Letter to CoaH Families – April 3, 2020

Dear CoaH Families:

I am writing to provide an update on City on a Hill’s response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a reminder, all of our previous messages are archived here.

We know that there continues to be many questions that you may have about how we are preparing as a community. The Senior Leadership Team has extended our FAQ to help address your questions:

Is Friday, April 10 a day off for Good Friday? Is April break still April 20-24?

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeff Riley is expected to issue guidance today giving school districts and charter public schools the flexibility to choose to continue delivering instruction during previously planned days off and breaks.

City on a Hill is choosing to honor Friday, April 10 as a day off for Good Friday and to keep the Monday-Friday, April 20-24 as April Break. Given the challenges of the 2019-20 school year, we believe that our students and staff should have the opportunity to take a well-deserved break on these days.

There will be no instruction provided on these days. Further, the email to families that would typically be delivered on Friday, April 10 will instead be sent on Thursday, April 9. Similarly the email to families on Friday, April 17 will be the last until Tuesday, April 28.

I couldn’t come during the Boston chromebook pick-up window. What are my options now?

Chromebooks have been loaned to more than 160 students in three pick-up windows on Monday-Tuesday, March 30-31, and Thursday, April 2. 

In accordance with Governor Baker’s stay-at-home advisory and the CDC’s recommendations for coronavirus prevention we will not be unable to provide chromebooks to families who have not previously indicated the need for one via the technology survey.

We will revisit this policy should the Governor extend school closures beyond May 4.

When do packets need to be completed and how do I return them?

Packets are to be completed today, Friday, April 3.

Rather than mail each completed grade level packet, we ask that students scan and email them to their teachers. The email addresses of our teachers were included on the cover page of each section of the grade level packet (e.g., English, math, history, etc.). 

There are several free scanning resources available for iPhone and Android smartphones students can take advantage of.

Packets can be downloaded from the CoaH website and completed with your borrowed chromebook or your internet enabled device at home.

Please know that we remain committed to supporting you to the greatest extent possible during this time.

Thank you once again for your help to keep our community healthy and safe. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email covid19@cityonahill.org.


Kevin T. Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

To read our most up to date information, please visit the Our Response to COVID-19 page.

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