and complete one per student. In order to assure that you have completed one for each child, verify the name on the student’s tab in PowerSchool and check the forms page to make sure the survey has been submitted for that child.

A response for each student is needed by Thursday, November 12th at 4:00 pm. 

 

Federal Impact Aid Form - PAST DUE:

Each fall, the Northern Burlington County Regional School District reaches out to all parents asking that they complete the Federal Impact Aid survey. This is a very important document that needs to be completed in a timely manner. To make this process more convenient for our families, this Federal Impact Aid survey can now be completed electronically. 

The Northern Burlington County Regional School District must receive an annual signed survey from ALL parents or guardians for EACH student in order to receive the federal funding of military affiliated students.

Please note that even if you are not active military or a civilian working on federal property, it is essential that ALL parents and guardians complete and sign this form as soon as possible.   

Federal Impact Aid supports local school districts with concentrations of children who have parents/guardians in the uniformed services or parents/guardians employed on eligible Federal Properties. It was designed to assist local school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt Federal Property served by the district. Each year, Northern Burlington receives Federal Impact Aid funds because of your cooperation in returning these surveys to us in a timely manner. 

In order for our District to meet the filing deadline, we need to have the completed form(s) submitted no later than TODAY, even if your employment does not fall within the categories listed on the survey. 

Click here to log into your PowerSchool parent account. Once logged in, click on the link on the left side of the webpage that says Forms. Choose the “Title VIII Federal Impact Aid Survey 2020-2021” to complete the form electronically. A form needs to be submitted for each student, however if submitting for multiple students, please click the arrow up key next to the submit button. This will allow you to submit the form for each student without having to reproduce each survey selection.

Thank you for your continued support of the Northern Burlington County Regional School District. If you have additional questions, please contact Kristie Worrell, Administrative Assistant, extension 2003 or Richard Kaz, School Business Administrator (609) 298-3900 extension 2080.

Wednesday Expectations:

The district has put together the following handout to clarify activities on typical Wednesdays during hybrid instruction .  That information can be found at this LINK.

Virtual Bookfair: 

The PTSC’s scholastic book fair is up and running now  at this LINK.  Don't forget to check it out!  The fair closes on November 8.  Please note the link has been updated.

Parent Conferences 

Conference scheduling is now open and will close on Monday, November 9th at 4pm.  Please note that ALL conferences will be held remotely via Zoom and appointments are scheduled in 10-minute intervals.

The sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • November 10      12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

  • November 11      Veteran’s Day:  School Closed

  • November 12      12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • November 13      12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Conferences are scheduled online via PTC Wizard.  While the conferences are open to all parents, there are a limited number of appointments available.  If you are not sure if a conference is necessary, feel free to contact the teacher directly.   For parents who are interested in a conference they are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  If you are unable to meet during conferences or feel that you may need more than the 10 minutes allotted per appointment, we invite you to contact your child’s teacher or counselor to make alternate arrangements.

 How it works: 

  • Parents create an account in PTC Wizard.

  • It is helpful to have a list of the student’s teachers handy.

  • Once logged in, Parents choose:

    1. which set of conferences they prefer and

    2. the teachers they wish to see from a staff listing of all middle school teachers.

    3. Parents will then see which teachers are available for a given time slot, and sign up for appointments

    4. Note:  If a teacher is fully booked, they will not appear as a choice for that day/time

  • PTC Wizard will send parents a confirmation email that includes their schedule with the Zoom links for each of their appointments.

  • On or about November 9, PTC Wizard will send parents a reminder email with their schedule and Zoom links for their appointments.

Instructions for PTC Wizard

To register for conference meetings, please follow the steps below:

 To Register:  Click here https://nburlingtonhs.ptcwizar... then click the Create Account! button screenshot 1

  1. You will be redirected to a form - fill it out: (first name, last name, email address and a password you want to use screenshot 2

  2. Click Register, and then add one child only screenshot 3

  3. Click Save.

  4. You will be sent to a new screen and you will be asked to give your consent to receive emails from PTC Wizard (your schedules, notifications about appointments booked or canceled, etc.).

