LCCTC Moves to Hybrid Instruction on Dec. 1

To the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center High School and Intergenerational Students and Families,

On Monday, November 23, the governor and the PA Departments of Health (DOH) and of Education (PDE) issued new recommendations and requirements in response to the COVID pandemic.  These recommendations and requirements are made in reaction to quickly escalating rates of infection in nearly every county in the state.

The new DOH and PDE recommendations and requirements still give individual school districts the ultimate authority to decide how to administer instruction.  However, they also give several sets of recommendations based on the size of a school and the severity of the infection in the community.  Currently, Lancaster County is listed as “substantial,” the highest designation of infection.  Details on the recommendations and requirements from the state can be found here and here.

Starting Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the Lancaster County CTC high school and intergenerational programs will shift to a hybrid model of instruction (A Day, B Day scheduling).   This step is being taken to ensure the ongoing safety of our students, staff, and the greater community.  During this time, the LCCTC will work on accommodating the recently revised state recommendations and requirements.  We will return to a normal instruction schedule as soon as possible.  Please understand that we have no set return date at this time.

Chromebooks for remote learning can be picked up by those students who need them on Wednesday, November 25 from 10 am to Noon and from 1 to 3 pm.  Students should go to the campus where they attend classes to pick up the equipment.  WiFi hot spots for Internet access will be made available in designated areas of the parking lots at each campus.

Please note – the LCCTC’s Practical Nursing Program, Commercial Truck Driving Training Center, and dedicated Adult Education programming (not intergenerational) fall under different health and safety recommendations.   These programs will continue to operate as they have since the summer.

Students, faculty, and staff should follow the instructions below regarding the transfer to the LCCTC’s Hybrid model of instruction.

LCCTC’s Hybrid instruction model:

  • Instruction is delivered in both online and in-person formats via an alternating schedule in order to reduce the number of individuals present in the buildings, classrooms, and buses.
  • Students will be divided as follows: (Students with hyphenated last names should use the first name in the hyphenated last name.)
    • Group A – Last Names A through L
    • Group B – Last Names M through Z
  • Full-Day and Half-Day students will be sorted into one of two groups and attend according to the Hybrid schedule
    • Group A attends in-person classes on Mondays and Thursdays and has online activities Tuesdays and Fridays.
    • Group B attends in-person classes on Tuesdays and Fridays and has online activities on Mondays and Thursdays.
    • Wednesdays will consist of online learning activities for both Groups A and B.
  • Health and Safety Plan protocols will continue to be in place during Hybrid Instruction.
  • We are modifying the automated attendance calls to go out once a day at 3:30 pm. You may view your student’s attendance anytime using the LCCTC parent portal.

Hybrid Instruction Model Schedule

  • The new Hybrid schedule starts on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Group B will have In-School, In-Person instruction; Group A will have remote learning.  The schedule for the remainder of the week and future school days will follow the schedule below.

 

Virtual/Hybrid Learning Expectations

The LCCTC Virtual/Hybrid Learning Expectations details the responsibilities and expectations of the LCCTC students, faculty, and administrators.  Please review the document and become familiar with the new instruction schedule and attendance and participation requirements.

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Expectations for Students

Student Responsibilities for Online Learning

  1. It is expected that students will complete assignments for ALL classes during this online-learning
  2. Students will be held accountable for work during this time – content addressed as part of distance-learning is applied to task/competencies upon returning to regular schedule.
  3. Appropriate online etiquette is expected. Same disciplinary procedures apply for online learning with regard to school rules, including behavioral concerns.
  4. Work ethic grades apply to timely completion of assignments, proper etiquette on Teams, and quality of work.
  5. Students will log-in each day to view assignments, and complete them in a timely fashion.
  6. Students (and/or parents) should contact the teacher via email or Microsoft Teams with questions or concerns regarding assignments. Teachers will remain available via email throughout the school
    1. Log in by 8:00 AM to view assignments in Canvas or meet live via Microsoft Teams
    2. Complete assignments in a timely fashion
    3. Contact teacher through Canvas, Email, or Microsoft Teams for questions
    4. Must demonstrate participation in order to earn credit

We hope that this will be a temporary instructional change.  Recent data has shown that rates of transmission within public school districts remains lower than rates outside school buildings.  Despite that, we recognize the importance of taking every measure possible to stem the county-wide rate of infection.  We will continue to monitor infection rates.  A variety of factors will be used to determine when the Lancaster County CTC can return to in-person instruction.  We will inform the community when it is determined that we can return to in-person instruction.

The LCCTC will continue to do everything we possibly can to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe while delivering a high-quality career and technical education.  In order to continue doing so, we ask that everyone comply with social distancing guidelines, wear masks in public, and continue to wash hands frequently.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance during this challenging time.  Be well and be safe.

Dr. Stuart Savin
Administrative Director
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

 

 

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