Frequently Asked Questions
We are busy thinking about how we can best create a sense of community, educate our children, and keep everyone as safe as possible. With these goals in mind, we are proud to share the current FAQs, protocols, and recommendations. Please note that we will continue to follow the advice from our medical professionals, as we navigate the coming months, always ready and willing to pivot as necessary.
When will notification regarding COVID – 19 be sent?
Our policy will be to continue to notify our families and members of any positive COVID-19 cases in our staff or on-site students. When individuals are placed into quarantine but have not tested positive, notification will not be sent. This process aligns with public health management strategies and human resource/employment considerations.
What will be the procedure if a student/member of staff tests positive?
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the AJCC, management staff will follow the guidance from the Health Department that includes protocols for closing, investigating, cleaning, and reopening.
What do you do if a parent or member notifies you that someone in that household has tested positive?
Each day families are required to fill out documentation prior to arrival. There are a series of questions that determine if a family can come to school that day. The survey then gives the family a pass or fail. If the family does not pass, they are not admitted to the school.
Some staff or children have been asked to either quarantine or isolate, depending on their situation. What is the difference between the two?
People who have COVID – 19 symptoms are asked to be isolated for 10 days. People who have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for COVID – 19 are asked to quarantine for 14 days.
Will quarantined kids be tested before their return?
Each family will be notified IF their child came in direct contact with any JCC employee or student that tested positive. Some families will elect to get tested while others just wait out the 14 days.
Why aren’t all staff required to wear N95 masks?
N95 use exceeds the ability of the AJCC’s training, capability, and resources. Not only are N95 masks recommended for healthcare workers who have direct, intensive care with known COVID-19 patients, but these masks are also in short supply. The use of N95 masks requires specialized training; they require a fit test on an (at least) annual basis. This device has limited availability and is not currently recommended for school/preschool use.
Is there any guarantee of safety and not getting infected?
We are unable to guarantee that your child or our members will not be exposed to Covid-19 or that the JCC is 100% safe. Given the community-wide spread of the virus, exposure in any public or group setting is a distinct possibility. Our goal is to follow the recommendations of the CDC and local leaders to create protocols and procedures to minimize risk.
What is the travel policy?
We do need to ask that nonvaccinated individuals remain out of the J for up to ten days upon your return to CA. Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated can get tested 3-5 days upon return home. They should then stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
What is the sick policy?
If a member of your household has a fever of 100 or higher, your child(ren) may not attend school until the member is symptom-free for 72 hours.
Children should not be sent to school if they are vomiting, have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, eye discharge or pink eye, excessive coughing, oozing sores, head lice, an undiagnosed rash, or any of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell – or are obviously not well.
Children may not return to school until they are 72-hours symptom-free and fever-free without medication.
Are masks required?
Children must arrive at school wearing their clean masks (cloth masks are permitted). Masks will be required during the drop-off process and all transition times (moving from drop-off to the room, walking to the playground, walking to the pick-up area). Children will be expected to keep masks on as much as possible when indoors during the school day. Children will remove masks when eating or drinking and during nap time. We will also have the children remove their masks if they become an issue due to significant exertion during outside play if needed, especially when it is hot weather. Masks will also need to be removed or replaced if they are soiled or wet. You might want to consider sending your child with a backup mask to use.
How many grown-ups are allowed to attend drop-off and pick-up?
We strongly encourage families to send one parent for visitation day & for the next couple of weeks. If two parents are needed please note that only one may enter the classroom.
When will notification regarding COVID - 19 be sent?
Two’s children 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Preschool 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Pre K & Gan Hamaish 9:00 AM- 2:30 PM
Faculty 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
- The entire facility will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to opening.
- Custodial staff will disinfect ECE classrooms once children have left for the day. Including restrooms doors and surfaces, push bars, and door handles on the inside and outside of the 2 playground entrances.
- Staff will be trained on specific protocols and expected to disinfect classroom toys, eating surfaces, playground door handles, cots, cars, and large toys, balls, or smaller items.
- Drop off will occur in parking lot
- Rachel & Emily will review health survey completion
- Rachel & Emily will take temperatures
- Parent will type in PIN to check in child
- Parent will unbuckle child and place them in the designated space w/ lunch
- Rachel & Emily will move child to EZ-ups with waiting staff member
- Access to the ECE participants will be restricted to the ECE Faculty.
