Our 2021-2022 Return to School Plan
With the release of the school reopening guidelines issued on July 30th, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) outlined the requirements and strong suggestions for the safe reopening of schools this fall.
Most notably, all health and safety requirements issued by DESE from the previous school year have been lifted, and all schools are required to be in-person full-time. It is the State's rationale that enhanced COVID-19 testing opportunities, a universal mask mandate, and the availability of vaccinations should negate the need for distance learning this year. Accordingly, full remote learning programs will not count toward structured learning time hours unless specifically authorized by DESE.
Our staff and administration have worked diligently to design a return to school model for 2021-2022 that exemplifies our commitment to education and incorporates several strategies to contain COVID-19 outbreaks at the school and preserve in-person learning. We have also designed options to implement a tiered level system of distance learning ranging from a redefined Tier 1 through Tier 6 should they be mandated or authorized by DESE at some point in the future. Similar to our system last year, the redefined tiered levels will act as an alert system that allows our school to move from Tier to Tier at a moment's notice. It will empower our families to plan for the predictability of a schedule regardless of the tier status. In addition, the plan is designed to maintain the rigor and high expectations of our students should distancing become necessary to contain outbreaks of COVID-19 at school.
We have implemented several measures to avoid distance learning scenarios moving forward and mitigate the loss of teaching and learning from the previous year. Some of these strategies include:
• Vaccination clinics held at the school for the added access and convenience of our
staff and students.
• Participation in the Test & Stay program to minimize loss of time due to quarantining
and may consider elective pooled testing services if deemed advantageous.
• Enhanced Extended Leave Protocol to accommodate quarantined students.
• Full and part-time positions added to the staffing of the nurse’s office to facilitate the
enhanced strategies and protocols necessary to manage COVID-19.
• One-to-one computing program where all students will be issued a laptop for school
and home use.
• Online curriculum and the purchase of learning resources such as electronic textbooks,
online classroom space, software licenses, and communication tools such as Zoom
• Summer Math Acceleration Academy (2021 and 2022) and plans to run more academies
of this kind in the future. Advanced Placement course offerings have also been expanded.
• Social/Emotional Learning enhanced with additional Character Strong curriculum and
forthcoming school climate surveys.
• Cleaning protocols consistent with CDC Guidelines for Work & School.
Our Tier Levels
If the need to implement a tiered level system arises, the operational tier level 1-6 would be determined based on the current information from the State of Massachusetts and our administration, which continuously monitors the health and safety of our students and staff within our daily operations.Tiers In-Person Learning Distance Learning (DL) Level NotesTier 1 No Students at BVT All students in DL
Tier 2 One Grade at BVT Three Grades in DL One Grade in Shop
Tier 3 Two Grades at BVT Two Grades in DL Two Grades in Shop/
Two Grades in Academic
Tier 4 Three Grades at BVT One Grade in DL Two Grades in Shop/
Two Grades of 50% Cohorts
Two Grades of 50% Cohorts
in Distance Learning
Tier 5 Four Grades at BVT No students in DL Modified operations
in classrooms, shops,
Tier 6 All students at BVT No students in DL Rolling Back Restrictions
• Our Distance Learning Plan includes "live" instruction in all educational areas for the school
year. All assigned academic and shop work will be graded and assessed based on standard
grading expectations associated with being in the classroom and vocational shop.
• The distance learning schedule will follow the A/B weeks on our traditional one-week
• Students will participate in a full day of classes and shop learning each day of the week.
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