Principal's April Message

Posted by Lindsey Pelley on 4/29/2021

Dear B-P Families,

 

I hope this communication finds all of our B-P families safe and well. As you may have heard, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Commissioner Riley’s plan to return high school students to full in-person learning. With receiving this new information, we have proactively begun to work with all of our B-P stakeholders in planning to put an action plan in motion for full in-person instruction for all students at all grade levels (both academic and vocational-technical). Based on the information we have at this time, we are optimistic that we can offer full in-person learning for all of our students beginning Monday, May 10, 2021. We will continue with our current 6-day rotation model, or a variation of it, through the end of this school year, but we have also adjusted the schedule to incorporate MCAS testing and senior projects/events. May Calendar June Calendar

 

Students who are currently attending the hybrid learning model will come to school daily. Students who are currently attending the shop-only model will come to school on all of their shop days, and students who are currently enrolled as fully remote learners can also continue to learn remotely. However, in order for us to plan for further preparations if you wish to CHANGE your child’s current learning schedule, please complete this form by Tuesday, May 4th. Student Request to Change Learning Plan

 

Please note that depending on the chosen learning selection, your child may have an entire schedule change for their academic classes/teachers for the remainder of the school year. Additionally, the remote-learning option may look different from the current remote learning option depending on teacher availability for synchronous learning opportunities. Remote students will be learning more independently and should be self-motivated through their asynchronous lessons with teacher check-ins.  

 

Bus Stops

 

All students must be at their bus stops 15 minutes earlier beginning on Monday, May 10th because there will be changes made to the routes to accommodate all students riding the bus to school. If you have any questions or concerns about bus transportation, the stop, or the route, please contact Bloom Bus at (508) 822-7377. 

 

Freshman and Sophomore MCAS Testing

 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is still requiring in-person MCAS testing in the Spring of 2021 for grade 9 science (biology) and for grade 10 ELA and Mathematics.  All high school testing must be completed in person at school. Please see the following link for more information regarding Grade 9 and 10 MCAS Examinations:

 

Grade 9 and 10 MCAS

 

Optional Junior MCAS Testing

 

Current juniors are not required to take the MCAS examinations in order to earn their competency determination (CD) to meet the state’s graduation requirements. However, current Juniors may still elect to take the test this spring to qualify for the Adams Scholarship and Koplik Certificate of Mastery.

 

Please see the following link for more information regarding the optional MCAS testing for Grade 11 students.  Junior students will need to opt-in to take the MCAS tests in ELA and Math this year by filling out the opt-in form. The deadline for Juniors opting into MCAS is Friday, May 7th, 2021.

 

Grade 11 MCAS Opt-In

 

Senior Scholarship/Awards Night 

We will be posting the senior scholarship/awards night video online at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 20th at www.bptech.org. Scholarships and awards recipients will receive these inside their guidance packets on their last day of school on Friday, May 28th.

 

Senior Last Academic Day

The last academic day for seniors is Friday, May 21st. This day will also provide our senior students an opportunity to return any B-P issued property including but not limited to: academic and shop/related books, library books, Chromebooks (if not being used for senior project presentations) any Fall 2 athletic uniforms and/or gear, calculators, etc. Senior remote and shop-only students also need to return their books, Chromebooks, etc. to the school and can arrange to drop them off to the reception desk, help desk, or main office from May 21st through May 28th from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Senior Co-op

The last day for seniors to participate in this year’s co-operative (co-op) learning experience is Tuesday, May 25th. 

 

Early Release/Senior Projects

Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be dismissed at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 27th. Seniors will remain in school until 2:30 p.m. to present their senior projects beginning at 12:30 p.m. All seniors will have to provide their own ride home because bus transportation will not be available. Seniors will also be able to retrieve their personal belongings from the shop, such as tools, toolboxes, senior projects, etc. 

 

Senior Success & Celebration Day

The last day of school for seniors will be on Friday, May 28th, and is a full day of school. All of the day’s events will be held outdoors, so a rain date is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd. We are in the process of preparing several events to celebrate with our seniors on this day and more information will be forthcoming. Caps and gowns, yearbooks, scholarships/awards, guidance counselor packets, detailed graduation information, and other important items will be distributed on this day as well. 

 

Senior Obligation List

Failure to return any items will generate a student-obligation list and an invoice will be sent to your home for these items that are not returned from our students. Per the student-parent handbook, students who are on the obligation list will not be allowed to participate in any upcoming senior events and that also could include participation in the graduation ceremony. Please contact the school’s business office at 508-823-5151 x109 with any questions about any invoice that you’ve received online that you are concerned about. 

 

Senior Graduation

The date for the graduation ceremony is still Saturday, June 5th, and there will be more details sent now that the MA Dept. of Education released its guidelines and logistics at B-P can be determined based on this guidance we received.

 

COVID Update

This week, the MA Dept. of Education released an update on identifying close contacts. Close contacts who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom or on the bus while both individuals were masked do not have to quarantine unless they were within 3 feet of distance of the COVID-19 positive individual for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. This does not apply if someone was identified as a close contact outside of the classroom or bus (e.g., in sports, extra-curriculars, lunch, etc.) or if masks are not worn by both persons at the time of the exposure. All other close contacts must follow the standard protocol for when a close contact may return to school.  For further information click here for the MA DPH website.

 

 As a reminder, DPH defines close contact as:

  • Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case (someone who has tested positive) for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Multiple brief or transitory interactions (less than a minute) throughout the day are unlikely to result in 15 minutes of cumulative contact and do not meet the definition of close contact. Being in the same room as an individual if you are consistently separated by 6 feet of distance does not meet the definition of a close contact.

  • Close contact can occur while being with, caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, 

OR

  • Having direct physical contact with the person (e.g. hugging or kissing), 

OR 

  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils, 

OR 

  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment. 

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, especially as we prepare for the next few months of the 2020-2021 school year. We all look forward to having the majority of our students back at B-P very soon for in-person learning!

 

Karen Guenette, Principal kguenette@bptech.org   Twitter@BPPrincipalKG