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    BayTech 2020-21 Fall Learning Plan

    As the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we will continually share the details of our plans during this public health crisis. 

    When BayTech opens on August 3rd, we will facilitate the school’s compliance with health officials’ orders and guidelines about social distancing and facility cleaning. Classes will be substantially smaller in size and there will be greater emphasis on meeting the California Department of Education’s Health and Safety Regulations.


    July 1, 2020

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    Hello BayTech Parents:

    Per the public meeting on Monday June 22nd, 2020, the Board of Education of the Bay Area Technology School voted on its parameters for what instruction will look like for BayTech students in the fall semester of the 2020-21 school year. The Board of Directors approved two academic programs:

    Hybrid Learning: Under this approved program students will come to school two times a week for a full day’s worth of classes with their teachers. 6th 7th and 9th graders will come to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8th 10th and 11th graders will come to school on Mondays and Wednesdays. When students are not in school, they will log onto their classes and have live instruction with their assigned teachers at an assigned time. All 12th graders will come to school on Mondays through Fridays for three or four periods; depending on their graduation Progress status.

    Virtual Independent Program: Under this approved program students who do not feel comfortable returning to in class instruction in the fall can choose their course work to be at home. Students will be assigned “case managers”, will work with their case manager to complete their work and will be asked to log into classes at a specific time to receive live instruction. Students in this program will have the option of coming to campus on Fridays so they can meet with their teachers for a period of 30 minutes per teacher. Student time on campus for each Friday will be 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be no aftercare as part of this program lunch will be available for students on Fridays and they will be allowed to take home four days’ worth of lunches. 

    For further descriptions of both programs and more information on how to choose your program, visit our BayTech Modified Learning Programs: 2020-2021 School Year.

    When BayTech opens on August 3rd, we will facilitate the school’s compliance with health officials’ orders and guidelines about social distancing and facility cleaning. Classes will be substantially smaller in size and there will be greater emphasis on meeting the California Department of Education’s Health and Safety Regulations.

    This summer BayTech is making substantial changes to the campus which includes adding washing stations, individual portable restrooms, and the hiring of a daytime custodian who will consistently and constantly clean and disinfect the campus on a rotating basis. Our night custodial crew will clean and disinfect the campus once everyone leaves so that we will start every day fresh and sanitized.

    We are working with Higher Ground to provide aftercare on days when students will be on campus in grades 6 through 9 and we are working with our food vendor so that students will have lunch on campus when they are present and then take a meal to go for their virtual day of instruction.

    BayTech has also instituted a new calendar for the fall of 2020. Please note that the start of school is August 3rd and that students will attend school for five weeks and then in the 6th week they have a combination of half days for parent teacher conferences, teacher professional development days and recovery days. This schedule is crucial in order to keep the school clean and sanitized. Plus, we will use the two days that the campus is completely closed to make any physical adjustments that may be needed in order to keep students, staff and faculty healthy and safe.

    Please note that this schedule may change in the future depending on how the virus develops and as the needs of our community change. Our primary focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please note that due to the nature of this virus and what we are learning through science, BayTech may need to change its program quickly and without notice. If this occurs, we will do so rapidly and remind you that we are doing our best to make sure that we can keep everyone safe.

    When we return to campus students will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines, safety procedures, and other initiatives that have been designed to keep them safe. BayTech has purchased face masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, and other items that will make the campus safer. Class sizes will be smaller, and desks shall be further apart.

    Enclosed is a copy of our calendar and a copy of the bell schedule for the 2020- 2021 school year. Please note that we have changed the calendar to include many more opportunities for parent engagement by scheduling more frequent times for parent conferences. BayTech will put out its second semester calendar when we understand what will be needed in order to keep our community and healthy.

    The office will be open for the month of July so that registration paperwork can be dropped off. Parents of 7th graders please remember that all 7th grade students need to have their TDAP otherwise they will not be allowed to attend school on campus to start the school year. The office will follow up with all families as a reminder.

    Thank you for your understanding, have a wonderful summer, know that we are working very hard this summer to make BayTech safe for everyone’s return. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and having many more great days at BayTech!


    May 4, 2020

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    May 4, 2020

    Dear Valued Member of our BayTech Community:

    COVID 19 has been devastating for many in our community. However, a bright spot has been that our students and families have been amazing, and our faculty is impressed with many of our students. We have heard from many BayTech families that they have appreciated the phone calls, emails and texts that they have received encouraging students and connecting with families. Please allow me the opportunity to update you on several items:

    1. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this public health disruption. BayTech has successfully responded to a wide range of needs among our students, families, and employees.

