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.

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, approximately 60% of students age 12 and up have received their first dose or are fully vaccinated against COVID as of mid-August.  Additionally, 92% 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. 
  • Contact Tracing:  Excel will follow state guidelines for contact tracing and exclusion from school for individuals who have COVID symptoms or are exposed to someone known to have COVID.
  • 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 will implement an on-site COVID testing program sponsored by the Department of Education. This will involve weekly routine COVID testing of unvaccinated school community members, both students and staff.  Excel will maintain this testing program as long as our local communities are classified in yellow or red in the state’s COVID monitoring system.

COVID-19 East Boston and Chelsea Case Rates as of 11/01/21

New Daily Cases per 100,000:

Chelsea: 9.3 (Green)

East Boston: 12.3 (Yellow)

Weekly Positive Test Rate:

Chelsea: 1.23%

East Boston: 2.2%

Data for the Month of October 2021:

Average Number of Positive Cases Per Week: 4.25

Average Number of In-School Exposures Per Week:9.75

Average Number of Pools Tested Each Week: 105

Average Number of Pools Testing Positive Each Week:  1.75







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What to do if you are sick?

Your doctor is the best person to speak with if you believe you may have been exposed to or may be sick from COVID-19. There is an extensive healthcare network in place, and your doctor is an important part of it. If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, muscle aches, shortness of breath or loss of smell, your doctor may advise that you get tested. You may also contact these trusted healthcare organizations in the community. Testing and treatment for COVID-19 related symptoms are available at EBNHC and MGH Chelsea regardless of immigration status, health insurance, or ability to pay.

  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC): Call 617-569-5800.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea (MGH Chelsea): Call 617-724-7000.

More Information to Come