JCC COVID-19 Updates

Aaron Family JCC COVID-19 Updates

The J is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our members, staff, and participants.
Below you will find helpful resources, facility updates and program cancellations.

The JCC will begin Phase 2 opening on Monday, June 1


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dear JCC Family,

As previously announced, our hours of operation are expanding for Phase II starting on Monday, June 1st. In addition to the expanded hours, the indoor pools will reopen on that day with reservation options similar to our fitness center. Please pay close attention to the hours of operation, as we will have new deep cleaning times. We are reducing the requirement to wear masks on the fitness center floor but will offer a mask required time each day to accommodate those who feel more comfortable wearing them. We look forward to opening up more of our facility for you, our valued members over the next several weeks.

Hours of Operation as of June 1st:

Fitness Center & Indoor Pools:
(Outdoor Pool Remains closed)

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • CLOSED FOR CLEANING: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm each day
  • Mask required times for Fitness Center: Monday through Friday (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Tennis Center

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR UPDATED FAQ FOR PHASE II.

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT RECOMMENDED:

Fitness Center Fast Pass: Click here to reserve space on the fitness center floor for busier times

Indoor Pool Reservation: Click here to reserve your space in the lap pool or warm water pool.

Group Fitness:
Our virtual group fitness will continue in June and is moving to a member only Facebook group. All J sponsored classes will only broadcast from this source going forward. Please click this link to join:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/801857423678903/

Artie Allen, CEO
aallen@jccdallas.org
214-239-7101

The J is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our members, staff, and participants. We are always vigilant with our protocol and the measures that we take to minimize the transmission of infectious disease here at the AFJCC and ensure the ongoing health of the members of the AFJCC Community. Click the button below to read the email that was sent out by AFJCC’s CEO, Artie Allen.

JUNE 2020

June 3 – Special Event: Annual Meeting [Link]
June 18 – Bookfest: Chris Wallace [Link]
June 21 – Special Event: Bagel Run [Link]

Check out our calendar of live events for the Goldberg Early Childhood Center, Sports, Fitness, Wellness, and J Performing Arts Space

  • Click here to sign up for FREE, virtual wellness coaching
  • Click here to view FREE, at-home, virtual workouts by Les Mills
  • Click here for SilverSneakers instructor-led, virtual classes and resources

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

Please read before you go further. This information is critically important. The JCC is putting plans in place for a special summer experience. We all must recognize and realize the precautions being put in place cannot guarantee COVID-19 or other illnesses will not occur at camp this summer. No camp can make that guarantee. While we will follow CDC guidelines, you will need to make the best decision for you and your family as to your participation in camp this summer.

JCC Day Camp will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020 (Session 2)!!!

I hope each of you are doing well. We miss seeing you at the J. I want to assure you that the J has been working tirelessly to create an effective plan for camp this summer. The camp directors have been together every step of the way and have been working as a unit to make changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thankfully, camp is a major program all over the nation and as such provides us with tremendous resources at our disposal. We have heard from some of the brightest medical experts and camping experts. This has been done at the local level as well.  It has been both informational and inspirational. We are looking forward to receiving some additional guidelines shortly that will help us even more.

I know you want answers to questions specifically about our camp and I want to provide you with what we know today. Please see the FAQs below: 

  1. Will there be camp this summer?  Yes! Camp will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020.
  2.  Are you working on camp plans? Of course we are!!!! The camp directors have been hard at work creating great camp plans. We are also awaiting guidelines from the American Camping Association and the Centers for Disease Control. These have been promised to camps across the nation and we expect them by mid-May.Camp plans are being modified to include:
    1. The need for social distancing, smaller camp groups (10), and attention to daily transitions.
    2. Each group having a self-contained “home base.”
    3. A change to camp carpool, and how children can be picked up during the day if necessary.
    4. A modified swim program is being designed.
    5. Health screening will take place each morning on arrival.
    6. Camp staff and campers will be wearing masks/face coverings during many activities, and especially, when social distancing is not possible which includes transition times.  We have ordered camp face covering for the campers, however, recommend that you choose some now and help your children get comfortable with them. They may wear their own or the one provided by camp.
  3. Will my child be in the camp they selected?

