Lower School 2020-2021 Parent Handbook

 
Lower School 2020-2021 Parent Handbook
Lower School
                   2020-2021 Parent Handbook
                             5781 • t”pa, vbav juk

Many of our usual policies and procedures will be superseded by our COVID-19 protocol,
  the details of which will be sent out at the end of August and updated as necessary
                                  throughout the year.

                     Learning together. For life.

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Lower School 2020-2021 Parent Handbook
Table of Contents
Table of Contents ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

Welcome ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3

Mission Statement ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

School Year Calendar ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5

Administration Extensions/Hotline Numbers .............................................................................................................................................................. 6

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures ................................................................................................................................................................................................7

          Inclement Weather ................................................................................................................................................................................................................7
          Emergency Communications......................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Kashrut Policy ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

          Nut Awareness Policy ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Parent/School Communication ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 12

Social Media Policy ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 14

Derech Eretz ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 15

          Bullying and Harassment ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 15
Important Information for Parents ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 19

Medical Information .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20

          Immunization Policy......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20
AIMS Statement on Parents and Independent Schools......................................................................................................................................... 21

     The Parents Association and the School .................................................................................................................................................................... 22

Parent Association ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 23

Lower School Dress Code .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24

     Field Trips ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 27

Student Activities ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 28

FAQ’s: Our Lower School Reopening Plan ....................................................................................................................................................................29

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Welcome

August 2020

Av 5780

Dear Parents,

Yes-- we are ready to welcome you and your children to a new school year!

We begin this school year differently than any other year before. There will certainly be parts of our school year that
feel and look different than any former school year prior. As a school community, we will be strictly adhering to the
recommended guidelines set forth by public health officials to ensure the health and safety of our students, teachers,
and families. We will all be flexible in the need to pivot from in-person to virtual learning and we will be mindful of
all that we each need to do to keep our school community safe and healthy.

While there are many things that may feel new and different, the essence of our school remains the same: we remain
committed to providing your children with a learning environment wherein they can grow as people and as Jews.
We are committed to helping each child feel safe and valued and will encourage them to reach their amazing
potential.
Each year in Lower School, we celebrate a theme, which represents one of our core values, embedded in the acronym
REACH:
Remember respect

Express kindness

Accept responsibility

Create community

Have gratitude

Our theme this year is “Have Gratitude”, a theme most befitting to the current world in which we live. We know the
importance of having an “attitude of gratitude” even, and perhaps especially, in challenging times. While there is
much out of our control in our current world, you have our commitment that we will do everything possible to
control the positive “world” of our children’s daily life.

Thank you for your partnership and for sharing your extraordinary children with us—for that we are so very grateful!

With best wishes for a successful school year – in real life and virtually,

Elana Weissman, Director of Teaching and Learning
Hennie Laifer, Administrator and Director of Judaic Studies

Please know that all guidelines in this Handbook are subject to change based on the most updated public health
guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mission Statement

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is a Jewish co-educational college preparatory school; its purpose
is to educate Jewish students from preschool through high school. The student body is diverse, including
families with varying religious, economic, cultural, and social backgrounds. Beth Tfiloh Dahan
Community School has been, and continues to, be unique in philosophy and curriculum, stressing the
values and traditions of our rich Judaic heritage and American democratic ideals, while preparing
students to meet local and global challenges of contemporary society.

Building Jewish Continuity
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is committed to a modern approach to traditional Judaism and welcomes
children from a broad range of backgrounds and beliefs, recognizing and respecting the spiritual dignity of those
beliefs. Emphasis is placed on Torah, the love of G-d, love of Israel, and all of humanity in an atmosphere that
encourages social consciousness, community leadership, and a commitment to the highest standards of ethical
behavior. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School's responsibility to the Jewish community is to educate generations
of American Jews who are committed to Jewish practices and beliefs, knowledgeable about their heritage, versed in
Hebrew Language, and devoted to the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

Focusing on the Individual
Each student is encouraged to reach his or her full potential. The school embraces a range of learning styles and has
an academic support program and enrichment opportunities along with social and emotional support in every
division. A variety of electives and extracurricular programs in both Jewish and secular studies helps to tailor the
educational program to the needs and interests of each student.

Academic Excellence
We strive to provide a rigorous secular and Judaic program with the primary goal to develop each individual's
intellectual capabilities. The curriculum emphasizes content mastery, skill development, critical thinking, creativity,
self-knowledge, positive interpersonal relationships, independence, and love of learning in a nurturing environment.
Cutting edge technology is integrated in and supports the entire program. Comprehensive programs in arts and
athletics enrich the school’s academic offerings.

Commitment to the State of Israel
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School recognizes and affirms that the creation of the State of Israel is one of the
seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to
instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people, as well as a sense of responsibility for their
welfare.

