Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year

Welcome to The Met High School Update Center, a dedicated space on our website designed to keep parents, staff, mentors and the entire Met School community informed about the potential effects of the Coronavirus.
 
While the impact the virus may have on our school is still unknown, we know that you and others may have questions.  We have created this centralized hub of updates and links to additional resources including the Rhode Island Department of Health and the CDC.
 
We will continue to update this page as information becomes available.
 
Starting April 26, the Met will adopt this new guidance:
Updated Information for domestic travel:
 
If you are fully vaccinated:
 
• People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
• Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
• Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
• Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
• Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
• Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
• Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
Vaccinated travelers are still encouraged get a COVID-19 test between 5 and 10 days after out-of-state travel.
 
If you are not fully vaccinated:

• Get tested with a viral test 5 days after travel to a state on the RI restricted travel list AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.
• If you test negative, you may return after 7 days
• If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
• If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
• Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
•Travelers to states not on the restricted travel list can return immediately.
 
For international travel:
 
International travel quarantine requirements have not changed for vaccinated individuals. All International travelers are required to take a viral test 5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

Update 10/5/2020

Dear Met Family,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding during the start of the school year.  We have already had many successful advisory Zooms , advisory meet-ups, one-on-one meetings and on-campus visits.  We are now looking ahead to our reopening plan’s Phase II, hybrid learning model, with 25% of students returning to campus at least one day per week.  We anticipate the start of our Phase II model to begin on Monday, October 26, though this date depends on an expected update from the Governor and the Commissioner coming around Oct 13.   We will keep you informed.

In order to prepare our facilities for in-person learning, and to prepare thoughtful instruction for our students, we are asking all families to select either full distance learning or full participation in our in-person hybrid schedule for the remainder of the first trimester (Oct 26 - Dec 23).  Advisors will be contacting you soon to ask what your choice will be for your student’s learning.  Please know:

  • Students choosing full distance learning will remain in distance learning for the remainder of the trimester (Oct 26 - Dec 23). 
  • Students choosing to participate in our limited in-person model are expected to be on campus during in-person learning days; if they do not participate in in-person learning on their assigned day, they will be marked absent. Anticipated start date is Oct. 26.
  • If the student is struggling with engagement in their chosen model (full distance or limited in-person), the Learning Team can convene before the end of the trimester to determine if a change is needed in the student’s plan. 
  • The Met’s COVID Helpline (see enclosed) should be used to report a student absence due to illness, development of symptoms,  exposure to or positive test results for COVID, or any questions.
 
School Schedule
Again, thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for all of our students, families  and staff during these challenging times.

Phased Reopening Video

 

Update 9/1/2020

 
Click here to read our reopening announcement: