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Dear Roxbury Prep Families, 

Happy New Year! We hope the Winter Break offered your family a chance to rest and recharge. The start of 2021 continues to be a challenging time for our nation and reminds us once again about the work that needs to be done to create a better world and better future for our children. We hope that you have been able to take solace in our Uncommon community – be it connecting with other families virtually, catching up with your teachers and school leaders, or having your student share their excitement about the book they are reading or a science project that is in the works. We remain incredibly grateful for the joy of our students, the dedication of our teachers and your partnership as we continue to navigate remote and hybrid learning. Our hope is that 2021 brings peace and a renewed sense of optimism as we continue to work together as a Roxbury Prep community.

School Updates

Hybrid Launch Update:

Based on current conditions and following local guidance from Boston’s Health Department, Roxbury Prep is moving forward with a phased re-opening instead of the full hybrid launch we had planned. This phased re-opening will begin with an expanded group of select students on January 20th, and we will continue moving towards full hybrid learning as soon as conditions allow. We will continue to stay flexible as conditions and guidance change and will solidify timelines for welcoming back additional groups of students as quickly as we can.

COVID-19 Testing in School:

Thank you for your continued partnership during this unprecedented school year. In an effort to  prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to offer free rapid COVID-19 testing for symptomatic staff and students participating in any type of in-person instruction.

While we have asked all students and staff who are sick to stay home, there may be members of our school community who first present symptoms while in school. Being able to test your child at school will not only expedite results and therefore help you determine next steps to protect your student and your family, but also provide some peace of mind that a test is available and can be delivered by a nurse if the need arises.

The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Diagnostic Test is FDA approved and delivers results in 15 minutes.  Our school nursing staff has been thoroughly trained on how to administer the test using a nasal swab. The decision to administer the test will be made by the school nurse, and you will be notified via phone call before your child is tested.

You will also be notified immediately of the test results.  If a student tests positive, the student will be sent home and must quarantine for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with improvements in symptoms and no fever, without the use of fever reducing medications. If a student tests negative, they may also be sent home. Regardless of test result, you will be notified by the school regarding next steps to take with a healthcare provider. Roxbury Prep will report all test results to DPH and positive test results to DESE’s Rapid Response Help Unit.

For students who will be entering hybrid learning in January, you should have received an email from Project Beacon, a third party non-profit organization contracted by the state of Massachusetts to help us administer and report the tests.To give permission for your student to participate in the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test, including permitting the school to share the test result information with the Department of Public Health and Project Beacon, you must respond to this email and create a free account with Project Beacon.  [A paper permission form may be requested if you cannot access the online site.]

At Roxbury Prep, we are extremely grateful to our committed staff and families that continue to show great flexibility and resilience as we navigate through this school year. It takes all of us working together to contain the spread of this virus. If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test [or if you would prefer a paper permission form], please reach out to your campus’s Director of Operations. Lea en Español.

Remote Learning Meal Distribution:

Throughout remote learning you can continue going to your closest Roxbury Prep campus during the following times:

We also want Roxbury Prep families to know that the P-EBT benefit has been extended for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. All students who attend Roxbury Prep are eligible to receive Pandemic-EBT funding to support families while their students are attending remote learning. You do not need to apply to receive this benefit. The balance will automatically be applied to your existing EBT card or an EBT card will be sent directly to you. Families should expect to receive the next set of funds sometime in late January. If you have questions about the P-EBT program or did not receive your funds, please review this website or reach out to Project Bread at (800) 645-8333 with questions.

Parent/Guardian Survey is Now Live:

The mid-year Parent/Guardian survey is now live. All parents/guardians should have received an email with a link to the survey on January 4th. If you have not yet responded, there is still time to do so. The survey will remain open through Monday January 18th. If you did not receive the survey and believe you should have, please fill out this brief form and we will work to get a copy to you as soon as possible. And, to those who have already responded, thank you so much for your input! We greatly value hearing from you!

MA Seasonal Flu Immunization Requirement:

All K-12 students in the state of Massachusetts this year are required to get the season flu vaccine. The Massachusetts Department of Health has extended the deadline to February 28, 2021. Please make a plan to bring your student to receive the seasonal flu vaccine before this deadline, and submit the proof of immunization to your school’s office manager. Students who have a medical or religious exemption may submit proof of this exemption to the school in place of the vaccination paperwork. Students who have not gotten their vaccine may not be allowed to attend school until they have completed this state-wide requirement. You can get this important vaccination at your local pharmacy, doctor’s office, or health clinic.

