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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Last updated May 22, 2020

REMOTE LEARNING, PHASE 2

Please see Superintendent Guthrie's message to families here.

How will online classes be held?

Live online classes will primarily be held through Schoology’s Conferencing tool. Some teachers may choose to use Zoom’s videoconference function. Both systems are free; students may have to create a Zoom account if they don’t already have one. Teachers will also hold daily office hours through Schoology or Zoom, and can also record themselves conducting lectures and demonstrations and upload them to Schoology.

What will the schedule be?

Class sessions will mirror the regular school schedule with even/odd days and 30-minute class periods.

Daily Student Schedule

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Periods 1 & 2
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Periods 3 & 4
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Periods 5 & 6
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Periods 7 & 8
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Teacher Office Hours & Planning

The first day of class sessions, Monday, May 4, will be an even day.

How will students know how to log in?

Students can access Schoology Conferences through Schoology. If a teacher is using Zoom, they will provide the login information.

What do we do if we don’t have a computer or Internet access at our home?

  • Families with online connectivity challenges should contact their teachers.
  • Printed instructional packets will be available upon request. Please contact Dr. John Demby at 302-853-1445 or email john.demby@sussexvt.k12.de.us and leave a message with your student’s name and a phone number where you can be reached.
  • Free public Wi-Fi access is available at multiple locations around Sussex County, listed here on our website.
  • Assistance with Internet-accessible devices may be available on a case-by-case basis.

What assignments will be given?

Students in grades 9-12 will be given one assignment to complete per week for the remaining five weeks. Seniors will be given one assignment to complete per week for the remaining four weeks.

How will students be graded?

Our primary goal during this time is to provide students with feedback on their work to help them learn. Grading during this time period will not resemble traditional grading structures.

In Marking Period 3, which will run until May 11, students can submit missed assignments for an opportunity to raise their grades. No other items will be graded during this period. Students without online access should contact the high school office for details on how to submit missed assignments. Students will have until May 13 to submit missed assignments.

In Marking Period 4, which will run from May 11 to June 12 (or June 5 for seniors), students will receive new instruction through either online classes or instructional packets. Students will receive one assignment per week to complete. Assignments will be non-evaluative and students will receive completion credit. Students who complete all assignments will receive 100 percent for the marking period, with the percentage grade decreasing with each assignment not completed.

  • Underclass students will have five assignments. Completing all five will result in 100%; four will be 95%; three will be 85%; two will be 75%; one will be 65%; and zero will be 55%.
  • Seniors will have four assignments. Completing all four will result in 100%; three will be 85%; two will be 70%; one will be 65%; and zero will be 55%.

The final semester grade will be the average of a student’s Marking Period 3 and Marking Period 4 grades. However, it will not be lower than the student’s grade for Marking Period 3. Students’ grades for the semester can only go up, not down.

There will be no final exams.

What are the expectations for students in online classes?

Please adhere to the following expectations:  

  • Physical Appearance:
    • Dress appropriately. Clothes must be appropriate for school.
    • No pajamas.
    • No clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, guns, and pornography.
    • No clothing that can be construed as racist, lewd, vulgar, or obscene.
  • Backgrounds:
    • No distracting backgrounds.
    • No background with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, guns, and pornography.
    • No background that can be construed as racist, lewd, vulgar, or obscene.
  • Cell phones must be turned off unless they are used per the request of the teacher.
  • Be mindful of what is in the background of the camera. You should be the only person visible in the camera.

Students may receive a disciplinary referral for action that violates the Code of Conduct.

My student has IEP accommodations. How will those be implemented?

Our goal is to provide as many of the services from your child’s current IEP as possible. This may look different, as we are not currently allowed to meet with students face-to-face. However, we are committed to using a variety of methods, including any technology available, in order to make sure that we support your child to the best of our ability. Staff have been in touch with parents or guardians about specific details, and IEP meetings have been occurring remotely. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Supervisor of Special Education Carol Wothers at carol.wothers@sussexvt.k12.de.us.

What if I am currently enrolled in in-school credit classes with the Groves program?

Students who are presently enrolled in the credit recovery program with Groves Adult High School are still working on coursework with their in-school credit instructor. Students already have their class workbooks for these classes or are enrolled in the online course. All course content is being graded and credits will be awarded upon successful course completion. The last day for course completion is Friday, June 5.

