Coronavirus [COVID-19]: April 7, 2020

  • Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon sent the following email to all Minuteman students, families, and staff on Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

    Dear Minuteman High School Community,

    I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to provide you updates as we progress through the fourth week of our school closure due to the coronavirus emergency.

    First, we have a few timely announcements:

    • We have posted our Remote Learning Plan online, where you can find information in one location on all aspects of our plan during the school closure. Continue to check your email and minuteman.org/coronavirus for all updates from Minuteman. (Every letter we issue to our families will be posted to this website.)

    • We will not conduct remote learning on Good Friday nor during April vacation week. I am so proud of all your work, and I know this has been difficult. We will take some time off and connect to our friends and families in other ways. Good Friday is this Friday, April 10, and April vacation week is Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24. Teachers will not post lessons and will not hold online office hours on these dates.

    • Importantly, I would like to congratulate George Clement for being named Principal of Minuteman High School. George has been the Interim Principal since July and has done a tremendous job leading Minuteman through a pivotal moment in our history with the opening of a new building, and now, through the coronavirus emergency. George always does what’s right for kids and brings a valued skillset of teaching and administrative leadership to this role. George began working at Minuteman in 2009 as a reading instructor before becoming Assistant Principal/Director of Admissions. Please join me in congratulating George in this for all he has done to help every student succeed at Minuteman. I would also like to congratulate Katie Bouchard for being named Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) as of July 1, and Gene DiPaolo, for being named Assistant CTE Director.

    Physical, mental, and emotional health is important as we continue to do our part by staying apart – practicing physical distancing and following Governor Baker’s recommendations during the ongoing emergency. At Minuteman, we are providing resources for all students to help.

    • We have launched a “Staying Active” section of our website with at-home exercise videos, Zumba playlists, and we will soon have Yoga videos. We plan to post additional videos of various at-home exercise and mindfulness activities in the coming days and weeks. All of the videos are also posted on Minuteman’s YouTube Channel. We welcome ideas for submission from students, parents, and staff, who can email ideas to Communications Director Dan O’Brien. The first two videos are at-home workout routines produced by Assistant Principal and Coach Brian Tildsley.

    • Show Your Gratitude: Students, during these challenging times, what are you grateful for? Maybe it’s that you can talk to a good friend or family member about how you feel. Maybe it’s that you are safe and healthy. Tell us what you are grateful for by using this form and we will share your responses on social media.

    • Minuteman will hold Virtual Spirit Week from April 13-17. Showing our school and community spirit is taking on a whole new meaning this year. Let’s lift up one another by showing our Minuteman spirit! For each day of Virtual Spirit Week, there will be a themed photo challenge. All you have to do is use the hashtag #MMSpiritWeek for each themed day and we will re-post many of the submissions on social media and in the Class of 2020 yearbook.

      • Monday, April 13: PJs All Day! Get your pajamas ready! We’re wearing them all day!

      • Tuesday, April 14: Furry Friends – It’s your pet’s day to shine! We want to see how your pets are helping you get through these crazy days!

      • Wednesday, April 15: A Day in the Life of a Quaran-teen – What are you doing to stay connected while social distancing? Have you Zoomed? Facetimed? Has Family Game Night taken over your Saturday nights? Share a day with us by posting while using the hashtag #MMSpiritWeek.

      • Thursday, April 16: Boston Sports Day – It’s Boston Sports Day! Our teams might not be playing YET but we can still show them some love by sporting our team’s favorite gear. This can be any sport, any where – including Minuteman! Show your spirit and get creative… what sport do you play?

      • Friday, April 17: Minuteman Day! Grab any sweatshirt, t-shirt, or uniform with the Minuteman High School logo on it and show your spirit using the #MMSpiritWeek hashtag!

    Finally, please take a moment to read the recent news coverage of the volunteer efforts of our students to create face masks and work in a local hospital. (MetroWest Daily News, Lexington Patch, YourArlington.com.)

    Thank you all for doing your part by staying apart, and for keeping our students engaged in learning. Please continue to check your email or minuteman.org/coronavirus for updates.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. B.

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: April 3, 2020

  • Minuteman Students, Superintendent Create Face Masks At Home for Medical Workers

    Allison Sanzio
    Allison Sanzio, a senior in culinary arts from Stow, and her mom have joined an effort in their community to make face masks at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    LEXINGTON – Friday, April 3, 2020 – Several members of the Minuteman High School community are doing their part to fight COVID-19 – from creating face masks to helping a local hospital expand its capacity to care for coronavirus patients.

