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The PBS COVID Fund

Launch video • October 2020


Breakdown of COVID spending

Graph showing COVID-19 spending (numbers outlined below)

Updated November 16, 2020. Figures rounded to the nearest $25,000.

Total Costs ($1.45m)

This year, in addition to your Annual Fund support, we need your help to meet the unexpected in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school has invested $1.45 million (in addition to already budgeted expenditures) to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff during this time.

Improvements to Campus ($550k)

  • Bathroom updates and 25 additional touchless hand-washing stations
  • Converting indoor and outdoor spaces for instruction, including the purchase of tents and portable chairs for students
  • HVAC and air ventilation improvements in classrooms and office areas

Investments in Faculty ($425k)

  • Additional teachers to deliver our curriculum effectively and in smaller student groups
  • Investment in student academic progress executed by teachers in Summer R&R Program
  • Investment in professional development for blended learning model and distance learning model
  • Promotions to co-teachers and lead teacher to level-up salary to increased responsibilities for curriculum delivery and student supervision

Health and Safety Support ($275k)

  • Additional personnel in health, cleaning, and daytime sanitizing to keep the campus as safe as possible
  • PPE inventory for faculty, staff, and students
  • One Medical partnership to facilitate access to COVID off-site testing and tracking, ongoing consulting and expertise, and daily symptom screening
  • Student on-site testing in November and December
  • At-home testing kits
  • Retained Joffe Emergency Services, a nationally recognized firm that supports hundreds of independent schools, to advise us on campus prep and safety
  • Faculty on-site testing

Technology ($125k)

  • iPads for all elementary students
  • Zoom upgrades, new adaptive learning platforms, and other specialized software to keep students engaged while in distance learning

Financial Aid ($75k)

  • Increase in financial assistance so families can remain at PBS

Related content:

An update from the PBS Board Finance Committee
from Marshall Haines, Board Vice Chair for Finance, sent Oct. 23

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Support the PBS COVID Fund

This year, in addition to your Annual Fund support, we need your help to meet the unexpected in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school has invested $1.45 million (as of Nov. 16, in addition to already budgeted expenditures) to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff during this time.

The additional COVID-specific investment in our campus, our team, and our community has helped us to…

  • …support our faculty and staff, our school’s most important resource
  • …increase financial aid support
  • …provide robust academic resourcing for both on-campus and distance learners, including additional teachers
  • …double the size of our 1:1 iPad program and invest in the software needed to connect securely with remote learners, and
  • …provide the staffing, equipment, and training needed to keep the campus clean and safe and to meet new state mandates

Make a supplemental pledge or gift to the PBS COVID Fund today!

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  • Phillips Brooks School
    Attn: Advancement Office
    2245 Avy Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

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