Bixhorn Technical Center
Dear BTC Parents/Guardians,
As you are aware COVID 19 is still an active virus. Positive cases are being reported on a consistent basis. We share this information with you as part of our ongoing efforts to keep the community informed of issues of concern. We continue to work with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and notify them when appropriate. We investigate every positive case reported to us and out of an abundance of caution, some students and staff may be asked to quarantine. If a student or staff member has been deemed a close contact, you will be notified by the building and/or Department of Health Services. Anyone NOT contacted can assume their child does not need to quarantine.
If your child is vaccinated:
In the event your child is identified as a close contact, is vaccinated and asymptomatic, your child will not be required to quarantine.
If your child is required to quarantine as a result of being a close contact:
Please contact our school nurse: Ms. McNeill at 631-286-6543 for further direction.
If your child tests positive for COVID 19:
Report outcome to our school nurse: Ms. McNeill, at 631-286-6543
As a reminder, the symptoms of COVID 19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. If your child is exhibiting any symptoms such as those listed above, please refrain from attending our center while symptoms are active. You are encouraged to contact your medical provider if you feel it is necessary.
Thank you for your support to ensure the health and safety of our school community. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.
Nicole M. Zergebel
PrincipalFIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 9/9/21Dear BTC students,
We are so excited for the new school year to begin! Our first day is Thursday, September 9, 2021. Our AM session begins at 7:45am and our PM session begins at 12:00pm (noon).
COVID is still really a thing, and therefore, ESBOCES will be adhering to certain protocols in order to keep our community healthy, safe, and in-person. First and foremost, all students, regardless of vaccination status, must properly wear a mask in the building at all times. In order to enter the building, you must attest to the following statements:
Building Entry Requirements
Statement #1: I am feeling healthy and well today.
Statement #2: Within the last 10 days, I have not been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 as defined by the Suffolk County Department of Health. OR I am fully vaccinated AND asymptomatic since any close contact exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual AND I will monitor my symptoms for 14 days after any exposure. OR It has been less than 3 months since recovering from a positive COVID-19 test AND I have remained asymptomatic AND I will monitor my symptoms for 14 days after any exposure.
Statement #3: Within the last 10 days, I have not tested positive for COVID-19 nor am I currently awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
Statement #4: I am not presently required to quarantine due to travel advisories.
We hope that you had a great summer and can’t wait to welcome you to BTC!
Requisitos de Entrada al Edificio
Declaración #1: Me siento sano(a) y bien hoy.
Declaración #2: En los últimos 10 días, no he estado en contacto cercano con nadie que haya sido diagnosticado con COVID-19 según lo define el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Suffolk. O Estoy completamente vacunado(a) Y asintomático(a) desde cualquier contacto cercano con una persona positiva a COVID-19 Y monitorearé mis síntomas durante 14 días después de cualquier exposición. O Han pasado menos de 3 meses desde que su recuperé una prueba de COVID-19 positiva Y he permanecido asintomático Y vigilaré mis síntomas durante 14 días después de cualquier exposición.
Declaración #3: En los últimos 10 días, no he dado positivo por COVID-19 ni estoy esperando los resultados de una prueba de COVID-19.
Declaración #4: Actualmente no estoy obligado(a) a ponerme en cuarentena debido a advertencias de viaje.
Esperamos que haya tenido un gran verano y estamos ansiosos por darle la bienvenida a BTC!
Greetings from the Bixhorn Technical Center!
After serving as the Assistant Principal for the last eight years, I am excited to take the reins as Principal here at the Bixhorn Technical Center! I believe in Career and Technical Education, and consider it an “Ultimate Experience” that all high school students should have the opportunity to be a part of! Our students will feel the P.O.W.E.R as they integrate into our programs, designed to provide trade-specific skills, professionalism, leadership, and active citizenry! Our students are provided with authentic hands-on field experiences, introduced to industry professionals, and learn from passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable and caring instructors who love what they do! I look forward to an exciting year, full of learning, experiencing, and growing together! Feel the P.O.W.E.R.!
W: Work-Based Learning
E: Emerging Leaders
R: Responsible Citizens
Please feel free to reach out if you need anything! We are in this together!
See you in September!
Nicole M. ZergebelThe mission of The Academy at the Gary D. Bixhorn Technical Center is to provide a safe and positive learning environment, addressing the academic and career needs of a diversified community of students through the efforts and abilities of a knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Our goal is to prepare students for the workforce and/or post-secondary education by building upon the strengths, talents, skills, and resources of peers, educators, industries, communities, and of the students themselves. The Academy programs encourage students to develop emotionally, intellectually, socially, and professionally. Through the use of innovative and traditional approaches to instruction, assessment and current technology, as well as the promotion of ethical values, we commit to empowering all of our students to be self-directed, creative citizens who will thrive in an ever-changing global community.