James Rumsey Technical Institute’s first priority is the health, safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff. JRTI will follow CDC and Health Department guidelines pertaining to use of PPE, social distancing, number of people in a given area, etc. Guidelines will be reevaluated and updated as necessary.
Links to Sections in this Document
- Instructional Delivery
- Professional Development
- Daily Symptom Screening
- Classroom, Shop, and Lab Protocols
- Daily Schedule
- Simulated Workplace
- Facilities Cleaning Protocols
- Building Access to Community Members
- Reporting to Heath Department
JRTI Faculty are preparing for three models of instructional delivery which can be implement as needed. It is possible that it will be necessary to switch among the models. The foundation for the models will be to focus on the required Content Skills Sets and certification requirements to identify which elements can be taught remotely and which require hands-on learning. Teachers will be using either Schoology or Google Classroom as their learning management system. As the counties served by JRTI have varying daily schedules, the blended learning model will be implemented to teach Content Skill Sets and certification requirements. Teachers will begin delivery instruction through Schoology or Google Classroom starting the first day of school. Students from all three counties should have a device issued by their home high school. These devices will be used for their work at their home high school as well as at JRTI.
Blended Learning – Faculty will present material following the flipped classroom model through pre-recorded, streamed and electronic resources. Hand-on elements will be practiced in smaller groups in shops and labs, following CDC guidelines pertaining to the use of PPE, social distancing and the number of people in a given area. This will be applicable during the time when feeder schools are implementing block scheduling which may inhibit some students from attending daily.
Remote Learning – Remote learning will occur in the event the Governor closes schools in Berkeley County as JRTI is located in this county. Faculty will present material following the flipped classroom model through pre-recorded, streamed and electronic resources. Hand-on elements will be practiced in smaller groups in shops and labs AND/OR through kits that are made available to students to work at home. In certain programs, hands-on time will be schedule through the day and in the evening. JRTI ask for family support to transport students to hands-on practice.
Instructional Professional Development focuses on blended learning and flipped classroom models as well pre-recording/ streaming tools and strategies. Equipment and software will be needed to record and edit demonstrations and learning modules. JRTI will work with WVDE-CTE to determine additional guidance for CTE classrooms to identify and utilize CTE resources.
COVID-19 Professional Development will focus on prevention, response and potential stigma. Prevention training will address daily cleaning, weekly disinfecting, social distancing, use of PPE and gathering/socializing. Response training will address possible response in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19. Potential stigma training will address awareness and responsibilities to counter potential stigma and discrimination toward those with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Daily Symptom Screening
Symptom screening checks will be conducted daily for students and personnel. Students and personnel will be screened upon entering the building. A quarantine area will be available for anyone failing screening. All students will enter through the side doors for their daily symptom screening.
Classroom, Shop, and Lab Protocols
JRTI will follow CDC and Health Department guidelines pertaining to use of PPE, social distancing, number of people in a given area, etc. Guidelines will be reevaluated and updated as necessary. JRTI will work with WVDE-CTE to determine additional guidance for CTE classrooms.
- Face coverings will worn while at JRTI. JRTI has purchased cloth masks and disposable masks for personnel and students. Cloth masks should be frequently washed. Shields and gloves will be available upon request. Plexiglas shields will be provided as needed.
- Instructors will be provided with cleaning and disinfecting supplies which meet CDC and Health Department guidelines. Instructors will provide administration with a safety plan specific to their program which includes use of PPE as well as cleaning and disinfecting.
- Breaks will take place in classrooms/shops or in the exterior courtyard. There will be no congregating in hallways or common spaces.
- Bathrooms in shops and labs should be used. Programs without a bathroom should use the closest bathroom available.
- Water fountains will be turned off. Students, faculty and staff will bring bottled water.
- Vending machines and food sales will not be available.
JRTI technical classes will meet daily. Lectures and demonstrations will be recorded and provided to students to accommodate the varied schedules of the feeder counties. Students who are planning on completing their academic course virtually are expected to attend their technical classes daily. Parking passes will be available to these students.
8:00 – 10:15 Morning Technical Classes
11:15 – 1:30 Afternoon Technical Classes
Schedule for the First Weeks of School
As all three counties have different rolling start schedules, students should follow the following guidelines:
- All day students who are enrolled in both technical and academic classes at JRTI may begin attending on September 8.
