School Year 2020- 2021 FAQs

Last Updated September 4, 2020

 

Q: Is the school year starting remote or hybrid? When do students come back full time?

A: The official school year is starting remote for everyone on Monday, September 21 at 9am, but we are requiring all students to come to a remote advisory zoom meeting on Thursday, September 17, from 9-10am.  Advisors will be reaching out to students and families on September 14 and September 15 to make sure students have the zoom login information.

The current Boston Public Schools plan is that on October 1, a small group of students will be invited to come back to school in person. These are students, identified by Boston Public Schools, who are in need of high support. When the list is finalized by the Boston Public Schools, we will be reaching out to families on that list. We do not yet know if we will be able to add more students in addition to the students Boston Public Schools identified. 

The current Boston Public Schools plan is then for all other high school students to come back in a hybrid model (part of the week in school, part of the week learning remotely) on November 16 and 19. Please note that all plans are subject to change based on safety guidelines.

 

Q: What date and time should my child log in via Zoom to start school remotely? 

A: The official school year is starting remote for everyone on Monday, September 21 at 9am, but we are requiring all students to come to an advisory meeting zoom on Thursday, September 17, from 9-10am. Advisors will be reaching out to students and families on September 14 and September 15 to make sure students have the login information.

 

Q: I didn’t receive the survey about whether I want my student to do hybrid or remote. Can you send it to me again?

A: Unfortunately, we don’t have the survey. The survey should have been sent to your email by Boston Public Schools. If you didn’t receive it, they are asking families to call 617-635-8873.

 

Q: Do you have any updates on the hybrid plan? What will it look like at BAA?

A: The current Boston Public Schools plan is that all high school students will return to school 2 days a week beginning November 16 and 19. We are awaiting additional information and assessments from Boston Public Schools that will guide our decisions about our schedule for hybrid. The most recent information we have from the Boston Public Schools on other planning is here: Boston Public Schools Reopening Plan Draft 2

 

Q: When is the first day of school? What time? Where do students go?

A: The official school year is starting remote for everyone on Monday, September 21 at 9am, but we are requiring all students to come to an advisory zoom meeting on Thursday, September 17, from 9-10am.  Advisors will be reaching out to students and families on September 14 and September 15 to make sure students have the login information.

 

Q: Who is my student’s advisor and how do I reach them?

A: Returning students, with few exceptions, have the same advisor they had last year with the same contact information. New students will get their advisor assignments during orientation on September 14 and September 15. Advisors will be reaching out to students and families on September 14 and September 15.

 

Q: Are there special dates before school starts (orientation, etc.)?

A: All 9th graders and new students will participate in a virtual orientation September 14th and 15th. If you did not receive information about that orientation, please email Admissions Director Christina Rodriguez at crodriguez@bostonartsacademy.org. On September 17, there will be an advisory zoom session for all students at 9am. Advisors will give students their virtual schedule, make sure students understand the schedule, and make sure students have zoom links. We hope to be doing small meetups for new students and distributing resources on September 16, but we have not yet received approval from Boston Public Schools. More information to come.

 

Q: How can I get information from the New Student Welcome Session if I missed it?

A: If your student missed the New Student Welcome Session, we will catch them up during the New Student Orientation on September 14 and September 15. If you did not receive information about that orientation, please email Admissions Director Christina Rodriguez at crodriguez@bostonartsacademy.org.

 

Q: What is the remote learning schedule? When do I get my student’s individual schedule with their classes and teachers?

A: Here is the remote schedule in grid form. Here is an explanation of the schedule in English. Here is an explanation of the schedule in Spanish. Students will be receiving their individual schedules from their advisor at the advisory session on September 17 at 9am. Schedules will also be loaded into ASPEN. 

 

Q: What if my student has an IEP, 504? How will they be supported in remote learning?

A: Teachers will receive and review IEPs and 504s before school starts so they can incorporate appropriate accommodations and modifications into their lessons. Students who need a learning center with a Special Educator and/or additional support classes will have specific blocks in their remote learning schedule. Each student with an IEP will have a specific Special Educator who will oversee their IEP. For more questions, please contact Joy Bautista at jbautista@bostonartsacademy.org.

 

Q: My student is new to BAA and has an IEP. Will BAA have my student’s IEP?

