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Kol Rinah is Committed to Safety

Our recommendations are based on national and local guidelines, the advice of our own medical experts and our Jewish values of saving a life, not endangering a life, meeting this extraordinary moment with wisdom, being responsible for each other and kindness.
These recommendation are based on what we know now. As the experts learn more about COVID -19 and the infection rate in our community changes, we will adjust the recommendations as needed and communicate the changes to the congregation.
Until a vaccine is widely available, the use of the building is restricted and closely monitored.


COVID-19 Safety at Kol Rinah

We practice social distancing and masks are required.

Our COVID-19 protocols and safety precautions are not static, they will change as there are changes with COVID-19 in the community and with construction. This PDF can give you our latest Protocols. (We are in Phase A)

These forms must be completed before you can enter either building.

Wellness Form 
This Form needs to be filled out every time you want to enter one of our buildings.
Kol Rinah Waiver, Release, Covenant Not to Sue, and Indemnity Agreement
This form only needs to be filled out once a year. Please print, sign and send it to Kol Rinah.

Who is at High Risk?

Staff, Members and Visitors that meet any of the criteria listed below should consult with their physician before attending in-person events:
Age 65 or older
Sickle Cell
Chronic Kidney Disease
Type 2 Diabetes
Chronic Lung Disease
Heart Disease
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are waiting for test results for COVID-19 please do not attend services or other events until a negative test or release from isolation by the St. Louis County Department of Health (St. Louis County resident) or by a provider (City of St. Louis resident).
If a member of your household or a close contact was diagnosed with COVID-19 or are waiting for test results for COVID-19, please do not attend services or other events until a negative test for household members/close contacts or the end of your quarantine (14 days after last encounter with close contact or 14 days after isolation release of household member).


COVID 19 Vaccine Information

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health follows state tiers and guidelines to determine how the vaccine becomes available and only people in Phase 1A (healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff) are currently authorized to be vaccinated.
We eagerly await phase 1B, which allows vaccination for individuals over age 65 or those with increased risk for COVID-19 illness. Notification and pre-registration systems have been launched by our metro area counties and can be accessed here:
St. Louis County Department of Public Health link to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine and explanation of the vaccination tiers and guidelines.
St. Louis City: You can sign up for NotifySTL Alerts to receive notifications from the City of St. Louis when vaccines become available.  
St. Louis County:
Information for other counties is available in KSDK's coverage of vaccine distribution.
Please stay vigilant as COVID-19 scams and fraud are evolving. Here’s what to know about the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself from scams. 


COVID-19 Safety in KoREH

Our Kol Rinah Education Hub (KoREH) leaders have been working throughout the summer to adapt and change our lessons and educational models to meet the needs of families during this pandemic. As of this writing, we are still planning to meet starting after the High Holidays in a largely modified format once a week, with smaller class pods to limit exposure, everyone masked and strict procedures governing our interactions. We are also supplementing our classroom learning with virtual 1-1 tutoring, as well as virtual learning, for any families who are unable to be with us in person for any reason.
We know any of these plans may need to change given new information over the next few months. We will continue to adapt together through the challenges ahead. Just as in any other year, your community is here for you, to nourish and guide you, to help and to hear you, to sustain you and to enable you to reach each new part of your journey.


COVID-19 Safety in our ECC

Full COVID-19 Protocols pdf
ECC COVID-19 Protocols, In brief
  • All staff and families will be required to answer 4 COVID-19 related questions every morning via the REMIND app.
  • Teachers temperatures will be taken each day. Masks all day long. If gloves are worn, they will be changed regularly.
  • All children will have a wellness check at the entrance. Parents are prohibited from entering the building. Drop-offs will be staggered to safely greet and transition kids to their classrooms. Families will be assigned a pick-up time to limit the number of families picking up at once.
  • Staff and children will wash hands or use hand sanitizer (each class has their own bottle of hand sanitizer) every 45 minutes, as well as after using  high contact surfaces (doorknob, lightswitch...).  Surfaces such as high chairs and tables, sinks and toilets will be cleaned after each use. Objects such as toys that are touched frequently will be cleaned daily.  Objects that are mouthed by children will be quickly placed in a container to be cleaned at the teachers earliest convenience.
  • There will be no multi-group or whole school gatherings at this time. Shabbat celebrations will be held virtually. Groups will be limited to no more than 10 children per group. Teachers and children will always remain in the same designated group.
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