Dear Shalhevet Family,
As we continue to navigate the shifting tide of COVID-19, we at Shalhevet have had the chance to reflect on our core values. These ideals, always present in our work, have become more important than ever as education and the school experience continue to change. These values have guided us in our approach to the 2020/2021 school year, and we are continuing to adapt our procedures to honor them throughout this exceptional time in history.
Our highest values are, as always:
- To maximize in-class learning when possible, and promote Shalhevet’s highest standard of educational quality, spiritual guidance, and co-curricular opportunities regardless of where learning takes place.
- To take every possible precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Here you will find our plans and our contingencies to ensure that we remain true to these dual ideals. Please note, as the situation continues to evolve, our plans may change as well. Regardless of the circumstances though, our decisions will be guided by what is best for the physical, academic, spiritual, and emotional health of our entire school community.
As of today’s writing (8/14), Governor Newsom’s current mandate restricts in-school learning, something to which we hope we can return soon. As such, our students will be starting off the school year with distance learning. Until we can return to campus in our “hybrid” learning model, we have adapted our plans to offer optional in-person activities that fit within County and State guidelines as Camp Firehawks. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions — we will be happy to share all of Shalhevet’s approaches to providing an exceptional educational and co-curricular experience throughout the pandemic.
Please note, this communication will refer to school in two scenarios – (1) both when we are online for learning purposes and when we are back on campus for Camp Firehawks or (2) for the school day in our hybrid model. We remain ready to transition to our hybrid model when we can.
If you have any questions or concerns about our program, we welcome you to contact Sarah Emerson, Chief Operating Officer.
Rabbi Ari Segal
Head of School