September 3, 2020
14 Elul 5780
Dear AJA Families,
We all need time off. As Jews, we have our weekly reminder that we need time to refresh, breathe, and connect with Gd, our families, and ourselves. Shabbat seems to arrive at just the right time when we hit our limits and need a break from the stress and strain of our week. In recent months, it seems as if Shabbat has become even more meaningful and needed as we each experience our own type of COVID fatigue and are desperate for peace, calm, and time to think.
This coming weekend we have an extra gift of time as we have a day off on Labor Day. I hope everyone enjoys this day off of work and school. This seems like a perfect time to remind everyone of the importance of Community Responsibility.
I’ve written to you before about the importance of community safety to keep our students, families, and faculty protected. This applies to behavior and protocol in our school, and also in your homes. Our work together can help contain the spread, sustain our learning experience, and do our part to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19. We want to physically be in school. Our students want to physically be in school. Our families want us to be physically in school. It’s in each of our hands to help keep that a reality.
Regarding Labor Day weekend, I have an important and meaningful request. When you are planning your activities to celebrate this holiday and time off, please keep our community in mind.
- Continue social distancing and wearing face coverings when in public.
- Limit your group size and indoor activities per CDC guidelines.
- Avoid busy public places, such as amusement parks that do not follow social distancing or mask rules for all guests and avoid large gatherings.
- Utilize outdoor spaces to see friends, to keep everyone as safe as possible.
- If necessary, consider hosting birthday parties or celebrations for small groups outdoors and require guests to wear masks and be physically distant. Party snacks and food can be individually packaged to minimize high-risk contact. Avoid indoor gatherings.
- If traveling, please consider driving over flying whenever possible. If you decide to fly, follow all airline rules and stay masked in the airports and on the plane.
- Stay home and isolate if you are not feeling well.
Please, don’t shoot the messenger. I am just a Head of School trying with all of my might to keep our school open and to keep our students learning in a safe and healthy way. I can’t do this alone. The virus clearly has a mind of its own, and the only way we can beat it is to strictly follow the rules.
I thank you for keeping your AJA Community in mind, over this long weekend and every day as we navigate this pandemic.
Rabbi Ari Leubitz
Head of School