BB&N is tracking news and information about the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in our region. This is a quickly evolving situation; please check this page regularly for updates.
BB&N Updates from Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price
- March 25, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 24, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 23, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 20, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 16, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 13, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 12, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 11, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 9, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 4, 2020 letter to BB&N community
- March 2, 2020 letter to BB&N community
On Sunday, March 15, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a three-week suspension of school operations for educational purposes at all public and private elementary and secondary (K-12) schools in the Commonwealth beginning Tuesday, March 17, and a series of new guidance and legislation in response to COVID-19. Click here to read more.
Prevention Best Practices
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Mass. DPH) recommends the following steps people should take to reduce the risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
- Social distancing, with a recommended target of 6-10 feet, is highly recommended for all Massachusetts citizens. Social distancing involves awareness of situations with uncertain risk: any group congregations, travel, shopping, etc. People need to be sensible and prioritize community safety until more is understood.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (also known as Novel Coronavirus 2019) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
What are symptoms of COVID-19?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:
- Difficulty breathing
Can I prevent from getting infected by COVID-19?
It’s important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. The Prevention Best Practices noted above provide steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold, and will also help prevent coronavirus.
Can I travel internationally?
Anyone planning to travel should pay close attention to the advisories listed on the Centers for Disease Control's Travelers' Health page. Currently, any U.S. resident returning home from a trip to a Level IV country (China) or a Level III country (Iran, Italy, South Korea) will be expected to self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days.
For additional information about international travel specific to the BB&N community please refer to Dr. Price’s letter here.
Can I travel domestically?
Anyone planning to take a domestic trip during March Break (March 14-28) should refer closely to advisories offered by the Mass. DPH as well as the Department of Health in the state to which you are traveling.
For additional information about domestic travel specific to the BB&N community please refer to Dr. Price’s letter here.
What is self-quarantine?
Please refer to this CDC page for information on self-quarantine as a means to prevent further spread or potential spread.
What should I do if someone in my household is self-quarantined?
BB&N is asking our parent community to please reach out to the nurse on your child’s campus if you or any member of your household is either currently self-quarantined, or enters self-quarantine in the days and weeks ahead. For any cases of self-quarantine or quarantine that may occur, we would work in partnership with you and your family, under Mass. DPH guidelines, to determine appropriate next steps and to ensure that the recommendations are being followed appropriately.
Household contacts who do not have symptoms and who have been isolated from the quarantined individual do not currently have restrictions, as per Mass. DPH.
If someone in your household has been quarantined at home, all close contacts -- including household members, intimate partners, and caregivers -- should monitor their own health and call their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath). In addition, the CDC has provided a list of recommendations for how to best care for someone at home which can be found on the CDC website.
As with any medical information, confidentiality about BB&N staff, students, and families must be maintained at all times according to federal regulations. Information about reasons for absences, travel history and illness cannot be given out and must be protected.
Campus Visitor Information
UPDATE: All BB&N facilities are closed to all access from March 15 to March 29, so that disinfectant cleaning of all spaces can occur.
As a precaution, we ask any visitor to our campuses to pre-screen yourself against the following criteria, and please refrain from visiting if any apply to you:
- You or a household member are on, or have recently been on, quarantine or self-quarantine.
- You've traveled to a CDC Level III country in the past 14 days
- You have been present at a location or event which is being reported as a possible location where you may have come into contact with someone carrying coronavirus.
- You are currently sick or not feeling well.
Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a healthy community.