Since the coronavirus pandemic’s impact was first felt within our community, Bernard Zell families have shown strength, resilience and support for one another. This widespread demonstration of care for friends and neighbors will continue to serve us well now that students and teachers have returned to in-person learning. Below, you can explore detailed plans for how we’ll maintain health and safety at Bernard Zell in the 2020-2021 school year while still offering a high-quality Jewish and general studies education.

Guiding Principles

As an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century, we reaffirm our commitment to providing Bernard Zell students with an exceptional education based on academic purpose, collaborative learning, Jewish values, and a deep commitment to humanity, teaching the whole child to fully develop their potential by balancing rigorous academics with social, emotional, and spiritual learning and developing confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.
As we plan for the 2020-21 school year our work will be guided by the following principles:
1. Our top priority is the health and safety of our entire community—students, faculty, staff, families and community partners. Although we recognize that it is not possible to eliminate all risk, Bernard Zell will always adhere to the guidance set forth by state and local public health authorities and incorporate proven best practices whenever possible.
2. In our commitment to academic excellence, we will maintain continuous and uninterrupted learning, regardless of format. While our intent is to safely return to campus and provide our full educational experience, we are also committed to providing outstanding distance learning and hybrid experiences, should circumstances require.
3. Our decisions will balance the immediate and urgent needs of our community with the school’s commitment to long-term sustainability and its foundational traditions rooted in our Jewish values.
4. Partnering with our community -- faculty, students, and families -- is critical to resuming our operations safely. We will foster engagement with all our constituencies, and commit to regular and transparent communications as we deal with the impact of the health crisis. 

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