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Coronavirus Update 1

Dear SDJA 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 steps we are taking to minimize exposure within our school community.
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 evolving, we are monitoring developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. Our leadership team is currently working on contingency plans, particularly in the event that the greater San Diego area is affected.
We are diligent in monitoring our campus and taking extra precautions including, disinfecting classrooms on a regular basis; enforcing hygiene such as washing hands thoroughly; and encouraging faculty, staff and students to stay home if they have cold-like symptoms.
 
We are also prepared to alter our procedures and plans for upcoming school trips and other non-typical school activities in the context of the coronavirus. We will not hesitate to cancel trips if necessary to keep our students safe. We need the support of our parents to help keep our community safe by taking these precautions regarding international travel and hygiene:
  • Follow the CDC travel advisory, which warns against all non-essential travel to China and South Korea.
  • Continue to wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid sharing drinks/food, and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you have cold-like symptoms, please stay home from school or work. Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue and wash hands immediately after coughing or sneezing. Seek medical care if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
You may refer to the CDC page on Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment strategies here.Other questions may be answered on the WHO’s “Myth Busters” page on the coronavirus. If you have any upcoming travel or have traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days, it is a good idea to visit the CDC website daily for the most current guidance and recommendations.
 
Be assured that we are prepared to make safety and wellness decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community. If your student is sick, this is considered an excused absence. They will not be penalized for missing school and will be given opportunities to make up their work, potentially working online during their absence. 
Lastly, I ask that we work together as partners to have compassion for the international students whose families reside in countries that have been impacted by the coronavirus. At this time, our international students will not be returning home for spring break.
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support. We need to take care of ourselves and each other during this time of heightened concern. Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s efforts!
Shabbat shalom,
Chaim Heller
Head of School

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