2022–2023 Health and Safety Guidelines

Over the summer, we piloted some new COVID protocols at Camp Shlenker and we were able to keep our students and faculty safe. With children 6 months+ now eligible for the COVID vaccine and with a successful summer with updated protocols under our belts, we will be making changes to start the school year. Our updated protocols can be found in detail under the COVID-19 Guidance Graphic, but the main changes are as follows:

  • We will be mask-optional throughout the school, including common areas. All students, faculty, and parents will be able to enter the building and choose whether or not to wear a mask. It will also be mask-optional during whole school gatherings such as Kabbalat Shabbat and Good Morning Shlenker.
    • The exception to this rule occurs in the Infant Program. Because not all students are eligible for the vaccine, any adult who enters the Infant Classroom will be required to wear a mask for the safety of our infants and infants will not participate in whole school gatherings at this time.
    • Please know that we will continue to support those families that want their child(ren) to wear a mask and those faculty members that want to wear a mask. An N95/KN95 level mask will protect you in an environment where not everyone is wearing a mask.
  • In the event of a positive case on campus, students in PreK–3 through 5th grade will no longer be required to mask for 10 days. Instead, you will be notified about the positive case in your child’s cohort so that you can make an informed decision for your family.
  • We will no longer automatically close classes in ourInfant, Young Toddler (YT), and Older Toddler (OT) grades in the event of a positive COVID case. Instead, the positive individual will isolate at home and you will be notified about the positive case in your child’s cohort so that you can make an informed decision for your family.
  • Infants, YT, and OT students who have an off-campus exposure will stay home for 7 days and obtain one PCR test on Day 7 or two home/lab rapid antigen tests on Days 7 and 8 in order to return to school  on Day 8. (Note that our previous policies required YT and OT students to be out for 10 days without a testing option.)
  • We will no longer distinguish between vaccination status for purposes of testing after exposures in our able-to-mask cohorts. 
  • Plexiglass will be removed.

We will also continue to utilize the following mitigating strategies to keep our community safe:

  • Contact tracing
  • Continued optimized ventilation with HEPA and UV air filtration systems 
  • Ongoing hand hygiene practices
  • Notifying cohorts in the event of a positive case
  • Updating the Active COVID Tracker to provide the Shlenker community with an accurate picture of current COVID cases on campus

We expect our Shlenker community to be honest and forthcoming with us regarding symptoms, exposures, testing, and positive cases. Our protocols only work when there is a strong partnership in place between our students, families, and faculty members. Students who exhibit symptoms at school will be sent home. If you or a member of your household are not feeling well, please contact our Assistant Elementary Division Head/COVID Coordinator, Joel Bruff, at jbruff@shlenker.org for COVID guidance. 

Our goal is, and has always been, to keep our school open and safe because we care deeply about our students’ academic and social-emotional well-being. 

Updated 8-8-22