BMC 2020-2021 Re-entry Information

  • The BMC staff has been working hard to make plans for the upcoming school year.  Please make note of the following updates.

    Every returning student must have their parent complete the Online Returning Student Update with proofs of residency, parent I.D., contact information and learning pathway choice.

    BMC will offer two pathways for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. 

    The first option is a virtual pathway comprised of courses registered through Virtual SC and Berkeley County Virtual Learning Program (these courses are taught by teachers across the state and district and include additional registration).

    The second option is a hybrid-learning model.  Students will attend class in person two days a week and be required to attend virtual classes through google Meet or another platform three days a week during the scheduled class time.  Due to TTC guidelines, students are required to wear masks on campus at all times and follow social distancing guidelines throughout the school day.  Classrooms are organized to meet social distancing guidelines. 

    Berkeley Middle College Virtual Pathway

    Students will be enrolled in BCVLP courses for first semester.  Students will be encouraged to enroll in the courses needed to complete high school graduation including, but not limited to: US History, Gov’t/Econ, English III, English IV, Earth Science, Forensic Science, and Environmental Science.  Students who need Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Algebra II will be encouraged to take in person classes second semester with BMC staff if the student is able to return to school.  If the student is not able to return to school, then BMC administration and counseling services will work with the students to enroll in these classes through Virtual SC.  Students may be concurrently enrolled in college classes through TTC.

    Berkeley Middle College Hybrid Learning Pathway

    Berkeley Middle College will follow TTC guidelines and restrictions for social distancing and the wearing of masks on campus.  In order to meet TTC guidelines, BMC will operate on an A/B schedule minimizing the number of students in a classroom with a teacher.  One cohort of students will attend school on Monday and Thursday for a regular school day.  The second cohort of students will attend school on Tuesday and Thursday for a regular school day.  Daily lessons will be livestreamed via Google Meet or another platform.  Students will be required to attend the classes virtually on their “home days” during their scheduled class times.  Daily attendance will be taken in each class. All assessments will be taken in class with a teacher and science labs will be completed in class as well.

    The Hybrid Learning Pathway allows for any juniors or seniors to come to campus from 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM to utilize TTC internet access for online classes.  BMC staff will identify any seniors who need support and assign an Academic Enrichment class period on Wednesday for any seniors or juniors falling behind.  All TTC classes will be online first semester.  BMC teachers will be available for tutoring during their planning on Wednesday as well as Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:00 PM.  Seniors may also make appointments during the day to utilize a study space or access TTC wireless internet.  Students will be able to order lunch Monday-Friday and pick it up on their “home” days.  This type of schedule will allow BMC to quickly alternate to a five-day model or downward to a full virtual/remote learning model via Google Meet or other platforms depending on the status of COVID-19 in our community/state.  We will develop a plan to distribute Chromebooks if students need a device.

    Mandatory Junior Orientation August 19, 2020 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM (Students will be in groups of 10 and seating arrangements will meet social distancing guidelines.  Masks must be worn).  All BMC Students will attend orientation.  We will accommodate a small group of students on August 20, 2020 if requested.  Box Lunches will be provided.

    Mandatory Parent Zoom Meeting August 20, 2020 7:00 PM.  The link will be sent at a later date.


    BMC Re-Entry

    Facility

    Remove water coolers.  Provide bottled water in each of the classrooms.

    Tables and chairs removed from the common space to encourage social distancing.  The TTC café will remain closed and not serve food for first semester.  Students will be able to eat lunch in the café as long as social distance guidelines are followed.  TTC has removed tables to keep tables six feet apart and discourage social gathering in the café.  BMC students will be allowed in the café, breezeway, and common area with masks.  Social distancing posters have been placed in the social gathering areas.

    Mandatory masks throughout the building and when social distancing is not feasible.

    Plexi Glass installed at the main entrance to the office.

    CDC templates about social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks will be posted throughout the campus.

    Classroom desks will be arranged to ensure 6 feet of distance from all directions.  Excess furniture will be removed from the classrooms and stored in Room 147.  Chairs have been removed from classroom to ensure six feet distance between students and teachers.  Two classrooms have students facing one direction.

    Capacity for student desks-Room 174 (14 students), Room 172 (14 students), Room 170 (12 students), Room 168 (11 students).

    Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in every classroom and the main office.  The dispensers are all touch free.

    Teachers

    Teachers will report to BMC at 8:00 AM and leave at 4:00 PM.  Teachers will remain in their assigned classrooms for classes.  Teachers will be expected to wear masks or shields throughout the school day (mandated by TTC).  Teachers will help supervise students during lunch as well as help clean in between classes.  Teachers will instruct students to clean/sanitize their work space before leaving the classrooms.