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School Year Calendar

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Administration Extensions/Hotline Numbers

All Beth Tfiloh staff can be reached by a direct line: 410-413-2_ _ _ (the 3-digit extension)

Main phone number: 410-486-1900
   Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, mwholberg@btfiloh.org             Dean                                    Ext. 215
   Dr. Zipora Schorr, zschorr@btfiloh.org                     Director of Education                   Ext. 305

   Mrs. Laurie Kott, lkott@btfiloh.org                        Director of Admissions                  Ext. 308

   Mrs. Allison Magat, amagat@btfiloh.org                     Director of Tuition and Financial Aid   Ext. 310

Lower School direct number: 410-413-2500 Fax: 410-526-6753
   Dr. Elana Weissman, eweissman@btfiloh.org                  Director of Teaching and Learning       Ext. 514

   Mrs. Hennie Laifer, hlaifer@btfiloh.org                    Administrator & Dir. of Judaic Studies Ext. 506

   Mrs. Shira Schwartz, sschwartz@btfiloh.org                 Administrative Assistant                Ext. 500
   Mrs. Sheri Felsher, sfelsher@btfiloh.org                   Administrative Assistant                Ext. 501

   Mrs. Melissa Cohen, mcohen@btfiloh.org                     Administrative Assistant                Ext. 508

   Mrs. Wendy Quartner, wquartner@btfiloh.org                 School Nurse                            Ext. 512
   Mrs. Jessica Bazian, jbazian@btfiloh.org                   School Nurse                            Ext. 512

Hotlines
Weather/Announcement: (410) 413-2345 /bethtfiloh.com/mybt
Sports Information: (410) 486-1900 menu option 6 then 4
Transportation Information: (410) 486-1900, menu option 6, then 5
Trip Information: (410) 413-2345

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Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Arrival Procedures
Arrival for Grades 1-4 will be between 8 am and 8:30 am. Parents can drop off their 1st-4th grade children at any
point during this half hour. There will be two designated carpool lines – one for grades 2-4 and one for grade 1. These
two designated lines will lead into separate entry points into the building. There will be staff outside and inside to
ensure that we are abiding by social distancing guidelines as children enter into the building and enter into their
classrooms. Children will go directly to their classrooms upon arrival.

Kindergarten students can arrive at school anytime between 8:30 am and 8:45 am and will be entering their
classrooms via our Kindergarten Courtyard.

Dismissal Procedures
Dismissal for Kindergarten will be 3:30 pm-3:40 pm. Grades 1-4 will be dismissed from 3:40pm-4:00pm directly
from their classrooms to the cars. More details will follow.

**Please Note: If you have a kindergartener and a child in another Lower School grade, you will need to do two
separate drop offs and two separate pick-ups.

More details about these procedures will follow as it gets closer.

FAQs about Dismissal

Q: How will you match my child with my car?
A: We will send a template for you to print out and put in the windshield of your car before the first day of school.

Q: What if I am late to pick up my child?
A: Please call the Lower School office as soon as possible at 410-413-2500 if you are going to be late. There will be a
charge for this. If you have a true emergency, please contact Dr. Weissman or Mrs. Laifer. Then call the Lower
School office.

Q: What should I do if my child is coming to school late or leaving early?
A: Please press the buzzer and someone from the office will come to the door to welcome your child or to bring your
child to you.

Q: Will there be early drop-off, BT Plus, or late stay?
A: There will be no early drop-off or late pick up due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Inclement Weather
If we find it necessary to delay the opening or to close school because of inclement weather (snow, ice, etc.),
information will be announced on the Beth Tfiloh Weather Hotline number: 410-413-2345 and posted on our
website. In addition, you may tune in to Radio Station WBAL, 6:30 am to 8:20 am. You may also subscribe to text
message notifications. Please see instructions below.

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Emergency Communications
In the event of an unscheduled school closing or other event requiring emergency communication with members of
our school community, Beth Tfiloh may utilize the following avenues of communication, as appropriate for the
particular circumstance:
   • Information Hotline: 410-413-2345

   • Text messages & email: Beth Tfiloh parents and students can choose to receive text messages and email
   alerts for important announcements. These notification settings are available on our website and all parents have
   the ability to access and change their text settings at any time. To enable text messaging and email alerts, go to
   bethtfiloh.com/mybt to login to the BT Website. Click on your name (upper right-hand corner), then “Settings,"
   and then “Notifications.” Verify (or add) your email address and your text number. Click “Edit Options” to
   choose which notifications you wish to receive and click “Save”. You will then be sent a text message with an
   activation code to activate text messaging. For illustrated instructions, go to www.bethtfiloh.com/notifications.
   To update your email address contact Laura Wolf at lwolf@btfiloh.org.
   • Website: A notice will be posted on the Recent Activity feed of our MyBT portal (bethtfiloh.com/mybt).

   • Radio & Television: An announcement will be posted on WBAL Radio 1090 AM, and on WBAL TV Channel 11.

   • Social Media: Follow our Facebook page: Facebook.com/bethtfiloh.

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Kashrut Policy
Kashrut at School
Kashrut is an important concept of Judaism that is taught at Beth Tfiloh. It is approached with sensitivity, especially
because there are so many different levels of Kashrut observance represented among the Beth Tfiloh school
population. Our goal at Beth Tfiloh is to ensure that every child is comfortable at our school, whatever his/her
background may be.

Over the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be eating lunches and snacks in our classrooms or outdoor learning areas.
There will be no hot lunch being served. You will be notified prior to the first day of school if your child’s class is a
nut-free class.

Lunches brought from home must be dairy or pareve only. (Pareve is a category of foods that is neither meat nor
dairy; examples are vegetables, grains, fruits, juice, rice, and fish). Students may not bring meat or poultry products
into school.

For specific questions, please contact your school office.

Kashrut Outside of School
We take great pride in the fact that Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School embraces the concept of Klal Yisrael (the
diversity of the Jewish community) and aims to create an environment that is inclusive of all of our children,
respecting the dignity of all levels of religious observance. We believe that derech eretz, thoughtfulness and respect
for one another, concepts our children learn here at Beth Tfiloh, extend beyond the classroom and inform our
treatment of others outside of our school walls.
Any birthday party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or other event that includes Beth Tfiloh classmates should be an opportunity
for all guests to fully participate and feel welcome.

