General Health & Safety Guidelines


Guidelines for Providing a Healthy and Safe Environment at the J

As the J continues offering 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 (and continues to update)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.


  • As mask requirements and other protocols evolve over time, we ask for your continued partnership with the J to optimize everyone's health and safety.
  • The Task Force continues to encourage all persons to remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine recommendations ( ncov/vaccines/index.html)
  • One Time COVID Pledge Agreement: As part of this partnership, a one- time COVID Pledge Agreement is required for all members / guests to enter the J and participate in 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: 

Anyone with the following symptoms 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

You may also need to remain at home if you have had known close contact* with confirmed COVID-19 and are unable to mask (see guidelines for quarantine following close contact)

*Close contact means: 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

Guidance regarding masks:

The CDC recommends the use of masks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Masks (covering the nose and mouth) are meant to both protect

the wearer from becoming infected, and to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.

At the J, the following requirements for masks currently apply:

  • In general, based on the CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Harris County, mask wearing is optional across all ERJCC facilities and programs.
  • Masking remains required in the context of COVID-19 exposure (quarantine) or illness (isolation) (see flowcharts).
  • The ERJCC may require masks to reduce risk in specific programs or situations

(such as large group indoor gatherings, or in the setting of a suspected outbreak.)

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.
  • 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.

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

  • Any person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 within 5 days of being at the J is asked to notify Teri Greenblatt at so that appropriate precautions / facility closures can be put into place as guided by local health officials. 

Other Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Transmission 

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

Cleansing and disinfection protocols are in place throughout the facility based on local and national guidelines.

Ventilation is optimized and/or HEPA air filters are used to the extent feasible throughout ERJCC facilities.

Cohorting and distancing are implemented as feasible appropriate for ERJCC programs. 

***Modifications to mask requirements and other 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 judgment to support both personal and community safety and well-being.