Welcome Back!

While it may be an unconventional start to the school year, we're so excited to welcome back our students and caregivers! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Return To School

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


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.




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


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.




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


Please see the BPS FAQ page: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8428




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


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: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8329




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


Returning students, with few exceptions, have the same advisor they had last year with the same contact information. New students received their advisor assignments during orientation on September 14 and September 15. Advisors should have reached out to introduce themselves. If you don’t know your student’s advisor please email Ms. Gomez at mgomez@bostonartsacademy.org or log in to ASPEN.




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


Here is the remote schedule in grid form: http://bit.ly/remotegrid Here is an explanation of the schedule in English: http://bit.ly/remoteexp1 Here is an explanation of the schedule in Spanish: http://bit.ly/remoteexp2 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.




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


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.




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


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 by calling the BPS Parent Hotline, 617-635-8873, or heading to https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/6485




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


The summer reading assignment is here: http://bit.ly/summerreadingislit Students should complete it by Friday, October 2. [This is an extension from the previous deadline.]




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


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.




I have a technology question relating to chromebooks, internet, logging in, finding my schedule, finding zoom links.


Please see our Tech FAQ sheet here: http://bit.ly/baatechfaq





IEPs, 504s, & ELLs

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


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.




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


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.




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


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.





Resources

How does my student get a chromebook or internet access?


Please see our Tech FAQ sheet here: http://bit.ly/baatechfaq




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


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 (https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/freemeals), including our building. The city of Boston has this list (https://www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/food-resources-map) 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




How and when is my student getting a M7?


We have been told that students returning October 1 in the high support group will receive an M7 when they come in to school. We do not have any additional information.





Contacts

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


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





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