A preschool-8th grade Jewish day school in northshore Chicago

COVID-19 Safety

We’re proud to be offering in-person education for our students, with safety as our first priority. Torah Academy is uniquely suited to COVID-era classrooms, with our small class sizes and easy flexibility. Our goal is to maintain in-person learning throughout the school year, and we’ve developed some protocols, procedures, and regulations to acheive that goal.

Here are some questions and answers; if you have any concerns, don’t hestitate to reach out to us. Everyone’s safety is our top priority. 

Constant Cleaning.

We're staying safe by sanitizing, every day.

Masks Welcome.

And they look downright adorable.

Ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority at TA. Protocols exist in our daily operations to ensure everyone’s safety. These include optional mask wearing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing. 

  • Before children enter the classroom, they wash or sanitize their hands.
  • Teachers disinfect high-touch areas, surfaces and handles, multiple times each day. Surfaces are wiped down between classes, activities, and before and after snack and lunch time.
  • Children do not share school supplies; everyone has their own.
  • Each classroom is stocked with a sanitizing kit including wipes, spray, and gel, which is replenished regularly.
  • The school is thoroughly cleaned each evening by a cleaning service. 

As per current government regulations, masks are welcome but optional in the Torah Academy building. Some of our staff and students wear them and some don’t, depending on their personal comfort level.

If any of our staff or students develop COVID symptoms, they immediately isolate and stay at home while attending school through Zoom if they are well enough. If the symptoms clear and the student tests negative for COVID, they can return to school. Individual cases are discussed with our medical advisory team.

Additionally, if anyone in their household is showing symptoms, individuals should stay home until the sick person acheives a negative test result. 

  • Outside visitors can only enter the school building by appointment. Parents, students and staff are allowed in during school hours.
  • We have pre-determined class size limits to avoid overcrowding our classrooms.
  • Students have individual desks instead of shared tables and pods to maintain distance in the classroom.
  • We also ask that parents refrain from sending unnecessary personal items with their children to maintain a hygienic environment.

If someone in TA is confirmed to have COVID-19, we will conduct contact tracing and inform those who might be affected. All appropriate precautionary measures will be taken in consultation with our medical advisory team, including transferring school to the virtual realm if necessary.

We are grateful to many doctors who have graciously given of their time to help TA navigate through these difficult situations. In particular, we appreciate Dr. David Dobkin’s invaluable expertise.

If a TA student or staff member travels out of the country, we ask that they monitor symptoms and quarantine if advised by current CDC recommendations.

If an individual has quarantined for five days and is symptom-free, there is no need to perform a COVID test as per CDC guidelines.

Torah Academy will close our physical building if it is mandated by the government. We will transfer to virtual school, which will be live on Zoom. Students will be required to attend each class on time, participate in the lessons, and wear their school uniforms.