As always, the safety and health of our students, staff, and greater community is our top priority. We have created this page to address the City on a Hill’s response to COVID-19 and its effect on our community.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long will City on a Hill be closed?
CoaH remained closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, in accordance with Governor Baker’s directive to close all schools in the Commonwealth and is currently evaluating models for re-opening. CoaH Families can provide input into this process by filling out this survey.
How often can families expect to hear from CoaH?
In an effort to make our communications more predictable through the school year 2019-2020 closure, CoaH leaders sent letters to families twice per week, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, via email and robocall. These letters can be found here.
We will continue to post updates throughout the summer as they become available.
I have heard that some parents are receiving EBT cards because of COVID-19. Are CoaH families eligible?
The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) determines eligibility for benefits and will send out cards directly to families, City on a Hill families included. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requested data from all schools to help facilitate the administration of this program by DTA. CoaH has provided the requested information to DESE in accordance with DESE’s deadline. According to DESE, schools do not and will not administer any part of this program other than providing the requested data to DESE. More information on the P-EBT program can be found at www.mass.gov/info-details/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt.
Other schools are providing meals during the school closure; will City on a Hill do the same?
In Boston, we are working with our food vendor, City Fresh, to accommodate serving meals as soon as possible.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
In addition to the above health and logistical concerns, we want to acknowledge that due to its origins in Wuhan, China, this virus has been racialized. There have already been incidents nationwide of increased racism and xenophobia against those of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We want to acknowledge that CoaH community members of Asian or Pacific Islander descent may experience this, and that discrimination of any kind is not tolerated in our community.
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- Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Heath Organization (WHO)
- Internet Essentials from Comcast (FREE INTERNET) – (855) 846-8376
Articles & Flyers:
- When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus, NPR (March 4, 2020)
- Coping with Stress during the 2019-nCoV Outbreak, World Health Organization
- Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV Outbreak, World Health Organization
- Get Your Home Ready, Centers for Disease Control
- What To Do If You Are Sick, Centers for Disease Control