When will school end?

  • The last day of school for seniors will be Friday, June 5.
  • The last day of school for grades 9-11 will be Friday, June 12.


GRADUATION & SENIOR ITEMS

When will graduation be held?

No final decision has been made yet on the plans for graduation. Graduation ceremonies had previously been scheduled for June 11, based on the planned return-to-school date of May 18. Our staff is studying backup options, and recently conducted a survey of senior families to determine preferences. The path forward will depend largely on public health restrictions in place for in-person gatherings.

When will I know if I’m eligible for graduation?

Seniors who have satisfied all of the requirements for graduation will be notified by May 29. Students and parents with questions about their academic standing should contact their counselor.

How can I get my cap & gown? Will I get a refund if there will be no graduation ceremony?

Caps and gowns will be delivered to seniors on May 28.

If the graduation ceremony is postponed, does that mean my student isn’t a high school graduate until then?

Your student is a high school graduate upon the final day of school, as long as they have completed all the requirements. The graduation ceremony is purely ceremonial and optional.

How will students receive refunds for the senior trip to Busch Gardens or the choir trip that have been canceled?

Refunds have gone out.

Will there be a senior video this year?

Yes, there will. More details will be coming soon on how seniors will receive the video.

 

STUDENT RECOGNITIONS

What are you doing for senior technical and academic awards?

Because school buildings are closed to students per the Governor’s order, there will be no awards ceremonies. However, we are planning a formal way to notify all award and scholarship recipients, and they will be recognized through an announcement to local media outlets.

Will there be new inductees into Spanish Honor Society this year?

Yes, there will. Students have been notified of the virtual induction ceremony, and we will be recognizing them through an announcement to local media outlets.

Will there be a rescheduled honor roll celebration for the third marking period?

Because school buildings are closed to students per the Governor’s order, there will not be a rescheduled honor roll celebration for the third marking period. We will be recognizing our honor roll students through an announcement to local media outlets.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Will prom be rescheduled?

Due to restrictions on gatherings of people under the Governor’s executive order, prom has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

I might owe a student debt. How can I find that out and pay it?

To find out if you owe a student debt, please contact the high school office at 302-856-0961. Families can make arrangements to drop them off at the high school when caps and gowns are picked up. A receipt will be provided.

 

STUDENT KEEPSAKES

How will I get my class ring?

Class rings have been mailed directly to students by the vendor.

How will I get my senior apparel?

Senior t-shirts will be delivered to seniors on May 28.

How will I get my yearbook?

Our staff is currently planning a process for students to pick up yearbooks that have been ordered after they are delivered to the school in June

 

CAFETERIA

I owe money on my cafeteria account. How can we pay it?

Online payments through our vendor have been suspended at this time. Payments can be mailed to Sussex Technical High School, c/o Cafeteria, 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. It may take some time for your mailed payment to reflect on your student’s account.

I have a balance on my cafeteria account. How can we get that money back?

Graduating seniors will have positive balances refunded. All other grades will have their balances rolled over to the next school year, as usual. If you have questions, please contact Child Nutrition Supervisor Terri Addlesberger at Teresa.addlesberger@sussexvt.k12.de.us.

 

ACADEMIC EQUIPMENT

I have a textbook, calculator, or computer that I need to return. How can I do that?

Our staff is developing a process for students to return school-issued items. The process will be in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders.

 

PRESCRIPTIONS

My student has a prescription that was left at the nurses’ office. How can I get it back?

Our staff is developing a process for students to pick up their medications. We plan to have details available by mid-May. The process will be in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders.

 

PERSONAL ITEMS

I have items that were left in my locker or technical area. How can I get them back?

Our staff is developing a process for students to pick up any personal items left in lockers or technical areas. The process will be in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders.

 

DRIVER’S EDUCATION

I was scheduled to complete my driving hours, but can’t now. How can I do that and get my license?

We know students have been looking forward to earning their driver’s licenses, but due to the Governor’s executive order we are unable to complete that at this time. We are awaiting guidance from the Delaware Department of Education, and will share that with students as soon as that is determined. We are exploring options for the fall.

 

SCHEDULING FOR 2020-2021

How can I request my courses for next year?

Sussex Tech rising juniors and seniors:

It’s scheduling time again, and we have developed a new online system for your schedule requests this year. Course registration will be taking place over the next few weeks via Home Access Center, and you will also have the opportunity to meet with a counselor to discuss your requests.

