LCCTC – Online Enrichment Rollout Announcement

March 30, 2020
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March 30, 2020

The Lancaster County Career & Technology Center will begin to roll out online enrichment instruction to its secondary students this week.  The state recommended that all public education facilities develop plans to maintain a continuity of education during the public school shutdown.  The LCCTC Administration has been working with other career and technology education institutions, the local intermediate unit, our sending school districts, and the CTC’s Teacher Association to conduct professional development via web conference, and support the faculty in designing new virtual enrichment lessons for high school students.

We are now at the launching point!  CTC students will receive communications no later than Tuesday, March 31, regarding access to the online curriculum.  Please check your student email accounts for invitations to the virtual course.  If they do not appear there, check your email Junk or Spam folders.  If you need assistance with accessing the program curriculum, please contact your instructors.

You may have questions about virtual learning.  Again, your instructors should be your first contact if you have any questions related to this online education.  We will communicate to you frequently while we keep developing the process.  We are fortunate that many of our instructors already had robust instructional content online already.  Building a CTC-wide, exclusively online system of instructing is new, but we are the Lancaster County CTC!  Building and creating is what we do!

Virtual Learning

  • Activities
    • Beginning Tuesday, March 31, teachers will post one activity/discussion topic per day to re-engage with students. Students will be expected to respond or submit based on the assignment.
    • Activities may have point values assigned for the purpose of feedback, but will not count toward an overall marking period grade.
    • The LCCTC website – lancasterctc.edu – has additional specific resources regarding the school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • These online continuum of education days will support students in meeting their program goals.
  • School Counselors
  • Special Education
    • IU staff are connecting with students and scheduling “office hours” to assist students with activities.
    • IU staff are creating engagement and supplemental activities for students utilizing Zoom or through other methods.
    • IU staff will continue to support academic goals in the student’s IEP to prevent regression of skills.
    • IU staff will be conducting Zoom meetings for social skills reinforcement.
    • Social workers and psychologists will be conducting Zoom meetings with students and holding office hours to support students’ needs.
    • If you need any additional support, please contact your campus-based CTC counselor or special needs counselors listed above.
  • English Learners
    • ESL staff are connecting with students to assist and help with any needs they may have.
    • ESL teachers will be collaborating with program instructors to provide necessary supports for EL students.
    • ESL teachers will be working closely with the IU staff to provide support.
    • An EL resource page will be linked to the LCCTC website within the COVID-19 resources.
    • If you need any additional support, please contact your campus-based CTC counselor or special needs counselors listed above.

Technology

  • Chromebook Lending
    • The LCCTC will lend out Chromebooks to students who have indicated that they do not have access to a computer.
    • If you need to borrow a Chromebook, please contact your campus principal/director
    • There will be a $250 fee if the device is damaged or lost.
    • Chromebook Pickup Details
      • Pick up date – Wednesday (April 1st) – 11 am to 1 pm only for those who already identified as needing a Chromebook. If you need a Chromebook and have not yet signed up, contact your building Principal.
      • Students can go to the bus dock at any WS, BT, or MJ campuses for pick up
      • IT staff and principals will be handing out devices and collecting paperwork
      • Individuals picking up Chromebooks must acknowledge and sign a disclaimer and agree to Chromebook lending terms and conditions. The sign out form will be filled out by staff and will include license plate of vehicle. A blank form will be given to parents/guardian to take for their records.
    • Wi-Fi Access
      • Students with limited or without access to the internet can try contacting internet service providers in the area like Xfinity, AT&T, and others. Many are currently offering free access to Wi-Fi hot spots or other access for free or at discounted rates.
    • Accessing Technology Support
      • The CTC will post a tech support form on our website, where a student can reach out to our IT staff with any issues and work toward a resolution.

This a new and different format for all of us.  We will consistently evaluate how the online system is working and find the best options for our students.  We just ask you to be patient and flexible with your expectations.  The LCCTC faculty, staff, and administration are here to help you through this transition to online continuum of education as the state has requested.

We are working to keep the spark of learning burning during our time of social isolation.  We hope that we will return to classes at some point, but we must adopt new methods to continue to move forward.

Thank you!  Watch for further communications this week and be safe!

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