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 11/20/2020 at 3:30 p.m.)

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • What decisions have been made by the school administration?

    The administration met with our team of healthcare providers to review our plan. After careful consideration and minor adjustments to our current hybrid procedures, we are ready to move forward.

    • There are two options: Full On-Campus Return or Full Distance (virtual learning).
    • Our Full On-Campus Return will begin staggered as follows:
      • November 2 - The 6th and 12th grades return to campus
      • November 5 -  The 7th and 11th grades return to campus
      • November 9 -  The 8th and 9th grades return to campus
      • November 12 -The 10th grade returns to campus
    Parents must make their decision by Friday, October 23 at noon. 
  • How's Belen handling the Thanksgiving Break?

    While we are still very committed to keeping our students on campus, there are certain measures we would like to implement as we approach the holidays to help keep everyone as safe as possible.
    • Classes on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 will be completely virtual. Teachers will teach from campus.
    • A Thanksgiving travel plans survey will be available on November 20th in the afternoon in the My Belen portal. There will be a banner on the top of the page with an alert that you have a form to review. Clicking the link will allow you to complete the survey. You will need to complete one survey for each son by Monday, November 23 at 5 p.m.
    • Classes on Tuesday, December 1, and Wednesday, December 2 will be completely virtual. Teachers will teach from campus.
    • Students who travel on a plane during the Thanksgiving break may be asked to quarantine until Monday, December 7.
  • 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. 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 to hybrid full return?

    • Our Full On-Campus Return will begin staggered as follows:
      • November 2 - The 6th and 12th grades return to campus
      • November 5 -  The 7th and 11th grades return to campus
      • November 9 -  The 8th and 9th grades return to campus
      • November 12 -The 10th grade returns to campus
  • Will sports and clubs take place in the fall?

    The Catholic Athletic League for middle school sports has also pushed back all sports seasons to January.

    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?

    • Weekday 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.
    • FLEX Mass will be streamed live in the chapel at 1:30 p.m. on our YouTube Channel. 
    • 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. 

    However, we will be crediting all families at the end of the hybrid stage for those lunches that were not served to your sons since the school semester began. 
  • 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 and the Nurse's Office at nurse@belenjesuit.org 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?
      • Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
      • Click here to read the Belen COVID-19 Flow Chart.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Distance Learning in Action

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

    • If a student or member of the faculty or staff test positive for COVID-19, contact tracing efforts will be made and anyone who has had close contact (anyone who was within 6 ft of an infected individual for a total of 15 min or more over a 24 hour period) with him or her will be notified. This information will be updated every Friday at 3 p.m.

      Active COVID-19 Cases

      If a student or member of the faculty or staff test positive for COVID-19, contact tracing efforts will be made and anyone who has had close contact (anyone who was within 6 ft of an infected individual for a total of 15 min or more over a 24 hour period) with him or her will be notified. This information will be updated every Friday at 3 p.m.

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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.