Acceptable bakeries: Rosendorff’s, Goldberg’s, Sion's, Pariser’s, Seven Mile Market, or Dunkin’ Donuts (Colonial
Village and Reisterstown Rd. near Old Court locations only)

Most grocery stores carry Kosher items, which are acceptable if they carry the following symbols of Kashrut
certification:

Please note:

The letter “D” together with one of the symbols above indicates “Dairy.”

The letter “K” without any accompanying logo is not an acceptable certification.
See also the school’s Nut Awareness Policy.

To enable our school community to achieve the ideals of inclusivity, respect and thoughtfulness, we have included
the following resources:
Guidelines and FAQs about Kosher Food
Beth Tfiloh Birthday Party Packages

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Nut Awareness Policy
Our aim is to provide a safe learning environment for all people in our school community. To support this, Beth
Tfiloh Dahan Community School is a “Nut-Aware School.” This policy aims to increase our community awareness,
in order to minimize the risk to children with documented allergies to nut products.
Over the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be eating lunches and snacks in our classrooms or outdoor learning areas.
You will be notified prior to the first day of school if your child’s class is a nut free class.
Anaphylaxis is a severe form of allergic reaction which is potentially life threatening. There are many causative
agents for anaphylaxis with nuts often being the precipitating factor. Anaphylaxis is preventable. Avoidance of
specific triggers is by far the best option. Management is via immediate injection of adrenaline and emergency
transfer to the hospital.

This means that we encourage parents, children and staff to avoid bringing foods that contain nuts to school.

Products that contain nuts include:

   •   Peanut butter
   •   Nut spreads such as Nutella
   •   Most fruit and nut bars, energy bars, and muesli bars
   •   Many cereals, crackers, and cookies
   •   Some biscuits
   •   Chocolates and any other products that have nuts listed in the ingredients
   •   Bamba

School Responsibilities
   •   Reinforce appropriate avoidance and management strategies.
   •   Keep updated Health Care Plan information.
   •   On advice from a Health Care Plan, individual classes may need to develop class-specific measures.
   •   Ensure that the cafeteria and other school lunch providers are sensitive of the Nut Awareness Policy.
   •   Provide additional information to classes with children who have had previous anaphylactic reactions to
       nuts.
   •   Ensure that any food items donated for school events such as special holidays are nut-safe.

Parent Responsibilities
Parents/caregivers of children with previous anaphylactic reactions:

   •   Provide the school with a Health Care Plan with a documented plan for first aid response and an
       Epi-pen/Auvi Q to be kept in a clearly defined location agreed to by parents and the school.
   •   The name and contact details of the doctor who signed the Health Care Plan.
   •   Support the class teachers and other staff in implementing the Health Care Plan.

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All parents are asked to support the school’s Nut Awareness Policy by:
    • Being sensitive and supportive to the needs of students with a history of anaphylaxis.
    • Providing children with healthy food options that do not contain nuts.
    • Encouraging children to wash their hands before and after eating.

Staff Responsibilities
All staff are asked to support the school’s Nut Awareness Policy by:

   •   Incorporating it as part of the class health program.
   •   Teaching children the importance of washing their hands before and after eating.
   •   Reminding students and parents of the Nut Awareness Policy prior to school events where food is available
       for sharing and/or purchase.
   •   Have up to date training in:
                   § What is an allergy?
                   § What is anaphylaxis?
                   § What are the triggers for allergy and anaphylaxis?
                   § How is anaphylaxis recognized?
                   § How can anaphylaxis be prevented?
                   § What should be done in the event of a child having a severe allergic reaction?
                   § Epi-pen/Auvi Q use

Promoting The Nut Awareness Policy
The policy will be promoted by:

           •   Parents and caregivers being informed via this newsletter
           •   Publication on the school website
           •   Staff being informed and provided with training opportunities

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Parent/School Communication

The following steps are taken to keep parents aware of their child's progress:

   •   Seesaw is our online parent/teacher communication tool.
   •   Report cards are distributed during the school year.
   •   Parent-teacher conferences are held three times a year.
   •   One of the most important components of our children's success is communication between school and
       parents. If you have a question or concern, discuss it first with your child's teacher.
   •   We provide these steps to allow for a give-and-take between parents and the school. If the necessity arises,
       the Lower School administrative team is always willing to meet with parents.

Email and Voice Mail
Email provides excellent ways to communicate with teachers. All emails will be returned within a 24-hour period
(exclusive of weekends and vacations). If you wish to schedule a conversation either in person or on the phone with
your child’s teacher, please email the teacher to coordinate.

All faculty emails are assigned as follows: First Initial, Last Name (for example: zschorr@btfiloh.org)

Website
The Beth Tfiloh "Lower School Today” Resource page is located on our secure MyBT portal (login required) and
provides access to announcements, news, events, flyers, forms and other resources specifically for Lower School
students and parents. The Lower School homepage is available to students and parents by logging into our secure
web portal using the “Sign In” link OR by going directly to www.BethTfiloh.com/MyBT. Once you have successfully
logged in, you will be able to view news, resources, the school calendar, update your profile, and search the school
directory.

The Beth Tfiloh website includes the following helpful resources:
CHILDREN – direct links to your child’s grade level page and other group pages.

GROUPS – provides access to the BT Parent and BT Student group page, with general information relevant to all
parents and students.

