FAQs about Brewster's Reopening
These responses to Frequently Asked Questions reflect our current plans and may be updated due to evolving guidance from federal, state and local authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- How will Brewster make the decision about whether or not to reopen campus?
- General Questions
- Academic Program
- Residential Life
- Student Life
- Campus Safety and Operations
- Health and Medical Planning
- Travel and Campus Visitors
- Updates and Communication Plan
We believe that the prospect of returning to campus is an objective of deep value to the students in our care and to their families, yet we need to ensure that we have managed the myriad risks of doing so effectively before we can come together as a community. We have developed a comprehensive and well-integrated planning process to understand and respond to the challenges before us. A Reopen Campus Strategy Team will oversee the final plans that are developed. We’ve formed eight different subgroups:
- Academic Program
- Residential Life
- Student Life
- Campus Operations
- Human Resources
- Medical Planning
The subgroups are generating policies and procedures for the task force to review that are based upon public health guidance and data from educational institutions that have reopened around the world. They are prioritizing student safety above all else, while also working to ensure the highest quality student experience in a world that has changed, at least temporarily. Once the subgroups complete their work, the Reopen Campus Task Force will generate detailed plans and policies that will be shared on this website as decisions are finalized. See more information about the subgroups below.
Will parents have a chance to share their concerns?
Yes. Parent feedback will be vital. We encourage you to return to this web page frequently to review updated plans, and we hope that you will fill out a survey that we will send to you in the coming days so that we can gather your thoughts, feedback, questions, and concerns in order to ensure that your thinking is addressed in our planning.
When will Brewster make the decision about reopening campus?
Given all of the work we’ve done over the past months, we have a clear sense of the myriad dimensions of this challenge—both those we can control and those we cannot. We are guided by a clear goal—to do all we can to ensure the safety of students and members of our community—and we are optimistic that we will be able to open safely for the 2020-21 school year. At this time, we are making plans to reopen and will do so as long as we can do so while minimizing risk for our students and community. We will make a final decision as soon as our plans are fully vetted, including plans for reliable live virus testing and regular screening procedures.
Will Brewster begin the school year early and should we expect any other changes to the school year calendar?
Yes, if we are able to reopen, we anticipate an early start to the school year in order to adjust the academic calendar to extend the winter break and avoid the height of flu season. While plans are still being finalized, it is likely that plans will entail an early return for international students and domestic students who need to travel by air back to campus in order to begin a 14-day quarantine. This would likely occur in early August. Classes are likely to begin in mid-August. We recognize that this may create some conflicts with existing summer plans and wanted to share these potential dates early to accommodate rescheduling. Given all indications of the potential for a recurrence of the virus during flu season, we will be well positioned for an early and extended winter holiday break by starting the school year in August.
What resources/guidelines will Brewster follow to determine any changes to the reopen status, and how would changes be communicated?
We are actively monitoring federal and state public health guidance as medical experts continue to learn more about the virus on a daily basis. We are monitoring schools, camps, and other organizations that have reopened around the world to understand what they are learning as they navigate the new challenges in student safety and risk management. We are working closely with the State of New Hampshire to ensure that we are staying on top of any new regulations or guidance that would impact our campus operations. We are consulting regularly with a variety of experts within our parent and alumni bodies as well as local medical experts from Huggins Hospital, the hospital located within a mile of campus. And we are carefully following the Centers for Disease Control and the status of the virus within our region. If we were to experience a significant outbreak within our region, it would likely predicate the closing of campus and we would communicate plans with immediacy and with clear, cohesive planning.
What is the plan if a student is not comfortable to return to the physical campus?
If campus reopens, we expect enrolled students to return unless there are extenuating circumstances that prevent the student from doing so (e.g. barriers to travel, high-risk medical factors). For students who are unable to return, we will be prepared to offer a Brewster Online experience at a reduced e-tuition rate. While there is no way to mitigate all risk, Brewster is developing a meticulous approach to reopening campus that is designed to manage for the safety of our students and community. We believe that students learn best when living and learning in a community of diverse thinkers. We believe that students’ emotional wellbeing will be impaired by prolonged social isolation. Brewster personnel will be prepared to work with students to support their safe reentry and manage their anxieties about returning to campus. We will expect and reinforce a careful adherence to our policies and procedures, for the safety of all.
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.
