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COVID-19: Online Instruction

While so much is uncertain in the world right now, our commitment to your children’s continued academic growth remains unwavering and steadfast. Our incredible faculty have worked tirelessly to develop Scheck Hillel Community School’s Instructional Continuity Plan so students continue to maximize achievement while not physically on campus. We extend our thanks for your continued partnership, and we express the utmost appreciation for our teachers. Most of all, we already miss seeing our students on campus. On behalf of our entire team of faculty and staff, we all continue to dedicate ourselves to your children’s education and we are here for you. May our community remain healthy, strong and united, and may we all return to campus soon. 

School Counseling Messages

Scheck Hillel Community School’s school counselors, from Early Childhood through High School, offer guidance and support to students and families during the time of uncertainty that is the COVID-19 pandemic. This focus on social-emotional well-being reminds us that Scheck Hillel is more than your child’s school; it’s your family’s community.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • For how long with Hillel at Home virtual instruction run?

    Live virtual instruction began Tuesday, March 17, and will run through Wednesday, June 10: the last day of school. 
  • What does Hillel at Home virtual instruction look like by grade level?

    • All virtual instruction schedules, content and resources are posted toeHillel.org. Please log in and visit your teachers’ class pages and digital bulletin boards for details.
    • Every grade level has an age-appropriate mix of live instruction, recorded content and posted assignments. 
    • Scheck Hillel’s virtual instruction can be accessed via desktop/laptop computers, mobile phones, tablets and web-browsing smart TVs.
    • Mornings are dedicated to live instruction, and afternoons are dedicated to independent homework for teachers to assess. This is for children’s wellness: their need for daily routine and to keep screen time to a minimum.
    • Live classes are scheduled at different times in an effort to allow time for siblings to share access to family devices.
    • Specials, Student Life and Chessed are incorporated into student learning.
    • Virtual instruction includes one daily live session (Morning Meeting & Story Time), videos recorded by teachers and age-appropriate assignments and activities.  
    • At this young age more than any other, it is important that we keep screen time to a minimum. Some of our assignments and suggested activities are independent for children to complete alone, but most call for an adult to foster skill development, transmit content knowledge and offer the engagement every child needs.
    Kindergarten-Grade 4
    • Virtual instruction includes daily live sessions, videos recorded by teachers, assignments and enrichment. 
    • During every morning message, teachers review the day’s target skills and content.
    • Assignments include written work as well as the digital tools that students have been learning with all year (i.e. Dreambox, Freckle, I TaLaM, Mystery Science, Reflex Math). All link directly from your teacher’s class page and your Resource Board.
    Grade 5
    • All Grade 5 classes are live. 
    • Every morning, teachers review the day’s target skills and content.
    • Students follow their standard schedule based on 30-minute sessions (to limit screen time). Science is taught on Fridays. Students enter each live class from their eHillel.org schedule. 
    Grades 6-12
    • All Grade 5 classes are live.
    • Grades 6-12 follow a modified schedule of 30-minute live sessions, including Tefilah, applying a bell schedule concept.
    • Every day, live sessions are held by course on alternate day schedules. Classes alternate between Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday. Afternoons and Fridays are dedicated to assigned work and individual office hours or small groups, if needed.
    • Teachers hold office hours and conferences with students throughout the week.
  • What if I or someone I know tests positive for COVID-?

    Should you or someone in your life test positive for COVID-19, please inform Scheck Hillel by sending an email to our School Nurse at nurse@eHillel.org and Head of School at donaher@eHillel.org.

    We have deep-cleaned and sanitized our entire campus, including classrooms, playgrounds, the cafeteria and Athletic Complex. Campus remains closed. We will continue to monitor developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19), stay in contact with the Florida Department of Healthand apply guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Thank you for your continued partnership. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
  • What is the status of school trips?

    We have canceled spring travel (Grade 5 Tampa trip and Grade 11 college trip), and our Grade 9 Israel trip is being rescheduled for the upcoming school year as a Grade 10 trip.
  • What is the status of after-school and summer enrichment programs?

    Co-curricular programs, including arts and sports, have been canceled. 

    Since physical after-school enrichment classes are not in session, our spring season of activities has been canceled. Families will receive a prorated refund to account for After-School Program sessions canceled after March 13. IMACS is offering online instruction so previously enrolled students may continue learning. 
  • How will community and Jewish life programming continue virtually?

