Covid-19 Information & Resources
Information on the spread and impact of COVID-19 is fluid and being updated rapidly by federal and state health agencies. The Braintree Public Schools (BPS) administration and Health Services is in daily contact with the Town of Braintree Health Department and other organizations who are working to manage the response of school departments across the Commonwealth. As always, our top priority is the health and safety of the school community. This week, school representatives attended a town meeting with the Braintree Health Department, Mayor’s Office, local police, local fire, and representatives from Brewster Ambulance to coordinate our efforts around this outbreak.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facts:
- English 2019 Novel Coronavirus (link)
- Simplified Chinese - 2019 年新型冠状病毒 (link)
- Spanish - Nuevo Coronavirus 2019 (link)
- Portuguese - 2019 Novo Coronavírus (link)
- Vietnamese - Chủng Mới của Vi-rút Corona 2019 (link)
BPS Update (as of 3/18/20):
Based on the most recent information received, the Braintree Public Schools will be closed for the next two (2) weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, with an anticipated re-opening of Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
At this time, the Braintree Health Department does not have any person under state mandated investigation for COVID -19 who have children in the Braintree Public Schools. Please be aware that children of people under a self-imposed or employer directed quarantine are not under investigation by the Braintree Department of Health for COVID-19 and should attend school. Additionally, there are no parents of BPS children under state mandated quarantine. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a child (or family member) of someone who is under self-imposed or employer directed quarantine and without symptoms is permitted to attend school. The Braintree Health Department and the Braintree Public Schools will continue to follow guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
On March 4, Governor Charlie Baker and HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders urged all Massachusetts schools to cancel upcoming, organized international trips. BPS and the Braintree School Committee continue to monitor the situation as it relates to several international trips we have scheduled over the next few months. A decision will be made later this month on these trips as we continue to gather information and work directly with the travel companies organizing these trips.
Currently, the risk remains low in Massachusetts however it is possible that at some point in time we may have positive cases of COVID-19 in the school district. Below are steps all of us can take to prevent the spread of this virus.
To help you keep up to date with the latest information about COVID-19:
- State & Local:
- National Association of School Psychologist:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin:
Stay Healthy and Take Precautions:
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, as this is how germs spread.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often with hand soap under clean, running water will help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
Finally, we are working with our facilities staff and custodians to ensure that they continue to have the necessary and approved cleaning supplies for making our instructional spaces safe for children and adults. We are also committed to working with students on emphasizing personal decisions that they can make to limit their risk, including the tips listed above. The most effective strategy remains to frequently and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water, which we will be emphasizing with your student/child. As always, we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.