Dear JCC Brooklyn Families,
We appreciate your questions and thoughts as we navigate through this trying time.
These questions have been on our minds as well and we hope to share the answers we
have now. They should help you better understand what this school year might look like for our children. While the situation is evolving, we will do our best to provide you with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.
We are planning to start school on September 13th. We’ll offer virtual cubby visits and parent orientation, prior to Sept. 13th, for all our registered families and as of Monday, September 13th our children will be able to start getting reacquainted with their teachers, classrooms as well as new and old friends.
We are licensed by the NYC Department of Health and not the Department of
Education. This means that we do not have to follow any hybrid schedule. We intend to
offer in-person programming to all of our students the entire year.
We are planning to offer our regular schedule for this school year. We will still offer our
half-day programming which ends at noon, our full-day program which ends at 3 p.m, as well as our early drop-off from 8 a.m. and our after-care/late stay program which ends at 6 p.m. Please check out our school year calendar posted on our admission page.
The structure of the kids’ day will not look much different from what a typical preschool
day would look like in terms of activities, such as circle time, arts and crafts, outdoor
time, naps, etc. However, we will implement various modifications to adhere to the most
current Department of Health guidelines.
We are working with local and state health officials and following the NYC Department
of Health guidelines to ensure the safest possible environment for our students and
Department of Health guidelines allow a maximum of 13 students per group per day. We will have 13 students in the 1’s class, 13 students in the 2’s class, and 8 students in the 3’s class. For a mixed class of 2- and 3-year-olds, there will be up to 13 kids in the class. There will always be two teachers in each class.
Guidelines are constantly being updated and we will keep families up to date with any
changes. As of today, this is how we see procedures running:
● All children are required to submit a current medical form with the
● Students’ and staff’s temperatures will be checked DAILY before entering the
● All staff will be required to wear protective face coverings while on shift.
● Sanitizing and hand-washing stations are located in all classrooms and
bathrooms and used frequently throughout the day.
● We’re going to be working side by side with our community of families to ensure
that our kids and staff stay safe during this time.
● We’re relying on families to self-report any symptoms and diagnoses to us as
They can attend a school, however, please be aware the Department of Health has
noted that children with an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, asthma,
heart conditions, and breathing issues face a much greater risk of complications from
COVID-19. While the decision of whether to send your child to school is, of course, a
personal one, we must note the severity and the risk associated with the school for
● Parents or caregivers will wait outside in a socially-distanced manner.
● Children will be dropped off at the front door.
● Parents and caregivers will not be allowed to enter the building; only staff
members, cleaning staff and other central staff will be permitted to enter.
● Staff members will be taking each child’s temperatures using a non-touch
● Staff members will undergo daily temperature and health checks.
● Each classroom will have its own drop-off/pick up time to observe social
● Upon arrival, staff and children will proceed to the bathroom to wash their hands
before they go into the classrooms.
1 year old do not need to wear masks at any point. Kids 2 and up are not required by the DOH to wear masks inside, however they must wear it while going to the playgrounds.
We will be getting rid of cloth toys that are harder to clean and will instead put out more
toys that are easy to sanitize throughout the day.
Children will still be bringing their lunch and having their snack. They will be taken to
wash their hands with soap and water before and after snack time, and before and after
nap time. Instead of having snacks as one large group, children will be socially
distanced in smaller groups around the classroom. At nap time, we will ensure that
there is appropriate space between cots. Linens will be sent home regularly for
Children are generally far more resilient than adults. They also thrive on structure and
routine, and will adapt quickly to the daily routine at school.
Contagious illnesses are easily passed around from person to person. However, if easy
sanitization guidelines are followed, we can keep those ailments to a minimum. We can
all work together to ensure that our kids, families, and staff stay healthy. Please allow
your child to rest at home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, unusual
lethargy, constant runny nose, uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, persistent abdominal pain, newly-developed and undiagnosed rash, persistent diarrhea or vomiting. Please allow your child to rest at home until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
We will fully follow the guidance of the Department of Health if any child, parent,
caregiver, or staff person tests positive for the virus.
We are well versed in all COVID safety guidelines and successfully operated our
summer camp and last school year during this “new normal.” We will continue following any and all recommendations from the Department of Health and will update our families as new guidance becomes available.
Teachers will keep families involved with daily photos for each classroom and brief descriptions of their child’s day. Our Infant-Toddler families will be the only classroom receiving extra details such as how much their child ate and how often their diapers were changed. Our relationship with families is key to our success and we look forward to sharing the kids’ experiences with our families.
We thank you for your trust and look forward to spending the 2021-2022 school year
with your and your children.