COVID Practices
Updated April 20th, 2022

Masks

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

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

  • Most visitors are therapists and Early Intervention clinicians and must provide proof of a negative rapid test prior to entry.

  • Other visitors are required to be fully vaccinated, masked, and have been instructed to stay home if feeling sick.

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.

  • ​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 and additional rapid testing when appropriate. 

  • Ellis will accept both PCR tests and molecular tests for children under the age of two. Ellis will also accept rapid, molecular and PCR tests for all children over the age of two. Our partner, Boston Community Pediatrics, most often conducts molecular testing at this point.

  • Please review the COVID Supplement to the Ellis Family Handbook, found below, for more information regarding quarantine policies, though some information is out of date.

Travel

  • Ellis require proof of a negative rapid or 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