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General Health & Safety Guidelines

Guidelines for Providing a Healthy and Safe Environment at the J

As the J continues offering more programs and services, the following guidelines have been created to instill a sense of confidence that the environment will be safe and healthy for staff, members and children. The guidelines were developed by an advisory committee consisting of local health experts, the CEO, current President and past Presidents of the board, and community members.

The committee created the guidelines with consideration of both the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC core values (including community engagement and well-being), as well as recommendations from local, state and national organizations, such as the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Camp Association (ACA).

Patrons of the J must recognize that while the J is taking precautions as guided by health officials, community spread of COVID-19 is ongoing, and asymptomatic transmission is known to occur. Certain individuals, such as those over 65 years of age or with underlying health conditions, are at increased risk of severe disease, and should consider taking extra precautions. All individuals should remain informed and take actions to support both their own and the community’s safety and well-being.

Partnership

  • Masks requirements will continue and is driven by our strong desire to protect those that are unable to protect themselves during the pandemic. This can only happen as a result of your continued partnership with the J.
  • Non-members/guests will be required to complete a brief health survey available at the main lobby or tennis center welcome desk.  Anyone with a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must remain at home. 
  • One Time COVID Pledge Agreement:  Also as part of this partnership, a one- time COVID Pledge Agreement will be required for all members to enter the J and participate in any programs. The agreement summarizes our partnership and your family’s commitment not to enter the J if you have any COVID related symptoms.

General Information

Who should stay home from the J:

As part of the health screening process, anyone with the following symptoms or exposures must remain at home:

  • Fever or chills (Feeling feverish or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • New Onset Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New Cough
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Muscle  or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Known *close contact (within the 10 preceding days) with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

When to return to the J: Persons who have been ill may return to the J when ALL of the following criteria have been met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); AND
  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

***Persons who wish to return to the J prior to fulfilling these criteria must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or two negative nucleic-acid COVID-19 test(s).

Please refer to our health clearance template for instructions.

Persons who have had documented COVID-19 infection, but never had symptoms, may return to the J after 10 days from the positive test.

Guidance after contact with someone who has been ill:

  • Persons with known *close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 may return to the J following a 10-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.
  • For asymptomatic persons who wish to return to the J sooner than Day 11, a TEST-based strategy may be used. Such persons must have no symptoms upon daily monitoring, and must have a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test performed on day 5 or after following the exposure. Quarantine can end NO EARLIER than day 7 following exposure. Proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test is required. Please send these to Teri Greenblatt at tgreenblatt@erjcchouston.org.

Quarantine exemptions:

Asymptomatic persons who have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series*** OR are within 3 months of proven COVID-19 infection (based on antigen or PCR testing), do not need to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure unless they have symptoms.  However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

***Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series is defined as ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine; documentation of vaccination may include a vaccination card or similar verification from a health professional.

What if a person becomes ill while at the J?

  • Any person who becomes ill while at the J will be asked to wear a mask (if appropriate) and will be isolated until the individual can be safely dismissed home or to a healthcare facility.
  • The J will close off any areas used by the person who was ill until the areas can be appropriately cleaned and disinfected as recommended by health officials.
  • Close contacts of the ill individual will be notified, as feasible and as advised by local health officials. For example, if a child or staff member becomes ill, other members of the ill person’s group will be notified.
  • Additional facility closures may be required depending on the perceived risk, and as advised by local health officials.
  • If a COVID-19 case is confirmed in a child, adult or staff member, local health officials will be notified and will guide plans for contact tracing and/or facility closures. 

What if a person becomes ill after being at the J?

  • Any person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 within 10 days of being at the J is asked to notify Teri Greenblatt at tgreenblatt@erjcchouston.org so that appropriate precautions / facility closures can be put into place as guided by local health officials.

Hand hygiene:

  • Upon entering and exiting the facility, all persons (children, parents, adults, and staff) must wash or disinfect their hands using hand sanitizer. Hand hygiene stations will be made available at entrances.
  • Frequent handwashing is also encouraged, particularly before and after using the restroom, before and after eating or handling food, before and after touching one’s face (including after touching a mask or face covering, or after discarding a used tissue), and any other time the hands are visibly or potentially contaminated.

Guidance regarding masks or cloth face coverings:

At the J, the following requirements for masks or cloth face coverings will apply:

  • Adults, including staff, are required to wear a mask or face covering (over nose and mouth) when entering / exiting the facilities and for all indoor programs and activities. Masks are not required when using cardio equipment in the fitness center but are required using any strength equipment. 
  • Children ages 3 years and up are required to wear a mask or face covering upon entering any J facility and to participate in any J program.  Efforts to facilitate physical distancing will be part of children’s programming, though may not be feasible in all circumstances.
  • Masks or face coverings are also encouraged to be used outdoors, particularly when physical distancing is difficult. Adult members and children ages 3 years and up must wear them when entering and exiting the outdoor pool, and while walking to/from an activity.
  • Physical distancing (6-feet of separation) is strongly encouraged in both indoor and outdoor settings, particularly in situations when masks or face coverings are not possible. 

 

Other Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Transmission

  • The J has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures, in accordance with guidance from health officials. Examples include: frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces (such as bathroom surfaces, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, countertops and tables); cleaning / disinfecting fitness equipment between use; regular cleaning and sanitizing of toys). Specific protocols will vary according to the program type.
  • Additional efforts to reduce the risk of transmission will vary according to the program type and will be communicated appropriately (examples: frequent / scheduled handwashing; facilitating 6-feet of separation as much as possible; limited capacity / group sizes; limited mixing of groups with staggered playground and activity times, etc.).
  • Informational signage will be posted throughout the campus outlining procedures, expectations, summarizing protocols, symptoms, risks to vulnerable populations, establishing social distancing parameters and reinforcing the concept of partnership.
  • Additional considerations for vulnerable populations, such as special hours for programming, may be implemented and will be communicated accordingly.
  • Modifications to these guidelines may be needed / recommended by the advisory committee as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. We have a shared responsibility to stay informed and use sound judgement to support both personal and community safety and well-being.

*Definition of close contact:

Being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the infected person is isolated. Close contact may also be considered if there is unprotected contact with infected person’s secretions or saliva, for example, being coughed or sneezed on; sharing utensils or saliva; or providing care without appropriate protective equipment.

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC COVID-19 Checklist

Before entering the J:

  • One-time COVID pledge agreement - Completion of this pledge agreement is required to enter the J and participate in any programs.
  • Use self-screening tool and stay home if you have any of the listed symptoms or exposures.