K-8 EdTech Family Hub:

We are excited to launch a new resource for families called the K-8 EdTech Family Hub! This site will serve as a one-stop resource for tech support, tech FAQs, and guidance on how to navigate the many platforms we use like Google Classroom, Actively Learn, and more. This resource will continue to be updated throughout the year with helpful tips and information. Visit today to learn more!

Roxbury Prep is still Accepting Applications for the 2021-22 School Year!

If your Roxbury Prep student has a sibling in grades 5-9, make sure you apply before the deadline of February 28, 2021 in order to get preference in our lottery! Current students do not need to re-apply. If you have any family, friends, or neighbors who would like to start their student on the pathway to college, have them apply at roxburyprep.org/enroll or call 617-858-1306 for more information! Roxbury Prep wants to hear from all our families! Take this quick 5 minute survey to tell us more about why you chose Roxbury Prep for your student. Interested families can also sign up for our Family Champion committee!

Help us Recruit New Students!

Roxbury Prep is accepting applications for new students and siblings of current students for 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade for the 2021-2022 school year!

At Roxbury Prep, we are proud of our scholars and our school, and want more children to have the same opportunities. Roxbury Prep knows the habits and skills your student builds in middle school and high school will prepare them for college and will support them later in life.

We need your help to help us get the word out, and positively impact more children in Boston. A large majority of our new families learn about Roxbury Prep because they heard about our school through a friend or family member. Roxbury Prep is currently accepting applications for our lottery until February 28, 2021, so we are encouraging interested families to apply to our schools as soon as possible.

If your current Roxbury Prep student has a sibling that is eligible to attend, you must complete the application at www.applybostoncharters.org by February 28, 2021 to receive sibling preference in our lottery.

By referring Roxbury Prep to your family and friends, you could be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards to Target!  To be entered to win:

  1. Submit a complete referral through our online referral form.
  2. Roxbury Prep staff will contact the person you referred and help them fill out an application by phone or online.
  3. For each completed application that you refer by February 28th, you’ll be entered into our prize drawing!

Questions? Call Roxbury Prep Admissions at 617-858-1306 or contact your school’s Office Manager for more information. Lea en Español

Free Middle School Online Math Program – deadline to apply is 2/1:

An outside non-profit organization called the RISC Math Accelerator is offering all Uncommon middle school students access to a free, online afterschool math program to complement your child’s current learning and provide additional, targeted support. Your middle school child will receive a free membership to an online math platform that creates a personalized curriculum and free access to live, on-call experienced math tutors available every weekday for homework help. Students work at their own pace on topics at their level and can contact tutors any time they need assistance. Deadline for signing up is February 1st – RISC is not connected to Uncommon so you can learn more at https://www.mathaccelerator.org/ or for more information, contact RISC directly at info@mathaccelerator.org or 310-913-2684.

Resources

January is Emotional Wellness Month:

We are continuing Emotional Wellness Month through January at Uncommon! Emotional Wellness is the ability to deal with challenges in life, build positive relationships with others, and encourage the use of healthy coping skills. When we learn the names of feelings and how to express them in appropriate ways we are supporting emotional wellness. By practicing emotional wellness we are reducing our stress, getting quality sleep, using healthy coping skills, and choosing a brighter outlook on life!

Below are a few family friendly resources to practice emotional wellness!

Upcoming Parent Partners for Advocacy (PPFA) Meeting:

Mark your calendars! We will be holding our first ever advocacy workshop on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 5pm. Interested in our advocacy work? This is the meeting for you. This workshop will be the foundation for the advocacy work we do at Roxbury Prep - you don’t want to miss it! We are grateful to welcome the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) to host the workshop for us. They are experts in advocacy and will share tips and best practices for successfully advocating for efforts and movements that you'd like to support, whether they are education-focused or otherwise! Click here for more information and to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Parent Resources:

Check out this folder for some parent resources about the following:

  • Resources for remote learning
  • Parent information on Google Classroom
  • Fun virtual activities and games for the whole family
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Cynthia Leger
Managing Director of Operations, Roxbury Prep
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