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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, incorporating the most current information from the CDC, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Department of Health, Beth Rivkah has incorporated the following updates to our protocols. We have filed our reopening plan with New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department, and are ב"ה moving ahead with plans to have all students and faculty back in our buildings for the first day of learning.
We do NOT expect to be able to eliminate COVID-19 transmission in schools. בע"ה, our goal is to REDUCE transmission to the greatest extent possible, and keep our school safely open. We are planning to open school, under advisement of Rabbanim and trusted medical professionals, because we feel that it can be done safely with the current low prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and our ability to implement appropriate safety protocols. We will continue to constantly monitor the situation and will make changes as indicated.
We will reiterate that we expect all members of the Beth Rivkah community to take seriously their individual responsibility for helping to keep our buildings a healthy environment for everyone, by respecting the safety of all school staff and students. In order for everyone to feel safe, there must be an understanding among parents and staff that NO ONE comes to school sick, ever. Students and staff must stay home when they are sick or when exposed to someone who is sick.
The act of sending your children to school or coming to work at school indicates that they/you are healthy.
Daily screening is a NYS requirement. Parents must fill out and submit this checklist daily per child in order for them to be allowed on the Beth Rivkah campus:
I have not knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.
I have not tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
I have not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.
I have not traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
Fill out this checklist once per child each day:
All entrances are equipped with automatic sanitizer dispensers with signage encouraging their use upon arrival.
There are automatic sanitizer dispensers installed for students to use upon entering their classrooms.
Maintenance staff will be sanitizing public areas and restrooms multiple times daily.
All classrooms, restrooms and high traffic areas will be sanitized daily.
All public areas have floor stickers designating proper distance.
There will be no outside personnel or parents allowed on campus. Systems will be put in place for younger grades where there are concerns of children arriving to their respective classrooms.
All assemblies and group activities will take place with classes in their respective classrooms over zoom or in a large area at 25% capacity with face coverings.
Recess and lunch schdules have been adjusted to prevent large crowds in any area of the building.
At this time we do not recommend that students or faculty travel out of state. If a student or staff member travels to a travel-restricted state, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return. This is in addition to the guidelines mandated by the state which can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
Students and faculty will be provided with a complimentary uniform mask and lanyard. Additional masks are available for purchase here.
Mask wearing is required by all faculty and other personnel on the school campus. Students in Pre 1a and up are required to wear masks whenever they are not seated at their desks.
Students in Early Headstart, Headstart, and Preschool are not required to wear masks once they enter the building.
Students are not required to wear their masks when seated behind their poly-carbonate partitions which have been installed on every desk.
- If students are working in close proximity to each other (less than 6 feet apart, not separated by a poly-carbonate partition) they are required to wear masks.
Any student who has a medical reason for not wearing a mask will be exempt if they provide a doctor’s note.
Arrival and Dismisssal
Arrival and dismissal will be staggered by time and entrance in order to eliminate crowds and bottlenecking at the entrances.
Everyone entering the building will be temperature screened at walk-by or walk-through thermometers that are set up at the entrances. Anyone with a fever will not be allowed entry into the building.
Protocol for Students Displaying Symptoms/Feeling Ill
If a student has a fever or shows other symptoms of Covid-19 (like body aches, loss of taste or smell, etc.), her parents will be contacted immediately to pick her up. She will wait in a designated area where she will not expose others until she is picked up.
If a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19, they are required to quarantine for 10 days and can return to school when symptoms have resolved and they have been fever free for 24 hours.
Their class and anyone they've been in contact with must quarantine for 14 days as well.
If a student or staff member is exposed to someone who tested positive to Covid-19, they are required to quarantine for 14 days.
If a student/staff member is ill and then is fever free for 24 hours with a confirmed diagnosis of a non Covid related illness, they can return to school in person.
The Department of Health is collecting testing data regarding which schools are associated with positive Covid tests. Schools are required to inform the DOH of any positive tests in their school community.