"Brooks School has come a long way from where we were two summers ago, and believe regularly updating these approaches, with public health guidance in mind, will serve us well."
Head of School John Packard.
Updates will be posted below as they are announced. As a reminder, Brooks School is following CDC guidelines in our response to COVID-19 cases on campus. The most up to date guidance and information can be found here (Updates below as of August 30, 2022).
To date, we have been following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines coupled with public health experts we have consulted with in determining our COVID-19 vaccine expectations. As such, and in line with CDC recommendations, we required all community members to receive an initial booster this past winter/spring.
- It is our expectation that all new students and employees will be vaccinated with the initial two doses and the third, booster vaccine, by the time the school year begins.
- We are not requiring any additional boosters at this time.
In sum, the school’s current COVID-19 vaccine expectation is that all students and employees will have received one booster beyond the initial vaccine regimen by the time the school year begins. If you have any questions about this expectation, please contact our Health & Wellness Center if you have not done so already.
While we will be positioned to administer rapid antigen tests to any community member presenting with symptoms, we are not currently planning to require any reentry testing protocol ahead of students arriving in early September.
We are planning to begin the year in a mask-optional mode in all school buildings with two exceptions:
- We will begin the year with the expectation that anyone in the Health & Wellness Center should wear a mask.
- There may be circumstances in some classrooms and dormitories that require masking routinely or periodically, and we will expect compliance in those cases.
We will actively encourage indoor masking for anyone who does not feel well, and in accordance with CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines for those who test positive for COVID-19, or are determined to be a close contact.
We have enjoyed the many advantages that come with occupying a 270-acre campus and the extensive opportunities we have to be outdoors for all sorts of events. In addition, we have done a lot to update air circulation and purifier systems over the past couple of years. We know the likelihood of transmission is greatly reduced in outdoor-, and well-ventilated spaces, and we plan to emphasize this point as the school year begins.
Health & Wellness Center FAQs
The Health & Wellness Center team at Brooks is closely following The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to ensure we are caring for students properly and mitigating the risk of COVID-19 on campus.
We ask that all families plan ahead, as we expect any student requiring isolation will have a place to go within 24 hours.
What if a student tests positive for COVID-19?
Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who has confirmed laboratory testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to complete isolation, per CDC guidelines. Students will complete their isolation off-campus, at their home or at a location designated by family. We ask that all families plan ahead, as we expect any student requiring isolation will have a place to go within 24 hours.
- The length of isolation may vary depending on symptom onset and severity/duration of symptoms.
- The minimum isolation period is five days, with a return to campus on day six, if the student tests negative on a rapid antigen test. If a student continues to test positive after day 6, they should contact the Health & Wellness Center. In most cases they will be able to return by day 8, and the Health & Wellness Center will instruct the student about masking protocol.
- Isolation begins either on the day symptoms first appeared or the date laboratory testing was performed (if the student doesn't have symptoms).
- The Health & Wellness Center will communicate with students during their isolation to ensure they have a safe plan for return to campus.
- All students must have an appointment at the Health & Wellness Center prior to returning to sports.
What if a person is in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19?
Based on current CDC guidelines, individuals who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine but will be required to mask, monitor for symptoms and test as directed by the Health & Wellness Center. In the event they develop symptoms or test positive, they will be placed in isolation.
What about athletics?
We will continue to adhere to guidance from The American Academy of Pediatrics regarding high school athletes returning to sports or activities after a COVID-19 infection. (This link provides some excellent information regarding return to sports post COVID-19). In practice at Brooks, this means athletes will need either an appointment at the Health and Wellness Center to obtain clearance or a note from their doctor.
More Questions? Please Reach Out:
- Academics Concerns
Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs Susanna Waters: (978) 725-6355
Director of Athletics Bobbie Crump-Burbank: (978) 725-6210
- Student Health
Director of Health and Wellness Services Melissa Donais: (978) 725-6207
- Student Life
Associate Head for Student Affairs Andrea Heinze: (978) 725-6264