As Chicago Jewish Day School transitioned to eLearning in March, 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 plan to open early beginning on August 19th with a hybrid opening for Kindergarten students and a daily opening (Wednesday-Friday) for Junior Kindergarten students. Junior Kindergarten will continue attending school on campus full-time.
Beginning August 24th, 50% of Grades K-8 will attend school on a hybrid schedule. Beginning August 31st, each cohort will be on campus two days a week and every other Friday and learning remotely two days a week and every other Friday. Fifty percent of the student body will alternate with the other 50% of the student body.
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
Kol Yisrael aravim zeh bah zeh/Taking responsibility for one another
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. Sarah Unterman, Emergency Medicine
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.