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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 ( or 203-622-8121) to discuss further. 

Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 13D issued 8/19/21, mandates that all teachers in private and public school be vaccinated with at least one dose of Covid 19 vaccine by Sept. 27. Below is the link. It requires proof of vaccine and allows for medical exemption from documented medical professionals or exemption for “sincerely held religious beliefs”.  Anyone with an exemption will need to test weekly for Covid 19.

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 procedures, aligned with State laws, regulations and best practices.

  • Students’ arrival and departure take place outside; parents may also enter the building.  This reduces the number of adults in the building and reduces crowding in the hallways.
  • 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 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 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.


What is the school Travel Policy?


Updated 9/5/21

  • Travel by car will not require testing or quarantine.
  • If an unvaccinated person (currently includes all children under age 12) travels by plane, train or other mode that involves extended close contact with non-household members, we will REQUIRE proof of a negative Covid test after NO LESS THAN THREE DAYS after return, or 10-day quarantine.
  • Anyone who has been exposed to a Covid positive individual, who has NOT been fully vaccinated (completed vaccination schedule, plus two weeks) must quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure.  Please note that children are not currently eligible for vaccination so must quarantine.
  • Any exposure or non-car travel must be communicated to David Cohen so that we can plan appropriately.


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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