This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged YULA Girls to reimagine our education and adapt in ways we never expected. We are incredibly proud of the way our faculty and students transitioned to our YULA BaBayit platform and we are truly looking forward to a successful 2020-21/5781 school year. Our YULA Girls Administration has been working diligently over the past month to create a reopening plan that meets and exceeds all County, State, and Federal requirements.
During YULA BaBayit we will continue to have school via Zoom, with a modified schedule.
Starting March 17th, YULA Girls High School will implement the following modified schedule, based on “A” and “B” days. School will begin at 8:45am and end at 2:25pm. Fridays will begin at 8:15am and end at 1:00pm.
Office hours will be on Monday-Thursday from 2:25pm-4:25pm. Please contact your teacher to schedule.
A reference of all teacher’s Zoom links is available on our YULA Girls Teacher’s Zoom Links reference sheet. Please note that for security reasons, this file is only accessible to users which are logged into their YULA Girls Google account.
When engaged in a class via Zoom, students are expected to adhere to the following additional guidelines:
- Students are expected to log into their classes daily and on time, just like entering the physical classroom. Attendance and tardiness is still checked and reported each class.
- Login from a quiet, distraction-free environment. Students should set up a personal desk or work area where there is adequate wifi reception and have their computers plugged in and on a flat surface. Posture before the camera must be conducive to active learning and participation (e.g., no reclining). The student’s full face must be visible in the camera frame. Backgrounds in a video recording or conference should be appropriate for sharing with the school community.
- Students must keep on microphones and cameras unless a teacher has requested otherwise.
- Sign-in to each class with your FIRST NAME and LAST NAME only (no abbreviations or nicknames).
- Students should maintain dress code while on video.
- Students will be marked tardy or absent, even when logging into class under the following circumstances:
- Logging into class from bed or another inappropriate location
- Logging in while walking around or performing other tasks
- Keeping video off
- Your image, likeness, or voice may be recorded by YULA Girls while utilizing Zoom.
- Without express and written permission from a principal or the head of school, users (including students) may not record, screenshot, share, re-post, or otherwise capture or disseminate digital content created via any of these platforms. Only YULA Girls staff may capture or post such content.
- Never enter a Zoom session for a class that is not your regular schedule, and more so, never enter a Zoom session for a class at another school.
- Class meeting IDs, links and passwords are never to be shared with others outside of the class.
COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) PDF Download
COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist PDF Download
Appendix T1 Reopening Protocols for K12 Schools Download
YULA Girls is very excited to have our students returning to Campus for the 2020-2021 School Year!
Our goal is to continue to provide our rigorous academic instruction and to guide our students’ growth in Judaic Studies in person on Campus.
The Health and Safety of our community in these uncertain times will remain a primary focus of the Administration. The situation is constantly evolving and we will monitor it closely. If circumstances require a change of plans for beginning the school year we will post those changes on this page immediately.
COVID-19 COMPLIANCE TEAM
This team is responsible for establishing and enforcing all safety protocols and ensuring that staff and students receive education about COVID19. The leaders of this team are Mindy Sroka, Director of Operations and Yehudis Benhamou, General Studies Principal. The Compliance Team will follow the guidelines will of state and local officials and the YULA Medical Task Force.
SYMPTOMS THAT DEVELOP AT SCHOOL
Students who screen positive at entry or who report symptoms at any point during the school day are given a surgical mask and accompanied to a designated isolation space where they can remain while arrangements are made for their return home.
Parents, staff or visitors must inform the COVID-19 Compliance Team of any positive screening result in the school and will initiate the School Exposure Management Plan consistent with DPH directives.
PROTOCOLS FOLLOWING KNOWN OR SUSPECTED COVID-19 EXPOSURE
Students who have had close contact with an individual who has screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms are accompanied to a preselected quarantine space, where they will remain until arrangements are made for their return home. Once they return home, they are instructed to self-quarantine as required by the Health Officer Order of May 1, 2020, until such time as it has been determined that the individual screening positive for COVID-19 symptoms is negative for COVID-19. (see July 1 Quarantine HOO.pdf).
