School Reopening Information

While much uncertainty still remains, we are ready to begin the academic year.  Our plan embraces the need for flexibility with an eye for continuity. The success of our plan depends upon the core strength of community support for one another and a desire to focus on the greater good. Everyone’s success and safety are interconnected.
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 9/11/2020 at 2:15 p.m.)

List of 20 frequently asked questions.

  • What decisions have been made by the school administration?

    It has been two weeks since the academic year began, and with it distance learning. As you know, that decision was made with great care, focusing on the well-being of your sons. You will remember that in last week’s update, we expressed the conditions necessary for us to consider bringing the students back on campus. Over the last 18 days, the positivity rate in Miami- Dade County has consistently been under 10%, trending down to 5%. We believe this decline makes it possible for us to begin our hybrid model for education. The return to campus with a hybrid model will begin slowly in order to get our students, parents, faculty, and staff accustomed to the new health and safety requirements. 

    At this time, we are asking our families to complete the School Commitment Form in the My Belen portal. There will be a banner on the top of the page alerting you have a form to review. Clicking that link will allow you to complete the survey.  It is here where parents who wish to select full distance learning for the remainder of the semester will have the option to do so. Please complete one survey for each son by Thursday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. 
    As stated in the Reopening Plan, students whose last names begin with the letters A - J are members of the Blue Cohort. Students whose last names begin with the letters K - Z are members of the Gold Cohort. 
    • Monday, September 14: The Sixth Grade Blue Cohort will come on campus following an A Day schedule. All other students will continue distance learning from home. 
    • Tuesday, September 15: The Sixth Grade Gold Cohort will come on campus following a B Day schedule. All other students will continue distance learning from home. 
    • Wednesday, September 16: All Day Schedule- students will be required to work on their assignments independently; there will be no Zoom classes. Teachers will be available during their office hours. Middle School parents are reminded their sons have Picture Day. Please refer to the email sent last week for details. Additionally, there is an optional orientation session for new 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to help them become familiar with our campus and classroom locations before their first full day. Information on this event will be emailed to these families tomorrow.
    • Thursday, September 17: Sixth through Twelfth Grade Blue Cohorts will come on campus following an A Day schedule. All students in the Gold Cohorts will continue distance learning from home.
    • Friday, September 18: Sixth through Twelfth Grade Gold Cohorts will come on campus following a B Day schedule. All students in the Blue Cohorts will continue distance learning from home.
    This first week of hybrid instruction will allow students to get a feel for the new safety protocols described in our Reopening Plan (wearing masks at all times, modified lunch periods, etc.). It will also give parents the opportunity to get accustomed to the new morning drop off locations, filling out the Ruvna health screenings for their sons in the morning, and using the PikMyKid App for afternoon dismissal (more information to follow regarding the Ruvna and PikMyKid apps). Faculty and staff will also use this opportunity to ensure all safety initiatives are followed without exception.
     
    The first full week of the hybrid model will begin on Monday, September 21, and will continue until further notice.
    • The Blue Cohorts will attend classes on campus Mondays and Tuesdays, while the Gold Cohorts will learn from home virtually. 
    • The Gold Cohorts will attend classes on campus Thursdays and Fridays, while the Blue Cohorts will learn from home virtually. 
    • Wednesdays students will continue to follow an All Day schedule from home until further notice. High School parents are reminded their sons have Picture Day on Wednesday, September 23. Please refer to the email sent last week for details. 
    Further information regarding new procedures implemented for this semester will be emailed by the end of the week. The campus is ready. The faculty and staff are ready. Now, there’s only one thing missing… our students. The Band of Brothers will be complete once we welcome them back on campus. 
  • How do I access the Ruvna Health Screening?

    In an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at our school, we are requiring every student, faculty, and staff member to complete a health self-screening from Ruvna Health. 
    1. All parents and high school students will receive a text and email alert daily by 6:45 a.m. Texts come from 36598.  Please make sure your wireless phone number is correct and up to date on your My Belen profile.

    2. All parents and high school students will receive a single-use link by text and email on their son's cohort day. There are no sign-ins, downloads, or apps whatsoever.  Just click the link to access the personal screening questionnaire.

