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COVID TRACKS is a biweekly feature keeping readers up to date on cases, vaccinations, variants and other news as it affects Shalhevet, Shalhevet neighborhoods and Los Angeles County.

NEW: Covid Tracks

By Juliet Wiener, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

Editor's Note: Welcome to the first edition of the Boiling Point’s bi-weekly column on the Covid-19 pandemic. Compiled by BP science reporter Juliet Wiener from official government websites and briefings...

POLL: View a slideshow of poll results by clicking through the Gallery box below.

Covid Tracker – January 26-27

By Benjamin Gamson, Eli Weiss, and Molly Litvak January 30, 2021

This week, the number of students and staff who said that they had ever tested positive for Covid-19 went down —  from 11 in the poll that was conducted two weeks ago to nine this week, reflecting a...

RAIN: Covid tests went on as planned Thursday evening in spite of heavy rain. All students who plan to come to school next week were required to get the test.

Covid tests will be required for all students who want to attend in-person next week

By Molly Litvak and Benjamin Gamson January 28, 2021

For the first time this year, all Shalhevet students will have to be tested for Covid-19 this week if they wish to attend in-person school next week, school officials have announced.   The requirement...

STORM: This graphic from Thursday mornings hourly weather report showed the most intense part of the storm is expected to take place during Shalhevet’s outdoor Covid testing of students who wish to attend classes or co-curriculars on campus next week. Source: wunderground.com/hourly/us/ca/beverly-hills/date/2021-01-28

In-person school and co-curriculars cancelled tomorrow for rain, but outdoor Covid testing will proceed

By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor January 28, 2021

Shalhevet's optional in-person learning and co-curriculars have been cancelled for tomorrow due to am expected drenching rainstorm, but schoolwide Covid testing will still take place in the late afternoon,...

WET: Rain pummelled the rooftop turf March 12, 2020. The roof is now home to the Leah, Yaakov, Rachel, Avraham, and Sarah open-sided tents where Judaic Studies classes are held for those who want to learn on campus during Covid.

In-person school may be cancelled this week — for rain

By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor January 25, 2021

The second winter storm of 2021 is expected to bring several inches of rain to Los Angeles this week, threatening outdoor in-person learning at Shalhevet.  According to The Weather Channel there is...

TURNOUT: Seniors Joey Blumofe and Ean Fish were among three seniors who attended in-person school on Monday, Jan. 11.

EDITORIAL: Stay open, stay home

By the Boiling Point Editorial Board January 23, 2021

Three seniors, nine juniors and seven sophomores attended their grades' classes on campus for at least part of the day Jan. 11-14, the last week of fall semester. The number of freshmen was higher, but...

SYMPTOMS: A Shalhevet student who tested positive for Covid-19 told the Boiling Point having the virus felt like a

First confirmed Covid case in Shalhevet student this year is contained

By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief January 19, 2021

Shalhevet’s first confirmed Covid-19 case of the school year was announced in an email sent out Oct. 19 by Chief Operating Officer Sarah Emerson to parents of 10th- and 11th-graders.  The student...

POLL: View a slideshow of poll results by clicking through the Gallery box below.

Covid Tracker – January 5-6

By Benjamin Gamson, Molly Litvak, and Eli Weiss January 15, 2021

This week, the number of students and staff who said that they had ever tested positive for Covid-19 went up —  from three in the poll that was conducted two weeks ago to 11 this week. The percentage...

Same breath that carries the music now quiets the choir

By Keira Beller, Staff Writer December 23, 2020

Nothing is the same for the Shalhevet Choirhawks, who are now completely barred from singing together, unable to have even just a little of what they used to as the school’s touring, concertizing, and...

POLL: View a slideshow of poll results by clicking through the Gallery box below.

Covid Tracker – December 15-16

By Benjamin Gamson, Eli Weiss, and Molly Litvak December 19, 2020

The Boiling Point is conducting a Covid-19 tracking project to watch how Covid cases are progressing not only at school but among friends, family and personal acquaintances of Shalhevet community members.  The...

LIVE: Rabbi Abraham Lieberman taught 10th-grade Modern Jewish History Dec. 3 in the Sarah tent on the third-floor patio. According to a Nov. 27 Los Angeles “Health Officer Order,

Medical Task Force works to steer school through changing Covid pandemic

By Juliet Wiener, Staff Writer December 17, 2020

When Sarah Emerson, Shalhevet’s Chief Operating Officer, first came to the school four years ago, she never imagined that fending off a deadly disease would be part of her job description.  At that...

BACK: Rabbi Block taught his senior Advanced Jewish Philosophy class in person for the first time Dec. 1, in the ‘Sarah’ tent outside the Beit Midrash on the third floor.  Outdoor temperatures that day were in the upper 60s.

Exciting, live and ‘weird,’ in-person school reopens outside in tents

By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2020

In the thousands of years that Jews have studied in chevruta, probably never before have partners been forced to learn from six feet apart while almost shouting to hear each other’s voices.  “I...

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