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Reopening the ECE

Safely Welcoming You Back To The J

Creating a safe and healthy environment for your children and our staff is our highest priority. In accordance with governmental orders and guidelines, we are taking extra precautions to help our community stay safe and healthy. In addition, we are asking you – our parents – to partner with us by adhering to health guidelines, have open & honest communication, and patience with us.

FAQ's

Health & Safety

While the JCC was recently closed due to COVID-19 positive cases and possible exposure among our staff, this decision was made to protect our staff and members. During this time, our building has been cleaned and sanitized. We are proud of our partnership with the developers of the GermFalcon™–the UV light system used to sanitize surfaces. On a regular basis, our Alpert JCC cleaning staff follows CDC Guidance for Childcare Programs and the recommended cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

 

From August 3rd onward, our goal is to remain open into the Fall. Our community has consistently communicated to us about the critical need for childcare services.

Transparency and consistent communication is essential to our process. Every agency and employer balances respect for the employee and member confidentiality and privacy. Staff, parents, and members will be promptly notified of any critical incidences, significant exposures, or need to quarantine. What will the procedure be if a student/member or staff tests positive? If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the AJCC, management staff will follow the guidance from the local health department, CDC, and our Medical Advisory Team guidance.

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 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.

Teachers in the same age group do have small windows of time that they cross over. Teachers who are in separate age groups do not cross over as each age group has their own entrance and exit from the center. The health and safety guidelines in place allow us to minimize risk of significant contact.

While the health department requires us to report after 3 cases in a two-week period, we recently closed the building to mitigate any further spread and because the community is facing unprecedented numbers and rates. We also had a number of staff who had been exposed to relatives outside of the building who had tested positive.

Our Medical Advisory Team, composed of family physicians, pediatricians, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, and a school nurse, meets regularly to review all procedures and cases, and to make recommendations regarding COVID – 19. We consult public health officials when necessary.

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 into the center and school that day. The survey then gives the family a pass or fail. If the family does not pass, they are not admitted to school. Any student or family on quarantine would not be permitted to return until the completion of the quarantine period.

All staff who were potentially exposed were instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

There, of course, is always a risk. In our recent case the health and safety guidelines helped contain spread and allowed us to quarantine significant contacts. Living in a community where there is a high rate of infection and spread, it can be challenging to keep the outside world outside. Our procedures try to minimize contact risk and spread.

They are asked to remain home for 14 days.

As soon as we are notified we ask that they remain home for 14 days.

During closings, the building operates on a skeleton crew and none of those working in the building (e.g. doing deep cleaning) were identified as a close contact to those who tested positive.

Any child in the cohort of the impacted teacher was notified regarding the need to quarantine. The building was closed as a precaution. Students who are not part of the affected staff member’s class are not officially recommended to quarantine. We closed the building to mitigate any further spread and because the community is facing unprecedented numbers and rates. It became increasingly hard to keep the outside world outside and increasingly hard to manage staff absenteeism.

People who have COVID – 19 symptoms are asked to isolate for 10 days. People who have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for COVID – 19 are asked to quarantine for 14 days.

Each family was notified IF their child came in direct contact with any JCC employee that tested positive. Some families elected to get tested while others just waited out the 14 days. For the families who elected to get tested each family has reported that their child and each member of their family that got tested received negative results. 

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, these masks are in short supply. 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.

It is now shown that surgical masks provide more protection to the wearer. The AJCC will now provide these masks to all employees.

Routine testing of asymptomatic workers is not currently recommended in our setting nor feasible. Tests are currently in very short supply. We do not have internal testing capabilities. Our procedures markedly reduce the risk of transmission, promote a clean and sanitary environment, and immediately isolate any symptomatic or infected individual from further contact with students, staff and members. We are pleased to report that health and safety measures were followed. Therefore, we are not requiring further testing of our staff. 

Anyone with immune compromise should consider a consultation with their own healthcare provider before attending AJCC programs. 

Given the situation in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County, and California as a whole, infections will continue to present themselves for the foreseeable future. No system or process can keep the outside world at bay.

 

Our plan is to remain open to serve our students and families. Our procedures will focus on risk reduction and mitigation of spread should future cases occur.

Please keep us posted, and notify us promptly. This will help with our planning and tracking of potential exposures. All of us communicating as much as possible will help.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

No, all families have the option to pay in full. However, you also have the option to pay month to month. If you need to adjust what your family selected please contact Rachel at rgordon@alpertjcc.org and she will make the proper adjustments to your account.

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