Our community's physical well-being and safety come first.
90% of our staff are fully vaccinated.
Only essential personnel and students are permitted in the building
Temperatures of staff and students are checked daily
Everyone completes health screening at drop-off
Students and staff wear masks at all times and transitions are carefully mapped to avoid congestion
Our large classrooms and small class sizes permit us to have desk spaced six feet apart
Students are kept in grade-level cohorts, and snack and lunch is served in classrooms rather than the Café
Specialist classes are creatively scheduled to address issues of shared space, equipment, and transitions
Our community's physical well-being and safety come first. Our protocols for the fall are still emerging. We will update this page as the situation evolves. For now, here is what we anticipate:
- We will be open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm with before and after school childcare.
- All classes will be in-person. There will be no online classes. Staff or students who are excluded for symptoms will follow the same procedure as if they would when sick.
- Staff and students will wear masks until students are eligible for vaccination.
- Temperatures of staff and students will continue to be checked daily, and everyone will complete health screening at drop-off.
- No large group gatherings.
- We anticipate that parents will be allowed in the building, but not in the classrooms.
- Our large classrooms and small class sizes permit us to have desk spaced three feet apart.
- Students will be kept in grade-level cohorts.
- Snack and lunch will be served in classrooms rather than the Café.
- We anticipate that extracurriculars will be able to resume.
The recently released mask guidance from the CDC is very encouraging news. Simply put, the guidance says that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by other governing agencies at the federal and state level.
While we are looking forward to the day when our students, families and staff do not need to wear masks, we are not there yet. The CDC has not issued guidance for school settings other than to say to continue to follow existing protocols. Once they do provide guidance, the other regulatory agencies that govern schools will need to make decisions on the appropriate changes, and we will then be in a position to evaluate that guidance and determine if we will implement those suggested changes.
In the meantime, we will be requiring students and families to continue to wear masks at drop-off and pick-up and our staff will continue to wear masks throughout the day. Our priority throughout the pandemic has been to ensure the health and safety of your children and our staff. We will continue to fully implement the safety protocols that have proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes wearing masks. With that, your cooperation in complying with our policy is critical to support our effort to keep our school community safe.
We are optimistic that every day we are one-step closer to getting to the other side of this pandemic as more individuals are vaccinated. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and consult with our experts to make the best decisions for our school community. Your commitment and partnership are truly appreciated.
Health and safety protocols
These have been developed based on guidance from the CDC, state and local public authorities, and in partnership with Dr. Kristin Moffitt, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Bright Horizons COVID-19 resources can be found here.
Additional CHA Health and Safety information can be found here.