SYDNEY’S Moriah College and Kesser Torah College (KTC) will officially shut their doors due to the coronavirus threat.
In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Moriah said all face-to-face learning for its ELC, primary and high school students will cease at the end of the school day on Thursday, for the remainder of Term 1.
“This action is not being taken as a result of a known outbreak of the COVID-19 virus within the school community, but rather because … the College would rather take these pre-emptive actions than be forced to react to an emergency situation or to a tragedy that could have been avoided,” the school said.
Classes will be offered via the Moriah B’yachad online learning platforms from 10am on Friday.
Meanwhile, in a letter to parents, KTC said it will “close the campus (and thus face-to-face teaching) at the end of the school day today (Wednesday)”.
KTC’s Early Learning Centre, however, will remain open until Friday, March 20.
“Our K-12 teachers have been working hard to ensure that lesson delivery can take place online, with the use of a number of platforms,” KTC principal Roy Steinman said.
“What we are all going through is pretty much a once-in-a-generation experience and has, and will, no doubt further test us on many levels.
“We will communicate with you regarding the first day of Term 2 (originally scheduled for Thursday, April 23). This may need to be extended, depending on circumstances at that time.”
Full coverage in this week’s AJN, out tomorrow.