Dear Brook Hill Families,
As summer is coming to an end, and school is right around the corner, we wanted to reach out to you with additional information concerning how Brook Hill will open and operate within the context of coronavirus.
Attached to this email, you will find documents specifically addressing operating procedures in the Lower School and those in the Middle/Upper School.
The creation of these operating procedures was done in conjunction with our COVID-19 Task Force, our Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), and our school attorney while being guided by the CDC and TEA. The procedures have been established to balance keeping our community safe and healthy, practical considerations, and educational best practices. I suspect some of you will think these procedures go too far and some of you will think they do not go far enough. I hope that you will understand that there is very little consensus and that we are doing our best to balance the different desires and concerns of our community.
In addition to the already comprehensive Brook Hill cleaning protocol, we have added the following measures:
· The use of disinfectant with shorter germ elimination time
· Additional maintenance staff
· The use of electrostatic sprayers
· Classroom desks cleaned between transitions
· Hygiene signage throughout the school
· The installation of hand sanitizers thought the school
· Training students concerning hygiene and encouraging hand washing and hand sanitizing
· Cleaning restrooms multiple times throughout the day
· Using water fountains as bottle filling stations only
· Providing a mask (gaiter) to all staff and students
· Hands free door pulls in all bathrooms
In the documents, you will notice that masks will be optional at the Lower School and social distancing will be practiced when appropriate. At the Middle/Upper School, masks are required in common spaces (hallways, foyers, bathrooms, locker rooms, cafeteria when not seated, etc.) Students may choose to remove their masks in classrooms when they are seated and social distanced. (Masks may not have distracting designs, logos, or words.) Masks are optional for faculty/staff in the classroom, but are required when working closely with students and others.
Each student will be given a Brook Hill gaiter. To mitigate the spread of coronavirus on the front end, students will have their temperature checked before entering buildings in the morning (and after lunch in the lower school.)
Like you, we recognize that no policy or procedure is sure to be one hundred percent effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. For the foreseeable future, this coronavirus is a threat that we cannot see or control, and we assume risk daily in every activity that takes place outside our homes. The Brook Hill School believes the guidelines expressed in these documents, and in the return-to-school procedures, represent the best balance of efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to offer some protection to Brook Hill students and their families, all without inhibiting the educational process.
I assure each of you that Brook Hill will work to maintain the difficult balance of holding school and educating students alongside the necessity of preventing or mitigating sickness in our community and beyond.
I appreciate your patience, understanding, flexibility and cooperation as we enter a unique and challenging season in education. I remain confident in you as the Brook Hill family and in the high quality of Christian education we provide, and I look forward to welcoming families and students back to the campus soon.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Head of School
1051 N Houston St
Bullard, TX 75757
(903) 894-5000 ext. 1030