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 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.
PLEASE NOTE: 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:
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.
Jean Afzali MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Director of School Nursing Services