A: If your student is coming from another Boston Public Schools school, we will have your student’s’ IEP. If your student is coming from a school outside of Boston Public Schools, there may be a delay in receiving that information; please contact Joy Bautista at jbautista@bostonartsacademy.org to make sure we have your student’s IEP. 

 

Q: What if my student is an English Language Learner? How will they be supported in remote learning?

A: Teachers will receive students’ ELL assessments before school starts so they can incorporate appropriate supports in their lessons. Students who need small group or individual ESL instruction will have specific blocks in their remote learning schedule. If you have more questions, please contact Joy Bautista at jbautista@bostonartsacademy.org

 

Q: What materials and school supplies will students need? Arts materials, instruments, attire?

A: For remote learning, the most important supplies are a Chromebook or other computer and internet access. Arts teachers will go over a list of supplies that would be helpful on the first days of school. We know that many students do not have the materials that they need at home, and we are working on a plan to gather and distribute materials. 

 

Q: How does my student get a Chromebook or internet access?

A: Boston Public Schools is providing Chromebooks to BPS Students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home. New to BPS students: BPS is sending you an email about how to receive a Chromebook. Returning to BPS students: Please email tech@bostonartsacademy.org if you need a Boston Public Schools Chromebook; please include the student’s first and last name, and tell us as much information as you can (e.g. I have a Boston Public Schools Chromebook and it’s broken or I never got a BPS Chromebook.)  Explore currently available low-cost and free internet options here. If you do not qualify for any of the low-cost and free internet options, please email tech@bostonartsacademy.org. We have been told by BPS that more options are coming for free internet access.

 

Q: How does my student get a Boston Public Schools email?

A: Please email tech@bostonartsacademy.org and we will contact you about setup.

 

Q: How do parents/caregivers get access to the Aspen Parent Account? 

A:  Please email tech@bostonartsacademy.org and we will contact you about setup.

 

Q: How do parents/caregivers get help accessing technology? 

A: Families have the opportunity to sign up for Boston Public Schools technology informational workshops about Clever, Google Classroom, and Zoom. Here is a Training flyer for Clever, Zoom, Google Classroom. Here are the sites for classes. 

 

Q: How do I get access to free breakfast and lunch citywide?

A: The Boston Public Schools will continue to serve free breakfast and lunch to all Boston children. The Boston Public Schools has several meal distribution sites, including our building. The city of Boston has this list of additional resources. We want to support families in any way they need. Please email Principal Anne Clark if you need additional help: aclark@bostonartscademy.org

 

Q: How and when is my student getting a M7?

A: We have not yet received that information from the Boston Public Schools. 

 

Q: My address has changed since last year. To whom do I send my new address information?

A: Unfortunately, BAA staff cannot update your address; that has to be done through the Boston Public Schools. Please see this information about next steps from the Boston Public Schools: link or by calling the BPS Parent Hotline: 617-635-8873.

 

Q: Where is the summer reading assignment and when is it due? 

A: The summer reading assignment is here. Students should complete it by September 21. 

 

Q: How do I pay the $30 student activity fee? How do I pay my senior dues?

A: Each year, we ask those students and families who are able to contribute $30 that goes toward arts costs that are deposited in a Boston Public Schools student activities account. In addition, we ask senior students and families to pay senior dues that help pay the cost of graduation, etc. and those dues deposited in a Boston Public Schools student activities account. We do not yet have information from Boston Public Schools about how those monies will be collected this year.

 

Q: How do I contact the school if I have additional questions?

A: Our school secretary, Ms. Gomez is answering the main number at 617-635-6470 or email her at mgomez@bostonartsacademy.org Teachers and staff are all now back from summer break, and you can email them. We will be providing an updated list of contacts during the week of September 14. 

For artistic concerns, contact Arts Dean, Tyrone Sutton tsutton@bostonartsacademy.org

For academic concerns, including special education and support for English language learners, contact Academic Dean, Joy Bautista: jbaustista@bostonartsacademy.org

For safety and school culture concerns, contact Dean of Students, Edgar Vasquez: evasquez@bostonartsacademy.org

For health concerns, contact Nurse Jocelyne Aboujaoude: jaboujaoude@bostonartsacademy.org

For admissions information, contact Admissions Director, Christina Rodriguez: admissions@bostonartsacademy.org

For any concerns, contact Head of School, Anne Clark: aclark@bostonartsacademy.org