RESOURCES – “Lower School Today” and other frequently used resources for parents and students, including a link
to the Academic Portal with report cards and emergency information, Health Information with your child’s health
forms and records, Dress Code Information with links to approved vendors and more.
NEWS – a running list of Recent Activity specific to you and your child’s classes and groups.

CALENDARS – school-wide and division calendars with filtering options.

DIRECTORIES – a searchable directory of Beth Tfiloh students, parents, faculty and alumni.

NOTIFICATIONS – choose how you wish to receive important school notifications. Click on your name,
click “Settings” and select “Notifications.” For more details see, www.bethtfiloh.com/notifications.

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Our website also includes an Information Hotline at www.BethTfiloh.com/hotline, which includes timely messages
and school closings due to inclement weather.

For login questions, use the Login Help link, view our online Website Help at www.bethtfiloh.com/help, or contact
Laura Wolf at 410-413-2431. For other questions about our school website, contact Erin Smith at esmith@btfiloh.org
or 410-413-2322.

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Social Media Policy

This policy and accompanying guidelines are designed to create an atmosphere of goodwill, honesty, and individual
accountability for all members of our school community while using social media. All Beth Tfiloh Dahan
Community School students and parents/guardians represent the school, even when they are communicating
electronically and posting on social media outside of school. Any individual who violates this policy may be subject
to disciplinary action as appropriate. In addition, students who fail to abide by the terms and conditions of this
policy may lose their opportunity to take part in projects utilizing online sites and/or access to future use of online
tools.

Policy
All Beth Tfiloh students and parents shall abide by the policy set forth below in all electronic and online
communications as they relate to the Beth Tfiloh school community:

    •   Maintain an atmosphere of goodwill, respect, and derech eretz (as defined in Code of Conduct).
    •   Follow the school’s Code of Conduct and Bullying Policy. Cyberbullying will not be tolerated.
    •   What is inappropriate in the school environment is inappropriate in electronic and online communications.
        While it is acceptable to disagree with someone else’s opinions and provide constructive criticism, it must
        be done in a respectful way that is not hurtful to others.
    •   Representing oneself falsely through the use of someone else’s identity is illegal and will be treated as such.
    •   Conduct oneself with derech eretz and in accordance with this policy when posting pictures or videos of any
        activities or individuals at activities taking place on school grounds or at school-sponsored events. Do not
        post embarrassing or maliciously-intended pictures or videos of such activities. Posting appropriate pictures
        or videos with the consent of the subject(s) is permissible.
    •   Do not post or otherwise distribute any information that might be deemed personal about other students.
        Tagging or otherwise identifying students in photos, videos, or other posts is strictly prohibited, unless they
        have consented to such action.
    •   Parents/guardians are required to comply with the core principles of the AIMS publication, “Parents and
        Independent Schools,” in electronic and online communications, as in all of their endeavors.
    •   Efforts by parents/guardians to lobby other parents via social media or other means would be in violation of
        school policy.

Guidelines
    •   Be aware of what you post online. Social media venues are public by default. What you contribute leaves a
        digital footprint for all to see. The manner in which you represent yourself online is an extension of yourself.
        Do not post anything you would not want friends, enemies, parents, teachers, other schools, or a future
        employer to see.
    •   Be safe online. Never give out personal information such as last names, phone numbers, addresses, exact
        birthdates, and pictures with identifying information.
    •   Do not share your passwords with anyone besides your parents/guardians and teachers.
    •   Disable location-based tagging for all photos and status updates.
    •   If you come across inappropriate material that makes you feel uncomfortable or you find is disrespectful, tell
        a trusted adult.
    •   Do not post pictures of other individuals online without their consent.

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Derech Eretz

                                                                                         vru,k vnse .rt lrs
                                                                     Proper conduct is the foundation of Torah.
                                                                                       d:y vcr trehu   -- Vayikra Rabba 9:3

Beth Tfiloh Lower School is committed to character education, rooted in values of Torah and midot. We know that a
child’s social-emotional intelligence is inextricably linked to their academic success and ability to grow into an
optimistic and resilient person. The Lower School focuses on the midot of Gratitude (Hakarat HaTov), Respect
(Kavod), Kindness (Chesed), Responsibility (Achrayut), and Community (Kehilla) to guide our values-based
education.

We are committed to nurturing joyful, thoughtful, self-disciplined, confident and resilient children who are
passionate and dedicated to their Jewish values. We teach children to do their best work, meet high expectations,
persevere, listen thoughtfully to others, and show self-control.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for: (1) inflicting bodily harm and (2) continued defiance and disrespect despite
teacher support and strategies. In instances where a child inflicts physical harm on another child or shows
continued disrespect towards classmates or adults, the Administration will be notified immediately and a child will
either (1) remain in the office for the remainder of the day, (2) will have to be picked up from school, or (3) will be
allowed to rejoin the class after regaining their composure and taking responsibility for their actions. Parents will be
notified of the incident and the developmentally appropriate consequence implemented at school. When a child
returns to school the following day, they will meet with an administrator prior to going to class to reflect on positive
behavior moving forward.

Bullying and Harassment
It is fundamental to the values of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School that we create and ensure for students a
warm, welcoming and secure learning environment. Bullying is clearly at odds with these values and will not be
tolerated. It may come in various forms and can leave victims hurt, distressed, and frightened, preventing successful
learning from taking place. Our Bullying Policy and Social Media Policy go hand in hand. Please read and refer to
both policies when necessary.

