July 9, 2020 | 17 Tamuz 5780
Dear Barrack Families,
I hope you and your family are having a restful and joyful summer, and that you remain in good health. Our Senior Administrative Oversight Committee, along with our Task Forces, continue to focus on the reopening of school, with the health and safety of our students, staff and community as our primary concern. We are all involved in ensuring that our students have an excellent academic program in the fall.
CAMPUS REOPENING LOGISTICS TASK FORCE
Based on the most recent guidance from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we will maintain safe distancing for all members of our community. We are planning for a hybrid model of education that will assign certain segments of the school to be on campus on specific days of the week and learning online during the other days.
We will have full live-stream capabilities for students who are unable or choose not to be on campus. If necessary, we will be prepared to transition to learning entirely online.
Please note, our plans are based on the current situation and our expectations of what will be possible for the reopening of school. Plans may need to change based on state and local guidance. We understand that specific needs of individual families may require special flexibility and accommodations.
FACILITIES, HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION
Prior to the beginning of the school year, a formal COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan will be distributed to all families. The plan will detail daily requirements for parental monitoring and required on-campus health and safety protocols and procedures.
Per the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health recommendations, we will maintain a 6-foot separation between desks in all classrooms. We are researching masks and, with the advice of our medical consultants, will be purchasing them for each student and staff member. Additionally:
We have engaged a team of architects to assess capacity and safety of our buildings and create blueprints for effective and safe in-person education.
We have hired an OSHA-certified, national cleaning contractor with extensive experience and specialized equipment to ensure the highest level of sanitization. We will double our daytime cleaning staff to ensure regular disinfection of all bathrooms, common areas, and other spaces as needed.
We have invested in several electrostatic sprayers and a large peroxide fogger system in order to cleanse all spaces regularly.
We have changed all air filters, and have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected all air vents and air handlers.
We are committed to providing transportation for our students and will follow the guidelines that will be set for both private and school district busing.
Over the next several weeks, our Task Forces and administrative leadership will be dedicated to expanding and refining our plans and will provide further information regularly. Our team is working diligently on our academic program as well as addressing concerns around the social and emotional learning of our students during these trying times.
I have tremendous gratitude for our strong team and for your continued trust in us. I look forward to communicating with you again next week, when we will provide updated information on the start of school, athletics, and co-curricular programming.
Sharon P. Levin