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Summer Fun at the J Opening Guidelines

SUMMER FUN at the J Healthy and Safety Policies and Procedures

SUMMER FUN at the J is designed to provide children rising Kinder – rising 5th grade a weekly recreational summer experience. Our decision to offer SUMMER FUN at the J was fueled by the need to meet two critical goals for our community. Our first, and primary goal, is to relieve the burden of families in need of childcare as they return to work. The second goal is to provide a recreational and social experience this summer for as many children as possible.  SUMMER FUN at the J prioritizes health and safety while providing children with a fun and memorable summer experience.

Our health and safety policies and procedures are being informed by the J’s Medical Advisory Group, the American Camping Association 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 SUMMER FUN at the J. We thank you for your support and patience.

What are the preemptive policies before entering SUMMER FUN at the J?

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 100.0 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 100.0 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) when entering / exiting the facilities and pool area, or when indoors and within 6 feet of another person.  Children under age 10 are not required to wear a mask or face covering, in recognition of challenges with compliance as outlined above.

How will health and safety be maintained at SUMMER FUN at the J?

  • 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 SUMMER FUN at the J specialist will be allowed in the building areas where SUMMER FUN at the J 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. The only exception is outside for swim or outside for a long period of time where social distancing can occur.

  • While children under age 10 are not required to wear masks or any type of personal protective equipment, we will support families who choose to send their children to the program with protective measures. We will not be able to assist children in taking off or putting on any protective equipment nor be able to manage keeping up with those items.

  • 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.

  • Children should arrive with sunscreen applied each morning. Parents should also send them with sunscreen, preferably spray sunscreen and a face stick. Parents of younger children who cannot apply their own sunscreen may choose to send their children in a full-coverage bathing suit or a swim shirt. Staff will not be able assist in the hands-on application of sunscreen; they will only be permitted to spray the children outside as needed. Note: The J is unable to provide sunscreen to campers and campers are not permitted to share sunscreen.

  • Participants must bring their own snacks and 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 SUMMER FUN at the J 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.

How will this translate for your children at SUMMER FUN at the J? How will help your children adjust to SUMMER FUN at the J?

  • At the start of each week participants will engage in an opening activity about healthy habits. This will include an interactive explanation about the spread of germs and common language they will hear while at SUMMER FUN at the J in regards to distancing, handwashing and cleaning.

  • Children will learn our SUMMER FUN at the J theme song that will be used as a part of our classroom daily opening rituals to create community and friendly reminders about implementing our healthy habits.

  • Children friendly signage will be placed in classrooms, activities spaces, bathrooms and hallways to reminder everyone about healthy habits.

  • Children will be able to see their staff’s friendly faces from a picture badge they will wear throughout the day.

What happens if my child or someone else becomes ill during SUMMER FUN 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.

  • 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 a medical professional’s note clearing the individual to return based on an alternative diagnosis.

  • 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 SUMMER FUN at the J we ask that you notify Anita Bormaster at abormaster@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).


We understand how trying and uncertain things are right now in just about every aspect of our lives. We also understand the part SUMMER FUN at the J will play in the lives of our families in supporting both working parents and the emotional, social and physical health of our children. We know children and families are looking forward to reconnecting through SUMMER FUN at the J and that SUMMER FUN at the J needs to be a safe place. This is our number one goal and we thank you for allowing your children to join us this summer. 

We are so excited to welcome your children back to the J for SUMMER FUN. We thank you for trusting us with your children and assure you we will do our very best to ensure they have a safe, fun and memorable summer. 

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

Anita Bormaster Director abormaster@erjcchouston.org
Sasha Akatkin Program Registrar sakatkin@erjcchouston.org  
Meagan Friedman Program Director, Rising PK3-PK4 mfriedman@erjcchouston.org
Brennan Blankenship Program Director, Rising Kinder bblankenship@erjcchouston.org 
Julie Levine Program Director, Rising 1st-2nd grade jlevine@erjcchouston.org
Eva De La Cruz Program Director, Rising 3rd-5th grade edelacruz@erjcchouston.org 
Rene Kariel West Houston Site Director, Rising K–5 rkariel@erjcchouston.org