Blue Hills News

From the Desk of the Principal - November 12, 2020

Dear Blue Hills Families,

Here are a few reminders and clarifications as we approach the Holiday season.


  1. If your family is affected by a Covid-19 diagnosis or quarantine, please reach out to our Nurse Joan Gainey at jgainey@bluehills.org as soon as possible. Nurse Gainey will work with you to determine whether or not a student is allowed in school. We follow all state recommended protocols, but every situation is unique. Thank you for your patience and help in keeping people safe.
  2. We do our best at school to keep students socially distanced, wearing masks, and washing hands all day long. Please support these efforts on the weekends. Large social gatherings - especially indoors as the days grow shorter and colder - can quickly lead to the spread of Covid-19.
  3. If your child is struggling with mental or emotional help and you need support, please reach out to our Guidance and Counseling staff. They are eager to assist in any way that they can. These are trying times for all of us, and regardless of age, mental health can suffer.
  4. Meals are available for remote learning families; pickup is every Wednesday. Orders can be placed here: https://www.bluehills.org/students_and_parents/lunch_menu_and_remote_pickup


Please keep the following dates in mind:

  • November 13 - Term One Ends
  • November 14 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Personal Open House Tours for 8th Graders. Register at https://bluehills.go2cte.com/. Help us spread the word!
  • November 20 - Term One Report Cards Issued
  • November 25 - 1/2 Day (Fully Remote)
  • November 26 - Thanksgiving Day - NO SCHOOL
  • November 27 - NO SCHOOL


Please also carefully review the upcoming calendar through Thanksgiving break. We have adjusted X and Y Days given that we have had to modify our traditional Open House and Showcase events.


Sincerely,


Geoff Zini

Principal

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.

End of Term 1

We are expecting a number of students to have struggled Term 1 given all the changes and challenges of remote and hybrid learning. Grades close on November 13, and Report Cards will be issued on November 20. We strongly encourage you to review your student's report card with them, and reach out to a guidance counselor or teacher if you have concerns. Please remember that extra help is available for students during vocational and academic weeks. These sessions can be scheduled directly with teachers, and may provide the additional support some students may require.


Here is a good article, written in August, on tips to help support kids through the pandemic.


https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/blog/helping-kids-during-covid


Whatever the situation at the end of Term 1, know that we are here to help. Our faculty and staff want nothing more than for everyone to have a successful year.

Upcoming Schedule - IN-PERSON Days

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Booster Club!

Join the Booster Club!


The Boosters will meet (by Zoom) on November 17, from 7 pm to 9 pm. A Zoom link will be posted on the Boosters Facebook page.


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_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.

Class of 2025 - Now Accepting Applications!

Help us spread the word! We are accepting applications for the Class of 2025. Due to Covid-19, opportunities to see the campus and experience what Blue Hills has to offer will be limited - help us get the message out to our community and our 8th graders about the advantages Blue Hills can provide. Go to www.bluehills.org and click "Apply Now," or go to https://bluehills.go2cte.com/ to register for admission events, receive information, and to apply.


Upcoming Admissions Events


  • Personal Tours - Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Virtual Open House (Video Releases!) - November 16 - 20
  • Priority Application Deadline - December 18, 2020

AM Drop-Offs

Reminders about AM Drop-Offs:


  • Please enter the East Entrance (closest to Randolph) and pull in front of the gym/cafeteria for drop off.
  • Students dropped off before 7:40 should enter the cafeteria.
  • Students dropped off after 7:40 should enter the main entrance.

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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