Covid-19 Health and Safety
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The Edlavitch DCJCC is committed to the health and safety of our community above all else and, particularly at a time when children under the age of 5 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, we are taking additional steps with respect to vaccinations and masks in order to protect the children in our building, in our homes, and in our community.
Effective September 1, 2021, the EDCJCC requires all staff and community participants above the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated* in order to enter the EDCJCC building. Visitors must show proof of vaccination either by displaying digital documentation of vaccination on a smartphone or by presenting a physical copy of their vaccination card (and, if necessary, proof of identity). Individuals with a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccination must provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival to the building.
* Note that fully vaccinated means either that 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of an FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccine or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccine.
Effective March 21, 2022, masking will be optional within the EDCJCC, except for in Goldman Theater and Cafritz Hall, as well as in any other program deemed necessary by the seating layout.
Our vaccination and mask policies will be updated based on CDC guidance, as well as guidance from local and state governmental health authorities. Updates or adjustments to these policies will be communicated on our website and in emails to our community. These policies will be implemented and enforced in full compliance with all applicable laws requiring reasonable accommodations of disabilities and religious beliefs.
There is a deeply held Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, which holds that the protection of human life is the highest priority above all other laws, requirements, or freedoms. Thank you for joining the EDCJCC in an effort to combat COVID-19 and to keep our community safe.
We look forward to welcoming you back into our community, and we want you to feel confident that we are doing this with your safety as our top priority.
DC Health continues to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of those common illnesses:
• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not available. The CDC has a helpful handwashing resource page with activities for families and videos in English and Spanish.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when feeling sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In addition to implementing the measures suggested by the CDC and other authorities, the EDCJCC is taking these specific precautions within our building:
• Placing hand sanitizer in all public areas and high-touch areas, including but not limited to the Preschool and other ECYF spaces, Cafritz Hall, Goldman Theater, the Fitness Center, in restrooms, and throughout the main lobby.
• Placing signage in all restrooms encouraging visitors to wash their hands according to CDC guidelines.
• Implementing additional cleaning and disinfectant procedures throughout the building during the day.
• Encouraging all staff to stay home if they display any of the symptoms listed above.