Dear Brandon Community,

As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) continues to have significant impact on our communities, we wanted to connect directly with our Brandon community to assure you we are continuing to monitor this situation closely and taking all precautions to ensure the safety of our clients and employees, parents, and guardians and those who come in and out of our programs.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has updated its recommendations for people returning from traveling to countries with a level 3 travel heath notice (found on CDC website). These people are being asked to wait 14 days before resuming community activities (example: going to the YMCA).

As of Monday March 16, 2020 Brandon has closed the Day School. This closure will remain in effect until April 7, 2020 at which time we will evaluate the situation further. Our residential students will remain in the residences if they are not able to return to a parent or guardian.

 During this time, we are taking every precaution with the cleaning of our environment. Our cleaning company is being asked to be vigilant about disinfecting surfaces, doorknobs, bathrooms and other high traffic areas. They will be deep cleaning the school classrooms and common spaces. Employees are continuously practicing and encouraging good hand washing and general self-care. Visual reminders are also being placed in high traffic areas to help remind us all. We will share updates and any additional plans on an as needed basis.

Please continue to follow these best habits:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer when soap and water not available.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
  • Practice other good habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Please take care of and be mindful of our community if you have:

  • Temperature greater than 100.0: stay home
  • Constant coughing
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea

At this time the Senior Leadership team has implemented policies that we feel are the best ways to decrease the risk of COVID-19 on our campus.

  • NO visitors will be allowed on campus:
  • Only emergency services will be allowed
  • Communication with your youth will be managed by the Clinical Case Manager through other means (Zoom, face time, Skype) please contact your CCM for support around these changes.
  • Home passes will be stopped. We are asking youth who are home to stay home if possible and if there are youth who can go home for the next few weeks we are sending them home as well. We will be making sure medications are delivered, clinical services and other behavioral supports are put in place as needed per case to support families.
  • Students who remain on campus and in our residences will be interacting only with those from their house and not in large groups.
  • Off campus activities will be with small group numbers only and ONLY to nature trails, outdoor parks as weather permits.

The local Boards of Health remain the primary point of contact for any communicable disease outbreaks.

  • The Health Departments in each of the communities we serve are working diligently with the Massachusetts Department of Public health and local representatives from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor and plan for any outbreak.

What to do if you have visited a place where COVID-19 is occurring or if you had close contact with someone who has it?

  • As of 2/3/20: if you have traveled to a high risk area or you have had close contact with someone who has virus: you may be asked to avoid contact with other people (“quarantine”), depending on your likelihood of exposure. You should also:
    • Monitor Health for 14 days
    • Watch for these signs and symptoms: fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
    • Other symptoms that require monitoring: chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose.

Testing for COVID19: Remains in the control of the CDC and DPH and to discuss any testing: (617) 983-6800.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nov

www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

We understand that you are being inundated with information daily on how to remain healthy. Brandon will continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and by the Commonwealth. We have implemented restrictions to our campus which we understand can be unsettling. Please understand we are doing so to ensure our youth, staff and all of you remain as healthy as possible. We have developed protocol to support our youth and staff should they present with illness. In the event this happens Brandon will communicate with the Brandon community on the steps we are taking. At this time Brandon has no cases of the COVID-19. Please contact us if you have concerns or questions at 508-655-6400.

Sincerely,

Rachel Berry

Chief Executive Officer

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