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Reopening Bishop Hendricken



Reopening Bishop Hendricken

Bishop Hendricken & 2020-2021 School Year Reopening

Bishop Hendricken will be updating this page regularly with the latest news and information regarding its fall reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. All updates will be regularly communicated with our school community via this page, social media, and email.

Where Are We Now?

As of July 31, 2020

• Full, detailed reopening plan and slides are now available below.

• Three strategic committees continue work on updating school plans in accordance with state and public health guidance.

• Full, in-person reopening (with modifications) is current goal, hope, and intention for Bishop Hendricken.

• More initiatives and programs to address community questions are coming soon.

Reopening Plans & Documents

Strategic Reopening Committees

+ Campus Reopening Committee

Chaired by Mr. James Pierce, Dean of Student Life for Grades 10-12

Based on public health guidelines and state guidance, this committee will provide recommendations and protocols as it pertains to the reopening of Bishop Hendricken. This committee will address any issues or questions regarding building reopening and the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Topics of concern include social distancing regulations, mask/face covering protocol, personal protective equipment, cleaning/disinfection, and transportation, among others.

+ Academic Committee

Overseen by Mr. Vincent Mancuso, Dean of Academics
Chaired by
Ms. Sarah Murray, English & Mr. John Manning ‘06, Social Studies

This committee will continue to review all facets of the educational experience under the “new normal.” This committee is currently preparing for all possible academic models and scenarios, including: 1.) a full return to school; 2.) two hybrid models with combination of in-person and virtual learning on an alternating basis throughout the school week; 3.) and continued enhancements to the virtual learning program developed this year.

The Academic Committee is also exploring further opportunities for professional development for faculty and staff to better equip them for these new educational models.

+ Climate & Culture Committee

Chaired by Mr. Michael Monahan ’98, Dean of Student Life for Grades 8-9

This committee will look for creative ways to preserve the Bishop Hendricken experience and integrate all-important extracurricular facets into all possible models. This committee’s top priority is ensuring that students are afforded as much of campus life as possible given the circumstances, including arts, athletics, campus ministry/service, social events, and more. This committee will also continue to work with faculty and staff to go the extra mile in assuring positive student experience, specific attention to mental and emotional health, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is Hendricken's plan for the fall?

As of now, our current goal, hope, and intention is to utilize our Full Model of reopening for the beginning of the 2020-2021 Academic Year. With further guidance expected from the Governor, Rhode Island Department of Education, and the Rhode Island Department of Health, it is fully possible that changes to our models, or the shift to another model presented in our plan, could occur. Read our full plan, here.

+ Will my son be required to wear a mask all day?

Yes. Regardless of model, everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering while on campus all the time. This includes in classrooms, restrooms, at all entrances, parking lots, and more. Masks and face coverings can be a variety of fabrics and items, as noted in our plan. If an individual has a specific health condition that may prohibit them from wearing a mask, or require them to remove the mask periodically, they must present a doctor’s note specifying this to the school nurse.

+ How will Hendricken be social or physical distancing?

In all in-person models, we require physical distancing whenever and wherever possible. In classrooms, desks will be distanced as much as physically possible. Per Reopening RI guidance, masks or face coverings are required when physical distancing (6′) between individuals cannot be guaranteed. At Bishop Hendricken, masks/face coverings must be worn at all times by all individuals while on campus.

+ I'm just not comfortable sending my son to school yet. Do I have an option for full virtual learning?

We completely understand, and we’re here to support you. We’ve developed an Opt-In option for virtual learning for all in-person models (Full, Hybrid by Grade & Hybrid by Name). Students will attend classes synchronously live via Zoom following the traditional schedule of classes. Families interested in the Opt-In option should review the full details in our plan and must complete an application providing their rationale. This application will be available beginning Sunday, August 16th and is due by Thursday, August 27th. Administration must approve all Opt-In applications.

+ Will individuals be screened each morning?

Yes. All individuals coming on campus will be screened using the COVID-19 Screening Tool, found here. Students will be screened in their homerooms with contactless thermometers and the COVID-19 Screening Tool. Faculty and staff will be screened upon entry into the building with contactless thermometers and the COVID-19 Screening Tool. Visitors with appointments will be screened in the Main Office with the COVID-19 Screening Tool and their information will be kept on file for 30 days for the purposes of contact tracing, if necessary. All individuals are asked to screen themselves at home before coming to campus using the COVID-19 Screening Tool. If they answer “Yes” to any of the questions or symptoms, they should stay home. Read more about our screening policies in the full plan.

