As schools worked to re-open, administrators, staff, and families were forced to address issues beyond the usual curriculum and scheduling concerns. Countless hours were spent on the logistics of opening school safely during a pandemic.
One of the most pressing needs, in addition to sanitizing equipment and personal protective equipment, was the need for an easy way to take the temperature of the children and faculty in the building.
Debbie Gottlieb, manager of Kehillah Cooperative, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s group purchasing initiative, researched, negotiated, procured, and arranged for the installation of temperature scanners for about 10 local day schools.
Rabbi Efrayim Clair, the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey’s director of operations, said, “We just couldn’t believe how quickly Federation turned this into a reality for us. And, they negotiated better prices than we every would have on our own.” Ms. Gottlieb said, “I knew when I heard what the day schools were looking for that Federation could play an important role in making this happen. Our group purchasing initiatives have provided savings on electricity, health insurance, office supplies, security measures and so much more. This technology is brand new and when everything came together, it was very exciting.”
“As a parent, knowing these scanners are being used every day provides some comfort to us during this period of uncertainty. We are travelling down unchartered waters and its great to know that the community came together to support each other,” Adam Groverman, who has children at the Moriah School, said.