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The following Community Day School Health and Safety Plan has been created with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with additional information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Allegheny County Health Department, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It was developed by the Community Day School Pandemic Team composed of administrators, staff, educators, and medical advisors. This team has been charged with researching the best available information gathered from public health, scientific, and workplace safety experts, mental health professionals, government officials, our academic accrediting organizations and networks, and our Jewish values.

The Pandemic Team has worked to ensure that safeguards are in place to help protect our students, staff, and families against COVID-19 infection, especially as we serve children under 12 years of age who are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. The following is the most recent draft of the Health and Safety Plan based on the information available by August 2021; the plan is also posted on the CDS website at In modern Hebrew, Kadimah or קדימה (pronounced Kah-dee-mah) means “forward” or “Let’s go!”

It is largely based on recently updated COVID-19 Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools from the CDC, which prioritizes layered prevention strategies that were implemented successfully in the 2020-2021 school year at CDS to maintain full in-person instruction with minimal interruption. We will continue to make protocol decisions based on these evolving guidelines, with consideration given to vaccination rates in our school community and levels of vaccination and COVID-19 transmission within our county.

Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic still remains disruptive and unpredictable; the circumstances on which this plan is based, and over which we have little to no control, could change quickly and force us to reevaluate our approach with little notice. The months ahead will continue to require cooperation and adaptability, and the CDS community has demonstrated it is prepared to meet this tremendous challenge.

W are reminded that Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh or כל ישראל ערבים זה בזהת — we are all responsible for one another in this She'at Hadehak or שעת הדחק, this extraordinary moment. The months ahead will require flexibility, adaptability, and profound love and kindness. We are confident the Community Day School community is prepared for the challenge.

CDS Health and Safety Plan - August 2021

Thank You, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh!

Community Day School thanks the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for strategic leadership and financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federation support was vital to our ability to continue educating students safely, in a way that met the needs of teachers and individual families this school year.

Each year the Federation provides unrestricted operating support to CDS. Since the beginning of the pandemic, in addition to operating support, the Federation allocated $478,733 to CDS to address unexpected pandemic-related expenses.

  • Federation funding purchased iPads and Chromebooks for our K–5 students ($20,000).
  • Federation support allowed for two days of summer planning and professional development to help teachers prepare for our campus reopening and a new blended online/in-person learning environment ($22,933).
  • Federation dollars also provided the staffing needed to offer simultaneous in-person and remote education including: IT support, a part-time school nurse, and classroom monitors ($160,800).
  • In addition, the Federation provided personal protective equipment and supplies to keep students and staff as safe as possible.

With Federation support, CDS and Pittsburgh’s Jewish community have faced COVID “stronger together.”

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Community Day School is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive measures to help ensure the health and safety of our families and staff in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other health officials.