In-Person Start Dates for Students
Tuesday, September 1: Freshmen and Sophomores only (full-time and hybrid) abbreviated day (10:00am-2:00pm). Bus routes will run two hours later than the normal morning pickup times. Students arriving by private vehicle should arrive after 9:30AM. The drop off point is the Peakes Auditorium entrance. Students will participate in all classes as they learn safety and prevention protocols.
Wednesday, September 2: Juniors and Seniors only (full-time and hybrid) abbreviated day (10:00am-2:00pm). Bus routes will run two hours later than the normal morning pickup times. Students arriving by private vehicle should arrive after 9:30am. Seniors enter the building through Lower A wing doors. Juniors enter the building through the Peakes Auditorium doors.
Thursday, September 3: All full-time and all Hybrid B (T-TH) students attend their first full day.
Friday, September 4: First day of UTC attendance (AM and PM). Bussing will be provided to and from UTC, or students may self-transport to and from UTC. NOTE: UTC days for Bangor High School students are Monday and Friday only as that school is operating under a hybrid return model.
Physical Attendance at School
Full-time Students: Attend school five days per week and any day that school is in session. Attendance will be taken during each block, and the policies for absence and make-up work apply.
Hybrid Students: Attend school on either Monday & Wednesday (Hybrid A) or Tuesday & Thursday (Hybrid B). Fridays will alternate between Hybrid A and Hybrid B, so a hybrid student will attend school five days over a typical two week period. In addition to participating in in-person lessons, hybrid students are expected to keep current with course expectations and assignments that will be posted in Google Classroom for each course.
Confirming Hybrid A or Hybrid B: The very bottom of the schedule will identify the student as Hybrid MW (attend school Monday & Wednesday) or Hybrid TH (attend school Tuesday & Thursday). Again, Fridays will alternate between Hybrid A and Hybrid B, so a hybrid student will attend school five days over a typical two-week period.
Note: Hybrid A students are alphabetically A-K based on the primary guardian’s LAST NAME. Hybrid B students are alphabetically L-Z based on the primary guardian’s LAST NAME.
Understanding BHS Schedule Changes
Semester 4×4: This means that a BHS course is started and completed in a single semester, very much like a typical college schedule. Students will take and complete 1-4 courses in the first semester and 1-4 courses in the second semester. This arrangement reduces the number of courses that a student is balancing at one time and is a scheduling model that can work for all three return scenarios (full-time, hybrid, or remote)
Block Scheduling: This means that classes are scheduled for 80 minutes daily (versus the normal 40 minutes). This keeps students in cohort groups for longer periods of time and cuts in half the transitions between classes.
Block 1 = 08:00am – 09:30am
Block 2 = 09:30am – 10:55am
Block 3 = 10:55am – 12:40pm (20-minute lunch built into Block 3)
Block 4 = 12:40pm – 2:00pm
Courses: Remote students are currently scheduled in five core courses (English, Math, Science, History, and Health / Physical Education) in a combination of the first and second semester (three courses first semester / two courses second semester or vise versa). Remote sections are scheduled within the four block format.
Elective Courses: Electives course options will be developed for the second semester in order to meet students’ credit and graduation needs and (for juniors and seniors in particular) to align with college / career plans. Guidance counselors will work directly with remote students to identify elective course opportunities.
Live Instruction: Remote courses will meet online for live instruction (via Zoom or Google Meets) two days per week: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. The very bottom of the schedule will identify the student as either Remote MW (Monday & Wednesday) or Remote TH (Remote Tuesday & Thursday).
Student Attendance in Remote Courses: Attendance will be taken at every live session that is held for remote students. Students are expected to attend courses and participate fully in live sessions while also completing independent work that is assigned for non-instructional days.
Laptop Pickup: Remote students whose families have submitted an online permission form (available HERE) can pick up laptops on the BHS campus on Friday, August 28 from 9-11Am and 1-3PM. A member of the IT staff will greet your vehicle at the turn of the inner access road closest to the school. Students will receive a Chromebook, a case, and a charger.
Essential Safety & Prevention Procedures (Click HERE for tips on talking to your student)
Family Self-Monitoring of Symptoms: See the Maine DOE resource for self-monitoring, which is a daily expectation of all students and staff members.
