COVID-19 Information and Updates

Butler Tech News Update

 

High School Frequently Asked Questions

Adult Education Frequently Asked Questions

May 11, 2020 – 11:00am

Pick-up/Drop-off Dates, Times & Protocol

D. Russel Lee

Seniors:

May 12 – times assigned by Instructor
Hall – Hubbard – Geiser – Simpson – Hurt
May 13 – times assigned by Instructor
Chambers – Watkins – Clem – Hall – Hensley- Packer
May 14 –  times assigned by Instructor
Newman – McKinney – Fitzgerald – Campbell – Swelbar – Powers

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844aba92aa4f49-seniors

Sophomores and Juniors:

May 18 – times assigned by Instructor
Hall – Hubbard – Geiser – Powers – Akins – Packer
May 19 – times assigned by Instructor
Chambers – Watkins – Clem – Hall – Allgor
May 20 – times assigned by Instructor
Newman – McKinney – Fitzgerald – Campbell – Akins
May 21 – times assigned by Instructor
Simpson – Hensley – Hurt – Swelbar – Allgor

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844aba92aa4f49-sophomores

Natural Science Center – All Programs and Grades

May 14 from 9:00am-5:00pm

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084aabae29a5fb6-nscpickup1

School of the Arts – All Programs and Grades

May 19 from 9:00am-2:20pm

May 20 from 12:30pm-6:50pm

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aadae23aaf94-picking

Bioscience Center – All Programs and Grades

May 20 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm

May 27 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

May 28 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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Drop-off/Pick-up Safety Protocols and Procedures:

  • Students will use Sign-up Genius to schedule their time to visit their building to pick-up and drop-off items. This will ensure we limit the number of people on campus at once per the Ohio COVID19 guidelines
  • All students and staff will be required to bring their own face mask to be worn while in the buildings at all times
  • All students and staff’s temperatures will be taken and must be less than 100 degrees to enter
  • All students and staff will use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the building. Staff who are in the building for a prolonged period of time will be required to wash hands/hand sanitizer frequently.
  • ONLY the individual student will be permitted into the building. No parents, friends, etc. are allowed.

Drop-off Items:

  • Seniors Laptop and chargers – do not bring your bag. BT is not collecting the bags
    • Seniors who earned their laptops must return them for reimaging prior to being redistributed at a later date
    • Juniors will hold on to their laptops for next year
  • CCP Textbooks
  • Library Books
  • Any other items that are district/teacher owned

Pick-up Items:

  • Personal items left behind in the building such as tools, instruments, etc.
  • Graduation items for seniors:
    • NTHS Stoles
    • Red Cords – blood donor
    • Gold Cords – honor roll
    • Military Cords

 


April 29, 2020 – 3:00pm

As the situation evolves during these unprecedented times, Butler Tech Adult Education adapts to ensure we meet the needs of our students. Therefore, in compliance with the latest guidelines from Governor DeWine, Butler Tech Adult Education will begin a blended learning model for several programs by continuing the delivery of content online and resume labs on-site with the appropriate safety protocols.

The implementation of in-person labs will include guidelines concerning social distancing, personal protective equipment, strict cleaning protocols, and consistent health monitoring to ensure the safety of all students and staff. There will be no visitors allowed on campuses. All instructors will be contacting their students to discuss these protocols and processes as it relates to each individual program.

The following programs are scheduled to begin a blended learning model in the coming weeks:

  • Basic Police Academy
  • Commercial Driving License Training (CDL A and B)
  • Welding
  • State-Tested Nurse Aide (STNA)
  • HVAC/R – Eve
  • Welding – Eve
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Paramedic Academy
  • Private Security Firearms

We are excited to launch this blended learning phase of Butler Tech Adult Education for our existing students. As always, our goal is to assist each student in obtaining their certification so that they can join the essentials workers on the front lines.
Students, please continue to check your email and remain in contact with you Butler Tech Adult Education instructor.


April 20, 2020 – 4:00pm

Closure for Remainder of School Year

On April 20, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year due to the coronavirus health crisis.

We know the Governor’s order to close school for the rest of the school year presents a challenge for our families and is extremely disappointing to our students and staff. Butler Tech is and will continue to work diligently to collaborate with you in furthering our students’ education and well-being.

What does this mean for our students?

Although our school buildings are to remain closed, distance learning will continue through the remainder of the school year. We will continue to adjust and administer our distance learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability, and create ways to connect with and inspire our students.

Will school staff be working?

Yes, our Butler Tech staff will continue working remotely to deliver distance learning to our students. Administrators are actively planning and responding to this national health crisis. Teachers and instructors are creating lesson plans and engaging with their students regularly in various virtual platforms.

Butler Tech’s Distance Learning Plan, including roles and responsibilities, is available on our website. For those students who do not have access to an internet connection in their homes, Butler Tech has provided an extended WiFi connection in the parking lots at the Fairfield Township Campus and the LeSourdsville Campus to support Butler Tech issued laptops and Chromebooks and provide other alternatives available across the region.

What about food service?

All food resources are being made available by the associate schools in your student’s city or town.
For more information on your district’s meal distribution program, visit our website.

