Dear Hebrew Public Families,
We hope you are healthy and safe right now; our thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this difficult time. Thank you to so many of you for joining our Town Hall session on Tuesday. While this fall will unfortunately have to look very different from past years, we are committed to working together to ensure it is as successful as possible.
On Tuesday, we shared our current planning for the first part of the school year during a Town Hall Zoom session. You can view a recording of that session
, and a high-level overview of the Town Hall presentation is included below.
Our plans are being developed based on input from families and the most recent guidelines from health experts and city, state, and federal officials. At the same time, we know that the virus is currently surging in a large number of states. If the infection rate increases in our city and state, we may not be allowed to open our schools in the way that we are currently planning. We are preparing for this possibility and please know that the health and safety of our children, families and staff remains our top priority.
At this point, we are planning for a hybrid model that includes a partial in-school and partial remote learning experience to enable extensive safety measures. To meet this charge, we have already raised funds and invested in becoming a 1:1 technology school where each student will have access to a Chromebook to support instruction at home.
Thank you to each of you who have reached out to ask questions. We have included a section below summarizing many of our current answers for all families’ benefit.
Thank you for your patience and your generosity of spirit as we work to get back to each of you. Most importantly, we need your continued input to design the best possible model in the weeks to come. On July 31, we will be asking you to fill out an essential form from your school’s leadership where each family will have the opportunity to indicate your preference on your child’s learning experience for the first portion of the school year.
We know this is a time of great uncertainty with no ideal options. We also know that our communities are creative and resilient. We will reimagine and persevere together.
Hebrew Public CEO
Hebrew Public Chief Schools Officer
Hebrew Public Chief Operating Officer
Harlem Hebrew Head of School
Hebrew Language Academy Head of School
Hebrew Language Academy 2 Head of School