    We are committed to maintaining a meaningful Judaic and community experience to remind us why we chose Scheck Hillel. While we are hopeful that we will be together again soon, we are developing virtual community events and Jewish life programming for our families.
  • Will my college counselor help me make my final college decisions?

    Yes! Scheck Hillel college counselors are always available for you. Via email, you can schedule a private video conference. We are always here for you.
  • Will summer school be offered? If so, will it be for remediation only or for advancement?

    Summer School 2020 will be offered exclusively online. This accelerated program affords students the opportunity to advance as well as recover credits in courses they have not yet mastered. To register or request details about qualifying for Summer School courses, please contact Jessica Best, Director of Summer School, at summer@eHillel.org or complete the registration form here. Thank you!  
  • How will second semester grades affect college admissions?

    Globally, all high schools are facing these challenges and have been assured from universities across the country that they will be flexible when evaluating transcripts and academic course work. Many universities have already announced adjustments to admissions requirements and leniency for 2020 applicants.
  • How will I take AP exams?

    AP exams will not be administered at Scheck Hillel this May. The College Board will administer exams virtually for students to take from home.
  • What about the Grade 5 Tampa trip and the Grade 5 celebration?

    Due to the virus, we had to cancel this May’s Grade 5 trip to Tampa. Rest assured, we will plan for a meaningful sixth grade bonding experience. We remain hopeful for the opportunity to celebrate the Class in person while we consider opportunities to recognize them once we return to school.
  • How will Kindergarten graduation be held?

    We remain hopeful for the opportunity to celebrate together in person while we consider opportunities to recognize students in person once we return to school.
  • What if my child is sick and needs to miss school?

    If your child is unable to attend Hillel at Home due to illness, please send an email to the teacher(s) every day your child is absent from school. He/she can view the class page for assignments and recorded sessions and schedule an appointment during the teacher’s office hours, if necessary.
  • How do we stay in touch with teachers and division directors while instruction is virtual?

    • In PKT-Grade 5, students receive weekly phone calls from their teachers to check in, read aloud and touch base, so please have your mobile phone accessible. 
    • Every teacher has office hours. In PKT-Grade 4, you can schedule private appointments via email every afternoon, Monday-Friday. In Grades 5-12, you can schedule individual or small group appointments for support, scheduled by appointment via email.
    • We are here from a social-emotional perspective as well. In Kindergarten-Grade 8, students will receive weekly phone calls from their school counselors to check-in. In Grades 9-12, families may schedule appointments with school counselors via email.
    • You may contact your child’s division director via email.
  • What is expected of students and families at this time?

    • Students are expected to log in every morning based on their posted schedules, complete assignments, read daily and, of course, to get fresh air, rest and relax as much as possible. 
    • Attendance is taken in every live class. 
    • Students must wear a school uniform shirt and boys must wear a kippah for live class or when recording video assignments.
    • Classroom standards for behavior apply to virtual instruction.
    • Go outdoors! Aim to include physical activity in the day.
    • Read together! Parents of little ones, read to your children and encourage older siblings to read to them. Parents of big kids, share a new or favorite book and have a family book club.
    • Maintain social distancing. Don’t have play dates, parties or other gatherings. Stay home with your immediate family members.
  • How can I prepare my children for continued academic success?

  • Will Summer Fun Week be offered?

    As originally scheduled, we are planning to hold Summer Fun School July 27-August 7 for rising Kindergarten-Grade 3 students. We will update you when we feel comfortable resuming registration.

    Scheck Hillel is proud to be a beneficiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. To learn about financial help from the Hebrew Free Loan Association, visit hebrewloan.org.
  • COVID-19 Fund

Family Learning Resources

Scheck Hillel Teaches

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  • Office Hours

    Every teacher has office hours. In PKT-Grade 4, you can schedule private appointments via email every afternoon, Monday-Friday. In Grades 5-12, you can schedule individual or small group appointments for support, scheduled by appointment via email. You also can schedule a meeting with your child’s school counselor via email.
  • Virtual Instruction Student Schedules

    Log into eHillel.org and view your schedule on your class pages.

Scheck Hillel Cares

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