Coronavirus Updates

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to keeping our community informed about our preparedness and response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families is our highest priority.

Excel Academy COVID-19 Dashboard

How many cases have there been among students and staff in Excel? 

(Data updated 4/7/22)


Avg. # of People Tested Per Week

Avg # of Positive Cases per Week*

Avg. Number of In-school Exposures per Week*^

September 2021


2.5 (0.15%)

3.5 (0.21%)

October 2021


4.25 (0.25%)

9.75 (0.58%)

November 2021


1 (0.06%)

4.6 (0.27%)

December 2021


9 (0.51%)

29 (1.70%)

January 2022 (does not inc. winter break cases)


36 (2.15%)

25 (1.49%)

February 2022


7 (0.42%)


March 2022 448 1.2 (0.007%) N/A
April 2022


4 (0.24%)


#Beginning Monday, May 2, Excel Academy discontinued pooled testing on all its campuses.  


*As a percentage of the Excel community (staff and students)


^In accordance with DPH recommendations, contact tracing for in-school close contacts was discontinued as of February



What are Excel’s COVID health and safety plans for SY ‘21-22?

Excel Academy will implement a multi-layered plan to reduce risk of COVID transmission in our schools.  Excel’s plans are in line with recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The layers of mitigation in place at Excel Academy include:

  • Vaccination: Among Excel’s student body, more than 70% of all students have received their first dose or are fully vaccinated against COVID as of January. Additionally, 95% of Excel’s staff members are vaccinated. We continue to work with staff and families to promote vaccination of all our eligible community members.  
  • Masks: At all campuses, students and staff members will wear a mask inside school buildings regardless of their vaccination status. Students should come to school with a multi-layered cloth mask or a paper mask. This practice is called universal mask-wearing. Students and staff members may remove their masks outdoors and during lunch and designated mask breaks. Excel may revise this policy if state guidance changes over the course of the school year. 
  • Ventilation: Excel schools have strong mechanical ventilation (HVAC), meeting or exceeding targets set by public health leaders for increased ventilation in response to COVID. 
  • Testing: Excel implements the DESE-sponsored symptomatic and at-home rapid testing program.  
What are COVID-19 rates in the local communities? (As of 5/2/22)

COVID-19 East Boston and Chelsea Case Rates: (AS OF 05/23/22)

 New Daily Cases per 100,000:

Chelsea: 29.6 (Yellow)

East Boston: 43.4 (Red)


Weekly Positive Test Rate:

Chelsea: 4.22%

East Boston: 10.3

*The table below is used to determine community transmission of COVID-19. 







≥10 avg cases/100k  


≥5% pos rate

≥10 avg cases/100k  


≥5% pos rate

<10 avg cases/100k  


>10 total cases

≤10 total cases


What are COVID-19 Vaccine Resources? 
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