When it became clear that Hillel would potentially be affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, the faculty and staff immediately began planning for what distance learning would look like for our students and families. Each division (Primary, Intermediate, and Middle) met to discuss the unique needs of their age group and make a plan.
Currently, our students are using a variety of modalities to enhance their learning at home. This includes a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous learning, depending on the age of the student. Our students all have face-to-face learning time with their teachers via the Zoom platform, which allows educators to pull smaller groups of students into “breakout” rooms - allowing teachers to continue with our mission of differentiated learning for each individual student. Students were sent home with the materials that they needed to continue learning at a distance, and visit our virtual portal each evening to learn about their assignments for the following day.
Hillel is also committed to ensuring we maintain our tight-knit community during this time where many are feeling isolated. To meet this need, we are working hard to continue to offer community virtual events and other ways to connect with each other online. Utilizing the Zoom video conferencing platform, we gather for events such as Kabbalat Shabbat, Havdalah, and community meetings. We also utilize our Facebook page and parent group to ensure that we have ways to connect with each other.
Hillel understands that this is a fluid situation, which is changing daily. We are paying close attention to our state officials and following their instructions, making adjustments to our plans as indicated.