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Beit Midrash Reopening General FAQ's

If my child refuses to wear a mask, can they attend in-person class? 

We are concerned for the health and safety of everyone attending these sessions. Wearing a mask is an important condition for making sure everyone is safe. That is why a child that refuses to wear a mask will not be allowed to attend in-person sessions. A mask is required at all times, covering their face and nose.

What happens if my child gets to class and then does not follow the mask and social distancing rules? 

Students and staff that attend our sessions MUST follow the safety rules. If a child gets to Beit Midrash and does not follow the rules, they will be given one warning. If they still do not follow the rules, we will ask the parents to pick the student up early.

Will my child be able to join on Zoom if we are not comfortable attending in-person?

All in-person classes will be streamed via Zoom. You will receive a link in your teacher's weekly update. Each student that opts out of in-person sessions will receive a special learning packet with some cool assignments and research projects.

What happens if there's bad weather? 

In case of rain we have large canopies with open walls. If the weather is much worse and threatens the safety of the students and staff we will cancel the in-person session and send out a message just like during a snow day. The session will then be conducted virtually.

What happens if Covid-19 cases start to spike? 

The same School Opening Task Force, including the medical professionals, will assess the situation on a rolling basis to decide if this plan is still viable and safe.

What does an in-person day look like? 

The day will be divided into two separate sessions with a break for maintenance, cleaning, and pickup/drop off.

1st session – 10:00am-11:00am

Break – 11:00am-11:30am

2nd session – 11:30am-12:30pm

Students will arrive, receive a symptom check, and then will be directed to the marked spaces in the lawn. The sessions will have a combination of discussions, active games, and other team building exercises.

What happens if my child gets dropped off and has a fever?

We ask the students with known symptoms stay at home and for the parents to inform us. If a child has a fever during the symptom check, they will not be allowed to join the session in person, but can still join virtually.

What happens when the weather starts getting cooler? 

This plan is currently only relevant for the months of September and October. We are currently working on another plan starting in November. Assuming the situation allows it, and our Task Force approves, we will move the in-person sessions inside the BAI building.

Is my child allowed to use the bathroom while at Beit Midrash? 

First, we ask that your child goes to the restroom before leaving the house. It can make everything easier if we minimize our bathroom breaks.

Students are allowed to use the bathroom. They will need to wear a mask at all times. We will remind them to avoid touching their face and wash their hands for at least 30 seconds after they are done. Before they join the group they will also sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer.

Will my child be allowed to drink water while at Beit Midrash? 

Yes. All students will be asked to bring their own water bottles labeled with the name of the owner. We will have a designated drinking area, at least 15 feet away from the rest of the group

Will my child be able to have a snack while at Beit Midrash?

To reduce risk, students will not be allowed to eat.

What happens if my child's teacher is out for the day? 

We have other substitute teachers that have worked with us in the past.

Will someone be cleaning the in between each group? 

All of the spaces and objects that were exposed to people will be cleaned and sanitized after every single use.

Exposure FAQ's

What happens if my child has been exposed? 

If we learn of a Covid-19 exposure, or if there are symptoms reported among one or more students, we will follow these steps:

  • When a student reports symptoms before an activity, the student will avoid joining the in-person activity, and the parents will notify the school staff.
  • When a student has reported exposure to a verified case but has no symptoms, the student will avoid joining the in-person activity, and the parents will remain in communication with the school staff.
  • When a student reports exposure and is showing symptoms, the student’s entire group will not meet for the following in-person session until the student is cleared.
  • In case of a confirmed case the entire group will skip the next in-person session.

What happens if someone in my child's household has been exposed? 

The parent will notify school staff and skip the in-person meeting until the person who is infected is cleared. 

What happens if my child has been tested, but we don't have the results yet? 

In this case, the student will stay home. 

What happens if someone in my child's class has been exposed? 

When a student reports exposure and is showing symptoms, the student’s entire group will not meet for the following in-person session until the student is cleared. In the case of a confirmed case the entire group will skip the next in-person session.

Parent/Caregiver FAQ's

Can I (a parent/caregiver) stay at Beth Am while my child is in class? 

Parents who want to wait will be allowed to park only in the upper parking lot. 

If I would like to help with set-ups, can I show up the day of? 

Parents will not be allowed to go to the lower parking lot, unless they are registered to help with the setup. You will need to register beforehand via the Signup Genius that will be sent out. 

If my child needs to be picked up early, how do I do that? 

We ask that students stay for the entire session. If there are any particular urgent cases, please reach out to Leo.

If my child is late to class, what are the procedures? 

Students will not be permitted to join the session if they are more than 10 minutes late. That is mainly to reduce the movement of cars in the lower parking lot.

What do I need to pack for my child? 

Students will be asked to bring their own folding chairs and bring their own water bottles and hats, both marked with the name of the owner.

How do I drop off my child? 

All drop offs will be done in the main entrance. Cars will drive in and wait for the staff there to give them a signal for the student to get out of the car. The student will approach the staffer and receive a symptom check, including temperature check, and assuming there are no symptoms, the student will be allowed to join the activity. Due to the proximity to incoming students, the staff member who will be in charge of the symptom check will also wear protective eye gear.

How do I pick up my child? 

All pickups will be done in upper parking lot. A staff member will be waiting in the upper parking lot where parents arrive, and another staff member will be waiting in the lower parking lot where students exit. The staffer on top will signal the staffer on the bottom to send one student at a time.

Sun, September 27 2020 9 Tishrei 5781