IMPORTANT: Schools Closed on Monday, January 3, 2022
The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:
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Greetings PSB Community,
I hope you all had a wonderful winter vacation and the opportunity to celebrate the holidays in safe, meaningful ways with your family and loved ones. I know that many of us are anxious about the reopening of school amid the COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreak, but just as we have done since March 2020, we will continue to work together, care for one another, and support each other through the challenges that will surely arise in the coming days and weeks ahead.
As district and school leaders, we are committed to in-person learning whenever and wherever possible. However, the district has made the difficult decision to close all schools on Monday, January 3rd. At this time, we simply do not have the staffing capacity to operate all schools safely. While we understand that closing schools on Monday will be challenging for families, we believe this is in the best interest for our staff, students, and families and will allow us to return as safely and as strongly as possible. We will continue to monitor our capacity to reopen schools over the next 24 hours. An official announcement on any additional school closures will occur by the end of day tomorrow.
We will continue to provide resources to our students, staff, and community to keep everyone safe. Earlier today, at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits were available to school staff for pick up; ten KN95 masks will also be given out to all staff when they arrive back at school. Those staff who could not make it to the distribution time for the COVID-19 tests on Sunday will have the opportunity to pick up their test kits at school. PSB Staff will receive more information on this pick-up opportunity tomorrow.
As with every school year, PSB prepares a school calendar that includes five potential additional school days at the end of June to make up for any closures that occur during the year. PSB will be using one of those days for Monday’s closure. We will update you on a revised calendar over the coming weeks.
Before our return to school, please review the important health reminders provided to you this evening from the PSB Student Health Services Team which include an explanation of new protocols based on CDC and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidance. In addition, school leaders and teachers will be in touch with any changes to school protocols and/or directions on how to access materials if students are absent for an extended period of time.
In closing, I urge everyone to practice the same patience, understanding, and gratitude we have exhibited throughout this pandemic. In doing so, I am confident we will overcome any obstacles that are presented in the coming days and weeks ahead. I look forward to welcoming our community back when we believe it is safe to do so.
Linus J. Guillory Jr., PhD
Superintendent of Schools