Masks / Face Coverings: All students and adults must wear a mask upon entering the building and before boarding a bus. Refusal to wear a mask may result in removal from in-school attendance. Students will be provided two masks on day one, but families may provide their own masks. Family-provided masks must be within protection guidelines (for example, no fleece fabric and no built-in “outlet” valve) and must also be consistent with the dress code. Shields are not an option without prior approval. Questions about masks can be directed to an administrator.
Grade Level Entry Doors: Students will enter separate doors to aid distancing efforts: Seniors will enter through the Lower A wing. Juniors will enter through Peakes Auditorium. Sophomores and Freshmen will enter through separate gym doors on the far side of the building. Drop-off locations remain along the curb outside the school or along Hobart Street, which runs from Grandview to Broadway.
Arrival Time: School starts at 8:00AM daily. Students riding the bus will arrive at the established route times. Students transporting privately to school are asked to arrive no earlier than 7:30AM (and as close to 8:00AM as possible) and proceed to their assigned entrance. After 7:30AM, students will move to the Block 1 classrooms. Lockers will not be used. Late arrivals up to 8:20AM will enter through the assigned grade level doors. Students arriving after 8:20AM must go through the main office.
Hand Washing: Students must wash their hands immediately after arrival and frequently throughout the day at the many existing sinks and / or sanitizing stations throughout BHS.
Distancing: Classrooms are set up with a minimum of 3’ distancing between desks and 6’ distancing when near an adult. In hallways, 6’ distancing will be reinforced by traveling on the outer edges of corridors and ramps and by staggered release times from classes. Students are asked to understand and follow distancing expectations that will be established early and reinforced frequently.
Meals: Meals will be eaten in areas designated for each classroom. 6’ distancing must be maintained, and pre / post sanitation of desks and tables where students eat will occur. Students who eat breakfast at school may pick up that food in the cafeteria area before proceeding to Block 1. A procedure for students to pick up school lunch will be established on the classroom level. Students bringing lunch to school are asked to bring their food with them to Block 3 classrooms, where they will eat lunch daily.
Sanitization: Classroom desks and (limited) shared classroom equipment will be sanitized before and after student use and at the transition points between classes. Students will be asked to provide reasonable assistance with this important safety and prevention routine. High touch areas will be sanitized by school personnel frequently throughout the day.
Bathroom Use: Bathrooms are limited to 2-3 students based on room size. Students may access bathrooms throughout the day as necessary but may need to use an alternate bathroom or be patient for a bathroom to become free if already in use by the maximum number of students.
Dismissal: Students will be dismissed at 2:00PM through the exit door nearest to their Block 4 classroom. Dismissal will be staggered to aid distancing. We will begin the year with no after school activities and the expectation that all students depart the building at 2:00PM daily. Early dismissal must occur only through the main office after parent call-in or note / other communication that does not require visitor entry to the building.
Pick-up: Cars will not have access to the inner road nearest the school, which is reserved for busses beginning at 1:45PM. Parents are advised to meet their students on upper Hobart Street beyond the bus turn-out. Please approach pick-up with awareness that more than half of families will be transporting students home in private vehicles after school.
Limited Visitors: Best practice for prevention includes strictly limiting visitors. For this reason, parents are asked to make sure students bring to school all essential items for the day, including laptops, school materials, and lunch. We will be unable to allow parents in the building to bring forgotten items.
Technology and Laptops
School Computer Use Form: Families are asked to complete as soon as possible the online permission forms that will allow students to receive a computer device for take-home use. The form can be accessed at https://bangorhigh.bangorschools.net/chromebook-home-use-permission-form/. Once this form is complete, the laptop, case and charger will be delivered to students in their Block 1 class.
Google Classroom: All courses (full time, hybrid, and remote) will be managed through Google Classroom. This learning management system is critical to classroom / course organization and to moving learning forward. Teachers will post assignments, learning resources, and (as appropriate to the course) Zoom / GoogleMeets links. Students should be accessing Google Classroom for each course daily.
Guardian Notification: Families are asked to look for an email inviting them to the Guardian Notification feature from each Google Classroom, which provides opportunity to receive automatic email updates (daily or weekly as desired) about course assignments and completed / missing work.
Home Internet Access: School-issued laptops require a network to function most effectively. Especially for remote learners, internet access at home or at a space where students complete school assignments is very important. Please contact the school directly @ 992-5502 if your family does not have internet access.