Shalem During COVID
The world continues to exist in a chaotic state and as schools around us decide not to reopen, many of you have inquired what our plans are. Rest assured, that that we have no current plans to close again (unless otherwise directed by the County Health Department).
On March 13th, like so many schools in our area, Shalem closed its doors for what we thought would be a 2 week Stay-at-home order. Shalem’s Director, Rabbi Selilah Kalev in conjunction with the staff and Board of Directors spent the next two and a half months learning, evaluating, planing and finally implementing a re-opening plan that followed the most stringent of county and State guidelines while still reflecting the ideals and values that we have come to recognize and love about Shalem.
On June 1st we again opened our doors with an entirely new routine, new learning areas and a ton of PPE. Recognizing the immediate need of many of our families to once again have reliable care for their children, we were happy to open with the focus of the safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and families.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) worked in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a Social and Physical Distancing Guidance and Healthy Practices for Child Care Facilities Plan in response to the Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Shalem’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan defines the procedures for meeting these guidelines and is available to all parents. Included in our new protocols are the establishment of independent learning groups with no more than 10 children and one teacher and the development of separate outside learning environments (see picture) for each learning group. For further specifics please feel free to contact our office at (914) 224-5882.