    Superintendent Ed Bouquillon and his wife, Diane “All of us are making sacrifices right now, but no one is sacrificing more than the medical providers and first responders across the nation,” said Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon, who has sewn dozens of masks at home with his wife, Diane. “We want to help in any way we can. I’m so proud of the students and staff who are using their skills to pitch in.”

    Three siblings from Arlington who all attend Minuteman – eleventh-grader Jacob Woolf (programming and web development major) and ninth-graders Leah and Mari Woolf (early education and design and visual communication majors, respectively) – are volunteering for MasksOn, an initiative launched in recent weeks to retrofit snorkel masks with medical-grade breathing equipment that can be used repeatedly by clinicians. MasksOn was formed by a coalition of doctors, academics, and executives from numerous organizations, including Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Mass. General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center.

    The Woolfs are volunteering with their mother, Deb Savage, who said MasksOn is working in several major cities with the goal of providing 50,000 masks to hospitals nationwide.

    “There is a critical shortage of personal protective equipment worldwide,” Savage said. “The situation is dire for clinicians performing the highest risk procedures, such as inserting breathing tubes. As a parent, I’m proud of my kids for understanding the importance of helping others in need.”

    Jacob Woolf
    Jacob Woolf, an eleventh-grade programming and web development student from Arlington, holds masks that are being donated to hospitals through MasksOn.

    Allison Sanzio, a senior in culinary arts from Stow, and her mom have been sewing face masks at home for nearly three weeks, combining efforts with a group of several others in town who are also sewing masks. The volunteers are donating the masks to local police and fire departments, hospitals, and nursing homes.

    Meanwhile, eleventh-grader Jackson Thomas of Lexington, a robotics student, is gaining first-hand experience as an intern at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as part of a Minuteman co-op work study program that began shortly before the coronavirus outbreak. Thomas’ intention was to assist biomedical technicians, and is now helping a team get equipment ready for a future COVID-19 hospital wing that is in the process of being set up.

    “I just want to help people in the moment. That’s all there is to it,” Thomas said. “I’m just trying to help people and gain experience.”

    Thomas’ mother, Laura Thomas, is a social worker at the same hospital. Her son wears a protective mask every day and doesn’t work near COVID-19 patients.

    “On the one hand, I’m really worried about him. On the other hand, I’m proud of him,” Laura Thomas said. “He’s willing to step in and help.”

    Jackson Thomas is working extra hours at the hospital during the ongoing school closure at the hospital’s request. All schools in Massachusetts are closed through at least May 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Laura and Jackson Thomas
    Laura Thomas and her son, Jackson Thomas of Lexington, an eleventh-grade robotics student.

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: April 1, 2020

  • Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouqillon issued the following email to Minuteman students and families on Wednesday, April 1, at approximately 5:00 PM:

    Dear Minuteman High School Community,

    I hope that each one of you are safe, healthy and well during this critical time, as our nation and our world have changed significantly over the past three weeks. Yesterday, the White House announced the number of coronavirus deaths are predicted to reach between 100,000 and 240,000 across the United States between now and June if everyone practices social distancing guidelines. These sobering numbers could be much higher if people relax their social distancing practices.

    We are all in this together, including everyone in the Minuteman High School community. We are all making sacrifices right now. It’s been truly remarkable to observe students, teachers, staff, and parents/guardians working remotely to preserve the educational experience as much as possible. We do our part by staying apart, and for that, I’m proud of you all.

    However, doing our part means making difficult decisions. It also means accepting that, despite our best efforts, everyone will temporarily experience challenges or setbacks in the educational process, or in participating in events we typically take for granted.

    With that, I am making several important announcements:

    • We sincerely regret to inform you that the junior/senior prom has been cancelled. This event was originally scheduled for May 1. Due to the changing nature of this public health emergency, we do not believe it’s in the best interests of students to attempt to reschedule the prom at this time. However, we plan to hold a celebratory event for seniors at some point in the future. If you have submitted a deposit for prom to John Donato, we will contact you and provide you a full refund.

    • We have not decided if the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be held due to the reasons stated above. It is currently scheduled for June 5. We will continue to assess how this national emergency is impacting our school and will inform you with a decision soon.

    • Should we return to school on May 4, which is what is currently planned unless circumstances change, the last scheduled day of school is Tuesday, June 23. If school reopens in May, seniors must attend school until June 23. Typically, seniors have been dismissed earlier, but we have decided to change this practice due to the unprecedented circumstances. There is a possibility that our ongoing school closure could extend beyond May 4 if the ongoing public emergency does not subside.

