BTEC moves to Virtual Starting Dec. 14th

Please read the information from Carri Risner, Director at BTEC:

Good morning. I want to make you aware of instructional delivery changes we will implement at BTEC until the end of the school day on December 22nd, 2020 when our semester ends. Beginning Monday, December 14th BTEC will move to virtual instruction for the remainder of 1st semester.  Last evening and this morning our health team received and reviewed health data specifically regarding high school age students.  We have seen a significant increase within the past 24 hours in the number of high school age students ordered to quarantine or isolate as well as an increase in COVID-19 community transmission rates of our district's high school age students.  Our Health Team, Administrative Team, and Board of Education President all believe moving to virtual instruction for the remainder of the semester is the most responsible decision we can make for our students and staff.

All BTEC extracurricular activities will be paused through December 25th. For example, the FFA Drive By Nursing Home Parade for next week has been canceled. At this time, in-person instruction for all BTEC students will resume Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.

All BTEC students will continue to report virtually to all classes at regular assigned class times each day. Teachers will provide virtual instruction through Zoom for each class period, for a minimum of 20 minutes, each day. Students can access the Zoom lessons through their own Google Classroom account. Students are to log on to classes at the beginning of each class period. Teachers will take attendance daily. If a student's BTEC class requires special software, a laptop with that software on it has been loaned to that student for the virtual instruction period and has already been distributed to them.

Below is a list of expectations for students that we will be sharing with them. Please help them adhere to these expectations so our students can finish the semester strong.

Student Expectations:

  • Treat each day like a school day. Set a routine, create a schedule, take short brain breaks, and complete work on a daily basis.

  • Ensure that your environment is conducive to school work and free from distractions.

  • Log into Google classroom every day to check for updates, messages and alerts for all classes.

  • View all recorded instructional videos of lessons or demonstrations in each content area.  

  • Create a plan to complete daily assignments and long-term assignments as assigned.

  • Read posts prior to submitting assignments or questions.

  • Participate actively in the course. 

  • Demonstrate positive digital citizenship, online etiquette and follow learning matrix. 

  • Use proper punctuation, spelling and grammar.

  • Communicate with the instructor - through Google Classroom, school email, or scheduled virtual meetings 

  • Attend all required virtual meetings.

This is extremely disappointing. We were hoping to make it the next seven days. Thank you for your understanding and patience. And thank you for your continued diligence in protecting the health of our students. And as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Be safe and stay healthy!

Carri Risner