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Moriah Campus Reopening
Posted 07/29/2020 10:13AM

Click here for our return to campus brochure


As we work to reopen our campus, we have used several resources. Please feel free to review those guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, State of NJ and the Bergen County Yeshiva Medical Advisory Committee.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

https://www.nj.gov/education/reopening/NJDOETheRoadBack.pdf

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Moriah Parent FAQ's (as of 7/16/20)

Will the hours of the day be different?
  • This year there will be no early-drop off. Each family will be assigned a drop off time for arrival and dismissal. Arrival drop off times will start at 8:00 am and conclude by 8:35 am. Those carpools that have only Middle School students, will be assigned to the first time slots between 8:00 am and 8:15 am. Carpools can be mixed (Early Childhood, Lower School & Middle School), as there will only be one drop off time.
  • Students in carpools with multiple families and on buses will be required to wear masks.
  • Moriah Plus Aftercare is presently exploring methods to provide aftercare that follow all of our health and safety protocols to begin programming after Sukkot. In addition, there will be a limited number of spaces for a socially distanced Power Hour program that will start in September.
  • Pick up times for Early Childhood & Lower School will start at 3:15 pm and conclude at 3:45 pm. Middle School will be at 4:30 pm.
We will be traveling in August, will we have to quarantine before school starts?
  • If you traveled to a state that is subject to self quarantine for 14 days according to the State of New Jersey, please do so. Reopening the Moriah campus is a partnership based on trust and following the recommended state guidelines will help everyone. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Will visitors be allowed in the building?
  • In order to keep our students and faculty as safe as possible, no visitors will be permitted in the building. If you are dropping off your child late or picking up early, you will ring the bell located next to the front door and a staff member will meet you.
Will my child's temperature be taken every day?
  • Yes, we have purchased temperature scanning machines which are unobtrusive and will scan the children as they pass into the building.
Will students be required to wear masks?
  • Students will be required to wear masks when they are away from their desks (in the hallways, bathroom, waiting for carpools, etc). When they are at their desks, they will be able to be without a mask. Early Childhood students will not need to have masks on in their classrooms. Moriah will provide each student with a mask, or they can choose to bring one from home.
Will faculty and staff be wearing masks?
  • Yes, all faculty and staff will be wearing masks. We are in the process of trying out different masks for Early Childhood faculty members, which have clear panels in front of the mouths.
Have there been any improvements to the building?
  • Yes! We have updated all of the HVAC filters to the recommended Merv13 filters. These help to purify and clean the particles in the air.
  • We are installing signage throughout the building to remind people about wearing masks, proper handwashing, and staying home when sick.
  • Signage will be installed on the floors to mark which ways to walk.
  • Plexiglass is being installed around the front desk as well as on all the tables in grades 3-8. This will allow two students to safely share a table.
  • Additional Purell dispensers have been installed throughout the building.
  • We have increased the number of maintenance staff during the school day, specifically dedicated to the bathrooms.
What size will the classes be?
  • Classes will be regular sizes.
Will there be specials?
  • Yes! Specials will still happen. In Early Childhood and Lower School, special teachers (Art, Music, STEM) will come into your child's classrooms and teach using a plexiglass partition. Gym will still be in the gym or Indoor Playroom, and students will remain with their classes/cohort. There will be no changing into gym clothes for Middle School this year.
Will there be recess?
  • Yes! Students will be able to go outside during recess. Each class will be given a bag with balls, jump ropes, etc to play with. Classes will either have an allotted time or area outside, as not to mix with another class.
How will students eat lunch?
  • Early Childhood students will eat in their classrooms. Hot lunch will be delivered to their rooms, as it has been done in the past for Toddlers, Nursery and Pre-K. This year, Kindergarten will also eat in their own classrooms.
  • Lower & Middle School students will eat in the cafeteria in shorter staggered lunch periods. The room will be set up differently than it has in the past and students will sit on chairs, instead of benches. Hot lunch will be provided, with prepared meals, instead of a buffet. For those students who request, there will be seconds and different options, as well as the ala-carte program in Middle School.
Will there be tracking in Middle School?
  • Yes! Each Middle School grade will function as a family. Students will switch classes each period and rotate between set rooms designated for each grade level. Faculty members will teach with a plexiglass partition between themselves and the class.

Parent Update - 7/31/20

  • Goals
  • To provide a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff with guidance from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Department of Health, and the NJ Yeshiva Day School Joint Medical Committee
  • We do NOT expect to eliminate Covid-19 transmission. We aim to REDUCE transmission to an acceptable level and keep everyone safe, while allowing for in-person school.

  • Health Screening
  • Prior to entering the building students will have their temperature taken using unobtrusive temperature scanning machines placed at the front of the school. Nurse Toby will also screen them visually.


