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In these unprecedented times, going ‘back to school’ has taken on different meanings. At the Hebrew Academy in Huntington Beach, students are going to return to the school campus for in-person rigorous learning. At the end of last week, Dr. Chau, director of Orange County Department of Public health, called Rabbi Yitzchak Newman, the head of school with the exciting news that all health conditions were met and the school’s waiver was approved for in-school classes.

Rabbi Newman reported that the approval to go back to a full day’s educational program five days a week comes to him as no surprise because the school is ideally fit with an 11-acre campus, large classrooms, small size classes, and all outdoor corridors. Masks will be required except when students are sitting at their desks, which are 6 feet apart and have been equipped with transparent shields. The school’s medical task force of experts reported to the parent body in a recent Zoom meeting that the school has met and exceeded all health guidelines.

“Although the school had a highly effective distance learning program last year,” Newman said, “we are determined to conduct our award-winning school program on our campus for every student every day. There is no comparison educationally and socially for students to thrive in a school.

Parents know what is right for them, some of our classes are full, and we have some on the waiting list, but our mission is to provide the best education based on Jewish values. For more information, contact Nelli@hacds.org.

Nelli Greenspan is a contributing writer to KIDDISH magazine.

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