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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

ELC Reopening Plan - Teaching & Learning Models

IX. ELC Teaching and Learning Models

Campus Status
ELC Teaching & Learning Model
Campus is open for in-person learning. Most health and safety restrictions are lifted.
• Most/all students are able to attend regular classes on campus.
• Regular classroom events and routines resume 
Anticipated status for Fall 2020:
Campus is open for in-person learning. Health and safety protocols require modifications to the program.
• In-person learning is available for all children.
Campus is closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks or government mandates.
• ELC is closed. Tuition will not be charged.

In-Person Classes: ELC’s educational program with health and safety modifications

ELC children will attend regular in-person classes during the school day. Following the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), we will modify our learning spaces and our program so that we can observe physical distancing requirements and limit the number of interactions among different children and adults during the school day..

List of 7 items.

  • Program Modifications

    -       Class sizes will be reduced to 10 children.
    -       Classes will not be combined for AM and PM Care.
    -       Siblings will be grouped together.
    -       Groups will be determined according to age and daily schedule.
    -       As a result of these modifications, classes will have a wider age span and the curriculum will be designed to facilitate multi-age learning.
    -       Classrooms will be reconfigured, and students will be assigned work spaces to facilitate physical distancing. Rooms 102 and 103 will be divided with a partition.
    -       Students will stay within their groups throughout the school day and will remain in the Primary School Building. Children will have the opportunity to go to PE and the Art Room.
    -       All faculty and staff will be required to wear masks throughout the school day.  ELC students will be strongly encouraged to wear masks. Masks will be required for certain activities. All community members are required to bring their own masks from home, and we ask that each child bring two clean masks to school each day - one to wear, and one replacement. We will have disposable, child-size masks on hand should additional masks be required. Teachers will safely assist children as necessary when taking on and off masks. Please note that neck gaiters will not be allowed.
  • Daily Schedule

    The daily schedule may be adjusted to accommodate smaller class sizes and to provide opportunities for students to have mask-free time outside. The school day will begin and end as normal. 

    Due to staffing and planning requirements, we may not be able to accommodate drop-ins to AM and PM Care or general changes in a child’s schedule. Please make sure to communicate directly and in advance with Lauren Cilley should your child’s schedule change.
  • Supplies

    ELC will each child with their own art supplies and sensory materials. Students will use only their own supplies whenever possible. Shared materials will be sanitized after use.
  • Special Classes

    Some special classes will be modified with respect to their format, location, and content due to EEC regulations. For example, music classes will include more listening activities and instrument play. 
  • Drop-off and Pick-up Routines


    Drop-off and pick-up routines will be modified and will occur at the entrance of the building. Parents will not be allowed in the Primary School Building. If children have a difficult time separating from their parents, the teachers and staff will make a plan with families to make the process go as smoothly as possible. 

    ELC parents will park in the designated ELC spaces and bring children to the Goodnow Entrance. They will be greeted and signed in by a teacher or staff member, and the children will be walked to their classrooms. Parents should wait in their car if a line is forming.

    Due to heavy traffic during Primary School drop-off, ELC parents may not drop off children between 7:40 - 8:00 a.m unless they have a sibling in the Primary School. 
    Families arriving after 9:15 a.m. should call the Primary School/ELC Main Office (508-490-8260) or the ELC cell phone (781-971-3440). A teacher or staff member will come to the Goodnow Entrance to escort the child to the classroom.


    Pickup 3:45 - 4:00 pm:
    Teachers will bring the children who are being picked up at 3:45 - 4:00 p.m. outside to the kiosks in Harlow Circle. Parents should pull up to the kiosk and buckle the child into the car seat and are asked to wear masks while doing so. Please keep traffic moving by only stopping briefly.

    Pickup 4:00 - 6:00 pm:
    Children staying for PM Care (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m) will be picked up at the Goodnow Entrance. Parents should park in the designated ELC spaces and call the ELC cell phone (781-971-3440). A teacher or staff member will walk the child to the door. 

    Pickup before 3:45 pm:
    Parents arriving before 3:45 p.m. should email the child’s teachers and Lauren Cilley to arrange a pick-up time. Upon arrival, parents should park in the designated ELC spaces and call the Primary School/ELC Main Office (508-490-8260) or Assistant Director’s office (508-490-8221).

    Half-day pickup:
    Half-day students will be brought by a teacher or staff member to the Primary School/ELC Main Office by 12:50 p.m. to meet their parents at the Goodnow Entrance.
  • Training of Faculty and Staff

    Before school begins, faculty will receive guidance and participate in training on the School’s updated health and safety policies, including frequent hand-washing, wearing masks, physical distancing, and identifying symptoms of COVID-19 in children. Faculty will provide students with age-appropriate explanations of these policies during the first days of school and will continue to model and reinforce these policies throughout the school year.
  • Visitors to Campus

    At least initially, the number of visitors to campus will be restricted. Community events will not take place on campus. Virtual events will be scheduled instead, as well as other opportunities for parents to connect online with teachers and administrators. 

ELC Closure

 In the event that Fay’s campus is required to close as a result of an increase in local COVID-19 cases and new local, state, or federal mandates, families will be notified and tuition will not be collected.

Regular Program: ELC Program when restrictions are lifted

Fay will make the determination to return to normal operations when the situation improves enough for local, state, and federal authorities to lift most health and safety restrictions. At that time, we expect that most or all students will be able to attend our regular program on campus, and we will resume regular school routines.