Following guidance from the State of Massachusettes, all Brookline Public School Buildings will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year. Remote learning will continue until the last day of school on Tuesday, June 23, All PSB personnel has moved all key operations online.
The Public Schools are committed to keeping our community informed and protected about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and complex situation.
Please remind your students, especially middle school and high school students, to keep a safe physical distance from all peers. So far, Brookline is doing well in limiting community spread, but community members continue to report social gatherings among children and teenagers both inside and outside. We want our young people to be safe, and in order to do that they must keep a safe physical distance from each other.
(Last Updated: May 7, 2020)
Helping Your Students Stay Engaged
The Office of Teaching and Learning is continuing to develop resources to support our families while schools are closed. Beginning on Monday, April 6, our schools and teachers will begin to provide at least 3 hours of teacher-directed and student self-directed learning opportunities for school days.
PSB continues to build for the long term by providing further clarity for educators, staff, school leaders, and families in a number of key areas. These updates below were shared with staff on May 1 and are being put into operation the week of May 4 and May 11. They build on all that we have accomplished and our previous guidance.
Starting on Friday, March 20, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m, families who do not have a working digital device at home can pick-up a free PSB-issued Chromebook to borrow during this temporary school closure. The Chromebooks will be available at the Baker, Coolidge Corner, Pierce, and Brookline High Schools. You can request a Chromebook by completing this online form.
If you have a home computer or device that provides your student(s) with adequate access to online resources, your family should not pick up a Chromebook.
Free and Reduced Meals Pick-up
During the temporary closure of the Public Schools of Brookline, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will be offered meals at no cost through the district's online student ordering system. Families can access grab-and-go prepared meals at one of four locations (Coolidge Corner School, Pierce School, Brookline High School, and Baker School) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
In following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Health, the Town of Brookline has declared a state of emergency and has enacted various regulations to protect the health and safety of our residents.
As of Tuesday, March 24, Governor Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory for the state of Massachusettes. The Town of Brookline has also:
- Closed all non-essential businesses and offices, including Town Hall and other Town Facilities;
- Cease all dine-in operations for restaurants and bars;
- Prohibit queues of 10 or more people inside or outside any establishments;
It is very important that families discontinue play-dates and social gatherings to limit any potential for community spread. Additionally, we encourage the practice of good hygiene, such as washing your hands often with soap, keeping your hands away from your face, and staying home when you are sick.
As has been widely suggested, any person who believes they may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary care physician and/or healthcare provider. Reported symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and respiratory illness, including pneumonia in severe cases.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
- What to Do if You are Sick? Fact Sheet
- Tips to Stay Healthy in Brookline: A Review
- School Nurse Contact Information School Year 2019-20
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Flyer
- Share Facts, Not Rumors
- Stigma and Resilience
- Talking with children about highly stressful events (Riverside Community Health)
- DESE Remote Learning Guidance and Recommendations
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
- May 7, 2020 - Remote Learning Guidance 3.0 and Other Updates
- April 21, 2020 - Update on Governor Baker's decision to close schools statewide for the 2019-2020 School Year
- April 7, 2020 - April Vacation Canceled, Last Day of School is now June 23
- April 6, 2020 - Remote Learning Guidance 2.0 and Other Updates
- April 6, 2020 - Community Update from Student Health Services
- March 30, 2020 - Update on PSB's Remote Learning Model
- March 25, 2020 - Update on Governor Baker's decision to close schools statewide until May 4
- March 23, 2020
- March 17, 2020 - Update on Learning Resources, Medicine Pick up, Lunch and Breakfast Distribution, and Chromebooks
- March 15, 2020 - Update on Governor Baker's decision to close schools statewide until April 6
- March 12, 2020
- March 11, 2020
- March 6, 2020
- March 4, 2020
- February 27, 2020
- February 4, 2020
- January 28, 2020