Prohibition Against Bullying: Bullying of students occurring in school is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Our Code of Conduct outlines derech eretz, the expectation of positive behavior and respect for all. This policy
governs behavior in, but is not limited to: school buildings; school grounds; school-sponsored activities including
social events, field trips, sports events, and similar school-sponsored events and functions; and travel to and from
school and/or school-sponsored events, and any form of electronic communication, such as but not limited to
texting, emails, and social media.

Definition of Bullying: Typically, bullying is a continuing pattern of intimidation, harassment, or abuse by one
or more persons against another person or persons, through verbal, nonverbal, physical, digital, or written
interactions in a relationship characterized by a real or perceived imbalance of social or physical power or strength

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or an attempt to gain dominance over another. It can take many forms and occur in virtually any setting. Bullying
includes, but is not limited to, the following types of behavior:

   •   Unwelcome sexual advances
   •   Physical or emotional aggression against students
   •   Assaults on student property
   •   Cyberbullying (bullying through the use of technology or any electronic device, which includes sharing of
       offensive language or images)
   •   Oral or written threats, including by electronic means

Intervention and Response to Alleged Bullying: Bullying is not acceptable at Beth Tfiloh; it undermines
the school’s mission and has strong effects on students. All claims will be considered urgent and will receive a full
investigation to determine appropriate action. Teachers and administrators work to investigate the full scope of
each incident to evaluate the impact or outcome of the behavior, and thus whether or not an individual’s behavior is
considered bullying. (See Chain of Command at end of policy.) The appropriate Divisional Administrative Team,
consisting of the division’s guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal, will assess the incident. School
officials will act promptly to impose corrective action as necessary.

Depending upon the severity of the incident, the Divisional Administrative Team may implement a student safety
plan; separate and supervise the students involved; provide staff support for students; and/or develop a supervision
plan with parents/guardians. In addition, the Divisional Administrative Team may require the offender(s) to work
with school personnel on better behavior; recommend that the offender(s) obtain counseling or other therapeutic
services; and/or impose disciplinary action or other measures, as deemed necessary. The parents/guardians of
students who bully others shall be notified and may be summoned to school to seek their support to change the
behavior of their child.

Possible Consequences:
   •   Conference with the student and/or parent(s)/guardian(s) to provide student with corrective feedback
   •   Review of behavioral expectations
   •   Mediation of conflict between student or students and staff on a case by case basis
   •   Creation of behavior contracts that include expected behaviors, consequences for infractions, and incentives
       for demonstrating positive behaviors
   •   Student completion of community service tasks
   •   Development of an open communication system between parents/guardians and school officials in order to
       address in a collaborative manner issues the student may be facing
   •   Reflective activity, such as writing an essay, about the offense and how it affected the student, others, and
       the school
   •   Loss of a privilege
   •   Adjustment of the student's class schedule or placement to maximize behavioral improvement
   •   Creation of a check-in/check-out intervention plan for the at-risk student with a caring adult in the school
       who tracks the student's behavioral progress and addresses his/her individual needs on a daily basis
   •   Requirement of daily or weekly check-ins with an administrator for a set period of time
   •   Referral of student to counselor, social worker, or outside support source
   •   Working with the student to choose an appropriate way for him/her to apologize and make amends to those
       harmed or offended
   •   Recommendation that the student receive outside professional services
   •   Detention or in-school suspension, during which the student completes his/her work

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•   Suspension
   •   Expulsion
   •   Police report
   •   Recording incident on student’s academic record for an unspecified period of time

We are committed to the view that ALL members of our school community-students, staff, and parents/guardians -
have a shared responsibility to ensure that a climate of derech eretz exists where bullying is unacceptable and will
not be tolerated. In the event that the school administration deems a child’s behavior as detrimental to the safety of
other members of the school community, the most severe consequences will be imposed.

Chain of Command
   •   School employees shall promptly report incidents of bullying to a member of the Divisional Administrative
       Team.
   •   A member of the Divisional Administrative Team shall promptly share information with the Director of
       Education.
   •   The Director of Education shall confer with the Divisional Administrative Team.
   •   On a case-by-case basis, a member of the Divisional Administrative Team shall contact the
       parents/guardians of the student(s) involved and might summon the parents/guardians to school for a
       meeting with certain teachers and/or members of the Divisional Administrative Team.

Advice for Parents/Guardians
Parents/guardians can help by discussing bullying with their children, particularly these key points:

   •   NO person should suffer physical harm or personal abuse.
   •   It is an act of courage to report bullying, if it is happening to you OR if, as a bystander, you see it happening
       to someone else.
   •   Bullying is NOT a part of the normal growing up experience. Discuss with your child what is friendly vs.
       unfriendly teasing, or bullying vs. not bullying.
   •   Fall-outs and changes of friendship groupings are common in young people, but efforts should be made by
       all to ensure this does not lead to the isolation of any individual.
   •   The school takes reports of bullying seriously and is prepared to discuss the matter in confidence.
   •   Each case is treated individually; some require no more than a quiet word, but extreme cases will result in
       firm action, including police involvement if necessary.

Advice for All Students
   •   TELL SOMEONE - discuss with, write, or email an adult you trust, such as a parent, guardian, teacher, tutor,
       guidance counselor, principal, or coach.
   •   REMEMBER - the school will investigate claims of bullying and will do so in a sensitive way, so that those
       concerned are treated fairly and justly.
   •   If you are a bystander, ELIMINATE bullying by REPORTING incidents you see. Do not join in with bullying.
   •   SUPPORT those who experience bullying.
   •   VALUE the diversity that exists in our students and do not let differences give rise to inappropriate
       behavior.

