July 6, 2020
14 Tamuz 5780

Dear Levine Community ,
I hope this message finds you and your families well . I want to provide you with updates on relevant school topics and administrative team developments pertinent to our pandemic reality as we ramp-up to the 2020/2021 school year, which will begin on Monday, August 17:  This will be one of many recaps that I will be delivering as this is a unique time and a continuously evolving subject. I appreciate your flexibility as we navigate together this new phase of education and socialization for our faculty, kids and families.
  1. School Status for Opening in August: We plan to begin school with all faculty, staff, and students inside our school facility beginning on Monday, August 17. The school already looks different inside, with social distance markers affixed throughout the hallways; handwashing stations positioned in many locations; and hygiene reminders posted prominently. There is a lot of analysis we've done on classroom layouts that we are implementing to maximize separation between students.
  2. Protocols and Procedures: Levine has already delivered to its summer camp parents the full array of our health procedures and protocols -- they are very comprehensive and our protocols for the start of the new school year in August will only mean a few adjustments to what we have already issued and implemented.
  3. Carpool: Many parents have asked about how we will handle carpool. Levine happens to be one among very few schools in the entire DFW area operating summer camps through this summer, which has allowed us to honed our safety carpool procedures. Following considerable work with the leading DFW private school law firm, we produced and delivered at the beginning of June an entire list of our health and safety protocols, including how we would handle carpool, which is being done 100% without parents entering the building. We conduct screening inside the vehicles, prior to the child exiting. This includes temperature checks and a symptom-free confirmation from the parents. The regular school year will involve a stepped-up faculty presence along the sidewalks out front, to assure that we process several cars simultaneously.
  4. Restriction on Visitors to Campus: Keeping with best practices in our dialogue with ISAS schools throughout the Dallas/Forth Worth area, along with discussions with our Jewish day school network in Dallas, Levine will activate the fullest restriction on visitors to campus when we start the school year. This will mean no parents, no outside vendors (except Rhonda and Jay), no tutors unless they are approved for special learning issues, and no deliveries (inside the building).  
  5. Parent Survey and Parent Intentions: We have issued already a comprehensive parent survey, asking our parents to provide us with feedback on this past spring -- what worked well and what didn't work well -- so that we can plan accordingly and implement improvements on our distance learning, should we need to shut the school down altogether and pick up on our springtime reality. 
  6. Parent ZOOM Session: We are planning on our next Parent Zoom Session -- the first took place on June 1, focused mostly on our summer camps, yet we had a huge turnout -- to take place in July. We first want to process the feedback that will be coming our way from the surveys, which are due July 10. We look forward to sharing all these updates and to present parents with how school will look when we open in August. Look for a zoom session in the upcoming weeks.
  7. Preparations for On-Line and Blended Learning: Even while we are preparing for faculty and staff to report in person when we resume full operations in August, we know that we must prepare for online and "blended learning." In brief, what "blended learning" means is, teachers will be delivering a mix of on-line asynchronous (not live) and live-streamed synchronous learning to students, while they are teaching at school full time. This kind of arrangement will necessitate acquiring new technology packages for several classrooms.
  8. Administrative Team Think Tanks: Every day we are working for our families, we have Team Think Tanks in place to do deep dives into various topics, such as Health and Wellness; Creative Connectivity; Procedures & Protocols; and School Scenarios. Already we have dozens of pages of notes, guidance, information, and proposals that will help us advance our school and deliver our program in the safest way possible. 

As you can see we are busy planning for various scenarios this upcoming school year. 


Your support as a community is paramount to our success; and your children and their safety is our guiding principle. If you haven't already please return your parent survey -- Deadline for survey submission will be Friday, July 10th.

I look forward to continuing with these updates as we progress through the summer of 2020 and prepare for a successful school year ahead.

All the best,
Tom Elieff
Head of School