    1. Each of our camps offer some different and some of the same activities. Campers will be grouped based on the camp in which they are registered. Programs will be modified and will be different than in the past.
    2. Campers will get their gymnastics, theatre, tennis, sports, singing, games, and so much more with limited specialty camp staff. The schedules will look different than in past years but we will have the learning, growing and fun that we have always had at J Camps.
  4.  Will cleaning procedures be any different this summer?
    1. Sanitizing procedures will follow CDC guidelines. We will bring in additional housekeeping staff for the summer to accomplish this.
    2. We will have plenty of soap, water and hand sanitizer and will use it often.
  5. Will there be field trips, late nights, overnights? At this time, we are suspending all trips, late nights, and overnights. This will only serve to motivate the camp staff to make each day very special while the children are at camp.
  6. Will there be camp buses this summer? Sadly, due to social distancing challenges there will be no buses this summer.
  7. Will the campers go outside or get to play in the gym? Yes, following all the same precautions of physical distancing.
  8. Will there be extended care? Yes, but with a shortened time frame. Early care will begin at 8:00 a.m. and afternoon care will end at 5:00 p.m.
  9. Will there be Theme Days and Special Programs? Yes, they will be  similar to past years with some added fun for all camp activities.
  10. Will the refund deadline be extended? The refund deadline is June 3, 2020.
  11. How will camp payments be managed if camp does not start on time? Session 1 fees will be refunded if there is no balance due for future sessions. If there is a balance, the refund will be applied to the amount due and the remaining dollars refunded.
  12. Can I get a refund for camp? We hope to see you at camp this summer however, if you want a refund we will process it for you. Please send me an email at lseymour@jccdallas.org.

We are here to answer your individual questions and to support you. Please keep in touch – we are your J family!

Take care,

Laura Seymour & the J Camp Team

PREVIOUS EMAILS

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

To our Camp Family,

We are all looking forward to camp this summer. We know you have many questions like what will camp look like? We are working on plans to make sure everything is just right for when we welcome our campers. As Camping Services Director, I oversee the team of directors and we work together to make sure everything is ready to go.

All of us will be following the same guidelines:

  • We are taking guidance from CDC and ACA recommendations such as smaller groups, greater use of outdoor facilities, stricter facility room assignments and managing of camp groups as they move throughout the facility.
  • The groups will be based on the camps you are registered for, so Gymnastics campers will be in small groups with their gymnastics counselor and the same for all the other camps.
  • We are implementing additional scheduled cleaning measures from washing hands to sanitizing toys.
  • Social distancing, masks, gloves, new rituals for welcoming – all are in the plan.

Camp will different and it will be great. Can we all sing together? Yes, we stay in our rooms and open the doors and sing! Can we swim in the pool? Yes, with small groups and times scheduled so we can use all areas of the pool. Can we be creative with everything we love about camp? Yes – this is our intention. This is our commitment and we are all in this together. We will make it happen.

We can’t do this alone. We need your support. We know there are many questions you have about camp and we want to be here to answer them. Please talk as a family and then share with us your questions. Please email me at lseymour@jccdallas.org.

As you may imagine space is at a premium. We have many campers registered and many more interested. As we plan, it is essential for us to know your plans for the summer. Your child(ren) currently has a spot reserved in camp. If for any reason your plans have changed please let me know by May 22nd as that is our official refund* deadline.

Thank you for your belief and support of the J and camp. Many of you have grown up here and come to camp. We are here to support your family now and always – we are family!

*Refunds are subject to JCC Camp Agreement

Take care of yourselves and keep the spirit!

Laura

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello TTC Campers & Parents,

The world is changing minute to minute, hour to hour, and day to day.  It was our hope to be able to continue with our scheduled Teen Travel Camp trip to Los Angeles.  We are sad to share that we have made the decision to cancel.  However, we have planned an amazing in town experience as a substitute for this week.

We are keeping in communication with JCC management and more information will be available in the coming weeks.

We will be issuing full refunds for the trip.  Please be patient as we navigate during this time, and begin the process of providing a great summer.  If you would like to sign up for the in town experience please let us know.  We can apply your payments accordingly.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.  Thank you so much and we hope you and your family are staying safe.

Rachel Wagner (rwagner@jccdallas.org)
Brian Lovelace (blovelace@jccdallas.org)

For all J camp families:

More updates will be coming to all camp families in the next weeks with the plans we are making.   Please feel free to reach out to me as well with any questions you may have.

Take care,

Laura

Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

Camp is a place, and time, for living in the moment and being truly present! Children experience the fun, friendship, connections, and belonging with each other and camp staff – and they bring home those feelings and memories. Today we are living in the moment of a challenging time and experiencing a full range of emotions.

Many children, families and camp staff dream of camp all through the year waiting to go back to that special place where they can be their true self. At the J, we are all hoping that dream will come true – we will be at camp!! To that goal, we continue to plan and prepare for the summer we hope will happen.

Artie Allen, our CEO, told all our camp directors, “I have no doubt that the day we know we can open, all of you will hit the ground running to give our children a great experience!”  That is our challenge and getting ready for camp is what we are doing!!