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If you are being bullied – TELL someone that you trust. You have the right to be and feel safe. IT’S NOT YOUR
FAULT!

If you are bullying someone --
   •   Do you know why and how you are bullying others?
   •   Bullying at school will not win you any real friends.
   •   Ask for help to stop you from bullying others; try talking to an adult you trust.

BULLYING IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IS NOT TOLERATED.

SOURCES:
www.kidscape.org.uk

www.olweus.org/public/bullying.page

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Important Information for Parents

Child Abuse/Neglect
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and its faculty and staff are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect
under Maryland law, and, as such, the school has established a Reporting Protocol for Suspected Child
Abuse/Neglect. If any member of our faculty or staff has reason to suspect abuse has occurred at home, school, or
anywhere else, the school is required to make a report to local law enforcement authorities and/or Child Protective
Services. The school administration will contact and notify the non-offending parent(s) or caretaker of the student in
question after the school has discharged its duty as a mandated reporter and provided that this communication is
authorized by Child Protective Services and/or law enforcement officials. Any further questions about this policy
can be directed to Dr. Zipora Schorr, Director of Education, the principal of your child’s division, or the applicable
school counselor.

Right of Privacy
Access to and release of pupil’s records must be with the written permission of the student’s parent or legal guardian
or a student of 18 years of age and over. No records will be transferred without written permission of the student’s
parent or legal guardian or student 18 years of age and over. Only parents, legal guardian, or students 18 years of
age and over will have access to the student records. This takes place only in the presence of a school official. A log
will be maintained concerning the name of the viewer, date accessed, and a description of the records viewed.

Nondiscrimination Policy
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
and abides by the following policy on admission: “Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is committed to the
principle of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.”

AIMS Statement of Confidentiality
As an AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland Schools) member school we agree to abide by the procedures
and statement expressed below.

   •   The Family Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) does not apply to Admission Folders.
   •   All information provided on a recommendation form will be held in strictest confidence and will not be shared
       with students, parents or guardians.
   •   If a student is rejected for admission, the recommendation will be destroyed.
   •   If a student is admitted and if the school wishes to retain the recommendation, it will be filed separately and
       not added to the student's permanent record folder.

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Medical Information

A nurse is available from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm in the Health Suite. In the event of an emergency, the nurse is
contacted immediately and it is she who makes the decisions about appropriate plans of action. For the safety and
well-being of all children and staff, it is Beth Tfiloh's policy that parents notify the nurse when a child is on
medication.

The Baltimore County Health Department dictates that the school is not permitted to administer any medication
without written consent from a physician. All prescription medication must be handed directly to a school nurse. In
addition, no student is permitted to self-administer medication.

Approved non-prescription medications will be made available, with written parental consent, in an effort to relieve
minor discomforts which impede student learning.

The use of crutches, orthotic boots, and wheelchairs may be necessary when faced with an injury. However, having
these items in school can be both dangerous and disruptive. If these, or similar devices are required, the school
requires a note from a recommending physician.

Immunization Policy
Beth Tfiloh mandates that all students have all immunizations required under Maryland law, without regard to
religious exemption or medical contraindication. The complete list of required immunization is available on
students' Magnus Health Portal and on the Maryland Department of Health website at phpa.health.maryland.gov. All
new students (and students in specified grades) must provide an Immunization Certificate signed by their health
care practitioner, indicating that their immunizations are up to date, and upload the certificate to their Magnus
Health Portal. Any questions should be directed to our School Nurse.

Lice Policy
Each case of head lice is addressed individually by our school nurse. Once it is determined that the family is treating
the case thoroughly, the child will be permitted to attend school, with their hair covered or pulled back. Prior to re-
entry into the classroom, the child must first report to the nurse for a recheck. The nurse will continue to monitor the
child and check possible contacts as needed.
About head lice: Head lice require human hosts and cannot be spread by or survive on animals. Although unable to
jump or fly, head lice can easily maneuver through strands of hair. Head lice are common across all socio-economic
lines and are not a sign of uncleanliness.

Sleepovers, children playing closely together, and sharing of brushes and hats create prime opportunities for the
head-to-head contact allowing head lice to spread. Braid or tie back long hair and remind your children to avoid
direct head-to-head contact. Diligent weekly screening is your best course of action.

Lice Happens, a professional head lice removal company, recommends that parents screen their children’s hair by
first detangling damp hair after a shower or bath, then running a metal nit comb through the hair and wiping the
comb on a paper towel to see if the comb renders any lice or nits. Terminator Lice Combs are available for purchase
in the Lower and Upper School Health Suites.

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AIMS Statement
                                         on
                          Parents and Independent Schools

To be successful, every independent school needs and expects the cooperation of its parents, who must understand
and embrace the school’s mission, share its core values, and fully support its curriculum, faculty and staff. When
joined by a common set of beliefs and purposes, the independent school and its parents form a powerful team with
far-reaching positive effects on children and the entire school community.
Working together, parents and school professionals exert a strong influence on children to become better educated;
they also help them to mature by modeling adult working relationships based upon civility, honesty, and respect.
In practice, the greatest impediment to effective teamwork between independent schools and parents grows out of
misunderstandings about school decision-making processes: Who makes decisions in independent schools? How
are those decisions made? Independent schools must communicate their procedures to parents, who, in turn, share
the important responsibility to become informed members of the school community.

