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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 November 12, 2020, updated from the initial draft of this plan published 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.

Community Day School Campus Reopening Plan - November 2020

Source Material:

Community Day School COVID-19 Policy Documents

Wellness Questions: Policy for "Yes" Answers
"Should I Stay Home From School" Decision Tree
Updated CDS Visitor Policy
Updated CDS Travel Quarantine Policy (see 5/19/21 email for latest guidance)
COVID-19 Screening Policy
COVID-19 Case Positive or Contact Policy
Hand Hygiene Policy
COVID-19 Vaccine and Symptoms Policy

Information from the 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
CDC Operating Schools During COVID-19: CDC’s Considerations
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Glossary of Key Terms

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 Education - Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings
PA Department of Education - Recommendations for Pre-K-12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19 (8.13.20)
PA Department of Education - Determining Instructional Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pennsylvania Department of Health

PA Department of Health COVID-19 Homemade Mask Guidance
PA Department of Health - Order of the Secretary Requiring Universal Face Coverings
PA Department of Health - Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

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 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools

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.”

Important Forms

Kadimah CDS July Webinar

Kadimah CDS Communications

CDS Emergency Tuition Assistance Fund:

Our mission and values compel us to offer every Jewish child in the Pittsburgh area an outstanding education. Gifts designated to this fund will support members of the CDS community who may have unanticipated need for financial aid as our world has shifted.

If you are in a position to do so, please make a gift to the CDS Emergency Tuition Assistance Fund.  We are deeply grateful for your support during this challenging time, and wish you safety and good health. 

COVID-19 Resources:

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.