- Students who take their technical class at JRTI and their academic classes in-person at their home schools will follow the home schools rolling start schedule.
- Students who take their technical class at JRTI and their academic classes virtually may begin attending on September 8.
To ensure that Content Skills Sets are being learned, teachers will be recording lectures and demonstrations which will be posted daily. Students are expected to log-in daily and complete assignments.
All Day Academics and Lunch
Students who have already been schedule to attend JRTI all-day will be served. Academic classes may be moved to the Assembly and Cafeteria to meet social distancing requirements. Classes will be block scheduled following an A/B model.
Students will be able to order school lunches or choose to pack a lunch. Students will return to their technical program for lunch. Lunches will be delivered to students in their technical classes.
Transportation to and from home high schools will be provided by the home counties. Students will ride a bus to from JRTI and their home high school.
All day students are able to purchase a parking permit to drive to JRTI. High school student parking is located in the parking lot parallel to Cumbo Road, in front of the Assembly Area.
Per state policy, student attendance records must be reported in WVEIS. At JRTI, attendance will be maintained in iGrades. Attendance data will be sent daily to home high schools.
As each county has a different schedule which may impact daily student physical attendance, teachers will be recording lectures and demonstrations which will be posted daily. Students are expected to log-in daily and complete assignments.
- In person attendance – attendance will be taken. Absences and notes will be communicated with home high schools.
- Blended and Remote attendance – attendance will be taken based on student sign in/log in to Schoology or Google Classroom and evidence of student work. Attendance data and absence documentation will be communicated with home high schools.
Simulated Workplace and State Required Accountability for Blended or Remote Learning
The Simulated Workplace Protocols will be implement in in-person, blended or remote learning follow WVDE CTE guidance. This guidance pertains to Shop/Lab Sanitation, Portfolios, NOCTI, Certifications/Credentials/Licensure, Governor’s Workforce Credential, B&I Reviews and Virtual Work-based Learning. Information can be found at https://wvde.us/school-system-re-entry/career-technical-education/.
Facilities Cleaning Protocols
- All faculty, staff and students will be strongly advised to follow normal preventive actions such as cleaning hands and avoiding touching eye, nose and mouth.
- Everyone should refrain from sharing personal items such as cell phones
- The custodial staff will conduct regular cleaning and disinfecting of all commonly used areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment (like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls).
- JRTI will provide the custodial staff with PPE, gloves, cleaning and disinfecting supplies which meet CDC and Health Department guidelines. Extra hand sanitizer stations will be placed through the building. Cleaning and disinfecting will take place daily.
- Main Office and Learning Center staff will clean common administrative areas following CDC and Health Department guidelines daily and disinfect weekly.
- Following the Simulated Workplace structure, the 6S Protocol will be used to help facilitate continual disinfecting of classrooms and shops.
In the event of a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been to JRTI, the response will follow CDC guidelines of closing off areas visited, increasing air circulation, and waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces.
CDC developed signage will be present in classrooms, hallways, and common areas to address identifying COVID-19 symptoms and stopping the spread of the virus. Signage will be placed at all entrances regarding the use of masks and to practice preventive hygiene measures and social distancing.
- Communication will continue electronically as much as possible. Main Office and Leaning Center will be available for school business that cannot be conducted electronically.
- Communication with students will continue through email, phone, Teams, Zoom, website, social media, etc. as much as possible.
- JRTI website is www.jamesrumsey.com and JRTI Facebook page is James Rumsey Technical Institute.
Parent and student orientation will be held virtually through the school’s website at www.jamesrumsey.com/orientation. This orientation will include school-wide information shared by administrative as well as programmatic information shared by each instructor. All information will be available by the end of the day on Monday, August 31, 2020.
Building Access to Community Members
Visitors will be strictly limited. Masks are required for entrance into the building. These will be available if needed. Plexiglas shields will be used at the reception area. All interactions will occur through the window between the Main Office and the outside lobby. Access to the building will be determined at that time. A table will be placed in the outside lobby for guest sign-in. Disposable pens and hand sanitizer will be available. Printed promotional materials will be located in the outside lobby. Necessary face to face meetings will be held by scheduled appointment.
Reporting to Health Department
In the event that any faculty, staff or student or guest is infected with COVID-19, James Rumsey Technical Institute will coordinate with the Berkeley County Health Department to determine appropriate responses.