COVID-19 Information

    • Message from the Head of School

de Toledo High School is monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive and prudent measures to try to ensure the health and safety of every member of our community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles Health Department, the California State Health Department, and other health officials. Our decisions are based on facts, science, and medical information, as the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our priority.

Recommendations put forth by various government agencies may change based on new information regarding COVID-19. This section will provide timely updates specific to the school’s response and planning efforts. 


List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Is the school closed? What is the plan for educating students?

    Out of an abundance of precaution as well as on the recommendation of trusted experts, we have made the decision to temporarily halt instruction and close the school from March 11-13.

    We will be moving to our distance learning model for the next three weeks, March 16-April 3 until Pesach break (April 6-19) unless the spread of the coronavirus significantly slows and we are advised that in-person classes are safe. If that occurs, we will reinstate in-person classes with reasonable notice to our families. 

    While students are learning off-campus, it is expected that they participate as if it were a normal school day. Instead of going to their classrooms, they should log into their classes at their normally scheduled time. The teachers will be communicating directly with them with login information, lessons, and the specific expectation for their classes.

    Students can find more details on distance learning here.
  • I heard a student is being tested for COVID-19. 
    Who is this student and where have they been?

    The student's test for COVID-19 has returned NEGATIVE.

    Due to HIPAA regulations, the student’s physician cannot legally disclose their identity or other identifying or demographic information.
  • Can my student access their locker?

    We understand students may need to get things out of their lockers. They are welcomed to stop by when the building is open. They will be expected to go straight to their lockers, pick up their belongings, and leave the premises immediately.

    Current Building Hours:
    Monday thru Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • What events have been canceled?

    In response to the ever-changing nature of this virus, we have decided to limit or cancel all large community gatherings. These cancellations include:
    • The Zumba and Israeli Danceathon on 3/15
    • The Rock Paper Jazz show on 3/22
    • The 9th-grade college counseling night on 3/18
    • All field trips through Pesach break have also been canceled.
    We still hold out hope that news and information over the next two weeks changes in order for us to move forward with the Shabbaton. We will update you if there are any changes or news that would allow us to move forward with this much anticipated annual gathering. If we are unable to move forward with the Shabbaton on its current date, we will work with our faculty and student leadership to plan an alternate activity to try and capture, at least part of, the Shabbaton magic.
  • How do I avoid COVID-19?

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Should my student “self-quarantine”
    and/or be tested for COVID-19?

    As an educational institution, we can not make medical recommendations or decisions. We highly encourage you to reach out to your doctor for guidance. We have been told by physicians, the CDC, and the County of Los Angeles Public Health that it is recommended that everyone (symptomatic or not) exercise “social distancing.” If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please contact your healthcare provider immediately for advice and possible screening. 
  • Should I inform dTHS staff if I suspect exposure
    to COVID-19?

    Yes. Please contact our office immediately should you or a family member have symptoms, test positive, suspect exposure, is in self-quarantine due to exposure, or been quarantined by the health department or your place of employment for COVID-19. 

  • What is the current absence policy?

    Students are expected to virtually attend classes while we are on a distance learning platform. The absence policy will be in place.

    If you have any questions, please consider asking your student's teacher or grade level dean, directly.
  • The 10th grade students recently returned from Israel.
    Is there concern?

    Israel has adopted a strict approach to control the spread of Coronavirus and is not currently a level 1, 2, or 3 on the CDCs risk assessment scale.

    We are asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover. In light of the current situation, the absence policy will be suspended until further notice. Students should contact their dean and teachers in order to make arrangements in regards to school work. 
  • My student attended AIPAC where three attendees
    have tested positive for COVID-19. Is there a concern?

    Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County Director of Public Health stated (in response to questions regarding the AIPAC attendee), "[t]here are no known public exposure locations related to this case...We are going to reiterate our main messages, which is for the general public, your risk still remains low, although this is the time to start making sure you're practicing what we call good public health hygiene...[t]he primary message for everyone is to stay home when they're sick."

    We reiterate the message from Dr. Ferrer and all public health officials, stay home if you experience even the mildest of symptoms and continue to practice good hygiene including, but not limited to, hand washing and avoiding physical contact with others (especially handshakes and high fives). If you have recently traveled to high-risk countries, please self-quarantine for at least 14 days. In light of the current situation, the absence policy will be suspended until further notice. Students should contact their dean and teachers in order to make arrangements in regards to school work. 

  • What steps has de Toledo High School taken to
    minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19?

    Our school has taken the following steps to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19:

    • We have hired additional maintenance and housekeeping staff in order to increasee the frequency of sanitizing during school, after school, and on the weekends.
    • Faculty have been reminded to take steps to reduce the spread of germs and illness including making time in the day for students to wash their hands with soap and warm water and/or hand sanitizer throughout the day and especially before eating.
    • Teaching students to avoid touching their eyes, noses, and mouths.
    • Reminding students not to share personal items.
    • Encouraging students to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues and to dispose of tissues in the trash.
    • Partnering with parents to keep students home if they are sick.
  • The pool is used by an outside company. Is this
    sanitary in light of COVID-19?

    We have restricted flow of their clients amidst the COVID-19 situation. Guests have been instructed to go straight from the parking lot to the pool, temporarily making Masor Cafe and our lobby unavailable to them. We are also expending extra resources in order to keep the campus, including the pool, as sanitary as possible by:
    • using specialized cleaners in all areas
    • using different and specialized cleaning tools
    • doing deeper cleanings in certain areas 
    • adding 20 additional hand sanitizing units 
    • hiring additional full-time cleaner to the staff
  • Has the school canceled any trips?

    All international trips, including our exchange program with Budapest and our Spirulina trip,  have been postponed indefinitely. 

    For questions regarding March of the Living, please contact Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) directly. https://www.bjela.org/motl
  • How will the school decide if it should close?

    The decision to close school will come from government agencies or if school leadership determines that it would be safer for our students to be home. We will make that decision independently, based on facts and science. In either case, we will notify parents immediately. 
  • What kinds of support can students receive to address anxiety?

    Given the level of attention that COVID-19 has attracted, students may understandably become anxious and have concerns about the virus and its transmission. Please remember that our deans and counselors are available to meet with students to address questions and concerns. 

    Support resources:

Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.