Letter to CoaH Families – June 12, 2020

Dear CoaH Families:

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


Where can I watch City on a Hill’s virtual Graduation Ceremonies?

You can join us in celebrating the Classes of 2020 by streaming our Graduation Ceremonies for City on a Hill New Bedford and City on a Hill Boston today at 5PM and 6PM, respectively, on the City on a Hill website.


There are no new updates from COAH Boston, please review the reminders below about end of year action items.


There are no new updates from COAH New Bedford, please review the reminders below about end of year action items.


How can families access P-EBT benefits? 

Families whose students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch started to receive P-EBT cards in the mail on Friday, May 29, and if you are having trouble activating your card, please see below: 

You will need the letter DTA sent you in the mail to activate the card.

The Massachusetts EBT vendor was not able to change the automated prompts you hear when you call to PIN a card, and unfortunately, some of the automated instructions are inaccurate for P-EBT cards. Instead, please follow the steps below:

  • ​Call the EBT card phone number on the back of your P-EBT card: 800-997-2555.​
  • ​Enter your P-EBT card number (it is an 18-digit number).
  • You will then be prompted incorrectly to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. Do not enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. For the P-EBT cards, you must enter the last four digits of your child’s case number that was provided on the DTA letter you received in the mail.
  • Then enter your child’s date of birth using a two-digit month, two-digit day, and four-digit year (example: 04/06/2005).

For more information, visit: map-ebt.org. Questions? Call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333.

How is City on a Hill responding to the protests for racial justice?

The City on a Hill Leadership Team shared a letter yesterday affirming our support for our students and teachers who took part in this weekend’s protest in the Boston Common. You can read more about CoaH’s commitment to practicing antiracism during this time here.

When is the last day of school for City on a Hill?  

The last day of school for all City on a Hill freshman, sophomores, and juniors is Wednesday, June 24. Seniors’s last day was on Friday, June 5. 


How will City on a Hill Boston close out the school year?

The last days of classes for grades 9, 10, and 11 will be Wednesday, June 17.  Exams will be on June 18-24:

  • Wednesday, June 17 — Last day Q4 work is accepted, English Essay Due
  • Thursday, June 18 — Science Exam
  • Friday, June 19 — Math Exam
  • Monday, June 22 — History Exam
  • Tuesday, June 23 — Spanish and ELD Exams
  • Wednesday, June 24 — Make-Up Exam Day

Exams are being given at three different times throughout the day; 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, and 7-9pm.  To view your individual students’ exam schedule for each subject, click this link.

Students have been invited to sign-up for locker clean-up. Upper School students can sign up to come to Dudley during the week of June 8.  Upper School students who put down a locker deposit will get their money back at that time. Lower School students can sign up to come to Circuit during the week of June 15.  

When will CoaH Boston students be able to retrieve items from their lockers?

Advisors will be reaching out to students to schedule a time to clean out their lockers. Upper School students will be cleaning out their locker the week of June 8 and Lower School students will be the week of June 15. We will be following all safety guidelines. Students must wear a mask. Students will also receive deposit returns if they paid for Locker, DC Trip, and/or Senior Dues. Any questions please reach out to Nadege Manigat, Director of School Operations, at nmanigat@cityonahill.org


How will City on a Hill New Bedford close out the school year?

The last day of classes for all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be Wednesday, June 24. Students who borrowed a chromebook from the school should plan to return it to the school Wednesday, June 24 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. or Thursday, June 25 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Additional details will be shared in future updates.  

As always, please know that we remain committed to supporting you to the greatest extent possible during this time. We continue to welcome your feedback on how this process is working or not working for you and your family. 


Kevin T. Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

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