Parents and the Board of Trustees
In most independent schools, decision-making authority at the highest level resides in a volunteer Board of Trustees
whose membership often includes current parents. The Board of Trustees does not intervene in the daily affairs of
the school, such as curriculum development and hiring, evaluating, or firing of faculty and staff. Instead, the Board
focuses on three areas critical to the success of any independent school: it selects, evaluates, and supports the Head
of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the school; it develops broad institutional policies that guide
the Head in running the school; and it is accountable for the financial well-being of the school. In the conduct of its
official business, the Board acts only as a whole; individual Trustees, including the Board Chair, have no authority to
act unless specifically authorized to do so by the Board acting as a whole.

• AIMS encourages parents who are interested in high-level decision making to stay informed about the work of the
Board of Trustees by reading school publications, talking to the Head of School, and attending appropriate
meetings.

• Parents with concerns about the school or with decisions made by the administration or faculty are encouraged to
inquire about and follow the school’s review process, but they should not expect the Board of Trustees to act as an
appeals board. In a day school, trustees often interact with others within the school community and hear concerns
about the daily operation of the school. As a matter of good practice, the trustee reports those concerns to the Head
of School.

Parents and the Faculty and Administration
Parents play an essential and positive role in the life of an independent school. Not only are parents advocates for
their children, they also support the faculty and administration through extensive volunteer activities and events.
The relationship between parents and the faculty and administration is formally governed by the school’s written
enrollment contract and handbook, in which its procedures are spelled out. When parents choose to enroll their

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child in an independent school, they agree to subscribe to its mission, follow its rules, and abide by its decisions.
However, most teachers and administrators would agree that trust and mutual respect are the most essential
underpinnings of effective working relationships with parents.

• AIMS encourages parents to work productively with teachers and administrators by staying informed about their
child and important events in the life of the school. Thoughtful questions and suggestions should be welcomed by
the school. It is incumbent upon the school to provide parents with timely and pertinent information.

• Parents best support a school climate of trust and respect by communicating concerns openly and constructively
to the teacher or administrator closest to the problem. Efforts by parents to lobby other parents will be viewed by the
school as counterproductive.

• While parents may not agree with every decision by the school, in most cases, the parent and school will find
enough common ground to continue a mutually respectful relationship. In the extreme case, however, an impasse
may be so severe that the parent cannot remain a constructive member of the community. In such cases, both the
parent and the school should consider whether another school would be a better match for the family.

The Parents Association and the School
The Parents Association in an independent school provides a vital and much-appreciated service to school
leadership and the entire school community. Because the Parents Association is so important, and its volunteer
activities potentially so wide-ranging, AIMS recommends the following steps to structure and clarify the
Association’s role.

• The Board of Trustees, in consultation with the administration, should develop a set of written by-laws for the
Association that make clear its procedures and role as a service organization.

• The by-laws should clearly state the Association’s mission to support the decisions and policies of the Board and
administration. The Parents Association neither participates in policy-making by the school, nor functions as a
lobbying group.

• The finances of the Parents Association should be supervised and regularly monitored by the school and should be
part of the school’s annual audit process.

• The Head of School should be closely involved in the Association nominating process. Cooperation and teamwork
between the Head of School and the officers of the Parents Association are crucial to the health of the school
community.

• It is appropriate that the Parents Association advertise its activities and events. However, the Association is not a
public relations arm of the school and should play no role in the school’s efforts to communicate about itself.

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Parent Association

The Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School Parent Association (PA) is dedicated to serving the needs of the school
community, through a variety of education, communication, social events, services and hospitality activities; and to
raise funds to support these activities. The PA places great importance on our interactions with the School
Administration on issues that pertain to students, parents and faculty, providing an open forum for discussion
regarding the wellbeing of our children.

The PA works to benefit you and your children! Please consider becoming a volunteer with the Parent Association
by filling out and submitting the volunteer form that is found on the Beth Tfiloh website. The success of the PA is
greatly enhanced by the participation of parent volunteers in the form of time, materials, skills, communication and
commitment. By involving as many parents as possible, the PA will ensure that our School continues to be an
enriching experience for all our children and their families.

Your PA dues of $18 are included in your regular Beth Tfiloh statement. A benefit of paying your dues is that all
families will receive a printed student directory. Active participation offers many opportunities to make a lasting
contribution to the students and to Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, as well as getting to know fellow parents
and members of the school community.

Officers 2020-2021

Co-Presidenst: Kim Wynn and Allison Kehne

                                       2020-21 Parent Association Activities

Fundraising Events: PA Online Auction, Spirit Wear, Dreidel Shop, Non-Swap Shop, Mitzvah Cards, General Mills
Box Tops, Mabels Labels

Service Events: Chesed, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Volunteer Breakfast, Student Directory

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Lower School Dress Code

Order BT school uniforms through Lands' End
Phone - 1-800-469-2222
Beth Tfiloh is preferred school #900070947
Order BT school uniforms through Tommy Hilfiger
Phone - 1-877-825-2860
Tommy Hilfiger Ordering Instructions

All approved dress code vendors can be accessed by logging into the BT website at bethtfiloh.com/mybt and
clicking on Dress Code Information badge under “Resources.”

Students are expected to stay well within the intent of the dress code. Students may not attend class unless they are
in conformance with the dress code. Where questions arise, administration discretion will be exercised. All
judgments are at the sole discretion of the Administration. Parents and guests are asked to dress in a manner
befitting a Jewish day school when they enter the building.

