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COVID-19: Gillen Brewer's Response

Ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff while providing a Gillen Brewer education remains at the heart of all decision making. Reopening our building prioritizes our students returning to in-person learning and social interaction as fully and safely as possible. Gillen Brewer has analyzed many scenarios and has taken into consideration the Federal and State Guidelines, Department of Health requirements, the school’s physical building and surrounding area, staff and parent surveys and feedback, and the needs of the students we serve. 

Full Time In-Person Learning Announcement

We are pleased to announce that we are inviting all students back to in-person learning, FULL TIME, starting 04/08/21 after Spring Break. This decision has been made after careful consideration of COVID-19 trends in New York and in our community as well as recent guidance from health officials.

As we prepare for the next phase of our reopening, we want to assure you that keeping our community safe remains our top priority. Currently, the COVID-19 Task Force and Program Staff are diligently working to ensure that we are balancing health and safety, alongside program priorities.

Hybrid Learning Announcement (Hybrid/Remote Protocols Remain Below Should We Need to Pivot Back)

From 09/29/20 through 03/19/21 Gillen Brewer decided that a hybrid model with students alternating weeks of in-person and at-home learning, best met the needs of our community.

Meanwhile, we remain prepared to pivot to the full time At-Home Learning Program within one day's notice as needed. Our teachers and therapists have developed a high degree of proficiency with our remote platform, and as a result are able to offer individualized and dynamic schedules to meet the needs of each student.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Hybrid Overview

Health and Safety

Social-Emotional Well Being


The COVID-19 Task Force

Gillen Brewer has created a COVID-19 Task Force, led by COO Mike Hewson, to analyze all of the factors that need to be considered for our staff and students to return to our building. The COVID-19 Task Force consults with various experts and professionals in their relevant areas collecting data that focuses on several areas including legal, medical, business, building, environment, transportation, and sanitization to ensure that when we reopen, we will have in place the necessary facility modifications and PPE. We have created a reopening manual with a clear plan that ensures the safety and health of our families and staff and takes into consideration our neighbors. In addition, we meet with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees on a weekly basis to discuss all aspects of this crisis and make decisions accordingly. We are committed to providing the Gillen Brewer academic-therapeutic experience and our first priority is the safety of our community. 

Task Force and Working Groups

Welcome Back Photos 2020-2021