    3. Please complete the questionnaire daily before departing for school on your assigned cohort days. Middle school parents will complete the form for their son(s); high school students will complete their own form. Completing the form should take less than 2 minutes.

    4. Based on the information in your screening, you will immediately receive further instructions.

    5. Once you complete the screening, middle school parents must send the pass either via SMS or link to their son. High school students will have the pass on their phone or iPad.

    6. Upon arrival at school, students will show their pass at their designated location. 
    If you would like additional information or to view FAQs on Ruvna Health, you may click here.
  • When will Belen transition from Full Virtual to Hybrid?

    The return to campus with a hybrid model will begin slowly in order to get our students, parents, faculty, and staff accustomed to the new health and safety requirements. 

    At this time, we are asking our families to complete the School Commitment Form in the My Belen portal. There will be a banner on the top of the page alerting you have a form to review. Clicking that link will allow you to complete the survey.  It is here where parents who wish to select full distance learning for the remainder of the semester will have the option to do so. Please complete one survey for each son by Thursday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. 

    As stated in the Reopening Plan, students whose last names begin with the letters A - J are members of the Blue Cohort. Students whose last names begin with the letters K - Z are members of the Gold Cohort. 
    • Monday, September 14: The Sixth Grade Blue Cohort will come on campus following an A Day schedule. All other students will continue distance learning from home. 
    • Tuesday, September 15: The Sixth Grade Gold Cohort will come on campus following a B Day schedule. All other students will continue distance learning from home. 
    • Wednesday, September 16: All Day Schedule- students will be required to work on their assignments independently; there will be no Zoom classes. Teachers will be available during their office hours. Middle School parents are reminded their sons have Picture Day. Please refer to the email sent last week for details. Additionally, there is an optional orientation session for new 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to help them become familiar with our campus and classroom locations before their first full day. Information on this event will be emailed to these families tomorrow.
    • Thursday, September 17: Sixth through Twelfth Grade Blue Cohorts will come on campus following an A Day schedule. All students in the Gold Cohorts will continue distance learning from home.
    • Friday, September 18: Sixth through Twelfth Grade Gold Cohorts will come on campus following a B Day schedule. All students in the Blue Cohorts will continue distance learning from home.
     
    This first week of hybrid instruction will allow students to get a feel for the new safety protocols described in our Reopening Plan (wearing masks at all times, modified lunch periods, etc.). It will also give parents the opportunity to get accustomed to the new morning drop off locations, filling out the Ruvna health screenings for their sons in the morning, and using the PikMyKid App for afternoon dismissal (more information to follow regarding the Ruvna and PikMyKid apps). Faculty and staff will also use this opportunity to ensure all safety initiatives are followed without exception.
     
    The first full week of the hybrid model will begin on Monday, September 21, and will continue until further notice.
    • The Blue Cohorts will attend classes on campus Mondays and Tuesdays, while the Gold Cohorts will learn from home virtually. 
    • The Gold Cohorts will attend classes on campus Thursdays and Fridays, while the Blue Cohorts will learn from home virtually. 
    • Wednesdays students will continue to follow an All Day schedule from home until further notice. High School parents are reminded their sons have Picture Day on Wednesday, September 23. Please refer to the email sent last week for details. 
    Further information regarding new procedures implemented for this semester will be emailed by the end of the week. The campus is ready. The faculty and staff are ready. Now, there’s only one thing missing… our students. The Band of Brothers will be complete once we welcome them back on campus. 
  • Will sports and clubs take place in the fall?

    The FHSAA is considering several options including moving the start of fall sports to November and consequently pushing back the start of winter and spring sports. A final decision has not been made but is expected soon. The Catholic Athletic League for middle school sports has also pushed back all sports seasons to January. In the meantime, we will continue with individual workouts with groups of 10 or less with our coaches for fall sports. Please contact the head coach of each program for further information. All athletes must have a completed physical form and all other required forms submitted prior to the first day of official practice. 
     
    Club meetings will be held virtually.
  • Will Belen Jesuit host activities and events for students in the fall?

    At this time, all events have been placed on hold until further notice.
  • What is Campus Ministry doing in the fall?