Updates and reports change daily and we are using those guidelines to make decisions.  We will continue to keep you updated and thank you for dreaming with us. We have extended the full refund date until May 15 and will let you know of all changes.

To keep the camp spirit going, please check out J Connect at jccdallas.org/j-connect. There are activities galore in many of our J departments. Camp is building our presence and we invite you to check it out and get involved. We all want to hear from you so watch for contests and challenges and lots more.

 Take care of yourselves and keep the spirit!

Your Camp Team
Laura Seymour, Director of Camping Services
Danyelle Turner, Camp Office Manager
Tara Ohayon, Camp Chai
Cynthia Casper & Dave Stanton, Camp Simchah
Amy Postel & Abby Tarlo, Gymnastics Camp
Josh Goldstein, Sports Camp
Alise Robinson, StarQuest & StarPower
Brian Lovelace & Rachel Wagner, Teen Travel Camp
Polo Cruz, Tennis Camp
Sam Neckar, Aquatics

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are we having camp this summer?

Currently we are moving forward with the hope that we will have camp. Depending on the Dallas County restrictions, if we are legally allowed to have camp, then we will do everything in our power to conduct camp. Our best-case scenario is to have full 9 weeks of camp, other scenarios are to start the camp late, have a shorter camp, and worst case scenario have virtual camps.

How will camp look like?

If we are legally allowed to have our kids on campus, we will issue out a list of precautions that we will take to welcome them. (We can use the fancy words ACA uses for the plan and explain the plan a little bit here.) We need the cooperation of all parents and kids in order to protect everyone involved in camp.

Will I get a refund if camp doesn’t happen?

TBC: We will do everything in our power to host camp this summer. If we are legally not allowed to host camp, then we will issue full refunds.

Can I change my mind about sending my kids to camp?

You will be issued a refund to your camp fees if you cancel your participation until May 15th. The camp deposits are non-refundable.

The JCC will begin Phase 1 opening on Monday, May 18


Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear JCC Family,

As we approach our Phase I opening on Monday May 18, I want to provide you with some helpful information. The professional team at the J has worked tirelessly in anticipation of your return. Signage, policies and procedures, along with staff training, are all being created and implemented. We are in this together and need your support and cooperation. There are rules that have been put in place to protect everyone in this process. These rules have been created through our review of CDC guidelines and input from local experts.Though challenging, it is imperative that everyone entering the building wears a mask at all times, even when exercising on the fitness floor. This will be strictly enforced.

Our operating hours will be limited to Monday through Friday from
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m 
for the fitness floor and tennis center ONLY. The fitness center will close from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. each day for deep cleaning.

It is our goal and responsibility to provide an environment where everyone can come and enjoy the JCC. The health of our members and staff comes first and we are committed to making certain we do everything possible to provide that type of experience. Please read our FAQs, which provide detailed information as we prepare for your return.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Artie Allen, CEO
aallen@jccdallas.org
214-239-7101

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

Please read before you go further. This information is critically important. The JCC is putting plans in place for a special summer experience. We all must recognize and realize the precautions being put in place cannot guarantee COVID-19 or other illnesses will not occur at camp this summer. No camp can make that guarantee. While we will follow CDC guidelines, you will need to make the best decision for you and your family as to your participation in camp this summer.

JCC Day Camp will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020 (Session 2)!!!

I hope each of you are doing well. We miss seeing you at the J. I want to assure you that the J has been working tirelessly to create an effective plan for camp this summer. The camp directors have been together every step of the way and have been working as a unit to make changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thankfully, camp is a major program all over the nation and as such provides us with tremendous resources at our disposal. We have heard from some of the brightest medical experts and camping experts. This has been done at the local level as well.  It has been both informational and inspirational. We are looking forward to receiving some additional guidelines shortly that will help us even more.

I know you want answers to questions specifically about our camp and I want to provide you with what we know today. Please see the FAQs below: 

  1. Will there be camp this summer?  Yes! Camp will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020.
  2.  Are you working on camp plans? Of course we are!!!! The camp directors have been hard at work creating great camp plans. We are also awaiting guidelines from the American Camping Association and the Centers for Disease Control. These have been promised to camps across the nation and we expect them by mid-May.Camp plans are being modified to include:
    1. The need for social distancing, smaller camp groups (10), and attention to daily transitions.
    2. Each group having a self-contained “home base.”
    3. A change to camp carpool, and how children can be picked up during the day if necessary.
    4. A modified swim program is being designed.
    5. Health screening will take place each morning on arrival.
    6. Camp staff and campers will be wearing masks/face coverings during many activities, and especially, when social distancing is not possible which includes transition times.  We have ordered camp face covering for the campers, however, recommend that you choose some now and help your children get comfortable with them. They may wear their own or the one provided by camp.
  3. Will my child be in the camp they selected?

