FAQs about Brewster's Reopening
These responses to Frequently Asked Questions reflect our current plans, processes, and protocols, and may be updated due to evolving guidance from federal, state, and local authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have archived questions that are outdated or pertain specifically to the reopening phase of our communications.
- General Questions
- Academic Program
- Residential Life
- Student Life
- Campus Safety and Operations
- Health and Medical Planning
- Travel and Campus Visitors
- Updates and Communication Plan
How do parents share their concerns or questions about how Brewster is keeping the community safe during the pandemic?
From Head of School Craig Gemmell to every faculty and staff member, Brewster counts on open dialog with parents to ensure the best possible experience for the children in our care. If at any time you have a COVID-related concern, you can contact any member of the Strategy Team.
As always, if you have a concern or questions about your child’s academics, please reach out to their advisor. And the Parent Portal is the best place to check in for news, events, or other important information.
What is the current plan for the upcoming winter break schedule and student return?
Students will be allowed to leave campus for the winter holiday break on November 23 following their last commitment. Travel assistance is available through Peter Mann email@example.com. Students will be returning in two groupings similar to the start of school. Those students traveling by public transportation will return to campus on January 3 for their two-week quarantine phase. Students traveling by car will return in staggered arrivals on January 15 and 16 following their at-home quarantine period. Similar testing protocols will likely be in place for students and include on campus testing for students, faculty, and staff. All additional details will be updated on the Parent Portal when they are confirmed.
What is the plan if a student is not comfortable returning to campus after the Winter 2020-21 break?
We remain committed to the position that students learn best when living and learning in a community of active and diverse thinkers and that students’ emotional wellbeing is impaired by prolonged social isolation. We now have the experience and preparation to manage and support the safe re-entry of students back to campus in January. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we would expect to welcome back enrolled students following the winter holiday break. For those whose approved circumstance prevents their return, please contact Susan Harrington, Chief Financial Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibility of an e-tuition rate.
What if I am restricted to travel to Brewster from where I live?
If a student is unable to be on campus due to restrictions that are out of their control, Brewster will offer a Brewster Online experience that will be offered at a reduced e-tuition rate. Brewster will work closely with families to support a safe return to campus as soon as it is feasibly possible.
Should we expect any additional changes to the 2020-21 school calendar, and how would changes be communicated?
Given the possible changes due to an evolving COVID status on campus or in Wolfeboro, we may be faced with the need to alter the school calendar accordingly. If we do make any changes, we would do our best to provide ample notification so that families can best accommodate the travel and return of their child(ren).
What is the onboarding process for a student transitioning to campus after the school year has commenced?
Any student who arrives on campus for the first time must go through the proper protocols including: 14-day quarantine at home if student is arriving by private car or a school-arranged, local 14-day quarantine for students arriving via public transportation, providing a negative COVID test result prior to arrival, and another COVID test on campus before being cleared to enter the community.
What kind of social distancing guidelines and expectations are in place for students on campus?
As students live and learn together on campus, they are expected to follow the Brewster Covenant: Our COVID Code of Conduct. This means adhering to prescribed testing, quarantine requirements, and routine screenings; participating in any training offered to understand Brewster’s safety precautions; wearing a mask at all times unless in one’s own dorm room; maintaining at least a six-foot distance from others indoors and outdoors; practicing good hygiene with handwashing and not touching one’s face; keeping our spaces clean; reporting all symptoms of COVID-19 to a designated health professional at Brewster; limiting non-essential travel to reduce exposure; wearing a mask and practicing social distancing when in town; and not eating inside restaurants in town. Employees must also follow these protocols. Protocols may be updated at any time. Visitors will not be allowed in student dorm rooms at any time, including day students assigned to that dorm.
How is the quality of the overall student experience being maintained on campus?
It is our strong belief that the quality of the student experience is rooted in the on-campus experience with faculty, staff, and peers who directly support student growth and achievement. Students are continuing to learn within teams, enjoying a highly customized educational approach, employing technology in new and innovative ways, enjoying afternoon programs and athletics, exploring the natural beauty of the local region through weekend activities, and they are doing so within a safe community of diverse thinkers—all hallmarks of a Brewster education. Adaptations have been made in order to make these activities as safe as possible and to implement most program scenarios within the changing conditions of COVID-19.
How has the community been trained to support the health and safety of our students and community?
