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COVID-19 Precautions

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Welcome

 

Temple Sinai has implemented many safety measures for families, children, and staff to follow so that we can reduce the spread of COVID 19 and keep everyone as healthy as possible. 

 

These guidelines were developed by Temple Sinai's COVID Taskforce following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Miami-Dade Early Learning Coalition

The Temple Sinai COVID Taskforce will continue to monitor the spread of COVID 19 and will update these policies as necessary each month.

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Drop off and Pick up
 
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Drop off and pick up will be carpool only. At this time, parents and family members are not allowed in the building during school hours. Adults must wear facial coverings at drop off and pick up.

Health and Safety at Home

 

  • Families and staff members should commit to physical distancing and mask wearing when out and about.

  • Please do not take unnecessary travel, try to avoid public gathering areas and try to maintain proper protocols in your workplace. 

  • If a child becomes sick at home with any of the following symptoms you MUST keep your child at home. 

    • Has an illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities, such as going outdoors.  

    • Has an illness that results in a greater need for care than our staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.  

    • Is ill during the night or has a poor night’s sleep - this may be the first sign of an impending illness

    • Has a fever (100 degrees or above) or has had one during the previous 24 hour period

    • Has a cold that is less than four days old

    • Has a heavy nasal discharge

    • Has a constant cough

    • Has diarrhea or watery stools

    • Has vomited more than 2 times in the previous 24 hours

    • Is fussy, cranky, and generally out of sorts

    • Is just tired - rest at such times may prevent the development of serious illness

    • Has symptoms of a possible communicable disease (rash, hives, bodily discharge, etc.)

 

  • Children need to remain home for 24 hours without symptoms before returning to the program unless the center receives a note from the child’s medical provider stating that the child is not contagious and may return to the center. In the case of a (suspected) contagious disease, rash, or continuing symptoms, a note from the child’s medical provider may be required before the child can return. The final decision on whether to exclude a child from the program due to illness will be made by the center. 

  • If symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, your child must receive a negative PCR test before returning to school. 

  • If you or anyone living in your home has had close contact with a person with symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19, your child must receive a negative PCR test before returning to school.

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Travel and Gathering

If you chose to gather with others outside of your immediate household and/or travel, please remember that both gathering with others and traveling increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

You can get COVID-19 during your travels or when gathering with friends and family. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your gathering/travel companions (including children) may spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus (CDC, 2020).

 

With this in mind, children that travel will require a negative COVID test before returning to school. Rapid tests will be available at Gan Sinai and can be administered by parents at carpool. Should the rapid test return a positive result the child must obtain a negative PCR test result or follow the appropriate quarantine period before returning to school. We will count on your honesty about gatherings and travel in order to keep our community, our children, and our teachers safe.

After school vacations (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Passover), all children will need a negative COVID test before entering Gan Sinai. Carpool will be staggered on the first day back after a school vacation to administer these tests. We ask for your patience as each test takes about 15 minutes. Please arrive during your designated time slot and find a place to pull off to the side of the Gan Sinai circle so we can have one lane down the middle for exiting traffic.

PK4 8:30-8:45
PK3 8:45-9:00
PK2 9:00-9:15
TGS 9:15-9:30

 
 
Health and Safety in School 

General

  • Campus signage will reinforce the importance of physical distancing expectations and protocols.

  • All classrooms have easy access to hand wash sinks and hand wash sinks are stocked with soap and paper towels.

  • Children will be taught and encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of the elbow.

  • We have established a connection with Miami-Dade County Public Health to notify them regarding staff, child, or family with COVID-19 related symptoms.

  • Our facility will be cleaned and disinfected each day. 

  • Children who develop symptoms at school will be isolated in the Quiet Room until parents are able to pick up. Children must be picked up within 30 minutes of parental notification.

 

Facial Coverings 

Facial masks for children 2 and older are one of the most important tools we have to stop the spread of COVID 19. 

  • Face masks may not be worn by children under 2 years old.

  • In all TGS, PK2 and PK3 classrooms face masks are optional and encouraged for all children 2 years and older.

  • In Ms. Lauren's PK4 classroom, face masks are optional and encouraged. 

  • In Ms. Stephanie's PK4 classroom, face masks are required for all children at all times when indoors except when eating.

  • All individuals age 2 and older are required to wear cloth or disposable face coverings when indoors but not in their classroom.

  • Staff members are required to wear facial coverings while indoors.

 

This policy is not permanent and we will continue to monitor all recommendations made as the spread of this virus continues.

 

Physical Distancing

  • Classes will not gather in hallways and other community spaces, unless we can properly physically distance. Masks are required for all children 2 years and older when moving through the hallways.

  • We will have a schedule for outdoor play and learning, so that we can avoid the co-mingling of classes outdoors. 

  • Classes will include the same group each day, and the same teachers will remain with the same group each day. 

