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ECC Reopening Handbook

San Diego Jewish Academy Early Childhood Center

Campus Reopening Handbook

Welcoming Your Children With Care


Dear Families,

This handbook shares policies and procedures designed to allow us to welcome your children on campus to the Early Childhood Center on August 18. We are all responsible for the health of ourselves, our families, and each other. As part of our wonderful community, we can all take steps—many of which you are familiar with by now—to create a safe and healthy environment for your children.

Given that public health statistics, government guidelines, and other factors may change, policies, procedures, and protocols may be adjusted. Should this document need to be amended, you will be alerted to changes.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions.


Thank you,

Yael Edelstein                     Anita Ip

ECC Director                       ECC Assistant Director



Click here for a downloadable version of this document.


This handbook covers the following information about SDJA Early Childhood Center’s (ECC) preparation and guidelines for being on campus:

  1. Why We Can Open
  2. Class Sizes, Ratios, and Schedules
  3. Classroom Environment
  4. Disinfection Protocols
  5. Food and Mealtimes
  6. Brightwheel App for Check-in and Communication
  7. Emocha App Daily Health Screening
  8. Drop-off and Pickup
  9. Handwashing
  10. Physical Distancing
  11. Facial Coverings and PPE
  12. Child, Family, or Teacher Has Symptoms or Tests Positive

1. Why We Can Open

Our ECC operates under the mandate and guidelines of the California Department of Social Services, which confirmed that we can open the ECC campus with strict procedures in place.

As we prepared, we relied on guidance from the following sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Department of Education
  • California Department of Public Health
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Consultation with experts in relevant medical fields
  • SDJA Re-Opening Task Force
  • SDJA Board of Directors, Senior Leadership Team

We are preparing all ECC classes by modifying our ventilation system to maximize outside air flow, installing germicidal UV-C lamps in our HVAC ducting, significantly reducing the burden of bacteria and viruses within the air supply of all classrooms, deep cleaning carpets and tiles, and sanitizing classrooms using products that are safe and are approved for use against SARS-CoV-2. We continue to monitor and consult with SDJA leadership and medical professionals in conjunction with adhering to guidelines at state and federal levels regarding hygiene and best practices. Disinfection will be ongoing inside and outside of the classrooms. The ECC will have the assistance of dedicated facilities staff members who will perform disinfection throughout the day to support a clean and safe environment during school hours. In addition, the nightly custodial team will disinfect and clean classrooms after hours. The health and safety of our community is our number one priority.

2. Class Sizes, Ratios, and Schedules

  • Morning Care is from 7:30am-9:00am. Afternoon Care is from 3:30pm-5:30pm.
  • Each classroom has a specific outdoor space for its exclusive use as desired each
  • Children and teachers will stay in their own unit; classes will not co-mingle nor share classroom space for the entirety of the day.
  • All class schedules will be staggered to reduce the number of children in any given area.


Name Max. class size Teachers


Parparim (Beit Yeladim)

12 4



12 2



12 2



12 2


Anafim, Nitzanim

12 2


Alim, Prachim, Perot

12 2



12 2

3. Classroom Environment

  • All children have an assigned personal cubby. All items should be labeled with the child’s name.
  • Children are encouraged to take their shoes off and place it in their cubby space.
  • For their own protection and the protection of others, children 2 years and older will be strongly encouraged to wear a face mask indoors and out, starting from the point of drop-off.
  • Personal toys and games from home are not permitted.
  • To reduce the amount of sharing, children will have their own supplies (e.g. writing and drawing implements) in their cubbies.
  • Teachers will:
    • Set up classroom space to encourage individual and small group activities.
    • Use creative ways to encourage social distancing in the classroom (incorporating different materials such as yarn, carpet squares, masking tape, etc.).
    • Model physical distancing and mask-wearing.
    • Plan for activities that do not require close physical proximity.
  • If your child naps:
    • Each child will be assigned a nap cot.
    • Sheets and blankets will be sent home every day for washing and are expected to be returned clean to the center the next day.
    • Cots and cribs will be placed 6 feet apart, with heads in opposite directions.

