REIMAGINING BRIMMER

We are excited to have our students, faculty, and staff back on campus. We have established a COVID RESPONSE TEAM that meets weekly to ensure we keep everyone safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. Our efforts have truly shown the strength and resilience of the Brimmer community, and while our campus looks different right now, our dedication to our students and their learning remains unchanged. We hope you’ll take a moment to watch how we’ve reimagined the Brimmer education.

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  • RESOURCES USED FOR REOPENING PLAN

    • American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Reopening
    • AUXS Consulting
    • CDC Guidance for Schools
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • City of Newton Public Health
    • Harvard School of Public Health Guidelines for Reopening
    • Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
    • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
    • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance Mass.gov Re-opening plan
    • Mass General: Covid-19 School and Community Resources for clinicians advising schools and community groups on strategies to prevent and manage COVID-19

COVID Response Team

List of 11 members.

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    Judith Guild 

    Head of School
    617-278-2336
  • Photo of Julian Hickman

    Julian Hickman 

    CFO
  • Photo of Sue Cuyler

    Sue Cuyler 

    Director of Marketing & Communications
    617-278-2333
  • Photo of Cassandra Abodeely

    Cassandra Abodeely 

    Director of Summer & Auxiliary Programs
  • Photo of Elizabeth Smith

    Elizabeth Smith 

    Director of Development
    617-739-5289
  • Photo of Joshua Neudel

    Joshua Neudel 

    Head of Upper School
    617-278-2332
  • Photo of Carl Vallely

    Carl Vallely 

    Head of Middle School, Co-Director of Faculty Recruitment and Mentoring
    617-278-2338
  • Photo of Emily Miller

    Emily Miller 

    Head of Lower School
    617-278-2311
  • Photo of Ina Patel

    Ina Patel 

    L.S. Director of Teaching & Learning, L.S. Science Coordinator
  • Photo of Beth Escobar

    Beth Escobar 

    Director of Health Services
    617-278-2344
  • Photo of Amanda Crater

    Amanda Crater 

    Database Coordinator
    617-278-2320
    • A Day In My Life

      By Sophia Spring '22

Covid Metrics & Considerations

When making decisions about the continuation of in-person learning, the COVID Response Team considers a wide range of available data and resources. We are not relying upon a single factor; rather, we are considering various components that impact the decision to remain on campus or move to remote learning, including:

  • Campus experience for all faculty, staff, and students; and ability of all to comply with risk mitigation efforts
  • PCR test results of faculty and staff tested weekly
  • External metrics, including number of cases per 100,000 people in the Greater Boston area, the 7-day and 14-day average positivity rate in MA, and 3-day average of COVID patients in MA hospitals, aggregated to generate our own Brimmer community’s metric representing over 20 towns
  • Input from our weekly consultation with health experts
  • We rely on data from a variety of sources such as MA.gov, Covid ActNow, and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania PolicyLab

While we are are thrilled to have reopened campus this fall, there is no guarantee that cases will not arise. We will continue to monitor our community closely using the above specified data, and we will make decisions based on the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Remote Learning

In pivoting to a remote learning environment this past spring, we are proud of our efforts to deliver the same personalized learning approach that our students and families expect from us. Since spring, our faculty has been hard at work optimizing their courses and looking at ways to better replicate features of in-person teaching. If mandated to do so by the Commonwealth, or because of a positive case within our School, we are prepared to shift once again to a remote learning model and are committed to meeting our goals for all academic programs.
As an inclusive community, Brimmer welcomes students who will increase the diversity of our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions, and athletic and other school-administered programs.