Susan Wolf Ditkoff (host)
As always, if there are PSB educators and staff who would like to join today’s conversation as a panelist (on or off video) please let us know and I’m happy to move you over. Thanks!
I think it matters if <3feet is occasional or frequent. Also, we don't _want_ to go to 3, we're want to use as much as space as we can.
I hope everyone can think beyond the binary of 6' vs 3'.
Pediatricians (with surgical masks) in primary care have been in close contact with unmasked children throughout the pandemic, without a higher rate of COVID
Agree- K and 1 have those cases, but do NOT have in school transmission
Agree with the enormous mental health concern - There is both a significant increase in mental health needs and an increasing rate of severity of mental health needs in children since the pandemic started.
Lag in normal developmental progression is seen in preschoolersSignificant lag in progression of special needs children
Just joining, but my friend from singapore told me there they cut lunch period in half (from 30 minutes down to 15 minutes). I assume this significantly decreases student density. Complaints about not enough time but I guess they are dealing with it. Lunch is open air as well (standard, not new due to their climate). Questions to be resolved: supervision/location of other half of students, but perhaps extend outdoor recess as weather improves? Could keep "cohorts" to help w/scheduling, or divide between brought lunch/pickup, half in cafeteria and half in the classroom? Who cleans/sanitizes between groups? Its an operations question, maybe already been done.
There is a lot of COVID out there and we cannot contact trace it all, but when we can do the contact tracing (like in the hospital) when people are infected, it is almost always when they took off their mask or had a lapse of PPE. It is not the specter of true airborne transmission sneaking under their mask.
Brookline DPH says 14 days after close contact as the only option, which is different than MA DPH and CDC recommendations
The longer quarantine for siblings is related to the last date of exposure
Deborah Mercer Ribas
Have sports been reinstated in Brookline?
I agree. No need to qualify the comment.
I've got to go to my next meeting! sorry.