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SDJA’s Reopening Update: as of 7/17/20

Dear SDJA Families,
In light of today’s announcement by Governor Newsom, and since San Diego County is on California’s COVID-19 monitoring list, there is a possibility that San Diego Jewish Academy K-12 classes (just like all other private and public schools in the county) will be mandated by the government to start the school year via our virtual education platforms. If San Diego County moves off of the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days prior to the start of school or at any time following that date, we will be ready to resume on-campus learning with appropriate health measures in place. Since the Early Childhood Center operates under a different set of mandates and conditions, we are still awaiting confirmation regarding contingencies of the ECC campus opening. In addition to prioritizing  the health of our families, faculty and staff, we believe deeply in being a good neighbor, caring for the health and safety of our community and others in the region. With this guiding principle, we will always comply with state and local mandates to prioritize everyone’s well-being over all other considerations.
As a reminder, when we transitioned to our virtual platforms last spring, our students, parents, and faculty all rose to the occasion to make this an exceptional educational experience. We also continued to deliver our rich community experiences, like Shabbat and other all-school or all-division events, as well. 
Here are some pertinent updates:
  • Since the spring, our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking has elevated our digital capabilities even more. And our faculty has engaged in professional learning to further develop their skills and approach to effective virtual education. While we are disappointed that we may not be together in person, we are well prepared for a fall semester that begins virtually.
  • At the same time, we continue to refine our on-campus learning plans and will be ready to resume in-person learning, or to toggle in between virtual and in-person, as soon as San Diego County remains off of the COVID-19 monitoring list for 14 consecutive days and meets other criteria outlined by the state. 
  • Lastly, we know how much of a burden virtual learning is on our parents. Please know that we will continue to listen, to respond to vital feedback, and to do everything possible to make this as optimal an education experience as possible for our parents.
These are the moments when we gain strength from each other and from our Jewish values that bind us together. We will always be a Kehillah Kedosha, maintaining SDJA as a sacred community, whether virtually or physically.
Over the coming weeks, our division heads and I will be in touch with more detailed information about our virtual education, along with our plans for on-campus reopening when that is allowed. The county will soon share its own new mandate and we will update you on any changes resulting from that as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Shabbat Shalom,
Zvi Weiss                         
Head of School 
Heidi Gantwerk            
Board of Trustees President