There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
● Stay home if you are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Our school has taken the following steps to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19:
● Although we have had no reports of suspected COVID-19, Hebrew Academy was recently closed for a few days to thoroughly disinfect the entire school.
● Maintenance and housekeeping staff have increased the frequency of sanitizing during school, after school, and on the weekends.
● Faculty have been reminded to take steps to reduce the spread of germs and illness including making time in the day for students to wash their hands with soap and warm water and/or hand sanitizer throughout the day and especially before eating.
● Students have been taught to avoid touching their eyes, noses, and mouths.
● Students are regularly reminded not to share personal items.
● Students are encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues and to dispose of tissues in the trash.
● The school is partnering with parents to keep children home if they are sick.
● Absences are not penalized for illness or prevention.
● Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath, fever, or sore throat. Your provider will work with your county public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from an impacted area, you should call a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel. For the most updated travel advisories regarding COVID-19, visit: U.S. Travel Advisories and CDC Information for Travel.
If you are returning from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19 the CDC is recommending you self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon returning from your travels, even if asymptomatic. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath during those 14 days contact your health care professional and mention your recent travel.
Yes! Please contact our School Nurse, Lynn Friedman R.N, at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately should you or a family member have symptoms, test positive, suspect exposure, is in self-quarantine due to exposure or been quarantined by the health department or your place of employment for COVID-19.
Additionally, if you or any member of your family is in self-quarantine, please do not allow visitors into your home or schedule playdates with your children who are not in quarantine.
As of now, we have already canceled class trips for Grades 5-8 to Orlando and Tampa, but we have not canceled any other upcoming field trips. If trips are to be canceled we will notify you accordingly.
Given the level of attention that COVID-19 has attracted, students may understandably become anxious and have concerns about the virus and its transmission. Please remember that our School Psychologists are available to meet with students and their families to address questions and concerns. Our Elementary School Psychologist, Mrs. Reena Rabovsky, can be reached at email@example.com. Our Middle and High School Psychologist, Dr. Susan London, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.