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Health & Safety Protocols

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our community is our top priority.

As we continue to reopen in phases and offer in-person programs and services, the following policies and procedures have been created to ensure a safe and healthy environment for community members and staff. All policies and procedures are based on local and state guidelines in partnership with the Boulder County Health Department and State Licensing. With the ever-changing environment we are currently living in, and the unknowns of COVID-19, all policies and protocols are subject to change. 

While we are taking precautions as guided by health officials, community spread of COVID-19 is ongoing, and asymptomatic transmission is known to occur. Certain individuals, such as those over 65 years of age or with underlying health conditions, are at increased risk of severe disease, and should consider taking extra precautions. All individuals should remain informed and take actions to support both their own and the community’s safety and wellbeing.

You play a critical role in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. 

Please use the following checklist for all in-person programs at the Boulder JCC. Our comprehensive protocols can be found below. 

Boulder JCC In-Person Programs Checklist

Before arriving at a Boulder JCC In-Person program:

  • Check your temperature and your child’s temperature; stay home if temperature is 100.04 F or above.
  • Complete the health screening (stay home if you have any of the listed symptoms or exposures) and be prepared to show verification that the screening was completed upon arrival at the J.

Please see Health Screening Protocol and When to Stay Home Policy for more details

When entering and/or using the Boulder JCC facilities/campus or participating in an off-site Boulder JCC program:

  • Adults and children over the age of 3 years must wear a mask at all times.
  • Maintain physical distancing (6 feet of separation from other persons) as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands when entering and exiting the facility and frequently while in the facility.
  • Follow program-specific guidelines to reduce health risks.

Please see Mask Policy, Physical Distancing, and Hand Washing protocols for more details

After using the Boulder JCC facilities or participating in a Boulder JCC program:

  • Email Health@boulderjcc.org if you or your child become ill or are confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Stay informed and take actions to support your own and the community’s safety and wellbeing.

 

Click on the following to see full protocol:

 

 
Health Screening Protocol

  • Temperature checks: All community members and staff are 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 and community members will have their temperature checked upon arrival and will be sent home if their temperature is greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Health Screening questions: All community members and staff will complete health screening questions before being permitted in any JCC indoor or outdoor area. Confirmation that the screening process was completed will be required. For those unable to complete the online screening, a health screening will be completed in person. In addition, you will be asked to sign the Boulder JCC Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. 

 

Mask Policy (Updated 9/30/2020)

All Boulder JCC staff, volunteers, community members, contractors/vendors, and visitors, ages 3 and up*, must wear an approved face mask while on the Boulder JCC campus (both indoors and outdoors) or at a Boulder JCC sanctioned gathering offsite. Children ages 2 and under should not wear masks.

*Please note below, variations on this policy for Boulder JCC’s school age and ECC programs

All face masks must:

  • be made with at least two layers of fabric, without holes
  • fully cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly around the nose, and secure under the chin
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops, and remain in place until taken off safely, allowing the user to remain hand-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with valves should not be used:

  • A recently published study by researchers at Duke University finds that bandanas and neck gaiters are not effective in reducing transmission of respiratory droplets. Until further notice, bandanas and neck gaiters should not be used as face masks to comply with Boulder JCC mask requirements.
  • Any face mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not a face mask under this policy and is not to be used to comply with Boulder JCC mask requirements. Valves of this type permit droplet release from the mask and put others nearby at risk.

Please Note: 

  • The Boulder JCC requires masks to be worn in conjunction with physical distancing; the use of face masks is not a substitute for physical distancing
  • Those who come to the Boulder JCC campus or offsite gathering without an approved mask will be provided one upon arrival
  • Plastic face shields may be worn in addition to a face covering but not in place of one

Masks may be removed when:

  • Actively eating or drinking - this should always take place outdoors when at least 6 feet of distance can be maintained 
  • Outdoors when alone with considerable distance (ten feet or more) from all others 

*Policy variations for Boulder JCC’s school age and ECC programs:

Phillips Early Childhood Center (ECC):
Children enrolled in our ECC Kindergarten classes are required to wear a mask starting on October 5. If you would like your child over the age of 3 in other ECC classes to wear a mask, we will do our best to support them. No child will wear a mask during nap time or on the playground. Efforts to facilitate physical distancing will be part of children’s programming, though may not be feasible in all circumstances.

Boulder JCC School-Aged Programs (Elementary):
Participants will be required to have a mask with them at all times. Participants must wear masks at all times while indoors and when participating in an outdoor activity where 6-feet of distance cannot be kept. Participants are not required to wear masks when participating in activities outdoors where 6-feet of distance can be kept.

Boulder JCC School-Aged Programs (High School):
Participants must wear masks at all times.

 

Physical Distancing Protocol

Efforts to ensure physical distancing (6-feet of separation) will be observed at all times. Measures include:

  • Separate entrances and exits
  • One-way traffic flow throughout building whenever possible
  • 1-person at a time in bathrooms and elevator

 

Hand Washing Protocol

Handwashing is required:

  • upon entering and exiting the facility
  • before and after using the restroom
  • before and after eating or handling food
  • before and after touching one’s face (including after touching a mask or face covering, or after discarding a used tissue)
  • and any other time the hands are visibly or potentially contaminated

Hand sanitizer will always be available if handwashing is unavailable (such as an outdoor event or an off-site hike)

 

Other Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Transmission

  • We have implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures. Each evening, our outside cleaning company deep cleans all camp, ECC, and active areas of the J. Additionally, there is frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces (such as bathroom surfaces, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, countertops, and tables), materials, and equipment throughout the day. Specific protocols will vary according to the program type.

  • Additional efforts to reduce the risk of transmission will vary according to the program type and will be communicated appropriately (e.g. limited capacity/group sizes; no mixing of groups with staggered playground and activity times, etc.).

  • Informational signage will be posted throughout the campus outlining policies and procedures.

 

When to Stay Home Policy

  • Who should stay home from the J? Anyone with the following symptoms or exposures must remain at home:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeling feverish or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.40 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Known close contact* (within the 14 preceding days) with a person who is confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19.

  • Individuals who have been ill and/or tested negative for COVID-19 may return to the J when ALL of the following criteria have been met:
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of symptoms without the use of 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
    Individuals 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).

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to the J when ALL of the following criteria have been met:
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of symptoms without the use of 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.

  • What if I have come into contact with someone who has been ill?
    • Individuals with known close contact* with a person who is lab-confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19 may return to the J following a 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.
    Individuals 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.

  • What if an individual becomes ill while at the J?
    • Any person who becomes ill while at the J will be isolated until the individual can be safely dismissed home or to a healthcare facility.
    • We 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.
    • If the individual is being tested for COVID-19, we will contact the Health Department and advise all community members who have been in the building and all staff.
    • We will continue to keep community members and staff informed of test results and any additional measures that may be required.
    • 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.

  • What if an individual becomes ill after being at the J?
    • Any person who is confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of being at the J is asked to email Health@boulderjcc.org so that appropriate steps can be taken as guided by local health officials.
    • If the individual is being tested for COVID-19, we will contact the Health Department and advise all community members who have been in the building and all staff.
    • We will continue to keep community members and staff informed of test results and any additional measures that may be required.
    • 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.

*Close contact refers to:

  1. a) Being within approximately 6 feet of a person confirmed or presumed positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more).

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  1. b) Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g. being coughed on).