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B’NAI TORAH BOCA: Parents Livid Over New COVID-19 Policies

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PARENT: “They Sent An Email That Proves They Do Not Understand COVID…”

SCHOOL: “When We Receive News Of Classroom Exposure, We Will Require All Children Who Have NOT Had COVID-19 To Be Picked Up Immediately…”


BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Congregation B’Nai Torah in Boca Raton is coming under fire from parents who say leaders of the Early Childhood Center have absolutely no idea how to handle COVID-19 and seem to be adopting voodoo science — claiming that “natural immunity” is more important than vaccines or masks. According to parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com, B’Nai Torah is spending more time targeting children who are healthy than those who have COVID-19.

Early Childhood Center Director Naomi Gordon wrote this in an email sent to parents on Wednesday, announcing a new policy: “When we receive news of a classroom exposure, we will require all children who have NOT had COVID-19 to be picked up from school immediately.”

She also wrote that children who have had COVID may stay in school.

“Since having recent virus gives one natural immunity, there is a need to enable children who have often missed 10 days of school while they had the virus, the ability to remain in school.”

There is notably no discussion of children old enough to receive a vaccine, and who have been vaccinated, being able to stay in school, or an encouragement for teachers, aides and others in constant contact with children to be vaccinated.

“This is embarrassing,” wrote a parent who asked to remain anonymous.

Complete message sent by B’Nai Torah Early Childhood Center:

“Dear ECC Families,

As many of you have seen for almost two years, we have written in our emails that our goal has always been to keep our school open and our children and staff healthy to the best of our ability. Recently, our Medical Advisory Committee met to discuss policies and procedures in the synagogue and school. We have been advised that we can move toward keeping classrooms open as we have seen many of our families and staff recover from Covid-19 recently. Since having recent virus gives one natural immunity, there is a need to enable children who have often missed 10 days of school while they had the virus, the ability to remain in school. This will be our first step in keeping our rooms open while still keeping the children and staff who have not had Covid-19 healthy. If your child has not had Covid-19 during the past 3 months, we will still need them to remain home when exposed for 5 days. This will prevent spread of the virus to the children and staff who have not had the virus. Those who remain home due to exposure, will be offered a virtual meet up on Zoom.

Please find below our new changes in policy:

***Children who have had recent virus, will need to present a POSITVE Covid-19 test or a note from your child’s physician indicating that your child had recent virus between October 20th and now (3 months). If you have already reported that your child/children have had recent virus, no further action is needed since we have kept this information on record.

Direct Exposure: Children who have been exposed to the virus (in or out of school) will continue to remain home for 5 days. If the child is asymptomatic and tests NEGATIVE on DAY 5, the child may return to school. Children who have had recent virus may remain in school and continue to come to school without testing.

When we receive news of a classroom exposure, we will require all children who have NOT had Covid-19, to be picked up from school immediately. Those children who have had recent virus, may remain in school.

Siblings (Contact of a contact): On the day we send children home due to an exposure in a classroom, all siblings may remain in school as long as their brother or sister in the exposed classroom have NO SYMPTOMS.

Siblings of children who were in a room that have been exposed (considered a contact of a contact), will be permitted to come to school the following days if the child from the exposed classroom is without symptoms and provides a NEGATIVE Covid-19 test on the day after exposure.

If the exposed child tests POSITIVE OR develops ANY SYMPTOMS, the sibling must remain home and immediately test. We need you to test the sibling immediately to determine if the sibling may have exposed their classroom. This would classify the sibling to be a “direct exposure” and no longer a “contact of a contact”.

STAFF: Staff will work with children who have had recent virus as long as they (staff) are symptom free and NEGATIVE. We will conduct testing of staff when deemed necessary. Exposed staff who have had recent virus may work without testing.

Mask Wearing Children and staff who have provided proof of having recent virus, may choose to “opt out” of mask wearing in the classroom by filling out a form. Mask opt out will last for a total of 6 months from the date the virus was contracted. Example: A child who was diagnosed on October 25th, may opt out of mask wearing until April 25th.
We continue to uphold our current policy and require masks for EVERYONE in the hallway during drop off and pick up at this time for continuity.

Our 3 and 4 year old children who have not had recent virus are required to continue wearing a mask in the classroom. Our 2 year old children who have not had recent virus are strongly recommended to wear a mask in the classroom.

We will continue to evaluate and pivot as times change. All changes must be approved and decided upon by our Medical Advisory Committee. We reserve the right to amend our policies at any time when deemed necessary. It is our hope that we can go back to more “normal” and healthier days in the near future.


Naomi Gordon, ECC Director; Rabbi Dadivd Steinhardt; Rabbi David Englander; Ed Sopher, President of B’Nai Torah Congregation; Leesa Parker, Director of Operations.”

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(UPDATE: 12:57 PM — We’ve received roughly the same email from five people. To be clear to those mommies who spend their days spreading rumors on social media – instead of caring for their kids who are at daycare: We did not say that children under five should be vaccinated — as they can not be vaccinated. We did, however, concur with parents asking why the email from the director does not discuss staff members being vaccinated, or why staff members are apparently not required to wear masks. We also concur with parents asking why they are being penalized for successfully protecting their children from COVID and not allowed to send their kids to school, while parents of kids who did get sick are welcomed).

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