(Added 6/30/20)Will all children be required to be tested over the summer? How and when does Brewster want us to share those official results (outside of the U.S.)?
We are currently developing a testing protocol that will be in line with the New Hampshire state guidelines for reopening schools and will notify all families of the requirements prior to return. It is always important to have a complete medical record for your student. If you have any lab work, you will be able to upload it on the parent portal along with your student’s physical exam.
What kind of social distancing guidelines and expectations can students expect as they return to campus?
We are developing plans for cohorts or teams of students who will live and learn together in the same residential life and academic team groupings. Students will spend the majority of their time on campus with the same group of students in order to limit the exposure they have in the course of their days. While on campus, all members of the community will be expected to wear cloth face coverings. Schedules will be established to minimize the number of students in public spaces at one time, with particular attention on safety protocols for dining services. Specific classrooms, entrances, bathrooms, and residence halls will be assigned to discrete cohorts or teams. Visitors will not be allowed in student dorm rooms at any time. Outside on campus, social distancing protocols will be in effect.
How will the quality of the overall student experience be maintained?
It is our strong belief that the quality of the student experience is rooted in the on-campus experience with faculty who are able to provide the critical relationship role paramount to optimal student growth and achievement. Brewster has dedicated the last four months to develop our curriculum, our professional expertise, and innovative planning in order to be responsive to the demand and expectations of our talented and diverse student body. Students will learn within teams, they will enjoy a highly customized educational approach, they will employ technology in new and innovative ways, they will enjoy afternoon programs and athletics, they will explore the natural beauty of the local region through weekend activities, and they will do so within a safe community of diverse thinkers—all hallmarks of a Brewster education. Adaptations will be made in order to make all of these activities as safe as possible, and we are preparing for the implementation of all program scenarios presented due to the changing conditions of COVID-19.
How will the community be trained to support the health and safety of our students and community?
Faculty and staff will receive training in the policies, protocols, and expectations we establish to keep our students and community safe. Upon returning to campus, students will also receive guidance and training, including basics such as proper hand washing, as well as more specific expectations regarding on-campus conduct and policies. Faculty, coaches, advisors, community life parents, and other adults will regularly guide students to ensure that they comply with expectations to keep the community safe.
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 June 2020, Carroll County had just 49 cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID Dashboard.
(Added 6/30/20)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?
While we are still awaiting formal guidance for schools from the State of New Hampshire, our plan is to employ testing when students arrive on campus so that quarantine restrictions can ease upon receiving negative COVID test results. We are working to devise a plan, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines, for quarantine to not equate to self-isolation. While students may be restricted to their room, we will plan for orientation activities and programming to keep them engaged and connected with the community. Our hope is to be able to quarantine all students in their assigned school year dorm rooms. By planning a staggered schedule for arrivals and testing, providing an early arrival for international students and other long haul students, and a secondary arrival for students within driving distance, we expect to begin classes for all on-campus students in person, at the same time. Current guidelines in New Hampshire continue to indicate 14 days. As such, we will devise guidelines and programming for students who are traveling via public transportation to be able to meet this standard on campus with us in a manner that accounts for the physical and mental health of all.
What will the daily expectation look like for students?
Students will be housed with others within the same assigned cohort or team. They will be assigned specific entrances to the Academic Building and classroom spaces that are specific to their cohort, within their academic team. Students will learn within classrooms that are adapted to ensure social distancing. Faculty will also be assigned to cohort teams. If faculty teach students outside their assigned cohort team, they will do so virtually or with safe social distancing enforced. Dining schedules will be adapted to limit the total number of students within the dining hall at one time. Self-service dining will be eliminated; meals will be served by a member of dining services. Students will participate in enrichment programs and athletics that may be adapted to ensure safe practices according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. Study hall will take place within residence halls and faculty will make themselves available virtually in the evenings to support as needed.
How has the school managed the academic day to incorporate social distancing expectations for students?
While the daily schedule is still being finalized, the task force is examining ways to work with the schedule to support social distancing goals, including the potential for morning athletics and enrichment activities that will allow staggered practices and additional time for cleaning between use. This will also result in a reduction of students within the Academic Building at any one time. Lunch schedules will be adapted to allow for several shifts to descale the number of students within the dining hall. More information about the daily schedule will be shared as plans are finalized.