What does this mean for seniors graduating?

Our Butler Tech administration and teachers, in conjunction with your home school counselors and administration, will be working together to ensure that students in the Class of 2020 are on track to graduate. Know that we will work together to provide assistance and flexibility in the interest of doing what is right for students.

What does this mean for Senior Ceremony?

The Cintas Center has canceled all events through July and Butler Tech must cancel the Senior Ceremony scheduled for May 10, 2020. We have an alternate date set for Monday, August 3, 2020, with more details forthcoming.

What about state testing?

Annual state testing for the 2019-2020 school year is canceled by a bill approved by the Ohio Legislature to waive the testing requirements.

What about services to students with disabilities?
Our school is making a good faith effort to provide such services. If a student with a disability cannot access the alternate delivery models being offered to general education students, then the district will consult with parents and/or caregivers to determine the needs of the student and identify the most appropriate means for meeting those needs during the closure period.

Questions?

Please email your instructor and/or administrator or use the “Contact Us” form on the Butler Tech website. Your email will be returned in a timely manner. For all questions related to your student’s assignments, please email the instructor directly.

We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19. To view the page, click here: https://www.butlertech.org/covid-19-information-and-updates/

We are experiencing a health crisis that none of us has experienced in our lifetime. There will be bumps along the way, but your child’s teachers, counselors, building principals, and our support staff are here to work with our families to support you and your children.

This is the time for our community to come together and navigate through this challenging situation.


April 8, 2020 – 10:00am

Grades, Credits, & Credentials for all Students & Graduation Criteria for the Senior Class of 2020

Grades Graduation COVID19


April 1, 2020 – 6:00pm 

Adult Education Online Training to begin 4/6/2020

On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine ordered all Ohio public, community, and private
K-12 school buildings to remain closed until at least May 1, 2020, due to the coronavirus health crisis.  As a result, many of our Adult Education programs will shift to an online training format the week of Monday, April 6, 2020.

Our staff has been working hard to prepare as much of your program’s curriculum for online learning as possible. We know there will be challenges along the way as we navigate this new way of learning, but your Butler Tech Adult Education staff is dedicated to helping you achieve your education and career goals.

Stay healthy, stay positive and let us work together to move forward!

Adult Education Frequently Asked Questions


March 30, 2020 – 2:45pm 

In alignment with the order set forth by Governor Mike DeWine, and for the continued safety of our students, staff, and community, Butler Tech campuses will remain closed while continuing distance learning, until at least May 1, 2020.

We know that this news is disappointing for many. As a staff, we miss our students tremendously and look forward to getting back into the classroom and labs with our Butler Tech family.

In the meantime, please continue to log on to your Butler Tech email and Schoology daily to receive lessons, assignments, opportunities for online meetings and more.


March 26, 2020 – 10:00am

WIFI Available on LeSourdsville Campus & Fairfield Township Campus

The student parking lot by the main building at our LeSourdsville Campus is now filled with WiFi to support up to 100 Butler Tech issued laptops and Chromebooks.

  • All Butler Tech Campus laptops and Chromebooks (Faculty, Staff and Student), as well as laptops issued to Butler Tech Faculty at Fairfield, Hamilton, Lakota, NWLSD, Ross, and Talawanda, can connect to this network. Users will be able to download and submit assignments, browse the web and install approved software, all from the comfort of their automobile.
  • In order to serve as many of our students as possible, there is NO Guest Network available in this WiFi Zone.

Wifi Zone 2 map



March 25, 2020 – 9:30am

WIFI Available on Fairfield Township Campus

Parking Lot C at the Fairfield Township Campus is now filled with rich and savory WiFi!  All 62,000+ square feet of this student parking area, sometimes referred to as the “Flagpole Lot” in front of the D. Russel Lee building (highlighted in yellow below) can support up to 100 Butler Tech issued laptops and Chromebooks.

  • All Butler Tech Campus laptops and Chromebooks (Faculty, Staff and Student), as well as laptops issued to Butler Tech Faculty at Fairfield, Hamilton, Lakota, NWLSD, Ross, and Talawanda, can connect to this network. Users will be able to download and submit assignments, browse the web and install approved software, all from the comfort of their automobile.
  • In order to serve as many of our students as possible, there is NO Guest Network available in this WiFi Zone.

WiFi Map at DRL




March 22, 2020 – 11:45am

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to common questions during this unprecedented time. If you have additional questions, please contact your instructor via email or submit a question through the “Contact Us” button on this site.

Food Resources as of 3/22/2020

We recognize that some students may have a need for food resources during this time. We have compiled a list of both associate school district and community resources for our students.

Associate School Food Resources:

Edgewood Local Schools 

Fairfield City School District

Hamilton City School District

Lakota Local Schools

Madison Local School District 

Middletown City Schools 

Monroe Local Schools

New Miami Local Schools 

Northwest Local School District 

Ross Local Schools

Talawanda Local Schools

Community Food Resources: 

Shared Harvest

Additional Butler County Food Pantries


March 17, 2020 – 1:45pm

Updates for Online Distance Learning:

online Distance Learning guidelines

To utilize hyperlinks in the document, download the PDF below.

