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Coronavirus Seniors Update

Dear Seniors and Families,
 
San Diego Jewish Academy is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. As news regarding the coronavirus continues to evolve, we want to update you on the current plans we have for monitoring the situation and the planned trip to Poland and Israel.
 
On Tuesday, the CDC said in a press conference that there is NOT currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. However, given how quickly the global situation is changing, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 
 
As of yesterday, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in Poland. In an abundance of caution, however, Israel has suspended all of its student trips to the Far East, Asia, Poland and elsewhere in Europe that were scheduled to leave before April 1st. Israel is also discouraging all of its citizens from traveling overseas at this time.
 
We are monitoring the situation with the team at Alexander Muss High School in Israel. They are currently planning on bringing students from AMHSI to Poland immediately after Passover, barring a directive from the Ministry of Health and/or Education.
 
Those are our plans as well. We expect to move forward with the trip, leaving on Sunday, April 19th for Poland and returning from Israel on Thursday, May 21st. While we continue to plan for the trip, we are also looking to mitigate financial risks to our families in the event of cancellations. We are still in the time frame in which most of our deposits and payments can be refunded.
 
Based on the information we have today, we plan to move forward with this once in a lifetime trip. Of course, we know those plans can change because we will always make decisions in the best interest of our students. We will keep you informed of certain key dates as they approach, at which time we will need to make decisions to move forward, or not.
 
Again, we will keep you fully updated as the situation progresses.
 
Shabbat shalom,
 
Chaim Heller
Head of School

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