Frequently Asked Questions about Schools Reopening Plan

  • I am a BCTC student. When do I go to school?

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    All Tulpehocken BCTC students are able start on Wednesday, August 26th, for the A.M. sessions at BCTC. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the Tulpehocken Jr./Sr. High School until school starts for Tulpehocken students on September 8.  From August 26 through September 7, busing will be provided from Tulpehocken to BCTC, and back to Tulpehocken.

    The following will be the pick-up and drop off times at the Jr./Sr. High School:

    Pick up at JSHS for West Campus: 7:35 AM
    Pick up at JSHS forEast Campus: 6:50 AM
    Drop off at JSHS from West Campus: 11:15 AM
    Drop off at JSHS from East Campus: 11:15 AM

    While the Tulpehocken Jr./Sr. High School is operating on a 1/2 day schedule, Tulpy BCTC students will only attend on Days 1,3,5.  This includes both virtual and in-person students.  Tulpy BCTC students should not attend on Days 2,4,6.  When the Jr./Sr. High School schedule begins with full days, all Tulpy BCTC students will go back to their regular morning sessions at BCTC except for Wednesdays.  Each Wednesday will be a remote learning day for Tulpehocken.  Tulpy BCTC students will need transportation to and from the Jr./Sr. High School if they are planning on attending BCTC.  Students who do not attend BCTC on a Wednesday will be excused. 

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  • What will be the in-person schedule for secondary students?

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    Until outside temperatures subside, secondary students (Grades 7-12) will follow the schedule below:

    Monday through Friday - 7:30-11:30am

    On Days 1,3,5 - Live in-person instruction will be period 1-4

    On Days 2,4,6 - Live in-person instruction will be periods 5-8

    During the afternoons, students will be required to watch pre-recorded content in order to complete periods not experienced live.

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  • What will be the in-person schedule for elementary students?

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    The schedule will be as follows:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.   Start and Dismissal Times have not changed.

    Wednesdays will be reserved for remote learning.  This could be in a form of virtual learning or hard copy resources.  Teachers will provide work for students during this day.  

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  • Why is Kindergarten starting at a different time than everyone else?

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    The staggered Kindergarten start was put in place to give our kindergarten students the opportunity to learn the schools without anyone else in the building.  We will walk through all of the procedures and expectations with them as well as giving them time to learn the school.  

    On the week of September 8th, grades 1-6 will be provide the procedures and expectations for the upcoming year.  Since grades 1-6 are already familiar with the buildings we wanted to have a period of time with them to go over the expectations and procedures without having to worry about the kindergarteners in the building, plus it reduces the overall number of students in the buildings that first week.  

    On September 14th, all students would return having a good understanding of how we will operate.

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  • I do not want to use my locker. Can I carry a book bag?

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    Students will be allowed to carry a clear bookbag during the school day if they do not want to utilize their lockers.  An example of a clear bookbag can be found here.

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  • Will my child be required to wear a face covering?

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    Yes.  All students and staff are required to wear a face covering while the Department of Health mandate is in effect.

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  • Are there exceptions to the mandatory mask wearing?

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    Yes.  The Department of Health and Department of Education have issued guidance that outlines only documented health conditions.  A documented health condition is interpretted to be an ongoing medical condition that has been addressed through a certified medical doctor.

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  • Am I able to wear a face shield instead of a face mask?

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    Yes.  Face shields may be worn in place of a face mask.

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  • What kind of mask will special education staff be wearing?

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    We have purchased both face shields and masks with a clear portion in order to accommodate student needs.  

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  • Will a cyber option be offered as an alternative to parents?

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    Yes.  The school district currently offers a virtual academy.  If you are interested in enrolling in the virtual academy please email our Virtual Coordinator, Erika Kindoll at ekindoll@tulpehocken.org, to get on the list.  We will be enrolling students after August 1, 2020.

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  • Will a live-stream be offered of in-person instruction?

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    Yes.  Teachers will be streaming portions of their lessons in order to provide a live-stream.  Teachers will provide a schedule at the elementary level of when a student should log on.  Secondary students will follow their typical schedule.  

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  • Will students still have physical activity during the day?

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    Yes.  Students will still have physical education and recess during the school year.

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  • The plan states that groups will be limited. What does that mean?

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    Cooperative learning and group activities will be limited during instruction.  Students are encouraged to social distance.  Any groupings of students that must take place will be limited to no more than 2 students for classroom instructonal activities.  

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