Plans for Re-Opening 2020-2021

Families need to make sure that all information is up to date in TADS so that we may be best prepared to manage your student’s health and any associated risk factors. Early Childhood students must provide an updated medical statement and immunization record from the child's last annual appointment. Students entering 7th grade must provide proof of the Tdap immunization.
Instructions for Accessing Forms:
  1. Click here for TADS.
  2. Click on the "Enrollment" tab.
  3. Click on your child's enrollment number for the 2020-2021 school year.
  4. Click on "Edit student's enrollment information"
  5. Go through every tab to make sure your child's information is correct and up-to-date including household and grandparent contact information, emergency contacts, and health information.
We recommend that students spend time over the summer acclimating to a mask that meets the CDC criteria and that’s comfortable for them. It is important for children to practice wearing masks for an extended period of time. Please note that we are still evaluating the efficacy of face shields and we will send more information if we determine a face shield to be an acceptable face covering.
Click here to find a number of vendors who meet the CDC criteria.
Click here for a list of vendors who supply masks for children.
We ask that you make sure your child brings the following supplies to school on the first day. No additional school supplies will be required. Please make sure everything below is labeled.
3 Face masks
2 containers of Lysol / Clorox / anti-bacterial wipes
2 boxes of tissues
water bottle
1 towel, mat, or outdoor fold-up chair for outdoor learning.  Click here for an example of an outdoor folding chair.
Change of clothes/rain gear for outdoor learning
While the bus does not represent the safest mode of transportation to school this year due to COVID-19, we do understand there are families who may need to use it. If you need your child to take a bus to and from school this year, you will need to contact your local transportation department directly and request this service. Transportation departments need to receive requests asap.
Cleveland/University Heights - no transportation being provided
Shaker Heights -
Solon - click here fill out the online request form
South Euclid/Lyndhurst -
If you plan on traveling outside of Ohio this summer, we ask that you quarantine for 14 days prior to the first day of school: Wednesday, August 26th. As of July 22nd, Governor DeWine has mandated that anyone traveling to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas or Puerto Rico will need to quarantine for 14 days once they return to the state of Ohio. Click here for more information. As you may know, many locations within the state of Ohio are COVID "hotspots". We ask that you follow the safety guidelines of the CCBH and the CDC in order to make safe decisions such as social distancing and wearing a mask 14 days prior to school. This will ensure a safe environment for everyone in our community.
COHORTS (Mishpachot)
We have created small cohort classes (Mishpachot, meaning families) to minimize crossover among children and adults within the school. The ratios are as follows: Gan Nevet and Gan Garin - 1:6, Gan Shoresh 1:7, Gan Alonim - 1:9 and Kindergarten - 8th grade - 1:10. The purpose of creating these small Mishpachot is to lessen the physical interaction that we have with one another in order to mitigate risk. Each Mishpacha will only be with their members and their Mishpacha leader.
Each Mishpacha will have its own dedicated learning space. Desks will be placed 6 feet apart in each classroom and teachers’ desks will be at least 6 feet away from the students. We will have plexiglass dividers at the teacher's desk for individual attention and for students that receive one-on-one tutoring.
Students in grades 1-8 will be required to wear face coverings. Kindergarten will be highly encouraged to wear face coverings. Early Childhood students will not be required to wear face coverings as it is difficult for younger children. Teachers will be required to wear face coverings. Please note children in grades 1-8 will not be permitted to enter the building if they do not have an acceptable face covering.
Families will be asked to screen for symptoms every morning before sending their children to school. We are working on the details of this new system and will communicate it to you in the next few weeks. We will implement daily temperature screenings for students and staff every morning as they arrive at school. Any student or teacher with a fever above 100 degrees or flu-like symptoms will be immediately sent home.
Parents and visitors will not be permitted into the school building. If you need to pick up your child outside of regular drop off and pick up hours, you will need to call the office and let us know you have arrived at school and we will give you further instructions.
We are confident in our environmentally friendly and high-tech ventilation system, which pulls fresh air from the outside every 10 minutes and purifies it instead of recirculating inside air. We switch out Merv-13 air filters every 3 months instead of the recommended 6 months.
Our maintenance staff will clean bathrooms and common surfaces every hour. We will add additional portable sinks for frequent hand-washing and place physical guides in front of all sinks to mark 6 feet of distance between children. We will have a hand sanitation station in each classroom and in the main common areas. Everyone in the building will be asked to frequently wash and sanitize their hands. We have purchased new cleaning equipment to do a thorough cleaning of the building every day at 3:45 p.m.
