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COVID Practices
Updated March 2023 

Masks

  • Ellis has a Mask Flexible Policy (meaning, at times masks will be optional for children, and at times they may be required.)

  • For children 3 years old and up in preschool classrooms, masks are optional but recommended, with the exception of the following circumstances in which masks are required: 

    • In the event a classroom community member tests positive. 

    • When student(s) or staff are exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals with known exposures must wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.

    • When student(s) or staff return to school from isolation within 10 days following their first positive test.

      • Important note: Ellis community members must test negative prior to returning to Ellis, unless it's been 11 days since the first positive test.​

    • Parents/Caregivers should notify their teachers if they would like mask-wearing enforced for their child in preschool classrooms.

  • Masks will remain optional for toddlers in 2-year-old classrooms (Froggies, Bears, Butterflies, Cedar)

    • Parents/Caregivers should notify their teachers if they would like mask-wearing enforced for their child in two-year-old classrooms.

Caregivers Inside Ellis Buildings 

  • While masks are recommended in the presence of children, effective March 20, 2023, masks will be optional for adults.

  • Families should continue to pick up and drop off their children as swiftly as possible to minimize possible exposure to others.

Visitor Policy

  • While masks are recommended in the presence of children, effective March 20, 2023, masks will be optional for adults.

Classroom Safety

  • Classrooms will not 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, and due to staffing constraints.

  • ​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.​

  • Ellis will accept rapid tests, PCR tests and molecular tests for children under the age of two (under most circumstances). Ellis will also accept rapid, molecular and PCR tests for all children over the age of two. 

  • Please review the COVID Supplement to the Ellis Family Handbook, found below.

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 Lauren with any other questions.

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