  • Cohorts
  • Early Childhood: Each class will function as an independent pod.
  • Lower School: Each class will function as an independent pod. Teachers will switch classrooms and students will remain in their designated class.
  • Middle School: Each middle school grade will be given their own "hub" in the building. This is a designated area in the building consisting of a number of classrooms and a bathroom that are designated to their grade. Teachers will teach behind a plexiglass partition.

  • Facilities
  • Hand sanitizers are located throughout the building. Students and staff will wash or sanitize their hands when they enter or leave the classroom, upon entering the school premises in the morning, before and after gym, recess and lunch.
  • Work has been done over the summer to improve the building by updating all of the HVAC filters to the recommended Merv13 filters which help to purify and clean the particles in the air. HVAC systems have also been updated to allow greater intake of outside air into the building.
  • Plexiglass has been installed around the reception desk as well as on all the tables in grades 3-8. This will allow two students to safely share a table.
  • Additional maintenance staff will work throughout the day to sanitize the building, including bathrooms, and after school hours.

  • Daily Schedule
  • This year there will be no early-drop off. Each family will be assigned a drop off time for arrival and dismissal. Arrival drop off times will start at 8:00 am and conclude by 8:35 am. Those carpools that have only Middle School students, will be assigned to the first time slots between 8:00 am and 8:15 am.
  • Pick up times for Early Childhood & Lower School will start at 3:15 pm and conclude at 3:45 pm. Middle School will be at 4:30 pm.
  • Moriah Plus Aftercare is presently exploring methods to provide aftercare that follow all of our health and safety protocols to begin programming after Sukkot.
  • In addition, there will be a limited number of spaces for a socially distanced Power Hour program that will start in September.

  • Masking Policy
  • All faculty and staff will be required to wear masks when in the building and around other people.
  • Students in grades 1 through 5 will be required to wear masks in all common areas (hallways, bathrooms, playgrounds, bus, etc). Students will be able to remove their masks only when seated at their desks which will either be properly distanced or have plexiglass dividers.
  • Middle School students will be required to wear masks throughout the day. They will be permitted to remove the masks during lunch, snack and outdoor learning times.
  • Early Childhood students will not be required to wear masks when in their classrooms. They will wear masks when travelling through the hall or in any common area.
  • Masks must be worn properly (over the mouth and nose) and not have a vent. Moriah will be providing a mask for each student (please label with your child's name) or you can send one of your choosing.

  • Infection Control
  • No child will be allowed to attend school if they have a fever (>100.0°F).
  • The following symptoms require physician clearance in order to determine the timeline for return to the school campus. These symptoms MUST be reported to the school nurse: Fever, chills, new cough, vomiting, diarrhea (2 or more episodes of loose stools in a 24 hour period), loss of taste or smell, sore throat, severe or persistent abdominal pain, persistent chest pain, persistent body aches without known trauma/injury, headache
  • Please notify the school nurse (nursetoby@moriahschool.org) if your child will not be attending school, including the reason for the absence.
  • In the event of such symptoms present during school, parents should have a plan that allows them to pick up their child within 1-2 hours.
  • Any student who has traveled to a location that the State of New Jersey has mandated quarantine for 14 days, will be required to quarantine before attending school. Students will also be required to quarantine for 14 days if they have traveled by air.
  • For students who are home for an extended period of time, we will work to accommodate a virtual learning option.
  • No visitors will be permitted in the building. If you are dropping off your child late or picking up early, the parent should call the front office and the child will be escorted in/outside.

  • Protocol for positive Covid test
  • After a positive COVID test, a student may return to school 10 days after symptom onset AND when they are asymptomatic for a full 24 hours.
  • We will work closely with the Department of Health to determine proper protocols for various situations of exposures in determining contacts that will be required to quarantine.

  • Health Maintenance
  • All students and faculty working in the building, except if medically exempt, will be required to get the flu shot prior to November 1, 2020.
  • All students must have a physical within the past 12 months and a current medical record on file with the school. If your medical records on file with Nurse Toby are older than 12 months, please click here for a Universal Child Health Record to be filled out by your pediatrician and submitted by August 31st.
  • Nebulized medications will not be administered at school. If your child has asthma, please send an inhaler and spacer instead.
  • All students must have up to date health forms, including emergency contacts and contact information for their pediatrician, at all times.

In the coming weeks our committee will continue to work on finalizing the opening plans. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Rabbi Alter at dalter@moriahschool.org, so that we can address them. We plan on holding a "Covid Conversation with Rabbi Alter" over Zoom on Tuesday, August 11th at 8:00 pm, to give you insight into the working of our committee and reopening process.
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