+ What return-to-school models has Hendricken developed?

Currently, we have developed 4 return-to-school models as part of our reopening plans: Full Model, Hybrid by Grade (alternating on-campus & at-home by 2 groups of grade levels), Hybrid by Name (alternating on-campus & at-home by 2 groups of last names across grade levels), and Virtual. Read about how each model works and its health and safety features in our full plan.

+ How are buses going to work?

Service greatly depends on town-versus-contracted buses. We are actively working with town bus companies and our contracted bus service to keep families updated on new policies being implemented in response to reopening school. All bus companies are following similar, though slightly different, health and safety protocols. Our recommendation is to be as proactive as possible. If you are able to make alternative transportation arrangements for your son, we recommend you consider them. Read the transportation update in our full plan.

+ How are extracurricular activities going to work?

As we learn more from state and public health officials, we will implement as many after school activities as possible under the restrictions, including adherence to physical distancing, seperation of stable groups, and utilization of proper spaces. We are awaiting further guidelines from the Rhode Island Interscholastic League on the start of the fall athletics season.

+ When does school start?

Orientations will take place by grade beginning on Friday, August 28th. The first day of classes for all grades on Tuesday, September 8th. View the key dates and schedule in the full plan.

Reopening Updates

+ Reopening Bishop Hendricken Plans Announced - July 31, 2020

Fr. Maricano ’75 and Mr. DeCiccio ’03 announce full, detailed Reopening Bishop Hendricken plans:

Dear Bishop Hendricken Family,

Today, in accordance with guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Catholic Schools Office, we are proud to unveil Reopening Bishop Hendricken: our plans for a return to school for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For months now, we have been preparing policies and protocol for several reopening scenarios. We have conducted extensive research on everything from health and safety guidance, cleaning, personal protective equipment, a myriad of educational models, public health recommendations, and more. Administration and our strategic reopening committees have been, and will continue to be, hard at work to ensure a safe return to school.

As it currently stands, our goal, hope, and intention is to utilize the Full Model of reopening for the beginning of 2020-2021 Academic Year set to begin at the end of August.

This being said, our full, detailed plans are now available on our website at www.hendricken.com/reopening. We highly encourage parents and students to review the full document, peruse the slides, and use this website as a resource.

While we’ve done our best to provide as much information as we can on as many topics as possible up to this point, we will continue to develop more and more robust protocol based on updated guidance from state, education, and public health officials. As we navigate these, we’re asking for your continued flexibility and support. We will communicate any and all updates on our decisions via edits to our plan documents, our website, social media, and email.

We thank you so much for your understanding, patience, and cooperation. As we take on this new challenge, we know that we do it together, and most importantly, for the benefit of our boys.

God Bless! Live, Jesus, in our hearts. Forever!

+ Parent & Student Surveys Available - July 22, 2020

The following is an update from Mr. DeCiccio ’03 on Reopening Bishop Hendricken’s parent and student surveys:

As our administration and strategic reopening committees continue working on our return to school in the fall, we want to supply details on all three reopening models that have been developed, as well as provide you an opportunity for feedback for our consideration. A brief survey on our models has been sent to parents via the emails we have on file, and to students via their Hendricken email addresses. We ask that you and your son please complete your respective surveys by Friday, July 24th.

If you do not receive the survey, please be sure to check your “Junk” or “Spam” folder before contacting the school.

Thank you for your continued input, flexibility, and support. More updates coming soon.

+ INSPIRE Program Launch Postponed - July 8, 2020

The following is a message from Fr. Marciano ’75 and Mr. DeCiccio on the launch of the INSPIRE Program:

As we continue to understand more about what reopening will look like across the state, and plan specifically for the various forms that may take at Bishop Hendricken, we have decided to postpone the launch of our INSPIRE Program which was originally scheduled for September 2020.

