Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our top priority at Belen Jesuit is always the health and safety of all our students. As such, we continue to monitor information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will share updates on this page as they become available. 

Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 4/2/2020 at 7:30 a.m.)

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • What decisions have been made by the school administration?

    Out of an abundance of caution and in light of developing concerns with COVID-19, we have decided to transition to a distance learning model effective Monday, March 16.  In cooperation with efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with the Department of Education the campus will remain closed through April 15. Easter break remains as planned April 8-19. An email will be sent to the school community on April 16 to announce when we will reopen the campus or if we are to continue with virtual learning. 
     
    Students will be expected to complete their assigned coursework just as they would while attending classes on campus. If a student cannot attend a virtual class due to sickness, their parent/guardian must email attendance@belenjesuit.org. The Belen Virtual Learning Protocol can be accessed here Additionally, click here to read guidelines for online learning. 
  • Has anyone in the school community tested positive for COVID-19?

    We were informed on March 21st that the parent of one of our Juniors has tested positive for COVID-19. The parent returned to Miami from Spain on March 12th and immediately self-isolated as a precaution. Because of this, we believe the risk to our community is low.  We are pleased to share that the parent, who is self-quarantining, is feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery. No one else in the family is showing symptoms.

    On March 26 the administration was informed that a member of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member likely contracted the virus on the weekend of March 14. Unaware that contact was made with someone who had been infected, the person did come to work on March 16 but had limited contact with people on that day. The person was tested on March 18 and is quarantined and getting better.

    We are sending our best wishes and prayers to those affected and for a speedy recovery. 

    We encourage anyone who is showing symptoms to seek medical attention. Please be assured that the school has been cleaned thoroughly and in accordance with best practice protocols advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to update our webpage accordingly. 

    If a student/parent/employee tests positive for the coronavirus please email Mr. Roca directly at jroca@belenjesuit.org. We urge you to follow the advice of the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) and practice social-distancing as well as adhering to self-monitoring and hygiene recommendations.
  • Is Belen Jesuit offering Mass online?

    The Archdiocese of Miami has prudently canceled public Masses until we get the Coronavirus COVID-19 under better control. Archbishop Wenski has asked parishes that are able to do so, to stream the Mass live. Belen wants to do its part as well.

    Sunday Mass will be streamed live from the Belen Jesuit Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at 11 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m on weekdays. You can find our live stream at the Belen Jesuit YouTube channel or on our Instagram page. The Masses will be archived to those pages as well, and the link from YouTube will be shared on our Facebook page.

    The Church has always recognized that there are circumstances that may keep the faithful from attending Mass. Sickness, inability to travel, etc. are examples of reasons that make it difficult to go to Mass. For this reason, we have spiritual communion, and while we cannot receive the body and blood of Jesus sacramentally, we can receive him spiritually in our hearts.

    These are challenging times. For this reason, it is most important to keep praying and there is no more powerful prayer than the Eucharist.
  • Can I send prayer intentions to the Jesuits?

    Yes, please email your prayer intentions to prayers@belenjesuit.org. The Miami Jesuits will pray for all intentions received and will be offering them in Mass and in their community prayers. 
  • Have any events been canceled or postponed?

    With the move to distance learning, all school events (including practices, games, club meetings, etc.) will be canceled or postponed. Activities will not resume until Belen Jesuit reopens.

    The following events are postponed:
    • Ignite the Night concert featuring The Call scheduled for March 13
    • Speech and Debate SFCFL Grand Finals scheduled for March 14
    • STEAM Family Night scheduled for March 19
    • MAGIS Helping Hands scheduled for March 21
    • Alumni Tour to Boston, MA scheduled for March 28
    • Honor Society Induction  scheduled for March 30
    • ACT Aspire Testing scheduled for April 1
    • Downtown Miami Alumni Luncheon scheduled for April 2
    • Alumni Night scheduled for April 4
    • The Founding of a Nation trip scheduled to leave on April 4
    • Senior Gratitude scheduled for April 7 and 8
    • Overseas Study Program to Israel and Jordan scheduled for June 10-21
    Once the new dates have been selected they will be communicated to the school community.

    The following events are canceled:
    • Living Stations of the Cross scheduled for April 3
    • The Jesuit Lacrosse Classic scheduled for April 3 and 4 has been canceled.
    • Junior Encounter scheduled for April 22-24
    • The Belen Youth Missions scheduled for June 26-July 5
  • What happens if I need to take an AP Exam?

    The AP CollegeBoard has made several decisions that will impact this current school year only, 2019-20. 

    In summary, they are:
    • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home
    • The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
    • The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.
    • Students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.
    Please be reassured that our AP teachers are making sure that our students are prepared for the exams.  The administration will be meeting with all of our AP teachers next week to discuss the new guidelines from the CollegeBoard and support our teachers in delivering instruction. If you would like to read the full statement from the AP Program, click here
  • What is the school doing regarding school-sponsored travel?