Download PDF:  Distance Learning Plan

 

 

 


March 13, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.

Governor DeWine has taken an extraordinary step to protect the health and safety of Ohio’s residents, students and educators. We appreciate the cooperation of our Butler Tech students, parents, and staff as we continue to make decisions and plans for the coming weeks.

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • Butler Tech high school students on our four campuses will begin distance learning through Schoology. All students should log into their accounts on Monday for further instructions and details. We encourage you to check your email and this website often.
  • Any student participating in a Butler Tech course at their home school should follow the expectations of that particular school district.
  • Butler Tech Adult Education campuses will be closed and all classes canceled beginning Monday, March 16, through April 3, 2020.
  • All Butler Tech buildings will remain closed through April 5, 2020.

We recognize that this is difficult and that there are many unanswered questions. We will all work collectively to navigate this together in the coming weeks.

 


March 12, 2020 – 4:31 p.m.

Together, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community. In our response to COVID-19, we must depend on the knowledge of the Butler County Board of Health, Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control as well as our elected officials. On March 12, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state is closing all K-12 schools.

Starting Friday, March 13, Butler Tech will close all high school campuses through April 3, 2020.  Butler Tech Adult Education campuses will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, through April 3, 2020. This necessary action is an effective public health strategy to disrupt widespread infection. We recognize that this will be an adjustment and we will all work collectively to navigate this as a community.

Beginning today, March 12, all district activities including after school activities, events on campus, field trips, etc. are canceled until at least April 3, 2020.

There are three exceptions to all cancellations.

  • Butler Tech Adult Education will continue classes through Friday, March 13, 2020.
  • The YMCA Daycare Facility will remain open on the Fairfield Township campus.
  • Central Office will open for voting as a designated polling location on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Based on the announcements from the Governor earlier this week, Butler Tech has worked through the details of implementing our distance learning response plan for students. With today’s announcement, we are seeking clarity for if and when we will execute the plan.

More school resources and information will be posted on our website, social media, and email as they become available.

How is Butler Tech making decisions?

We continue to monitor and follow the guidance from the Butler County Board of Health, Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. We have a great partner in the Butler County Health District Commissioner and she is working closely with the district to direct and support our decisions.

Are we still holding after-school events at Butler Tech?

As of today, March 12, in response to Governor DeWine’s emergency order and the Ohio Department of Health recommendations to limit social contact, we have suspended all after-school events. We will evaluate opportunities to reschedule events in the coming days.

What about school-sponsored field trips?

At this time, we have canceled all school-sponsored field trips until further notice.

What if my student has medicine on campus that he/she will need during the closure?

Please pick-up all medications from your student’s building between 7:30 am – 3:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020.

For more information:

The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Please call any of the three Public Health Agencies with additional questions:

Butler County General Health District: (513) 863-1770

City of Hamilton Health Department: (513) 785-7091

City of Middletown Health Department: (513) 425-1818


March 11, 2020 – 12:00 p.m.

In response to the ongoing development of the Coronavirus (COVID19), and the recommendations made by the state to help prevent the spread of the disease, Butler Tech is postponing the Student Showcases scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020, on all secondary campuses.

In lieu of the showcase event, our staff will use the time to prepare the mobilization of our blended-learning response plan should the need to cancel school on our campuses become a necessity.

The custodial staff will use the time originally planned for Thursday night’s event to facilitate an additional deep clean and sanitization effort across all campuses.

We recognize that this is disappointing and that an enormous amount of hard work and preparation has already taken place. Thank you for your understanding and support as the safety of our students, staff, and community is our top priority.

CANCELED/POSTPONED EVENTS:

The following events have been canceled/postponed.

  • Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference
  • DECA Career Development Conference
  • HOSA State Competition
  • Student Showcases
  • Apprenticeship Day
  • Dunk & Donate
  • School of the Arts Junior Visual Arts Exhibition
  • Colerain/Northwest Acceptance Ceremony

March 9, 2020 – 4:43 p.m.

Dear Butler Tech Students & Parents/Guardians,

Butler Tech is closely monitoring the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, we have no Butler Tech students or staff members who have positively identified as contracting COVID-19.

We are working closely with the Butler County Public Health Agency and Emergency Management Agency along with all eleven of our associate school districts to monitor local and national updates concerning prevention and response should the situation progress.

The safety of our students, staff and the entire community is extremely important.  The Butler Tech custodial staff is increasing the frequency of cleaning common and high-traffic areas each day including bathrooms, water fountains, lunchrooms, common places, door handles, handrails on stairs, etc.

We encourage you to follow these precautions to prevent the spread of COVID19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

For more information about COVID-19, consider visiting the following websites:

Ohio Department of Health
https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/novel-coronavirus/2019-ncov
Coronavirus Disease 2019 FAQ – source, Ohio Department of Health

Center for Disease, Control, and Prevention (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

John Hopkins Medicine
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-facts-infographic?scrlybrkr=c6572262

 

We will continue to post updates on our district website as information becomes available.