Big News! Introducing Supervised, In-Person Care for the 2020-21 School Year.
Beginning with the start of the 2020-21 school year, JCC Chicago’s J at School program will offer supervised care in safe, small groups (up to 15) that supports classroom e-learning, provides families with full day care and children with a vital social outlet.
J at School will have off site locations throughout the city and suburbs to provide our families care during remote learning. We will provide 7 hours of daily care Monday-Friday for students in grades K-8th grade. Our caring and experienced staff will direct students’ attention to their classroom program and keep each student on task and engaged with their school’s remote learning. After learning is over for the day, we will have a variety of crafts, games and activities, plus plenty of outdoor time to keep children engaged but safe during these difficult times.
Covid protocol includes daily temperature checks upon arrival, frequent handwashing and masks will be required by staff and students. Students will be required to bring lunch, laptop (or chrome book) and headphones.
The Drucker Center at Menomonee Club will open on Tues. Sept. 15. Details about pricing for our new 2 and 3-day, full-day childcare options can be discovered by clicking the “Register” button under locations.
We know you have questions.
People ask us questions all the time. We’ve put together a list of the ones asked most often.
What are we doing to keep your child safe at JCC Chicago J at School?
While returning to the school year in our new mini-school model is an adjustment for all of us and things will be different, the attention, and care will always remain indelible. Our incredible team is prepared and ready to welcome you back or welcome you to our program with open arms, smiles (under our masks) and lots of care. Upon arrival, a member of our team will be taking temperatures of both caregivers and children. Each day we will be asking general health questions about all those living in the household. Once cleared to enter the program, a staff member will bring your child to the classroom where they will wash hands and begin their day. Throughout the day there will be frequent handwashing and all high touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly. All sites will be nut free.
What is the Payment, Cancellation and Refund policy?
Payment is due in full at point of registration. The registration fee of $250 is not refundable.
Cancelation requests made prior to the 15th of the month will receive a refund for the upcoming month minus the $250 registration fee.
Cancelation requests made after the 15th month will receive a 50% refund for the upcoming month.
Any other future months of payment would be refunded in full.
How will we begin our day at JCC Chicago J at School?
All building staff, J at School staff and children will have their foreheads scanned to confirm a temperature under 100.4. These daily temperatures will be recorded. Additionally, you will be asked general health questions. Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 or greater or exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19 will not be permitted entry. In addition, children must be fever free and free of all COVID related symptoms for 72 hours without the use of medication before they will be permitted to return to school. A doctor’s note will be required upon return. JCC Chicago and J at School. reserves the right to determine re-entry into the program. In accordance with CDC, IDPH and the local health department, additional days to stay home may be required.
Will the hours/days of our program be different?
Yes, we will have adjusted hours that will reflect the school day’s online instruction. Each site will have set hours for drop off and pickup (approximately 8 AM to 4 PM each day). 7 hours of care will be available each day Monday- Friday for scheduled school days.
Will you be providing laptops and headphones?
No. Each student must bring their own labeled laptop and headphones each day. All devices will be kept separate and in individually assigned bins when not in use. All devices will be sent home at pick up to be charged and ready for the next day of learning.
Will enrichment classes be offered?
Due to space limitations and to CPS restrictions on remote programs, we will not be offering enrichment classes at this time.
Will parents be allowed into the classrooms/spaces?
Parents and caregivers will not be allowed in each of the buildings. You will be required to drop off/pick up your child outside each space. Only staff and students will be allowed in the space.
Will I be able to pick-up and drop-off midday?
Pick-up: You will be able to pick-up mid-day or any time during the program as long as you pre-schedule it with your Site Manager. You will remain outside, and we will retrieve your child for you. Once you leave for the day, you willnot be able to return to the location until the following school day.
Drop-off: You may not drop off late due to pre-screening process and school’s remote learning schedules.
In the past, J at School has always been very flexible with our families; however, due to these unprecedented times, we must follow these protocols to protect our students.
If my child is high-risk, can they come to J at School?
If your child has a pre-existing medical condition or is for any reason at a higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, please consult with your child’s healthcare provider and inform J at School as soon as possible so that we can work together to assess risk and come up with an individual plan for your family. Learn more about who is most at risk.
How many children will be in each learning pod? How many staff will be supervise each pod? Will these learning pods always be together? How often will children be outside?
Per new IDPH guidelines, we will have groups (PODS) up to 15 children. There will always be two staff members assigned to each POD and individual PODS will stay together throughout the day as a unit. All activities inside and outside will be within the POD. There will be opportunities to play outdoors with safely spaced games and activities. Weather permitting, we will be outside as much as possible. We will utilize additional site-specific outdoor grounds as available.
Will face coverings be required at JCC Chicago J at School?
Face coverings will be required when they enter an indoor facility or if they are less than 6 ft from another group. Designated areas will be set up to provide children with mask breaks. These spaces will be used with one child at time and all surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant before another student is allowed to use the space. Children and their assigned J at School staff will not have to wear face coverings within their POD when they are outdoors.
How will eating at JCC Chicago J at School be handled?
Students will be eating in their pods and all lunches should be sent in disposable containers or bags and a refillable water bottle. A morning and afternoon snack that is individually packaged will be provided. Each child will have an individual bin to store their lunches, coats and any school notebooks they may need to bring. Due to COVID-19 safety requirements and space all toys and non-essential personal belongings need to be kept at home. Mask will be put back on when a child finishes their lunch.
What is if my child has a nut allergy?
All locations will be nut free and we ask that parents and caregivers pack lunches to meet this requirement.
What are the cleaning protocols?
JCC Chicago will provide antibacterial hand sanitizer for adult use in each room. Children and staff will continue to practice and observe safe handwashing practices. Throughout the day, throughout the building and in the assigned spaces, all door handles and high-touch points will be cleaned regularly according to IDPH and CDC guidelines. All cleaning practices will continue to be observed within the spaces. The children will go outside daily (weather permitting), and we will be disinfecting between groups.
What if a child becomes sick while in our JCC Chicago J at School program?
Children who become ill while attending our J at School program will be moved to a designated area within the location with a staff member and must be picked up within one hour. If there is a positive case of COVID-19, the affected POD will be closed, and those students and staff will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days during which the space will be fully sanitized. In addition, all siblings of COVID-19 diagnosed children will also need to quarantine with their family for this 14-day period. In the instance of a positive case of COVID-19, a doctor’s note will be required to return.
What is the refund policy if a classroom or the school has to close for longer than a two-week period?
For any closure longer than a three-day period, JCC Chicago will provide credit on your account for fees paid. No further payment collection will occur during an extended closure.
Our family just returned from out of state, may my child attend J at School?
We ask that all families follow the 14 day quarantine guidelines if they have traveled to a state that requires isolation upon your return. J at School can not provide a credit for these days missed.