Our hallways will become one-way hallways to reduce close contact. We will eliminate lockers altogether because of the physical crowding around lockers. Morning drop-off will be spread out across numerous entrances and staffed by additional security. More specific logistics for drop-off and pick-up procedures will be emailed in the next few weeks.
In the case that a student or teacher exhibits COVID symptoms at school or is found to have had an exposure to COVID-19, we will follow the protocol set by the CCBH for quarantining. The exact duration and who will need to be quarantined will be decided on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the CCBH. It is impossible to predict the full range of scenarios that could arise so we will work with CCBH closely with the goal of maximizing the safety of all members of our school community. We will err on the side of caution by sending your child home if there is any concern that he or she poses a risk of infecting others. The school reserves the right to ask you to have your child or family member get tested for COVID-19.
The school day will be from 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Our students will still receive instruction in all subjects including specials (i.e. art, music). They will experience joy in special projects, book clubs, and Chugim. We are confident in the robust learning schedule we have created for in-person learning.
Should it become necessary in any grade or division to learn remotely, we are ready to pivot fully to virtual learning. With many lessons learned from the spring, we are able to offer an improved version of distance learning, which will closely mirror our in-person learning. If a specific student is asked to quarantine, he or she will have the opportunity to Zoom into the class to access his or her lessons.
Lunch will take place in a student’s individual classroom rather than in the cafeteria. Students will have the option to order lunch that will be delivered directly to their classroom. We will still observe Kashrut (dietary laws) and have designated days for milk and meat.
Students will have recess by grade with sectioned off areas to maintain social distancing. The playground equipment will rotate between Mishpachot and be cleaned frequently.
We are creating more than 20 outdoor learning areas in order to take advantage of learning in the fresh air as much as possible. Outdoor learning allows for engaged learners and also a respite from wearing face coverings. Students will remain 6 feet apart while learning in outdoor areas.
After school enrichment and athletics will be temporarily suspended. We may eventually add outdoor after-school enrichment opportunities if it is determined safe to do so later in the school year. Middle school will have virtual after-school enrichment including Power of the Pen and Model UN.
We will not be providing after-school care this fall. The school day will end at 3:30 p.m. for all students Early Childhood-8th grade. All students and staff will need to exit the building promptly by 3:45 p.m. to allow for our maintenance staff to do a deep cleaning and disinfecting.
Large-scale community events will continue to be held virtually until further notice. Curriculum Night and grade-level programs will take place virtually. Faculty and administrators will work to create dynamic virtual events to ensure a robust learning and community experience. 
Following the recommended health guidance helps to protect the health of your child, but likely does even more to assure the health of their peers. When we all work together by following these new regulations we are protecting the collective safety of our community, and it’s upon all of us to uphold this commitment to each other. The success of our plan to return to school depends on deep partnerships across families, students and staff. In the weeks ahead, we will be asking Mandel JDS families to make a written commitment agreeing to our new policies and procedures. All families will be asked to complete a Parent Partnership Agreement agreeing to partner with Mandel JDS by taking the following actions:
  • Track symptoms daily for student and household members
  • Keep sick children at home 
  • Refrain from giving children fever-reducing medicine in the morning
  • Arrive and depart promptly for your given drop off and pick up times each day
  • Promptly pick-up sick children and those who cannot maintain proper masking, social distancing, or other health-related behaviors
The agreement will also strongly encourage:
  • Reducing exposure outside of the community
  • Tracking playdates outside of Mishpachot
  • Self-isolating after travel or exposure
  • Focus on reducing risk in the 14 days before returning to school
In the 2 weeks before school begins we ask that you begin consistently wearing a face covering and following social distancing guidelines when in public or with people from outside your own household, and removing yourself from situations in which people are not wearing masks or social distancing. In terms of travel, please note that 14-day isolation orders are in effect from travelers returning from specific states, and there is a general quarantine for international travel.
What happens in my child's Mishpacha leader calls in sick?  Is school canceled for this group?  
We are hiring extra substitute teachers for this coming year and will assign one substitute per grade to cover for Mishpacha leaders who have to stay home.
Is there a plan for introducing children to this "new normal" before they walk in the building on the first day of school?
We will be creating a child-friendly video that we will send out in August that will detail new procedures.  Children will also have an opportunity to have a Zoom with their Mishpacha leader and peers to ask questions and learn more about the upcoming year. 
I can't find any Clorox / other brand wipes anywhere.  What do I do? 
We understand that anti-bacterial surface wipes are very difficult to find right now.  If you are not able to purchase wipes before school, continue to look for them and bring them to school when they come back into stock.  
I can't make my grade level Zoom meeting.  What will I miss?
We know that many parents are working and juggling so much right now.  We will be recording the grade level Zoom meetings and posting them on this landing page for you to view.