    • We strongly encourage all students to participate in remote enrichment learning. Our teachers and students are using digital platforms such as Aspen, Microsoft Office 365, Skype for Business, Khan Academy, EdPuzzle, GoFormative, and Microsoft Teams. Some of our teachers are beginning to post their lessons on YouTube as well, with more to come. Additional K-12 distance learning resources are available on the WGBH website.

    • Beginning on Monday, April 6, we will begin implementing a daily recommended schedule for students for remote enrichment learning. This is not a required class schedule, but rather a recommended guide to help students build healthy daily routines. The recommended schedule includes 1 hour to 90 minutes for academic or career technical education (CTE) work, designated office hours with teachers, an hour of physical activity, an hour of creative time, and an hour to work on academic-CTE integration projects. The schedule and additional details are now posted on our website.

    • REMINDER: Students must use their Minuteman.org email accounts – and cannot use their personal email accounts – to communicate with teachers and to receive instructions and feedback for remote enrichment learning.

    • Students will be assessed for the remote enrichment learning work, but these assessments are intended as feedback and will not count toward a student’s academic standing. We strongly encourage all students to participate in remote enrichment learning. Remote learning helps students retain skills that will be needed for college, career, or licensure exams. We believe it is important for students to receive feedback on their work in order to assess how well they are grasping the material, while also motivating them to learn.

      Please note:

      • We must respect that some students and their families may be suffering from economic hardships, limited access to technology, or health issues during this crisis.

      • Assessment of students’ remote learning work during the coronavirus crisis cannot count toward their overall grade or academic standing, per a recommendation from the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

      • At Minuteman, all students will receive either a “1,” “2,” or “3,” as feedback for their remote enrichment learning work. “1” represents excellent quality; “2” is high quality; and “3” is fair quality. If students do not complete assignments or submit work of poor quality, the point value will be left bank. Students will not receive any failing grades. This system was created with the feedback of Minuteman teachers.

      • Students are assigned two pieces or work per week, per class.

      • Remote enrichment learning is intended to be a review of previously learned skills and content, and not a way to introduce new material or skills, per DESE guidelines.

    • Grading for the third quarter has been extended until May 4, when school is scheduled to re-open. All assignments given prior to the closure can be made up or resubmitted for a new grade by May 4. Fourth-quarter grading will begin on May 4. We strongly encourage students to submit pre-closure third-quarter assignments for an improved grade.

    • Special Education: Minuteman’s special education staff continue to communicate with students designated as receiving special education services on a regular basis. We cannot provide the same level of individualized service as we could if school were in session. We are working to provide support so all students can access the enrichment activities. We are closely monitoring guidelines from state and federal education officials. If your student is struggling to understand an enrichment concept or activity, please email the Academic Support Teacher to seek additional support. Further information is available on our website.

    • Lastly, we would like to remind you that counseling resources are available for any student or adult experiencing difficulty. The National Association of School Psychologists has provided advice on how to speak with children and teenagers. Students may contact their Minuteman counselor for check-ins and can be contacted via email to set up a time to connect. For immediate counseling support 24 hours a day, please contact the Massachusetts Emergency Services Program at 1-877-382-1609 or the program’s MetroWest Resource Line at 1-800-640-5432. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

    I would like to again express my gratitude for everyone in the Minuteman High School community for doing their part by staying apart – and staying the course – during these challenging times. We will all get through this together!


    Sincerely,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent-Director
    Minuteman High School

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 25, 2020

  • All schools in Massachusetts are now closed until Monday, May 4

    Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon sent the following email to all students, families, and staff on Wednesday, March 25, at 5:30 PM:

    March 25, 2020

    Dear Minuteman High School Community:

    We are writing to provide you an important update about the coronavirus emergency. This afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker ordered all schools in Massachusetts to remain closed until Monday, May 4. This decision was made due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases across the state, and the need for people to continue to practice social distancing to contain the outbreak.

    Massachusetts remains under a “stay at home advisory,” which was put into effect Tuesday, requiring all businesses that do not provide essential services to close their physical workplaces and facilities to employees and the public.

    At Minuteman, we are continuing to provide online enrichment learning for students. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said it will provide additional guidelines pertaining to distance learning before the end of the week.