4. Disinfection Protocols

  • ECC has dedicated facilities staff members to help with increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting during the day. This is in addition to the nightly custodial crew, who will clean and disinfect every room and bathroom every night.
  • Each classroom will be disinfected while the children are outside.
  • Teachers will regularly disinfect their class while in session.
  • Bathrooms will be disinfected multiple times a day.
  • Outdoor areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily between use by each group.
  • Toys and materials will be disinfected multiple times a day.
  • SDJA uses cleaning and disinfectant products that are safe and approved for use against SARS-CoV-2 by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Chemicals used in the disinfecting process are non-toxic to children.

5. Food and Mealtimes 

Food and mealtimes will be adjusted to minimize cross contamination.

  • Provide a packed lunch from
  • Snack:
    • If your child leaves at 1pm, family provides 1
    • If your child leaves at 3:30pm or 5:30pm, family provides 2
  • Keep lunch and snacks separated and clearly
  • In an effort to reduce touchpoints, consider packing lunches in a way that does not require further preparation in class (pack warm foods in thermos containers, pack sandwiches, ).
  • Check with your teachers regarding food allergies and restrictions in your
  • Staff will:
    • Ensure proper handwashing before and after
    • Disinfect tables and surfaces before and after
    • Seat children farther apart during meal
    • Provide disposable

      6. Brightwheel App for Check-in and Communication 

      Brightwheel (mybrightwheel.com) is a leading early childhood education app. The app will provide a QR code on your own device that you will use to sign your child in and out each day. It also enables our ECC teachers to conduct touchless sign-ins and sign-outs, share photos and activities, and communicate with you all in one paperless platform. You will receive private, real-time updates and photos on your phone or computer. Please be sure to download the brightwheel app onto your device. Brightwheel supports many systems in the ECC. Look for an invitation to join brightwheel before your child starts in the ECC program.

      7. Emocha App Daily Health Screening

      The emocha app (emocha.com) is our platform for daily home health screening and monitoring. Please be sure you registered for it and have downloaded it to your personal devices, per the instructions we have separately provided. Through emocha, you will complete a brief temperature report and health questionnaire each morning before drop-off. Emocha’s green badge means your child can come to school that day; a yellow badge means your child must stay home. A grey badge means you have not checked in. Staff and students will also undergo a visual health check and touch-free temperature check when arriving on campus. No one with any Covid-19 symptoms will be permitted on campus.

      8. Drop-off and Pickup 

      Hand sanitizing stations are placed at each drop-off/pickup location. In order to keep the children and staff well and healthy, we are limiting the number of adults who may enter the classrooms. Floater teachers, substitute teachers from outside companies, vendors and parents will not enter the classrooms.

      Drop-Off Procedures

      1. Locate the Drop-off zone along the curb of the ECC (pop up tents 1 and 2; see diagram at the end of this document)
      2. Park your car in an open numbered spot along the white ECC curb.
      3. Answer the health questionnaire through emocha
      4. You must wear a face mask and remain next to your car. Children 2 years and older will be strongly encouraged to wear a face mask indoors and out.
      5. Per CDC guidance, we strongly recommend that one consistent guardian drops the child off every day.
      6. Using Brightwheel check in, scan the drop off QR code by your spot and sign your child in on your own device.
      7. If needed, message a pickup staff member through Brightwheel with your spot number. We will be there shortly.
      8. Gather your child and their backpack, then stay in the marked area by your spot to maintain safe distance.
      9. An ECC staff member will approach and do a visual wellness check and take your child’s temperature. Your child will sanitize their hands.
      10. Once cleared, the staff member will escort your child to their classroom.

        Pick-Up Procedures

        1. Your child will be with their classroom unit at pickup time. They will not co-mingle with other classes at all during the
        2. Message us through Brightwheel when you are waiting at the pickup point (same area as drop-off in the morning).
        3. Your child will wash their hands before leaving the
        4. A staff member will walk your child and their belongings to the pickup
        5. All adults must wear a mask and children 2 years and older will be strongly encouraged to wear a face mask indoors and
        6. Sign your child out on your device by scanning the QR code through

        Late Drop-Off and Early Pickup

        • Parents will message staff through
        • Parents will follow the same drop-off and pick up procedures as described

        9. Handwashing

        • Handwashing is part of our daily routine. We also teach children to avoid contact with their face, use a tissue to wipe their nose, and to cough/sneeze into their elbows.
        • Teachers instill good habits by teaching your child to wash their hands for 20 seconds.
        • Each classroom has two handwashing sinks. Each playground also has handwashing
        • Handwashing will occur at drop off, pickup, before and after going to the bathroom, before and after meals, before and after playing outside, and whenever needed between

