Please note that the ELC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation locally, nationally, and globally, and that our health and safety protocols may be adjusted. If there are any changes to our protocols, they will also be reflected in the FAQs below and communicated to our families. If you have questions, please call 508-490-8260 or email

COVID-19 FAQ as of August 11, 2021

List of 7 items.

  • Are ELC employees required to be vaccinated?

    Yes. All ELC faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated as of August 30, 2021.
  • Will ELC employees and students be tested for COVID-19?

    Yes. In order for your child to attend classes on Monday, August 30, parents will need to upload a negative COVID PCR test prior to the start of school. That test must be taken within 72 hours of the start of school (Friday or Saturday) with results uploaded to the student’s Magnus Health Portal by Sunday evening. To ease the transition, ELC students will be tested before the start of school rather than during their first week. Weekly in-school testing will begin during the second week of school and will continue until mid-October, when we will determine the testing model that is most appropriate for our community.
  • Are masks required in the ELC?

    All ELC students will be required to wear masks indoors. All faculty, staff, and visitors will also be required to wear masks indoors through October 17, at which point we will determine whether or not to eliminate the indoor masking requirement for vaccinated individuals. Masks will not be required outdoors or when eating or resting.
  • What is the quarantine policy for ELC students who are close contacts?

    A close contact is defined as an individual who has been within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period during the two days prior to the onset of illness or a positive test.
    • Close contacts who are vaccinated are not required to quarantine.
    • If there is a positive case in an ELC classroom, we will assume that all other children in that classroom are close contacts, and consequently we will close that classroom for the full quarantine period of seven days. We will provide a prorated refund for all days that a classroom is closed. 
    • Close contacts who are not vaccinated must quarantine for seven days. They may return after presenting a negative PCR test taken no earlier than day 5 of the quarantine. Any close contacts (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who are symptomatic must present a negative PCR test to return.
    • Vaccinated individuals who live with an individual who has tested positive may return to campus only if the positive case can completely isolate. If the positive case can isolate, the vaccinated individual may return after providing a negative PCR test. Once on campus, the vaccinated individual will be required to wear a mask for 14 days and monitor for symptoms during that time.
    • If an employee or student lives with someone who has tested positive and that person is not able to completely isolate in the home, the student or employee must remain home and quarantine for 17 days (the positive case's 10-day isolation period, plus the required seven-day quarantine), regardless of vaccination status. They must provide a negative PCR test taken no earlier than day 10 (date positive case is cleared by local Board of Health).
  • Do ELC students need to do a daily health check?

    ELC students will no longer complete daily attestations through the Magnus Health App. Instead, we will require all families to sign an agreement before the start of the school year, in which they commit to checking their children for signs of illness each morning before dropoff. ELC families will receive a link to this form via their MyELC login in the coming weeks.
  • What is the ELC's absence policy?

    ELC students who are absent for three or more days must have a doctor’s note in order to return to campus and must be tested for COVID if directed by a doctor.
  • Will ELC students continue to be grouped in cohorts?

    ELC children will no longer be grouped solely by classroom. Students from the three classes will be combined for AM and PM Care and at additional times when necessary. Physical distancing will not be enforced during play times, but teachers will encourage distancing of three feet when masks are off (while eating and during rest time). 

The Early Learning Center at Fay School

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