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COVID-19 Update: March 13, 2020

03/16/2020 01:19:41 PM


March 13, 2020

Dear Families,


Over the past day, many parents have expressed increased concerns about Coronavirus/COVID-19 and requests for further information about JRC Early Childhood’s response. If you have not already read the email from JRC leadership addressing JRC’s synagogue wide plan, you can view that here. At this time, we have decided to keep the early childhood program open, as the Illinois Department of Public Health does not currently recommend routine closing of schools, including early childhood programs. If the local situation changes, and we determine that the best course of action is to close the early childhood center parents will be notified by email, and an announcement would be posted on the JRC Early Childhood Facebook page.


Our decision to remain open is guided by the fact that our small school size and our physical location in the JRC building minimizes children and staff’s contact with the general public outside of our school community. As you know, we stringently follow handwashing, surface sanitizing, and food sanitation procedures, both in the preschool and in the adjacent gross motor area. We also will continue to strictly follow our illness policy, and will be extending this to the adults who bring children to school. If you or child have a fever of 100 or above, vomiting, diarrhea, or undiagnosed rash, please stay home and take care of yourselves. At this time of heightened awareness and concern about illness, I’d encourage families to err on the side of over-precaution – if you think you or your child may be sick, please stay home and take care of yourselves. In addition, if you have been exposed to an individual confirmed or suspected to be diagnosed with the COVID-19, please stay home and seek medical advice. If for any reason you will be self-isolating, please let me know. Any individual or family health information will be kept confidential, but this knowledge will help inform decision making that can keep our community safe and healthy.


Thank you everyone for your diligence in washing your hands, and not being offended if I keep reminding you! Going forward, there are a few more things we are asking parents to do:


·        If you are entering the early childhood center at all, for any reason, please wash your hands first. You can do this conveniently in the adult bathrooms on the first floor.


·        Parents picking up children in Shorashim 2’s, please be sure to leave time to wash your hands before entering the classroom.


·        Please practice social distancing at pick up time. There’s plenty of room in our hallways to space yourselves and still be able to enjoy conversation and community.


·        Please be sure to share this information with anyone who will be picking up or dropping off your child.


I also want to encourage everyone to take care of yourselves and your families – not just physically, but emotionally too. This time of uncertainty and anxiety takes a toll on all of us, especially parents who are also caring for the emotional needs of their children. Here are some resources for talking to children about what is happening, and responding to their questions.


The situation around COVID-19 is changing rapidly, and JRC Early Childhood will be re-evaluating our plan and procedures daily. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Also, your clergy are here for you. Rabbi Rachel, Cantor Howard, and Rabbi David are available to talk by phone at any time. Please feel free to reach out to any of us as you need to.




Shelli Patt, Early Childhood DIrector


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