    BayTech is proud to report that our students are responding positively to our distance learning plan. Congratulations to BayTech 8th graders who lead the school with nearly 85% daily attendance. Please remember that all BayTech students must complete their i-Ready diagnostic #3 this week and that these scores will be used for class placements next year.

    2. The Alameda County Department of Public Health has extended its Shelter in Place order through May 31. The order has relaxed some of its restrictions, but the mandate on social distancing and protocols for essential businesses (such as schools) remain in effect.

    The order also notes that “all public and private gatherings of any number of people outside a household or living unit are forbidden.” (You can find information about the extended shelter-in-place order at http://www.acphd.org/media/572780/joint-press-release-2020.04.29.pdf

    3. On Tuesday, April 28, Governor Newsom suggested suggesting California public schools could re-open in July or early August. Please note that while we, too, want to get back to school as soon as possible, such decisions are ultimately local decisions that need to be made in conjunction with our staff, the OUSD Office of Charters and ultimately approved by the BayTech Board of Education. We are exploring ideas for this summer and fall and will let you know when we have made a decision. Please remember our community’s safety is our TOP priority. We will not bring students back to our building until it is 100% safe.

    4. During this time period BayTech has been actively disinfecting our building and cleaning our site. When school resumes, we will also be hiring our own custodial staff for our classrooms. This staff will be dedicated to serving the BayTech classrooms only and they will be in campus every day from 7:30 am-9:00 pm.

    5. Despite what seems like some slow lifting of restrictions in our state, we wanted to reach out with an update about next year. In short, we have been told by the state and county officials to prepare for 3 different possibilities in the fall:

    • Open up as usual on August 12th - not in July as our governor hinted was a possibility,
    • Open up in Distance Learning mode, and
    • Opening up with a hybrid model that includes both distance learning and modified in-person instruction that complies with social distancing requirements where we only have 50% of our learners on campus at a time. This could be some type of staggered, college-like schedule where learners are on campus less and have fewer class meetings each week.

    When we have clear guidance from the state and local official’s we will let you know how BayTech will proceed next year. But, rest assured BayTech will be here to serve your child. We have hired our staff for next year and this experience has made all of us stronger.

    6. We are having lots of discussions about graduation and promotion ceremonies, and we take this topic seriously. Because public health officials are is prohibiting public and private gatherings of any size, we can’t support a physical graduation ceremony in June or July. If the public health situation improves over the summer, we will consider options for in-person ceremonies in August. BayTech has surveyed the senior class and their wishes will play a very large role when we are able to have a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020. In the meantime, BayTech will be delivering personalized yard signs to our seniors and 8th graders.

    7. We know that eventually BayTech will be open to serve our community. It is our goal to make sure that EVERY BAYTECH STUDENT IS PREPARED TO ADVANCE with their goals. Therefore, BayTech is preparing the following planning meetings to help our students be ready for when COVID-19 passes and students will be expected to be successful:

    1. Wednesday May 20, 6pm via Zoom. Taking the Mystery out of the College Search Process—11th grade students.
    2. Tuesday May 26, 6pm via Zoom. Welcome New BayTech Middle School Students—new 6th, 7th and 8th grade Middle School Students.
    3. Wednesday May 27, 6pm via Zoom. High School Orientation—all members of BayTech Class of 2024.

    Thank you again for your support of BayTech and your learners. We miss your kids, and we really miss being together in our school. We know that eventually this situation will pass and because BayTech students have been active participants online with their learning they WILL be better prepared for college and their eventual career.

    Best Regards,

    Seth D. Feldman EdD, JD                         Warren Wallace

    Executive Director                                     Vice Principal

    April 2, 2020

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    April 2, 2020

    Dear BayTech community,

    In conjunction with our Charter Authorizer, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and in alignment with the statement by Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, L. Karen Monroe that all K-12 schools in Alameda County remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-20 school year because of the coronavirus pandemic, BayTech will remain closed for the remainder of this school year for in-person instruction and we are providing a full complement of online, required options.

