Parent Resources 2020-21

COVID-19 SCHOOL INFORMATION

Dear Brookfield Academy Families:
In August, we welcomed our students back to campus for the 2020-21 school year. In some ways, Brookfield Academy will operate a bit differently, but in most ways everything will be the same.

Please review BA's COVID-19 "Blue" Print for protocols that are in place. This is a very unusual time for our students, faculty, and families, and we very much appreciate everyone's help in the serious process of keeping our school and community healthy.

Thank you for being an important partner in this process.

Sharon Koenings
Head of School
Please keep scrolling for all information.

COVID-19 School Updates (Compiled from our newsletters)

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • BA@HOME PROGRAM

    Our current BA@HOME program will end on December 11. Beginning the second semester, the program will continue only for students who are asked to be quarantined or who are out of school with an illness lasting more than three days. We feel our campus is safe and that it is imperative for students who are well to be in our classrooms learning with their teachers. Families with extenuating circumstances should contact Ms. Julie D’Arruda for information on requesting to continue in this program; we will carefully consider these requests.  
  • CAMPUS VISITORS

    Anyone entering buildings besides students, faculty, and staff will need to sign a COVID waiver. To reduce the number of visitors entering our buildings, we have set up a drop box by the front door of Founders Hall. 

    Middle School parents may drop off forgotten items in a bin located outside Freedom Hall.

    A drop box has been placed on the porch of Founders Hall, please use it to drop off items such as tuition payments.

    Both drop off sites are checked regularly each day.

    Unfortunately, any alumni returning home from college for fall breaks may not visit Brookfield Academy. We will miss seeing them, but we need to forgo these visits this year.
  • CLEANING PROCEDURES/PROTOCOL REMINDERS

    Cleaning: In addition to the cleaning procedures listed here, our cleaning crew will continue to use the 3M40L hospital-grade disinfectant each evening. All surfaces will be sprayed with this disinfectant and let to dry. Then the surfaces will be rinsed with clear water. During the school day, we use a solution of soap and water to clean desks, tables, and surfaces between classes, and whenever students change from one learning area to another. 

    Masks & Social Distancing: Applause to all BA students! During school we see you conscientiously wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Because current research tells us masks are making a difference in the spread of the pandemic, we will continue our current mask requirement until we feel it is safe to relax it. We continue to practice six-foot social distancing.

    School Events & Schedules: Please review the following information and protocols:
      • Theatre Protocols
      • Athletic Protocols
      • Our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas programs are canceled this year.
      • Calendar changes: Please note the following changes: Friday, November 13, school is closed. Christmas break will begin on Monday, December 14.
  • COVID-19 TESTING

    Please refer to your family doctor with inquiries about COVID-19 tests. Our medical consultants tell us the best time to get accurate results with COVID testing is 3-5 days after a possible “direct contact’”or when symptoms are present.
  • DIRECT CONTACTS

    Report Direct Contacts: It is imperative that everyone report "direct COVID-19 contacts" in an expedient manner to their student's Division Administrative Assistant. This allows us to proceed through our tracing protocol in a timely manner and helps us keep our school community as safe as possible. Please report any contacts involving your family and especially your student. 
  • ILLNESS & COLD/FLU SEASON

    Report all illness to your Division’s Administrative Assistant. Students staying home between 1-3 days due to illness will be receiving assignments from their classroom teachers. If the illness persists longer than 3 days, the students must register for BA@HOME. 

    Allergy Season: We realize many students may experience allergy symptoms. It is not possible for us to distinguish an allergy from an illness; therefore, all students with any kind of symptoms must remain home. If students should become ill during the school day, our health room aides have been instructed to send these students home. We are trying our best to keep everyone healthy. 

    Sibling Protocols: When one child in a family is ill with any symptoms, please keep all siblings home until we have determined it is safe for them to return to school. If a sibling returns home from college because of a COVID-19 quarantine, all siblings attending BA should stay home until we have determined it is safe for them to return to school.
  • QUARANTINE & CONTACT TRACING PROTOCOLS

    Contact Tracing: We conduct extensive tracing of all positive COVID-19 cases. This usually takes many hours, even days. We do it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. When the results are determined, an email will be sent with necessary information to our entire school community. Our protocols for quarantining positive COVID-19 cases and direct contacts may exceed those of other institutions or agencies, as do our protocols for “secondary contacts.”

    Positive Test: When someone tests positive, they are quarantined for 14 days beginning with the date of the positive test results. We cannot determine the specific dates of the onset of symptoms, so we use the date of the positive test.

    Direct Contacts & Secondary Contacts: If someone comes in “direct contact” with someone testing positive, they are quarantined from the initial date of contact. All “secondary contacts” (anyone in contact with a “direct contact”) are asked to take a COVID test and may return to school if the test is negative and they do not have any symptoms. We notify all parents directly, by phone or email, whose students are determined to be a “direct contact” or a “secondary contact.” If you do not receive a message from our Director of Human Resources, Ms. Elizabeth Andersen, your student is not a “direct or secondary contact.”
  • TRAVEL GUIDELINES

    Please let us know if you plan to travel to any state or area which is considered a hotspot (defined by the color-coding on the CDC map for the number of cases in the last seven days using the count metric). We do realize Wisconsin is now a hotspot; however Brookfield's COVID rate is very low. In an attempt to keep exposures low on our campus, we want to know when you have traveled outside of Wisconsin to another hotspot state or area. When you return home, BA students may be asked to take a COVID test and/or quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.

    It is important to contact your Division’s Administrative Assistant or our Director of Human Resources, Ms. Elizabeth Andersen, with information concerning these situations.
  • STAYING SAFE OFF CAMPUS

    Help us stay as safe as possible by using your best judgment in all you do when you are on and off our campus. Please be especially mindful to take precautions outside of school. Our positive cases have been contracted off campus. Please limit such things as play dates, sleepovers, and larger group gatherings. We all want our school to remain open and safe.
  • ONGOING UPDATES

    School updates regarding COVID-19 will continue to be available in our weekly newsletter, our main website, and the MyBA Portal.
Looking for additional information?
BA families please access the MyBA parent portal. 

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