PROTOCOL FOLLOWING IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATION OF POSITIVE COVID19 OR POSSIBLE INFECTION
- If notification happens while on campus, the student will be moved to a temporary on site isolation location while arrangements are being made for the student’s return to their home.
Informational materials will be given to the case or appropriate family members covering regulations governing self-isolation and links to sites with further information.
The School Exposure Management Plan will be initiated.
The school will identify persons exposed to the case at school.
Staff and/ or students exposed will be immediately quarantined.
The school will report a cluster of cases (3 or more cases within 14 days) to the Department of Health.
Contingency plans for full or partial closure of in-person school operations will be considered if necessary based on an outbreak in the school or community.
WHEN TO STAY HOME
- If you or someone in your household has been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVI1D-19.
If you or someone in your household has experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 72 hours:
- Fever (above 100.4 or higher)
- Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches without obvious explanation
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Severe or persistent abdominal pain
- Persistent chest pain
- Persistent body aches without known trauma/injury
- Congestion not related to seasonal allergies
- Unusual fatigue
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
If student exhibited symptoms associated with COVID-19
- At least 10 days have passed since student first began to exhibit Symptoms Associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea AND student has been free of fever (a “fever” is defined as 100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater) for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines AND any respiratory symptoms student exhibited have improved.
- Student was tested for COVID-19 after student began exhibiting Symptoms Associated with COVID-19 and the test shows that student is not infected with COVID-19. Parents must provide a copy of the viral (i.e., non-antibody) test.
If student tested positive for COVID-19
- Student has not had any Symptoms Associated with COVID-19, and at least 10 days have passed since the Student’s positive COVID-19 test.
- Student has not had any Symptoms Associated with COVID-19, and Student was subsequently tested for COVID-19 using at least two consecutive tests collected more than 24 hours apart and the tests show that Student is not infected with COVID-19.
- Student is free of fever (a “fever” is defined as 100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater) without the use of fever-reducing medicines, any respiratory symptoms Student exhibited have improved, and Student was subsequently tested for COVID-19 using at least two consecutive tests collected more than 24 hours apart and the tests show that Student is not infected with COVID-19.
If student has had close contact with individual who tested positive for COVID-19
- That student cannot return to school until 10 days have passed since student’s exposure to the individual with COVID-19 as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the parents complete a Student Certification to Return to school form.
The COVID-19 Compliance Team will coordinate the contact tracing process.
Parents will be required to sign an ‘Acknowledgement & Assumption of Risk and Informed Consent for In-Person Campus Learning Agreement’ prior to their son returning to campus for in-person learning.
The following Measures are in place to avoid crowding on hallways and stairways:
- Hallways and classrooms are closed to students
- Designation of up and down stairways
- Staggering of breaks between classes
- Monitoring of stairways by school staff
- All lockers will be assigned in a way to maintain social distance guidelines as practicable.
- Students will not be allowed to mingle or hang out in the locker area.
- We will limit which restroom stalls and sinks can be used to ensure social distancing.
- Our cleaning and maintenance staff will disinfect the restroom several times a day. We will have additional sanitizing stations outside of each restroom.
- The doors to the entrances of each student restroom will be left opened promoting minimal contact on door handles.
- We will have signage in each restroom reminding students of the importance of physical distancing and of washing their hands prior to leaving the restroom.
Water fountain usage will be prohibited. We encourage students to bring their own water bottles.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
We will not be able to serve breakfast as we have done in the past by providing cereal and milk. We will encourage students to bring breakfast from home.
We have staggered our lunch periods by grade so there is enough seating adhering to social distance. We will have staff in these locations daily during lunch to ensure that students adhere to physical distancing guidelines. There will be no off campus lunch privileges at this time.
Screening is conducted before students, visitors and staff may enter the school. Screening will include a check-in concerning cough, shortness of breath or experience of fever and any other symptoms the person may be experiencing. These checks will be done in person upon arrival with a no-touch thermometer.
