Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School COVID-19 Safety Protocols

(Revised 3/27/2022)

NOTE: As of March 28, 2022, a “mask optional” policy will go into effect for students/staff in Religious School, Hebrew High, and STISY where all participants are vaccinated with the following restrictions: masks must be worn in all hallways, bathrooms and common spaces. Masking will be optional outdoors and inside the classroom only.

NOTE: While we encourage everyone to wear masks, as of March 7th, 2022 mask wearing outside is optional. We reserve the right to reverse this policy at any time.

NOTE: As of February 2, 2022 all students five years and older must be vaccinated to attend religious school, with an exception for those with medical exemptions which must be provided to and reviewed by Religious School Director, Mindy Schreff, mschreff@tstinj.org.

NOTE: The TSTI Covid Advisory Panel, which consists of educators, clergy, lay leaders, and medical experts representing a range of relevant specialties, reserves the right to reverse course on any policies, or to change them in any way needed to protect the health and safety of our students, congregants, staff, and clergy and are grateful for your cooperation in the matter.

The Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School Staff and Administration promise:

  • Everyone will be masked in shared spaces such as hallways, bathrooms and common spaces at all times on the premises. As of March 28, 2022, a “mask optional” policy will go into effect for students/staff in Religious School, Hebrew High, and STISY where all participants are vaccinated.
  • Classes will meet in well-ventilated indoor spaces or outdoors, when possible.
  • All affected parties will be notified if there is a positive case in a class and appropriate arrangements will be made for continued learning.
  • Only students and staff will be allowed in the building while students are present.
  • Proper cleaning in all areas of the TSTI building.

When to Stay Home from School:

  • Any child, teacher, or staff member (regardless of vaccination status) who is ill in any way or is showing any symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) must stay home. 

How to Return to School:

A fully vaccinated student who travels domestically or internationally does not need to quarantine upon return unless they exhibit any Covid symptoms. 

Any child, teacher or staff member showing any symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) may not return until the following criteria have been met:

Twenty-four hours being symptom-free without fever-reducing medication AND with a negative COVID-19 rapid test. A copy of the document stating the results should be emailed to the Religious School Director. A home Rapid test should be taken shortly before arrival at school. A photo with a timestamp can be sent to the Religious School Director via prior arrangements.

OR

Isolate following a Covid-positive laboratory Rapid or PCR (not home-based) test for five days from the date of symptoms or date of laboratory test (whichever is first). Return to school is permitted only if fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines and symptoms have improved. Students/staff who are returning to school after Covid-positive isolation must remain masked, in an N-95 or equivalent, on days 6-10.

OR

Return to school prior to the 5-day isolation  period if a physician establishes an approved alternative diagnosis. Parents must submit a return to school letter from their physician to the Religious School.