While Brookfield Central School students will return to school wearing facemasks, their teachers will be encouraged to offer mask breaks and time outside.
During a community forum last week, BCS Superintendent Jim Plows, Principal Carrie Smith and Guidance Counselor Jennifer Phillips explained the re-opening plan and answered questions during the remote meeting.
Plows thanked Madison County for their guidance in setting the regulations, although he said numerous times it is expected the state will issue mandates to change what was being explained.
While BCS will continue to disinfect more than in pre-pandemic times, only in high-touch places will there be multiple cleanings per day.
The gym will return to being used as a phys ed classroom. Students will eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, Music Room or their classrooms.
Chorus will return, with students spaced 6 feet apart.
All students and people in the building will be required to wear facemasks. “We’re counting on the teachers to know when the kids will need a break, and they can take as many as they want,’’ Plows said.
He said the goal is to get students outside more than last year. “We will encourage teachers to get kids outside, even for five or 10 minutes.’’
When students are outside and distanced, masks can be taken off. However, when in closer contact for a length of time, masks will be worn.
BCS will work with the Madison County Department..