Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School COVID-19 Safety Protocols

(Revised 9/12/2022)

NOTE: Mask-wearing is optional in our Religious School except when students are in large gatherings, including Tefillah. Please make sure your child has a well-fitting mask with them when they come to school in the event there is an assembly or other gathering. Students who forget their masks will be given one to wear. Please help us in keeping our community safe by explaining this to your students.

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

NOTE: 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. Religious exemptions are not permitted.

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:

  • Classes will meet in well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • 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:

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.