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Living Judaism Religious School @ ShaarayTefila

Reopening Plan for 5781 (2020-2021)

General Information

• In guidance with CDC and New York State guidelines masks will be required to be worn by all teachers and learners when safe distancing is not possible.

• Learners will stay with the same pod all year consisting of one teacher and the same classmates.

• Drop-Off and Pick-Up: Each grade will be given a designated drop-off/pick-up location. Your child's teacher will take temperatures and do health checks for each learner. Thermometers, health questionnaires, masks and hand sanitizers to be provided. *A grade specific drop off/pick up map will be sent out*

• Tefila will be held before virtual class on Sundays and Mondays all are welcomed! (Until CDC restrictions on group singing are lifted)

• If your child is exhibiting a fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, intestinal or stomach issues please keep them home. If your child becomes ill during religious school we will isolate them and call you for immediate pick-up.

• Bathrooms will be cleaned every 20-30 min while school is in session, There will be Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, soap and water in each bathroom and we will allow 1 child at a time. We have bathrooms in 6 different locations on our property.

• We will remain within CDC and state of NY requirements which limits class size to 18 students and 2 adults for indoor programs.

• Parents are asked not to enter the buildings on temple grounds unless absolutely necessary.

Beth Kerner, School Administrator or Carissa Celokyer, will be stationed outside for early pick-up or school related questions and information.

• If we have to pivot to all virtual programming, we have a rapid transition plan which include a variety of expansive platforms.

• If we must transition to an all virtual program and this modality does not fit your child's learning style, we will provide a tuition roll-over program to be applied to the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact Liz Marlowe for more details


Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

• Sundays 9:15am – 11am or Mondays 4:15pm – 6pm

• Classes will meet in person outdoors every week. Tents will be set up for sun or light rain protection. If there is serious inclement weather, we will use the social hall, JHC, CEC, Israel Land, youth lounge and other large indoor spaces or meet virtually on that day.

• A school supply list will be sent home so that your child will use only those items. Please bring them to school with you each week.

• Learners are encouraged to join virtual tefilaon either Sundays or Mondays.

Click here for grade specific curriculum and learning goals.

8th – 12th Grade

• Mondays 6:15pm – 7:30pm

• Hybrid program: Monday Night Live will run on as a hybrid program with alternating A and B weeks.

A Weeks

*** Classes will meet virtually via Zoom.

B Weeks

*** Classes will meet in person, outdoors in covered areas. If there is inclement weather, we will use the social hall, JHC, CEC, Israel Land, Youth Lounge or other large indoor spaces or transition to a virtual program for that day.

• A school supply list will be sent home so that your child will use only those items. Please bring them to school with you each week.

Click here for grade specific curriculum and learning goals.

4th – 7th Grade

• Sundays 9:15am – 11am or Mondays 4:15pm – 6pm

• Hybrid program: Hebrew will be taught primarily during the B weeks virtually, while culture will be primarily taught in person during A weeks. Due to safety guidelines, group singing and prayer chanting will only happen during virtual weeks including Tefila.

A Weeks

*** Classes will meet in person, outdoors in covered areas. If there is inclement weather, we will use the social hall, JHC, CEC, Israel Land, Youth Lounge or other large indoor spaces or transition to a virtual program for that day.

B Weeks

*** Classes will meet virtually for Hebrew Prayer Power with their teacher. As a bonus, grades 4 and 5 (6th where needed) will meet for additional small group learning with Barbara Vehaba for Hebrew fundamentals (Mrs. Vehaba will contact you to set up a convenient appointment time). Please contact Liz Marlowe for details.

• A school supply list will be sent home so that your child will use only those items. Please bring them to school with you each week.

Click here for grade specific curriculum and learning goals.

• B’nai Mitzvah will be virtual as CDC and NY State guidelines do not allow for group chanting. B’nai mitzvah families will receive more information about scheduling a tutoring time.

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