Health and Safety

SAFETY BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

We must all work together to bring down Brockton’s infection rate so that we can return to the classroom. While the following safety measures will be critical once we transition to a hybrid or full in-person learning model, you can and should begin to incorporate many of these practices into your daily routine now.

Parent/Guardian Expectations

Each member of our community must play a role in keeping COVID-19 and other illnesses out of our schools. We ask that parents/guardians support these efforts by screening their children for COVID-19 symptoms every morning and by keeping them home when they are ill.

It is also important that proper hygiene and mask safety is reinforced at home. Frequently demonstrate proper hand washing by lathering with soap for 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face and “catch” your sneezes or coughs either in a tissue or in your sleeve when a tissue is unavailable. Wear a mask whenever you are out in public or around friends and relatives who do not live in your household.  

You should also discuss the importance of respecting others’ personal space and show your child what three to six feet of personal space looks like. There are multiple videos and resources on the Reopening BPS section of bpsma.org that are intended to help parents teach good hygiene practices at an age-appropriate level.

Staff Expectations

All employees of the Brockton Public Schools are expected to screen themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19. Additional safety expectations will be agreed upon in collective bargaining and clearly detailed in any forthcoming memorandums of agreement.

Screening Daily for Symptoms

Staff and students should remain home if they or anyone they live with exhibits one or more of these symptoms:

    •    A fever of 100.4° F or above
    •    Cough
    •    Chills or shaking chills
    •    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    •    Sore throat
    •    Muscle aches or body aches
    •    Sudden loss of sense of smell or taste
    •    Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    •    Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)
    •    Headaches when in combination with other symptoms
    •    Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms

Staff or students exhibiting any of these symptoms must test negative for COVID-19 prior to returning to school.

RESPONDING TO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19

Self-Isolation for Confirmed Case of COVID-19

On July 17, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a detailed list of protocols for responding to confirmed or potential cases of COVID-19. In accordance with those protocols, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days and only resume public activities once they have gone 24 hours without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications), experienced improvement in their other symptoms and received clearance from the Brockton Board of Health.  

Close Contacts of an Individual with COVID-19

A close contact is defined by the school district as anyone who has been within six feet of an affected student or staff member for at least 10 minutes in a classroom or other school space, on the bus, or at an extracurricular activity. The school district will work with the Brockton Board of Health to identify and notify the close contacts of an affected individual.

In accordance with local guidelines, a student or staff member must self-isolate for 14 days if he or she is identified as being a close contact. Students who must remain home after being identified as a close contact will be provided a remote learning option as described in the “Remote Learning Model” section. A list of local testing sites is available on our website, bpsma.org, and will be updated throughout the year.

Determining When to Close a School

The school district will closely follow DESE’s protocols in collaboration with the Brockton Board of Health. A decision to ask an entire classroom or school to self-isolate will be made by district leadership in partnership with the Board of Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Decisions will be made in a timely manner to reduce the risk of further interactions between close contacts and other members of the community. If you would like to review DESE’s protocols which will help guide these decisions, please click here.

During these uncertain times, it is easy for misinformation to spread on social media. Please know that your safety and the safety of our entire community is our top priority. If a school needs to be closed, we will communicate that in a timely manner to the affected school community. We urge you to please consider the source of any information and please refrain from sharing anything that you have not independently verified by checking one of our official communications platforms.

CERTIFICATION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

The leadership of the Brockton Public Schools worked closely with the Brockton School Committee and the Brockton Board of Health to align our reopening plans with current health and safety requirements. We confirm that these plans adhere to all health and safety requirements put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as of Friday, August 14. We are committed to revising this plan to reflect any additional requirements that may be put forth in the weeks and months ahead.

Reopening Plans - Updated August 14, 2020

 LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

FEASIBILITY STUDY

FEASIBILITY STUDY

LEARNING MODELS

EXPLANATION OF THE THREE LEARNING MODELS

 GEARING UP FOR REMOTE LEARNING

GEARING UP FOR REMOTE LEARNING

 HEALTH AND SAFETY

HEALTH AND SAFETY

DISTRICT ACADEMIC CALENDAR

DISTRICT ACADEMIC CALENDAR

IMPORTANT  CONTACTS

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

MONITORING AND MAKING CHANGES

MONITORING AND MAKING CHANGES

Plans in PDF Form

REOPENING PLANS IN PDF FORM