LONGMEADOW — Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) has opened its doors for its 76th year following all the mandated precautions against the spread of COVID-19. This year LYA welcomed five new staff members to the LYA team: Mr. Bailey, Mrs. Cohen, Ms. Kier, Mrs. Larrivee and Rabbi Myhill. LYA also welcomed 10 new students representing eight families to the LYA family.
Over the summer LYA’s administration worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the local board of health to implement guidelines for a safe reopening in the fall.
The plan calls for social distancing, with desks in classrooms placed at least three feet apart; and masks are worn by all staff members and students in first grade and up. The school building will be regularly cleaned and sanitized following local public health guidelines. Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing times have been incorporated into the school day. Health guidelines will be followed for students or staff members who are not feeling well in school, and for those that test positive and must leave school for quarantine.
Time outdoors has been increased and staggered for safety, and lunch will take place at staggered times in cafeteria and auditorium so students can maintain safe distances from one another.
“LYA just completed its 75th year serving this community and it lived up to the motto for the year: ’75 and Strong!’ with a successful school year, an innovative and unique graduation and an impressive scholarship event to cap off the year,” said Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, LYA Principal. “Now we are empowered and charged to make the new school year 2020-2021 even stronger.”
Main Photo: 5th grader, Bassie Baron is excited to be in school with her friends.