August 31, 2021
Greetings Cass Tech Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful summer vacation. First, let me thank you for your patience while we are preparing for a new and innovative school year. Cass Tech has the largest student population in the district, with over 2500 students, for overall safety during the pandemic and so we can return to learning in person, we are now using a new blended/virtual model for instruction during semester 1. The blended model will consist of students being placed in two different cohorts: Cohort 1 and Cohort 2.
For grades 10 through 12, Cohort 1 will be divided by the last name A-J, and Cohort 2 will be divided by last name K-Z. The first day of class for students in Cohort 2, last name K-Z for in-person learning is Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Those students in Cohort 1 will remain home on September 7, 2021 attending class virtually. The first day of in person class for Cohort 1, last name A-J is Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Therefore, Cohort 2 will attend class virtually on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Attached to this letter is a detailed schedule that you will follow for the month of September.
All afterschool activities will continue once the schedules have been published for viewing. Student ID cards will be provided during the second week of school (details forth coming). Each student will need their schedule in order to enter the building on their designated start date. Cass Tech Lunch Service will begin Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Entering the building: 9 th and 10th grade students will enter through the North Doors. 11th and 12th grade students will enter through the South Doors.
North and South entrances will open at 7:30 am. Dress code will be finalized once 400 more parents have completed the PTA’s parent survey to determine how many students have been officially vaccinated. If we reach 70% of our student population with vaccination verification, we will permit relaxed dress (appropriate jeans, appropriate t-shirts). The last day to complete the survey is Thursday, September 2, 2021 by 4:00 pm. Student wellness is extremely important to our district. Teachers have been informed that the first two weeks of class will be a laser focus on the mental health of our students.
Lessons have been designed to share with our students an opportunity to discuss how they are adjusting to returning to learn in-person since March 2020. I know this will be beneficial to both staff and students. In addition, all students (with parent permission only) and staff will be tested for COVID every Monday from 8:00 am through 4:00 pm. If you decide that your child will not be tested, please complete the exempt form located on our CT website asap. In conclusion, we are here to support you and your student in every avenue. Please don’t hesitate to contact administration when needed. Have a wonderful year!!!!