Valley Chabad looks forward to strengthening our community and commitment to relevant and engaging Jewish Education in the 2020-2021 school year. Below we have outlined the route we hope to take.

Guiding Principles:

1. Maintain unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our community;

 2. Continue to provide meaningful, joyful, and intentional Jewish educational experiences for our students.

 3. Ensure our students’ academic growth across all Hebrew School content. 

Recommendations: Our planning is informed by Governor Murphy and the recommendations put forth by the Department of Health and the New Jersey Board of Education.

In addition, we are in close collaboration with our colleagues in Hebrew Schools throughout New Jersey and around the country, and with medical advisors from across disciplines. 

Preliminary Plans: We expect that we will implement a combination of the following scenarios throughout the 2020-2021 school year: 

1. In-Person Learning: We believe that it is essential that our students have opportunities to come together in person, provided that we are able to do so safely.  This will be done by adjustments to classroom configuration, arrival and dismissal protocols, and schedule .  Students, faculty, staff, and/or families wearing masks and/or face shields. Limiting group size and washing hands constantly.

2. Off-Campus Learning: If the health guidelines indicate the need, we will be prepared to pivot to fully virtual learning. Our hope is for the virtual learning to be as seamless as possible for both the student and parent. 

3. Hybrid Learning: While we are eager to safely return to our physical building, we recognize that some members of our community in high-risk circumstances might not feel comfortable doing so. We are exploring options for providing virtual options for students and families who might experience vulnerable health situations. 

Thank you to the families that have shared input and engaged in dialogue with us about the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to communicate frequently as the planning process and current situation evolve. In the meantime, please continue to reach out to us. 

We thank you sincerely for your patience, commitment, and partnership. We know there is much important work ahead for our whole Valley Chabad community, and we look forward to engaging in it together. We will continue to build on the strength of our community in the year to come. 

With profound gratitude,

Hindy Drizin

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call me on my cell at 201 819 3288

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