Blue Hills News

From the Desk of the Principal - December 3, 2020

Dear Blue Hills Families,

I hope that you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving, even though it was a different holiday than usual for most of us. Please take a few minutes to read through the updates below, as there are some important changes to our upcoming schedule.


  • Thank you for continuing to reach out to Nurse Gainey with medical and health concerns. Please review the guidance below from Nurse Gainey. We urge you to help students remember to self-check in the morning and to stay home if experiencing any symptoms at all. Please also remember that the deadline for flu shots is December 31, 2020.
  • On November 17, the District School Committee voted to cancel the winter sports season. Please see this letter detailing this difficult decision.
  • Meals for remote learners are available - Information can be found here. There is no cost for this service.


Upcoming Dates:


  • December 9 - Late Start, Fully Remote Day (see schedule below)
  • December 16 - Progress Reports
  • December 23 - Early Release (11:35)


IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SCHEDULE:

On Wednesday, December 16, seniors will be in-person learning rather than remote vocational.


On Wednesday, December 23, juniors will be in-person learning rather than remote vocational. There is an early dismissal at 11:35 on December 23rd.


We will assess the in-person learning for both of these Wednesdays and make a determination for the January schedule over the holiday break.


Please carefully review (below) the schedule for the upcoming few weeks.


Sincerely,


Geoff Zini

Principal

Special Schedule December 9, 2020 - Late Start

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Upcoming Schedule - IN-PERSON Days

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Students - Check your EMAIL!

Students - Please remember to check your email frequently. Part of navigating this school year is keeping up with the communications from your teachers and from the school. Mr. Cavanaugh sent out some information on lunches to all grades yesterday. Please keep your eyes open for this!

Pool Locker Room - Cleanout Information

Lockers in the pool locker room will be emptied over vacation!


If you have gear in a locker in the pool locker room:



YOU MUST CONTACT Mr. Cavanaugh BY DECEMBER 16.


ANY GEAR NOT CLAIMED BY DECEMBER 23 WILL BE DISPOSED OF OVER THE VACATION.

Covid-19 & Flu Information - From Nurse Gainey

Reminder:


All Massachusetts students are required to have their flu vaccines by 12/31/20.


Please email a copy of vaccine record to jgainey@bluehills.org


COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES

*DAILY SYMPTOM CHECK

*MASK

*HANDWASHING

*PHYSICAL DISTANCING


EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS CAN HAPPEN


What you do next will help control the spread of the infection:


TESTING, TRACING, ISOLATION, COMMUNICATION


  • If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms please stay home and get tested.
  • If someone in your home tests positive you must quarantine for 14 days and get tested in 5-7 days or sooner if you become symptomatic.
  • If you are informed that you are a close contact (within less than or equal to 6 feet for 10 to 15 minutes over 24 hours with or without mask or if someone coughed or sneezed directly in your unmasked face) you MUST quarantine for 14 days and get tested in 5-7 days or sooner if symptomatic.
  • If a family member is identified as a close contact, and you are NOT symptomatic, you are expected to come to school. If that family member tested positive you would then be considered a close contact and be required to quarantine for 14 days and get tested in 5-7 days or sooner if you became symptomatic.
  • Please notify the school jgainey@bluehills.org asap or call Mrs. Gainey RN @ 781-828-5800 X 2230 or Mrs. Pica @ X 2250 in Student Affairs if you are absent or to report a COVID-19 concern.

Booster Club!

Support our Booster Club and our students!


If you would like to order merchandise from the Boosters, go to the online store: https://form.jotform.com/202667178459165.

Lunches

All students will receive free lunch and breakfast through the end of this school year.


Students that are learning at home are eligible for meal pickup - please click on the link below to place orders and learn more:


https://www.bluehills.org/students-and-parents/lunch-menu-and-remote-learner-meal-pickup

IT Support & Remote Learning

Remember - if you are not "in-person" on a given day, you are still REMOTE LEARNING. Anyone who is having technology issues should immediately reach out to the school by phone or email IT@bluehills.org.

What remote schedule am I following???

Without question, figuring out which schedule you are following on a given day can be difficult when you are at home and your routine is thrown off. Here's a quick guide to help:


Vocational "Remote" Days - these all look the same! If you are on a vocational week and are remote, simply follow your shop's instructions for the synchronous meeting times (8:30 and 1:30, usually) and work independently or as needed during the day. Failure to attend both synchronous sessions will lead to the student being marked as "absent" and potentially receiving no credit for the day.


Academic "Remote" Days -

  • "Blue Days" - Mostly on Mondays and Thursdays. Refer to the released schedule to make sure you have the right day. On these days, you'll meet "live" with periods 1-4. The rest of your day is extra help and independent work.
  • "Green Days" - Mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays - Refer to the released schedule to make sure you have the right day. On these days, you'll meet "live" with periods 5-8. The rest of your day is extra help and independent work.
  • "Wednesdays" - On Wednesdays, follow the Wednesday schedule! You'll meet with all of your academic classes throughout the day. HINT: We may occassionally use this schedule on other days, or schedule Wednesday to be in-person.


For both vocational and academic "remote" days: Please remember that school runs from 7:48 to 2:20. At any time in this period of time, you can be asked to meet with a teacher, attend a session, or do extra help/support activities. If class begins at 8:30 or 9:00, you may very well have things to do and prepare for prior to the start time. Be diligent in checking your email and google classroom. Getting an education is your "job" right now, and is the best investment you can make at this stage of life!

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Blue Hills Regional Technical School

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