    I’d also like to share that I was proud of our school community this week when we donated more than 300 packages of personal protective equipment – including face masks, respirators, sanitizer, and other items – to the Lexington and Lincoln police and fire departments, along with Emerson Hospital in Concord. Many of our students are the next generation of nurses and EMTs, and helping one another as a community is part of who we are. (Read the Concord Journal article or our press release.)

    If you or someone you know is conducting a home project – such as sewing face masks – to protect our medical workers and first responders, please let us know so we can help spread the word and encourage others to join in this effort.

    I’d like to thank all of our students, parents, guardians, teachers, and staff for continuing to pull together as we weather these unprecedented times.

    Please continue to visit the following website links for updates:

    Be well,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent-Director
    Minuteman High School

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 23, 2020

  • Minuteman Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Lexington & Lincoln First Responders, Emerson Hospital in Concord

    Police pick up supplies

    On Monday, March 23, Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School donated more than 300 packages of various personal protective equipment to the Lexington and Lincoln police and fire departments, along with Emerson Hospital in Concord, to assist in the coronavirus response.

    Minuteman joins several other vocational-technical high schools across Massachusetts that have donated items such as face and respirator masks, hospital gowns, gloves, eyewear, and hand sanitizer amid a global shortage of such items during the public health crisis.

    Minuteman, like other vocational-technical schools, have personal protective equipment on hand for students in programs such as biotechnology, environmental science, health assisting, culinary arts, cosmetology, automotive technology, electrical, carpentry, and early education. Donations were also received from the nurse’s office, science classrooms, and administrative offices.

    In a Facebook post, the Lexington Police Department wrote, “Huge thank you to Minuteman Tech High School for the donation of much needed gloves and masks to us and Lincoln Police. More and more of these items are getting hard to come by.”

    The Lincoln Police Department wrote on Facebook: “Thank you so much to Minuteman… who donated personal protective equipment to Lincoln & Lexington police and firefighters. We’re certainly receiving this in a time of need as such equipment is on back order.”

    “The police, fire, and medical workers in our communities are putting their health at risk everyday to care for us during this unprecedented emergency,” said Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent-Director for Minuteman. “At Minuteman High School, many of our students are the next generation of nurses and EMTs. Helping one another through any sort of crisis is part of who we are.”

    Minuteman has also donated food to local organizations providing free food during the COVID-19 emergency.

    The distribution of personal protective equipment was organized by Michelle Roche, Minuteman’s career technical education director. By design, only a small number of staff participated in collecting the materials in order to practice social distancing: Brian Tildsley, assistant principal; Richard Ikonen, facilities director; Al St. George, electrical instructor; Cynthia DeMaio, cosmetology instructor; Terence Regan, environmental science instructor; and Dan O’Brien, communications director.

    Minuteman is closed through April 6 in accordance with Governor Baker’s statewide order. Students are engaging in online enrichment learning during this time. Updates for the school community are available at minuteman.org/coronavirus.

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 19, 2020

  • On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon issued the following email to families to clarify expectations for online learning during the ongoing school closure:

    March 19, 2020

    Dear Minuteman High School Community:

    I am writing to clarify our expectations for online learning during the duration of our school closure due to the coronavirus. I thank all of you understanding that, in some respects, we are figuring out this process as we go along due to the unprecedented nature of this global emergency. As you are aware, Minuteman High School is closed until April 6, but there is a possibility of a prolonged closure. We continue to follow directives from local, state, and federal authorities.

    First and foremost, we want to ensure that all our students are participating in online enrichment learning in order to prevent the regression of skills attained during the school year. Students are to complete two assignments per week per class. Online enrichment activities will not have a negative impact on a student’s overall grade.

    State and federal education officials have said that districts are not required to provide special education services during coronavirus-related school closures if districts are utilizing online learning for enrichment and practice purposes. Minuteman’s special education staff is regularly reaching out to students receiving special education services to provide support. We will continue to check in with special education students to help them stay on a positive trajectory while also reassuring them that these are unusual circumstances, and students will not be penalized for having difficulties.

    On Tuesday, we emailed a letter to parents/guardians of all students receiving special education services to outline our plan for the next few weeks. This letter has been posted to our website.

    Minuteman is very fortunate to have the resources that many other districts around the state lack. We are also fortunate to have a highly skilled team of educators who are willing, capable, and committed to using our resources to help all our students stay on track.

    We wholeheartedly acknowledge that online enrichment learning is no replacement for education received in the classroom. However, during these unprecedented times, we must continue to work together to do what’s in the best interests of our students and one another as we prepare for the world of the future.