    In a setting of virtual learning, Campus Ministry will remain active in the spiritual formation and guidance of our young men.  The main programs overseen by Campus Ministry will continue in the following forms:
     
    • Liturgy - As we did during the second semester of last school year, we will offer daily mass through our YouTube channel.  School-wide masses will also continue with the students reporting to class through Zoom and the teacher sharing their screen of the live-streamed mass.
    • Retreats - Our Peer Ministry teachers will be working with their classes to design virtual retreat experiences for all grade levels.  These experiences will be shorter in duration than their in-person versions but will still include witness presentations, time for reflection/journaling, and small groups through the break-out feature on Zoom.
    • Spiritual Counseling - New students to Belen will be invited by their respective spiritual counselor for a brief one-on-one virtual session to introduce them to the concepts of spiritual direction, the role of the spiritual counselor, and Ignatian spirituality.  Spiritual Counselors will be available to any students who feel they need to avail themselves of their ministry or if students are referred by concerned faculty members, counselors, or disciplinarians.
    • Christian Service - We will be active in searching out and making available opportunities for our students to continue to give of themselves to those in need.  We understand that many opportunities for person-to-person ministry will not be available during this time of pandemic, so we will be exploring alternative avenues of service.  Please continue to check the Christian Service tab on the Belen website for these opportunities.
    • Special Events - We will continue to be vigilant for any special needs that may arise within our own Belen community and the community at large.  Campus Ministry will offer opportunities for prayer, reflection, and service in response to these needs.
  • Will visitors and volunteers be allowed on campus?

    At this time, visitors and volunteers on campus will be kept to an absolute minimum to help us ensure we can maintain social distancing protocols. Visitors who must come to campus will check-in at the guard booth, answer some basic health screening questions and their temperature will be taken.
  • Will Mass be streamed online during the week?

    • Beginning on August 24, daily Mass will be offered in the chapel at 7:15 a.m. for faculty and staff. Only faculty and staff who are cleared to be on campus may attend. Parents or other visitors that might have usually come to this Mass in the past are asked to refrain from attending while we are under COVID-19 restrictions.
    • Beginning on August 27, daily FLEX Mass will be streamed live in the chapel at 1:20 p.m. on our YouTube Channel. Faculty and staff on campus who are free during this time are welcome to attend. Because of the restrictions on visitors to campus during this time, this Mass will be open only to faculty and staff for the duration of the time that the school is on a virtual teaching plan.
    • Once the hybrid or full schedule plan starts, FLEX Mass will be open to single homerooms and continue to be streamed live.
    • Sunday Masses will not be streamed live.  We encourage you to safely attend Mass at your parish or to look for live-streamed Masses offered on Sunday.
  • How is the school managing the added expenses as a result of COVID-19?

    While the generosity of the Belen community and an anonymous donor have helped offset some of the expenses of our enhanced safety measures, the unexpected financial strain has been significant. Belen’s tuition does not cover the entire cost of educating each student. We rely on gifts to the Annual Fund to help close the gap between our tuition revenues and the higher cost of providing a top Jesuit education.

    The pandemic has triggered new financial burdens for our families. The generosity of parents who returned last semester’s lunch credit and those who donated to the COVID-19 Relief Fund has helped many families in our Belen community. We still have many obstacles ahead as a result of a decline in charitable giving, along with the cancellation of traditional fundraising events, summer camp, and other activities. While fundraising events raise most of the funds for financial assistance, we will remain dependent on the generosity of those in our community to sustain our level of giving.
  • Is Belen laying off faculty or staff?

    Belen Jesuit Preparatory School applied and was granted aid through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as stipulated in the Cares Act.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with fewer than 500 employees, Belen Jesuit met the qualifications as stipulated by the government. The PPP funds helped us retain all teachers, coaches, administrators, and staff.
     
  • Will tuition be reduced if we move to online learning?

    Regardless of the scenario, our students will continue to receive an exceptional educational and spiritual experience for the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, the tuition rate will be the same for all scenarios. That being said, a lunch credit will be issued for the time our students are off-campus.
  • What personal precautions should be taken for campus protection?

