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We are resending this update because we included an entry in error. The state has rescinded the flu vaccine requirement and we have removed this entry. Thank you.

Dear Roxbury Prep Families, 

In the last two weeks, we have been filled with hope: our nation witnessed a historic presidential Inauguration, the Biden-Harris administration has taken immediate actions to support our communities, and our schools in NYC, Boston, Rochester, and Troy have welcomed students back for in person learning. In Brooklyn, this is the first time our students have entered our buildings this school year. We are so excited for our students to have the option to be physically in school and we are so grateful to our leaders, teachers, ops and regional teams for making this possible. We continue to find hope in all of you – our 20,000 Uncommon families across our six regions – as you continue to parent through the pandemic and run along side our team as we support our students together. Thank you for continuing to persevere and inspire our Uncommon community.

On a different note, this newsletter will move from being bi-weekly to monthly start with the February 12th edition. Please continue to reach out to your school leaders.

School Updates

Hybrid Launch Update:

As a reminder, we are continuing with our phased re-opening plan which began on January 20th with a select number of students attending in-person. We are excited to announce that all fifth grade students are now invited to take part in our in-person learning starting Monday, February 1st. If you have questions about your school’s hybrid learning plan, please check with your school leader. We will continue moving towards full hybrid learning as soon as conditions allow.

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.

Reminder: P-EBT Benefits Available:

We 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 Thanks:

Thank you so much for completing our mid-year Parent/Guardian survey! We value your feedback on what is working well and what can be even better, and your survey input will help shape our ongoing work and plans for next year.

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:

The RISC Math Accelerator is offering all Uncommon middle school students a free, online after-school math program to get your child caught up and ahead in math. 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. Parents receive weekly updates on student progress. Students work at their own pace on topics at their level and can contact tutors any time they need help. Deadline for signing up is February 1st – learn more at https://www.mathaccelerator.org/ or for more information, contact RISC directly at info@mathaccelerator.org or 310-913-2684.

Camp Uncommon enrollment for summer 2021 is underway for Roxbury Prep scholars!

We are excited to announce that Camp Uncommon is currently enrolling campers and has space available for any Roxbury Prep student in grades 4-7! Camp Uncommon is a unique opportunity for Uncommon scholars to take part in a 2-week sleepaway summer camp experience! Please note that we are planning for our in-person sleepaway experience; however, if we are unable to operate in-person due to COVID-related safety restrictions, we will operate a virtual program. Space is limited and spots are filling up fast so don’t wait! Enroll your scholar today! Applications can be submitted here. We encourage you to visit the Camp Uncommon Website and if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mike Callahan (Director of Camp Uncommon) via email, or by phone/text at 646-634-3277. We cannot wait to see you at camp this summer!

Resources

Wellness Corner:

Please visit the Uncommon Virtual Calming Room to explore tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings - all while having fun. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life gets tough.

Get informed on COVID-19 Vaccine:

ABC7 NY’s Darla Miles hosted “COVID-19 and the Vaccine” webinar this past Sunday. Dr. Karma Warren, Dr. Pierre Vigilance, and Dr. Wayne Riley answered audience questions about the COVID-19 and communities of color, how to stay safe, and the different vaccine options. Take some time to watch and get informed about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

Sincerely,
The Roxbury Prep Team
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