Required Clothing
Tops:
   •    Shirts - Students will wear “polo” style or loose-fitting oxford (button down) shirts in approved colors with a
        traditional Beth Tfiloh logo available through our vendor, Lands’ End and Tommy Hilfiger, or those listed
        as "BT Dress Code Approved" available through the BT Spiritwear Shop at bethtfiloh.com/BTMall. Lands'
        End brand shirts labeled “Feminine Fit” are not approved as part of the Beth Tfiloh dress code. Other types
        of Beth Tfiloh Spiritwear shirts available through the BT mall, including t-shirts, are not approved for dress
        code.

   •    Turtlenecks & T-shirts (long and short-sleeve) in approved solid colors are allowed to be worn under a loose-
        fitting uniform shirt.

   •    Beth Tfiloh school logo sweatshirts, sweaters, vests, and fleece tops may be purchased in approved colors at
        Lands’ End and Tommy Hilfiger or through the BT Spiritwear Shop at bethtfiloh.com/BTMall, and must be
        worn over a BT uniform shirt unless the sweatshirt has a crew neckline. BT uniform shirts must be worn
        under quarter-zip and full-zip BT sweatshirts, jackets and cardigan sweaters, as well.

   •    Beth Tfiloh team, tournament, arts production or organization sweatshirts or jackets may be worn provided
        that they are in APPROVED COLORS and display the SCHOOL NAME OR LOGO.

   •    Outerwear - No outdoor-type jackets may be worn in the building during the school day.

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•     Spirit wear t-shirts, athletic team warm-up shirts, team t-shirts, and arts department t-shirts are not approved
         for dress code and may not be worn during the school day.

Approved Colors For Tops
Polo Shirts: Mesh or Interlock –Long Sleeved or Short Sleeved – with BT Logo

  Black, Classic Navy, Cobalt, Blue, Grey Heather, Ice Pink, Maize, White, Deep Purple

Turtlenecks and Undershirts: Long and Short-Sleeved –To be worn under polo shirt

  Black, Washed Antique Indigo, Classic Navy, Cobalt, Grey Heather, Ice Pink, Maize, White,

  Deep Purple

Oxford Shirts for Her with BT Logo: Blue, White, Washed Antique Indigo

Oxford Shirts for Him with BT Logo: Blue, French Blue, White, Long Sleeve Pattern Oxford –Blue/White, Long
Sleeve Chambray –Bleached Indigo, Lake Blue Stripe

Sweaters with BT Logo: Classic Navy, Maize, White

Fleece/Sweatshirts with BT Logo: Black, Classic Navy, Cobalt, Grey Heather

Bottoms:
Parents are welcome to shop anywhere they would like, provided that the items purchased meet our Dress Code
Guidelines.
Only the approved uniform pant styles may be worn. Those pants must be loose-fitting, ankle-length, and may not
drag on the floor or have frayed bottoms.

Pants

The following approved pants may be worn in khaki or navy:
   •     CARGO PANTS –All vendors approved, provided they are loose-fitting.
   •     CHINO PANTS – All boys’ and girls’ style chino pants are approved, provided they are loose fitting.

Shorts
Longer length shorts may be worn during the months of August, September, October, April, May and June.

Skirts & Jumpers
Girls may wear skirts or jumpers meeting the following requirements: Skirts should be flared and must reach the top
of the knee or longer without slits in navy or khaki. Jean/denim skirts are no longer approved. Uniform jumpers may
also be worn –khaki and navy, top of the knee or longer. Plain, solid color leggings may be worn under skirts as long
as the skirt meets the uniform standards.

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Approved Bottoms Colors
Skirts & Jumpers: navy, khaki

Pants: navy, khaki

Suggested Vendors:

   •   Lands’ End (khaki, classic navy):
   •   Old Navy
   •   Target
   •   Tommy Hilfiger

KIPPOT – Boys must wear a dress code approved kippah at all times. Thin nylon kipot are not approved. Should a
boy forget his kippah, one may be purchased in the school office.

SHOES - Sneakers and closed-toe shoes are acceptable. Open-toe sandals, mesh slides, flip-flops, pool shoes, sport
sandals, crocs, moccasins or any shoes resembling bedroom slippers are not permitted.

JEWELRY - Modest amounts of jewelry are acceptable. Girls may wear earrings, but no other body piercings. Boys
may not wear earrings or body piercings.

HAIR - Hair must be kept neat and clean, and may not be dyed unnatural colors or shades.

Unacceptable Clothing
   •   Nylon or denim fabric
   •   Embellishments of any kind
   •   Sweatpants, balloon pants, nylon pants or short shorts. Leggings or stretch “skinny” pants of any fabric that
       fit like leggings may not be substituted for approved pants.
   •   Clothing with holes, fraying, patches or clothing that is excessively tight or baggy
   •   Excessive or dangling jewelry should not be worn for safety reasons
   •   Flip flops or Crocs

Used BT uniforms are for sale during our annual School Non-Swap Shop for the reduced cost of $5 per item. All
proceeds go to tzedakah.

It will not be necessary for Lower School students to change for physical education. Clothing and athletic shoes that
are durable enough for the playground are also more than adequate for physical education. All students must wear
athletic shoes for physical education.

On holidays such as Purim or specially designated occasions, the dress code may be lifted and students may be
permitted to wear casual or “specialty” clothing. Parents will be notified in advance of these occasions.

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