    The absolute priority of all Belen families must be to ensure the health and wellness of the school community. We ask the following of our families:
     
    • Face Coverings - Everyone on campus will be required to wear a mask. A shield or goggles may be worn in addition to the mask. All faculty, staff and students will be given two masks on the first day of classes. Students needing to supplement the school-issued masks, may do so with a school-approved mask (N-95, SN-94, cotton 3-ply or disposable - examples of approved masks will be available on our webpage). We ask parents to ensure students wear a clean face covering every day. Please note that any mask with a valve, for example, the N-95, must be covered by another mask.
    • Sick Policy - If your son is sick, he must remain home. Nothing is more important than this - no test, grade, or missed class should be a higher priority than the well-being of your son and others. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, is medicated to reduce a fever, or exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19, your son must remain home. The following are common symptoms of COVID-19: fever, chills, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle ache, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste or smell. If a close contact or someone who cohabitates with the student is also exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the student must remain at home.
    • Sick at School Policy - If your son develops symptoms of illness at school, he will be sent to the nurse’s office where he will be evaluated. He will remain in isolation until someone picks him up from school. Parents will be asked to provide contact information for at least 2 people who can pick him up within one hour.
    • Signed Waiver - Belen will require a signed form that acknowledges you are aware of the inherent risks of sending your son to school during a pandemic. While Belen will put forth its greatest effort to prevent a COVID-19 infection, the school cannot guarantee a full-risk mitigation for any student attending Belen on campus. The distance learning option is available for those uncomfortable with the risk.
    • Respecting Social Distancing Parameters - The school has put forth great effort to create safe social distancing parameters throughout the campus, especially in high traffic areas. We ask everyone to respect and follow the posted guidelines throughout the school campus (indoors and outdoors).
    • Campus Visitors - Campus visits will be kept to an absolute minimum. Visitors (including parents) will check-in at the security gatehouse, will have their temperature checked and will be required to wear a mask at all times.
    • Daily Health Reporting - Daily symptom reporting will be expected prior to each student, faculty and staff arriving on campus via Ruvna, a health screening application.
    • Travel Notification - We ask that all families give consideration to their personal activities and travel plans starting in early August (i.e., the 10 days prior to the start of the school year). It would be wise to minimize activities that involve groups of people and to avoid situations that may increase the risk of exposure, all in an effort to make sure your family and son are healthy and ready for the first day of classes. We specifically ask that families/students avoid unnecessary travel during the school year. If you do travel, you must report it to the Dean of Men’s Office. Please note that travel to and from areas with substantial community spread of the virus, as determined by state and health officials, may result in the need to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Miami and prior to your son’s return to school.
  • What additional measures are being taken at Belen Jesuit?

    While safety and wellness have always been an area of excellence on the Belen campus, these areas take an even higher priority during this time. The protocols and devices described below are being used to supplement the school’s already robust hygiene efforts.
     
    • UV Air Sanitation Systems - All air conditioners on campus have been outfitted with UV light filters, which reduce allergens, mold, bacteria and viruses in the air.
    • Hand Sanitizer Stations and Supplies - Mobile hand sanitizer stands will be placed in the Dining Hall, Main Office, Administration Building reception area and throughout campus. All classrooms will have their wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers refilled as necessary and have sanitation supplies on hand for regular cleaning of desks between blocks.
    • Enhanced Cleaning Protocol - Cordless electrostatic disinfectant sprayers will be used to disinfect classrooms, bathrooms and all common areas on a daily basis. Bathrooms will be cleaned at specific intervals throughout the day.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - The school will provide all students and adults on campus with two masks. Everyone is expected to enter campus wearing a mask and keep it on throughout the day. A shield or goggles may also be worn in addition to the mask. Masks will be available at the campus store.
    • Water Bottle-Filling Stations - In lieu of water fountains, students are asked to bring to school a reusable water bottle, labeled with their name, that can be refilled at contactless water refill stations found throughout the school. Water fountain mouth-pieces will be disabled. Social distancing will be required at water-filling stations.
    • Redesigned Traffic Patterns - Students and faculty will be expected to follow traffic flow to minimize face-to-face contact in areas prone to congestion.
    • COVID-19 Information - Infographics that reinforce proper hygiene practices to minimize the spread of the virus will be displayed throughout the campus.
  • 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 any time.
  • What happens if a student is exposed to COVID-19, has symptoms and/or is diagnosed with COVID-19?

    The primary line of defense in limiting exposure to and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is the daily at-home health screening.

