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203-869-7191 • Fax: 203-661-4811 • info@templesholom.com

TSLC COVID-19 FAQs

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. 

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.  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.

Q.  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 in the Temple at all times.

  • Students may only attend if they are in good health.

Q.  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.

  • The date of a student’s return is at the discretion of David Cohen and Temple Sholom

We are now at a very exciting juncture, where the vast majority of TSLC students are eligible for vaccines. 

Plans have been reviewed with the Greenwich Department of Health, as well as the CT Department of Public Health epidemiologists.  We will continue to review and revise our protocols.  Below are the major changes, effective January 18, 2022: 

Kindergarten through 8th Grade:

o   If there is an exposure (e.g. a person in the class tests positive), all vaccinated students will continue to attend in person, as long as they have provided proof of full vaccination and are symptom free.

o   Please send your students’ vaccination card to eileen.robin@templesholom.com .  

o   We will no longer move to distance education*.  

*If there is exposure in a TSLC classroom during the month of January, distance learning will be provided to those who are unvaccinated since we realize that it may take time for your student to become fully vaccinated. 

·         Testing or quarantine will no longer be required following any travel.

·         Unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to a person who tests positive for Covid will need to:

o   Contact david.cohen@templesholom.com

o   Quarantine for up to 10 days

o   Test (PCR lab test, no home tests) on day 5 of the last exposure and, if negative and symptom free, return on day 8

·         Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to a person who tests positive for Covid do not need to quarantine as long as they are symptom free.

·         Fully vaccinated individuals who tests positive for Covid may return to school on the 6th day after the positive test assuming they are symptom free.  Until the individual is asymptomatic, they may not return to the building.

·         Anyone with Covid symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) should not come to TSLC and should consult their physicians before returning to TSLC

 

As always, please feel free to contact me any time to discuss policies or individual situations. 

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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, if the student is not fully vaccinated.  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.

 

 


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.
Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782