Letter to CoaH Families – June 16, 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.


How is City on a Hill continuing to respond to the nation’s call for racial justice?

As we continue to reflect on the systems of oppression that the United States, including schools like City on a Hill, have perpetuated against Black people, the Senior Leadership Team has decided to declare this Friday, June 19th a half-day in honor of Juneteenth. 

City on a Hill will close beginning at 1:00PM for an opportunity for reflection upon and celebration of the emancipation of the remaining enslaved Black people of the United States in 1865. You can read more behind the meaning of Juneteenth here.

In this Friday’s letter, we plan to further address CoaH’s observation of Juneteenth, and discuss the future of CoaH’s Diversity, Inclusion, Citizenship and Equity (DICE) initiatives.


How can I watch City on a Hill Boston’s virtual graduation ceremony, and when will students receive diplomas?  

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who made our Virtual Graduation such a moving tribute to our seniors.  You can still watch graduation here: Boston Graduation  Seniors were invited to pick up diplomas between 12pm and 2pm yesterday at Circuit.  All others were mailed and should arrive by Friday.


How can I watch City on a Hill NB’s virtual graduation ceremony?

If you weren’t able to join us to celebrate the Class of 2020 on Friday, the ceremony will continue to be streamed on the City on a Hill website through the end of the summer. Congratulations again to the class of 2020!


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 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.

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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