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We are thrilled to see your children and start our new Gesher program! We have developed these policies with the input of our Covid Advisory Committee of healthcare professionals and public health experts to help us mitigate the risk of being together. By enrolling your child in the Gesher program you are agreeing to comply with our policies.

Gesher Gatherings and Family Services in September and October
We will mostly be outside for September and October. When we are at Penn Park we will be outside rain or shine. (We have rented a large shelter.) We hope to be outside on October 24 and 31 unless the weather is frigid.

We hope to be outside for our Rosh Hashanah kids’ programs on September 7 and our intergenerational Shabbat service on October 9. In case of rain, we will be inside. We will be inside for our Intergenerational Kol Nidrei service. Parents are responsible for complying with Shaarei Shamayim’s Covid policies and caring for their children at these family services.

Covid Protocols
We require all of our staff, as well as substitutes and guests, to be vaccinated.
2.   We have instituted sick leave for our teacher mentor, teachers, and teachers’ assistants who do not feel well or are sick (regardless of positive Covid test); who are waiting the results of a Covid test; and who are in quarantine. We want to encourage our staff to stay home if they are not well! If Rabbi Laurie is unable to come, our teacher mentor or lead teacher will run the program in her absence.
3.   All staff, students, and parents must wear masks at Gesher except while eating. If a student does not have a proper well-fitting mask, we will give them a mask. We will remind students to wear their masks over their noses.
4.   During snack, we will attempt to have students sit feet apart.
5.   Students will wash their hands before and after they eat snack. (Note: if this is not practical at the park, we will either use sanitizer or send the students home with snack at the end of the morning.

When to Stay Home

If a staff person or student has any of these symptoms, they should get a Covid test and stay home until the result comes back and it’s negative. Symptoms include 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, and diarrhea.

Exposure to COVID-19
If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, we will follow the guidance from Public Heath Madison Dane County. Please contact Rabbi Laurie in order to determine when the student may return to Gesher.


Fri, January 28 2022 26 Shevat 5782