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COVID-19 Update - Transitioning to Virtual Learning

Friday, March 13, 2020

March 12, 2020
18 Adar, 5780

Dear TanenbaumCHAT Community,

Please see the letter below addressed to the Jewish Community announcing school closures.  The letter is going to the following Jewish day school communities:

  • Associated Hebrew Day Schools
  • Bialik Hebrew Day School
  • B'nei Akiva Schools
  • TanenbaumCHAT
  • The Toronto Heschel School
  • The Leo Baeck Day School
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Netivot Hatorah Day School
  • Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
  • Robbins Hebrew Academy

At TanenbaumCHAT we will be moving to online instruction next week.  Tomorrow, Friday March 13, the building will be open from 7AM to 4PM for students and staff to take their books, notes and other items that they will need for the next few weeks. At TanenbaumCHAT there will be no classes tomorrow, Friday March 13. Buses will not run.  More information specific to TanenbaumCHAT will follow.  We appreciate everyone's assistance at this difficult time.  

Jonathan Levy, Ph.D.

Head of School


Dear Parents,

As you will have learned, the Government of Ontario has ordered all publicly funded schools in the province to be closed from March 14   to April 5, as a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have been closely monitoring the public health situation, in coordination with Toronto Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Education, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and our partner Jewish day schools. While this is a time of significant uncertainty, two things are clear: We cannot take risks with the health of our students and staff, nor can we do anything that risks undermining substantial measures authorities have enacted to protect public health.

Consistent with the province's announcement today and based on a recommendation from Toronto Public Health, we are writing to share the unfortunate news that in-school classes and scheduled programs at our day schools will be suspended as of Monday, March 16.  This policy will remain in effect until April 20, given the upcoming Pesach break. 

This announcement pains us as Jewish educators. For our faculties and staff, there is nothing more energizing than having the opportunity to foster a love of Judaism among our students, every day. 

We are committed to doing everything we can to mitigate the impact this decision has on our students. Our respective schools will be implementing alternative educational programming conducive to preserving the health of students and staff. Schools will individually communicate the distance learning plans in the coming days.

We recognize this decision will cause disappointment and inconvenience for many. We deeply appreciate and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school's office, recognizing that further details are limited at this time.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ora Shulman, Associated Hebrew Day Schools

Benjy Cohen, Bialik Hebrew Day School

Rabbi Seth Grauer, Bnei Akiva Schools

Regina Lulka, Montessori Jewish Day School 

Rabbi Rafi Cashman, Netivot HaTorah Jewish Day School 

Dr. Amy Platt, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School 

Claire Sumerlus, Robbins Hebrew Academy

Dr. Jonathan Levy, TanenbaumCHAT

Eric Petersiel, The Leo Baeck Day School

Dr. Greg Beiles, Toronto Heschel School