The Fulton County Center for Career and Technology Joint Operating Committee will hold its reorganization and regular meeting Thursday, December 9, 2021 in the Central Fulton School District Conference room. The reorganization meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the regular meeting will immediately follow.
Dani Brady, Board Secretary
Daily student attendance data must be collected in the FCCCT Student Management System which is required to be submitted annually to the Pennsylvania Department of Education via the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS), regardless of instructional delivery model.
Attendance is one of the most important obligations of the student while enrolled at the Career and Technology Center. Regular attendance is necessary for a passing grade in the classroom as well as on the job. Poor attendance habits that are carried over to the job often cause failure or dismissal. Poor attendance in school could prevent a student from obtaining a good recommendation for an employment opportunity. Since a large portion of the student’s grade is based upon performance, it is difficult, if not impossible, for students with poor attendance to make-up their required hands-on assignments.
When students are learning in person or “face-to-face”, FCCCT standard attendance policy and procedures are followed. If a student is absent from school due to an unavoidable circumstance, he/she is required to submit an excuse blank, written note or have their parent /guardian call or email the Administrative Assistant, Wendy Henry at 717-485-5813 Ext.201 or firstname.lastname@example.org before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. If contact is not made on the day of the absence the absence may become “unexcused” if the excuse blank or written note is not presented within a three (3) day period following the day of absence.
It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements in a timely manner with the instructor for any make-up work. Students may not be able to make up work if the absence is recorded as ‘unexcused’. If it is necessary for the student to be excused during school hours, a written excuse from the participating school district or the student’s parent/guardian should be presented to their CTE teacher one day prior to the excused day. This excuse must be approved by the participating school district administration or designee prior to presenting it to the CTE teacher. Any student who misses the bus at the home school district must report to their school district school office immediately. No walking or driving to or from any FCCCT Program will be permitted without prior approval.
When instructional delivery models include hybrid or remote instruction, attendance measurement must include data that allows FCCCT to assess whether the student is engaged in the assigned learning activity. Capturing student login or contact with school staff is not enough to truly assess exposure to the learning activity. FCCCT must account for both student’s daily access to and completion of assigned learning activities. Daily contact between assigned school staff and students/families is important to student success.
Evidence that the student has access to the resources required for the assigned learning activities may include:
- Confirmation by the teacher affirming access to resources required for assigned learning activities
- Calling, texting, or emailing and confirmation by the teacher that student downloaded or picked up weekly flash drive containing learning packet of assigned learning activities
- Student participation in “office hours” offered by teacher where teacher confirms student access to resources required for assigned learning activities
- The count of student logins to assigned coursework in Schoology, our Learning Management System (LMS)
- Confirmation by teacher that student is connected through the email conferencing system at a designated time
Evidence that the student completed the assigned learning activities:
Track student participation throughout the lesson using chat/email or polling feature
- Teachers may embed a “question of the day” in the assigned learning activity and use it as an answer to one of the practice questions at the end of the lesson
- Submit an exit ticket, video, audio recording, portfolio, or a project upon completion of the learning activity
In the event that a student plans to be absent during remote instruction, parents/guardian must call or email the Administrative Assistant, Wendy Henry at 717-485-5813 Ext.201 or email@example.com before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. If contact is not made on the day of the absence the absence may become unexcused if the required “Excuse Blank” is not submitted to the teacher within a 3 day period from the day of return to school.
The FCCCT will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is considered to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the FCCCT is not required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
Erik H. Damgaard
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,
On August 31, 2021 Governor Wolf announced that all schools K-12 would be mandated to wear a face covering. This order goes into effect on September 7, 2021. This order comes through the authority issued under the Department of Health and specifically through the Secretary of Health. The Department of Health has the authority to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease.
Definitions For purposes of this Order, have the following meanings:
“Face covering” means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. A “face covering” may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household items, including, but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, meet those requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care personnel.
“Alternative to a face covering” may include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears, and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised there is currently not enough evidence to determine how much protection a face shield provides to individuals around the person wearing the face shield because of gaps where respiratory droplets may escape. The CDC does state, however, that face shields may still be an option in situations where wearing a cloth face covering is not otherwise feasible.
Starting September 7, 2021, each teacher, student, staff member, or visitor working, attending, or visiting our programs, or a school sponsored activity shall be required to wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except for the following exceptions:
- If wearing a face covering while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
- If wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition, or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition or a disability.
- When necessary to confirm the individual’s identity.
- When working alone and isolated from interaction with other people with little or no expectation of in-person interaction.
- If an individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- When the individual is under two (2) years of age.
- When an individual is:
- Engaged in an activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, such as eating and drinking, or playing an instrument that would be obstructed by the face covering.
- Participating in high intensity aerobic or aerobic activities, including during a physical education class in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet from all other individuals.
- When a student is participating in a sports practice activity or event, whether indoors or outdoors.
All alternatives to a face covering, including the use of a face shield, should be exhausted before an individual is exempted from this Order for the above reasons.
Please find below the link to the FAQs which were put out by the DOH on August 31, 2021. https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/MaskingOrder/Pages/FAQs.aspx
You will be updated on information as it is communicated to us. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teacher or myself if you have any questions or concerns.
Erik H. Damgaard, Executive Director
Early Childhood Education
Computer Networking and Repair Technology
Allied Health Professions
Drafting & Design Technology
Fulton County Center for Career and Technology will not discriminate in its employment practices or its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, domicile, veterans status, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, handicap/disability or genetic information or any other legally protected characteristics in its admission procedures, educational programs and activities or employment practices, as required by the Pennsylvania School Code and related regulations, ADA, Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 and will provide equal access to the Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Students are encouraged to consider enrolling in career programs non-traditional to their gender. Fulton County Center for Career and Technology will take steps to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs and will make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities. Furthermore, harassment in any form, including bullying, by any individual will not be tolerated. All policies, regulations and practices of FCCCT shall be guided by this statement.
Inquiries regarding compliance with Titles VI, IX and Section 504, should be forwarded to the Director of the Fulton County CCT at:
145 East Cherry Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233 (717) 485-5813