Hybrid Learning at Orchard Gardens

Preparing to Return to the School Building

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Welcome Back K-3 Hybrid Students!

We are excited to welcome back our Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade hybrid learners this week! You should have received information from the district about your child's cohort and bus (if eligible for transportation). Please don't hesitate to email or call should you have any questions about this information. We are happy to help!

New Arrival and Dismissal Procedures


  • Doors open at 7:10 AM and instruction starts at 7:25 AM.
  • Only students and staff are allowed in the building this year, so please plan to say goodbye to your child in the recess area.
  • Kindergarten teachers will be outside to greet students and walk them to class.
  • Students should ring the bell at the front door on Albany Street if they arrive after 7:25 AM.


  • Dismissal begins at 2:10 PM
  • Bus students sit in assigned seats and wear their mask while on the bus
  • Students who are being picked up will wait with their teacher in the recess area until they are picked up
  • Early dismissals:

    • Limited to emergencies and doctor’s appointments

    • No dismissals after 2:00 PM

    • Call the main office in the morning to share your child’s name, name of person picking up, and time of pick up - 617-635-1656

    • When you get to OG use the intercom/camera at the front door to share your child’s name and your name

New Safety Measures

How can I help my child?


Students should come to school in uniform. Uniforms can be purchased at Old Navy, Walmart and Target. If your child does not have a uniform, we can provide one at school.
BPS families must monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before school. Some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold; please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, stay home and call your primary care provider.
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YOUR CHILD MUST STAY HOME if your child or anyone in the home has any of the symptoms listed below:

  • Fever (100.0°F or higher without fever-reducing medicine), chills or shaking chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose


  • Any student who is in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 must stay home from school and quarantine for 10 days from the date of the last interaction with that person.
  • If you have recently traveled outside of Massachusetts: please review the current order related to out-of-state travel (below). Your child will be required to quarantine for 10 days - except in the case of
    • a student, age 11 and older, with a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered no more than 3 days before arriving in Massachusetts
    • a student, age 10 and under, with a parent/guardian negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered no earlier than 3 days before your arrival in Massachusetts.
    • ALL students must quarantine or meet the 3-day testing rule if returning from international travel.

If your child has any symptoms:

  • they must remain home and be evaluated by their primary care provider to consider testing for COVID-19.
  • parents/guardians must report the absence to the school administration and school nurse, noting if the absence is COVID-19 related.
  • inform the school nurse of the medical provider's recommendations, in writing, before returning to school.
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