We, the COVID Response Team, want to pause this week to reflect upon a year unlike any other. The Administrative Team made the decision to go remote on Thursday, March 12, 2020, almost a full year ago. Our common thinking then was: ok, the next three or four months will be rough, but after that, all will return to normal. Tiger King was THE show on Netflix, and there were lots of social media posts about toilet paper and being locked in with the whole family. It was a scary time as we faced the unknown, and predictions were dire.
As we emerge almost a full year later, we want to congratulate you. Though it has been brutal—as we have each faced personal, professional, social, and emotional challenges—we are here, and we are wiser.
As a community, Brimmer is steadfast, united, and committed. We have shown that we can be together, in person, safely and substantively, to tackle the issues that confront us and to learn.
You have been a critical component to the effort. Thank you for trusting us and for prioritizing your child’s education and the experience of all members of the Brimmer community. We recognize that many of you have foregone visits and vacations in order to comply with travel regulations and return-to-school policies.
As we weather February’s chilly temperatures and look forward to March Break, we are asking you to recommit keeping our school and your children healthy and in person. More people are receiving vaccinations, the weather is improving, the metrics look better each week, and we will welcome the return of the tents for use after break. We know our mitigation efforts are working. In the rare event of a positive COVID case on campus, those efforts have stifled spread. The daily screening questionnaire functions as a gatekeeper. Please fill it out before leaving the house in the morning. Be truthful. Not every yes will preclude a day at school. We will continue to communicate with you. You are always welcome to reach out to us. As we hope you have found, we cast wide nets in determining who we ask to quarantine if and when someone on campus receives a positive COVID diagnosis. We contact everyone under that net by phone and then again by email. If you have not heard from us, we have determined (in connection with Newton Public Health) that your child does not need to change their daily routine.
We still have work to do and a long way to go before this pandemic is in the past. The worst, however, is behind us, and we will beat this. Be kind to each other. Be gentle with yourself. We are all doing our best. Every night Lester Holt ends the Nightly News saying, “Please take care of yourself and each other.” We think he has the right idea.
- The COVID Response Team