Screening also includes a question about close contact with anyone at home, school or elsewhere that the individual has been told has tested positive for COVID19.
Any student who is screened for exposure and reports close contact with an infected person is provided with a surgical mask and accompanied to a predetermined space in the school while arrangements are made for them to be picked up by parents in order to initiate quarantine at home. Parents are advised to seek testing for their son.
Measures are in place to ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of space, surfaces and objects throughout the school.
- A cleaning and disinfecting schedule has been established in order to avoid both under- and overuse of cleaning products.
- Common areas and frequently touched objects in those areas (tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, elevator switches and buttons, touch screens, printers/copiers, grab bars, and handrails) are disinfected three times daily using appropriate products (see below).
- Where individualized alternatives are not feasible, for example, in science labs and art rooms where some equipment may have to be used by multiple students, objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected between users.
- Cleaning products that are effective against COVID-19 are used according to product instructions.
- To reduce asthma risk disinfectant products on list N with asthma-safer ingredients (hydrogen peroxide, citric acid or lactic acid) will be used. Products which contain peroxyacetic (peracetic) acid, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) or quaternary ammonium compounds are avoided.
Measures are in place to ensure frequent hand washing by staff, students and visitors. These may include:
- Students and staff are given frequent opportunities to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels to dry hands thoroughly.
- Ethyl alcohol-based, hand sanitizer is made available to students and staff at strategic locations throughout the school.
- Hand sanitizer based on isopropyl alcohol is not used in the school given its potential toxicity. Staff have been made aware of the risk of ingestion and that they should call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 if there is reason to believe that a student has consumed hand sanitizer.
- Hand sanitizer, soap and water, tissues and trash cans are available to the public at or near the entrance of the facility, at reception, and anywhere else inside the workplace or immediately outside where people have direct interactions.
HVAC has been sanitized using virucidal cleaner to clean coils and filters have been upgraded.
Anyone entering school property is required to wear cloth face coverings at all times while on school property except while eating, drinking or carrying out other activities that preclude use of face coverings.
Measures are in place to ensure use of appropriate face coverings by all staff, students and visitors at all times. These may include:
- Signage at the entry to the school, at the entry to the school office and throughout the school building reinforces this requirement and depicts proper use of cloth face coverings.
- One cloth face coverings will be provided to each student at the start of the school year.
- Staff who are deployed at school entry or in hallways or other common areas to reinforce physical distancing also remind students of rules concerning use of cloth face coverings.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & CLASSROOMS
Measures are in place to ensure physical distancing within classrooms. These include:
- In-person class size has been limited to accommodate social distancing.
- All classes take place outdoors, in designated, tented areas.
- Class furniture is set up to ensure 6 feet between students at their desks/tables and between students and teachers to the extent feasible. Where 6 feet of distance is not possible, physical barriers are used to minimize close contacts.
- Teaching methods have been modified to avoid close contact between students in laboratories and other classes that may usually involve group activities.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to reimagine our education and adapt in ways we never expected. Looking forward to the 2020-21 school year and beyond, YULA is committed to fully reopen our campus when it is safe to do so, since we believe it is in the best interest of our students. We recognize that we need to do so in a safe manner with the health and well-being of our entire community as our top priority.
Please keep in mind that we have seen best practices and data change quickly and frequently. Therefore, our “Re-Opening Protocols” will be a fluid document that is subject to change. As we move forward, we hope and pray that our community will remain healthy and safe. We all have a moral and Halachik responsibility to care for each other and work together to ensure we fulfill the mitzvah of V’nishmartem Me’od Et Nafshoteichem.
Thank you to our students and parents for their positivity, resilience, love for YULA. We appreciate your support, patience, and understanding during this challenging time. Of course, a big thank you to our administration and staff for their herculean efforts during this unprecedented time. We would also like to express our gratitude to YULA’s COVID-19 Task Force for their continued support and guidance throughout this process.