April 14, 2022
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Greetings PSB community,
Happy April Vacation! The past few weeks have been a busy time for all of us, as we made our way through initial MCAS testing, enjoyed multiple performances by our musical, artistic, and athletic students, and engaged in exciting science fairs. All of these activities represent many months of collaboration, effort, and personal growth in our schools. To our students, staff, and families - keep up the good work! I remain in awe of your continued engagement and dedication to learning and growing in our classrooms every day.
I also want to follow up on the statement that we published on Tuesday afternoon. I want to be clear and emphasize that there is zero-tolerance for sexual assault or sexual harassment in our community. We will continue to work with the Brookline Police Department as they investigate these charges and allegations. I also want to caution our community on engaging in discussions that may be premature, unwarranted, and harmful. Instead, I ask that you redirect your efforts to supporting our students and staff in processing what has happened through compassion and empathy.
I hope you will take time to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22 by exploring the great outdoors, participating in a community clean-up, or by making art projects using items found in nature. My very best wishes for a wonderful, restful break, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, April 25!
Dr. Linus Guillory
Superintendent of Schools
UPDATE: COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies
This week, our school nurses sent additional at-home test kits home for students and staff. We strongly recommend that all staff and students conduct a rapid test on the evening of Sunday, April 24 before returning to school after April vacation. Routine weekly surveillance testing will continue on its regular schedule on Tuesday, April 26.
Over the past few weeks, we have identified a few clusters of positive cases within our schools and classrooms. While we cannot identify with certainty that the transmission occurred at school (as many individuals are participating in play dates, parties, and other social events outside of school), we have shared information with affected students, staff, and families to require masks to be worn until we return from April vacation. Overall, our school nurses have seen an increase in individuals coming to school with symptoms. If your student is ill, please keep them home. Individuals who test negative for COVID-19, but still exhibit sore throat, fever, cough, or other symptoms should stay home and test again after 24-48 hours.
Additional at-home testing has also been strongly recommended; all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should inform any of their close contacts, and we remind everyone to pay particular attention to symptoms and to stay home when ill.
REMINDER: 6th-12th Grade Term 3 Final Report Cards Published
As previously discussed in our March 18 update, final report cards for Term 3 have now been published for all students in 6th through 12th grade in the Aspen Parent Portal. Families should have received a notification by email earlier this week once your student(s) report was published. Families may also log in to Aspen itself and access these reports digitally in the “Published Reports” section. If you have trouble logging in to the portal, please contact email@example.com. Interim progress reports for Term 4 for students through 12th grade will be published in Aspen on Monday, May 23.
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are assessed through two cycles (September to January, January to June). K-5 parents/guardians will discuss their student(s) progress, growth, and development directly with their staff at designated parent-teacher conference days; these conferences are slated to begin in April. Cycle 2 progress reports for K-5 students will be published before the last day of school.
2022 Caverly Award Winners Announced
Earlier today, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) officially announced the 2022 recipients of the prestigious Caverly Award:
Nicole Chasse (Kindergarten teacher at Ridley School)
Joslyn Vendola (Lead Teacher and Math Teacher for the ExCEL Program at Brookline High School)
Model United Nations Returns to Brookline High School!
Town of Brookline Election is on Tuesday, May 3
The Town of Brookline will be holding its annual Town Election on Tuesday, May 3. Please note that due to increased population as reflected in the 2020 census, Brookline added a new precinct. You can see what precinct you are in, where your polling (voting) location is, and other information about the election on the Town Clerk’s webpage.
Seven Brookline school buildings serve as polling locations, representing ten of the seventeen precincts in town. School will be in session on May 3 with all staff and students present. As is the practice on election day, poll workers will actively guide voters to the polling locations. As always, the goal is to get our voters in and out of our schools with minimal disruption to student learning.