Coming Home COVID - 19 Guidelines
We are able to offer a full-time, in-person schedule to all Hillel students, from Pre-Nursery through 12 th grade, beginning on the first day of school. At this time, it is our intention to have Elementary through High School students and faculty back in our building for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 9th. In order to allow for quality, socially distant orientations, ELC orientation will be spread over a 2 day period, on Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th, and the first full day of school for the ELC will take place on Thursday, September 10th.
The school’s COVID-19 task force has strived to create a cohort model, which means that a small group of people interact with other people in the same group, rather than switching groups or interacting with others outside of that circle. Your child will remain exclusively with his or her cohort throughout the school day. In the Early Learning Center and Elementary School, each class will represent a cohort, and there will be no mixing of classes. In the Middle School, where classes are tracked, each grade will represent a cohort and there will be no mixing among grades. In the High School, where classes are mixed amongst grades, each 2 grades (9th and 10th grades, and 11th and 12th grades) will represent a cohort.
Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment
Teachers / Staff
All adults are required to wear masks while in the school building.
Teachers will be provided with a fanny pack “COVID kit” stocked with hand sanitizer, wipes, and other sanitizing equipment they may need during the day.
Please see the division-specific guidelines for details regarding when students are required to wear masks at school.
For children and adults for whom a mask could exacerbate a medical or auditory processing condition, a shield may be used with written permission from the administration.
We have also taken precautions to ensure that our classrooms follow and even exceed CDC- and NJ Department Education prescribed guidelines on social distancing.
Our ELC students will be working on small, individualized tables instead of shared tables, and we have developed an enhanced toy sanitization rotation to minimize the spread of germs amongst our youngest students.
Desks in the Elementary School, Middle School, [and High School] have been outfitted with plastic desk shields.
Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival and dismissal times remain the same, but entrance and exit to and from the buses to the school building will be staggered by our staff upon arrival and dismissal, with one bus entering and being dismissed at a time. While ELC students will enter through the ELC entrance, all other divisions will enter through a temperature screening device at the main entrance of the school.
Lunch and Other Communal Activities
There will be no communal activities such as line ups, clubs, assemblies and field trips until further notice, and there will be no volunteers permitted in the building. Parents may only enter the building to sign their children in and out, and when entering, they must wear masks. Parent-teacher conferences will be by video conference until further notice. School lunches will be boxed, instead of family-style this year, with all food made in-house by our staff, who have been educated on proper food sanitation protocols.
We fully understand that some parents may not be comfortable sending their children back to school at this time. We also expect that at times, certain children, or even entire classes, may be sick or quarantined at home, and unable to physically attend school. For this reason, we have made certain to ensure that all of our students are capable of learning from home. Each classroom will enable students to access remotely from home, and students who choose to learn at home will be provided with Chromebooks upon request to enable remote learning.
Please note that unless there is a change in a student’s health status, new government regulation, or an instance of COVID-19 in the school, [High School] students must opt at the outset before school whether they plan to attend school in-person or remotely.
Commitment to Public Health Needs as a Condition to Being at Hillel
A condition of being a student at Hillel Yeshiva is taking into consideration the public health needs at this time. Students who fail to adhere to the guidelines set above with regards to social distancing, wearing a mask and considering the health needs of others, may be asked to stay home and not return to school.