Faculty and staff received training in the policies, protocols, and expectations we established to keep our students and community safe. Students also received guidance and training, including basics such as proper hand washing, six-foot social distancing, and mask wearing as well as more specific expectations regarding on-campus conduct and policies. Faculty, coaches, advisors, community life parents, and other adults regularly guide students to ensure that they comply with expectations to keep the community safe. The Reopen Campus Strategy Team has transitioned to a COVID Response and Management Team that meets several times each week to review policies and procedures in order to ensure that necessary decisions and adjustments are made in real-time.
What is the status of the COVID-19 virus in Wolfeboro?
Thankfully, cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County, where Wolfeboro is located, have remained very low. As of early October 2020, Carroll County had just 126 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID Dashboard.
What exactly does it mean to quarantine a student on campus? Will they be in their dorm room with a roommate or in a different location? Will they be able to go to class or will they need to attend classes online? How long will a “quarantine” last?
Quarantine may be necessary at several points and for several reasons throughout the year. During onboarding following breaks or approved off-campus travel, students may be asked to quarantine for a period of time. Depending upon the details of the onboarding situation, students might quarantine in their dorm rooms, or they may be asked to quarantine at an off-campus location under faculty supervision until they are cleared to move into their dorm rooms.
A student may also be required to quarantine by the Department of Health and Human Services if they have been deemed a close contact of another person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Again, the details of the student’s living situation will determine whether the student may quarantine in his/her dorm room or if they need to quarantine at a designated health center on campus. In some cases, students may decide to quarantine at home if they are able to safely travel without utilizing public transportation.
Finally, a student may be asked to quarantine if he or she is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19. In this case, a student would likely remain in the health center pending testing.
Students would be placed into isolation (versus quarantine) only if they test positive for the COVID-19 virus. Isolation would be managed through the Health Center or students would return home. See DHHS reference sheet.
Students who are in quarantine and/or isolation will participate in Brewster Online to continue with their academic commitments.
What does the daily expectation look like for students?
Students receive daily morning health screenings that take place at the Estabrook dining hall or prior to entering the Academic building. Classroom layouts are fixed with proper six-foot distancing between desks and masks are required in all spaces at all times. Some facilities have been modified to accommodate classroom space in order to allow for proper spacing. Served lunches have been staggered and students are encouraged to take their meals to the designated outdoor dining tent, open outdoor seating, or back to their rooms. Afternoon athletics and enrichment programs are scheduled during the week with the proper safety protocols applied. From 5 to 7 p.m. dinner is served at the Estabrook (again with meals eaten outdoors or in dormitories) with study halls taking place in residence halls from Monday through Friday.
How has the school managed the academic day to incorporate social distancing expectations for students?
All classrooms have been adapted to accommodate the proper spacing of six feet between students and faculty members. In some areas of the Academic building the flow of students is designated by directional arrows to ensure safe distancing. Some classes have moved to rooms that can accommodate the number of students within the six foot spacing requirements. Dining times have been adapted to plan for both student and staffing needs.
Will there be any changes to the college process and/or standardized testing?
The college process remains an integral part of the academic program this year. Brewster’s college counselors are meeting with students individually while employing safe social distancing measures. We have become a closed testing site which allows us to conduct SAT, ACT, and the at-home TOEFL test on campus for Brewster students only.
Is the Instructional Support program still a part of a student’s curriculum?
Yes, students who are enrolled in Instructional Support continue to receive high-quality instruction with adaptations to meeting spaces to ensure safe social distancing. The success of our spring remote learning program allowed us to develop an even better understanding of how to support students at a distance, and provides us with valuable insight applicable at all levels of instruction.
Will Brewster continue to provide the Social and Emotional Learning program?
Yes, social and emotional learning courses will remain required components of the curriculum for all grade levels. The impact of a global pandemic has highlighted the need for a curriculum that supports the development of the emotional skill sets required to face daily challenges and greater disorder in our student’s lives. We are proud to stand behind a 10-year commitment to this program at Brewster Academy.
Will Brewster offer Global Programs in 2020-21?
At this time, we have canceled our fall trimester experience in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and the winter trimester in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and guidance from public health officials and will make a decision about the ninth grade immersion experience in Cadiz, Spain and the spring trimester abroad in Santiago de Compostela later this winter.
Can you clarify planning around any sort of off-campus spring break?
