Welcome to the website for the Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School!
Please spend some time reviewing the site and discover how exciting bilingual learning can be.
The Rafael Hernandez Two-Way Bilingual School is committed to working with parents and the community within a diverse, nurturing environment in which students use Spanish and English as constructive tools for learning.
We believe students, teachers, and parents should work cooperatively to set and achieve goals that maximize each student’s potential, and that develop courageous learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens.
Welcome to the school year 2020-2021!
September 14, 2020
Dear Hernández families,
We hope that you are all safe and healthy and that you found time to relax and enjoy summer. We would like to welcome both new and returning families to the Hernández Dual-Language K-8 School and are pleased to continue our collaboration between home, school, and the community.
We know that you must have many questions about the year ahead, and I have been grateful for the dozens of families that came to our Listening Sessions over the summer to voice concerns and help us plan with your needs in mind. The solidarity among families in shouldering the enormous burdens of COVID, systemic racism and violence across our nation, and facing the school year ahead has been deeply moving and inspiring. This year we are piloting an initiative to have a Community Organizer family member in every homeroom, who will serve to connect families to one another and build parent-led solidarity. We know that families are our best allies, and we cannot do this work without you. In addition to this new initiative, our Family Engagement Team continues to support food security for over 600 community members weekly, and are constantly partnering with organizations across the city to meet unexpected needs like housing and legal services. As Ana Contreras always says, “We are a Team!” so reach out when you need us.
Staff will be reaching out to families prior to the start of school to introduce themselves and connect in ways that help us better get to know our families and students. We look forward to getting to know each of you deeply, and navigating uncharted territory together, while never giving up our commitment to bilingual education and instructional excellence.
We know that there are many challenges placed upon us all during this time, however, we are confident that we will have a great school year where your child thrives! We are excited to kick off SY 2020-2021 in partnership with you!
Ana Carolina Brito
Principal of the Rafael Hernández Dual Language K-8 School
Ana Carolina Brito, Principal email@example.com
Michelle Burgos, Teacher Leader firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Costello, Operations Director Dcostello2@bostonpublicschools.org
Ana Contreras, Family Liaison email@example.com
Jessica Flores, Student Engagement Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Eunice Fernandes, Office Manager email@example.com
New Staff/Change of roles:
Erika Hernandez, K1 Teacher
Alana Torres, K2 Paraprofessional
Ilana Lara Gonzalez, 2nd Grade Spanish Teacher
Julia Nucci, 3rd Grade Spanish Teacher
Tatiana Gomez, 5th Grade Teacher
Rachel Pizarro, 5th Grade Paraprofessional
Ryan Casey, Middle School Math Teacher
Josue Sakata, Middle School Ethnic Studies Teacher
Natasha Evitts, Middle School Creative Writing Teacher & Literacy Interventionist
Scott St. Coeur, Middle School Paraprofessional
Kate DeMazza, Language Acquisition Teacher and Instructional Coach
Learning Model: When does school start? What is hybrid? What is remote?
All students will begin the school year remotely (at home) on September 21, 2020. Teachers will call you to set up a meeting and review the schedule.
If you did not receive a BPS Chromebook last spring, you will receive an email from BPS with pick up information.
Families that have selected the hybrid model (Two days in school and three days at home) for their children will have to
refer to the dates in the chart for returning to the Hernández in the fall.
Transportation/M7 MBTA Pass
K1-6th grade students who qualify for transportation will receive the yellow school bus information by mail. 7th and 8th Grade students will receive an M7 Student MBTA Pass to ride the MBTA for free. 7th & 8th graders who have siblings that ride the school bus may not ride on the bus with their sibling due to health protocols.
New Boston Public Schools students will receive a Chromebook. BPS will send you an email with more information about where you can pick it up. Students who didn’t receive a Chromebook in the spring, they’re going to get one, we’re waiting for them to get to Hernández. If your child received a Chromebook but needs to replace it, please let Danielle know at 617-635-8187 or click on the Chromebook icon to schedule a pickup time.
BPS Students qualify for Comcast’s Internet Essentials. For more information, click on the flyer to visit Comcast’s Internet Essentials.
Emergency Contact Forms
Emergency Contact forms will be online this school year. You may fill out the form at https://bit.ly/3igHel2. You will need the student ID and student date of birth. Please note that all students must have a parent or guardian’s current contact information, either a cell phone number or email address. BPS and the Hernández will be sending out communications via telephone and email. If you have any questions please contact Ana or Jessica.