>> Step One: Review the documents

On Schoology, you will find two documents – a copy of a PowerPoint presentation which explains the process, and a scheduling course selection sheet. Please review the scheduling sheet and watch the PowerPoint with the audio to get an understanding of the process before meeting with a counselor.

>> Step Two: Join a Zoom session

Beginning the week of May 11, our counselors will be scheduling Zoom sessions by technical area to explain this process and answer your questions. Each counselor’s Schoology page has this information as well, in addition to course descriptions and all documents needed for dual enrollment courses.

>> Step Three: Register on Home Access Center

Once you have completed the scheduling sheet, you can log into your Home Access Center account and enter your choices. You can also send a picture or scan to your counselor for their input.

>> I don’t have Internet access. How can I register or talk to a counselor?

Students lacking reliable or consistent internet access can call their counselor or email them directly:

A-D … Mr. Tull, Gemez.tull@sussexvt.k12.de.us
E -K … Mr. Hockman, Greg.hockman@sussexvt.k12.de.us
L-Roe … Mr. Firch, Mike.firch@sussexvt.k12.de.us
Rof-Z … Mrs. Palizzi, tina.palizzi@sussexvt.k12.de.us

If you want to talk to a counselor on the telephone, dial 302-854-2820 and leave a message and return phone number: 

§ Press 1 for Mr. Persolio
§ Press 2 for Mr. Tull
§ Press 3 for Mr. Hockman
§ Press 4 for Mr. Firch
§ Press 5 for Mrs. Palizzi

How can I talk to a counselor about my courses for next year?

Counselors will be scheduling Zoom videoconference meetings with students by technical area. If you cannot make the meeting or need additional assistance, please click here to contact your counselor or make an appointment.

What is the deadline for requesting courses for next year?

June 8.

When will I find out whether I’ve gotten the courses I requested and my final schedule for next year?

Students will be notified of their class schedule by the third week of August, as usual.

 

CAREER CAPSTONE / WORK-BASED LEARNING

I’m a rising senior and I want to work in my technical area over the summer or in my senior year. How can I do that?

Please contact Ms. Dona Troyer, coordinator of work-based learning, at dona.troyer@sussexvt.k12.de.us.

                                                                                                            

CAREER CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES

I was scheduled to take my technical certification or licensing exam, but it was canceled. When will it be rescheduled?

As you know, licenses and credentials are not issued by Sussex Tech, but by independent industry or government agencies, and we do not control their processes or decisions. We are working with these credentialing agencies and our technical teachers on alternatives for testing. We will share information on exam rescheduling or cancellation as soon as we have definite information from the agencies.

 

AP EXAMS

When are AP exams scheduled for?

The College Board has changed the AP exam system for this spring. Exams will be given online from May 11-22, and make-up tests will be given from June 1-5. They can be taken on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Exams will last 45 minutes and be free response. Students should check their emails from the College Board for updates and times.

 

ATHLETICS

What are you doing for spring athletic awards?

Because school buildings are closed to students per the Governor’s order, there will be no awards ceremonies. However, we are planning a formal way to notify all award and scholarship recipients, and they will be recognized through an announcement to local media outlets.

I have a spring sports uniform or equipment. How can I return it?

The athletic department will be collecting all spring sports uniforms and equipment on May 20-22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bus parking lot. Stations will be set up for each sport in the parking lot and students or parents will be able to drive through and turn in equipment without leaving their vehicle. Any students who do not turn in their uniform or equipment will be placed on the school debt list. If you have any questions, please email nick.pegelow@sussexvt.k12.de.us.

When will the summer activity bus schedule be announced?

The summer activity bus schedule for band camp and athletics is in development, and will depend on the timing and details of future restrictions on gatherings of people under the Governor’s executive order. We will share it and post it when available.

 

JROTC

I have a JROTC uniform. How can I return it?

JROTC members have been contacted by Major Jester regarding the uniform return procedure.

Will sophomores still get full credit for two years’ participation for military enlistment advantages?

Yes, they will.

 

BAND

I have a band uniform or instrument. How can I return it?

Our staff is developing a process for students to return band items. The process will be in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders.

When will summer band camp be held?

