Non-essential personnel will not be permitted on campus. This includes but is not limited to parents/guardians, volunteers, prospective vendors, and salespeople.
Students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools will remain separated during the school day. Mixing between grades will be kept to a minimum. Students will never spend indoor class time in groups larger than 25, with most groups being much smaller (9–15).
The campus will be deep cleaned and sanitized prior to the beginning of the school year and on a regular basis throughout the year. High touch surfaces and common spaces will be continually disinfected during the day, including water bottle filling stations, door handles, light switches, playground equipment, student desks, and bathrooms.
Students, faculty, and staff will be required to bring individual water bottles from home.
All individuals in the school will sanitize or wash their hands on a frequent basis. Hand sanitizer will be made available in all common areas, hallways, and in classrooms where sinks for handwashing are not available. Signage will be posted to remind students and staff of proper hygiene and social distancing protocols. Where needed, stickers will be placed on floors to mark six-foot intervals and define traffic flow.
Classrooms and common areas will be ventilated with an additional circulation of outdoor air when possible, using windows and doors. HVAC intakes and returns will be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Ventilation systems have been set to allow the maximum amount of fresh airflow.
High-traffic hallway use will be limited, by either staggering the end of classroom periods to reduce the number of students in the hallways simultaneously and designating some hallways for one-way traffic. All students will be required to wear face coverings at all times in the hallways.
Only products that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against COVID-19 will be used to disinfect.
Two nursing areas have been established, one for suspected COVID-19 isolation and one for other students needing medical attention. These areas will be disinfected throughout the school day.
Steps have been taken to maximize the flow of outside air, and all plans were developed in consultation with ventilation experts. Ellis school buildings all have separate air exchange systems. We have been running all systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the past few weeks and will continue to do so throughout the year. All systems will be set to allow maximum fresh air flow. Filters have been upgraded to reach a MERV rating of 11 and will be replaced monthly. Room vents will be sanitized daily. All windows have been checked, screens repaired, and windows will be open whenever weather allows. Air purifiers are being installed in the Visual Arts classrooms given the particular configurations of those spaces.