Shevet Hermon


Safety Guidelines

We want you to feel at ease sending your child to “Tzofim” and know they will have fun, make new friends in spite of our new reality. To maximize safety, we will be using a "layered" approach with multiple measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread (e.g. hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, staying home when ill). layering of multiple mitigation measures in these circumstances strengthens the risk mitigation potential. 


We will stay informed with up-to-date COVID-19 info, from York public health and the Ontario ministry of health and change these protocols accordingly. 


When activities are run at the JCC we will follow their safety guidelines and protocol.


Shevet Hermon is operated by youth grade 10-12 and not adults. This document will serve as a guideline for the operation of the chapter “shevet”.


Registration and payment is required to be able to participate in “Tzofim” “shevet hermon”. No one will be allowed to take any part in Tzofim activities without registration. There will be no on-site registration. 


Physical distancing

  • Activities will be modified as much as possible to maintain a physical distance of at least two meters (2m or 6 ft) from participants.

  • Participants will be assigned to their “Gdood”/cohort (the same participants in a group with the same staff each session. * there might be new participants added throughout the year if capacity allows. 

  • Cohorts will keep distance from other cohorts. Cohorts may be within the same room/space at the same time however there will be no close interaction/mixing between the cohorts. 

  • While close contact may be unavoidable between members of a cohort, physical distancing and general infection prevention and control practices will be encouraged, where possible.

  • In-person cohort “Gdood” activities conducted indoors will have number of participants according to ministry of health, provincial and municipal guidelines(if room allows less participants we will adjust the number accordingly). For chapter /“shevet” activities we will follow the maximum allowed including participants, volunteers, parents, activity providers and other persons. 

  • All outdoor activity will be limited to the allowed maximum, including participants, counsellors, parents, volunteers, activity providers. 

  • Visual cues such as tape on the floor or signs may be used to enhance physical distancing

  • Where appropriate we will offer activities "virtually" using technology.

  • Parents drop-off/pick-up will be outside and will be staggered as much as possible.


Non-medical masks (NMM)

The Schwartz/Reisman Centre is considered a public place there for any members of the public who are able to wear a face mask or covering must do so as per municipality of York Region. Two layer NMM are recommended. Face shields do not replace face masks. Face masks will be required to enter the building and in all common areas.


Face covering/masks will be used indoors as per the Schwartz Reisman Centre  policies. Each participant will be required to bring 2 NMM (non medical mask) with them to each session as face coverings should be changed if visibly soiled, damp, or damaged. All leadership staff who come in contact with multiple groups will be wearing a mask/face covering.

*We will revisit this on an on-going basis.


Face masks or covering can be temporarily removed when physical distancing is not a concern and for the purpose of: 

  • Consuming food or drink 

  • For any emergency or medical purpose 

  • While actively engaging in moderate to intense physical activity (such as running) 

  • Outdoor activities when 2 meter distance maintained



Modified activities:

  • Activities (“peulot”) will be modified as much as possible to maintain a physical distancing of at least two meters (2m or 6 ft) from participants.

  • Singing/Cheering “moral” activities will be avoided indoors and will only be done outdoors while ensuring physical distancing .

  • Field trips and activities requiring group transportation will happen according to the government guidelines or by using parent drop off. The use of face coverings / NMM will be required on buses.

  • Activities that involve participants preparing or serving food will not be allowed.

  • “Har Cafe”  will be suspended until further notice.


Cleaning & Hygiene:

  • Alcohol Based Hand Rub with a minimum 60% alcohol concentration will be made available. Merakez Boger will oversee that all rooms/space are equipped. 

  • Implement a schedule for frequent hand hygiene (before and after eating, before and after using shared equipment etc.)

  • Use of shared objects (e.g. gym or sports equipment, art supplies, games) will be limited when possible.  if sharing cannot be avoided participants will wash or sanitize their hands before and after.

  • No cash payments – digital payments only



  • All of the participants/staff/volunteers are asked to complete this self-assessment daily before sending your child to Tzofim.

  • Prior to entering the indoor location, we will follow the Schwartz Reisman Centre guidelines.


All participants/staff/volunteers who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine), must not come to the Tzofim activity and follow the guidance in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

Management of participants with suspected COVID-19

  • Participants who develop symptoms while at Shevet Hermon activity will be asked to wear a mask and isolate in a separate area until a parent arrives for pickup, the participant will be kept at least 2 meters away from other individuals. While waiting the participant and staff member will wear a surgical/procedure mask (if tolerated).

  • If the symptomatic participant has a sibling attending Tzofim, they too will be excluded during this time.

  • With advice from York public health the appropriate cohort will be notified of the event and suggested to contact their local health unit or primary caregiver for further care/health advice.



  • If meals or snacks are provided by the program each participant will have their own individual meal or snack with no common food items. All home prepared items should be individually wrapped. 

  • Participants and staff will be reminded to perform proper hand hygiene before and after eating. 

  • Each participant will be encouraged to bring their own drink bottle that is labeled, kept with them and not shared.

  • Physical distancing will be maintained while eating.


Overnight Camping:


Overnight trips will be held according to public health guidelines and in accordance to the facilities policies and procedures.