In early March, as reports spread of early Coronavirus cases in the tri-state area, the MDYHS administration and educational technology team immediately began preparing for the unlikely possibility of a school shutdown. Remote learning platforms and best practices were quickly compiled, professional development sessions were designed and implemented and resources were distributed to ensure access and equity. When the unlikely became the reality, MDYHS was ahead of the curve- our full academic program quickly transitioned to remote instruction and our extra curricular programming went online as well. For instance, we didn’t cancel our senior internship program, we tapped on community professionals and designed a virtual internship program. Health & Fitness Days, Celebrate Israel Programs, Game Nights, Virtual Yom Ha’Shoah Commemorations, etc., complemented our educational program and kept our students engaged and invested.
While the MDYHS team spent the summer preparing the building for a return to safe in person instruction, we recognized that a number of students or teachers may need to quarantine throughout the year. In addition to plexiglass, new filtration systems and socially distanced desks, every classroom was equipped with new computers, microphones, and multiple webcams. If a student or teacher needs to be home, they can join their class via zoom and can engage in the full classroom experience. At MDYHS we prioritize the education of every learner and, while we always prefer to be together in our building, we are ready to respond to these unprecedented challenges.