Like other private schools, Epstein Hill saw a spike in enrollment due to the pandemic as public school families looked for alternatives. The K-8 Jewish independent day school will serve more than 100 students in the fall. This academic year, the school reopened for full in-person learning on Sept. 1.
Natalie Maryansky, counselor and director of student services at Marblehead’s Epstein Hillel School, meets with each grade once per week in a half-hour “restorative circle.” It’s something she implemented during the normal school year for kids to resolve in-person conflicts, but now it takes on fresh meaning. Here, kids can vent, talk about their anxieties and discuss fears.