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Covid Protocols

Beth Israel Religious School 

Health and Safety Protocols 2021/2022

With the health and safety of our students, staff, and families as our number one priority we have established the following protocols. BIRS will continue to monitor the latest CDC guidelines, state, and local policies and regulations to update these protocols as necessary. 

Our families are critical partners in the success of this health and safety plan. All families will be required to read and abide by these guidelines before attending Religious School this year. 

Visitors to Beth Israel have been limited, and all people in the building are required to wear a mask indoors at all times. 

  • Health Acknowledgement for Students, Staff and Parents upon Entering our Facilities. 
    Parents, on behalf of their children, agree with the following statements by coming into the building and attending Beth Israel Religious School. 

    Parents on behalf of students:
    • My child/children, nor anyone in our family, have been in close contact with a person who has Covid-19. 

    • I confirm that my child/children do not have a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, a rash, diarrhea or lethargy. 

      Any child who displays visible symptoms of illness will not be accepted to school that day without a valid doctor's note. This includes, but is not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, rash, and lethargy. 

  • Covid-19 Vaccination 

    • All individuals (12+) will be required to receive a Covid-19 vaccine for the 2021-22 school year.  

  • Children Becoming Ill at School 

    • If a child begins to display symptoms of illness while at school including, but not limited to, fever, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, lethargy, and rash they will be removed from the classroom. 

    • Isolation Room – a designated room for children identified with any signs of illness. There will only be one child in the isolation room allowed at once. If needed, multiple separate spaces will be designated for isolation. Siblings may isolate together if needed. 

    • Parents will be notified and required to pick up their child immediately. Emergency contacts will be called if your child is not picked up within 30 minutes. Parents should call or text Heather at (248) 891-4914 when they arrive and the child will be brought out.  

  • Protective Equipment 

    • Face Coverings – All staff and students will be wearing face coverings (no clear plastic visors), which cover their nose and mouth when at the religious school except when eating snack which will only occur outside and socially distanced. 

    • Parents are responsible for providing clean and fitted masks for students.  

  • Snack

    • Classes will have designated times and locations to eat, unmasked, distanced and outdoors. 

  • Returning to School after Air Travel

    • In accordance with the CDC guidelines we require the following for any student that is unvaccinated upon return from an international/domestic trip. 

      • Get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.

      • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. 

  • Illness Protocol

    • We cannot emphasize enough the need for our parents to keep children home when they are sick. We will require the following protocols be adhered to by all staff and families.

      • Any sick children, are required to stay home if they have any of the following symptoms: temperature of 100.4 or higher, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, chills, muscle/body aches, congestion, nausea, headache, runny nose, rash, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting or lethargy. 

      • Parents are responsible for keeping emergency contact list up to date. 

      • If a child suffers from a chronic condition such as asthma or allergies that presents with “cold-like” symptoms, a note from their pediatrician must be provided testifying to the diagnosis and symptoms. However, if a child with pre-existing conditions becomes ill at school we will notify the parent that they need to be picked up. 

  • Returning to School after Illness

    • Any child (regardless of vaccination status) showing any symptoms of Covid-19 (fever or chills, 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) may not return until the following criteria have been met:

      • 24 hours being symptom free without fever reducing medication, AND with physician documentation of negative Covid-19 PCR test results. While rapid tests are helpful because results are given quickly, they are not as accurate as PCR tests, results of which are usually received a few days after the test is administered. Because the PCR test is more accurate, we require a negative PCR test to return to school. A doctor’s note saying, “ received a negative PCR Covid-19 test result on___ .” is acceptable. OR

      • 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND are at least 24 hours fever free without medication AND have improved symptoms. 

      • They may return to school prior to the 10-day exclusion period if a physician establishes an approved alternative diagnosis. Parents must have a note from their child’s doctor and submit proof of alternative diagnosis to Heather Gale at school@bethisrael-aa.org.  

      • Parents and staff should contact the school within 24 hours of finding out a relevant medical diagnosis (Covid-19). 

      • Classroom Closures- When a student or staff member is sent home ill, Beth Israel Religious School will make decisions on closures and quarantining on a case by case basis with guidance from medical professionals and local public health guidelines. 

  • Quarantining Requirements

    • If a student has had direct contact (been within 6 ft. for longer than 15 minutes within 48 hours prior to developing symptoms) with a person who has a positive Covid-19 diagnosis, the student may not return to school for 10 days from the last day of exposure to the individual testing positive, even if they remain asymptomatic. The quarantine period can be reduced to 7 days if they are tested for Covid-19 with a PCR test on day 6 or later and do not test positive. For further explanation of the CDC guidelines on quarantining please click here.

    • If anyone in a household of a student has a confirmed direct contact with someone that is positive for Covid-19, all family members should follow quarantine guidelines as outlined by the CDC before returning to school. Students will not be permitted to return, to school until the household member with the direct contact finishes their quarantine period. 

    • Siblings of students who are quarantining due to a positive case of Covid-19 in their cohort may not attend school. 

    • No student may attend school if they are awaiting results of a Covid-19 test due to the onset of cold/flu like symptoms, or due to direct contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.  

  • If Covid-19 is confirmed in a staff member or child at BIRS

    • If any staff member or student has a positive Covid-19 diagnosis, they should stay home and Beth Israel should be notified immediately in order to alert all affected religious school students. We will notify the Health Department and follow their guidance on action and closures.

    • All families will be notified immediately via email if we learn of a positive case of Covid-19 at Beth Israel Religious School. 

      • If this happens during school hours, students will be dismissed immediately and must be picked up as soon as possible. Parents will be notified.

      • The staff and students who were exposed should get tested as soon as possible and notify the school with the results so we can continue to contact trace. 

      • Staff and students must follow the quarantine guidelines stated above. If any staff or students develop symptoms during the quarantine period, please refer back to our “returning to school after illness” protocol above for further guidance. 

  • Returning to School Students after a confirmed positive case of Covid-19

    • Any child who tests positive for Covid-19 will be excluded for at least 10 days from symptom onset or from the date the positive diagnosis is received (if asymptomatic) AND only allowed to return 24 hours after fever resolution AND improved respiratory symptoms without medication. 

  • In the Event of a Closure

    • There will be no tuition refunds if there is a temporary closure or temporary switch to online learning due to Covid-19. 

  • We strongly encourage our staff, students, and families to follow CDC guidelines when not at school. 

Definitions: 

Social Distancing - Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. 

Quarantine - The separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. 

Isolation- The separation for people who are confirmed sick/positive.  

Shelter in Place - An official order, issued during an emergency, that directs people to stay at home and not leave unless absolutely necessary. 

Direct Contact - an individual within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more within 48 hours of developing symptoms or testing positive for CoronaVirus. 

Fully Vaccinated – people are considered fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or at least 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen). 

Some Helpful Resources: 

CDC: What you should know about Covid-19 to protect yourself and others https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf 

CDC: If You Are Sick https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html 

 CDC: Talking with Children about Coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html 

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782