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Coronavirus Update for Families: March 10

March 10, 2020

On behalf of the Family Life and Learning staff, we are immensely proud of our children for their outstanding performance in tonight’s Purim Spiel, You Can’t Stop the Spiel. Bringing the community together for a celebration of Purim reminds us of the importance of showing up for one another in times of joy and in times of need. 

We feel it is important for us to share that a BJ child was exposed on Saturday night to a person who today, tested positive for COVID-19. The person who tested positive is not a member of the BJ community, and the exposure happened at the Marlene Meyerson JCC (many of you have likely received relevant JCC communication). The BJ child was part of the BJ Theater Company’s Purim Spiel rehearsal on Sunday, rehearsal and performance on Monday, and rehearsal today, before their parents became aware of the exposure and removed their child from the BJ campus. 

In consultation with the NYC Department of Health, BJ members who were in contact with the exposed child are advised to continue life as usual, while the family of the child who was exposed is expected to self-isolate and closely monitor their health. We will, of course, stay in touch with that family, and should their status change we will act and communicate accordingly. Remember, an exposure to an exposure is not an exposure!

At this point, we do not have confirmation that any of our children or parents have been infected.  

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling Family Life & Learning programming on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12. This includes the performance of the Purim Spiel and Kitah Zayin (7th grade) on Wednesday night and all Thursday Kadima@BJ Electives.

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Reminder: Please notify us immediately if your child’s school is closed, or they are otherwise subject to any type of isolation or quarantine. If your child is feeling sick, please keep them home. Any child who is showing signs or symptoms, or who complains of feeling ill, will be sent home.

We know that for many this is a stressful time, but we should also remember that, at each moment in our children’s lives, they are looking to us as models. May we have the strength to be patient, show resilience, and love to each other, our community, and our children.

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