Dear Mount Alvernia High School Community:

We hope your family is well and you are enjoying the summer. This is a summer like no other where teams are meeting to prepare for many possible scenarios for the fall.

We were thrilled to finally celebrate the Class of 2020 on Sunday, July 19th. It was reassuring for all of us to have students and families back on our campus.

Our goal has always been to return to 790 Centre Street. Our decisions are based on guidelines and recommendations from public health and state leaders. As of the date of this document, Massachusetts health indicators are trending favorably. We all share a cautious optimism that this continues but we are aware anything could change.

This document outlines our return to Mount Alvernia High School in a hybrid model. Our data is shared to support this decision. Much time and planning has gone into how we can meet the needs of our students both in classrooms and remote and maintain the health and safety of all. Changes and adaptations may be needed. Living our plan will allow us to better understand what challenges we may be presented with. The benefit of a small school is our ability to make those changes quickly as evidenced this spring.

Communication will continue throughout the summer calling to your attention any changes from what we have shared. A feedback survey accompanies this document and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

I want to thank all those who have assisted in this work including our Distance Learning Committee (Mary Bridget Chick, Andy Davis, Sandra Giordano, Meaghan Holloran, Jaime Street), our School Nurse (Deb Brancato), Facilities Manager (Tom Francis), Technology Director (Tanya Finegold), members of the Missionary Franscican Sisters and our Mount Alvernia High School Board.

I wish all our families continued health and look forward to seeing everyone in September.

All the best,

Nicole Pascarelli O’Brien ‘97

Interim Head of School

Please read the plan here.