COVID Practices

Masks

  • All children ages two years and older must enter Ellis buildings wearing a clean mask every day.

  • All children and vaccinated adults are required to wear masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Caregivers Inside Ellis Buildings 

  • Please limit time in the building to under 10 minutes.

  • Please wear your mask at all times and encourage children to keep their own masks on, when age appropriate. Entry will not be permitted without a mask.

  • If Ellis siblings accompany caregivers to pick up in another classroom, siblings should maintain social distance from other children and wear their face mask, when age appropriate.

Visitor Policy

  • Visitors are currently limited to therapists and Early Intervention clinicians .

  • Any other visitors will not be exposed to children or teachers.

Classroom Safety

  • Under no circumstances will classrooms be mixing indoors, even in the Music and Movement Studio. We continue to have decreased hours (8am – 5:30pm) to ensure classes never have to mix.

  • Only teachers who have proven vaccination may cover in various classrooms.

  • In the event of a positive case, exposed children and staff are required to quarantine per guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission. Out of an abundance of caution, Ellis will also ask family members of exposed children who attend or work at Ellis to quarantine as well, where relevant.

    • ​Ellis aligns with the Department of Early Education and Care’s definition of exposure: being within 6 feet of someone, masked or not, for 10 minutes or more over a 24 hour period.​

    • In the event of a positive case, Ellis will protect the anonymity of the individual as is required by HIPAA and federal law.​

  • All staff are required to participate in on-site weekly testing. 

Travel

  • Ellis require proof of a negative PCR test if travel was by plane or if children spent time with unvaccinated adults on their trip, regardless of flying or not. Test results must be shared with the Vice President of Programs prior to returning. 

All of the practices listed above will be evaluated and updated on an ongoing basis as research evolves

and more information becomes available. Any changes will be communicated with families via email

and updated on this webpage. Please email Julia with any other questions.

Resources

Ellis receives guidance and makes decisions based on information from

the Department of Early Education and Care and the Boston Public Health Commission