Until a vaccine becomes available or the state of the virus changes significantly, we are working to minimize the number of times that students depart and arrive on campus. This will minimize the number of times that students are required to be tested and quarantined. For that reason, we will have an extended winter break, and we are eliminating all shorter breaks, including the fall long weekend, the winter long weekend, and the March break. In order to help students remain engaged throughout the longer terms, we will plan project-based learning and experiential learning periods into the schedule, including two week-long Interim Studies periods in February and April. Again, if the state of the pandemic changes significantly, we will re-examine the schedule plan and communicate any changes to students and families with as much advance notice as possible.
Will Interim Studies be offered this year, and will there be expected changes to this program due to COVID-19?
Yes, we will be running our Interim Studies program with some limitations in scope to the experiences offered. As in the past, decisions on program participation will be based upon seniority to the extent possible, along with considerations. All experiences will follow the same strict health guidelines that we are following elsewhere in the community.
We will be running two Interim Studies experiences this year. The first will be February 22-26, 2021. The second is April 12-16, 2021. Students will have the opportunity to participate in two separate experiences, or choose a single experience that runs throughout the duration of both weeks.
The ability to provide the essential safety protocols and the pandemic reality will remain the leading determining factors as to the viability of offerings. Specific safety measures and protocols will include
- No public transportation/travel
- Any off-campus experiences will be restricted in exposure to other people. Any non-Brewster contact will be limited to experts and guides who have passed a COVID test prior to interaction with our students, or who may work with students remotely.
- Dedicated Brewster housing (no mingling with outside groups)
- Potentially smaller groups
- Must be able to comply with the Brewster Covenant
- Travel Task Force authorization
Additional safety measures may be added specific to the project/experience, and we ask that all families understand that our first priority is to keep our community safe. As such, all experiences are subject to change and/or cancellation at any time if we feel that we will not be able to safely run the experience as the launch day gets closer.
Will a student be allowed to take weekends?
All student travel will be limited to essential purposes (see travel section for definition), and any travel requests must be submitted to the school at least two weeks before the proposed travel date on this travel form. Brewster reserves the right to deny any request for travel that does not classify as an emergency or essential in order to limit the risk of exposure and transmission of the virus within our community.
Will parents be able to visit campus?
Parents and immediate family members will be allowed to visit campus on a limited basis to minimize exposure. As we work to manage the flow of visitors to campus and provide necessary staff for screening visitors upon arrival, we have restricted students' visitors to Sundays only starting October 4. Parents and family members will complete a health screening when they arrive on campus and are required to wear a mask at all times. Visitors are not allowed to enter residence halls at any time. Access to other public buildings on campus is restricted and must be approved in advance. Parents should fill out the student visitor request form, ideally two weeks prior to the planned visit.
Will students be allowed to go into Wolfeboro?
Students will be allowed to access town wearing masks at all times and only eating in outside venues or using take out services for food. There may be situations, including an increase in COVID cases in the local community, that warrant the temporary closure of town access. If students are observed not following proper guidelines, they will forfeit this privilege.
What changes have been made to the dorm experience to reinforce social distancing?
For 2020-21, all students will be allowed to have mini refrigerators in dorm rooms in order to allow for food storage, thereby lessening some impact on numbers in the dining halls if students choose to have meals in their rooms. Specific bathrooms will be assigned to rooming cohorts. Dorm meetings will happen outdoors with safe social distancing or virtually for the fall, and perhaps beyond. All dorm activities will happen outdoors for the fall. And although day students will be assigned a dorm and can participate in outdoor dorm meetings and activities, they are not allowed inside the dorms.
What is the cleaning plan for residence halls? What will students be responsible for?
Students are not required to clean the bathrooms or common rooms, but cleaning supplies and PPE (masks and gloves) will be available if a student would like to clean the bathroom before and/or after use. The housekeeping staff has increased the cleaning schedule in all areas of heavier use like bathrooms and common areas. Students are expected, as always, to keep their dorm room tidy, maintain traditional dorm duties, and will be advised on increased cleaning guidance in light of COVID-19.
Is a mini-fridge required?
No, a mini-fridge is not a requirement. It is on our "what to bring" list because we chose to lift the prohibition on mini-fridges to ensure that those students who would feel better staying away from the dining hall would have this option. Brewster will continue to provide a large dorm refrigerator for students to use in the common area.
