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Reopening of School

The Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Details

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  • Starting Dates & Format Decisions

    Lower and Middle School will start online at SAA:
    - Grades 1-8 on August 31
    - Kindergarten on September 2.

    Our ECC & Toddlers will begin classes in-person:
    - Pre-Kindergarten, September 8
    - 3-year-Olds, September 10
    - 2-Year-Olds, September 14
    - Toddlers (3 and 5-Day), September 14
    - Toddlers (2-Day), September 15
  • Applying for Waivers

    The Governor has allowed local health officers the discretion to grant waivers to school districts and private schools that would permit schools to reopen for in-classroom instruction for students in grades K-6. The decision to grant a waiver will be based on ensuring that schools are able to open in full adherence with the L.A. County school re-opening protocols, along with reviewing epidemiological data for each school district. The process requires consultation with the California Department of Public Health prior to accepting or rejecting waiver applications. We will apply via the online process when it is available.

    While 6th grade is considered a part of our Middle School, for purposes of the waiver, it can be included. We will complete the application as quickly as possible once it is available and we will keep you informed with any updates we receive about it.
  • In-person Learning

    Unlike many other schools, our physical space will allow us to implement physical distancing protocols once deemed appropriate to open in-person. The current guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC support the importance of students returning to school for their emotional well being as long as it is safe to do so. We have been working together with our administration and staff to ensure that appropriate measures will be in place for all of our students to return, when possible, in-person in the fall. 

    Specifically, we are planning for:
    • Physical distancing, which will result in a lower student/teacher ratio.
    • Utilization of additional space in the Sinai Temple for classrooms and outdoor opportunities.
    • Public health protocols such as enhanced cleaning, masks, and increased health and temperature checks, and increased hand-washing.
    • Restructuring schedules to maintain a higher degree of physical distancing.
    • Upgrades to the HVAC systems with improved air filtration and air purifiers. 
    Our value of Derech Eretz (Kindness, Empathy, and Respect) means we are responsible for the safety of all students, faculty, staff, and community members. In anticipation of the start of in-person learning, and in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California, LA County, and the Department of Public Health, here is a full list of protective measures we are implementing for everyone’s safety.

    Also, this picture will give you a sense of how our classrooms will be configured with physical distancing in place. Note that while plexiglass is not seen in the picture, it will be installed in classrooms as needed.  Additionally, as mentioned in the list of protective measures, an air purifier will be placed in each classroom before the start of in-person learning.
  • Hybrid Learning Options

    We acknowledge that while many families are anxious to return to campus, there are also families who are not comfortable sending their children back to the classroom just yet. When we are able to return to the in-person learning experience, there will also be times when students will be unable to learn on campus due to illnesses or needs to isolate for personal reasons. 

    As such, we have implemented new technology, which will enhance the online learning experience and allow students to “Zoom” into live classrooms.  

    These digital classroom experiences, combined with the use of 360-degree Owl Meeting Cameras, will link students to live on-campus classrooms. This new technology will give students a more authentic in-person experience and allow them to have real-time interactions with teachers and students on campus, right from the comfort of their own homes. 
  • Online Learning

    We must begin the school year with online learning, and as part of our commitment to our core value of Talmud Torah (Academic Excellence), it will be robust, capitalizing on lessons learned from SAA’s successful online learning last spring.

    We found that, with online learning, it is effective to have students in small groups, for example, in “breakout rooms.” Live interaction online is critical for optimal learning to occur, which provides students opportunities to be more active in their scholarly pursuits. For example, when they are given activities and projects that are shared with others, they tend to be more engaged.  

    This engaging environment will partly be possible thanks to the same new 360-degree Owl Meeting Cameras that would allow students to “Zoom” into classrooms while we’re on campus.  Students can stay connected with, or Linked to, their teachers and classmates via online systems so that learning continues, no matter where they are located. 

    And, we're not just focused on students, either. Before the start of school, our faculty will continue participating in professional development for teaching in online environments, led by professional educational consultants. We know our teachers are committed to learning themselves so that they can continue to deliver the best education possible to students at Sinai Akiba Academy, no matter what the classroom environment may look like. On-campus, online, or both, we can't wait to see you soon!
  • Facility Disinfecting

    Read the full Protocol here, but enjoy this video previewing our facility disinfecting process.


  



Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center. A Sinai Temple school.
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Sinai Akiba Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.