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COVID-19 Policies Guide

Chicago Jewish Day School has implemented safety measures for the 2021-2022 school year based on guidance from both national and local health agencies. Risk mitigation strategies include vaccination, mask wearing, ventilation, hand washing, and cleaning/disinfection. These strategies are subject to change based on new information, requirements, and latest recommendations from public health officials.

Safe in-person learning at CJDS depends on: 

  • Mandated vaccination for all eligible individuals 12 years and older
  • Universal wearing of masks indoors at school
  • Daily monitoring of symptoms and staying home when sick
  • Contact tracing, appropriate isolation and quarantine

The following principles will continue to guide us as we make decisions regarding implementation of the above reopening plans:

  1.  Shmirat haGuf/Prioritizing our physical bodies

Protecting the health and safety is our number one priority

  2. Chanoch lanaar al pi darko/Educating children according to their needs
Creating the best educational environment for our students to continue our commitment to deep learning and high level of engagement along with prioritizing the emotional well being of our students
  1. G’mishut/Flexibility

Balancing the logistical needs of students, family, and school in this unusual situation
  1. Kol Yisrael aravim zeh bah zeh/Taking responsibility for one another

Teaching our students about personal responsibility and communal responsibility

CJDS's COVID safety efforts are driven by our Educational Leadership Team (Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Jill Kushnir LeVee, Rachel Pickus, and Tamar Cytryn) following the guidelines of the ISBE and the Illinois Department of Public Health in consultation with our Medical Task Force, which is led by CJDS President, Dr. Stacy Raviv. We thank the following members of our CJDS Medical Task Force for their volunteer service and for serving in this important capacity at this time:

Medical Task Force

Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School
Rebecca Tessler, School Nurse
Dr. Stacy Raviv, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Nathan Sandalow, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Dylan Slotar, Infectious Disease
Dr. Sarah Unterman, Emeregency Medicine