The summer band camp schedule is in development, and will depend on the timing and details of future restrictions on gatherings of people under the Governor’s executive orders. We will share it and post it when available.

When will the summer activity bus schedule be announced?

The summer activity bus schedule for band camp and athletics is in development, and will depend on the timing and details of future restrictions on gatherings of people under the Governor’s executive order. We will share it and post it when available.

 

CHOIR

I have a choir dress. How can I return it?

Our staff is developing a process for students to return band items. The process will be in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders.

Will the spring choir performance be rescheduled?

Due to restrictions on gatherings of people under the Governor’s executive order, the spring choir performance has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

 

PARKING PERMITS

How can I apply for a parking permit for 2020-2021?

Our staff is developing a process for students to apply for parking permits. Please be reminded that students who are issued a parking pass are not eligible to ride a school bus to or from school, per Delaware Code. As such, students receiving a parking permit will be removed from the bus rosters.

 

CALENDAR

When will school end?

  • The last day of school for seniors will be Friday, June 5.
  • The last day of school for grades 9-11 will be Friday, June 12.

What is the calendar for the 2020-21 school year?

Next year’s school calendar is available on our website here.



DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES


What do students do who are enrolled in Widener or Delaware Tech courses?
 

For students enrolled in one or more dual enrollment courses through either Widener University or Delaware Technical Community College, whether your course is already online or face to face, your course will resume completely online beginning Monday, April 6. 

If your course is already online, simply continue working as you normally would. If you are enrolled in one of our face-to-face courses, this will now be online and you will be receiving an email from your teacher as to how to access work and submit assignments.

Please understand that Widener and DTCC have moved their learning online, and we must meet certain obligations for our dual enrollment courses as well.

If you are not able to fulfill the online work via Widener or DTCC, please contact Dr. John Sell, Director of Support Services, at john.sell@sussexvt.k12.de.us, and he will be able to remove you from the course with no penalty.

OTHER ITEMS

How can I get a work permit signed?

Sussex Tech students needing a work permit during this closure can fill out the form at this link, scan it, and email to dona.troyer@sussexvt.k12.de.us.

Are seniors participating in work-based learning allowed to work?

All seniors participating in work-based learning at designated essential businesses may go to work during their normal times if their employer agrees. Seniors must contact their employers and ask about their guidance. Seniors are not required to go to work and will not be penalized for choosing not to do so. Please direct questions to Dona Troyer at dona.troyer@sussexvt.k12.de.us.

 

Where can students obtain meals?

Students can access free meals at locally sponsored sites. A complete list is available here. Families may pick up meal bags for children 18 and under who live in their home; children do not have to be present at pick-up.

 

I need to talk to my school counselor. How can I do that?

You can make an appointment to talk to your counselor or reach out to them via email or phone here.

 

I need to contact the Wellness Center. How can I do that?

The Wellness Center staff are available through La Red at 302-855-1233. Identify yourself as a Sussex Tech student and our staff will assist you, whether you have questions or concerns about your health, follow-up appointments, or just want to talk. If you require a visit, the staff will be happy to see you at their location at 21444 Carmean Way, Georgetown. Unfortunately, the staff cannot see new patients at this time, and services are only for students who were currently being seen at Wellness.

If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat or any other flu like symptoms, please call your primary care provider as soon as possible.

 

I’m still applying for college scholarships. Will the deadlines be extended?

Several local scholarships have extended their deadlines or changed their contact information. You can find updated information on our website here.

 

What are Sussex Tech staff members doing while school is closed?

Our teachers and administrators have been actively developing materials, lessons and other educational resources for our students to access during this closure.

Our leadership team has been talking daily, planning for the long term and our return to school.

Our maintenance and custodial staff have been working on campus cleaning and work that would normally occur during the summer, as well as working with contractors on painting and other repairs.

I haven’t been getting calls or emails from the school. Can you fix that? 

Some families have reported not receiving recent calls home from Sussex Tech’s automated messaging system. To make sure that we have your current contact information in our records, please take the following steps:

  1. Log into your Home Access Center account here.
  2. Click on the Registration tab.
  3. Your family’s primary contact information will then show; click the “Edit” button.
  4. Make any changes and save.

It may take up to 24 hours for the information to update in our messaging system for calls and emails. Please email feedback@sussexvt.k12.de.us if you have any questions.

Students should also check their Sussex Tech email accounts regularly.

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