July 15 - HNHS to begin the 2020 school year online
Holy Names High School is following guidance from the California Department of Public Health in regards to reopening campus for in-person learning. For more information, please visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf
The current upsurge of COVID 19 in our communities has led to concerns for the safety of our staff and students; therefore, we are now creating a distant learning plan for the start of the school year. In the initial plan for an on campus start we prepared the campus based on the guidelines from the CDC; however, the acknowledgement of keeping our high schoolers 6 feet apart with masks during unstructured time was always a concern. Now, with the current research, it is clear we would be putting both our students and staff at risk if we begin the school year on campus.
The campus is and will continue to be open during school hours. It's clean and ready for staff members and parents/students to strategically access the building in ways that support our programs and student learning. The front office will be open, and I will be available for on campus or virtual meetings to support questions and concerns as they arise. Any and all meetings that occur on campus will follow the CDC guidelines.
Even though we will not be on campus for instruction, we are Holy Names and we are approaching our opening of the school year with love and care. I end this communication with this Prayer of the Day: I pray for everyone’s safety and health. I pray that during this time, we focus on God. I pray that everyone who is worried about this pandemic finds rest in Him. Amen.
Take care and be safe!!!!
Jamie Adams, Ed.D.
May 4 - School Update
Good Morning Holy Names Families and Students,
With only two more weeks of instruction, and then two weeks finishing up project assessments or assignments, many of us are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. That said, I know we have a lot to think about before we finish the year. So much of what is ahead is in the planning. The teachers and I will be working on ending this school year with positive outcomes for students. We want to authentically recognize their hard work and achievement; therefore, we will be making important decisions about grading, graduation, and meaningful ways to end the school year. Below are the things in progress and some assurances.
Graduation Team -
Ms. Ankobia, Ms. Soldavini, Ms. Lima, and Mr. Nelson are reaching out to students and families and gaining wonderful input about graduation. The innovative ideas are greatly appreciated and are being explored for implementation. The team will be connecting throughout the week and determining next steps. The assurance is we want a celebration that is uniquely Holy Names and that resonates with our students and their families.
Process to end the year-
The week of May 26th will be utilized for students returning school materials and cleaning out lockers. Next Monday, I will set forth the plan so we can do this effectively with physical distancing retained.
Our incoming class is excited to join our learning community! Admissions held a New Monarch Hangout and it was a huge success! Our student ambassadors answered questions that our Class of 2024 submitted. Coach T made a cameo appearance and answered questions about our Athletic Department. We will be ordering Class of 2024 t-shirts this week that we will mail to our new students!
Reminder…. AP Tests
This year due to COVID -19, the tests are all administered online. Students will be taking their tests at home. Ms. Brownell has been giving updated information about these tests to staff and students all along. If you have more questions please contact the teacher of record or Ms. Brownell firstname.lastname@example.org .
As you can tell, we have some important decisions and action steps on the horizon. I can give an overarching assurance, we will be thoughtful and sensitive to individual interests. However, our challenge as educators is to take the steps that support all students.
In closing, students will look back on this unusual year as one of their most memorable years. Living this history will give our young adults an education far beyond the classrooms. The perspective they will gain through this time will add a wisdom far beyond their years. You cannot buy wisdom, it’s gained by experiences.
Dr. jamie Adams
April 2020: Launching the HNHS Response Fund
March 26, 2020: HNHS Closure Extended
March 23, 2020: A Letter from Physicians in Brookline to the School Community
“As there is so much confusion, misinformation and denial on social media about the coronavirus we hope to explain, in plain language, why the experts see this as such an emergency. Many people are reading the claim online that this virus is a lot like the viruses that cause colds, and that if you get it, it will probably just seem like a bad cold and you are very unlikely to die. Depending on who you are, this may be true, but there is more to this story that is key to our outcome as a community.
This is a coronavirus that is new to the human population. Although it is related to the viruses that cause colds, and acts a lot like them in many ways, nobody has ever been exposed to this before, which means nobody has any immunity to it.
The virus is now moving explosively through the human population, spreading through respiratory secretions and 10 times more contagious than the flu or cold. Although many people will recover, about 20% will wind up with a serious pneumonia that will require hospitalization. Some will be so ill from the pneumonia that they will die. We estimate this may be 2-3%, but it is higher in Italy’s experience, partially because the healthcare system was overwhelmed so rapidly. In those over age 70, the death rate is 8-20%. So if a child catches it on a playdate, they can easily transmit it to their grandmother as easily as touching the same doorknob or countertop.
Scientists measure the spread of an epidemic by a number called R0, or “R naught.” That number is calculated this way: for every person who develops the illness, how many other people do they give it to before they are cured (or dead) and no longer infectious? The R0 for coronavirus appears to be a number close to 3 – an extremely frightening number for such a deadly disease.