    In an abundance of caution, the school administration has decided to cancel the following trips:
    • Senior trip to Machu Picchu
    • Band trip to Festival Disney in Walt Disney World
    • Thespians trip to the State Convention in Tampa
    • Speech & Debate FFL Novice States Competition
    Those affected by this decision have been notified. We continue to monitor the situation and will make updates as needed.
     
  • Are the school counselors available for sessions?

    Yes, they will be offering phone counseling sessions for Belen students as needed.

    If you would like to schedule a phone counseling session please do the following:
    1. Email your grade-level counselor 
    2. Include in the email a date and time that you are available to speak during school hours
    3. Include in the email the best phone number to reach you
    Your counselor will call you at the scheduled time. Please note that the phone number may appear as an “unidentified caller.”  Students may schedule phone counseling sessions during non-instructional class time only.  You may also communicate with your counselor through email at anytime.
  • What do I do if my iPad is cracked or my screen is damaged?

    The Belen Jesuit campus is currently closed until further notice. Therefore, we are unable to assist you with your iPad repair to protect the safety of our Tech Team and you and your families. Apple has also closed all retail stores until further notice to protect the safety of its customers and employees.

    If your iPad is cracked or the screen is damaged, please use it to the best of your ability during this time. Additionally, you can join your Zoom classes though a computer at https://zoom.us/join or smartphone by downloading the ZOOM Cloud Meetings app available in the App Store or Google Play store.
  • What do I do if my Apple Pencil is not working?

    If your Apple Pencil is not working please try the following steps to troubleshoot:
     
    1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
    2. On the same screen, look under My Devices for your Apple Pencil. If you see it, tap (i). Then tap Forget this Device.
    3. Restart your iPad, then try to pair again. Connect your Apple Pencil into your iPad and tap the Pair button if it appears after a few seconds.
    4. If you don't see the Pair button, wait for one minute while your Apple Pencil charges. Then try connecting your Apple Pencil again and wait until you see the Pair button.

    If you still don’t see the Pair button, there is likely an issue with your Apple Pencil needing to be repaired.

    The Belen Jesuit campus is currently closed until further notice. Therefore, we are unable to assist you with your Apple Pencil repair to protect the safety of our Tech Team and your families. If financially feasible, you can order a replacement pencil from Apple, a Logitech Crayon or a stylus. Please see the following links. 

    Apple Pencil 
    Logitech Crayon
    Evach Active Stylus Digital Pen with Ultra Fine Tip
  • My son has PE, what now?

    Please note that although PE does not have required work to do, the coaches have placed links and exercise routines for our students to follow in order to stay active at home. If your son was doing rehab with one of our athletic trainers, they should email them directly for at home instructions. Additionally, PE is not a Zoom class. Attendance will not be taken for PE. 
  • Will the service hour requirements be changed?

    We are aware that many service events countywide have been canceled or postponed. Although our students have been working to meet their service requirements since the Fall, we are reviewing our service hours policy and will notify you if any changes will be made. 
  • What can parents do to help?

    It is our sincere hope that you consider the wellbeing of the community at large and help us enforce the effectiveness of our plan by practicing social distancing while this situation continues. 

    As always, to prevent widespread communicable illnesses in the school, we recommend that your son stay home from school if he is experiencing flu or cold symptoms. Colds and most viral illnesses are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A student who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without the need for over the counter medicines, as this only masks symptoms. A student who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Remember that keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
     
  • Will Easter break be affected?

    No, Easter break remains as scheduled April 8-19.
  • What additional measures are being taken at Belen Jesuit?

    During our time away from the campus, the offices, classrooms, and common spaces will be cleaned and sanitized to the extent possible, and in accordance with best practice protocols advised by the Center for Disease Control.

    As always, the school provides access to clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.  
     
    The custodial staff of Belen Jesuit routinely cleans and disinfects all frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs, banisters, countertops, faucet handles, and phones. In light of the Coronavirus, our staff has increased its cleaning and disinfecting efforts in an attempt to stay ahead of the virus. 
  • How do the decisions made by the Archdiocese of Miami affect Belen Jesuit?

    Although Belen Jesuit is not an Archdiocese of Miami school, we are members of the Catholic Athletic League (CAL). Presently, all CAL athletic events (primarily track and field meets) in the middle school have been cancelled by the Archdiocese of Miami Department of Schools until further notice. Up-to-date sports schedules will be available on our MyBelen school calendar. 
     
  • What happens if a student or employee comes to school sick?

    Faculty, staff, volunteers, and students are to stay home if/when they are sick. They have been reminded to not come to school until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. 

    The faculty will report students who are sick to the nurse immediately. A decision will be made with the Dean of Men as to whether the student should be sent home. Additionally, f
    aculty and staff are asked to report any illness at home to the administration or Director of Human Resources
  • Who should I email for tech support?

    Parents and or students can email support@belenjesuit.org for technical assistance.

Distance Learning in Action

    • COVID-19 Announcement 3/13/20

"To My Boys" Column

Starting March 16, Father Willie will frequently be sending out messages to our students titled “To My Boys” as a form of virtual “handshake” so they realize that they are missed and loved and continue to be the center of why we are here at Belen Jesuit.

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BELEN JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email: webmaster@belenjesuit.org
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.