A Message From Our Head of School and Reflections from our Board of Trustees President
A Message from Zvi Weiss
Tomorrow will be our first day welcoming new K-5 students to our campus! Then, over the next several weeks, more students from all grade levels will begin to return to our beautiful campus. It will feel differently, that is for sure, with many new protocols and procedures that will need to become second nature. In watching the opening of our ECC, I saw many of these protocols successfully in action. We are intentionally having students return to campus in phases so that we can focus on doing it properly (see our FAQ page for more information about this approach). In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, Moses tells the Israelites that the purpose of their 40 years of wandering is for them to have the heart and knowledge necessary to enter the land of Israel. While I am glad that we don’t have to wait 40 years to return to campus, we have also not had the benefit of 40 years to prepare for this. I imagine that there will be some glitches and things that we will learn on the job, so I do appreciate everyone’s support, understanding, and patience.
We are responsible for the safety of our students. Some families may not understand the magnitude of this responsibility, some even question the extent of the severity of the virus. Recently, someone presented me with statistics that indicated that many who have died from COVID had other conditions in addition to their COVID infection. The fact is that death rates have increased overall significantly, and we have a community beyond our students to consider as well, many of whom have a variety of health issues. No matter what statistical analysis we use, we need to behave responsibly for the sake of our extended families and community. PLEASE have your child tested for COVID in the days leading up to their return to campus. If you have not registered for the GMLS student/family testing being held on our campus tomorrow, there will be a second community testing on campus for MUS students/families offered soon that you can join. There are also other ways to accomplish testing that should be covered by your family’s health insurance, and there are many labs available, including free testing sites operated by San Diego County. To help us best track our community’s numbers, please email test results to email@example.com, where they will be kept confidentially.
And while much of the work these past months has focused on COVID, our senior leadership team joined our board of trustees to look beyond COVID at the bigger picture of SDJA and its mission at a virtual retreat last weekend. Our talented board president, Heidi Gentwerk, shares some reflections on that event below.
Whether your child will be continuing their SDJA experience virtually, or joining us on campus, I wish us all continued success, safety and health.
Shabbat shalom, Zvi