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Q: Will there be a remote option for students?
A: This year we will provide on-campus instruction for all students, unless the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 worsen, in which case we will shift to 100% remote learning. Students may access classes via Zoom for COVID-related reasons early. Students that are in quarantine or self-isolation due to a confirmed case or close contact with a confirmed case of COVID or symptomatic students who are waiting for test results may attend school via Zoom.
Q: What will the Zoom option be like?
A: This is not the hybrid option we provided last year. The setup will be minimal. There will be an iPad set up in the classroom to capture what the teacher is doing and pick up the sound in the classroom. It is recommended that students check in with a buddy who is at school. Teachers are also available during office hours and all work will be posted on Schoology.
Q: What criteria would make us move from in-person to online?
A: Since the introduction of vaccines, Santa Clara County no longer dictates a positive case rate that would necessitate a move to remote. However, Kehillah will move to remote if we see significant community spread of COVID-19 that appear to be eluding our mitigation strategies, have too many teachers or administrative staff out to run our program effectively, or are otherwise directed by Santa Clara County. If at any time we feel that our campus is unsafe, we will pivot to 100% remote learning. If we do need to pivot, we will notify everyone with our emergency notification system.
Q: What if one community member tests positive for COVID-19?
Q: What happens when someone is a close contact?
A: Close contacts can be released from self-isolation with a negative PCR test on day 5 of self-isolation or with two consecutive negative Antigen tests on days 4 and 5 of self-isolation. Self-isolation begins on the LAST day of known exposure with a confirmed case. When someone is unable to isolate from a confirmed case, they must self-isolate while that person is in quarantine and THEN begin their five-day close-contact isolation. An ongoing close contact might have to self-isolate for up to 15 days, 10 days of the close contact’s quarantine + five days of close-contact isolation. Again, a negative PCR or two Antigen tests is needed to return to Kehillah.
Q: With the expanded use of the outdoor space, what are the plans for inclement weather?
Q: What happens when the air quality is bad?
A: In the event of AQI over 150, we will move to remote learning until the air has improved. This is due to having to significantly lower the intake of fresh air in our HVAC system. Ventilation is an important part of our mitigation strategy. If we cannot recycle the air in our building or send students outside safely, we will have to move to remote learning.
Q: Are athletics offered?
A: Yes! See “Athletics” for more details.
Q: How will lunch work?
A: Click for information on our “Lunch Policy”.
Q: Do upperclasspeople still get off-campus lunch privileges?
A: Yes, make sure to sign the off-campus form.
Q: If my open block is at the start or end of the day, can I arrive late or leave early?
Q: Will double-masking be required?
Q: What are the expectations of families when they are off-campus?
Q: Can my family carpool with another family?
Q: Can you guarantee that students and staff will not get COVID-19 at Kehillah?
A: No, we cannot make this guarantee, but we are doing everything in our power to limit this possibility and we expect you to do your part. We must make sure that we are taking care of ourselves – wash your hands regularly, refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wear an N95 or KN95 mask. Speak up if you see concerning behavior. You can report any COVID-19 policy violations to our director of Health and Safety, Talia Anders.
Q: Can my family travel for breaks?
A: We are following the CDC’s guidelines regarding travel. If you are fully vaccinated, closely monitor your symptoms. If you are not fully vaccinated, a 5 day self-isolation period is required upon return, as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test.