    1. Each of our camps offer some different and some of the same activities. Campers will be grouped based on the camp in which they are registered. Programs will be modified and will be different than in the past.
    2. Campers will get their gymnastics, theatre, tennis, sports, singing, games, and so much more with limited specialty camp staff. The schedules will look different than in past years but we will have the learning, growing and fun that we have always had at J Camps.
  4.  Will cleaning procedures be any different this summer?
    1. Sanitizing procedures will follow CDC guidelines. We will bring in additional housekeeping staff for the summer to accomplish this.
    2. We will have plenty of soap, water and hand sanitizer and will use it often.
  5. Will there be field trips, late nights, overnights? At this time, we are suspending all trips, late nights, and overnights. This will only serve to motivate the camp staff to make each day very special while the children are at camp.
  6. Will there be camp buses this summer? Sadly, due to social distancing challenges there will be no buses this summer.
  7. Will the campers go outside or get to play in the gym? Yes, following all the same precautions of physical distancing.
  8. Will there be extended care? Yes, but with a shortened time frame. Early care will begin at 8:00 a.m. and afternoon care will end at 5:00 p.m.
  9. Will there be Theme Days and Special Programs? Yes, they will be  similar to past years with some added fun for all camp activities.
  10. Will the refund deadline be extended? The refund deadline is May 22, 2020.
  11. How will camp payments be managed if camp does not start on time? Session 1 fees will be refunded if there is no balance due for future sessions. If there is a balance, the refund will be applied to the amount due and the remaining dollars refunded.
  12. Can I get a refund for camp? We hope to see you at camp this summer however, if you want a refund we will process it for you. Please send me an email at lseymour@jccdallas.org.

We are here to answer your individual questions and to support you. Please keep in touch – we are your J family!

Take care,

Laura Seymour & the J Camp Team

PREVIOUS EMAILS

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

To our Camp Family,

We are all looking forward to camp this summer. We know you have many questions like what will camp look like? We are working on plans to make sure everything is just right for when we welcome our campers. As Camping Services Director, I oversee the team of directors and we work together to make sure everything is ready to go.

All of us will be following the same guidelines:

  • We are taking guidance from CDC and ACA recommendations such as smaller groups, greater use of outdoor facilities, stricter facility room assignments and managing of camp groups as they move throughout the facility.
  • The groups will be based on the camps you are registered for, so Gymnastics campers will be in small groups with their gymnastics counselor and the same for all the other camps.
  • We are implementing additional scheduled cleaning measures from washing hands to sanitizing toys.
  • Social distancing, masks, gloves, new rituals for welcoming – all are in the plan.

Camp will different and it will be great. Can we all sing together? Yes, we stay in our rooms and open the doors and sing! Can we swim in the pool? Yes, with small groups and times scheduled so we can use all areas of the pool. Can we be creative with everything we love about camp? Yes – this is our intention. This is our commitment and we are all in this together. We will make it happen.

We can’t do this alone. We need your support. We know there are many questions you have about camp and we want to be here to answer them. Please talk as a family and then share with us your questions. Please email me at lseymour@jccdallas.org.

As you may imagine space is at a premium. We have many campers registered and many more interested. As we plan, it is essential for us to know your plans for the summer. Your child(ren) currently has a spot reserved in camp. If for any reason your plans have changed please let me know by May 22nd as that is our official refund* deadline.

Thank you for your belief and support of the J and camp. Many of you have grown up here and come to camp. We are here to support your family now and always – we are family!

*Refunds are subject to JCC Camp Agreement

Take care of yourselves and keep the spirit!

Laura

Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello TTC Campers & Parents,

The world is changing minute to minute, hour to hour, and day to day.  It was our hope to be able to continue with our scheduled Teen Travel Camp trip to Los Angeles.  We are sad to share that we have made the decision to cancel.  However, we have planned an amazing in town experience as a substitute for this week.

We are keeping in communication with JCC management and more information will be available in the coming weeks.

We will be issuing full refunds for the trip.  Please be patient as we navigate during this time, and begin the process of providing a great summer.  If you would like to sign up for the in town experience please let us know.  We can apply your payments accordingly.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.  Thank you so much and we hope you and your family are staying safe.

Rachel Wagner (rwagner@jccdallas.org)
Brian Lovelace (blovelace@jccdallas.org)

For all J camp families:

More updates will be coming to all camp families in the next weeks with the plans we are making.   Please feel free to reach out to me as well with any questions you may have.