Will there be any changes to the college process and/or standardized testing?
Brewster’s college counselors have been available to work with students remotely throughout the spring and summer. Once students return, students will work with college counselors as they always have, while employing safe social distancing measures. Brewster will follow guidance from the SAT, ACT, and other testing agencies to ensure that students have access to the testing that they need, in a safe environment.
What will determine if Brewster moves forward with a hybrid or online learning program?
We are anticipating that some students may not be able to return to campus due to travel restrictions or other reasons. We are preparing to offer a hybrid program, whereby the majority of students are studying on campus and a small number of students are learning remotely via Brewster Online. Brewster faculty are engaged in professional development throughout the summer to expand their expertise in delivering online learning, should they be required to do so in the future. In the case of a significant community outbreak, Brewster will be prepared to close campus and resume online learning for a period of time, with the hope of making up time missed on campus with revisions to the schedule later in the school year along with a continuation of academic work via Brewster Online.
Will the Instructional Support program still be a part of a student’s curriculum?
Yes, students who are enrolled in Instructional Support will 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. We expect that we will likely cancel 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 fall.
(Added 6/30/20)Can you clarify planning around any sort of off-campus spring break?
At this point, 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 are currently planning for 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 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 students have a roommate?
Yes, most students will have roommates. Students will be placed into cohorts or teams whereby groups of students will live and learn together, while limiting interactions between different cohort teams. Students will room with others within their cohort. Hygiene and room cleanliness will be regularly underscored for all. Dorm meetings will take place virtually or with safe social distancing practices.
Will students only be in classes and activities with those from their dorm?
Students will be assigned to cohorts that may include other dorms. Cohort teams will be carefully organized to match students who share the same residences, classes, and activities to the fullest extent possible.
Will a student be allowed to take weekends?
Between breaks, student travel will be limited in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Travel plans during the trimester must be approved in advance by school leadership and will require assurance that students do not travel by public transportation. Upon return to campus, students will require a temperature check, and medical staff may require a COVID-19 test.
(Added 6/30/20)Will I be able to help my student move into their dorm room on move-in day?
We are hopeful that a limited number of “helpers” from a student’s family, wearing the required PPE, will be able to assist their child in moving into the dorm. We are devising a means of staggering arrival schedules in order to facilitate this safely.
Will parents be able to visit campus?
Parents and immediate family members will be allowed to visit campus. We ask that all other visitors refrain from visiting campus for at least Fall 2020. Parents and family members will not be allowed to enter residence halls. Access to other public buildings will also be limited and parents may be subjected to temperature screenings. Parents must sign a waiver/declaration in regards to COVID-19, complete a Wellness Assessment, and wear cloth face coverings at all times on campus.
Will students be allowed to go into Wolfeboro?
Because the cases in Carroll County have been relatively low, we anticipate that students will be allowed to access local businesses in limited ways, provided they maintain social distancing guidelines, including the use of a cloth face covering at all times. If students are observed not following proper guidelines they will forfeit this privilege. If there is an increase in COVID-19 cases in the local community, student access to town will be discontinued.
What changes are being 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 such as breakfast or lunch within their rooms. Specific bathroom sinks, showers, and stalls 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.
If Brewster moves to an extended winter break, what does this mean for international students?
We understand that international travel is particularly difficult right now. Brewster will support all international students who need to remain on campus throughout breaks, including an extended winter break.
(updated 6/30/20)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 will also be increasing 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 and will be advised on increased cleaning guidance in light of COVID-19.
(Added 6/30/20)Will returning students still be able to select a roommate and when will roommate assignments be made?
Most returning students filled out a roommate preference form with their dorm parents during the spring trimester. Director of Residential Life Maureen Edmonds is following up with students who did not fill out forms this spring. We are making every effort to allow students to room with their chosen roommate, but cannot guarantee every request will be met. This year, we expect to utilize most spaces as singles and doubles only, with a small handful of exceptions (i.e. spacious quad areas in which all roommates can easily be physically distanced). The new student housing form is on the student portal and is due back to Brewster by July 15. According to our usual practice, rooming assignments will be available upon students’ return to campus.
(Added 6/30/20)When will my returning student who stored things at Brewster over the summer be able to access their items?
