McCann Technical School
Parents
What Parents Need to Know
McCann Technical School has been providing quality technical training and an excellent academic education to students from our seven member communities  for more than forty-five years. We have an outstanding reputation throughout the Commonwealth, strong partnerships with numerous area employers, and a dedicated and caring faculty. Still, there are a number of misconceptions about what technical education is, and specifically about how it is delivered at McCann.You and your child are making an important decision about their future when you choose between attending an academic high school and coming to McCann. You both may be surprised to learn that:

Our students receive “two educations in one”. Because of our scheduling for academic classes, our students receive the same amount of academic instruction as students enrolled in academic high schools, plus authentic, hands-on instruction in a chosen technical area.

More than half of our graduates go on to college. Some of these students earn college credits while in high school under our Project Lead the Way, Tech Prep and AP programs.

Many of our students participate in the co-operative work program, which allows them to alternate weeks of academic instruction with weeks of paid employment in their technical areas.

Graduates who chose to enter the workforce directly after high school typically have no difficulty obtaining skilled employment in their field.

Our postsecondary programs in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, Practical Nursing and Cosmetology provide outstanding educational opportunities for high school graduates.

Our dedication to our students future is reflected in our state-of-the-art equipment, our well maintained grounds and facilities, and our commitment to quality education and individual attention provided by a talented and diversified professional staff. We believe in rigor and relevance for all studies, measuring results of student success, and in building relationships throughout our school community. With our students, parents, teachers and professionals from local businesses and industry working toward one goal, McCann Technical School is the right choice to prepare students for success.

Welcome to our website.  Our hope is that this site will be a useful resource to both current and prospective students as well as their parents. Homework assignments, curricula, sports schedules, as well as links to the many other things happening at McCann are included here.  As an educational institution we are constantly trying to live up to our philosophy of continuous improvement and  that includes the maintenance of this website.  We hope that it is an easily navigable site providing you with the information you are looking for but if there is something you notice missing or are having difficulty finding please feel free to let me know directly.  We want to provide the highest quality education possible for our students and part of that is having good methods of communicating  information with students and parents.  This website is one of those methods and we thank you for visiting it and invite you to explore it fully.

Justin R. Kratz

Principal

jkratz@mccanntech.org

663-5383 ext. 104

The McCann School Council is comprised of the principal, who serves as the chair person, faculty, parents, community members and students in grades ten through twelve.

Through a series of meetings, the school council assists the principal in adopting educational goals for the school which are consistent with state and local policies and standards, identifying the educational needs of students attending the school, and the formation of a  School Improvement Plan.

The School Council also increases school spirit by sponsoring “Spirit Weeks” during the year and serves the community through service project.

 

Beth Ziemba, RN, BSN, NCSN

413-663-5383, extension 108

eziemba@mccanntech.org

 

Welcome to our new and returning students.  The nurse’s office is the third door down after turning right from the main entrance.   I look forward to helping to make your student’s life here at McCann a healthier one, and am here full-time to manage illness and injury during the school day.  My goals are to provide support and care to your student, communicate as needed with you as parents and caregivers, to help minimize time spent out of the classroom, and to aid the student in being healthy and ready to learn.

The following is general information for your review.

A Confidential Health Information Form  should be completed on all students. They are distributed to all incoming students, but if you need one of these forms, they are available in the nurse’s office.  This gives the nurse information about potential health needs, as well as permission to provide care and services by the school’s standing physician’s orders ( for example, to give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for headaches).

If your student requires medication during school, a doctor’s order is needed.  Parents also must give signed permission.  A responsible adult must bring the medication to the nurse’s office in the original container.  For prescriptions, this must be the pharmacy container.  Any unused medication needs to be retrieved within one week of the school year ending.

Some students have life-threatening allergies requiring epipens.  Others may need to use inhalers due to asthma.   Both of these require doctor’s orders and signed parent permission.  The order needs to be specific to why these are needed, and whether the student is allowed to carry them on their person during school hours.  If so, the nurse will evaluate that the student knows how to self-administer correctly.  We need to work together to make a plan on how these health issues will be managed during the school day or on field trips.

If the student is ill during school, ( for example, has a fever, diarrhea or vomiting), or is injured and requires follow-up medical attention, a parent will be contacted related to dismissal.  Students that are being dismissed can be found either be in the nurse’s office, or the main office depending on their status.  Some students may return to class until a parent arrives, if able.  You will need to check-in at the main office, and sign your student out at time of dismissal.  Please bring appropriate identification with you.

If your student is ill before school with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, please keep them at home.  If your student is out of school for any reason,  you can contact the nurse’s office (663-5383. ext. 108) and the reason will be documented on the absentee list.  If your student has a doctor’s appointment, they can obtain a note from the their office excusing the absence or dismissal.

All freshmen and transfer students are expected to have a physical exam that has been completed within a year  prior to entry, submitted to the school nurse.  This is mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

All athletes need to have an annual physical submitted per MIAA guidelines to the nurse, good for up to 13 months, and must be updated concurrently to continue participation.  The MIAA Physical Form can be printed and taken to the doctor’s office, or the doctor can submit one of their own forms indicating that the student can participate in sports.

All freshmen and transfer students also need to be up-to-date on their immunizations as recommended by the MDPH.  To enter McCann, students need to have documentation of the following

Hepatitis B:  3 doses

Hib:      1-4 doses

DTP/DTaP:  4 doses, plus one Tdap booster

Polio:             3 doses

MMR:            2 doses measles, 1 mumps, 1 rubella

Varicella:      2 doses or physician documentation of having chicken pox disease

Screenings are mandated by the MDPH.  All freshmen will have hearing, vision, and postural screening performed during the school year, and you will be notified in writing should follow-up be needed.

Sophomores will have their height and weight measurements done, and the BMI will be calculated.    Parents may opt to exempt their students from this process, by submitting a signed note requesting they not be screened.  This needs to be received before January 1st of the current school year.

If there are specific health-related issues that you would like to discuss with me, please call 413-663-5383, extension 108.  Hopefully, we can work together to keep your student healthy and in school.

Children need healthy meals to learn. McCann Technical School offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.50 lunch costs $3.00. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.

2016-2017 Free & Reduced Lunch Application

Free & Reduced Public Notification

Offer vs Serv Policy McCann Technical School

WELLNESS POLICY 2015-2016

Parents may pay for lunches in advance by placing money in the student’s accounts. Parents may send in a check or cash to the cafeteria staff. Students who have forgotten their lunch money will be able to charge for one lunch only (no ala carte items will be allowed to be charged),

If you need assistance with this information please contact Keith Daigneault, Assistant Principal @ 413-663-5383 ext. 105 or by emailing kdaigneault@mccanntech.org .