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COVID-19 Protocols

As Chicago Jewish Day School transitioned to eLearning in March, 2020, we proudly maintained a strong sense of community while ensuring that our students remained engaged in meaningful learning. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students, families, and faculty and staff. We opened on August 19th for the 2020-21 school year with a hybrid schedule for most students. In early 2021, all of our students began attending on a full-time, daily schedule.

Please read our protocols below to learn about how we plan to open safely and address issues pertaining to COVID-19.

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 re-opening efforts are driven by our Educational Leadership Team (Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Jill Kushnir LeVee, Rachel Pickus, Tamar Cytryn, and Penina Berdugo) 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

Dr. Elizabeth Alpern, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Stacy Raviv, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Nathan Sandalow, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Dylan Slotar, Infectious Disease

Dr. Daniel Wachter, Emergency Medicine

CJDS’s leadership continues to meet and will be taking changing guidelines into consideration as we approach our opening. These policies are likely to change as new data emerge regarding COVID transmission. As changes are instituted, families will receive emailed "COVID news and policy updates." Please continue to reach out if you have any questions or concerns to share.