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School Days at the J Guidelines

Health and Safety Policies and Procedures

Our health and safety policies and procedures are being informed by the J’s Medical Advisory Group and recommended guidelines set forth by local, state and national organizations. Ongoing evaluations of our procedures will continue throughout the summer and any changes will be immediately communicated.

To maximize everyone’s health and safety, it is important to create a partnership with parents and staff, understanding that everyone will play a critical role in maintain a safe and healthy environment. Parents should monitor the health of their children and should not send them to the program if they exhibit any symptom of COVID-19 or if have interacted with anyone within 14 days who is known to be ill. We ask that you follow all posted instructions and guidelines provided to you while your children are attending School Days at the J. We thank you for your support and patience.

What are the preemptive policies before entering these programs?

Prior to being allowed entry into any J facility, parents on behalf of children and all adults including staff must present confirmation of completion of a daily Health Screening Form which includes a temperature check.  The health screen questions can be found at www.erjcchouston.org/healthsurvey. If the answer to any question is “yes” you are asked to remain home.

Temperature Checks
As part of this partnership, parents of children and all adults will be asked to perform temperature checks at home each day prior to arriving at the J; anyone with a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must remain at home. Staff will have their temperature checked upon arrival to work and will be sent home if their temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hand Hygiene
Upon entering and exiting the facility, all children must wash or disinfect their hands using hand sanitizer. Handwashing will be part of the transitions in between activities, before and after snacks and lunch, and bathroom trips.

Masks
All staff and specialists are required to wear a mask or face covering (over nose and mouth) at all times. Children in Kindergarten and up are required to wear a mask or face covering, with the exception while they are eating snack or lunch. We will not be able to assist children in taking off or putting on any protective equipment so please make sure you have worked with your child about how to take their mask on and off.

How will health and safety be maintained?

  • The number of children per classroom will be a maximum of 10 children with 2 staff per group. Groups will be treated like households and will have maintain frequent hand hygiene and activities will be modified to encourage social distancing but allowing the children the opportunity to play.

  • No mixing between groups. When groups are together for an activity, they will be appropriately social distanced from each other (opposite sides of room with more than six feet in between the groups and room for individuals in a group to be spread out). We will not bring more than 2 or 3 groups together in a space.

  • There will be no all group activities.

  • Children of similar age will be grouped together and we will strive to keep those groups as consistent as possible from week to week.

  • Only participants, staff and specialists will be allowed in the building areas where the program is happening.

  • All staff will be required to wear a mask, following the J guidelines, inside the building, during carpool drop off/pick up, entry and exit of the building. 

  • Hand hygiene will be included as a part of the routine throughout the day including upon entry and exit of the classroom, between activities, bathroom trips and before and after snacks and lunch.

  • Whenever possible we will limit supplies being shared across multiple groups. All supplies will be cleaned and disinfected before use by children or staff.

  • Participants must bring their own lunch. Snacks and lunch will be eaten within the classroom.

  • Participants must bring their own water bottles. Refill stations will be available throughout the day.

How will classrooms be cleaned and disinfected?

  • Staff will sanitize surfaces and handles in the classroom at the beginning of the day, before and after snack and lunch and at the end of the day.

  • Staff will clean and sanitize shared objects and materials throughout the day as they are used.

  • Increased hand sanitizing stations and institution of heightened cleaning protocols, including frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection of “high-touch” door handles, elevators, and restrooms throughout the entire J facility.

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day. 

What happens if my child or someone else becomes ill at the J?

  • Any sick children and/or staff are required to stay home.

  • Any child and/or staff who have a temperature of 100℉ or higher, or who are displaying symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, flush cheeks, shortness of breath, rash, fatigue or extreme fussiness and other childhood ailments such as vomiting or diarrhea will be sent home. See complete list of health guidelines

  • 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.

  • 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. Children will supervised during this time and in comforting area.

  • Parents must pick up a sick child within 30 minutes of being contacted.

  • Persons with known *close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 may return to the J following a 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.

  • Similarly, persons with *close contact to a person who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (but without lab-confirmation) may return to the J following a 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure; persons who wish to return to the J prior to fulfilling these criteria must obtain two negative tests for COVID-19 (testing must be performed 5 days after exposure and second test performed at least 24 hours after initial test.

  • 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.

  • If your child is confirmed to have COVID-19 within 14 days of being at School Days at the J, please contact Julie Levine jlevine@erjcchouston.org so that appropriate precautions/facility closures can be put into place as guided by local health officials.

When can my child or someone else who has been ill return to the J?

  • At least 3 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.
    ***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 negative nucleic-acid COVID-19 test(s).

 

Should you have any additional questions, please reach out to one of our team members. 

Julie Levine School Days at the J Director jlevine@erjcchouston.org 
Sasha Akatkin Program Registrar sakatkin@erjcchouston.org