COVID Practices
Updated September 12th, 2022

Masks

  • Effective September 12th, Ellis will adopt 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.

    • If student(s) or staff feel ill or exhibit symptoms while at Ellis. 

    • 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/Care givers 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 strongly recommended, adults are now only required to wear masks in classrooms and in common areas wherever children are present.

    • All adults should have a mask on hand for when children are present.​

  • When in the presence of children, masks should be worn properly (securely covering your nose and mouth). 

  • Families should continue to pick up and drop off their children as swiftly as possible to minimize exposure (under 10 minutes for pickup and drop-off). 

Visitor Policy

  • All visitors and volunteers are required to be properly masked while at Ellis in the presence of children.

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.​

  • All staff are required to participate in on-site weekly testing and additional rapid testing when appropriate. 

  • 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. 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.

Travel

  • Ellis requires proof of a negative rapid or PCR test if travel was by plane. 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 Lauren with any other questions.

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