  • Special events and special performances that take place indoors will be offered to individual classes only. If classes participate in outdoor activities together they will be physically distanced. 

  • Specialists will see one class at a time.

  • At nap time, children’s mats will be spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart (head-to-toe positioning).

  • Drop off and pick up will limit direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to physical distancing recommendations.

  • Events with parents will be held online. 

 

Hand Washing

All staff and children must adhere to regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 
 
 
Supplies​​
 
  • Every child ages 2 and older MUST have at least two (2) face masks in school at all times.

  • Every student must bring his/her own reusable water bottle with his/her name clearly displayed. The bottle must be taken home to be washed every day.

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What Happens if a Close Contact Tests Positive
 
  • Close contacts to cases of COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic must quarantine for 7 days. Children will be allowed to come back to school on day 8 after receiving a negative PCR test on Day 6 or later of their quarantine. 

  • Without testing, quarantine can end on day 11, if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. Any symptoms require a negative PCR test to return to school.

 
What Happens if there is a Suspected Case in School
What Happens if there is a Confirmed Case in School
 

Gan Sinai will:

  • Inform parents/legal guardians and affected employees on the same day about any potential contact their children (or the staff) may have had with the suspected case.

  • Coordinate and work closely with DOH to respond to the event in a timely and appropriate manner.

  • Monitor, but not isolate, the group in which the suspected case was reported.

  • Coordinate appropriate follow up measures with DOH in Miami Dade County

Gan Sinai will:

  • Immediately report the incident, timing of infection and proposed remediation plan to relevant authorities including the DOH and the FL- DOH.

  • Inform parents/legal guardians and affected employees on the same day about any potential contact their children (or the staff) may have had with confirmed cases.

  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.

  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.

  • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning. 

  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person including common areas, bathrooms and offices.

  • A class in which there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 will close for at least 7 days (see "What Happens if a Close Contact Tests Positive" above).

Symptoms and Exclusions 

We are required to report any symptoms present in people in the school community to Miami-Dade County Public Health and they will provide guidance regarding exclusion time.

 

Generally speaking, if a child or staff member receives a positive COVID-19 test result, the child or staff member must inform the school and self-isolate at home until all of the following are true:

  • The child or staff have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).

  • Other symptoms have greatly improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.)

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. May return on day 11.

  • Children and adults with pre-existing health conditions that could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 will need verification from a doctor to return.

 
 
Tuition 

We know how hard it is when our campus has to close. We also feel strongly that we owe it to our staff and teachers to continue to pay them if there is a shutdown. Should we be forced to close our campus and continue our learning in our Gan at Home learning environment for any amount of time greater than two weeks:

  • TGS and PK2 tuition will be reduced by 75% for the duration of the campus closure (after the first two weeks).

  • PK3 and PK4 tuition will be reduced by 45% for the duration of the campus closure (after the first two weeks).

While our building may have to close our program will continue in the Gan at Home Zoom room.

Gan at Home
 

We value that children learn best with in-person instruction. As such, we will prioritize keeping our children on campus, safely and responsibly.

If we are forced to close our campus and move our learning into our Gan at Home online learning environment, daily instruction will be virtual, accessed www.gansinai.org/athome. 

TGS and PK2

Children will join the entire school for opening circle and t’fillah (30 minutes) in the morning and again for closing circle (15 minutes) in the afternoon. Children will have class learning (20 minutes each day), specials (30 minutes each day) and weekly 1:1 personalized sessions for each student (15 minutes).​

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PK3

Children will join the entire school for opening circle and t’fillah (30 minutes) in the morning and again for closing circle (15 minutes) in the afternoon. Children will have class learning (30 minutes each day), specials (30 minutes each day) and weekly 1:1 personalized sessions for each student (30 minutes) potentially in person at Gan Sinai or in the student's home if feasible.

 

PK4

Children will join the entire school for opening circle and t’fillah (30 minutes) in the morning and again for closing circle (15 minutes) in the afternoon. Children will have class learning (30 minutes each day) enriched with small group learning (15 minutes each day), specials (30 minutes each day) and weekly 1:1 personalized sessions for each student (30 minutes) potentially in person at Gan Sinai or in the student's home if feasible.

All Children

  • Shabbat and Chagim celebrations will be held online by classroom.

  • Small group meetups may be held in public spaces, based on health guidelines.

  • In small groups, students will participate in guided activities for skill development in language/literacy development, math, science, Judaic Studies/Hebrew language.

  • Personalized one-on-one sessions will form strong student:teacher:parent connections.

  • Teachers will personally reach out to parents each week .

  • Daily videos will be recorded by teachers for parents to share with children at times best for their families.

  • Our ECE at Home page will feature extension activities to reinforce skills and concepts at home. 

The Temple Sinai COVID Taskforce will continue to monitor the spread of COVID 19 and will update these policies as necessary each month.