Our approach to implementing a COVID-related closure will closely follow all state and local regulations, CDC guidelines, and input from the JCC’s team of professional leaders. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in the program—staff or participant—the CDC and DOH recommend that we close that location for two (2) to five (5) days for cleaning and disinfecting. The program location will reopen pending the approval of the Westchester County Department of Health and in consultation with our independent healthcare consultant.
A COVID-19 health screening process that uses new technology and strictly adheres to CDC and Department of Health guidelines will be required before entering the JCC campus. Anyone who does not pass the health screening will not be permitted to attend.
A no-touch temperature scan will be administered.
Drop-off and pick-up will occur curbside; Parents will not be permitted to enter the program areas.
Almost School staff are required to wear masks at all times. For children, masks are absolutely required whenever indoors. When outside and socially distanced from others (at least 6 feet apart), mask-wearing for children is optional. Gaiters, bandannas, and buffs are not permitted. If children do not have a mask upon arrival, one will be provided for them.
Children will be encouraged to wash their hands during school breaks and before and after activities; Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the buildings as well.
All activity areas, desks, personal Chromebooks, restrooms, and shared surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected MULTIPLE TIMES throughout the day, every day.
Social distance guidelines will be applied at all times. Activities will be set up to ensure at least 6 feet between people unless you live in the same household. (Families can be in close proximity with one another.)
Anyone who is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19 will not be permitted back in the program until they are symptom-free for 72 hours (without medication), it has been at least 14 days since exposure to COVID-19, and they have written clearance from a health care provider to return to the Shames JCC.
If a child presents with fever and/or exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19, as listed on the daily health screening questionnaire, they must stay home and not return to the program for 72 hours after symptoms resolve without medical intervention.
If a child presents with fever and/or exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19 after arriving at Almost School, a caregiver will be contacted to pick the child up. If a child goes home due to illness, the family would need to follow the “72 hour without medical intervention” policy cited above.
Children who experience fever and exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19, must provide a doctor’s note before returning to school.
Staff members must follow the same sick policies.
We look forward to partnering with you to help your children continue to grow and thrive during this unexpected and challenging school year. Should you have any questions or want to discuss your child’s specific needs, please contact Stacey Merchant at firstname.lastname@example.org.