June 19, 2020
As we continue to plan Lehrman’s opening in August 2020, we formed a COVID-19 Task Force which includes pediatric experts to help us create protocols to ensure our community’s safety and health. Based on their input, and current CDC and local DOH recommendations and instructions, our plan is to open with the following Guidelines in place. (Please note: we do, of course, reserve the right to change a guideline based on changing conditions; we will inform you of any substantive changes.)
Though the primary objective of these Guidelines is to maintain health, like everything we do at Lehrman, they are part of our educational mission in that each item supports our core values. We are a community and it is a Jewish value—pikuach nefesh—to save a life. In adhering to these Guidelines, although many present difficulties and are even uncomfortable, they present an opportunity for us to support one another and keep each other safe. We will teach our children, for example, that when they or their teachers are putting on a mask that they are actually potentially preventing someone else from becoming ill. That is not only science-based, but also kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh—everyone in the community is responsible for one another. We are, after all, educators.
Facilities and Programming:
The recommendation is to minimize class size in an effort to maintain a safe, socially distant classroom environment.
Each Early Childhood and Kindergarten classroom will have approximately 10-12 students per class. Social distancing is a difficult concept for young children, but with strategic planning and smaller classes, we expect to be able to spread the children out throughout the classroom and run more appropriate activities.
In order to limit student hallway transitions, our Specialists will teach in homeroom classrooms.
There will be no large group gatherings: lunch, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Tefillah will take place in the classrooms. Lunches will be individually packed and served to each student.
Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the school and will be located in each classroom.
Surfaces and classroom equipment/toys will be sanitized throughout the day. Additional disinfecting measures will take place when students are not on campus, including periodic UV cleaning.
Water fountains will be turned off. Water container filling stations will be in use.
For students whose classrooms do not have an inside bathroom, there will be assigned bathrooms by floors.
Drop Off and Building Visits:
Temperature checks and morning screenings will take place daily for everyone who enters the building. Anyone with signs of illness or a fever higher than 100.4 degrees will be asked to go home and then stay home for a minimum of 48 hours, and provide a doctor's note prior to returning to school.
In an effort to limit exposure, we will not allow parents or visitors into the building. This will include therapists and tutors.
Elementary (K-5) students will be required to wear masks and/or face shields intermittently during the school day when transitioning.
All adults in the building will be required to wear masks and/or face shields at all times.
When making your summer travel plans, please take into consideration the implications for your child’s return to school. Consult the Governor’s orders and actions concerning travel by checking the Florida State website.
For K-5 parents:
For families who feel that their students cannot attend the brick and mortar program, we will be running a full virtual program for their students. We must, however, know if you want your student in that program by Friday June 26. We are asking for at least a one trimester commitment at this point. Please click HERE to let us know. You will have an opportunity to include any questions you may have.
Please note: We will again refund funds for unused services for any student who is on a virtual learning program per trimester.
Reminder to EC parents
Please refer to our previous email regarding enrollment options for the 20/21 school year and make note of the June 24th deadline to defer or withdraw.
Thank you for your continued support of Lehrman. We will update you on our plans for 2020/2021 during the summer and inform you if there are any substantive changes due to any directives from federal, state or local authorities.
Mara Geronemus, Chair, Board of Trustees
Jodi Bruce, Head of School
Dr. Linda K. Schaffzin, Director of Education
Erica Kalish, Director, Early Childhood Education