Reopening the ECC

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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, open & honest communication, and patience.

 

Early Childhood Center – Infants – Entering Kindergarten
Club J – Entering First Grade – Entering Grade 6

OPERATING HOURS
  • ECC and school age childcare will be open from 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  • Parents may choose between two enrollment options: 5 days a week or 3 days a week (M,W,F); more options may become available over the next few months
CLEANING PROTOCOLS
  • The entire facility will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to opening
  • Custodial staff will disinfect ECC Classrooms, Club J, restrooms doors & surfaces, push bars & door handles on inside and outside of the 2 playground entrances every 2 hours
  • Staff will be trained on specific protocols and expected to disinfect classroom toys, eating surfaces, playground door handles, cots and cribs, buggies, cars & large toys, balls or smaller items, sandbox toys. Club J will have totes with daily supplies for each child to use
DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES
  • ECC participants must enter through the West ECC parking lot entrance
  • Club J participants must enter through the East main parking lot entrance
  • Parents will not be permitted to enter the building; staff will meet the children outside
  • Parents must get their child out of the car seat and staff will bring the children to the classroom, where teachers will meet them at the door
  • Screening:
    • You will be asked a few health related questions when dropping off your child
    • Your child’s temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer
    • Please be patient as this process may take extra time to implement
  • Children will immediately wash hands upon entering the classrooms
  • Teachers will wear gloves when accepting items from the parents
  • Details regarding pick up and drop off for Club J will be provided in a future communication
CLASSROOM AND PLAY SPACES
  • Access to the ECC participants will be restricted to the childcare wing from the west parking lot entrance. Club J participants will enter through the main entrance of the JCC (East entrance)
  • Parents will not be allowed to enter the building; ECC staff will meet the children outside after parents get the child out of the car seat and will bring the students to the classroom where the teachers will meet them at the door.
  • Club J parents will also not be allowed in the building. Club J staff will meet the children outside after parents get the child out of the car seat
  • 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 north playground is classified as 3 different play areas. The fencing distinguishes the play area boundaries
    • The playground will be disinfected between each use
    • 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 Sababa Room will be limited to one classroom at a time with time between classes to allow for disinfecting
  • Club J 
    • Club J participants will walk around the building to access the playgrounds
    • Club J participants will be using the Club Room, Teen Lounge, Room A,B, C and G in the main building and the Gym
    • During this time the gym will be reserved only for Club J participants. It will not be open to the general membership.
  •  At this point the pool is closed
KITCHEN AND FOOD PROTOCOLS
  • All lunches should be in disposable plastic or brown paper bags only
    • Soft-sided lunch containers are not permitted
    • Tupperware containers and silverware are not permitted
  • Teachers will wear gloves during all aspects of food service including when removing lunch sacks from the refrigerator and while serving the food; this includes any bottle service used in the infant classrooms
  • Snacks will be limited to individual serving types
STAFF PROCEDURES AND TRAINING
  • All people entering the JCC need to follow the PPE guidelines that include:
    • Everyone over the age of 13 must wear a mask while at the JCC
    • Teachers will wear gloves when accepting items from the parent
    • All teachers will be wearing masks
    • Prior to the first day, all staff will receive extensive training on the new protocols we have in place
RESPONSE IF PEOPLE ARE SICK
  • 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

 

FAQ’S

WHAT WILL BE THE OPERATING HOURS BE?

For now, we will be open from 8:30 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. 

HOW LONG WILL THE ECC OPERATE UNDER THE ADJUSTED HOURS AND LIMITED ENROLLMENT OPTIONS?

ECC will operate under the adjusted hours and limited enrollment until further notice.

HOW WILL THE AGE GROUPS BE DIVIDED?

ECC classrooms will be divided by infant, toddler, preschool, and PreK. School age childcare classrooms will be divided according to the number of registrations we receive and we will be diving groups appropriately.

WILL MY CHILD BE IN THE SAME ECC CLASSROOM WITH THE SAME CLASSMATES AND TEACHERS WHEN THEY RETURN?

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.

WILL ECC SWIM LESSONS CONTINUE?

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 ECC swim lessons will resume.

HOW WILL DROP OFF AND PICK UP WORK?

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.

CAN YOU GUARANTEE MY CHILD WON'T BE EXPOSED OR GET SICK?

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, MDH and local leaders to create protocols and procedure to minimize risk.

WHAT IF MY CHILD FITS INTO ONE OF THE VULNERABLE CATEGORIES?

It is recommended that your child stay at home. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF A CHILD OR PARENT OF A CHILD IS DIAGNOSED WITH A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19?

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.

WILL ECC ADDITIONAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMING BE AVAILABLE?

No. The ECC core curriculum is filled with enriching activities for your children. Additional enrichment programming is cancelled to keep the number of people interacting to a minimum. When we begin to offer these programs, we will communicate that to you.

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING WILL THE STAFF RECEIVE?

Prior to the first day, all staff will receive extensive training on the new protocols and procedures that we are implementing.

WILL CHILDREN, PARENTS AND STAFF BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK?
  • The CDC is currently reviewing the best policies related to use of masks by children; we will provide guidance before the program begins
  • All adults will be required to wear a mask
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO APPLY SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES WITH CHILDREN?

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.

IF I CHOOSE NOT TO RETURN TO THE ECC WHEN IT REOPENS, WILL I LOSE MY SPOT?

We will hold all spots through the end of August.

WHAT ABOUT BILLING?
  • The rates and processes for ECC billing are found for each age group here
  • Club J rates are $300 per week; $180 for M,W,F