Dear JKHA/RKYHS Families,
 
As we continue to look ahead to 2021-2022, we are carefully watching the changes in public health as well as the latest guidance from the CDC, local government and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are determined to maintain our commitment to educational excellence while aligning our policies with government directives and our mitigation protocols. The JKHA/RKYHS Health Committee is meeting on a regular basis to determine our Covid policies and we will share information regarding our safety protocols as they become available. We are writing to share with you plans for the fall as we understand them today. However, as throughout the pandemic, policies will be subject to change as we manage the dynamic situation. 

Return to Campus:
We are excited to welcome your children back in a few weeks. We expect all students to attend school in person, all day, every day. Subject to the forthcoming quarantine policy, we will not be offering a hybrid program.
All students and faculty must take a PCR test within 72 hours of the first day of school:
  • JKHA Lower and Middle School students should take their PCR tests on or after Sunday, August 29th.
  • RKYHS freshmen and RKYHS Peer Advisors should take their PCR tests on or after Friday, August 27th.
  • RKYHS sophomore, junior and senior students, other than RKYHS Peer Advisors, should take their PCR tests on or after Sunday, August 29th.

Students/parents must submit negative results to this link to gain entry to school on the first day of sessions. 

Masking:
JKHA/RKYHS will comply with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 251 which requires mask use in the indoor portion of schools by all staff, students and visitors regardless of vaccination status. 
 
Travel:
JKHA/RKYHS will continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding travel. Current guidelines generally remain consistent with the travel policies previously communicated.  Specifically: 
Unvaccinated children and adults who travel out of state should get tested 3-5 days after travel and must quarantine for seven days. 
Vaccinated children and adults have no travel restrictions. 
  
Arrival and Dismissal:
JKHA student arrival drop-off will use the JKHA front entrance. JKHA student dismissal will use the back entrance, closest to the Jocheved Orbach Dining Hall.

Vaccination Policy:
All data indicate that the most effective way to protect ourselves and each other from the virus is to vaccinate. In order to provide the safest program possible, we strongly urge that everyone who is eligible vaccinate immediately. Students eligible for vaccination who are vaccinated will be permitted to participate in after-school activities and competitive sports. Students who are eligible for vaccination but are not vaccinated will have a differentiated experience, including more frequent testing, stricter quarantine protocols, and limited permitted participation in extracurricular activities.

Vaccination verification must be uploaded to this link.

We will update you regarding additional mitigation policies when more information becomes available, including in-school screening and quarantine procedures in the event of Covid exposure. 

We wish you a restorative and healthy summer.


Eliezer E. Rubin