Handbook

MHDS
Health and Safety Guidelines for Covid-19
Parent/Student Handbook

Updated 09/13/2020

Arrival/Check-in

  • Arrival will occur as a 20 minute window from 8:00 AM – 8:20 AM to allow for staggered arrival and check-in.
  • Families who live closer are encouraged to arrive closer to 8:00 AM. 
  • Families who live farther away should arrive between 8:10-8:20 AM.
  • Students line up socially distanced near the entrance, at the temperature/ handwashing station before entering the school building.
  • Reminder  Students must also be “digitally checked in” by their parents every day at https://www.maimonidesschool.org/check-in to attest that they have no symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19. 
  • Students must put on their masks before entering the building.
  • Parents (K-12) are not allowed to enter the school building.
  • Students go directly to their classrooms upon entering the building.
  • Official class time will begin at 8:10 AM.

Late Arrival

  • Students arriving after 8:30 AM must go directly to the office to have their temperature taken before going to class.

Dismissal

  • Dismissal will be at 3:15 – 3:30PM (1:15 PM – 1:30 PM on Fridays).
  • Families who live farther away should arrive by 3:15 PM (1:15 PM).
  • Families who live closer should arrive at or before 3:30 PM (1:30 PM).
  • Students will remain in their classrooms during dismissal until they are called.
  • Parents are not allowed to enter the building to retrieve their children for dismissal.

Midday Departures

  • Parents must call the school office before taking a child out of school for illness, appointments, etc.
  • Parents should wait by the entrance of the building to pick up their child.

Masks

  • Parents, staff, students, and others  in the school building are required to wear a face covering. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection or source control against COVID-19 and should not be used.
  • Face coverings may be temporarily removed to eat or drink, but students must ensure they are socially distanced from each other.
  • School will provide face coverings to employees or students who do not have their own.
  • Students will not be required to wear masks outdoors, provided that 6 feet social distancing is maintained . Teachers and administration will plan to allow for more frequent outdoor classes and recess, as schedule and weather permit.

Social Distancing

  • All students, faculty and staff will maintain appropriate social distancing, which means six feet of space in all directions between individuals or use of appropriate physical barriers between individuals.

Outdoors/Recess

  • Face coverings are not required during outdoor classes or recess as long as students maintain appropriate social distancing of at least six feet between individuals. 
  • Activities which can be done during recess without masks, with social distancing, include but are not limited to: walking, running, playing catch, frisbee, shooting basketball hoops, baseball, kickball, hopscotch, badminton, dodgeball, four square, soccer, jump rope. Students should maintain six feet distance from others and avoid/minimize close contact while not wearing masks.
  • Outdoor activities which require closer contact for the core activity do require masks. Examples include: basketball game, football, hockey.
  • It is not practical to maintain proper social distancing between all students during indoor recess, and so masks will be required for indoor recess. Therefore, we will make every effort possible to be outdoors for recess in every possible opportunity.

Nursery

  • Social distancing is much more difficult for younger children and many of their activities require closer interactions between students and staff.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, nursery students will also be required to wear masks.
  • Masks are not required during nap time.
  • The school will reassess the nursery guidelines regarding wearing masks after the first month of school.

Food and Drink

  • Students are required to bring their own food and drinks daily.
  • There will be no sharing of food or drinks between students.
  • Only pre packaged individually wrapped food items could be shared for special occasions.

Restrooms

  • Students will use the restroom one at a time, except in urgent need.
  • All students and staff are required to wash their hands with water and soap for twenty seconds after using the restrooms.

Hygiene and Sanitation

  • Hand sanitizers will be readily available throughout the school.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized (door knobs, light switch).

Illness

  • Any student/staff member with a fever of over 100.0°F, and/or any other COVID-19 respiratory symptoms must stay home from school. If a staff member develops a fever or COVID-19 symptoms while at school, they must go home.  If a student develops a fever or COVID-19 symptoms while at school, s/he will be immediately placed in an isolation room. Family members of the staff or students, as well as all those who were in their same carpool will also be placed in an isolation area. Parents will be contacted to pick up the students as soon as possible. Parents will sign their child out and pick up at the entrance without entering the building.
  • Students and staff members with COVID-19 symptoms are required to have a COVID-19 test. If the test results are negative, the student/staff member can return to school after 24 hours fever and symptom free. Family and carpool members without symptoms can return to school immediately.  
  • Students and staff members with positive COVID-19 results will need to stay home until symptom free and with a note from a doctor to return to school. All family and carpool members will need to quarantine for fourteen days. Anyone who receives positive results must notify the school immediately. The school nurse will contact the DOH.  
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 will remain out of school until symptom free based on DOH guidelines. A doctor’s note will be required for reentry.
  • Individuals who were exposed to the virus must complete quarantine before returning to in-person learning. This will be conducted in coordination with the local DOH.

Individual Home Learning

  • If a student must stay home from school due to illness, the parent should arrange with the teacher the best way to stay at class level.

School Closure

  • In consultation with the state and local health departments, we will identify conditions that may warrant reducing in-person education or closing of the school, and we will plan for an orderly closure with them.
  • In the case of a school closure, online classes will be arranged.
  • Our school will lend out Chrome books with a security deposit.

Communication

  • All health and safety related questions or concerns should be directed to the Health and Safety Coordinator, Rabbi Michael Caras.
  • Email: maimonidesannouncements@gmail.com
  • WhatsApp: 646-675-7232
  • Phone: 646-675-7232
  • Important announcements and notifications will be communicated via WhatsApp group “MHDS Announcements” https://chat.whatsapp.com/GlQUmCcgKjE7uq8dPak2NT and from the email address maimonidesannouncements@gmail.com. Please make sure to add as a contact so that you don’t miss any information.