On May 29, 2021 the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) eliminated all COVID-specific requirements for child care. EEC is supporting programs in their implementation and administration of program-defined policies and will continue to support programs in balancing health with operational and child development priorities.
At this time, EEC recommends that all unvaccinated individuals, including staff, educators, and children 5 years old and older continue to wear masks when inside a program and unable to distance, consistent with the mask advisory issued by the Department of Public Health (DPH). Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks outside; unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear masks when outside if they cannot maintain distance. Children do not have to wear masks nor maintain distance when outdoors.
Programs have discretion to implement additional strategies that they determine appropriate, along with any tools or implementation supports decided by the program. Below are some strategies Russell Cooperative Preschool will use to minimize any possible exposure.
Monitor for symptoms and require that children stay home when sick or if exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual
Implement specific mask wearing policies based on EEC guidance
Have a clear, consistent visitor policy, limiting outside visitors that are not Family Helpers
Increase ventilation and circulation of fresh air and hold activities outside as much as possible, where safe to do so
Promote physical distancing and smaller groups when indoors
Promote frequent hand hygiene
Isolate sick or symptomatic individuals
Continue routine and targeted cleaning practices
Modify health and safety practices for special populations
Track community risk
Use DPH’s testing and return to care protocols
Please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/eecs-health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-recovery-for-child-care-providers for more details. Russell Cooperative Preschool will continue to stay on top of the most recent guidelines and will update our policies and protocols around these recommendations. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions about current Health and Safety protocols.