Suppose you catch the virus. You will give it to 3 other people, and they will each give it to three others, and so forth. Here is how the math works, where you, the “index case,” are the first line:
So, in just 15 steps of transmission, the virus has gone from just one index case to 14.3 million other people. Those 15 steps might take only a few weeks. With school out and lots of playdates, maybe less. The first person may be a young and healthy Brookline child, but many of those 14 million people will be old and sick, and they will likely die because they got a virus that started in one person’s throat.
R0 is not fixed – it can be lowered by control measures. If we can get the number below 1, the epidemic will die out. This is the point of the quarantines and social distancing, but we are not doing it fast enough.
In the US, we have to slow down the virus. American hospitals, Boston hospitals, have limited resources. We have a fixed number of ventilators and an impending calamity on our hands. Our Italian critical care colleagues have shared with us that they simply do not have enough resources (ventilators, physicians and nurse, critical care beds), and are forced to choose who lives and dies based on old tenets of wartime triage. Older patients do not even get a ventilator and die of their pneumonia. These are decisions nobody should have to face, and we are only 11 days behind Italy’s fate. Their hospitals are quite advanced, and we are no better in Boston. As doctors, we are desperately trying to prepare for the onslaught of patients in the coming weeks. It is already beginning. This is an opportunity for you as the district leadership the time to be aggressive and help us fight this by “Flattening the Curve”.
We implore you, as a group of Boston’s doctors preparing to fight this, to help us. Please send a new email to ALL the Brookline school district families. Social distancing is painful. We know that kids have cabin fever, they are pleading to see their friends, they may have birthday parties coming up or special events they have been looking forward to. All of us need to work and childcare is a big worry. But we need to overcome these issues and boredom for the coming weeks so that we can survive this with as few deaths as possible. What does that mean?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks.”
Erika Rangel, MD, Director of Surgical Critical Care, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Shawn Rangel, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston
Asaf Bitton, MD, Executive Director Ariadne Labs and Internal Medicine, BWH
Daniel O’connor, MD, Pediatrics, Longwood Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Boston
Beth O’connor, MD, Pediatrics, Roslindale Pediatrics
Vandana Madhavan, MD, Clinical Director of Pediatric Infectious Disease, MGH
Parag Amin, MD, Pediatrics, Centre Pediatrics
Christy Cummings, MD, Neonatology, Children’s Hospital Boston
Eric Bluman, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, BWH
Trimble Augur, MD, Internal Medicine, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Dasha Weir, MD, Pediatric gastroenterology
Amy Evenson Warren, Transplant Surgery, BIDMC
William Oldham, MD, PhD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, BWH
James Kryzanski, MD, Neurosurgery, Tufts Medical Center
Ben Zendejas-Mummert, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston
Johanna Iturrino Moreda, MD, Gastroenterology, BIDMC
David Berg, MD, Cardiology and Cardiac Critical Care, BWH
Jennifer Crombie, MD, Hematology Oncology, BWH
Jenifer Lightdale, MD, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, U Mass Memorial Hospital
Wayne Tworetzky, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital Boston
Elaine Yu, MD, Endocrinology
Jonathan Li, Infectious Disease
Nancy Cho, MD, Surgical Oncology, BWH
Eric Sheu, MD, Minimally Invasive Surgery, BWH
Reza Askari, MD, Director, Surgical Critical Care, BWH
Cindy Lien, MD, Internal Medicine and Palliative Care, BIDMC
Hannah Parker, MD, OB/GYN
Alysa E. Doyle, PhD, Center for Genomic Medicine, MGH
Christopher Smith, MD, Internal Medicine, Charles River Medical Associates, Wellesley, MA
Maya Greer, NP, Children’s Hospital Boston
Rusty Jennings, MD, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston
Emily Oken, MD, Professor of Population Medicine, BWH
Chinwe Ukomadu, MD, Head of Clinical Hepatology, Novartis
Jennifer Kaufman, MD, Internal Medicine, BWH
Ann Poduri, MD, MPH, Pediatric Neurology
Susan Yehle Ritter, MD, Rheumatology
Diego Martinucci, MD Psychiatry, Atrius Health
Shih-Ning Liaw, MD, Pediatric Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital
Wolfram Goessling, MD, Gastroenterology and Oncology, MGH
Paola Daza, Pediatrics, MGH
Juan Matute, Neonatology, MGH
John Ross, MD, Internal Medicine, BWH
Megan Sandel, MD, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Kathy Calvillo, MD, Surgery, BWH
Christine Greco, MD, Anesthesia, Children’s Hospital Boston
Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine, BWH and Harvard T.H. Chand School of Public Health
Chandru Krishnan, MD, Ophthalmology, Tufts Medical Center
Amy Ship, MD, Internal Medicine, Associate Director of Medical Education, Atrius Health
Yen-Lin Evelyn Chen, MD, Radiation Oncology, MGH
Daihung Do, MD, Dermatology, BIDMC
Chloe Zera, MD, MPH, Maternal Fetal Medicine, BIDMC
Alejandra Barrero-Castillero, MD, MPH, Neonatology, Children’s Hospital Boston
Jesse Esch, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital Boston
Alison Packard, MD, OB/GYN, MGH
Vik Khurana, MD PhD, Chief Division of Movement Disorders, BWH
Tu-Mai Tran, MD, MSc, Family Medicine, BMC
Yu Liu, MD PhD, Internal Medicine, Bristol Myers Squibb
Yih-Chieh Chen, MD
Lily Li, MD, Allergy and Immunology, BWH
March 18: HNHS Campus Closed through April 17
March 17 - Shelter in Place
Alameda County education community resources related to COVID-19
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) is compiling information and resources to support the education community in Alameda County as we respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
We want to share the information with you as our partners in education. Please visit our COVID-19
resource folder, and feel free to use any information you find there in your messaging and planning.
