COVID-19 Health Advisory and Updates
The Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, preserving lives, supersedes almost all others. Our tradition teaches us to put care and thought into the health of others. We wanted to reassure you that we are honoring our MJDS values and monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and carefully. In particular, we are following the framework for mitigation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in conjunction with the Coronavirus Task Force.
We will continue to update this page with information in our ongoing commitment to being safe, transparent and proactive.
- When to Quarantine
- MJDS Family Support
- School Updates
- Update from Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Coping Links
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take:
Stay home and monitor your health
When to start and end quarantine
You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
For all of the following scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
See scenarios below to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others.
Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—will not have further close contact
I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and will not have further contact or interactions with the person while they are sick (e.g., co-worker, neighbor, or friend).
Your last day of quarantine is 14 days from the date you had close contact.
Date of last close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days= end of quarantine
Scenario 2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact
I live with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member), and that person has isolated by staying in a separate bedroom. I have had no close contact with the person since they isolated.
Your last day of quarantine is 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 began home isolation.
Date person with COVID-19 began home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine
Scenario 3. Under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19
I live with someone who has COVID-19 and started my 14-day quarantine period because we had close contact. What if I ended up having close contact with the person who is sick during my quarantine? What if another household member gets sick with COVID-19? Do I need to restart my quarantine?
Yes. You will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone in your house who has COVID-19. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.
Date of additional close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days = end of quarantine
Scenario 4: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact
I live in a household where I cannot avoid close contact with the person who has COVID-19. I am providing direct care to the person who is sick, don’t have a separate bedroom to isolate the person who is sick, or live in close quarters where I am unable to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
You should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick, and quarantine for 14 days after the person who has COVID-19 meets the criteria to end home isolation.
Date the person with COVID-19 ends home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine
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May 13, 2020
Library Book Drop Off
If you have any MJDS library books, please drop them at school on Friday anytime between 8-10 a.m.
Friday All School Assembly
Please join us for this fun community event each Friday at 3 p.m.
This week’s theme is Superheroes. When you dress up on Friday make sure to send a photo/video to email@example.com to promote #MJDSatHome
Yom Yerushalayim Celebration
Next Friday we will be celebrating Yom Yerushalayim, the day we celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. We are looking for MJDS families to share their favorite memory or part of Jerusalem. Please send any words, pictures and/or a video of your family reminiscing about Jerusalem to Gev. Kleiman, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday, May 20.
MJDS School Closing letter to families
Updates on the Badger Bounce Back: Wisconsin's Plan to Get Moving Again
Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin's Safer at Home Order
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we've made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again. The order is available here.
Safe Business Practices:
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website. We encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook, Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.
Office of the Governor ♦ 115 East Capitol, Madison, WI 53702
What the CDC recommends regarding Cloth Face Coverings
- Yale and Scholastic have released a free workbook to help children cope during the pandemic
- Child Mind Institute shares tips for supporting families during COVID-19
- Parents: It's OK if you're barely getting by right now
- Ten practical steps to manage your COVID-19 anxiety
- Mental Health America has put together a helpful resource with links and suggestions for managing your emotions and helping your child. Mental Health and COVID-19
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a parent/caregiver guide to help families cope
- Flu or COVID-19, how do I know? A helpful list from the Allergy and Asthma Network
- Common Sense Media offers resources for families regarding social distancing, understanding news coverage, staying calm and more