The following Campus Reopening Plan has been created with guidance from state and federal guidelines as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It was developed by the Community Day School Campus Reopening, Academic Continuity and Social-Emotional Well-Being, and Financial/Business Strategies task forces composed of administrators, staff, and educators. These task forces were 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, staff, student, and parent voices, and our Jewish values.
Our team has worked to ensure that safeguards are in place to help protect our students, staff, and families for the 2020-2021 school year. The following is the most recent draft of the Health and Safety Plan based on the information available on July 15, 2020.
In modern Hebrew, Kadimah or קדימה (pronounced Kah-dee-mah) means “forward” or “Let’s go!” The plan below represents our best thinking as to how we can go forward while balancing our needs and aspirations as a school community — some of which are in conflict with each other. Please keep in mind that it is based on what we know today. The ongoing pandemic remains disruptive and unpredictable, and 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.
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.
- Pandemic Team and Roles
- Staff training
- Social Distancing
- Masks and Face Coverings
- Protecting At-Risk Groups
- MOnitoring for exposure
- Illness Response
- Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation
- Physical Materials and Resources
- Essential and Non-Essential Visitors
- Arrival/Dismissal and Transportation
- Sports, Extended Day, and After-School Activities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
CDC Guidance on Face Coverings
CDC Guidance on Hand Hygiene
CDC Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting
CDC Considerations for Schools
CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
CDC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Businesses and Workplaces
CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
Pennsylvania Department of Education:
PA Department of Education Preliminary Guidance for the Phased Reopening of Schools
PA Department of Education School Health and Safety Plan Considerations
PA Department of Health COVID-19 Homemade Mask Guidance
PA Department of Education - Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings
Pennsylvania Department of Health:
Other Online Resources:
US Counties COVID-19 Trends
FEMA Coronavirus Best Practices
Independent School Management - Reopening your Campus: The Next 60 Days
Allegheny County Health Department COVID-19 Resources Page
American Academy of Pediatrics - COVID19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
Full (Unreleased) CDC Guidelines for Reopening