What kind of afternoon activities will be available?
Students have a range of afternoon activities available to choose from, including athletics, enrichments, arts, community service, and robotics. Coaches and program leaders have deployed a phased rollout approach and a variety of safety precautions have been adapted for each offering.
Will interscholastic athletics happen?
Lakes Region Heads of School and Athletic Directors have worked closely together to ensure that all schools are adhering to similar, strict safety measures on campus in hopes that interscholastic competitions may proceed. Competitions are scheduled to begin in October, on Saturdays only, if all gating conditions are met as determined by all Heads of School, including testing requirements, status of the virus on campuses, symptom checks, and a variety of other safety measures and expectations. A final decision regarding scheduled games will be made on a week-by-week basis. In consultation with medical experts, Lakes Region Heads have determined that spectators will not be allowed at any games this fall. All schools will make every effort to livestream games so parents, fans, and college recruiters may watch remotely. Winter plans are currently still under development.
What will weekend activities look like?
Students will be able to participate in weekend activities with the expectation that they will adhere to the Brewster Covenant at all times. Activities will include thoughtfully coordinated off-campus trips that allow for social distancing and take advantage of our spectacular natural region, as well as a robust variety of on-campus activities to provide students with the much-needed break from studies and time to relax with peers and faculty.
Will all clubs be able to meet and run like normal?
Clubs and organizations are running with social distancing protocols in place as well as some virtual coordination to engage all students who are interested in participating. Some service opportunities and events have been modified as required and some have been postponed until it is safe to resume.
Will the student experience be different for day students and how?
Day students will be expected to fully engage in the academic day, athletics or afternoon enrichment, and evening study hall. The expectation is that day students will spend the majority of their time on campus. As such, they may participate in the full dining experience on campus, including lunch and dinners. Day students must adhere to the Brewster Covenant at all times when not on campus. While on campus, they may utilize the Boathouse as a day student hangout space. Due to necessary safety measures, day students are not allowed to enter residence halls until further notice.
Will students be able to order in food from local restaurants?
Yes, food delivery to dorms is allowed. Students are required to go outside to get their order from the driver and will have to utilize PPE. Brewster has worked with the local restaurants that deliver directly on practices that will minimize risk to our community, including practices that have become the norm during COVID-19 (i.e. contactless delivery). Brewster reserves the right to suspend any food delivery If there is a spike in cases in our greater community, or if delivery presents an additional risk to campus.
How will classrooms be arranged to be responsive to physical distancing requirements?
Larger classes may be broken into sections or moved to different locations where students will be spread out in order to ensure that safe social distancing is implemented. Students will be seated with at least six feet between one another. Faculty will teach within their assigned cohort as much as possible. When teaching a group that is not within their assigned cohort, faculty will either teach virtually, or a class location will be established that provides ample distance between the faculty and students.
How will Brewster manage the dining plan?
Until further notice (fall season), students may pick up food in the servery and all meals will be eaten outdoors in the dining tent, using open-air seating, or brought back to dormitories. Self-service dining has been eliminated; meals are served by a member of dining services so that students do not need to share the same serving utensils. Strict cleaning protocols are followed, according to public health guidance. Students are allowed to have refrigerators in their dorm rooms in order to stock breakfast and lunch items if they wish to reduce visits to the dining hall.
Will there be All School gatherings?
Yes. All School gatherings will take place virtually for the fall. Students and faculty sign in from their dorm rooms and homes for virtual Zoom meetings or Zoom webinars as appropriate. All School meetings take place on Sunday evenings, and a link to the meeting is emailed out, usually from Mr. Barnett.
Are students required to wear masks at all times? Faculty/staff/visitors?
Yes, students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear cloth face coverings at all times while in buildings and public spaces. Note that bandana and gaiter-style face coverings are not allowed per to CDC recommendations. Face coverings must conform to the face, and cover the mouth and nose. Students may remove face coverings within their dorm rooms. They have also been reminded to throw cloth masks into their laundry so they have a clean mask every day.
What is Brewster’s cleaning plan?
Brewster is adhering to strict cleaning regimens as dictated by public health guidelines. Schedules are managed to allow for cleaning between groups as needed. The school has purchased specialized equipment designed to disinfect public spaces.
Have all Brewster employees returned to work?
In order to minimize the number of unnecessary interactions on campus, non student-facing staff members who are able to continue to work from home have been encouraged to do so.