While this is certainly a difficult decision, it is one that we feel is prudent for the educational experience of our students. Given the circumstances into which our academic program has been thrust over the past months with more anticipated as a result of reopening in the fall, our goal is to ensure that students are properly acclimated to their school experience under the “new normal” before taking on a new educational challenge. We want to maximize the positive experience of the INSPIRE Program for students and faculty, and we feel as though this postponement is in the best interest of both.

At this point, our hope is to be in a position to launch INSPIRE in January 2021 for the second semester of the academic year. As our Academic Committee continues to plan for what our school reopening will look like, they are diligently considering INSPIRE’s role in their plans.

We will provide more updates on plans for our INSPIRE launch as they become available alongside our communications regarding reopening. One update is our Academic and Campus Reopening Committees have been hard at work planning for the reopening in the fall. Currently we have 2 full in person plans, a partial in person plan, and a full distance learning plan. It is our goal to come back full in person and provide the best student experience possible.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

+ Reopening Committees Announced - June 11, 2020

The following is an update from Fr. Marciano ’75 and Mr. DeCiccio on the reopening of Bishop Hendricken for the 2020-2021 school year, including the announcement of strategic reopening committees:

Yesterday, Governor Raimondo and Education Commissioner Infante-Greene addressed school reopening in the fall, including the announcement of a statewide calendar for Rhode Island public schools. Official, detailed guidance is expected to be released in the coming week, and we will provide updates to our plans based on these announcements.

At Bishop Hendricken, we have been in the process of planning for the 2020-2021 academic year for over a month now, developing plans for whatever form it may take. We want to provide our community with some updates on this process.

First and foremost, we want to assure families that we are fully budgeted and resourced for education under the “new normal” and are working to ensure student success regardless of the educational model in which we find ourselves come September.

We have established three strategic committees who have begun working on key areas of reopening, as outlined below.

Campus Reopening Committee
Our Campus Reopening Committee is chaired by Mr. James Pierce, Dean of Student Life for Grades 10-12. Based on public health guidelines and state guidance, this committee will provide recommendations and protocols as it pertains to the reopening of Bishop Hendricken. This committee will address any issues or questions regarding building reopening and the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Topics of concern include social distancing regulations, mask/face covering protocol, personal protective equipment, cleaning/disinfection, and transportation, among others.

Academic Committee
Our Academic Committee is overseen by Mr. Vincent Mancuso, Dean of Academics, and is chaired by Ms. Sarah Murray, English, and Mr. John Manning ‘06, Social Studies. This committee will continue to review all facets of the educational experience under the “new normal.”

This committee is currently preparing for all possible academic models and scenarios, including: 1.) a full return to school; 2.) a hybrid model with combination of in-person and virtual learning on a rotating basis throughout the school week; 3.) a staggered schedule with the alteration of the traditional Bishop Hendricken class schedule for students; 4.) and continued enhancements to the virtual learning program developed this year.

The Academic Committee is also exploring further opportunities for professional development for faculty and staff to better equip them for these new educational models.

Climate & Culture Committee
Our Climate & Culture Committee is led by Mr. Michael Monahan ’98, Dean of Student Life for Grades 8-9. This committee will look for creative ways to preserve the Bishop Hendricken experience and integrate all-important extracurricular facets into all possible models. This committee’s top priority is ensuring that students are afforded as much of campus life as possible given the circumstances, including arts, athletics, campus ministry/service, social events, and more. This committee will also continue to work with faculty and staff to go the extra mile in assuring positive student experience, specific attention to mental and emotional health, and more.

Given the nature of this pandemic and planned reopening, all of these scenarios are fluid and ever evolving. While we will not have specifics on decisions until later this summer, our promise to Bishop Hendricken families is to keep your sons safe; prepare fully and be ready for any form this school reopening may take; communicate openly, transparently, and frequently to keep you updated; and provide your sons with an educational experience that is unique to Bishop Hendricken.

We know this is uncertain, and in many ways, scary. Put simply, we all have more questions than answers at this point. But, as we work to make more sense of this “new normal,” know that our faculty, staff, and administration do so with the best interest of our students at heart and top-of-mind. Being entrusted with the education and high school experience of your son is a matter with which we take tremendous pride and responsibility. After all, we love your sons just as much as you do.

We thank you for your continued support. We will be providing updates as they become available over the summer. Live, Jesus, in our hearts. Forever!