Our plan is to deliver all stored items to new student rooms before students arrive on campus. If a student needs to access items before move-in for any reason, please reach out to Maureen Edmonds directly at email@example.com. Additionally, some parents have inquired about their child’s items that may need to be cleaned prior to moving into residence halls. Arrangements can be made through Maureen Edmonds to retrieve items prior to move-in to facilitate a fresh start to the school year.
(Added 7/1/20)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.
(Added 7/1/20)Will my student still be able to do laundry on campus?
For families opting to have their child do their own laundry on campus, those students will still be able to use the Estabrook facility. While students in Toad Hall have access to laundry machines in their common space, all other dorms will have a weekly rotation schedule providing ample time for students who need to do laundry to complete this task. Outside of this, we are looking at adding more laundry facilities in other buildings to help ease the demand on this communal space. Details about the E&R Laundry Service are forthcoming.
What kind of afternoon activities will be available?
Brewster will ensure that students have a range of afternoon activities available to choose from, including athletics, enrichments, arts, community service, and robotics. The Student Life subgroup is working through detailed plans to ensure that all offerings are adapted as needed.
Will interscholastic athletics happen?
Brewster and other Lakes Region schools are working on what the fall season might look like in terms of competition that would be deemed safe and responsible. If interscholastic competitions are not possible in the fall, we will develop an intramural program to give students the opportunity to continue to develop their skills in their primary sports. If the situation requires that all athletics must be modified to a non-contact scenario, we are also developing plans to ensure that students have outlets to stay active, and perhaps try new activities.
What will weekend activities look like?
Students will be able to participate in weekend activities with their cohort teams. 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?
The intention is for clubs and organizations to be 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 will be modified as required by the appropriate guidelines.
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, returning home to sleep. As such they will participate in the full dining experience on campus, including lunch and dinners. Specific day student expectations are still being finalized, including restrictions on interactions with the broader Lakes Region community in order to ensure the safety of our campus community. More information will be communicated with day students and families as plans and expectations are finalized.
(Added 6/30/20)Where do day students go when the other students go back to the dorms if we are trying to keep them on campus throughout the day?
This year, we will be encouraging all day students to remain on campus through evening study hall in order to minimize their interactions outside of Brewster. We will be utilizing spaces like the mezzanine of the Estabrook and the Bobcat Den to facilitate additional study and hang out spaces for day students. Public health guidelines suggest that we limit visitors, including day students, from entering dorm spaces. As such, dorm meetings will be conducted online or outdoors, as will the vast majority of dorm activities.
(Added 6/30/20)Will students be able to order in food from local restaurants?
Yes, food delivery to dorms will be allowed. Students will be required to go outside to get their order from the driver and will have to utilize PPE. Brewster is working 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).
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.
Will there be social distancing protocols for other campus facilities?
Yes, social distancing protocols will be developed for all spaces on campus and will be communicated with the community through signage and other means.
How will Brewster manage the dining plan?
Dining schedules will be adapted to limit the total number of students within the dining hall at one time. Self-service dining will be eliminated; meals will be served by a member of dining services so that students do not need to share the same serving utensils. Strict cleaning protocols will be followed, according to public health guidance. Students will be allowed to have refrigerators within 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?
All School gatherings will take place virtually for the fall. While plans are still being finalized, groups of students within the same cohort will likely gather together to participate in virtual All Schools. Faculty members may facilitate small group discussions related to All School programming, based upon the topic.
Will students be 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. Students may remove face coverings within their dorm rooms.
What is Brewster’s cleaning plan?
Brewster will adhere to strict cleaning regimens as dictated by public health guidelines. Schedules will be managed to allow for cleaning between groups as needed. The school has purchased specialized equipment designed to disinfect public spaces.
Will all Brewster employees return 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 will be encouraged to do so.
What level of testing will we require upon return and how frequent?
All students, along with all faculty and staff working on campus, will be required to be tested for COVID-19. Specific guidance on testing is still being finalized, but will likely include an expectation for testing at home prior to returning to campus, along with testing upon arrival on campus. Additional testing will be required when students leave campus and return after breaks. During the school year, testing will be required for any symptomatic students and for any symptomatic employees prior to returning to campus to perform job functions.
What type of regular screening will be implemented?
Each morning, Brewster staff will conduct daily temperature checks using touchless thermometers for all students, faculty, and staff working on campus. An app developed by Magnus Health will be provided to students and staff to submit daily surveys to check for symptoms of illness. Students with any signs of illness will be asked to work virtually for the day or report to the Health Center.
