Brookwood School is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of every member of the community. As such, Brookwood’s will be closed for the remainder of this school year in order to prevent any possible spread of this virus. Though our campus is closed, our community is up and running with distance learning and working. Please reach out and we’ll be happy to help.
Visit the Distance Learning Homepage
Our Distance Learning page will act as your hub to access your child’s online classroom, provide updates on additional tools as they are released, and supply resources for parents on distance learning to ensure your child is ready for distance schooling.
Communication to our Families
- 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
Commonly Asked Questions
How can I arrange to have my student pick up a few necessary items from campus?
Please know that any learning materials and resources will be available digitally through the distance learning platform.
How will my child complete courses that might be hard to replicate in an online environment?
How are we planning to celebrate the Class of 2020?
What does grading and assessments look like now that we are distance learning?
While teachers are committed to continuing to assess students’ learning progress in the many ways you’ve relied on, the academic leadership team has made the decision to shift our grading policy and report cards for the 2020 Spring Term. The adjustments include:
- Students in grades PreK – 4 will receive a narrative report that is adapted to reflect the evolving curriculum.
- Students in grades 5 – 8 will receive a Complete or Not Complete for all courses with synchronous classes in lieu of letter grades. Students will also receive a narrative report that details their progress with distance learning.
- For all grade levels, spring reports will not include checklists of skills and behavior groups.
How is Brookwood handling tuition and fees during this time?
We are not able to issue tuition refunds due to our annual fixed costs, our commitment to faculty/staff, and the offset of lost revenue from impacts of the pandemic. However, we are providing credits for bus services, full-year REACH, PreK Extended Day, and Skills Services. We are also working with families on an individual basis to offer flexibility with tuition payment schedules as much as we are able.
What is the plan for Brookwood’s Summer camp?
Based on the information provided by Governor Baker today, Brookwood’s summer camps are canceled through the month of June, including the week of June 29th. We will be able to share our summer camp plans for the weeks after July 4th once the Massachusetts Department of Public Health makes recommendations on the format and capacity for summer camps. Anya Ciarametaro will be in touch with families who registered for camp during June with more details.
What is Brookwood’s plan for Fall of 2020?
We plan to reopen campus for learning in the fall pending direction from the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. As soon as we have more details, we will share them with you.
How will Brookwood address the gaps in learning created this spring from different students being engaged differently in distance learning?
Brookwood, as always, is committed to meeting students where they are. Throughout this spring, teachers will continue to have frequent communication with families and with each other regarding the students’ individual learning profiles and experiences. As we do at the beginning of each school year, we will be assessing student’s skills in various areas. In addition, there will be pass up meetings and deliberate time spent for teachers to communicate with each other about students and their strengths and areas for growth as we transition to the 2020-2021 school year.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
Talking with your child
- The Clay Center at MGH has published 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Psychology Today has published How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus.
- This recently published NPR webpage has a 3-minute audio piece directed to kids that is helpful.
- Healthline has published How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus.
- The National Association of School Counselors has published Parent Resources for the Coronavirus.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides regular updates and has information readily available about the virus.
- The U.S. State Department issues advisories for travel.
- Resources for Distance Learning for Families
- An article from the New York Times describing the importance of talking about your feelings in this time.
- 10 Tips on Connecting with Your Kids During Quarantine
- The Chopra Center Provides Mindfulness Techniques