    Students

    Students will be allowed to enter the building at 8:20 and will enter through the south entrance.  Upon arrival, student temperatures will be taken at the door.  Students will have the option to pick up breakfast at the door and will report directly to their first period class.  Masks must be worn in all areas of the TTC building and classrooms.  If a student has a temperature, the student will be taken to Room 147 and the BMC school nurse will be notified.  The BMC nurse is based at Berkeley Alternative School.

    Students with compromised health conditions will have the option to start the school year with virtual classes.

    Lunch

    Designated eating areas will include classrooms, cafeteria, common area, and outdoor tables.  No more than two students will be allowed at a table.  Grab N’ Go breakfast and lunch options will be available for purchase through BCSD.  Students will sign up for lunch and breakfast on Google Sheet provided by Berkeley Middle School.

    Restrooms

    • See TTC Guidelines

    Communication

    The main source of communication between BMC staff and students is through email.  BMC will utilize BlackBoard Connect to send important information to parents and students.  Expectations for students and social distancing will be made clear on August 19, 2020 during junior orientation.  The BMC website will also be used to disseminate important information.

     

    TTC PANDEMIC RE-ENTRY PLAN REVISED 7-13-20

    The TTC Pandemic Re-Entry Plan, prepared by the college’s COVID-19 Task Force, serves as a guide to protect the safety of students and employees as we begin to reopen campuses and sites. The task force used the three phases in the South Carolina Department of Administration Re-entry Plan for State Employees to develop TTC’s six-stage plan. Guidance for when and how to return to workplaces, as well as health and safety measures to implement, are being updated frequently by the DOL, OSHA, CDC, and state agencies such as the Governor’s Office, and SCDHEC. We will follow guidance from these sources and modify our plan as needed to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. We must change how we operate, and we will engage in new methods and technology to deliver instruction and student services safely.

    Guidelines for All Stages

    The College is implementing the following guidelines and procedures, in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations and guidance, and informed by industry best practices. These procedures may change frequently as the college receives new information and guidance.

    Training – All employees will be required to complete COVID-19 training prior to returning to work. This training (Safety Short: Coronaviruses and COVID-19) is located in Skillsoft which is accessed through the Portal. This training is required for full and part-time employees including adjunct instructors. Please contact Tanya Baham, TTC Environmental Health & Safety Manager, at tanya.baham@tridenttech.edu for any questions concerning this training.

    Social distancing and protective equipment- All employees and students must wear masks while on campus until further notice in accordance with CDC recommendations. The college will provide masks for employees and students or they may wear their own. Visitors will also be asked to wear face coverings and will be offered one if they do not have their own. Signage will be posted concerning wearing face coverings.

    Social distancing for students - Academic Affairs and Continuing Education will determine how to adjust class sizes, instructional modes, and schedules to comply with recommended social distancing guidelines. If you work in one of these areas, talk with your supervisor about preparations specific to you and your areas.

    Social distancing for employees - Division and department leaders will adapt recommended social distancing guidelines for their own areas that will include telecommuting and rotating schedules. Densely populated workspaces may need additional measures. In person meetings must be scheduled online unless they can be accomplished using recommended social distancing guidelines.

    Temperature checks – Temperature checks are not feasible for the college as a whole to implement. However, specific areas of the college may be governed by state and federal laws for operating, such as food service areas and the Wellness Center, and therefore will have to implement temperature checks in those areas in accordance with those laws.

    Testing, isolating, and contact tracing – The College must maintain the privacy of employee and student health information. Employees and students are asked to self-identify, self-isolate, and inform their supervisor or instructor if they test positive for COVID-19. The college may provide DHEC with this information.

    Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms – Employees who have symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and the Associate VP for Human Resources and stay home until fourteen days have passed since their symptoms began and they are free of fever for three days without the use of fever-reducing medicines and their other symptoms have improved. Employees who are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions. Employees who have symptoms upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day should immediately be sent home and the supervisor should notify the Associate VP for Human Resources.