(Added 6/30/20)What happens if my child is ill and cannot attend classes?
Student wellness will be monitored daily. Students who are ill or displaying any symptoms consistent with identified symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to refrain from attending classes and activities and will be 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 Health Center, we are in the process of defining specific spaces for the treatment of students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who cannot return home. Students who are ill who live within driving distance of campus will be encouraged to isolate and recover at home if they test positive for COVID-19. 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.
What types of new policies and protocols will be implemented to help prevent transmission?
Cloth face coverings will be required at all times in buildings and public spaces. Plexiglass shields will be installed in public reception areas. Gloves will be required for all members of dining, health services, and housekeeping. Daily screenings will be implemented. Increased hand sanitizing stations will be added throughout campus, along with regular trainings conducted with our Director of Student Health Services Carrie MacDonald. Brewster will carefully monitor changes in public health guidance and make rapid adjustments to procedures as warranted.
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 have sought 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.
(Added 6/30/20)Will the school continue with active virus testing for community members who get a positive result on an antibody test?
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 as it develops, and as with all COVID-19 information, it is rapidly changing. At this time we won't be using antibody test results in our decision making and testing here at Brewster.
Must travel be reported to Brewster?
Yes, all travel plans must be submitted to the school at least two weeks before the proposed travel date. 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?
The following considerations would apply: A family emergency that requires a student’s presence, a medical situation that would demand a student’s return home for attention, school-sanctioned activities that are coordinated by Brewster and adhere to the approved guidelines.
How is travel defined?
Brewster Academy classifies travel as any transportation by public conveyance, plane, train, bus, Uber or taxi, or by private car to a destination outside of Wolfeboro that is not coordinated through a school-sanctioned activity.
Once the school year commences, 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 approval. Travel will be limited for essential or emergency travel purposes. Students will have to undergo the testing and quarantine regime that has been established by Brewster upon return to campus.
What is the daily procedure for day students, faculty, and other student-facing employees who commute to campus?
Before students, faculty, and staff arrive on campus, they must complete and submit a daily Wellness Assessment survey, via the Magnus Health app. Failure to do so will result in not being permitted to enter any building on campus. Upon arrival to campus, students, faculty, and staff will report to designated locations for daily temperature checks. If they or anyone in their household has traveled, students, faculty, and staff will be required to go through a self-quarantine process and will need to be tested again before returning to campus.
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 not permitted.
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.
Will Brewster allow other visitors to campus?
Brewster will limit campus visitors to mission-specific needs, including carefully structured admissions visits. Visitors must be approved in advance, must sign both a release of liability waiver and a declaration in regards to COVID-19. 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.
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. We hope to be able to reschedule 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.
(Added 6/30/20)Will students be able to leave campus for college visits in the fall?
Students may request permission to travel off campus to visit colleges and universities. The students will need to follow the procedure for requesting off-campus travel and undergo the return-to-campus protocol before reentering the community. As part of the request, Brewster Academy will conduct a destination assessment and may deny a request should the conditions in the requested travel location be deemed not safe.
What will I pay if Brewster Online needs to continue for the fall?
Brewster will offer a weekly discount, prorated for recipients of financial aid, for any weeks that a student is unable to complete their studies on campus due to travel restrictions or other approved reasons. If Brewster must close for a period of time, we will make every effort to adjust the school calendar in order to make up missed weeks at a later time. Discounts will be calculated at the close of the school year and refunded to families of graduating seniors or applied as future credits for students who will be returning the following year. For further details, please contact our Chief Financial Officer, Susan Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When can I expect to get updates on this information?
Brewster’s Head of School Craig Gemmell has committed to provide updates at least every two weeks throughout the summer as our planning is finalized. This website section will also be updated as information and planning evolves.
How can I share my questions and concerns?
Brewster will be sending a survey to parents in mid-June to better understand the questions and concerns that parents have regarding the reopening of school. We are committed to being responsive in our approaches, and this feedback will be critical to our efforts. Please help us by sharing your candid thoughts, questions, and concerns.
In an ongoing manner, we encourage your outreach and suggest directing questions to specific areas of expertise and direct responsibility. You will find contact information for each Reopen Campus Strategy Team below.
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.