The folder includes public health resources, updates and recommendations from ACPHD, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other reliable sources. We are also sharing information from educational agencies, including the California Department of Education (CDE). It also includes templates for potential scenarios we all face as this virus spreads in our county, and advice from across the education field we can use as a starting point in our decision-making and messaging.
A few items we’d like to highlight:
ACOE is posting public-facing resources at https://www.acoe.org/publichealth. We have found valuable, reliable, and current resources for the public from the following sources:
March 11 - Homecoming Canceled
The Homecoming events scheduled for March 20th and 22nd have been canceled. The health and safety of our school community are of utmost importance to Holy Names High School. While there are no known cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on campus, the Homecoming celebration honors many of our seasoned alumnae who are most at risk of contracting the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and several Bay Area counties have recommended “social distancing” and canceling group events to protect seniors and people with underlying medical conditions. In an abundance of caution, we considered all of this and made the decision to cancel Homecoming 2020.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a fluid situation with information being released hourly. For that reason, we have made the decision not to reschedule, and instead, we will celebrate all of the honor year classes next year at Homecoming 2021. Your ticket will be held for next year and we will have all of the same festivities for the celebration classes of 1940 through 2015, including our 50th anniversary class, 1970.
We know this may be disappointing to some, and we share in the disappointment that we cannot celebrate our honor classes this year. However, we put health and safety first, and we will have a particularly special Homecoming to celebrate next year.
We hold our global community in prayer, and most especially those affected by the virus, healthcare workers on the front lines caring for the ill, and the researchers and scientists working towards a vaccine. Holy Names graduates are “women of faith” and we will pray and care for one another.
If you have questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 510-450-1110 x138. In light of this extraordinary situation, if you prefer a refund instead of having your ticket held for next year or offering it as a donation to the school, we will honor your request.
Executive Development Director
March 10 - Update to Parents & Students
Dear Holy Names Families,
We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to stay well informed on Coronavirus updates in our community and the surrounding communities. At this point in time we have no reported cases of the virus in our school community. We thoroughly check out any information brought to our attention by staff, students, and families who are concerned about the spread of the virus.
The campus continues to be cleaned thoroughly each day and staff and students are practicing the health guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
With our current status, there are no plans to close school. Monday, March 16th was already scheduled as a spring holiday and it will be nice to enjoy a three-day weekend.
If there's a school closure in the future, the staff will be given information about an online component to explore and complement Schoology, the already accessible system we use for communicating about curriculum and instruction.
I continue to be grateful for the efforts of our learning community to keep everyone healthy and safe.
All the best,
March 6 - Immersion Day Postponed
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Due to the Coronavirus guidelines and expectations for keeping communities safe a decision has been made to cancel Wednesday’ s March 11th Immersion Day. There are so many unanswered questions about the virus, we thought it would be prudent to keep students on campus instead of traveling out into the community at large.
This decision came with much thought and consideration. HNHS Service Learning program has education at its core. Service is an active, ongoing process of learning and engagement. Immersion days aim to provide our students with opportunities to interact with the wider community. This is an essential element of the HNHS mission and SNJM charism. Service contributes to the full development of the human person and is a hallmark of a Holy Names education. Although Wednesday’s service learning excursions have been postponed, Service and Justice remain as one of our core pillars.
I am grateful to share at this point in time there have been no reported Coronavirus cases within our learning community. We will continue to be vigilant with our campus health and safety protocols.
Since we will not be leaving campus Wednesday, students will attend their Monday classes on Wednesday. Monday will still be a Wednesday schedule as shown in the daily planner.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibly.
All the best,
March 2 - Update to Parents & Students
We are keeping a watchful eye on where and how the Coronavirus is spreading throughout the State. As of now, only one case has been reported in Alameda County. The fact there is one, makes it even more important for all of us to be vigilant about following recommended protocols for keeping our community safe and healthy. I want to share highlights of those recommendations for not only our school community, but also for friends, family, and yourself. The below list of actions steps is known to prevent the spread of flu, and all viruses of that nature:
Wash your hands often with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow if tissue is not available.
Holy Names High School will continue to support a clean campus and provide hand sanitizers on campus at strategic locations.
For more information, Alameda County Public Health Department website can offer continued insights and updates about the virus.