Take care,

Laura

Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

Camp is a place, and time, for living in the moment and being truly present! Children experience the fun, friendship, connections, and belonging with each other and camp staff – and they bring home those feelings and memories. Today we are living in the moment of a challenging time and experiencing a full range of emotions.

Many children, families and camp staff dream of camp all through the year waiting to go back to that special place where they can be their true self. At the J, we are all hoping that dream will come true – we will be at camp!! To that goal, we continue to plan and prepare for the summer we hope will happen.

Artie Allen, our CEO, told all our camp directors, “I have no doubt that the day we know we can open, all of you will hit the ground running to give our children a great experience!”  That is our challenge and getting ready for camp is what we are doing!!

Updates and reports change daily and we are using those guidelines to make decisions.  We will continue to keep you updated and thank you for dreaming with us. We have extended the full refund date until May 15 and will let you know of all changes.

To keep the camp spirit going, please check out J Connect at jccdallas.org/j-connect. There are activities galore in many of our J departments. Camp is building our presence and we invite you to check it out and get involved. We all want to hear from you so watch for contests and challenges and lots more.

 Take care of yourselves and keep the spirit!

Your Camp Team
Laura Seymour, Director of Camping Services
Danyelle Turner, Camp Office Manager
Tara Ohayon, Camp Chai
Cynthia Casper & Dave Stanton, Camp Simchah
Amy Postel & Abby Tarlo, Gymnastics Camp
Josh Goldstein, Sports Camp
Alise Robinson, StarQuest & StarPower
Brian Lovelace & Rachel Wagner, Teen Travel Camp
Polo Cruz, Tennis Camp
Sam Neckar, Aquatics

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are we having camp this summer?

Currently we are moving forward with the hope that we will have camp. Depending on the Dallas County restrictions, if we are legally allowed to have camp, then we will do everything in our power to conduct camp. Our best-case scenario is to have full 9 weeks of camp, other scenarios are to start the camp late, have a shorter camp, and worst case scenario have virtual camps.

How will camp look like?

If we are legally allowed to have our kids on campus, we will issue out a list of precautions that we will take to welcome them. (We can use the fancy words ACA uses for the plan and explain the plan a little bit here.) We need the cooperation of all parents and kids in order to protect everyone involved in camp.

Will I get a refund if camp doesn’t happen?

TBC: We will do everything in our power to host camp this summer. If we are legally not allowed to host camp, then we will issue full refunds.

Can I change my mind about sending my kids to camp?

You will be issued a refund to your camp fees if you cancel your participation until May 15th. The camp deposits are non-refundable.

The J is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our members, staff, and participants. We are always vigilant with our protocol and the measures that we take to minimize the transmission of infectious disease here at the AFJCC and ensure the ongoing health of the members of the AFJCC Community. Click the button below to read the email that was sent out by AFJCC’s CEO, Artie Allen.

MAY 2020

May 18 – Bookfest: Ariel Burger [Link]

JUNE 2020

June 3 – Special Event: Annual Meeting [Link]
June 21 – Special Event: Bagel Run [Link]

Check out our calendar of live events for the Goldberg Early Childhood Center, Sports, Fitness, Wellness, and J Performing Arts Space

  • Click here to sign up for FREE, virtual wellness coaching
  • Click here to view FREE, at-home, virtual workouts by Les Mills
  • Click here for SilverSneakers instructor-led, virtual classes and resources

Aaron Family JCC COVID-19 Updates

The J is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our members, staff, and participants.
Below you will find helpful resources, facility updates and program cancellations.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear JCC Family,

As we approach our Phase I opening on Monday May 18, I want to provide you with some helpful information. The professional team at the J has worked tirelessly in anticipation of your return. Signage, policies and procedures, along with staff training, are all being created and implemented. We are in this together and need your support and cooperation. There are rules that have been put in place to protect everyone in this process. These rules have been created through our review of CDC guidelines and input from local experts.Though challenging, it is imperative that everyone entering the building wears a mask at all times, even when exercising on the fitness floor. This will be strictly enforced.

Our operating hours will be limited to Monday through Friday from
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m 
for the fitness floor and tennis center ONLY. The fitness center will close from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. each day for deep cleaning.

It is our goal and responsibility to provide an environment where everyone can come and enjoy the JCC. The health of our members and staff comes first and we are committed to making certain we do everything possible to provide that type of experience. Please read our FAQs, which provide detailed information as we prepare for your return.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Artie Allen, CEO
aallen@jccdallas.org
214-239-7101