COVID-19 Update for Brehm Preparatory School, Inc.

COVID-19 Update for Brehm Preparatory School, Inc.

SPECIAL NOTE: Spring Break is being extended for Brehm and OPTIONS

The spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. Jeremy Robbins, Head of School and Administration are actively monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and are keeping abreast of recommendations from health and education authorities. 

This page is intended to be a central starting point for information and updates about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our two campuses. We hope these resources and links will answer questions you might have and connect you to the departments and units where you will find more detailed information about any specific concerns you might have.

 

An update from Jeremy Robbin, Head of School:

3/16/20

Dear Brehm Prep and OPTIONS families,

This past week represented a major shift across our country in the way communities have enacted precautions to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I thank everyone for your understanding and support as we have developed and shared our plan of action.  

As projections for school closures vary from region to region, it is still too early to tell whether a return to in-person classes on April 6 is possible.  We will continue to provide regular communication to families as to our long term plans and remain in keeping with recommendations of the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend, including the Talent Show, will be postponed to the weekend of Graduation, which takes place May 29, provided in-person classes resume prior to that time.  If in-person classes do not resume, Graduation and Family Weekend will take place as virtual events.  

Expectations of students

Our administrative teams have been discussing the complexity of preparing plans for our students when a closure such as this was to occur. We know that enrolling at Brehm was necessary because of Brehm’s specialized academic program. A Brehm education is effective because of in-person experiences. These experiences cannot be replicated or simulated through distance learning or simple educational packets.  As our staff convene this week to develop the best model to maximize holistic learning, we will provide program-specific updates to families regarding academic schedule, work expectations, and supports we will offer families as we navigate this unprecedented situation in partnership with you.

Medication

We recognize that many families may need assistance with obtaining medication.  Please contact Health and Well-Being, and we will make arrangements directly with you.  Email: brehmnursing@brehm.org

Technology

We are aware that students may have left for break without technology that will be necessary to maintain distance learning.  The school is preparing to mail required equipment.  Cell: 618-713-3493 Email: adam.powell@brehm.org

Thank you, as always, for your patience, flexibility and partnership. Please be safe.

Kind regards,

Jeremy Robbins
Head of School

Are any special cleaning procedures needed?

Information provided by Illinois Department of Health

At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness. An EPA-registered product with an effectiveness claim against human coronaviruses should be used, and schools should follow standard processes for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as bathrooms, water coolers/fountains, faucet handles, doorknobs, desks, computer keyboards and mice, hands‐on learning items, phones and toys. The surface must be cleaned of all organic matter first in order for a disinfectant to be effective. Custodial staff should follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s instructions for use including:

  • Using the proper concentration of disinfectant
  • Allowing the required wet contact time
  • Paying close attention to hazard warnings and instructions for using personal protective items such as gloves and eye protection

School custodial staff are trained to use disinfectants in a safe and effective manner and to clean up potentially infectious materials and body fluid spills, including blood, vomit, feces, and urine. The school custodian or school nurse should be contacted if students are ill and your classroom needs cleaning and disinfection. Schools and districts must have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each chemical used in the school. General infection control guidance is available at www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol.

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