Superintendent's Update

March 11, 2022

Greetings PSB community,

The Town of Brookline recently announced the decision to lift its mask requirement, effective tomorrow (Saturday, March 12). Following up on last week’s update, PSB will also begin its transition into a mask-friendly environment beginning Monday, March 14. More details on this transition can be found here.

We want to emphasize that this decision will likely create a variety of emotions; we have been wearing masks for a long time, and the excitement and trepidation we feel in this shift are justified. I ask that all of us, first and foremost, respect each of our masking decisions. As a values-based district, we will support and respect the choices and decisions that are made with respect to masking.

Our staff will be ready to support you and your students at whatever level of comfort you feel at this time. Some staff was able to begin these discussions this week with students; I encourage you to discuss/continue discussing this transition with your student(s) over the weekend.

In addition, we will also continue to leverage our support and resources in social-emotional learning, as well as maintain our current mitigation strategies (e.g. symptomatic testing at school, home testing program) through April 22, after which it will be evaluated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Most importantly, we will monitor district data from our community to inform future policy decisions in response to any change in public health conditions.

We thank you for adapting so quickly to these ever-evolving changes. Let us continue to keep our community safe and healthy as we navigate together through the pandemic.


Linus J. Guillory Jr., PhD


In Our Classrooms this Week...

BHS Student chosen for United States Senate Youth Program

Congratulations to BHS Senior Aditi Shankar for her selection to the United States Senate Youth Program! Aditi was one of two students selected to join Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to represent Massachusetts during the 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program earlier this week. Along with the nation’s top student leaders, Aditi participated in an intensive study of the federal government and the people who lead it; this included attending online meetings and briefings with Senators, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, and other leaders of cabinet agencies.

This extremely competitive merit-based program also provided all participants with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. We congratulate Aditi on this recognition of her outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to service and civic engagement!

Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Highlights

We want to thank you in advance for your participation in the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program Survey - the data gathered from this survey about how our students travel to and from school will help to inform decisions that will make our community safer. As a reminder, the survey for each school closes on Friday, March 18. SRTS will also be offering two other opportunities for student participation in the next few months:

  • Yard Sign Design Contest: This contest is a great way for students to use their creativity to help promote safe roads for cyclists and pedestrians in their communities. Interested students may create and submit a design for a yard sign that brings awareness to walking, school bus and/or bike/train routes. Designs should not only help guide students on their way to school, but also make drivers aware that students will be walking, biking, or rolling along a certain route. Submissions are due by Friday, March 25. Click here for more information!

  • Crossing Guard of the Year: Crossing guards play an important role in supporting our families’ safety as they access schools and neighborhoods across Brookline! The SRTS Annual Crossing Guard Appreciation campaign begins with a Crossing Guard of the Year nomination process, followed by Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on Wednesday, March 23, and culminates with the announcement of the Crossing Guard of the Year award winner(s). The winner(s) will also be recognized at our Annual Safe Routes to School Awards Ceremony in June. Let us celebrate the hard work of crossing guards across our community and recognize those who go above and beyond! Click here to nominate a crossing guard!

Upcoming BHS Performing Arts Events: AcapellaFest!

Here is your chance to catch all of Brookline High School’s a cappella groups in one night. The concert features the BHS A Cappella Choir directed by Michael Driscoll as well as student-led groups Perfect Pitch, Note-a-fy, and Glee Club. BHS’s hilarious improv comedy troupe, Needs Improvment, adds humor to this family-friendly event. These popular concerts tend to sell out, so buy your tickets in advance! Shows will be held on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. You can buy tickets here!

Community Updates

  • Brookline Police Department After-School Program for 7th/8th grade: The Brookline Police Department is excited to offer an afterschool program for 7th/8th grade students of Brookline. This three-session program is designed for middle school-age students to meet the town’s Youth Resource Officers and discuss topics including Healthy Dating Relationships, Online Safety, Personal Safety, and more! The BPD will also introduce students to various officers and programs, including Bear the Service Dog! Click here to register.

  • 2022 Brookline Women of the Year Announcement: Earlier this week, the Brookline Commission for Women announced the selections for Women of the Year. We are honored to join the community’s celebration of Dr. Laurent Delli-Bovi, Chobee Hoy, Kimberley Richardson, and Kate Silbaugh for all of their work and contributions to the Brookline community. There will be a virtual celebration commemorating their impact on Wednesday, March 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here to register for the event and learn more!

REMINDER: Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 13

Remember to set your clocks forward one hour!
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday!