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To Parents

November 9, 2020


Good afternoon,

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the weather here in Boston! I write to you today with a request for help and advocacy in regard to the proposed changes to public transportation in our area. At BC High, the “commute” is one of our differentiators with nearly three-quarters of our students (1100+) utilizing the JFK/UMass-Boston Station every day. Our students learn to navigate the trains in a way that teaches them real-world lessons. They develop a sense of independence and are afforded many more opportunities in the City of Boston and beyond because of it. Simply put, changes to the MBTA and Commuter Rail would have a direct impact on our students and families each day.

It comes as no surprise that our public transit system is facing significant challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, there are proposed changes in service and potential cuts to some of BC High’s most traveled lines. The MBTA Fiscal Management Board met today (11/9) and will be hosting regional meetings in the coming weeks to hear from the public on the impact of transit in the given regions. We expect a decision in early December. We are asking for your help in attending these virtual meetings which are open to the public and sharing your story.

We will continue to reach out to our elected officials and those involved in the decision-making process to ensure that we properly advocate for our students and families now. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Colleen Carter, Vice President for External Relations, [email protected]

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best,
Grace Cotter Regan P’12
President

* Below is detailed information from the MBTA on the Regional Public Meetings. Full information can be found at: https://www.mbta.com/forging-ahead

Virtual Public Meetings

Meetings will address service in a specific region. The nine regions pictured above are: 1) Metrowest, 2) Minuteman, 3) Boston and Milton, 4) Inner Core, 5) Mystic River, 6) South Shore, 7) North Shore, 8) Bristol, and 9) Merrimack Valley.
We’ll be holding 11 public meetings over Zoom (nine regional meetings, two system-wide meetings). You can join by computer, smartphone app, or telephone.
Find which meeting best serves your region and select it to see a list of the cities and towns covered.
Upcoming System-Wide Meetings

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Hearing: System-Wide Service

NOVEMBER 19, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Hearing: System-Wide Service
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: System-Wide Service

DECEMBER 2, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: System-Wide Service
Virtual, Boston, MA
Upcoming Regional Meetings

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Metrowest (Region 1)

NOVEMBER 10, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Metrowest (Region 1)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Minuteman (Region 2)

NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Minuteman (Region 2)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Boston and Milton (Region 3)

NOVEMBER 14, 2020, 1:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Boston and Milton (Region 3)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Inner Core (Region 4)

NOVEMBER 17, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Inner Core (Region 4)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Mystic River (Region 5)

NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Mystic River (Region 5)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: South Shore (Region 6)

NOVEMBER 23, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: South Shore (Region 6)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: North Shore (Region 7)

NOVEMBER 24, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: North Shore (Region 7)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Bristol (Region 8)

NOVEMBER 30, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Bristol (Region 8)
Virtual, Boston, MA

Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Merrimack Valley (Region 9)

DECEMBER 1, 2020, 6:00 PM
Forging Ahead Virtual Public Meeting: Merrimack Valley (Region 9)
Virtual, Boston, MA

August 8, 2020

Dear BC High Students and Parents / Guardians,

I hope you are well and staying safe during these ongoing challenging times.

Please find a link to our reopening plan for the 2020/21 academic year. This concise, abbreviated document highlights the key aspects of reopening. Additionally, you’ll find another document on our website which contains far greater detail around the specific procedures and protocols for reopening in a safe and compliant manner.

As communicated at the end of June, we plan to open in September under a Hybrid model.
This reopening plan has been the product of a comprehensive process over many months, marked by significant counsel, conversation, reflection, and discernment. We have been deeply committed to a model which enables our students and faculty /staff to be on site in some form. We believe this is key to being able to provide an authentic formation of the head, heart, and hands. However, the foremost priority has and always will be the safety of our community and this is reflected in the plan.

As you are aware, our current context continues to change and we will communicate directly should there be any need to alter our plans for reopening. We will be hosting a webinar for parents in the upcoming weeks and will provide specific details about this event next week.

As always, thank you for your support and patience.

Sincerely,

Adam Lewis
Principal

May 18, 2020

Dear Boston College High Families:

While the last several months have been challenging, we have taken solace and inspiration from the many ways our community has come together to support one another. Students and faculty have developed innovative ways to ensure continuity in the educational excellence for which Boston College High School is renowned, while also supporting the social emotional needs of our community. Though the summer recess may be approaching, we are simultaneously working diligently with a focus on the Fall.

While we’re looking forward to brighter days ahead, we also know some families may be impacted by COVID-19 in a variety of ways – from job loss or general changes in financial situations to physical health and illness that may have significantly impacted income.

When you made the decision to send your son to BC High, they joined a caring and committed community. BC High parents and alumni are concerned about current students and their families and are joining together to raise funds in the One Community: One Mission spring campaign to support current BC High families impacted by COVID-19. If a parent has lost their job or saw their income reduced materially because of COVID-19, and/or if your family’s financial situation has changed because of a family member’s illness from COVID-19, please reach out to us to explore how BC High can assist your family with the Fall tuition.

You may have recently received your son’s tuition invoice for Fall 2020. And while it may seem a cliché at this point, we are truly all in this together. If your family has been impacted, we’re here to support and assist in any way we can.

Please reach out to us by June 12, 2020, so that we can ensure all the families requesting emergency aid because of COVID-19 are considered and available emergency aid can be disbursed to these families. Charlie Drane, Vice President of Enrollment Management is the main contact person if you have questions or would like to discuss any changes in your family’s situation. Charlie can be reached at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Michael J. Hoyle
Senior Vice President Administration, Finance and Strategic Planning

Reopening Webinar

August 19, 2020

Resource Links

  • Presentation about Supporting Teens During "Lockdown"

    Families are invited to listen to an hourlong New York Times presentation with Lisa Damour, psychologist and NYT columnist. Here is a description: “Managing anxiety, stress, and boredom while sheltering in place is a challenge for us all. Add the all-too-common condition of ‘being a teenager’ into the mix, and it’s a potent recipe for trouble. Join us, as we discuss strategies for helping our young people cope.” The presentation ran last week but was recorded and can be accessed here 

  • Self-Help for Student-Athletes (and Parents)

    MGH Psychiatrist and BC High alumnus Steve Durant’71 offered some words of wisdom and advice to our student-athletes in a special Q&A feature that discusses the lost high school spring sport season. To view the entire Q&A, click here.

Remote Learning Protocols