Spring 2021 Reopening Guidance for COVID-19 Protocols

Basic Safety Measures 

Excel’s COVID-19 health and safety procedures are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE). 

Excel’s procedures will prioritize the following key safety components:

  1. Universal Mask Wearing 
  2. Strong Building Ventilation 
  3. Physical Distancing 
  4. Hand Hygiene & Surfaces
  5. Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

Universal Mask Wearing 

All students and staff will be required to wear a mask at all times during the school day (unless for medical or disability-related exceptions), with the exception of meals and designated mask breaks. Students who arrive at school without an appropriate mask will be provided with a disposable mask. Given that COVID-19 is airborne, a mask is the first line of protection, reducing the amount of infection leaving your mouth or nose from reaching others or reducing the amount of infection getting to your mouth and nose from an infected individual. 

Strong Building Ventilation

Building ventilation creates a disruptive path that can help prevent COVID-19 from reaching another person. All Excel campuses have mechanical ventilation (HVAC) and were inspected during the summer and fall of 2020. We have added portable HEPA filters where needed to increase filtration and ensure good ventilation in our schools.

Physical Distancing 

Creating distance from people within our buildings is another essential element to prevent spread. Excel will space student seats 3 feet apart when students are wearing masks. During the lunch period and other times when masks are not worn, students will be spaced 6 feet apart. At this time, high school students will continue to operate with six feet of distance as long as our local communities remain in the red or yellow zone or until further guidance is released by DESE. 

Hand Hygiene & Surfaces

While the evidence is clear COVID-19 is rarely transmitted through commonly touched surfaces, hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of germs. Schools will have hand sanitizers in classrooms and common spaces to support this safety component. There will also be increased cleaning protocols throughout the day and nightly sanitation of commonly-touched surfaces.

Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Testing 

Surveillance testing supports Excel to evaluate the effectiveness of all of our other safety protocols, informing any needed changes to protocols. It also supports our ability to quarantine infected individuals.

Other COVID-19 Safety Procedures

Health Screening 

All students and staff are required to complete a screening form prior to entering the building. The health screener is designed to help determine whether an individual should refrain from entering the school building based on the presence or absence of possible COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure to COVID-19. You will be given more information about your school’s screening tool.

Vaccination Support 

While we do not have the ability to provide vaccinations on-site or require staff vaccinations at this time, we will continue to communicate with staff about all vaccination opportunities available to them.