PSB Health Update

April 1, 2022

Dear Brookline Staff, Parents and Guardians,

The School Health Services department has updated our COVID-19 and Mask protocols in response to the recent uptick in cases we have seen within our schools. We reported 72 cases to DESE on Wednesday, March 23, and reported 94 cases on COVID-19 Dashboard this week. While this is a definite increase in cases, it is also indicative of the seriousness with which our community has responded to the pandemic and our broad use of the rapid antigen tests, both in weekly surveillance tests and in the testing of symptomatic individuals at school and at home.

We have reviewed our previous COVID-19 and Mask protocols and will now require rather than strongly suggest individuals wear a mask in certain specific scenarios.

Masks Required

  • Inside all school health offices and medical waiting rooms.

  • Inside all other forms of public and private transportation in Massachusetts (e.g. MBTA and taxis) as well as transportation hubs such as train stations and airports.

  • Inside all healthcare facilities, congregate care facilities, and emergency shelter programs.


  • For individuals returning from COVID-19 isolation, prior to day 10, through day 10;

  • For fully vaccinated individuals who have an at-home close contact, for a period of 5 days;

Individuals feeling unwell or displaying COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should remain home. Those who have tested negative for COVID-19 and been cleared for school but still have minor residual symptoms are required to wear a mask while symptoms persist.

Please see the attached updated protocols. We believe this targeted approach, in response to our data is the right decision. We ask that families and students take seriously these protocols.

We also want to remind you of the Health Attestation you have signed, and of the continued importance of staying home when sick. We have seen an increase in symptomatic individuals coming to school. It is not a time to let our guard down.

At school we continue to stress good hand-washing, continue to refill our hand sanitizer stations, and remind staff to open windows or to use their portable HEPA filters as instructed.

Like always, our need to be flexible, to respond to data, and to review and revise is ongoing. We appreciate your flexibility in working with us to keep our community as healthy as possible.


PSB Student Health Services