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Eliot School Update 04.15.20

InHouse classes are canceled for the spring term. Teen Bridge and Artist-In-Residency continue online. Partnerships depend on when our school and community partners re-open. We hope to announce summer plans on May 1. Thank you for your support during this extraordinary time. To make a contribution to our annual fund, click here. Attend our Spring Social at Home on 4/26. Stay in touch. 

Class Cancellation Update 03.20.20

March 20, 2020

Dear Eliot School Community,

This past week has been nothing short of dizzying and we are sure that you, like us, are still trying to process it all. For the Eliot School, our schoolhouse doors are closed and will remain that way for the foreseeable future, as government recommendations mandate. We have made the painful decision to cancel ALL spring classes. Teen Bridge has moved online. We’ll make a decision next month regarding our Summer Program for Children. Currently, our Partnership programs are slated to resume May 4 in Boston Public Schools, but this may change as the situation evolves.

Canceling our spring term is a hard decision for us. We feel a responsibility to each other and the greater community to help ensure good health, and we’re also taking into account our teachers’ needs for stable and predictable schedules. Thank you for your patience. We promise to continue providing regular communications when there are new developments.

Many of you have asked how you can support the Eliot School during this critical time. We look forward to the day when we can all gather again to make and create. In the meantime, here are some ways that you can help to support us:

Tuition and contracts make up 70% of our revenue. The loss of a whole term will be devastating for us. We have taken out a bank loan to pay our staff and teachers through April. We will need your help to come through the crisis and open strong at the other end.

If you are able, please donate to help sustain us through this difficult period. We are grateful for you and our community of students, teachers, staff, artisans, neighbors, supporters and friends who are the heart of what we do. Please help us prepare for the day when we will open our doors again.

For those of you enrolled in a canceled class, please consider donating your tuition back to the Eliot School. You may also take a credit toward a future registration. Or you may request a refund. Please be in contact with our Registrar’s office by no later than April 23 and let them know which option you want to choose. All tuition unsettled by this date will be converted to a tax-deductible contribution to the Eliot School.

We are currently trying to organize ways to keep our community connected. If you don’t already, now is the time to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates and art resources. Also, we want to hear from you! Tell and show us how you are connecting with art. We want to see what you are doing, what you’re making, what websites you visit and how you’re keeping your creative juices flowing. Use the hashtag #EliotArtTogether when you post or share, and connect with our community through Comments.

We are all in this together. The Eliot School has been around for almost 350 years, teaching and enriching our community. We want to be here for many years to come. We look forward to the time when can make and create together once again.

With gratitude and wishes for good health for you all,

From the entire Eliot School Team

Update on classes, workshops & programming

March 14, 2020

Dear friends,

Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our community. We had been hoping to continue programming during this period, but after careful consideration, we have decided to suspend all In-House classes and workshops from this Sunday, March 15 through the end of our winter term; most of these classes conclude by the end of March. Teen Bridge will meet virtually.

Our Partnership classes will continue as long as Boston Public Schools and our other community sites remain in session. As of now, Boston Public Schools will be closed Monday, April 27–May 4.

If you are enrolled in a canceled class, please be in touch with our Registrar’s office and let them know whether you would like a credit toward a future registration, a refund or to donate your tuition back to the Eliot School at this very difficult time.

The most important thing that has been created behind the red door of our schoolhouse is our community. We are thinking of you all and hope that you stay safe and well during this time. Please reach out to us reach out to us with any questions you may have.

We will continue to be in touch as circumstances unfold, and you can always check our website and social media channels for updates.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

Safety first! A letter to our community

March 10, 2020

Dear Eliot School Community,

We are closely monitoring news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to keep you informed of our current planning as we do our best to respond to the situation as it unfolds.

As always, safety is our top priority, and we depend on your cooperation and participation. At this point our doors are open as we continue to care deeply about the wellbeing of all who call the Eliot School home.

What we are doing:

  • We will continue to monitor health authorities’ official guidance.
  • Our website now includes a page with relevant information.
  • We ask all staff, faculty and students to stay home if you present symptoms.
  • We are posting instructional signs next to every sink.
  • We have ordered dispensers for sanitizing gel at each sink, and wipes in each classroom.
  • We are tasking staff and volunteers to regularly wipe down doorknobs and common areas.
  • Our Registrar and other staff are available to replenish supplies upon request.

How you can help:

Your responsible cooperation is key. Please help prevent possible spread of disease.

  • Stay home if you’re sick, and take care. Seek medical help if you present symptoms.
  • Wash your hands when you arrive at the school.
  • If you are a woodworker, we encourage you to bring your own eye and ear protection.
  • If you do use our shared face shields, goggles or ear sets, please take a minute at the end of class to wipe their surfaces so they will be clean and safe for the next user.
  • If you are the parent of a young woodworker, we encourage you to send your child with their own goggles.
  • Follow Mass. Dept of Public Health guidelines on how to prevent transmission. (See Resources links above.)
  • If you have traveled from Italy, Iran, South Korea and China, public health authorities ask that you stay home for 14 days upon returning to the US. 

     If you have any questions about your registration for Eliot School classes, you can reach our Registrar. If you have trouble getting through, please contact our Program Director, Claudia Fiks.

As always, please contact our Executive Director, Abigail Norman, if you have any concerns or ideas.

Thank you for being part of our caring community.