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Health & Safety FAQs

1. Why is it ok for siblings to remain in a program if a class/group has been closed down?

In the event of an exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, the Medical Advisory Task Force may recommend closure of a class or group based on who was in close contact with the ill individual. This allows all exposed persons to self-quarantine and monitor for the development of symptoms. If a sibling is a member of a different class/group, and was not exposed to the ill individual, then the sibling can continue to attend the J with the standard precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

2. Why do we have to remain at home before we know the test results?

It is important to quarantine just in case symptoms develop or you could be an asymptomatic carrier. Our goal is to minimize spread throughout the community.

3. Will parents be notified each time someone has symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

Yes, the J would like to be transparent with this information so that your family can decide how you would like to proceed with your return. The J would request the same transparency from our members so that we can protect others in our community.

4. How long will a classroom be closed if a teacher/counselor has symptoms and/or is positive?

It depends on each case and the timing of when the teacher/counselor developed symptoms or is confirmed COVID-19 positive. In general, if the Medical Advisory Task Force recommends closure of a class due to close contact with an ill teacher/counselor, the classroom will be closed for 14 days from the last day of exposure.

5. What needs to happen for the J to reopen a group or classroom?

The J has created health and safety protocols based on guidance from the CDC and state/local public health agencies. In general, as above, a classroom that has been closed down due to an exposure will most likely be closed for 14 days from the last day of exposure. The J, in consultation with the Medical Advisory Task Force, will communicate with families regarding the timing of reopening a group or classroom as promptly as possible.

6. What if my child has symptoms that are resolved in 24-48 hours - when can they return?

The J's health and safety protocols advise that if a person has symptoms of COVID-19, the person can return to the J based on a symptom-based strategy or a testing-based strategy. See the health and safety protocols for details, some of which are below:

Option 1: Symptom-based strategy. A person with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 may return to the J when all of the following criteria have been met:

  • At least three days (72 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); AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

OR

Option 2: Test-based strategy. A person with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 may return to the J when all of the following criteria have been met:

  • Resolution of fever with without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Improvement in COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, etc., AND
  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 test from at least two consecutive nasopharyngeal swab specimens collected greater than or equal to 24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens)

7. How many negative tests are required?

In general, two negative tests (24 hours apart) are required to rule out COVID-19. Testing is not 100% accurate; the reason for the second test is to make sure the first test was not a “false negative.” 

8. What is the communication plan if a counselor/teacher is confirmed positive?

As per the Health and Safety Protocols, if a counselor/teacher is confirmed as having COVID-19, the J will notify close contacts of the ill individual. If it is not possible to identify close contacts of the ill individual, the J will provide a public notification regarding the potential for community exposure.

9. What are the refund policies?

The J will refund/credit program fees and tuition payments for the time in which a class or Summer Fun program is cancelled by the J due to a confirmed case and/or symptoms that require the group/class to be shut down.

10. Who should I contact if I have additional questions or concerns?

Please contact Teri Greenblatt, Assistant Executive Director and COVID-19 Coordinator, at tgreenblatt@erjcchouston.org