What level of testing will be required and how frequent will testing take place?
All students, along with all faculty and staff working on campus, were tested for COVID at the beginning of the fall trimester, and all of those tests were negative. As the trimester moves forward, any student approved for off-campus travel will be required to test again and follow quarantine protocols from the Travel Committee. Also, sentinel testing will be conducted on an ongoing weekly basis throughout the fall with the added possibility of students competing in interscholastic competitions. When students return from winter break, there will be a new round of quarantine and testing protocols as the community did at the beginning of the school year.
What type of regular screening is expected?
Each morning, Brewster staff conducts daily temperature checks using thermal screeners for all students, faculty, and staff working on campus. Students are asked a series of daily symptom screening questions and are expected to report any symptoms or changes in their health. Students with any signs of illness will be asked to work virtually for the day or report to the Health Center.
What happens if my child is ill and cannot attend classes?
Student wellness is monitored daily. Students who are ill or displaying any symptoms consistent with identified symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to refrain from attending classes and activities and are assessed to determine the best placement, either in the Health Center, overflow spaces, or their dorm room. Students who cannot attend class in person can attend class virtually. As maintaining the health and well-being of all is paramount, should illness persist, students will be encouraged to return home or to the residence of a designated family member/guardian until they are fully recovered and test results come back negative. A limited number of spaces will be designated on campus for this purpose should families not be able to designate a guardian within driving distance of campus.
Where on campus will sick students be isolated?
In addition to the existing Student Health Center, we have added a secondary Health Center on campus in Cate House for students who need to be quarantined and cannot return home. (The employees who work in Cate House have either moved to other offices or are working from home.) Students who need to quarantine and who live within driving distance of campus will be encouraged to quarantine and recover at home if possible. Huggins Hospital is located less than one mile from campus and is prepared to support students who are seriously ill.
If a student shows any signs of illness, they will be asked to work virtually for the day or report to the Health Center. All symptoms will be taken seriously and evaluated carefully.
Is the school in consultation with health professionals on the protocols for student support?
Yes, we have established open lines of communication with the director and medical team at Huggins Hospital, the local hospital located less than one mile from campus. Additionally, we continue to seek counsel from several qualified members of our parent and alumni communities, as well as medical guidance offered to schools within the Independent Schools of Northern New England cohort.
Is Brewster using antibody tests?
No. At this time, according to the CDC, it is not recommended to use the antibody test as a determining factor on return to work or school. We are following antibody testing news as it develops. At this time we won't be using antibody test results in our decision making and testing here at Brewster.
Will there be flu shots offered to students, and what is the school’s position on getting one?
It has never been more important to protect yourself against the flu, and Brewster strongly encourages all members of the community to get the flu shot this year. Student Health Center Director Carrie MacDonald reminds us all that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the flu vaccination as an important intervention to protect children and reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses during the COVID pandemic.
Brewster held its on-campus Student Flu Clinic on October 7. Parents were advised to log into their child’s Magnus account to be sure they are signed up to receive the vaccine. Flu shots are also available at the Wolfeboro Walgreens.
Brewster employees were also encouraged to receive the flu vaccine, and a separate on-campus clinic was held for them. They have been encouraged to attend the annual flu clinic at nearby Huggins Hospital if they were unable to get their shot at Brewster.
Must travel be reported to Brewster?
Yes, all student travel requests must be submitted to the school at least two weeks before the proposed travel date on this travel form. Brewster reserves the right to deny any request for travel that does not classify as an emergency or essential in order to limit the risk of exposure and transmission of the virus within our community.
What will be considered essential travel or an emergency consideration?
“Essential travel” means traveling for an objective that can’t be fulfilled by remote means; for example, a student making a college visit because remote visits are not available or “essential travel” due to a critical medical, family, or community situation that would demand a student’s return home for attention.
How is travel defined?
Brewster Academy classifies “travel” as any transportation by public conveyance, plane, train, bus, Uber, Lyft, taxi, or by private car to a destination outside of Wolfeboro that is not coordinated through a school-sanctioned activity.
Once the school year has commenced, are boarding students permitted to travel home on weekends?
Boarding students are not permitted to travel to and from the campus over the weekends without prior school approval of essential travel. Students will have to undergo the testing and quarantine regimen that has been established by Brewster upon return to campus.
