Safeguarding our community and taking responsibility for one another in an extraordinary moment.
At all times, the health and safety of our entire community is our top priority and our goal this year is to have students on campus for in-person learning as much as possible.
On August 10 the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) released updates to their directives specifically for schools. As always, we are bound to follow any directives from SFDPH, for the safety of the community and to ensure we can keep JCHS open. In addition, we rely on guidance from the State of California and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help us set policy for areas not specifically mandated by SFDPH.
We also hold as a priority -- rooted in Jewish values and our school’s ethos -- the privacy of each individual member of the school community. We strongly encourage everyone to speak of others with the same level of dignity and respect that each of us wishes for ourselves.
If you have any questions about our health and safety protocols or COVID-19 policies, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCHS is facilitating mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for all students and Professional Community members for the month of January (or longer as conditions warrant). The cost of this onsite COVID-19 testing is being covered by a combination of insurance and JCHS.
If you prefer to arrange a test on your own, you can do so, provided it is a supervised test (healthcare worker present or virtually supervising) and conducted within 72 hours of being on campus Monday morning. Please send your results to email@example.com.
Aside from those school days already designated as “Virtual Days” on the calendar, JCHS plans to deliver all classroom instruction in person during the 2021-2022 school year.
We know that there is a chance that individual students may have to miss school this year for long periods of time due to COVID-19. In anticipation of this, JCHS will allow students who have long term absences from school due to COVID-19 to view their classes via Zoom.
When students are diagnosed with COVID-19 (or are required to isolate/quarantine per SFDPH guidelines) and will miss at least four consecutive days of school, students will be able to view their classes over Zoom. During this time:
The JCHS Student Support Team will coordinate with teachers to set up Zoom links. Students will be able to view and listen to their classes but will not be able to participate in all class activities.
JCHS teachers will be focusing on the students in the room; teachers will not be designing these lessons for a hybrid classroom (that is, not designing lessons so students learning at school and at home receive balanced attention).
Students learning from home should stay current with their work by accessing Google Classroom and be in touch with their teachers by email and online office hours.
JCHS will determine a student’s eligibility to earn full credit for their courses on a case-by-case basis depending on how much in-person school the student misses.
Most importantly, when a student is sick, they should rest and prioritize their health. When they are able to resume their school work, JCHS teachers, learning specialists, and deans will help students get back on track.
Campus visitors will be limited to vendors/service providers or essential personnel.
Whenever possible, vendors and service providers will be scheduled to visit when students are not present in the building.
All campus visitors must wear face masks and complete a SchoolPass wellness screening questionnaire before entering the building.
Visitors will be extremely limited at the start of the school year. JCHS will re-assess this policy after the High Holy Days (at the end of September).
Parents and Guardians JCHS will be minimizing visitors to campus. We ask that Parents and Guardians not enter the building on regular school days, except for medical emergencies. We will re-evaluate this policy after the High Holy Days (at the end of September).
Outside vendors Until then our focus on Ellis Street will be making the campus fully accessible for students, and their tutors or others supporting their learning who are fully vaccinated. Essential vendors, and any student related programing guests (Community Block Speakers, Tutors, etc.) are allowed to be in the building if they are vaccinated.
Admissions Visitors The JCHS Admissions team will host limited groups of students and families on campus for in-person tours on certain Mondays and Fridays in November. You must register on Ravenna prior to visiting and all visitors must show proof of vaccination. We will provide a link to upload proof of vaccination prior to your visit (these files will not be stored once reviewed by our COVID coordinator). Masks are required at all times while on campus.
Athletics Spectator Policy Like most of our peer schools, JCHS is developing different spectator policies for home and away and for indoor and outdoor competitions. Because of the particularly limited space for spectators at the Buchanan Y, please know that for now spectators will be limited there to fully vaccinated, household members of the current team only. We will revisit this policy over the next few weeks in hopes of allowing additional spectators, including students. We will require verification of vaccination for all spectators, which will be checked upon entrance to the gym, along with completion of a contact tracing form.
We're very fortunate to be able to welcome our greater community into the JCHS Performing Arts Theater for the production so we can have a live audience. In order to do this safely, however, everyone must have proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to the production. Both patrons and performers will remain masked at all times during the show.
*IMPORTANT: All patrons (including those under 12 years of age) are required to present PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION (including AT LEAST 14 days between second shot and performance) as well as a valid photo ID at box office to gain entry to the performance. A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted for entry.
College Advising During the 2021-22 school year, JCHS juniors and seniors will meet with college representatives both virtually and on campus. Please visit the College Advising website or SCOIR for a list of dates, times, and locations. All college reps visiting in person must be vaccinated, and masks are required on campus at all times.
Jewish Community Library The Library's hours will continue to be Mondays and Thursdays from 11 to 4 and Sundays 12 to 4. We do encourage patrons to come on Sundays, rather than during the week. For those who are not able to come on Sundays, the following policies will be in effect on Mondays and Thursdays: The Library offers contactless pickup in the front courtyard for anybody wishing to simply pick up a reserved book. The Library recommends that anybody coming simply to return a book use the drop box outside the entrance gate and that anybody coming simply to pick up a reserved book use the contactless pickup option in the courtyard, rather than entering the building. For those who do wish to enter the building in order to use the collection, the following policies will be in place: In addition to being masked, all visitors on Mondays and Thursdays must be vaccinated and feeling well. Proof of vaccination must be submitted to the JCL staff ahead of time. If they can’t they must show it to the security guards upon arrival. Children under 12 will not be allowed in the building on Mondays and Thursdays. There will be a limit of two patrons plus a caregiver using the library at any one time on Mondays and Thursdays, with a stay in the library limited to 20 minutes (the library will be used for browsing, circulation, and receiving reference assistance, but not for study and writing). The only bathroom available to Library patrons on Mondays and Thursdays will be the bathroom in the Library.
David Joseph Facilities Manager Assistant to the Head of School COVID-19 Response Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
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