Wise’s COVID-19 Response
As our community, our city, and our nation continues to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic, Wise remains your home for learning deeply, being creative, experiencing wholeness and making great happen. Despite the physical distance this virus has placed between us, we will continue to make opportunities for our members to bring sacred community and sacred learning into their lives.
Wise School has taken the lead in transitioning our classes and spiritual gatherings into virtual offerings in response to the spread of COVID-19 throughout Los Angeles, enabling all our congregants to continue participating in Jewish life safely. Until further notice, all classes will be held online only. We will be in touch with instructions for accessing this content. If you wish to participate in any of our Temple’s worship
Additionally, we remain committed, as we have from the onset of this pandemic, to providing you with the most up-to-date, relevant, and specific information we can regarding the status of our Los Angeles and Wise communities, so that you can make the best choices to safeguard yourself and your loved ones. Our risk management task force continues to correspond throughout each day to determine the safest policies and procedures to govern us moving forward.
Please remember that you remain part of a loving and caring community concerned for your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Should you or a family member experience any illness, injury, loss, or simply wish to talk to someone, please reach out to us immediately. Your family at Wise remains here to support you.
Frequently Asked Questions
We expect that our distance program will enable us to meet your child’s educational needs, alleviating the need to alter the school calendar.
As Wise School remains open with distance learning, there is no refund for tuition. We continue to pay our teachers and staff and provide an instructional program. We are in the process of working on refunds for extra programs including extended day, early morning, enrichments, music lessons, hot lunch, etc. We will provide information as it becomes available.
We will continue to update our congregants via text and e-mail, but we highly encourage you to bookmark this page and check it frequently for updates.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health, who is responsible for tracking and notifying persons of potential infections, has advised us that they will only contact persons who have had direct contact with a confirmed, infected individual to seek testing. Because of the time necessary to confirm infection, we have been notifying individuals who have had direct contact with individuals we believe to be infected.
- Due to the limited availability of testing kits and health care resources, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health strongly discourages individuals from requesting tests in the case of asymptomatic, secondhand contact. However, if you’ve experienced firsthand contact with an infected individual or are experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we urge you to speak to your physician.
- Wash your hands oftenwith soap and warm water (scrub for twenty seconds), especially before and after eating, using the restroom, or touching common area surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, and countertops.
- If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfectfrequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Limit close contact, such as sharing cups or utensils.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hand.
- If you are sick or think you are sick, STAY AT HOME.Nothing is worth risking your health or the health of others.
Resources for Children
As the impact of the spread of the coronavirus continues to develop, Wise is preparing to meet the emerging needs of our community. We anticipate that some members of our community will face dire circumstances and require emergency assistance. To that end, your Wise clergy have established a dedicated emergency fund to receive donations from those who would like to ensure that we can assist those who are most in need. Disbursements from this fund will be at clergy discretion and respect confidentiality as we provide assistance to those who need aid most. Every single dollar donated will be used to help those in need during this difficult time, both Wise congregants and those beyond our immediate community.
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