Policies and Guidelines Summary
The Innovation Institute has implemented common-sense policies and guidelines to ensure student health, wellness, safety and security. We have also done so to facilitate the best possible experience for The Innovation Institute community as a whole.
The information below provides an overview. For a comprehensive review of The Innovation Institute's policies, please see the links at the bottom of this page.
Health and Wellness
For health and safety purposes, The Innovation Institute does not currently allow any food or beverages in its classrooms or labs. We are a nut-free facility.
We encourage students to bring water bottles. Water bottles are not permitted in any of the labs at any time. We also strongly encourage parents and caregivers to ensure that students have a healthy snack or meal just before class.
Prior to the first day of class, each student must have a completed Health and Wellness Form on file at The Innovation Institute. We provide this form during the online enrollment process.
Safety and Security
Learning in a Safe and Secure Environment
At The Innovation Institute, seeking to ensure student well being is multidimensional for us.
Peer-to-Peer Interactions: A Welcoming Community
The Innovation Institute team sets the tone for our community by modeling expectations and behaviors it seeks students to demonstrate. We are an inclusive, open learning community that welcomes and learns from the differences among us. We have a "no-tolerance" policy regarding bullying behaviors.
Prior to the start of a course, each student must understand and agree to abide by The Innovation Institute's Code of Conduct. (It was created by our middle school students). We provide this form during the enrollment process.
The Innovation Institute takes the safety and security of each of our students very seriously. All students receive instruction in lab safety on an ongoing basis, and our small student-to-instructor ratio allows our staff to closely monitor student safety.
As parents ourselves, staff at the Innovation Institute understand parental security concerns. We make every effort to allay concerns by implementing stringent security protocols.
Prior to the first day of class, each student must have a completed Pick-Up and Drop-Off Authorization Form on file at The Innovation Institute. We provide this form during the online enrollment process.
Please note that given that this is New England, we expect to be open when it is snowing.
When the Innovation Institute cancels classes due to instructor absence or inclement weather, the session will be rescheduled. We preschedule one-to-two extra session for such an occurrence for the winter and spring terms.
Status Updates on Opening and Closures
- Final Decisions for Morning Courses are posted by 6:30 AM to our website homepage and enrolled families will also receive an email announcement.
- Final Decisions for Afternoon Courses are posted by 10:30 AM to our website homepage and and enrolled families will also receive an email announcement.
We are excited to work with your children (if at all feasible) but also understand and expect fully that each of you will make judgment calls about the weather and travel conditions in your area. In past, we have seen some large variations in conditions within the Boston Metro.
We would appreciate it greatly if you would inform us if you do not plan to attend programming on any given day. It helps us to plan accordingly, as some of our instructors travel a distance to work with your children. Thanks!