Temple Beth Hillel is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive and prudent measures to try to ensure the health and safety of every member of our community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles Health Department, the California State Health Department, and other health officials. Our decisions are based on facts, science, and medical information, as the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our priority.
Recommendations put forth by various government agencies may change based on new information regarding COVID-19. This section will provide timely updates specific to the school’s response and planning efforts.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Risk Assessment by Country (CDC)
World Health Organization
LA County residents can also call 2-1-1
How do I avoid COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What steps has Temple Beth Hillel taken to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19?
Effective immediately, Temple Beth Hillel is implementing the following steps to decrease the chances of illness within our community:
- Increase the number of anti-bacterial stations around the facility.
- Add pump soap dispensers to our first floor restrooms, in addition to the automatic soap dispensers.
- Post signs in our bathrooms about proper hand-washing techniques.
- Modify and enhance our daily cleaning and sanitation protocols, including special attention to door handles, playground equipment, desks, toys and other frequently used surfaces.
- Remind and retrain staff on procedures for sanitizing throughout the day.
- Increase our supplies of wipes, tissues, and sanitizing products to ensure adequate supply.
- Staff will make sure our youth program participants engage in frequent and proper hand washing.
- Our contracted cleaning professionals will ensure the use of high-level antiviral cleaning agents on a daily basis.
Should I inform Temple Beth Hillel if I suspect exposure to COVID-19?
Yes. Please contact our office immediately should you or a family member have symptoms, test positive, suspect exposure, is in self-quarantine due to exposure, or been quarantined by the health department or your place of employment for COVID-19.
How will TBH and TBH school programs decide if they should close?
The decision to close school will come from government agencies or if school leadership determines that it would be safer for our students to be home. We will make that decision independently, based on facts and science. In either case, we will notify parents immediately.
What kinds of support is available to address anxiety?
Given the level of attention that COVID-19 has attracted, children may understandably become anxious and have concerns about the virus and its transmission. Please remember that our clergy and senior staff are available to meet with your child and/or family to address questions and concerns.