Blue Hills News

From the Desk of the Principal - January 7, 2021

Dear Blue Hills Families,

The events of January 6 in our nation's Capitol building were extremely troubling. As a public school, we are committed to all of our students. We are committed to their safety, education, and success. As we process what took place yesterday, it is important to reaffirm the concluding statement of our mission: we enable our "students to become competent, caring and productive people in a diverse and changing world."


Below is a simple visual to help families talk about violent acts and events, with children of all ages.

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Please read through the reminders below, and be sure to review the upcoming schedule for important updates.


  • Reminder: Flu Vaccines are now a required immunization for all K-12 students, regardless of a student being fully remote, hybrid, or in-person. Please send confirmation of a flu vaccine to Joan Gainey at jgainey@bluehills.org. These immunizations are required by February 28, 2021 (recent change to the guidance.) More information on this can be found here.
  • Meals for remote learners are available. For information and to request meals, click here. There is no cost for this service.
  • PSATs will be administered to juniors who have pre-registered on Tuesday, January 26th. Juniors who are participating will be in-person on that day, but will only take the PSAT. They will be dismissed once the testing session is complete. Juniors needing to ride the bus will be allowed to take the 2:20 bus home. Questions? Contact your guidance counselor.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 is an In-Person Late Start Day (10:40) for Juniors. The schedule for next week is posted below. Remote vocational classes for freshmen and remote academic classes will begin by 11 a.m. according to our late start remote schedule.


Sincerely,


Geoff Zini

Principal

End of Term!

The end of term 2 is fast approaching - January 29. Teachers are available for extra help after classes end each day; please take advantage of this and make appointments as necessary. Reach out to your teacher or guidance counselor if you need support!

Upcoming Schedule - IN-PERSON Days

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Covid-19 & Flu Information - From Nurse Gainey

Reminder:


All Massachusetts students are required to have their flu vaccines by 2/28/21.


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.
  • If you return from out of state travel, you will be required to quarantine for fourteen days.
  • 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

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.