Return to School Procedures (August 9, 2021)

Dear Brook Hill Community,

Last school year, as we navigated Covid-19 at The Brook Hill School, we all learned to be flexible in an uncertain environment. I am grateful for how our school community worked together to provide both a safe and positive educational experience for our students. Even though we had to adjust throughout the year at times, I am thankful that the 2020-2021 school year was as normal as it was for our students.

Now, as we launch into the 2021-2022 school year, I am pleased that we are moving towards further normalcy, opening at Brook Hill’s Operating Level 1. As of now, masks will be optional, and we will return to our normal events, activities, and traditions. We will continue to regularly disinfect classrooms, bathrooms, and common areas, and hand sanitizer will be readily available to our students. In addition, we will encourage students to regularly wash their hands.

A student who tests positive for Covid-19 will need to quarantine for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms (or from the date of the positive test if asymptomatic). The student must be fever free for 72 hours (without the use of fever reducers) and have improved symptoms before returning to school. A student who is exposed to Covid-19 in their home or in a confined setting off campus will need to quarantine for 10 days or for 5 days with a negative Covid-19 test. (Exposed students who have been vaccinated or have previously had Covid-19, and are asymptomatic, will not need to quarantine.)

We believe at Brook Hill that students learn best in school, and for that reason, we are not planning to offer a distance learning option in 2021-2022. We will continue to utilize technology and alternative learning tools under special circumstances when a student must miss school due to extended illness or quarantine restrictions. Principals will work with parents and students on a case by case basis to create a plan that makes sense for a student based on their age and grade level.

This year, we will not send a campus wide email each time a student tests positive for Covid-19, but will communicate with parents when a student/teacher in their child’s class tests positive for Covid-19. To be notified each time someone on campus tests positive for Covid-19 (whether in your child’s class or not) please send an email to kcourtney@brookhill.org with “add me” as the subject in order to be added to the “Covid-19 Notification list.”

Thank you for continuing to work with us as we continue to navigate Covid-19.

Blessings,

Rod Fletcher

Head of School

 

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