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Important Health Update: New Information about Coronavirus

Dear PSB Families,

As you know, new information about coronavirus is being shared by public health authorities every day. Since we wrote to you last week we have continued to monitor all public health advisories.

It is important to note that the risk of contracting coronavirus in Brookline remains low, and there are currently no cases in Brookline.

Yesterday the Brookline Department of Public Health issued revised guidance for coronavirus. This advisory is attached. In response to that guidance, we have an important update to share for families who have recently traveled to China.

Following Director of Public Health Dr. Swannie Jett’s guidance, any families who have traveled from China and arrived on or after January 22 should self-quarantine at home, not attend school, and avoid any public events for 14 days to ensure that no symptoms of coronavirus develop.

If your family or children have traveled to China and returned since January 22, please contact your school nurse immediately.

Earlier today we shared detailed information with our school nurses who will take the lead on assessing students and working with families. Our nursing staff will take all the necessary precautions when working with families.

 

While it is natural to be anxious about a virus that is spreading globally, all of us need to be vigilant that this anxiety is not directed at any particular members of our school community. Anecdotally, we know that some students with family members in China are already sharing their feelings of stress and anxiety about the health of their loved ones. We are not asking anyone to report to other families or share personal information about students or families. None of our families or students should be made to feel blamed for a virus that is indiscriminate in its reach and could have originated anywhere.

Please read the attached advisory from the Department of Public Health for more details about the coronavirus and how to prevent infection. We continue to work with Dr. Jett and closely monitor all of the latest information about coronavirus to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will share new information with you, as necessary, going forward.

If you have any questions about this information please speak to your school nurse or contact the Brookline Department of Public Health directly at (617) 730-2300.

Sincerely,

Ben Lummis 
Interim Superintendent

Tricia Laham
Coordinator of School Health Services