Talmud Torah of Minneapolis

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and Policy 2021-22

As of Sept. 15, 2021

 

OVERVIEW

Talmud Torah’s COVID-19 plan follows guidelines set by the CDC’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and is informed by Hennepin County case rates. Talmud Torah’s COVID Advisory Committee meets regularly to discuss and recommend changes to the school’s current protocols. 

 

We have come to these guidelines through research, consultation with medical professionals, dialogue with Beth El and Adath, and benchmarking against several Twin Cities schools. We will continue to evaluate the COVID landscape in the coming weeks and consider whether a protocol change is warranted. Any changes will be communicated to the Talmud Torah of Minneapolis community via email and our website will be updated accordingly.

 

MASKING

  • Talmud Torah will require universal masking for all adults and students, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors at the JCC. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and comply with CDC recommendations (i.e., no single layered gaiters).

  • Visitors to the JCC Education Wing during Talmud Torah will also be required to wear masks.  

  • Masks will not be required outdoors or while eating and drinking. Snack time will take place outdoors when the weather allows.

VACCINATION

  • Consistent with Jewish law that we take care of our community, and policies in place at both Beth El and Adath, Talmud Torah will require all eligible faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are exempt for medical reasons. 

 

  • As vaccines become available to larger numbers of our student population, we will communicate appropriate timelines for when these students will be required to become vaccinated.

 

HAND HYGIENE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Everyone entering the JCC Education Wing during Talmud Torah will be asked to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer regularly.

  • Utilize hand sanitizing stations, located at all entrances and throughout the school, upon coming and going.

  • Where possible, classroom desks will be arranged to provide CDC recommended distance between students. 

  • All Talmud Torah community activities will continue to take place following CDC-recommended safety guidelines. 

  • The facility's mechanical system has had upgrades in response to the pandemic.

 

COVID-19 TESTING

  • Regular testing for COVID-19 has proven to be an effective way to keep schools open.  We strongly encourage weekly PCR testing. Free in-home testing kits can be obtained using this link.

 

RESPONDING TO COVID + CASES

  • Employees and families must report COVID-positive cases to contactus@talmudtorahmpls.org.

  • Talmud Torah will generally be following MDH and CDC quarantine and post-exposure testing recommendations, but we may request a more stringent quarantine period if the circumstances warrant. 

  • Remote classes are available for any student who must quarantine, or who chooses not to attend in person, because of COVID-19 exposure recommendations.

  • We encourage families to consult the MDH decision tree if a household member is experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

  • In the event of a COVID-positive case, Talmud Torah will notify families of potentially impacted students via email. 

 

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Children, faculty, staff and visitors should not enter the facility if they are experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

  • Family and students should follow all CDC guidelines regarding testing and quarantining if there has been a known or possible exposure to COVID-19.

  • Families and staff travelling domestically or internationally should follow CDC recommendations regarding their destination and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 upon their return.

We recognize that no single plan or protocol is perfect or can guarantee safety for all. We ask you to remember that, when it comes to providing our students and staff with a safe environment for Jewish learning, we are all in this together.