March 24, 2020
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Due to the latest Coronavirus developments and resulting directives of Governor Holcomb, Blue River Career Programs will be closed to students, non-essential staff, and public visitors through May 1, 2020.
Attached is an alternate calendar outlining eLearning days and waiver days. The alternate calendar is also found on our website www.brcp.net . Students are required to participate in eLearning Tues, Wed, and Thurs, each week that we remain on the alternate calendar schedule, beginning the week of March 30. For those students who do not have internet access at home, alternate arrangements will be made and communicated when complete. Options for completion of assignment packets for students without internet access are being finalized. If you do not have internet access at home, please let us know, by calling 317 392-4191, x1101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
At this juncture in the pandemic situation, no decision has been made as to the certification exam process that our students normally participate in during the Spring months on-site at BRCP. We will keep you informed of any developments as they occur or any alternative testing procedures that may need to be implemented.
As with most areas of our daily lives, there are many unanswered questions in education at this time. We appreciate your patience during this ordeal as we work to arrive at the best outcome possible.
Below is information regarding free internet for a limited time for those who may qualify. If you have questions about the internet availability, please call the internet providers. If you have questions regarding aspects related to the alternate education venues at BRCP, please feel free to contact our office by phone or email.
Thank you and be safe.
Available Free Internet for Families:
COMCAST and Spectrum are offering free internet services for those who do not currently have service. Please see below for details. This will help families navigate the eLearning lessons beginning March 31st.
Comcast – Internet Essentials:
Effective March 16, we are putting in place a substantial program to help families deal with this crisis.Comcast will make it even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month For new customers, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Spectrum – Charter Communications:
To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
●Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
●Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
Blue River Career Programs (BRCP) is an Area Career & Technical Education School Corporation (Inter-Local). The student body is comprised of students from the 4 school corporations in Shelby County. They represent Morristown High School, Waldron High School, Southwestern High School, Triton High School, and Shelbyville High School.
BRCP was formed in 1972 in response to the needs of the community to prepare students for current and emerging careers. Since that time, programs within the career center have changed, evolved, been added, or outdated programs eliminated, with the continuous goal of providing training for careers that are primarily in high demand and high wage fields.
Blue River Career Programs currently offers 14 programs for high school students. Most of the BRCP high school programs offer dual college credits through Ivy Tech or Vincennes University. Most offer industry certifications, thus preparing students for college and career pathways.
Funding for these secondary programs comes directly from the sending school corporations. Additionally, there is a very strong Adult Basic Education (ABE) program offered that encompasses the High School Equivalency (HSE) class, English Language Learners(ELL), and a multitude of certificated adult training programs.
Collaborative education and training opportunities with community stakeholders continue to be the basis of our educational philosophy and efforts at BRCP.
The BRCP Governing Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its programs, and activities, including employment opportunities. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies of the Corporation or to address any complaint of discrimination should be directed to the BRCP Civil Rights Compliance Officer Mr. Steve Shaw. The Director’s office is located at 801 St Joseph Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176 Phone 317-392-4191 ext.1101