    Please email me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent-Director
    Minuteman High School

     

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 17, 2020:

  • Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon sent all students, families, and staff the following email on Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

    March 17, 2020

    Dear Minuteman High School Community,

    As you know, Minuteman High School remains closed until at least Monday, April 6. In addition, today, I am writing to provide you additional updates since my last communication with you yesterday.

    For the latest information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, visit mass.gov/covid19.

    Please be advised:

    • As of Wednesday, March 18, the Minuteman High School building will be closed to all students, staff, and visitors except for a very small number of facilities personnel. We are reversing our earlier announcement that administrative staff would be in the building. Given new information from local, state, and federal authorities, we now believe it’s best to prohibit all students and staff from working in the Minuteman building until further notice. We are making this decision as a precautionary measure.

    • All faculty and staff are continuing to work from home. They can all be contacted by email.

    • Minuteman’s main telephone number (781-861-6500) is working. Administrative staff in the business office, superintendent’s office, and other offices can answer or make calls from our phone lines remotely.

    • As we shared with you on Friday, one Minuteman student is under self-quarantine after possible exposure to coronavirus, but as of last check, did not show any symptoms. If we are notified that any additional students or staff members are under self-quarantine and/or test positive for COVID-19, we will notify all students and staff.

    • Students are expected to continue to participate in online learning activities during the ongoing school closure. Students must continue to check their Minuteman.org email accounts for assignments and to remain in communication with their teachers. Teachers will be assigning a minimum of two online assignments each week per class. Any student or staff member seeking support for technical issues may call 781-243-3802. Students should continue to work on portfolios and senior class projects. Deadlines have not changed.

    • High school students participating in co-op/off-site work opportunities are to report to those job sites unless their employer states otherwise. Parents/guardians can opt not to send their student to a job site and should inform Co-Op Director Joseph Pitta by email.

    • If you or someone you know is in need of food, visit our website to find resources in your community. Our food services department is donating food typically used for school meals to local food access organizations.

    • Our custodians are continuing to engage in deep cleaning practices in our facility.

    • For tips on how to speak with children and teenagers about the outbreak, we have posted information from the National Association of School Psychologists on our website.

    To reiterate from our earlier communications:

    • Minuteman High School is closed until at least Monday, April 6, meaning students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 7. In the event that school can be opened sooner than April 6, or if the closure needs to be extended beyond April 6, we will notify our community via email, and our website, minuteman.org/coronavirus. We will follow the direction of local, state, and federal officials.

    • All activities at Minuteman are cancelled while the school building is closed. This includes our grade 9-12 high school, along with afternoon and evening programming for community members and adults through Minuteman Technical Institute and Minuteman Community Education. All student-run public services, including the salon, auto shop, plant shop, childcare center, and restaurant, are closed.

    Finally, please remember:

    • If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (COVID-19), which include cough, fever, or shortness of breath, you should stay at home and contact your primary care physician. Given the highly contagious nature or COVID-19, you should call you doctor before attempting to receive medical care in person.

    • If a physician determines that you have COVID-19, were exposed, or potentially exposed, he/she will contact your local board of health, who would be in contact with Minuteman. Minuteman encourages any student, staff member, or parent who is at risk to share this information with us.

    We strongly encourage all of our students, families, and staff to continue to practice social distancing to contain the spread of this highly contagious illness, which disproportionately affects elderly people and those with underlying health conditions. In many cases, young people may have coronavirus and show no symptoms, but could unknowingly spread the illness to someone with a compromised immune system through a lack of social distancing.

    We will get through this as a community locally, nationally, and globally. In addition to practicing common sense measures, check on the elderly and people with health issues remotely, and continue to practice kindness and patience with one another.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly.

    Sincerely,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent-Director
    Minuteman High School

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 16, 2020

  • Superintendent Edward A. Bouquillon emailed the following letter to Minuteman students, families, and staff on Monday, March 16, 2020, at about 4:30 PM:

    Dear Minuteman High School Community,

    As you likely know, yesterday Governor Charlie Baker announced that all schools in Massachusetts are closed until Monday, April 6 due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Minuteman High School is following the Governor’s order and will be closed for all activities through Monday, April 6, with students scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 7.

    In a press release, the Governor’s office said: “During this period it is critical that students and their families, as well as school staff, stay home as much as possible. If an individual needs to leave home, it is essential to strictly follow social distancing guidelines by avoiding crowds, canceling social gatherings, and maintaining a safe separation of at least 6 feet from others. Restricting access to school buildings will have little impact on public health if these best practices are not followed in good faith.”

    Visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s coronavirus webpage for information on safety precautions, directives, and more.

    The Minuteman administration continues to closely monitor this situation and will follow directions from local, state, and federal authorities. Below, we have compiled the latest updates we have at this time for our school community. Continue to check our website, minuteman.org/coronavirus, for new information over the coming days and weeks.

    As of Monday, March 16:

    • Governor Baker has ordered all schools in Massachusetts closed through April 6. In addition, on Sunday, the Governor banned all indoor gatherings of more than 25 people with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies. On Monday, President Trump said groups of more than 10 people should be avoided.

    • Keeping with the Governor’s order, Minuteman High School is closed through Monday, April 6, meaning students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 7. In the event that school can be opened sooner than April 6, or if the statewide closure is extended beyond April 6, we will notify our community via email, and on our website, minuteman.org/coronavirus. We will follow the direction of local, state, and federal officials.

    • All activities at Minuteman are cancelled while the school is closed. This includes our grade 9-12 high school, along with afternoon and evening programming for community members and adults through Minuteman Technical Institute and Minuteman Community Education. All student-run public services, including the salon, auto shop, childcare center, plant shop, and restaurant, are closed.

    • Students are expected to participate in online learning activities during the closure. Students must continue to check their Minuteman.org email accounts for assignments and to remain in communication with their teachers. Teachers will be assigning a minimum of two online assignments each week per class. Any student or staff member seeking support for technical issues may call 781-243-3802.

    • Students should continue to work on portfolios and senior projects. Deadlines have not changed.

    • WGBH, Boston’s PBS affiliate, is providing free K-12 learning tools in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These resources include online tools and television broadcasts.

    • High school students participating in co-op/off-site work opportunities are to report to those job sites unless their employer states otherwise. Parents/guardians can opt not to send their student to a job site and should inform Co-Op Director Joseph Pitta by email.

    • A small number of Minuteman administrators will be working in our building on weekdays until 3:00 PM during the duration of the closure. Please do not arrive at our building without first contacting a school administrator ahead of time.

    • If a student or staff member needs to access the Minuteman building to pick up personal belongings, please email the appropriate school administrator:

    • All our administrators and teachers are available via email. Many business meetings or discussions with parents are continuing via phone or e-conference.

    • Our food services department is donating food typically used for school meals to local food access organizations. If you or someone you know is in need of food, visit our website to find resources in your community.

    • Our custodians are continuing to engage in deep cleaning practices in our facility.

    • For tips on how to speak with children and teenagers about the outbreak, we have posted information from the National Association of School Psychologists on our website.

    There are many questions that we are unable to answer at this time due to the uncertainty of this situation. Questions about end-of-year events such as prom, field trips, and incoming ninth-grade orientation cannot be answered as of now. We promise to keep our students, families, and staff informed of decisions about these events as we are able.

    Finally, please remember:

    • If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (COVID-19), which include cough, fever, or shortness of breath, you should stay at home and contact your primary care physician. Given the highly contagious nature or COVID-19, you should call you doctor before attempting to receive medical care in person.

    • If a physician determines that you have COVID-19, were exposed, or potentially exposed, he/she will contact your local board of health, who would be in contact with Minuteman. Minuteman encourages any student, staff member, or parent who is at risk to share this information with us.

    It is important to remember that all of us are morally obligated to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. While much is still unknown about this disease, reports suggest COVID-19 is more contagious than the common cold or flu, and the fatality rate is greater for older people and those with underlying health issues. We must be mindful of our healthcare facilities and prevent the risk of overloading their capacity to treat people who are ill. We must all do our part to look out for one another and care for each other during this difficult period. We are all in this together.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly.

    Sincerely,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent
    Minuteman High School

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 15, 2020

  • ALL SCHOOLS STATEWIDE CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 6, 2020

    On Sunday, March 15, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that all public and private K-12 schools in the state will be closed until Monday, April 6, in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Minuteman students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 7.

    Minuteman is providing online learning to students during this school closure. Students should check their Minuteman.org email and Aspen accounts for further information from their teachers.

    Food resources are available for any student who needs access to free meals. Visit our website to find an organization in your town that will provide free food. Minuteman is donating much of its school meals to several of these agencies to assist our students and other people who need it.

    We will provide further updates to our school community by email and on minuteman.org/coronavirus.