What is the testing and quarantine expectation for a student returning to campus after approved off-campus travel?
If you have left New England OR if you have remained in New England but a) attended a gathering of 50 or more people or b) traveled by public conveyance during any part of your trip (this refers to trains, planes, busses, rapid transit/subways, and car services including Lyft and Uber) or c) have been away from campus overnight, you must:
- return with a negative COVID-19 test result taken within seven days of return
- quarantine at the Lake Wentworth Inn for 14 days for travel outside of New England. (If you have remained in New England, you will quarantine until a second test comes back negative.)
- undergo a second round of testing in Wolfeboro at time to be determined by the Health Center
- Please note: The cost of COVID testing and hotel stay must be covered by the family
Depending upon the destination, length of stay, and purpose of travel, a more robust quarantine may be required.
What is the daily procedure for day students, faculty, and other student-facing employees who commute to campus?
Before faculty and staff arrive on campus or enter a public building, they must complete a self-symptom screening. Any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be reported to a supervisor. Upon arrival to campus, students, faculty, and staff will report to designated locations for daily temperature checks. Students are screened either in the Estabrook before entering the dining hall, or the Academic Building before attending class. Students are given a sticker to show they’ve completed the symptom screening and temperature check.
Is carpooling or sharing rides to campus permitted?
No. When carpooling, it is impossible to practice physical distancing in private cars. Given this reality, this method of transportation to and from campus is generally not permitted. However, needs will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and exceptions made if deemed necessary. Requests may be directed to Bret Barnett at email@example.com.
Are day students permitted to travel to and from campus freely during the academic day?
No. Once day students arrive for their academic day, they will be asked to remain on campus until they are returning home for the day, following evening study hall.
Given the challenges of international travel, will the campus remain open over holiday breaks?
Yes, the campus will remain open over the holidays for international students and for boarding students from areas of the country experiencing high rates of COVID-19 transmission as needed. If possible, we will work with students and families to secure screened homestay options so that students have a more fulfilling experience over the long break. Due to the length of the winter break this year, students are encouraged to return home if their situations allow so they can enjoy a full and restorative break before the extended winter/spring terms.
Will Brewster allow other visitors to campus?
Brewster will limit campus visitors to mission-specific needs, including carefully structured admissions visits and parents on a limited basis (Sundays only). Visitors must be approved in advance and screened for symptoms upon arrival. All visitors must wear cloth face coverings and practice social distancing while on campus. Necessary PPE will be supplied by the school to all essential visitors to campus. All essential visitors will be greeted upon arrival by their hosting party at which time they will be provided PPE and briefed on the school’s visitor policy. They will also be asked to do a temperature check. Any visitor who chooses not to comply with campus policy will be denied entry to school buildings and be asked to depart from campus. Also, the campus is closed to local residents who, before the pandemic, may have visited campus for a run or a walk.
Will Brewster offer any on-campus events during Fall 2020?
At this time, Brewster has postponed all fall events, including the Bobcat Open Golf Tournament, Grandparents' Day, and Fall Family Weekend. (When possible, we are creating virtual versions of these experiences.) We hope to be able to reschedule some of these highly anticipated events for a later date, when it is safe to hold large group gatherings. Meanwhile, we will look for creative ways to foster connections and build community.
How is the cost of Brewster Online determined?
The fee structure for this is determined by many factors including the time of the year and extenuating circumstances. To best understand how this would apply to your/your child’s situation, please contact our Chief Financial Officer, Susan Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will we hear about any updates on campus through the school year?
The Parent and Student Portals are the prime source for any Brewster news, forms, updates, etc. Also, the school regularly updates these Frequently Asked Questions and archives those that are outdated. Campus News (Brewster’s e-newsletter) is emailed on a weekly basis and includes reminders and notifications of new and adjusted information. Direct communication through email is used when information is considered to be critical and more immediate.
Reopening Campus Strategy Team
This team has been assembled to engage in a comprehensive and careful scenario-planning process to identify and understand all dimensions of the 2020-2021 school year program within the context of ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 and in support of Brewster’s mission.
This team is committed to understand and anticipate the known and unknown, to build a coherent strategic planning framework to make decisions rapidly as clarity emerges, and to engage constituents across the organization to shape Brewster’s path and planning accordingly.
The Strategy Team is informed by policies and procedures that are being developed by eight subgroups that are listed here.