  5. To add more than one child, Click Account Settings (top right corner of the screen).

 

To Schedule Conference Meetings: Click the “Add a Meeting

  1. In the new screen click the checkbox next to the teachers that you want to meet with

  2. Click Continue

  3. Choose the times available for each teacher (the teachers are listed on top of the column)

  4. If you have more than one child, after you chose a time the system will ask you which child this is for

  5. Choose all the meetings and then click Continue

  Here is a video tutorial for parents' scheduling.

Any difficulties in scheduling, please contact the high school main office at 609-298-3900 x2046 or email Mrs. Rachelle Guevara at rguevara@nburlington.com.

Picture Day is Coming!

Monday, November 16- Friday, November 20. Pictures will be taken during the students PE Class Period.  Grades Photographed:9-11

To preorder your students portraits, go to the Lifetouch Website and enter picture day ID: EVT34PMG8

Remote students who wish to have their pictures taken may come in on their allotted day, between 12:30-4.  We request that you be patient, and practice social distancing and follow the directions below for using our Health Screening app and kiosk when entering the school through the 300 building entrance.

 

  • Students with last names from A-F may come in Monday

  • Student with last names G-Me may come in Tuesday

  • Student with last names Mo-Si may come in Thursday

  • Student with last names Sm-Zu may come in Friday

 

Any time anyone physically comes to the school, they will need to complete the health  questionnaire as part of the screening process required 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 - Parents can use the word VISITOR in place of the ID number) and the location code for the HIGH SCHOOL - R0D9 (zero - not letter O).  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 directly to a rescreening area and further evaluated by medical staff, or asked to leave. 

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER for GIRLS SOCCER:

Come in to the Chipotle at 10 Centerton Rd in Mount Laurel on Saturday, November 7th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Northern Burlington Girls Soccer.

NEW! ORDER ONLINE FOR PICKUP

Use code PRGP8W3 before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on Chipotle.com or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser.  Thank you for your support!

STAGEHOUND FUNDRAISER

The seasons are changing, and the holidays are coming. Why not change up the fragrance in the air or do some holiday shopping and support our theater program!  Please use this link to support the Stagehounds in their Scentsy Fundraiser. 

 

Athletic Participation:

We are now accepting Athletic Participation packets for the Winter Season.  Winter season practices will start on approximately December 3, 2020. 

If your child’s physical exam is current and does not expire prior to 12/3/20, please complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 of the packet and submit them electronically to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com

 If your child is in need of a new physical, please contact your physician’s office at your earliest convenience to secure an appointment.  Please take page 3, 5 and 6 of the packet with you so that your doctor can complete the physical forms.  Please submit the entire packet (pages 1-7) electronically to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O’Neill in the Athletic Office at moneill@nburlington.com or 609-298-3900, ext. 2093.

Accessing PowerSchool as a Parent:

Ms. Rachel Friedman walks parents through the process of navigating powerschool.

PowerSchool Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwM6jIJ_aJo&list=PLCyGy1Pqi_h2lGMBOcs5iPAEiMhoDAjln

https://youtu.be/PwM6jIJ_aJo

Accessing PowerSchool as a Student:

Ms. Rachel Friedman walks students through the process of navigating powerschool.

 https://youtu.be/TizSZ1lJtOE

Spring 2019 NJSLA-Science: 

The district is in receipt of the Individual Student Reports from the Spring 2019 NJSLA for Science.  Parents who are interested in the results can contact their student’s counselor

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.

 

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 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. 

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.

 

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

 

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.

Health & Safety Reminders: 

COVID Cannot test out of Quarantine 

COVID-How-Long-Isolate-Quarantine

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.

Long Weekend:  

Enjoy the four day weekend.  We wish everyone a healthy and restful break.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back (in person or virtually) on Monday.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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Webpage at www.nburlington.com