    As a college preparatory school, we are fully committed to keeping all our students on-track for college and/or career readiness. Our students will be expected to attend class on-line and follow the work plans for their grades. High School students have been assigned specific classes that, if completed correctly, will keep them 100% on track to graduate on time. BayTech purchased and created classes that are UC a-g approved and if our students follow our plan their dreams of higher education should not be impacted.The items that BayTech purchased are comprehensive and we are asking that all high school students continue to take their learning seriously. Middle School students are also expected to complete their on-line courses and follow our learning plan. Eighth grade students who have indicated that they will be returning to BayTech, and who follow our learning plan, may be afforded an opportunity to start two high school classes later in April. We will be monitoring your progress and if you have completed your assignments correctly, we will follow up with you on the details of this offer.

    For a full list of what is expected for each grade level, see the document titled “BayTech Distance Learning Requirements.” This document, along with detailed instructions on ReadWorks and PLP, the new online coursework platforms, can be found on the left hand column of this page under “Online Coursework.”

    We are working to determine the full impact of this decision, including exploring alternative plans for celebrating our 2020 graduates, promotions of all other grades, whether summer school may be offered, and the loss of instructional learning. In the meantime, we continue to finalize plans to deliver technology to our students and families to help enhance the learning students can do at home. If you need a Chromebook please contact Mr. Hughes at rhughes@baytechschool.org.

    Thank you for your patience as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be well, stay safe, wash your hands, and cover your mouth when you sneeze.

    We sincerely miss all of our students and cannot wait to see everyone soon.

    Regards,

    BayTech Charter School

    March 30, 2020

    Dear BayTech Community:

    We hope this message finds you all well as we each learn to adapt with the major changes facing our community. We have been very happy to see so many students working hard over the last two weeks, and we have enjoyed hearing from families over phone and email, though of course these interactions can’t replace the in-person time we all miss.

    As the coronavirus pandemic develops, schools around the world are adapting and updating our plans for reopening. BayTech is working closely with OUSD and other local agencies for guidance on when we can safely reopen our schools. BayTech will follow OUSD and the Alameda County Office of Education’s plan for school closure.

    We plan to reopen on May 4th pending permission from OUSD and the Alameda County Office of Education.

    As our closure extends beyond two weeks, please follow our messages closely. We will be sending out more information soon regarding collecting completed work packets, picking up new packets, and accessing new online classes. While we are very pleased with the work our students have done in the last two weeks, we need to make changes that fit better for a longer closure period. Please read the bullet points below for important information.

    Chromebooks:

    If you need to borrow your chromebook, we will have two more distribution times on campus:

    • Thursday 4/2 9am-11am
    • Friday 4/3 9am-11am

    Packets:

    • Middle School NEW packets will be available online starting Friday at noon
    • Middle and High School, look for information soon regarding turning in your completed packets.

    Online Work:

    • High school students, we are making changes to your online work. Look for more information soon regarding your grades and new work.
    • All students should check Google Classroom daily for other assigned work from your teachers.

    Office Hours:

    • All teachers will be available for at least 30 minutes every weekday for virtual “office hours,” starting 4/6. Look for info soon with each teacher’s schedule and how to reach them.
    • Teachers will be answering emails during the week.

    i-Ready and NoRedInk:

    • SO many of you have been doing a great job with these programs. Keep up the hard work.
    • Middle school students are required to do at least 20 minutes of i-Ready Math and 20 minutes of i-Ready Reading every weekday.
    • High school students are required to do 40 minutes of NoRedInk each day.

    Online credit recovery, college classes, and SAT prep:

    • Continue with your free online college classes. Contact Mr. Hughes with questions or to register for a new course: rhughes@baytechschool.org
    • Prepare for the SAT (10th and 11th grade) using UWorld. Contact Mr. Hughes with questions or to register for a new course: rhughes@baytechschool.org
    • For those enrolled in Credit Recovery classes, use this free time to catch up on your classes. If your child finishes a class and needs another, have them contact Mr. Hughes at rhughes@baytechschool.org.

    Other notes:

    • If someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Mr. Wallace at wwallace@baytechschool.org. Or leave a text or voicemail at (510) 926-7935.
    • Please remember that the work packets and online work are REPLACING 25 hours of class time per week and are therefore fairly long and very important. You are still a student during the closure! We appreciate families who can help support students with this, as independent study is often challenging for students who are not accustomed to it.

    THANK YOU for your hard work, patience, and positive attitudes during these difficult times. Stay safe and stay healthy!

    Best Regards,

    BayTech