Health & Calendar Updates 
Dear Parents,

We continue to be proud of and grateful for our community's commitment to our Social Covenant that has allowed us to be together in-person for these first few weeks. 

We are pleased to share that the preschool parent we wrote to you about yesterday continues to be asymptomatic, and the rest of the family all tested negative for Covid-19. Following our careful protocol, the Akiba student will be home for the full 14 days. It was heartwarming to receive so many supportive notes from parents and staff after sending yesterday's Health Update. Thank you for reminding us how wonderfully caring our community is.

Other Updates from the Health and Safety Advisory Committee
  • Attendance@asjds.org: If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, please send an email to attendance@asjds.org . This is a shared email and will be the most efficient way to communicate regarding absences, Zoom log in information, and more.
  • Bathrooms. Now that we've been in the building for a couple weeks, we are ready to open the grade school bathrooms up to be used by 2 people at a time. We have taped off stalls and sinks to allow for adequate distancing. 
  • Other schools. We are aware that Hillel Torah and CJDS have both had to move at least one of their cohorts to remote learning for two weeks after positive cases of Covid were reported at school. And Wolcott High School has gone entirely remote for two weeks after a few positive (and unrelated) cases were reported at school. We know that there are Akiba families who have children in at least two of these schools, and we have explored the possible connections. At this time, we do not believe there is any reason for us to change our current protocols. 
  • Holidays Reminder. As you make your plans to possibly be with family and friends, we ask that you keep your commitment to our Social Covenant in mind with special attention to these pieces.
    • Avoid any gathering of 50 or more people with or without masks, inside or outside
    • Self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from specific states or regions identified by CDC and/or state and local officials
    • If you choose to have meals indoors (or within 6 feet outdoors) with family and friends outside of your household, those people will be considered a part of your household for the full two weeks after your visit.
    • If you anticipate that contacts you and/or your children have may be deemed higher risk (e.g. from a state with a travel advisory, people who are not uniformly wearing masks or distancing) we are happy to work with you to plan for remote learning for the 14 days after you are with them.
Calendar Updates
  • Erev Rosh Hashana is tomorrow. There is no school, not in-person or remote.
  • Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28: No School.
  • Erev Sukkot, Friday October 2 and Erev Shemini Atzeret, Friday, October 9
    • Preschool in session for full days; 2:30pm dismissal
    • Kindergarten-8th grade in session from 8:30am-12pm: REMOTE ONLY
  • Back-to-School Night for Parents: Yes, we are planning to hold Back-to-School (often known as Open House or Curriculum Night) programs for parents, but the details are still being worked out. Stay tuned.
We wish you a sweet and healthy new year.  L'shanah tovah!

Yours,
Principal

Early Childhood Director