Latest Updates: COVID-19

December 7, 2020
As we head into winter and enjoy all the activities that come with it, please keep the state guidelines in mind and what is required for your student to return to school if you choose to travel over state lines. MA guidelines require a PCR test after traveling to any state considered to be “High Risk.” Students will be required to submit a negative PCR COVID test to the health office before a student can return to campus.
December 2, 2020

As of December 2nd, both the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health have updated quarantine guidelines. Brookwood has decided to continue requiring a 14-day quarantine for anyone who is considered a “close contact.” A negative PCR test is also required prior to returning to campus.


November 30, 2020

Return to School Guidelines:

For anyone with symptoms and a Negative COVID-19 test:

  • Send a copy of the Negative test results to Nurse@brookwood.edu
  • Remain home until student is fever free for 24hours without use of fever reducing medication
  • Remain home until symptoms begin to improve

For Anyone with a confirmed positive case with symptoms:

  • 10 days from the first appearance of symptoms AND
  • At least 24 hours since last fever without use of fever reducing medication AND
  • Improvement of symptoms
  • Cleared by the DPH to return to school

For Anyone with a confirmed positive case without symptoms:

  • 14 days from the positive PCR test for COVID-19
  • Cleared by the DPH to return to school

For Close Contacts:

*Close Contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset

  • Testing is recommended for all close contacts
  • Anyone who is determined to be a close contact, despite a negative COVID-19 test, will need to remain home for a full 14 days
  • If symptoms develop during the 14-day quarantine, student/staff should be tested again
  • If a household member tests positive, students/staff will need to quarantine for 14 days from the individuals last infectious day (this can be up to 24 days total).
  • Cleared by the DPH to return to school

November 23, 2020

COVID Manual Update

We have been in close communication with the Manchester Board of Health, and with our consulting physician, who both felt we should consider reviewing our sibling guidelines. Previously, we asked that all siblings/family members stay home even if a family member was symptom-free. Based on the guidelines and recommendations by the CDC, MDPH and DESE, a “contact” is only determined once a student tests positive for COVID-19. With all this information at hand, we are going to allow siblings who are symptom-free to remain in school until test results are known.

School Cleaning: Due to changes in recommendations from DPH, the entire school does not need to be closed for a single positive case. We will work with the DPH as cases arise for their recommendations based on the situation at hand.


November 17, 2020

Sports:

As numbers continue to rise in the State of Massachusetts, further restrictions have been made to youth recreational and competitive sports. We urge families to avoid tournament play at this time. If families choose to participate in tournament play out of state or in Massachusetts playing against out of state teams, your student must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID -19 test to the school prior to returning.


September 18, 2020

We have updated our protocol for any student or employee who reports or presents symptoms of illness. Please review the updated process below. We have bolded the changes/additions.

If you report or present symptoms of illness, please:

  1. Follow up with your pediatrician or primary care physician.
  2. If the pediatrician is able to find a cause for symptoms such as strep, ear infection, etc. please have your pediatrician provide a quick note stating so. A COVID test is NOT required if an alternative source of infection is confirmed.
  3. For all other symptoms that are deemed a cold or virus, a COVID test is required to come back to school.
  4. Please send in a copy of the test results.
  5. In addition, individuals need to follow our typical health guidelines:
  6. You must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  7. No vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  8. If diagnosed with strep: you must be on antibiotics for 24 hours prior to returning to campus
  9. Present with improving symptoms (kids who have tested negative, may still have a slightly runny nose, or lingering cough when returning to school)

In being mindful of student/family/employee privacy, the School will not share health information. Nurse Kiley will notify teachers with an email that states a student is cleared to return to school.

We have been in close communication with the Manchester Board of Health, and with our consulting physician, who both felt we should consider reviewing our sibling guidelines. Previously, we asked that all siblings/family members stay home if a family member was experiencing any symptoms for up to four days even if the sibling was symptom-free. Based on the guidelines and recommendations by the CDC, MDPH and DESE, a “contact” is only determined once a student tests positive for COVID-19. With all this information at hand, we are going to allow siblings who are symptom-free to remain in school until test results are known.

September 16, 2020
Participating in Sports Outside of School

In order to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 for those participating in youth recreational and competitive fall sports, we ask families to avoid crossing state lines for tournament play. If the family chooses to do this, they must quarantine the child for two weeks or produce a negative test result to Nurse Kiley, in accordance with state guidelines.

 

August 19, 2020

Nurse Kiley provides parents with resources and recommendations in a series of short videos to prepare kids to go back to school. You can also read the recommendations in the COVID-19 Family Handbook.

August 13, 2020
July 29, 2020

Our Academic Leadership Team presented the preliminary Reopening Campus Plan to parents on July 28 and 29. The Brookwood Reopening Plan has been developed with health and safety information available to date.   Within the guidelines of safety regulations, we want the most in-person class time possible.   

As of July 29, the Brookwood Reopening Plan is based on a Low Level of Community Spread. We believe by implementing multiple layers of safety precautions including smaller numbers of students in cohorts, physical distancing, longer durations of time, and minimizing crossover between adults and students means safer situations and there is less chance for COVID transfer. Our flexible plan has been designed to allow for a transition from in-person to distance learning if the need arises. Watch a recording of the Reopening Campus webinar and view the slideshow.


July 14, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, our Health and Safety Task Force presented the preliminary health policies for fall, which includes our mask usage, social distancing measures, campus navigation, and arrival/dismissal procedures. If you weren’t able to join us, we encourage you to view the slideshow or watch the recording of the webinar.

 

 

Previous Communication to our Families
  • July 24: COVID-19 Impact on Extracurricular Programs
  • June 25: Reopening Guidelines provided by DESE
  • June 19: Updated Academic Calendar
  • May 26: How We Will Reopen Campus

Communication from Spring 2020

  • April 21: Closure Extended Through School Year
  • April 16: Our Distance Learning Grading Policies and Assessments
  • March 25: Announcing the School Closure Extension
  • March 23: Our Distance Learning Plan
  • March 18: What to Expect for Distance Learning
  • March 13: School Closure Announcement
  • March 5: Update from our Response Team
  • March 3: Letter from Health Services and Response Team
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