Update: Blended Onsite and Distance Learning at CCJDS
In October, 2020, we began to welcome our students back to campus for in-person learning. We are returning to campus gradually and following strict protocols (e.g. mask-wearing, social-distancing, and cleaning of common surfaces throughout the day) to minimize the chances of transmitting COVID-19.
On this page, you can learn about our Distance Learning program, which we expect to offer in tandem with onsite learning throughout this school year. Some of our student families have chosen to stay home and continue with exclusively Distance Learning at this time. Other students will participate in Distance Learning for a short time if they have flu or cold symptoms which require them to stay home but they feel well enough to join their class remotely or if they are quarantining for any reason. Also, in order to operate safely and effectively in the COVID environment, we may have rotations in which students spend some days on campus and some at home. We have an excellent, robust Distance Learning program.
Academic Excellence Is Just the Beginning – At Virtual CCJDS Too
Contra Costa Jewish Day School students are engaged in hands-on STEM projects, spirited literary discussions, and music, art and drama. They burn off steam in PE, sing together during Shabbat, and connect with their cross-grade buddies. Through morning meetings in the lower grades, 5th-8th grade advisory, and one-to-one interactions with teachers, our impressive students build teamwork skills, navigate challenges, discover their resilience and have fun. They are thriving! When we can’t be together in person, there’s no place we’d rather be than Virtual CCJDS!
Taking the “Distance” Out of Distance Learning
Outstanding, personalized instruction and a warm, inclusive community are the hallmarks of a CCJDS education. While we talk about “distance learning,” our goal is to remove as much distance as possible to ensure that our students continue their academic and social-emotional growth.
Our teachers engage with students through a wide variety of modalities, from live, synchronous video classrooms to asynchronous learning tools including individualized challenges and hands-on projects. Teachers provide their classes with small and large group spaces, office hours, and opportunities for both creativity and academic rigor – including digital expertise that will empower students through higher grade levels, college, and career. Music, drama, art, and physical education round out an engaging, fun program. Students still love “going” to school!
Strength in Community
We are also passionate about providing our students and families with the community that we all treasure – and that gives us strength in this challenging time. We share weekly Shabbat celebrations, enjoy daily morning messages from our Head of School, and continue CCJDS traditions in meaningful, virtual ways. Myriad student and parent social groups have transitioned to Zoom and our gala and talent shows are just some of the many opportunities for us to come together. Everyone is connected at CCJDS.
The 2020-2021 School Year
CCJDS is meeting today’s challenges head-on, with thoughtful leadership, extraordinary teachers, and committed parents – a strong partnership for success. In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, we planned for all contingencies. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, and state and local health authorities, in October we began to implement our gradual campus reopening plan. At the same time, we continue to strengthen our highly successful distance learning program so we can pivot between on-campus and distance learning as needed, as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Our top priority is to protect the safety and well-being of our students and staff – while we ensure that innovative learning and a vibrant community never stop being the center of our school.