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 13, 2020

  • Minuteman High School Now Closed Through Friday, March 20, 2020

    Afternoon and Evening Programs Also Cancelled

    The following email was issued to Minuteman students, families, and staff on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4:30 PM:

    Dear Minuteman High School Community:

    We are writing to provide you several important updates about what Minuteman is doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our school and communities. We continue to ask our students, staff, and families to visit minuteman.org/coronavirus for updates.

    Several important announcements are outlined below.

    • One Minuteman student from Arlington is under self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. We were notified of this information this afternoon, Friday, March 13. The student is not exhibiting symptoms and is under quarantine as a precaution.

    • Minuteman High School will be closed for students and faculty through Friday, March 20. Administrative staff are to report to work.

    • Minuteman Community Education and Minuteman Technical Institute afternoon and evening programming is cancelled through Friday, March 20. Students and parents will receive notifications from program directors with additional information.

    • Minuteman High School is providing online learning lessons to students on days school is closed.

    • Our teachers received training this week on how to use online learning tools in the event of a prolonged closure.
    • Students must check their Minuteman.org email accounts by Monday for messages from teachers about online learning activities.

    • Teachers will be assigning a minimum of two online assignments each week per class to keep students engaged and connected to the curriculum. Students are expected to participate in these learning activities.

    • Students, faculty, and staff are required to use their Minuteman.org email accounts when participating in online learning or any school communication.

    • Anyone in need of technical support may call 781-243-3802.

    • We have and will continue to provide resources for any student who lacks technology or internet access at home.

    • High school students participating in co-op/off-site work opportunities are to report to those job sites unless their employer states otherwise.

    • If you are a student who needs access to food during school closures, visit our website to find an organization in your town that will provide free food. Minuteman is donating much of its school meals to several of these agencies to assist our students and other people who need it.

    • We are continuing to engage in deep cleaning of our facility.

    • Everyone should continue to practice proper hygiene and social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus and any airborne virus, including the common cold and flu. This includes washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, staying away from people who are sick, and staying home if you are sick.

    • If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (COVID-19), which include cough, fever, or shortness of breath, you should stay at home and contact your primary care physician. Given the highly contagious nature or COVID-19, you should call you doctor before attempting to receive medical care in person.

    • If a physician determines that you have COVID-19, were exposed, or potentially exposed, he/she will contact your local board of health, who would be in contact with Minuteman. Minuteman encourages any student, staff member, or parent who is at risk to share this information with us.

    We will continue to update our students, families, and staff via email and minuteman.org/coronavirus with additional information as warranted. Any school closures would be reported by email, our website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and local TV stations.

    We thank you for helping us do our collective part to help stop or slow the spread of coronavirus in our school and our communities. We continue to monitor this highly evolving situation and remain in contact with local and state officials as we continuously evaluate and determine our courses of action at Minuteman. We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

    Sincerely,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent
    Minuteman High School

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 12, 2020

  • Update: Minuteman High School will be closed on Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, 2020.

    Staff are to report to work on Friday.

    Superintendent Ed Bouquillon e-mailed the following message to students, families, and staff at 4:45 PM on Thursday, March 12:

    Dear Minuteman High School Community:

    We are writing to provide an update on how the global coronavirus outbreak is affecting Minuteman High School. It is still the case that no students or staff at Minuteman have a case, or a suspected case, of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

    As stated in an email to families this afternoon, Minuteman High School will be closed for students on Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, 2020, out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It is imperative to do our part to prevent our community members from coming into contact with this illness and spreading it to others, particularly those with compromised health. We will also take this time to conduct additional deep cleaning of our facility.

    In addition, please note:

    • All faculty and staff are to report to work on Friday. Faculty will use this time to receive further training and practice of our online learning tools in the event of a potential long-term school closure.

    • Students who are participating in co-op/off-site work opportunities are to report to those job sites on Friday or Monday unless their employer states otherwise.

    • All weekend events at Minuteman High School are cancelled.

    • We continue to remind all students, faculty, and staff to use their school-issued Minuteman.org email accounts to receive further instructions.

    • In the event of a prolonged school closure, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is not requiring school districts to hold classes beyond its scheduled 185th day of the school year, or June 30, whichever comes first.

    • Please continue to follow proper hygiene to prevent spread of any airborne virus. This includes washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, staying away from people who are sick, and staying home if you are sick.

    • For more information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website, which includes fact sheets in multiple languages.

    The impact of the global coronavirus outbreak on our community is a highly evolving situation. Please check minuteman.org/coronavirus along with your email for regular updates from Minuteman. If we determine further school closures are warranted, notifications will be issued by email and posted on our website, Twitter, Facebook, and local TV stations. We thank our entire community of students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of this illness.

