Career center announces amended style of learning

Career center announces amended style of learning
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Buckeye Career Center students will begin the school year during the week of Aug. 24-28 with a one-day orientation.

                        

In response to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Buckeye Career Center is announcing an amended style of learning for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The plan was presented to and approved by the BCC Board of Education on July 21.

This restart plan was formulated in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Health Department, Gov. Mike DeWine and local health departments. It follows the Ohio Public Health Advisory System color codes.

Buckeye Career Center students will begin the school year during the week of Aug. 24-28 with a one-day orientation. Students have been divided by school district with approximately 200 students attending each day to complete orientation and first day of school activities.

Students should only attend that week on the day their partner school is scheduled. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 24, New Philadelphia and Conotton Valley; Aug. 25, Dover, Garaway and Hiland; Aug. 26, Claymont, Strasburg, TCC and open-enrolled; Aug. 27, Indian Valley and Newcomerstown; and Aug. 28, Carrollton, Tusky Valley, all home school and all virtual students.

Education at BCC will formally begin in the level-two orange learning model beginning Aug. 31 through at least Sept. 25. Students will experience a blended learning model of in-person and online learning that allows seniors to attend in-person, all-day labs Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday. They will complete online academics from home every other Wednesday and every Thursday and Friday.

Juniors and level-one seniors will complete online academics every Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday. They will participate in all-day, in-person labs every other Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Should Tuscarawas County move to the level-three red category, BCC will continue level-two scheduling for three weeks to assess the situation before adjusting its educational methods. If Tuscarawas County enters the level-four purple category, all education will be moved online.

Should the county move to level-one yellow and remain there for three-consecutive weeks, education will move to in-person learning every day.

Superintendent Bob Alsept believes this plan allows students to receive the best education possible during a time of uncertainty. “This blended plan allows us to provide the safest environment related to social distancing and cleaning,” Alsept said. “It also allows us to transition students and staff back to school in a consistent manner through Sept. 25, 2020,” he said.

Adult education’s full-time, EMS/fire and apprenticeships will begin Sept. 14. Part-time courses are postponed until Nov. 1. Registered students should contact the adult education office with any questions. More details regarding adult education will be released at a later date.

In order to protect students and staff, visitors will be limited and customer service will be limited until November. Face coverings are required for staff in every level of the plan while coverings are recommended but only required for students if in level-three red.

Students and staff are asked to conduct daily temperature and health evaluations at home prior to reporting to BCC. If level three is announced, temperature checks will be conducted on-site, and any staff member or student with a temperature of 100 F or above will be asked to return home. This plan is meant to help guide the administration throughout this process and to help keep the BCC community safe.

Shields and sanitizing stations have already been added around the facility, and additional thermometers are ordered for each lab and classroom. Cleaning and sanitizing will be completed throughout the day.

“Spray bottles and cloths will be made available at each desk or table for sanitizing after each class,” Alsept said.

Deep cleaning and aerosol fogging also is planned for each evening.

Families are encouraged to review the entire restart plan by visiting www.buckeyecareercenter.org/Re-Start2020.aspx.

A one-page informational sheet will be mailed to each BCC family along with important orientation information. The informational sheet also will be posted on the BCC social-media channels. Anyone with questions regarding the plan or student needs should call BCC at 330-339-2288.


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