November 8, 2020 

Dear BB&N Community,

We have received notice that a 10th grade BB&N student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student received news of the positive result today as part of his family‚Äôs weekly testing. While we are required to preserve confidentiality, I can inform you that the student is at home and feeling well. We can also let you know that this student has no siblings at BB&N.

The student was last present in classes on Tuesday, November 3rd, and in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, it has determined that contact tracing is not required for any classroom exposure. However, the student also participated in boys soccer team practices on Wednesday and Friday last week, as well as in the fall's final scrimmage versus Lawrence Academy on Saturday. As a result, the 35 members of the team who have been identified as close contacts will need to transition to remote learning while they quarantine for 14 days, as per DPH requirements. We are getting in touch directly with these students and families, and will work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition to remote learning. As a reminder, household members of close contacts are not considered contact traced. 
 
Because of this determination that there are no close contacts at BB&N beyond the boys soccer team and a close friend, there is no further action required by any additional members of our community. However, for any student or family who might be interested in taking a COVID-19 test, there are a number of COVID-19 testing options available in our community, though we will note that Stop the Spread and CIC Health sites have been turning results around more quickly than other providers in recent weeks. 

  • Massachusetts residents can visit Stop the Spread sites and Mobile Testing sites in Cambridge.
  • CIC Health has recently created a testing site in partnership with the Broad Institute--reservations can be made here.
  • The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has an interactive testing site locator for Massachusetts residents.

As a reminder, if your child develops any symptoms, as listed on the Daily Symptom Checklist, please keep your child home from school and contact the school nurse. 

Please feel free to reach out to Kimberly Gold, Director of Student Support Services, or me with any questions.  

Best,

Dr. Jennifer Price
Head of School