Cristo Rey Boston High School

2021-2022 School Year Updates

New Mask Protocols as of February 28, 2022
 
To date, CRB has achieved a vaccine rate of 95% and has had no in-school transmission of COVID 19.
 
Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) would end the statewide school mask mandate on Feb. 28. However, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said last Thursday that the city's public schools would continue to enforce a school mask mandate beyond the end of the month. Catholic schools in Boston will lift their mask mandate and stop requiring face coverings once the statewide mandate lifts. In a meeting yesterday, the Boston Public Health Commission recommended that private and charter schools use their own discretion with the vaccine rate being the primary guiding principle.
 
As a Catholic school in Boston, we live in both worlds, and after careful consideration with our health office, have come up with the following Mask Protocol.
  • Beginning Monday, February 28, fully vaccinated, students and staff who are not in Covid protocols will no longer be required to wear masks in the classrooms at CRB. One may still choose to wear a mask.  
  • Students and Staff will still have to bring a mask to school. Masks are required in the bathrooms. Masks are also required in the health office, school buses, and vans per federal requirements. Students deployed at CWS partners will follow the guidance of the worksite. 
  • Unvaccinated students must continue to wear a mask at all times in the school AND continue the Weekly Covid Testing through CWS. 
  • Students and staff who tested positive and returned to school after the five-day quarantine must be masked for another five days upon their return to school. 
  • We have not received guidance on desk spacing, however, we ask that windows be open during class time to promote air flow.
  • If our COVID positive numbers spike, we may revisit this as well start posting the Covid Protocols list again.
 
Please also note the following are still in effect: 
DESE Protocols regarding testing Positive for COVID 19:  
Diagnostic Testing: 
  • Symptomatic Testing: (for when individuals present symptoms while at school; individuals should not go to school if experiencing symptoms while at home): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school using the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test or another approved diagnostic test. We need to have a completed consent form. 
At-home Rapid Antigen Testing: 
  • At-Home Rapid Testing (to be distributed to participating staff and students, regardless of vaccination status): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at home. To receive the "opt in" testing, you must first fill out the opt in authorization form and have completely filled out the parent student handbook acknowledgment. Here is the link for participation in the "Opt In" antigen testing: Opt in Sign Up. Once you have a record of you filling out the "Opt in" form, your child can pick up the test kit. 

A Message from Tom Ryan, Principal _ August 2021

 
I hope that are all are having a great summer. As we are about to start our summer programming, I want to take the time to go through more details about next year:
 
Full In-Person Learning
 
As you have been made aware, we will be opening for a full in-person school year. There is not a remote option.
 
 
Health, Safety and Vaccination
 
We strongly urge all our students to be fully vaccinated before the start of orientations on August 24, 2021. This will ensure that we can keep our community as safe as possible. The final decision regarding the start of school next year, along with all of our decisions we have made during the pandemic, will be made with the health and safety of our entire community in mind. 
 
A more detailed health and safety letter will be coming out later this summer.
 
Dress Code
 
During the 2020-21 school year, due to pandemic-related challenges, we allowed for greater flexibility in enforcing the dress code. For the 2021-22 school year we will be closely monitoring and adhering to the student dress code. By the student’s orientation date and Grade 9 Foundations, all students should be in dress code.
 
Cristo Rey Boston’s dress code consists of required components and several optional add-ons:
  • Polo Shirt: Scholars need to wear a polo shirt imprinted with the Cristo Rey Boston logo. Polo shirts are available in navy and grey and in either short or long sleeves. Scholars may wear a short-sleeved white undershirt under the polo shirt; long/short-sleeve undershirts in colors other than white are not permitted.
  • Pants/Skort: Scholars need to wear a pair of khaki or dark grey dress pants with a professional, brown and/or black belt or the official khaki skort. Khaki or grey jeans are not permitted.
  • Footwear: Scholars need to wear solid color black or brown dress shoes with solid black socks. Sneakers, boots, Vans, (or Van-like shoes), Ugg boots/slippers or sandals are not permitted. Flip flops, open-toed or high-heeled shoes are not permitted. Socks with logos, patterns or designs are not permitted.
  • Sweaters and Fleece Jackets (Optional): Scholars may choose to wear a sweater or a zip-up fleece imprinted with the Cristo Rey Boston logo. Scholars are not allowed to wear other sweaters, hoodies jackets or clothes over their uniform during the academic day, at both school and the workplace.
 
Orientations and Foundations
 
Foundations will be held from August 9 through August 20 for all incoming Freshmen and transfer students from 9:00 am-12:00 noon. A small snack will be provided.
 
Orientation will run from 9:00am-12:00 noon.
Aug 24: Grade 12 Orientation
Aug 25: Grade 11 Orientation
Aug 26: Grade 10 Orientation
Aug 27: Grade 9 Orientation
The first day of classes is Monday, August 30.
School Day
 
The school day will be 8:20am-3:29pm for grades 10,11,12
The school day for Grade 9 will be 8:20am-4:15pm Monday-Thursday and 8:20am-3:29pm on Friday.
Grades 10-12 will have 6 core courses, a lunch block, and a college counseling block that is tailored to the needs of the grade level. 
 
We are looking forward to having our entire community together once again. In order to accomplish this, we are asking everyone - students, faculty, and staff - to remain vigilant, comply with all safety guidelines, and receive the vaccine as soon as you are able. 
In the meantime, we hope the end of this academic year is a fulfilling and healthy one. We are grateful for your continued patience, understanding, and flexibility as we navigate through these unprecedented times.
Sincerely,
Mr. Ryan
This summer, we will run two remote programs for students: credit recovery (for students who failed 1 or more classes) and SAT Prep (for students who passed all classes).
Below are the full details of each program:

SAT Prep
Dates: Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 30
Times: None—All assignments are asynchronous and can be submitted throughout the week.
Format: 4 asynchronous English lessons, 4 asynchronous Math lessons per week (30-45 min each) Asynchronous means it can be done on your own time during the week.

Student Incentives:
• Complete one full week of lessons (4 English, 4 Math): $10 gift card
• Complete two full weeks of lessons (8 English, 8 Math): $25 gift card
• Complete three full weeks of lessons (12 English, 12 Math): $50 gift card

Credit Recovery
Dates: Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 30
Times: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Format: 4 remote, synchronous lessons per week in Humanities and/or Math

Student Incentives:
• Below 80% attendance & work completion: Credit not recovered
• 80% attendance & work completion: Credit recovered, no grade change.
• 85% attendance & work completion: Credit recovered, grade remediated to a D
• 90% attendance & work completion: Credit recovered, grade remediated to D+
• 100% attendance & work completion: Credit recovered, grade remediated to C-

If your student needs to attend Credit Recovery, we will contact you the week of June 21st. Please note, credit recovery is for students who failed one or two courses for the year. A student who fails three or more will be automatically withdrawn.

The Summer Eats program is an innovative effort to lessen the summer food gap by increasing the availability of non-traditional meal sites. The goal of the program is to expand access to free and healthy meals for kids and teens in Boston. 

Organizations interested in becoming a meal site should complete our online form. If you have questions or want to learn more about the program, visit the website at Boston Summer Eats Program, call 617-635-3717, or email food@boston.gov.