Back-to-School Frequently Asked Questions

 

Back to School FAQ

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding TIER 2: Hybrid of Face-to-Face & Distance Learning. If you have additional questions, please email questions@butlertech.org.

This information is up-to-date as of Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 2:30 pm. Information is subject to changes as the science and data are reviewed and policies are changed in regard to COVID19.

  • What is the Tier 2 Hybrid of Face-to-Face & Distance Learning?

    Teaching and learning will be a combination of traditional methods and distance learning with the incorporation of online tools such as Schoology, Zoom, etc.

    The basis of each plan is as follows:

    • 50% of the students will receive face-to-face instruction on campus either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday
    • 50% of the students will learn online on the days they are not assigned to attend campus
    • *Fridays – personalized/teacher-directed Fifth Day Experience (during semester 1) are required days of school attendance and can be one of the following:
      • Complete virtual/distance learning for academic lab assignments online
      • On-site/in-person at the student’s regularly assigned campus by appointment
      • An approved site for the work-based learning experience

    For more information specific to your campus and program please click the appropriate campus below.

    D. Russel Lee

    Natural Science Center

    Bioscience Center

    School of the Arts 

    *Students will be assigned/approved for their Friday location one week in advance, based on academic needs, lab needs and industry opportunities

  • What is the Tier 2 Hybrid of Face-to-Face & Distance Learning Attendance Process?
  • What is the Tier 2 Hybrid of Face-to-Face & Distance Learning Competency Levels/Grading policy?
  • How do I know my assignment for Fridays during the first semester in Tier 2?

    As part of Butler Tech’s Tier 2 Hybrid plan, Fridays during semester one are either distance learning days or face-to-face on campus when an instructor or administrator requests for you to attend campus for intervention and/or enrichment activities.

    At the beginning of each week, students will receive an individualized email to their Butler Tech email address with details for the upcoming Friday. The email will include whether or not the student needs to be on campus as well as the instructor or administrator who has requested their attendance and the reason.

    Following the student email regarding Fridays, parents of students who need to be on campus on Friday will receive an email and a phone call from Butler Tech alerting them.

    Please note that bus transportation will run as normal on Fridays.

    If you have questions, please contact your instructor or building principal.

  • When should I stay home if I am feeling ill or believe I have had close contact/exposure to someone with COVID19?
  • What is the difference between Quarantine and Isolation and what protocols apply?
  • Where can I watch a recording of the Tier 2 Hybrid Learning Facebook Live from Wednesday, July 22?
  • How is Butler Tech making school decisions impacted by COVID19?

    Butler Tech has 3 major guiding principles:

    • Butler Tech will continue to prioritize transforming lives by making our students career-ready and college-prepared.

    • Butler Tech will be ready to operate in the various tiers of our Butler Tech plan and will prepare our students for all three options.

    • Butler Tech will make decisions based on science and data provided by the Center for Disease Control, guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, and mandates initiated by Governor DeWine.

  • What health and safety protocols will Butler Tech students and staff be required to follow?

    • All students and staff will be required to wear a cloth face covering that fully covers the mouth and nose. This includes homemade masks, bandanas, or other cloth face coverings. All face coverings must be school appropriate as outlined in the mask policy.

    • All students and staff will conduct a self-wellness check including temperature prior to coming to school. Individuals with a temperature above 100.4 degrees must stay home.

    • All students and staff who are ill must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school.

    • If a student or staff member becomes aware of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in their home, they must follow the COVID-19 Response Plan protocol.

  • What is the protocol if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID19?

    • Positive cases of COVID-19 may return to school after 10 days from the onset of symptoms and at least 24 hours have passed without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.

    • Contacts of a positive case may not return to school until 14 days after their exposure to the positive case EVEN IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT. The entire 14 days from the exposure must be spent in quarantine at home.

    • Confirmed case –> Assess Risk –> contact trace in consultation with local health officials

    • A student who exhibits symptoms at school must be immediately separated from others; staff must be immediately relieved of duties and sent home

    • Each campus has designated isolation area for students who exhibit symptoms to wait for parent/guardian transportation

  • What health and safety protocols has Butler Tech implemented on the campuses to keep students and staff safe?

    • All students and staff members will receive a washable cloth Butler Tech mask.

    • Proper handwashing will be required throughout the school day.

    • Hand sanitizer has been placed in every classroom, common space, and meeting room. Personal hand sanitizer is permitted.

    • Additional cleaning staff will ensure that deep cleaning and sanitizing will occur daily using sanitizing agents that are rated to eliminate COVID 19. This will include all tables and countertops, chair backs, door handles, computer keyboards and mice, shared tools, tool lockers, and many more areas and items.

    • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized once every class period.

    • Air circulation and filtering has been increased in all buildings, both in volume and in duration. As well as an upgrade to medical-grade air filters to provide the highest level of filtration.

    • Social distancing of 3-6 feet will be implemented in classrooms, labs, and the cafeteria/eating spaces. Transitions will be staggered to allow for social distancing in common areas.

    • Social distancing during arrival and dismissal will be maximized through the addition of multiple access points and students will move directly to their assigned classroom/lab.

    • Staff will assist in monitoring social distancing and ensure students are wearing their masks as they enter the buildings and move to their classrooms/labs.

    • Breakfast and lunch options will be available in a grab-n-go style with options for students to eat in various locations inside and outside of the buildings. Capacity limits will be set to allow for social distancing. Water fountains will be closed for use. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to use at the water bottle filling stations that will be cleaned multiple times per day.

  • Is transportation provided to and from Butler Tech by my homeschool?

    Yes, transportation will be provided by the home schools to and from Butler Tech regardless of the individual district schedule or plan for the school year. They will provide transportation five days a week as needed. Please contact your home school for schedule and location information.

  • Do I need to purchase a parking pass?

    No, not at this time. Due to the unique circumstances of this year and COVID19, student drivers will be issued a temporary parking pass during the first week of school. Decisions on permanent parking passes and costs will be made and communicated in the coming months.

  • Do I need to pay school fees?

    Due to the unique circumstances of this year and COVID19, additional information regarding school fees will be shared at the beginning of September 2020.

  • When and how will I receive my schedule?

    Because each student, program, and campus is unique, you will receive your daily/weekly schedule directly from your campus prior to the start of the school year. Please look for additional information from your campus principal for details.

  • Where do I find school supply lists including uniforms, tools, etc.?
  • Where do I complete student forms online? And how will I receive my student identification number?

    Visit the Sign School Forms Online page on our website. You will receive your Student ID number (999 number) from your campus principal by email prior to the first day of school.

  • How do I add an email or phone number to my contact information?

    Email questions@butlertech.org – be sure to include your student’s full name, grade, program, and the email or phone number you would like added or changed.