Faith, Service, and Spirituality
As we discovered during our remote time this past spring, our morning prayers, weekly examens and spiritual offerings still have great power to bind the community together and create opportunities for us to know ourselves and each other in deep and meaningful ways.
Masses will be offered for the school community through creative and innovative means. This will ensure both a sacramental presence that is alive within the community and also allowing for the students and adults to gather in and through Christ.
Retreat and other spiritual programs will resume on campus and online for all grades. Some of the retreats that we currently offer off-campus will continue with adjustments being made to ensure student and adult safety in those contexts. We remain committed to offering the students diverse and wonderful experiences of God at work in their lives and in the world.
Although direct service may look and feel different for many of the students who engage in it, this aspect of our Jesuit education is central to how we form our students as men for and with others. By combining some traditional service opportunities along with newly developed, imaginative programming, we will ensure that students can serve the many communities that comprise our school, our city and the world and thus grow in kinship with those on the margins.
All persons who are inside BC High will be required to wear masks at all times. We will give two reusable masks to each student at the beginning of the school year. Masks should be grey only, cover the nose and chin, have ear straps, and be 2-ply as a minimum requirement. We will have a plan for mask breaks throughout the day.
Students will sit six feet apart in classrooms. Hallways will be marked with signage directing individuals to maintain social distancing in a one way system.
Sanitizing & Cleaning
Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the BC High buildings, including classrooms. Disinfecting wipes will be available in every classroom and we are developing protocols and procedures for that. Custodial crews will clean more frequently. Daily sanitizing protocols have been enhanced.
Daily Health Screening
Students, faculty and staff are required to conduct daily health screenings, and report if they are feeling ill before arriving on campus. For a printable version of the checklist, please click here.
Contact Tracing will be a major point of focus, as we will work meticulously to avoid another school closure by quickly identifying individuals who may have come in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. We will have certified contact tracers on staff to serve the community.
Plexiglass dividers are being installed at all tables in the Commons and Cadigan Gym for lunch, as well as in office spaces, Corcoran Library, and at the teacher desk in every classroom.
Stay at Home if Symptoms Present
Critical to maintaining the health of our community is all members’ commitment to stay at home if ill, even if symptoms are mild. For a list of symptoms see below:
Lockers will not be utilized, to avoid groups congregating. Students will need to carry backpacks.
In addition to our current nurse’s office, we have created a separate space to provide room for potential isolation.
Campus will be limited to faculty, staff, students, and essential guests (deliveries, service vendors, etc.). Parents will be able to come onsite as invited by the school, or when it is absolutely necessary and communicated to the school in advance.
Unfortunately, we do not have direct oversight over public transport. We will reinforce with our students the need to comply with safety protocols. Our Office of Student Affairs will continue to be our primary liaison with transport authorities. Where possible, carpooling is recommended. We also recommend that masks be worn when carpooling.
Upcoming Key Dates
- September 3 Orientation – 9th grade, high school transfer students (all grades)
- September 8 Orientation & Mass of the Holy Spirit – 7th grade, 8th grade transfer students, and 12th grade
- September 9 Orientation & Mass of the Holy Spirit – 9th grade (Day 2)
- September 10 Orientation & Mass of the Holy Spirit – Arrupe Division Ignatius Cohort and 10th grade
- September 11 Orientation & Mass of the Holy Spirit – Arrupe Division Xavier Cohort and 11th grade
- September 14 First day of classes (Ignatius Cohort onsite, Xavier Cohort online)
- September 24 Back to School Night (High School)
- October 1 Back to School Night (Arrupe)
- November 23 Parent-Teacher Conferences
- November 24 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Can I choose not to send my son/s back to school in person?
We understand from survey feedback and direct contact that some parents are not comfortable with their sons’ return to school under any scenario. Students are not required to return in person and will be able to learn fully from home. Notification should be sent directly to the Academic Vice-Principal, Ms. Kim Smith (email@example.com) for High School students and Mr. Bob Hamblet (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vice-Principal of Arrupe Division for Arrupe students.
When will the composition of the Ignatius and Xavier cohorts be determined?
We are aiming to have these details to you by Friday, August 14, so you know which cohort your son/s belong to. Siblings will be grouped together.
Why week rotation of cohorts rather than by day or every two days?
We were give clear scientific advice that at this point the safest option was to rotate the cohorts by weeks. This allowed each cohort to effectively have a nine day period off campus between their time on site. This is the safest option in terms of infection control, monitoring, and tracing.
How will food service work?
Students will order their lunch via an app and will pick it up on a ‘grab and go’ model. The normal menu options will be available. Eating spaces will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule and tables are separated six feet apart with four students at each round table, separated by plexiglass.
Will there be Hyde Center trips in the 2020/21 academic year?
At the moment there is no plans to conduct any Hyde Center trips over the course of the 2020/21 academic year. We will shift if the situation improves dramatically.
What if we are traveling from interstate in the weeks preceding the start of the school year?
You will be expected to follow State guidelines. Therefore, if you return to Massachusetts from another state considered ‘at risk’ as per directions from the State, then you will need to quarantine for 14 days before coming onsite at BC High.
What is the response if there is a case of COVID-19 in the building?
Please see the chart below for the decision making process and response for a case of COVID-19 in the building.