School supplies and School uniforms
In the past, we have shared a supply list for students along with school uniform requirements. This year, we will create material kits for all students. Families will receive pick up information for the material kits via phone and email! School uniforms will be optional this school year. If you want your child to wear a school uniform, see below for uniform by grade level information.
- Polo shirts: Light blue
- Sweaters: Dark blue
- Pants, shorts, dresses &/or skirts: Navy blue
- Physical Education t-shirts & sweaters: Navy blue
- Physical Education sweatpants: Navy Blue
- Shirts: Plain Blue or white- no logos other than Hernández or Hernández-affiliated programs (e.g. Sole Train, Apprentice Learning, )
- Skirts/shorts knee-length: Black or navy blue
- Pants &/or sweatpants: Black or navy blue
**No jeans **
**Although most sweaters are, “hoodies” hoods are not to be worn during school hours.
We also have gently used uniforms if you would like one. Please contact Ana or Jessica.
Updates on School Pictures
We have received the school pictures from last Spring! Students will receive their class photos and if purchased, their individual school photo. We will schedule pick up of photos when we distribute material kits.
Food and clothing needs
We have partnered with YMCA Egleston and Egleston Square Main Street to receive food donations for our Hernández families! Please be on the lookout for emails and recorded voice messages regarding pick up information. We also have expanded our Family Engagement office to have a Donations Center this school year! We receive backpacks, winter coats, scarves, shoes, and gently used clothing year-round and distribute to families. Stay tuned for more information.
Health and Wellness:
Paola Martinez, School Nurse
*If your child (children) suffers from a medical condition requiring medications please send to school the doctor’s orders, sign guardian authorization and the medicine.
*If your child (children) has a fever, cough (for several days), diarrhea, vomit, rash, head lice or an eye infection please take him/her to the doctor and keep them home.
*If your child (children) has stomach ache, diarrhea or vomit keep in mind that there is stomach flu going around the school and the community. Provide your child (children) with plenty of rest, liquids and love.
BPS Student At Home Health Checklist
Daily Health Screening
BPS families must monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 every day
before school. Some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold;
please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, stay home and call
your primary care provider. YOUR CHILD MUST STAY HOME if your child or
anyone in the home has any of the symptoms listed below:
❏ Fever (100.0°F or higher without fever-reducing medicine), chills or shaking
❏ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as asthma or allergies)
❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
❏ New loss of taste or smell
❏ Sore throat
❏ Headache (when in combination with other symptoms)
❏ Muscle aches or body aches
❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
❏ Fatigue (when in combination with other symptoms)
❏ Nasal congestion or runny nose (when in combination with other symptoms)
(not due to other known causes, such as allergies)
❏ If your child is in contact with a household member who has a positive
COVID-19 diagnosis who has not yet been cleared from isolation by the
Boston Public Health Commission.
Any student that is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, must stay
home from school and quarantine for 14 days from the date of the last interaction
with that person. Contact your primary care provider, the Boston Public Health
Commission or your school nurse for further guidance.
If your child has any symptoms:
● they must remain home and be evaluated by their primary care provider to
consider testing for COVID-19.
● parents/guardians must report the absence to the school administration and
school nurse, noting if the absence is COVID-19 related.
● inform the school nurse of the medical provider’s recommendations, in
writing, before returning to school.
BPS Student At Home Health Checklist
● Call your child’s primary care physician, local community health center, or
local COVID-19 testing site. A list of test sites across Massachusetts is
available at mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing and test sites
throughout Boston can be found at
g-sites. Some sites may require a pre-screening, referral, and/or
● Call your child’s school nurse for help. Every school will have a list of
available test sites for children and families.
● If your child tests positive for COVID-19, report this information to your
school nurse and follow the CDC recommendations for isolation.
● If your child is not tested for COVID-19, written documentation from a
medical provider will be required in order for your child to return to school.
Out of State or Country Travel:
All travelers arriving in Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents
returning home – are currently required to self-quarantine for 14 days. There are
exceptions to the current order: travelers from a small list of close or adjacent
states arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not
quarantine for 14 days. Please refer to the Mass.gov website for the most
up-to-date information related to the Governor’s travel restrictions.
Meet the Specialist Team in this video!
Alyssa San Pedro, Music Teacher
Jennifer Bencosme, Performing Arts Teacher
Stephen Pecci Physical Education Teacher
Sonia Hart, Movement Teacher
Maria Lopes, Visual Arts Teacher