        10. Physical Distancing

        • We will maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between
        • Children and their classroom teachers will stay in their own stable unit. Classes will not co-mingle or share classroom
        • Teachers will plan for activities that do not require close physical
        • All class schedules will be staggered to reduce the number of children in any given

        11. Facial Coverings and PPE

        According to guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Diego County, face coverings are strongly encouraged for young children between two years old and second grade. A face shield is an acceptable alternative for children in this cohort who cannot wear them properly.

        SDJA Children (2 years old and over), for their own protection and the protection of others, will be strongly encouraged to wear a face covering indoors and out, starting from the point of drop-off. A cloth face covering or face shield can be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced. When a cloth face covering is temporarily removed it will be placed in a clean paper bag, provided by SDJA. SDJA will provide a face covering to students who do not have their own and who choose to wear one.

        SDJA Teachers and Staff are mandated to wear face coverings at all times unless Cal/OSHA standards require respiratory protection. In addition, SDJA teachers and staff can choose to wear face shields as well.

        12. If a Child/Family Member or ECC Teacher or Staff Has Symptoms or Tests Positive

        Please note that local authorities and our medical consultants continue to update and refine these guidelines. We will update you as these guidelines develop. Here is what we know at this time:

        • A daily health questionnaire is required from all staff and students entering the center. This will be completed through the emocha app. It is imperative that these health questions are answered honestly to protect the health and safety of our community.
        • Teachers and staff will monitor children’s health throughout the day. You will be notified if your child does not feel well, in which case we will isolate the child to a safe area outside of the classroom under the care of our school nurse or a member of their team. You will be contacted and will be required to pick up your child within 60 minutes curbside at the ECC drop off/pick up area. Parents will follow pickup procedures above and staff will walk the child to the car once they are messaged. Parents will also use Brightwheel to sign their child out.

        Staff will follow up with the family to monitor the child’s condition and diagnosis and will communicate conditions in which the child can return to school according to the Covid-19 health and illness policies. SDJA staff will also notify appropriate groups and agencies.

        • Children may not come onto campus if they or anyone in their household exhibits any of the COVID-19 symptoms below:
          • Fever (Temperature of 100F or above)
          • Cough
          • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
          • Chills
          • Repeated shaking with chills
          • Fatigue
          • Muscle pain
          • Headache
          • Sore throat
          • Congestion or runny nose
          • Nausea or vomiting
          • Diarrhea
          • Loss of taste and/or smell
        • Here are some possible scenarios and subsequent actions, all aligned with the information from the California Department of Public Health:
          • If you as a parent test positive, it is likely that the entire household including your child will also be tested for COVID-19 and quarantined until test results return and/or quarantined for 14 days to see if your child develops symptoms.
          • If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and is not re-tested, she/he needs to stay home at least ten days, and be 3 days without symptoms without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning.
          • If your child tests positive but then is retested within 24 hours and receives a negative result, she/he can return after ten days as long as symptoms improve.
          • If your child displays symptoms but tests negative for COVID-19, she/he can return after 3 days of being symptom free without the use of fever- reducing medications AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND, at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
          • If your child displays symptoms but never undergoes a test, she/he must be asymptomatic for ten days without the use of medication before returning.
          • If a child or staff is not feeling well and is sent home—but we do not know what they are ill with—then according to state guidelines class can continue. If the student/staff is subsequently diagnosed with COVID, the cohort (anyone who has spent extended periods within 6 feet of the student and for 15 minutes) would need to quarantine for 14 days since last exposure to the diagnosed case.
          • If 5% of the ECC were to be diagnosed with COVID, then the entire ECC would be closed for 14 days.
          • We are required to report a positive test to SDJA medical staff and leadership, the County Epidemiology Department, and the Department of Social Services.

        **To help understand how to correctly count the days and what actions to take in each scenario, you can reference the CDC’s webpage on quarantining**.

        Thank you all for your help and support as we navigate this year together. We will all be healthier by following these guidelines, by helping each other, and by communicating effectively. We look forward to a wonderful school year with your family.

        ECC Drop Off Diagram