- Parents will not be allowed to enter the building; ECE staff will meet the children outside and will bring the students to the classroom where the teachers will meet them at the door.
- When weather permits, the playground areas are open for use with the following guidelines
- Only one classroom on a playground or lawn at a time
- The playground will be disinfected between each use
- The playground will be accessed from classroom doors only
- The drinking fountain will remain closed and should not be used
- Students and teachers will wash their hands as soon as they re-enter the classroom
- Use of the Art Pavilion will be limited to one classroom at a time with time between classes to allow for disinfecting
- All lunches should be in a lunch box marked with your child’s name
- Snacks will need to be provided from home
- Children should have their own labeled water bottle
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the JCC, staff leadership will follow the guidance from the Health Department that includes protocols for closing, investigating, cleaning and reopening
- The JCC will communicate quickly and transparently
- ECE will operate under the adjusted hours and limited enrollment until further notice.
- ECE classrooms will be divided by twos, preschool, and PreK & Gan Hamaish age child care classrooms will be divided according to the number of registrations we receive and we will be diving groups appropriately.
- Your child may be placed in a classroom that is different from the one prior to the closure, but will be placed in an age-appropriate classroom; class lists will be sent in advance on the first day of school.
- At this point, the pool will not be open. While we do not have a timeline for opening the pool, we will keep you informed as to when ECE swim lessons will resume.
- For now, parents will not be permitted to enter the building. JCC staff will escort the children from their parents to their classrooms. More information to come including specific instructions.
- We are unable to guarantee that your child will not be exposed to Covid-19 or other illnesses. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and local leaders to create protocols and procedures to minimize risk.
- It is recommended that your child stays at home until consultation with your pediatrician.
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the JCC, leadership staff will follow the guidance from the Health Department that includes protocols for closing, investigating, cleaning, and reopening.
- No. The ECE core curriculum is filled with enriching activities for your children. Additional enrichment programming is canceled to keep the number of people interacting to a minimum. When we begin to offer these programs, we will communicate that to you.
- Prior to the first day, all staff will receive extensive training on the new protocols and procedures that we are implementing.
- The CDC is currently reviewing the best policies related to the use of masks by children; we will provide guidance before the program begins
- All adults will be required to wear a mask; in common workspaces
- Fall enrollment is completely unknown at this time. Priority registration will be given to families who are currently enrolled in our summer program.
- We cannot guarantee that social distancing will be followed with this age group, but we will be working with our children to learn about personal space and boundaries. We will limit intermingling between the classrooms to emphasize social distancing and minimize the number of people your children are exposed to.
The Pre K children that are moving into the summer Gan Hamaish group will remain with their same friends & teachers for that whole period of time. However, they will not be with their teacher from March.
Yes, children in the 9-2:30 group will have the option to rest. Children will finish up lunch and transition onto their cots around 12:30 during the summer. We will have to be creative and work with families as children wake up from a nap.
For children 3 and older groups sizes are capped at 10 for now. For children 2-3 our program has made the decision to cap group sizes at 5 for now. There has been no direction from the government officials at this time that, that number will change over the course of summer. That said things change day to day.
We of course want children and families to be the most comfortable! We do know that it takes small children up to a month to settle into their new “normal” . Our staff will work in partnership with your family and child to welcome your child back with all the love and support we can. If your family is truly feeling like being back at school too soon will work with families and a case by case basis to withdraw from the program.
We will not make any decisions about classroom placement until we have a completed registration form for your child(ren). Our process for placing children is in partnership with their previous teacher. Your child(ren) teacher from PRE COVID will weigh in on what classroom and peer group they see to be the best fit for your child(ren) in the next school year.
When your family’s application has been processed, you will receive a letter with all the details about classroom placement and ZOOM meeting with your new teacher.
No, every age group will have their own entrance and exit from the ECE. All children will enter and exit through the front door of the J.
Twos– Promenade & Lobby
Preschool – Promenade & Playground entrance to their direct classrooms
Pre K – Promenade & hallway entrance to room 11 & 12
Gan Hamaish- Promenade, Auditorium & direct entrance to room 13