    Sincerely,

    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent
    Minuteman High School

     

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 11, 2020

  • The following letter was issued to Minuteman High School students, parents/guardians, and staff regarding precautions around the Coronavirus on Wednesday, March 11, 2020:

    Dear Minuteman High School Community,

    As the number of cases of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) around Massachusetts continues to increase, we would like to provide you an update on the precautions we are taking at Minuteman High School. We are following guidelines provided by local, state, and national officials, and will continue to closely monitor the updates they provide.

    At this time, no students or staff at Minuteman have, or are suspected to have, COVID-19.

    For regular updates, please visit minuteman.org/coronavirus where we have also listed information pertaining to each of the towns most served by Minuteman. 

    We are continuing to take precautions to prevent students and staff from potential exposure while in our custody and care, while also balancing the need to minimally disrupt students from daily activities. 

    Steps we are taking include:

    • Increasing signage inside our building to remind students, staff, and visitors to take basic precautions. These messages are posted in highly visible locations, including entrances, hallways, restrooms, and on TV screens, reminding everyone to:
      • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands)
      • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
    • Using disinfectant to cleanse our building daily. This has been ongoing for two weeks. All of our custodians are trained in disinfectant procedures.
    • Taking note of students exhibiting respiratory or flu-like symptoms and evaluating them in the nurses’ office.
    • Cancelling all out-of-state field trips, including a trip to Puerto Rico that was planned for late March. We have spoken directly with the affected students to inform them of this decision. We are continuing to review the status of local field trips but have not cancelled them at this time.

    In order to ensure our students are informed about our precautions, along with daily learning activities, we remind you that all students are required to conduct schoolwork using their Minuteman.org email accounts and cannot use their personal, non-Minuteman email accounts for school purposes. Cybersecurity is another important reason why this is required.

    We encourage any student or parent/guardian with concerns about internet access from home to contact Principal George Clement by email or calling the main office at 781-861-6500 x 7217 or x7219.

    While we have no information to suggest the need to close school at this time, please note that the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is not requiring districts to hold classes beyond its scheduled 185th day of the school year, or June 30, whichever comes first, in light of potential school closings due to COVID-19.

    For more information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website, which includes fact sheets in multiple languages.

    The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority, and we are making decisions in the best interests of our entire community. 

    Sincerely,

    Ed Bouquillion
    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent-Director
    Minuteman High School

Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 4, 2020

  • The following letter was issued to Minuteman High School students, parents/guardians, and staff regarding precautions around the Coronavirus on Wednesday, March 4, 2020:

    Dear Minuteman High School Families,

    We are writing to address any concerns you may have about the Coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19, and how it could impact our school community. In recent days, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) issued guidelines to all schools on how to prevent and contain a potential case of the Coronavirus at schools, while also stressing that that coming into contact with the virus is unlikely to occur.

    In addition, Governor Charlie Baker today held a press conference, in which he urged colleges, universities, and high schools to cancel upcoming international student trips. Minuteman is taking this information under advisement at this time before making decisions about whether such trips will take place for our students.

    Below are some highlights from the most recent DPH memo to schools:

    • At this time, Massachusetts has one confirmed [and one presumptive] case of COVID-19 and the risk to our residents remains low. At the same time, the risk for the influenza virus is very high. As of this writing, it is extremely unlikely that anyone who has traveled to mainland China, where COVID-19 was first reported, within the past 14 days would be at school.  

    • It is important to note that Massachusetts residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu than to be exposed to COVID-19. Many of the precautions that help prevent colds and the flu can help protect against other respiratory viruses.

    • DPH recommends that schools continue education about good hygiene. Students, staff, and volunteers should be reminded to:
       
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if unable to wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands)
      • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick

    • DPH also recommends that schools continue to follow their regular cleaning and disinfection program.

    Here at Minuteman, our school nurses and staff have been briefed about these latest DPH guidelines. Our nurses are taking note of any students exhibiting upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms merely as a precaution. Our custodial staff is also trained in disinfectant procedures to contain the spread of illnesses within the building. To that end, we have begun instituting disinfectant procedures solely as a precautionary measure. We are also proactively purchasing additional, highly effective disinfectants and as a should we need to disinfect areas within our building.

    For additional information, please visit the Mass. DPH website.


    Sincerely,

    Dr Bouquillion
    Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
    Superintendent-Director, Minuteman High School

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