CELC has on-campus learning for students 5 days per week for the 2021-2022 school year, subject to state regulations. This plan constantly is evolving as new information and guidelines become available, with the overarching goal of continuity of learning in a safe and supportive school environment.

CELC makes decisions regarding how to respond to current conditions to best ensure the safety of our learning community.  Updates to CELC’s health and safety requirements are changeable and ongoing, based on current conditions and information provided by our health professionals.

All persons (vaccinated or not) are asked at this time to wear masks when indoors and when otherwise not able to maintain healthy spacing.   Mask wearing is optional when out-of-doors and when healthy spacing is in place and with guidance by CELC faculty and staff.

We are aware that the Delta variant is an imminent threat to children’s health and safety.  CELC continues to respond and stays up-to-date on conditions and has enhanced safety protocols in place, as outlined below: 

Campus Safety Protocols

  • Use of Cleared4School daily health screening web-based application 
  • Outdoor entrances and exits for our classroom space
  • Restriction of intermingling (classroom group and/or classroom teacher)
  • High quality cleaning and sanitation practices for both indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Restriction of shared spaces, supplies, and equipment
  • Outdoor pickup and drop off to limit classroom exposure
  • Daily health and temperature checks for everyone entering campus at drop off
  • Frequent hand washing for all students and staff throughout the day

Guiding Principles

  • Prioritize student, faculty and staff health, safety, and well being
  • Plan and act with fidelity to CELC mission, values, and vision
  • Ensure that health and safety-related policies are research-based, clearly-communicated, effectively implemented, and carefully enforced
  • Adapt to new health and safety guidelines as they are issued
  • Maintain continuity of student care by intentionally structuring classroom groupings to mitigate the impact of a potential closure
  • Maintain continuity of learning to the greatest extent possible through multiple instructional models, including on-campus and CELC online learning models, with an emphasis on in-person learning as safety permits.
  • Ensure equity and access across all learning models.
  • Maintain consistent communication with all school community stakeholders.

Information Sources

CELC utilizes guidelines and regulations provided by the following agencies and organizations in making decisions regarding school operations, academic planning, and health/safety:

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • NH County Public Health
  • CT Department of Education 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (Guidance for School Re-entry)

Additional support services:

For parents who plan to keep children home for instruction rather than re-enter in-person settings, CELC offers private consultation for curriculum planning, scope and sequence, and other types of guidance and support. Meet with a middle school specialist to find out more.

For much more detailed safety protocol information, contact Melinda Alcosser or Maria Mortali at (203) 433-4658 or email [email protected]