CJDS Head of School
Rachel Arcus-Goldberg
July 16, 2020 / 24 Tammuz 5780
Dear CJDS Community,

I hope this email continues to find you safe and healthy.

Thank you for visiting my virtual office hours and sending me your questions this week. I am glad to hear about all of the fun and creative things the students are doing this summer!

For tonight, the three areas of reopening that I will elaborate on are:
  1. Lunch
  2. Masks
  3. Hybrid model

Lunch
As we begin the school year, students will be eating lunch in their classrooms at their desks. If the weather permits, cohorts will be encouraged to go outside and eat together in the open air. We will not be using the cafeteria for lunch. In addition, we are not offering a hot lunch program. Students will bring their own lunches and snacks. We ask that only dairy or vegetarian items be brought in packed lunches. Students will not be allowed to share food.

If this presents a financial hardship for your family, please let me know.

Masks
  • All faculty and staff will wear masks throughout the day.
  • Students in 2nd through 5th grade will be expected to wear masks inside the building, including in the classroom, and when close together while outside. 
  • Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade will be expected to wear masks in the hallways and potentially during select parts of their day where/when close contact is unavoidable.    
  • All students will be expected to wear masks when commuting to school if they are on a bus or riding in a carpool.   

Students will be expected to wear one mask throughout the day, and have a few additional masks available in school in case their mask gets wet or soiled. At the beginning of the year, all students will be given a (very cute) fanny pack with their name on it that can serve as the storage for their masks when they go outside or take them off to eat. The fanny pack will be used to shuttle masks between home and school and will include two pockets for clean and dirty masks to be separated.

Please provide masks for your children that they can wear comfortably and take on and off without assistance. Feel free to display fun patterns, favorite teams or characters, or other personalizations on the masks. Please also have your children practice wearing masks as we approach the beginning of the school year. Make sure that your child knows how to wear a mask appropriately (see the CDC image below or check out cdc.gov).
Hybrid Model
We are planning for CJDS to be open with all students in attendance five days a week, and we are very excited that we have the space and flexibility for this to happen. That being said, we are also preparing for students to be able to participate in classes from home if needed. So that students can participate in classes that are taking place at CJDS from their own homes, every classroom will have a camera in the room so that students can “zoom” (Google meet) into their classes. 

As the COVID-19 situation is evolving, all of these policies will be evaluated regularly and adjusted as the situation permits. Every member of our community, including families, students and teachers, comprise a health ecosystem and we are committed to protecting the overall health, safety, and well-being of one another and the CJDS community.

All the best,
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