Brooke’s Initial COVID-19 Response

Brooke Newsletter

COVID-19

Updates and Resources

During this trying time, we hope you, your families, and your communities are safe and healthy.

We wanted to reach out to our broader community with an update on the impact of COVID-19 on our schools. In line with Governor Baker’s mandate, we will now be closed until at least May 4th.

We set up a COVID-19 web page, which reflects all of our latest announcements and resources. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ebrooke@ebrooke.org.

Our School Buildings Are Closed, But

Brooke Is Busy!

We Are Hiring

We are still actively accepting lead teacher and Associate Teacher applications for the 2020-2021 school year while schools are closed. We will be holding virtual interviews for all staff candidates.

If you have questions about applying to Brooke, contact Nicole Grandinetti (ngrandinetti@ebrooke.org), Director of Talent Recruitment, or Sadie Shea (sshea@erbooke.org), Associate Teacher Program Manager.

Scholars Are Learning

As soon as we understood school needed to close, our amazing principals and teachers immediately began executing distance learning initiatives, even though that work is entirely new to us.

We first worked with families to make sure everyone had access to internet. We also purchased and distributed over 400 Chromebooks to ensure all scholars have a computer at home and can participate in distance learning.

Across all grades and schools, teaching teams are finding creative ways to build community and continue learning through virtual morning motivations, class videos chats, daily messages, and weekly phone calls with students and families.

  • At Brooke High School and Eighth Grade Academy, students already had individual Chromebooks and used Google Classroom. Teachers are using these platforms to continue assigning work. They are also holding virtual check-ins and organizing online discussions with their classes. For our seniors, college admissions decisions continue to come in, and our college counseling department is busy helping them consider their options for the upcoming fall.
  • K -7 distance learning is more of a challenge, but teachers sent home detailed work packets right away and are now bringing together classroom groups online, using online platforms to set work expectations, and connecting individually with students and families to provide support.

Meals are Available

During this extended break, the city has organized meal distribution for all students. Families can use the Boston.Gov website to find the best location for them to pick-up lunch and breakfast. We also created a list of Meal Resources For Families (Espanol, Kreyòl Ayisyen, Portuguese).

Below is a list showing the closest distribution site to each Brooke School:

If any family still has concerns about access to meals for their children, please reach out to your school’s Director of Operations and they will work with you to see how we can best assist.