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Covid RESPONSE

As a result of the improving COVID situation, we are taking some immediate action to loosen restrictions while balancing that with common sense regarding safety for all. As we evolve, we do so in line with guidelines from the CDC and the State of California paired with the needs of our particular community and based on our PTS values.

Inclusivity  |  Human Connection  |  Caring & Kindness  |  Commitment to Community  |  Embracing Change

The following protocols are effective October 7, 2022. Note that guidelines for Youth Education and Preschool are different from those described below. Please see communications from those schools for details.

Protocols

  Face Coverings
Outdoors, masks continue to be optional. Indoors, masks are optional with the following exceptions. Those who are unable to be vaccinated, such as young children or those who are medically exempt, must continue to wear masks.

  • Participants may be asked to have same-day negative antigen tests to be mask free on the bimah. This will depend on the length of time on the bimah and nature of activity. For example, congregational choirs and b'nai mitzvah students are asked to have same-day negative antigen tests.
  • For meetings in private offices or office spaces, you may be asked to wear your mask.

If you are wearing a mask, we recommend that you select a high quality mask. For more information on masks, see California's mask recommendations.

 Vaccinations
Vaccination is required to participate in indoor programming. We are no longer checking vaccination cards at the door and, instead, are asking congregants and visitors to abide by our vaccination guidelines. Those who are unable to be vaccinated, such as young children or those who are medically exempt, must continue to wear masks.

Capacity & Distance Limitations
We are making common sense decisions about social distancing for each event. There are no specified limitations.

  Food
There are currently no COVID-related dining and food service restrictions. Easy access to hand sanitizer, tongs, and other cleanliness strategies are implemented. See PTS Kosher Policy for general dining guidelines.

  Travel
If you plan to travel via shared, enclosed vehicles (e.g., plane, bus, rail) or have hosted out-of-town visitors, we ask that you wait a few days and/or take an antigen test before visiting PTS.

  Evolving Protocols
With the rise of new variants, these PTS guidelines may change. 

 Respecting Differences
Individual congregants and visitors may make different decisions around making, shaking hands, hugging, and distancing. We ask you to be mindful of the diverse needs of our PTS community.

What You Can Expect from PTS

Upgraded Ventilation System
We have upgraded the air filtration system throughout the facility. In addition, weather permitting, program participants are encouraged to keep internal doors and windows open to improve air flow. These protocols are subject to change in the event that the Air Quality Index rises above 100.

Safety Standards
We have implemented many of the same safety precautions that you see elsewhere, such as touchless hand sanitizers and disposable masks. We commit to you that we will stay current with best practices.

Vaccinations
We have a mandatory vaccination policy for our staff. We strongly encourage our entire PTS community to become vaccinated too. See CDC's Covid vaccine information page to determine when you should get a booster and myturn.ca.gov to find a local provider.

Continued Focus on Security
We are regularly making security improvements to our site, some which are invisible. Visible improvements include new fencing, lighting, and cameras. We ask that you remain observant when you are on campus, and that if you see something, say something.

Our Clergy are Here for You

Our rabbis and cantor are available to assist with care for your family. Please call the temple office at 650-697-2266 to reach the Clergy Assistant during business hours, or to reach the clergy on call after hours.
 

How Can You Support Your Community?

Your time and your financial support matter. To join our Caring Community of volunteers, who reach out to one another with calls, cards, and meals, please contact caringcommunity@sholom.org.

Until our schools return to their normal size, PTS will be operating at a deficit. Fortunately, congregant generosity and two PPP loans have sustained the community thus far. Going forward, your support will make all the difference. If you are able to make a donation to help PTS through this post-COVID transition year, please consider giving to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

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