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Temple Sholom

300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
203-869-7191 • Fax: 203-661-4811 • info@templesholom.com

TSLC COVID-19 FAQs

Updated November 2020

Attending Religious School during the pandemic requires thoughtful protocols and every person’s participation in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment.  We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions.  Of course, you can always contact David Cohen (david.cohen@templesholom.com or 203-622-8121) to discuss further. 

If you have been exposed to someone with Covid or have reason to suspect that you are positive, you must contact David Cohen.

What Covid-related procedures are in place?

There are several new procedures, aligned with State laws, regulations and best practices.

  • Families have options to participate in in-person or online classes.
  • Students’ arrival and departure take place outside; parents do not enter the building.  This reduces the number of adults in the building and reduces crowding in the hallways.
  • Class sizes are limited in order to reduce children’s potential exposure.
  • Seating plans maximize distancing.
  • Food is not permitted in class (beverages only).
  • Students stay only with their own class.  Each class is considered its own pod.  They do not combine for events (e.g. no schoolwide assemblies).
  • Handwashing and the cleaning/sanitizing of surfaces are more frequent and scheduled.
  • Adults and students wear facemasks.
  • Students may only attend if they are in good health.

What happens if a student becomes ill at school?

If a student becomes ill at school, they are brought to our dedicated waiting room, where they wait with an administrator until the parents arrive.  David Cohen will notify all parents of any potentially contagious illness.

If a student or adult, at school or at home, develops potential symptoms of COVID-19, or has a positive test, the following steps will be taken:

  • The ill person would be immediately excluded from school.
  • David Cohen would contact the school’s medical advisors to determine the most appropriate plan.  Most likely, this would include a temporary closure of an impacted classroom and quarantining of the people in that classroom; not school closure.
  • David Cohen would inform the entire school.
  • The date of a student’s return is at the discretion of David Cohen and Temple Sholom.

What happens if my student’s classroom/school closes?

TSLC has a detailed Distance Education Plan.  See bottom of the document for details.  Upon a decision to close a classroom/school, the teachers will immediately begin distance education, including materials to be sent home. 

For a defined closure, there would be no financial implications (e.g. no refunds or credits). 

For an extended closure we would begin offering credits and refunds.  As always, Temple Sholom will handle this ethically and compassionately.  All plans will be communicated and will address the finances of the families, the teachers and the Temple.

What if the public or private schools close?  How does this impact TSLC?

TSLC is not impacted, and would likely stay open.  The decisions for TSLC are made independently, in consultation with local experts and State officials.  If a closure was necessary, distance learning would begin.

What can I do to contribute to the health and wellness of our school?

Keeping everyone healthy takes everyone’s cooperation.

  • Keep students home when they are not feeling well.  If you have questions about your child’s wellness, please consult your pediatrician.
  • Communicate with the TSLC administration about any illness in your household, especially if it is possibly COVID related.
  • Maintain good handwashing/hygiene habits.
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure in your outside-of-school lives.

What happens if a member of my household or a visitor comes from a state on the CT travel ban?

Consult the CT Travel Advisory page:  https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel

If anyone in the home is required to quarantine, the child must also stay home from school.

What if a person in the household tests positive for Covid?

This must be reported to David Cohen right away.  Please be aware that, in most cases, this will result in a prolonged quarantine for the TSLC student.  Each situation has nuances that will be considered, but the date of a child’s return is at the discretion of David Cohen and Temple Sholom.  If required to disclose names, by the State or Greenwich health departments, we will comply and will notify the impacted families.

Please consult the following documents, which illustrate decision-making processes on the part of families and schools:

Student Symptom Decision Tree

Guidance for Schools during Covid-19

When to Quarantine


TSLC Distance Education Plan

Updated 10.14.20

 

Immediate (short-term) Transitioning to Distance Learning

  • Parent/student notification 
    • The Director of Schools will send out an email notifying the parents/families of the decision to close the school.
    • The teachers (or the Director of Judaic Studies) will send a follow up email with the Zoom link and time for the assigned classes. 
  • Zoom links to be created for all in-person classes
    • To be done at the time that the decision to close has been made.
    • The in-person classes will either combine with existing online classes or transition to an independent online class. The start time will immediately follow the end of the current online classes.
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