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COVID-19 Updates

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to our beautiful Brookstone campus in August.

We are so proud of the strength and resilience of our Brookstone community. From the way our students, teachers, and parents successfully navigated our Distance Learning to the grace and poise shown by our outstanding seniors, now, more than ever, demonstrates Why Brookstone?

For the past several months, the leadership team has been working on one thing: plans for a SAFE return to school. Two main principles have guided our thinking and planning: prioritizing the health and safety of our school community and providing the most Brookstone-like experience possible, with an emphasis on the academic program. This committee, working with advice from health providers and national education organizations, has taken under consideration a wide range of actions to address sanitation, physical distancing, as well as containment.

Through this focused planning, decisions have been made regarding new procedures that will be implemented. Below are details on changes to expect when we return:

Health and Safety Checks 
  • A daily student and staff screening process including digital temperature checks upon arrival
  • Stringent adherence to established policies regarding school attendance when sick
Sanitation
  • Our faculty and day/night cleaning staff will clean classroom spaces regularly and with the appropriate cleaning solutions. Additional staff for facilities has been added to support increased sanitation efforts.
  • Classes that share common tools and supplies will have new safety and cleaning protocols.
  • Faculty and students will wash and/or sanitize their hands as they enter the classrooms in the morning, between classes, and after movement around campus. Touchless hand sanitizers are being installed in areas throughout campus.
  • Drinking fountains are being replaced with water bottle filling stations and hand washing stations.
Physical Distancing and Containment 
  • New procedures for carpool arrival. Details will be provided closer to the start of school 
  • Adherence to designated entrances for Lower School Classrooms and Intermediate, Middle, and Upper School buildings 
  • To limit the spread of COVID-19, we will be strictly limiting visitors to campus. Any visitor (including parents) will be required to check at a division office and undergo the health screening. 
  • Modification of programs and events as necessary in compliance with crowd sizes and social distancing measures 
  • Reduction of the number of students on the playground or in other common spaces 
  • Brookstone’s facilities and population size allow us to take a focused approach to managing social distancing and groups sizes throughout the day to minimize exposure 
  • Face coverings: All faculty and students will be required to wear face coverings. Each student will be provided with two, reusable and washable, Brookstone cloth face coverings. In the Lower and Intermediate Schools, transparent face shields will be utilized during certain lessons to allow for enhanced auditory and visual cues. The costs for these face coverings will be applied to student accounts. Additional masks will be available for purchase in the Cougar Shop and online through Lands’ End.
  • Modification of the cafeteria schedule to minimize large group gatherings as much as possible. Some divisions will have lunch delivered to alternative outdoor/in classroom settings, while others will have staggered lunch times. 
These plans represent our most up-to-date thinking about the year to come; please understand that all of these plans are subject to change in response to the evolving circumstances. Feel assured that we are on top of the research and professional guidance as a school and that we have a flexible, adaptable, and thorough plan to serve our students well. We invite you to be flexible with us as we move towards the start of school.

Resources

Brookstone Contacts:
External Websites:
 
We have compiled links to a variety of useful organizational tools, virtual enrichment opportunities, articles on common questions and concerns, and trusted websites. While these are usually family-friendly websites and collaborators, please always review podcast and video content for your family’s approval prior to use.

Click HERE for resources.