Step 5: School Meetings

  • Step 5: School Meetings

    As part of the school assignment notification, you will receive a request to provide some information about your student. This is intended to help your student’s classroom teacher and school counselor learn more about your student and prepare them for Kindergarten.

    Any family that has specific questions or concerns regarding your child’s kindergarten transition may request to meet with the school counselor to discuss your child. If you would like to schedule a time, the Office of Registration & Enrollment will help you facilitate scheduling an appointment.

    Beginning in May 2021, school staff may reach out to you with opportunities to learn about your child’s school and classroom. These events typically allow students to become more comfortable being a Kindergartener at their new school. This is also a chance for parent(s) and guardian(s) to meet the school’s leadership team and get a sense of what to expect in September.

    Summer Meetings

    Most school-based staff, including nurses and guidance counselors, do not work over the summer. Therefore, if you complete registration after June 2021, you will most likely be unable to schedule these meetings until they return to school in mid-August. 

    These meetings are designed to foster a smooth transition from a student's registration to their enrollment. You cannot meet with school staff until you have finished the registration appointment with the Office of Registration and Enrollment, and only after your student(s) records have been created in our district's database. 

  • Financial Assistance
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    The Public Schools of Brookline has a centralized application process to provide families with financial assistance for school-related fees. Eligibility for financial assistance will be renewed or updated through an annual application process. Financial assistance is available for curriculum-based field trip expenses, School Department Summer Programs, and other fees the school department may charge as a result of curriculum requirements. Financial assistance also includes any PSB student fees or charges for Athletics, Instrumental Music, and other program and field trip fees. 

  • Free and Reduced School Meals

    Children need healthy meals to learn. The Public Schools of Brookline offer healthy meals every school day. Your students may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals if your household’s income is within the limits of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. 

    Please note that for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year, school lunches are FREE for all PSB students.

  • Student Health and Nursing

    Before your child begins school in September, the school nurse may contact you and:

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    • Arrange for any special health care needs or for the administration of any essential medications or procedures that are prescribed during the school day. 

    • Confirm that your child’s immunizations are complete and that they are clear to attend school. 

    • Request that you provide an updated physical exam report. This is most important for students whose annual pediatric visit occurs after registration.

    If your child has specific health care needs, it is important that you meet with the school nurse before they begin attending school. If you need assistance in scheduling a meeting with the school nurse, the Office of Registration and Enrollment can help you arrange a meeting.

  • COVID-19 Regulations

    During the 2020-21 school year, Kindergarten students returned to full in-person settings and schedules with several health and safety regulations set forth by local and state departments. The PSB operations team has worked with the Brookline Department of Health to ensure that PSB school buildings allow for a safe return for all students. In coordination with public health experts, the PSB operations team enhanced indoor ventilation systems and modified classrooms to meet these measures. 

    School nurses have utilized the district’s electronic health record system and track office visits, dismissals, and other pertinent health data to continuously monitor trends in our schools. There are also additional layers of safety precautions in place to support the safety and health of our school community including those below among others:

    • Six feet physical distancing enforced in classrooms at all times
    • Frequent scheduled hand washing and sanitizing
    • Some classes moved outdoors
    • Organized foot traffic flow throughout the building
    • Creating a culture of health and safety including expecting people to stay home when sick
    • Minimizing building visitors
    • Requiring face coverings for all students, staff, and visitors
    • Increased outside airflow
    • Cleaning during the day of high touch areas
    • Use of multiple building entrances
    • Requiring Health Attestation forms for families and staff

    Each school in PSB has its building-specific plan to ensure the safe use of classrooms, hallways, and safety protocols during class switching. This plan will be communicated to you by your school’s principal once your child’s school placement has been finalized.

    Because of the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, PSB will continue to adhere and adapt to best practices recommended by local and state departments. Please visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us/nurses to review the current PSB COVID-19 guidelines and procedures. 

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