    Please notify the Dean of Men’s Office immediately if your son or anyone in your household has been in close contact with or exposed to an individual with COVID-19. Based on the circumstance(s) of exposure (see below), your son may be asked to stay home from school for a designated period of time, during which he can attend class remotely.
    • What counts as close contact or exposure?
      • Your son or someone in your household was within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
      • Your son or someone in your household provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
      • Your son or someone in your household had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
      • Your son or someone in your household shared eating or drinking utensils.
      • Someone sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on your son or someone in your household.

    If any student or a household contact falls into one of these exposure categories, he must stay home and the Office of the Dean of Men must be immediately notified. Please inform your son’s health care provider, have him tested immediately*, and closely monitor his health. Your son’s pediatrician and/or the Office of the Dean of Men will recommend keeping him home from school for a certain number of days based on CDC recommendations.

    Post-Infection Return to Campus. Students may return to campus after quarantining at home depending on the nature of exposure, test results, and whether or not he had symptoms. Click on this link for a detailed explanation of when your child may return to school based on the most current CDC guidelines.
    • Post-infection testing is no longer required to return to school.
    • A return-to-school note must be provided when the student has been medically cleared by his pediatrician. Students will not be allowed to return to campus without medical clearance.
    * Only nasal swab testing is considered adequate. Blood tests for antibodies to COVID-19 will not be accepted. The Office of the Dean of Men and/or your son’s pediatrician can refer you to testing locations. 
     
  • Does the school have a COVID-19 Relief Fund?

    Yes, it was established on April 27th. The COVID-19 Relief Fund to help families in our Belen community who are facing a difficult time as a result of the pandemic. “We are all in this together” is a phrase that we hear often and what better way to put it into practice than by helping our neighbors. If you would like to make a contribution, click here.  Any unused funds will be rolled over into our financial assistance program for the next school year.

    If your family is in need, click here to download the application for COVID-19 support.
  • What do I do if my iPad is cracked or my screen is damaged?

    The health and wellness of our students and staff come first. However, we understand that you may need your iPad repaired during this time. We’ve put together a contactless procedure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing. REPAIRS MUST BE SCHEDULED AHEAD OF TIME at http://www.belenjesuit.org/contactlessrepair.

    THE DAY BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
    1. After your appointment is scheduled, a member of the Tech Team will contact you at the number provided to run a diagnostics test on your iPad. 
    2. Perform an iCloud back up the night before your contactless pickup. For more information about what is backed up visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4859

    ON THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT
    1. Place your broken iPad in the trunk of your car. THE CASE MUST BE REMOVED FROM YOUR IPAD. 
    2. When you arrive at Belen, please drive up to the entrance of the Administration Building (SW 6th Street entrance). Please be on time!
    3. Please do not get out of the car and keep the window closed.
    4. Pop open your trunk and we will pick up the damaged iPad and put the replacement iPad in your trunk. You will need to set up the new device once you are back at home. 
    Make sure you have MORE than one trusted phone number on your account. If you no longer have access to your trusted phone number or the number is incorrect, you will not be able to log into your Apple ID account to set up your new iPad. For information on how to add additional trusted phone numbers visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202656.
  • 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
  • How is COVID-19 impacting construction on campus?

    Construction on campus has remained active thanks to the “For the Greater Glory’ campaign. The  Roberto C. Goizueta Innovation Center will be completed by the end of August and the Our Lady of Belen Chapel is projected to be completed in 2021. Other campus enhancements have taken place throughout the summer including a new floor in the main building, redesigned classrooms, etc. If you would like to make a gift towards the annual fund campaign and contribute to the vision of the school, please contact Phil Fernandez ’94 at ffernandez@belenjesuit.org or call him at 305-804-7683.
  • Who should I contact with additional questions?

    • For High School academic concerns, please email Assistant Principal Ramon Nicosia
    • For student technical issues, please email the Tech Team
    • For questions related to admissions and enrollment, please email Director of Admissions Lucila Espinosa
    • For questions about student activities and clubs, please email Dean of Students Matthew Jordan
    • For questions regarding financial assistance, please  email Accounts Receivables Manager & Director of Financial Aid Ana Manrara
    • For all other general concerns, please email Assistant to the Principal's Office Susana Corzo
    • For college counseling questions or concerns, contact your college counselor directly.

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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.