Blue Hills News

From the Desk of the Principal - September 10, 2020

Dear Blue Hills Families,

I hope that you are well as we approach the opening days of school. In these uncertain times and difficult circumstances, we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we try to reopen Blue Hills and provide students with a high quality career and technical education.


The past months have been incredibly challenging for all of us, and the months to come will likely see even more twists and turns. I'm not a fan of the phrase "new normal" - but I have always respected Bill Belichick's "it is what it is." As we start the school year, this is helpful to understand. Whether or not someone likes to wear a mask, it's necessary right now. Remote learning may not be optimal for many students, but it is what we have to do. Missing out on ordinary, everyday items - I really miss taking my own children out for breakfast - is hard, but it is our current reality.


As we open up the year, we are committed to doing our best for our students and our Blue Hills families. Though our circumstances are uncertain, we all have choices to make in terms of our outlook and our attitude. Winston Churchill is famously credited with saying "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." That may never be more true than right now.


Each week, I will send out the following week's schedule of in-person learning. For the first couple of weeks, this has also been outlined for you in the "Reopening Procedures" document (link below). I've also included a picture of the schedule for the first eleven days below. On September 18, seniors will come to school in-person, and all other grades will use the Remote Learning Wednesday schedule. Of course, all of this is subject to change as new data and information becomes available. Next week, students should begin receiving instructions from their teachers on logging into Google classroom for their opening day classes.


Some important notes:


  • Please make sure you review and complete all FamilyID registrations. We are trying to move paperless this year, and need emergency and other information on every student.
  • Please review the "Reopening Procedures" document before students return to classes.
  • When a student is attending school in-person, please make sure that you are checking and certifying that your student is symptom-free, according to the self-check guidelines.
  • The fall athletic season has been postponed, hopefully to be played after January 1 and in between the winter and spring seasons. More to come on this.
  • We will be holding an orientation meeting (virtually) for students whose families are opting for only remote learning to start the year on Tuesday, September 15th. We will reach out directly to those families.


Thank you for your continued support of Blue Hills in these turbulent times.


Geoff Zini

Principal

Opening Days of School: September 18 - October 2 - In-Person Schedule

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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 meisan@bluehills.org.

Mandatory - Family ID Registration!

As we embrace the challenges of educating in an age of remote learning, we are asking every family to complete the FamilyID registration to update emergency contacts and household information. Please go to https://www.familyid.com/organizations/blue-hills-regional-technical-school to complete this registration before September 18, 2020, or click on the links below.


All Parents/Guardians and students must complete:

Bus Stop Location (if riding the bus)

Concussion and Anti Hazing

Equipment and Machinery Use

Parent-Student Handbook (sign off)

Emergency and Contact Information

Title I Compact


Optional:

Parking Registration

Medicaid Benefits

Media Permission - Denial

Military Recruiter Opt-Out

Educational Opportunity for Military Children


Thank you!

Class of 2024 Orientation!

This week, freshmen and their parents received their assigned day next week to complete an in-person orientation, meet their teachers, and receive their chromebooks.If you did not receive an email, please call the main office (781-828-5800).


Buses will run according to our bus schedule, but 30 minutes Delayed from Monday to Thursday next week. Please be at your bus stop if taking the bus approximately 30 minutes after the scheduled pick-up time!


When boarding the bus, sit in the last available seat, with a mask, and remain seated until someone dismisses you from the bus at the school. Please sit one to a seat. This is crucial for physical distancing.


When you arrive at school, we will dismiss you from the bus and we will proceed to the cafeteria. We will have between 60 and 70 students here each day, with plenty of room for physical distancing in both the cafeteria and the classrooms.


We will dismiss between at 10:20. Students taking the bus will proceed to the correct bus. Students getting a ride will be asked to wait at the front of the building in front of the cafeteria.

Blue Hills Regional Technical School

Blue Hills Regional Technical School’s mission is to continue its history of academic achievement, technical training and character development through a curriculum which emphasizes the integration of cutting-edge technical programs and challenging academic courses, enabling its students to become competent, caring and productive people in a diverse and changing world.


Students at Blue Hills Regional Technical School have a history of academic achievement, superb technical training, and character development. Through a curriculum which emphasizes the integration of cutting-edge technical programs and challenging academic courses, we enable them to become competent, caring and productive people in a diverse and changing world.