Important Policies and Information for Families
Welcome to KESHER, LT's Education Programs! We at Larchmont Temple are so pleased that you and your child/ren are part of this special learning community! Our goal is to create engaging Jewish experiences for you and your children that will lead to lifelong commitment to and participation in the Jewish community.
Below please find important information to help you understand our policies for the 2019-2020 year.
Office Hours and Contact Information
The KESHER Education staff can be reached through the synagogue office at 914-834-6120. The synagogue is open from 9 am – 5:30 pm Mondays – Thursdays and 9 am – 4 pm on Fridays. The phone will also be answered on Sunday mornings when Religious School is in session.
The Religious School will communicate with you through a newsletter and through direct email which will keep you updated about special events, information and opportunities for your family. Please make sure that your correct email has been updated in your shulcloud account. If you are not receiving the emails, please contact Mia Shapiro.
K-3 Families will receive a weekly update either as a Torah Take Out, weekly email, text message or video. Grades 4 - 7 will receive periodic updates.
School Closings and Emergency Procedures
Monday – Thursday Afternoons
Larchmont Temple follows the Mamaroneck School District. Therefore:
- If public school is cancelled due to inclement weather, KESHER is cancelled
- If public school enacts an early dismissal due to inclement weather, KESHER is cancelled
- If public school enacts a late start due to inclement weather, KESHER will be open depending upon later weather conditions
- If public school operates on a regular schedule despite inclement weather, KESHER may still be cancelled depending on later weather conditions
You will be informed of a closing through our OneCall email and text messaging system (assuming there is power to do so). We will also do our best to update the Temple’s website.
Sunday Morning Program Closures
Sunday closings are determined based on prevailing weather conditions by 8am on a given Sunday. You will be informed of a closing through our OneCall email and text messaging system (assuming there is power to do so). We will also do our best to update the Temple’s website.
Other Closing Circumstances
In the unlikely event of closing due to an unforeseen circumstance (i.e. medical emergency, a building emergency) the decision will be made by the Director of Education Youth and Families and the Executive Director of the Temple. You will be informed of a closing through our OneCall email and text messaging system (assuming there is power to do so). We will also do our best to update the Temple’s website.
In the event that we must evacuate the building, Larchmont Temple learners will be brought to The French American School located at 111 Larchmont Avenue. If the French American school is also on lockdown or not available for other reasons, learners will be brought to St. John's Episcopal Church at 4 West Foundation Square. Teachers will bring class lists with emergency contact information with them to all drills and an evacuation. If possible, we will contact you through our OneCallNow text messaging and email system.
Arrival, Dismissal and Parking
The safety of our children is of primary importance.
Please walk with your child into the building and drop him or her off at your child’s classroom. K-3 dismissal will take place at your child’s classroom unless otherwise noted. 4th and 5th graders will be permitted to make their way to the Willow Avenue entrance.
Weekdays: Grades 4 - 10
On weekdays, only children who have been given permission by you may arrive without a parent or caregiver. If your child walks to the Temple, please arrange for your child to walk with others to the Temple. If you or a caregiver will be dropping off your child, please wait to see that they have safely entered the building at the Willow Avenue entrance. For dismissal, only children who have been given permission to leave on their own may do so. For those parents and caregivers who do pick-up, it is preferable for you to park and enter the building. A member of the security staff will be outside to make sure that children arrive safely to your car.
Parking and Car Pickup: Sundays and Weekdays
Please review these important safety procedures which are in place to protect our community's children. Please share this information with ALL family members and caregivers who may be picking up children from the Temple.
K-3 Learners must be dropped off and picked up from their classrooms on Sundays. Please see the parking guidelines below.
For those with children Grades 4 and up, after Daylight Savings Time, it is dark outside during afternoon dismissal. Fewer children will walk home, resulting in higher traffic volume at the Temple.
1. Please park in a legal spot and come into the Temple to meet your child/ren in the lobby of the Willow Avenue entrance (Grades 4 and up, K-3 learners must be picked up at their classroom on Sundays).
2. It is not legal to double park.
3. Willow Avenue is a two-way street. It is both illegal and unsafe for vehicles to drive around double-parked cars.
4. Cars are not permitted to make a U-turn on Willow Avenue.
5. Use caution when approaching the intersection of Larchmont and Willow Avenues. Our children and parents use those crosswalks.
6. A security guard is always posted outside to ensure the safety of our children. He is keeping a watchful eye on the children; he will not able to direct traffic. Please be respectful.
The health and safety of your children is our first and foremost concern, and we appreciate your partnership so that everyone can get home safely!
Early Pick Ups
If you or your caregiver need to pick up your child early, you must first come to the security desk at the Temple to sign your child out.
Please do not double-park outside the Temple. It is not safe for our children. Please also note that Willow Avenue is a two-way street.
Health and Safety
Please make sure that we have up to date medical and emergency information for your child. If our child is ill, please do not send him/her to the Temple. We also ask that your child stay home if he/she has had a fever, bouts of diarrhea or vomiting for less than 24 hours.
If your child is not feeling well during KESHER, we will make every effort to contact you, your caregiver or emergency contact. No teacher or staff member is allowed to dispense medication of any kind.
LT's KESHER Education programs strive to be a nut-aware community. Please remember that there are members of the community with nut allergies. We therefore ask that you and your children refrain from bringing in food with nut ingredients; those having snacks with nuts in them will be asked to finish their snack outside the building before entering and will be asked to wash their hands. Food ordered for special events will not contain nut ingredients and there will usually be an email to you with ingredient/vendor information if you have let us know your child has an allergy. Please note that the Temple office and other events at the synagogue may have food that contain nuts present. If your child has a food allergy, please make sure to be in touch with Rabbi Rudin to review the allergy and emergency protocols – especially if your child has an epi-pen.
Fire and Lockdown Drills
Fire drills will occur at the beginning and in the middle of the year and basic lockdown procedures will be explained to our learners on the opening day. In the event that we must evacuate the building, Larchmont Temple learners will be brought to The French American School located at 111 Larchmont Avenue. If the French American school is also on lockdown or not available for other reasons, learners will be brought to St. John's Episcopal Church at 4 West Foundation Square. Teachers will bring class lists with emergency contact information with them to all drills and an evacuation. If possible, we will contact you through our OneCallNow text messaging and email system.
Kehilah Kedosha: A Respectful Community
Please note that when your learner is at Religious School, he or she will be attending tefillah (worship) in the sanctuary and should dress respectfully.
Learners are not permitted to use cell phones during the KESHER program and in the upper grades, cell phones may be collected at the beginning of a class or program in order to focus our learners. In case of an emergency, please call the Temple office at 914-834-6120 and we can communicate a message to your child.
Bringing One’s Full Self to the Temple
Judaism is a way of life. We seek to inspire you and your children with the passion and knowledge to engage in Jewish life. To ensure that our limited time together makes the greatest impact, we ask that your children bring their full and best selves to the Temple. Likewise, a successful and positive experience is based upon regular attendance at our program. Please be in touch with Rabbi Rudin if there issues regarding your child’s regular attendance at KESHER. Please note that we do not issue tuition reductions for those who plan to attend the program only partially. However, your may always discuss tuition reduction due to need with our Executive Director, Jane Sable-Friedman.