    Procedure following an employee (faculty or staff) testing positive for COVID-19 - If an employee (faculty or staff) tests positive for COVID-19, that employee should inform his or her supervisor, and the supervisor should notify Associate Vice President for Human Resources of the positive test result. The supervisor should also notify HR of any employees who were in “close contact” with the COVID-19 positive employee. The supervisor should notify “close contact” employees potentially exposed to an infected employee that they must go home for an appropriate quarantine period of 14 days. “Close contact” is defined by the SCDHEC as within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes. Supervisors should request Facilities implement CDC-recommended enhanced environmental cleaning in the work area of the sick employee. If the employees is a faculty member, the supervisor should also notify the Vice President for Academic Affairs at 843-574-6057 or VPAcademicAffairs@tridenttech.edu. The Office of Academic Affairs will follow the same class notification process for a faculty member as for a student, which is described in the next section. The Associate Vice President for Human Resources will notify the Environmental Health and Safety Manager of the employee who tested positive as well the employees who were potential exposed to that employee. The Environmental Health and Safety Manager will notify DHEC of the employee who tested positive and the employees potentially exposed to that employee. The Office of Human Resources will report the positive test to OSHA if necessary under the OSHA guidelines.

    Procedure following a student testing positive for COVID-19

    • A student who tests positive for COVID-19 should notify his or her instructor.
    • The Instructor will notify the COVID-19 Response Team at #COVID19response as well as his or her immediate supervisor by completing the COVID-19 Positive Information Form.
    • Division of Education personnel will follow up on any missing information.
    • Division of Education personnel will verify if the student is enrolled in more than one class.
    • Division of Education personnel will confirm all information and notify COVID-19 Response Team.
    • The Environmental Health & Safety Manager (EHSM) or designated back-up will decide what actions and notifications are needed based on the below stated criteria.
    • The EHSM or designated back-up will send all appropriate notifications to students and instructors as well as DHEC.
    • The student who tested positive will be notified to stay home for a 14-day quarantine period.
    • If the instructor can confirm that the COVID-19 positive student was not in “close contact” with the instructor or other students, then the class will be notified but will continue to meet as scheduled. “Close contact” is defined by the SCDHEC as within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes.
    • If the instructor cannot confirm there was no close contact with the COVID-19 positive student, then the class will not meet face-to-face for a 14-day quarantine period. If possible and practical, instruction will continue online during the quarantine period.
    • If the student or faculty member was in contact with a member of the general public in a lab setting, then the EHSM or designated back-up will notify the member of the general public of the exposure.

    Sanitation – Facilities will implement and enforce new sanitation processes in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas – Common areas will remain closed until further notice. Once they may reopen, Facilities will implement a disinfection plan. High-traffic areas such as restrooms will be disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines.

    Business travel – Travel restrictions are in place and all travel requires supervisor and VP approval.

    TTC Re-entry Stages:

    Stage 1: Campuses closed to public. Public Safety remains. (May 7)

    • Campuses and sites remain closed to the public.

    • Essential staff returns to campus work (FMO and IT as needed).

    • Staff campus according to building safety and management needs.

    • Online instruction.

    • Most faculty and staff telecommuting. Limited mail delivery.

     

    Stage 2: Prep for Opening Campuses and Sites (May 18)

    • Campuses and sites remain closed to public.

    • Custodial and groundskeeping staff return to ready for reopening to the public.

    • Extensive cleaning.

    • FMO installs plexiglass barriers at front counters and other appropriate spaces.

    • FMO and IT coordinate moving keypads and card readers to outside the barriers as necessary.

    • Departments prepare computer labs, testing centers, and library to meet mandated social distancing guidelines.

    • FMO rearranges common spaces to support mandated social distancing requirements.

    • FMO marks floors for 6’ separation where lines normally form.

    • Use app that calls patrons to the “window” when it’s their turn.

    • Limited vendor and contractor access.

    • Receiving Department opens to receive shipments.

    • Mail delivery returns to normal.

     

    Stage 3: Employees begin to return to Campuses and sites. (June 8)

    • Limited rotating staff returns to campus.

    • Telecommuting continues where applicable and feasible.

    • Common areas closed.

    • Normal vendor access permitted.

     

    Stage 4: Campuses and sites open to the public. (June 10)

    • Campuses and sites may open to the public.

    • As required, some faculty and staff may return to work on campus on a rotating basis in order to provide social distancing.

    • Telecommuting continues whenever possible and feasible with business operations.

    • Common areas remain closed.

    • Employees should self-identify as a member of a vulnerable population or a family member of a vulnerable population.

    • Accommodations will be determined by HR along with employee’s supervisor and Vice President.

     

    Stage 5: In person instruction resumes. (June 15)

    • Certain classes may resume face-to-face instruction with appropriate social distancing guidelines in place.

    • The College Center can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols on a case-by-case basis.

    • Essential travel resumes with supervisor approval.

     

    Stage 6: TTC Returns to normal operations. (Date to be determined by the S.C. Department of Administration)

    • The Wellness Center can open with strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols as determined by Wellness Center Director.

    • Non-essential travel may resume with supervisor approval.