Youth Program COVID-19 FAQS
IN-PERSON YOUTH PROGRAM COVID-19 FAQS
The JCCSF looks to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) for guidance on COVID-19 health and safety policies. These policies will evolve as guidance from SFDPH changes.
What happens if my child shows COVID-19 symptoms while at the JCCSF camp or preschool?
Children exhibiting any new, unexplained COVID-19 symptoms will be immediately isolated from the group and placed in a sick/isolation room under the supervision of a designated staff member. Families will be expected to pick up a sick child within 60 minutes.
- Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or chills
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell that started in the last 10 days (Children may say that food “tastes bad” or “tastes funny”)
- Feeling out of breath or having a hard time breathing (unexplainable)
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Muscle aches or body aches
The JCCSF follows the guidance of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, read their full recommendation for Covid-19 Symptoms.
When can my child return to their program?
For children who have exhibited COVID-19 symptoms but have had no known close contact to someone who tested positive with COVID-19, they will be permitted to return to the program after showing a negative COVID-19 test.
The JCCSF follows the guidance of the San Francisco Depart of Public Health, read their full Returning to School Policy.
What type of COVID-19 test results are accepted?
We will accept either a negative PCR or Antigen test to return to school or camp. This is confirmed via the health order about returning to school issued by SFDPH on August 10 – see page 2, section 5,a,I, 1.
What if my child has been exposed (i.e. was a “close contact”) to someone with COVID-19?
Families must notify the Program Director immediately upon learning of a positive-tested COVID-19 exposure for their child. This includes any person the child may have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes altogether or more within a given day, with or without a mask. As long as your child has no symptoms, they will be allowed to attend the program.
The JCCSF follows the guidance of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, read their full recommendation for COVID-19 Exposure.
What should I do if my child or someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19?
Please contact your program director ASAP. We will begin a process, likely in coordination with SFDPH, to assess what, if any, impact this has on other participants and staff at the JCCSF.
What happens if a person in my child’s class/program tests positive for COVID-19?
The JCCSF has developed a response plan that begins with contacting SFDPH to determine what, if any, impact this has on others in the program and what our specific response will be. Depending on the specifics of the situation our response could range from communication to the cohort (i.e. General Advisory) to notify individuals that they were a Close Contact and what, if any, testing protocols are recommended for a child’s return to the program. Families can expect clear and expedient communication.
Are my child’s teachers and camp staff fully vaccinated?
Yes, all JCCSF teachers, staff and camp staff are fully vaccinated.
What does fully vaccinated mean?
You must wait 2 weeks after the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or 2 weeks after your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Does my child need to be vaccinated to attend summer camp?
Yes. All children 5+ years old will need to provide proof of vaccination on the first day of summer camp in order to attend.
Does my child between the ages of 5 – 11 need to be vaccinated to be at the JCCSF?
The SFDPH currently only requires proof of vaccination for certain activities that apply to the JCCSF (Fitness Center, businesses and events that serve food or drinks indoors), however, we strongly recommend that all children between the ages of 5 – 11 get vaccinated when possible. We will reevaluate this policy as new information becomes available.
Are parents and caregivers required to provide proof of vaccination?
Per the SFDPH, any person 12 or over is required to provide proof of vaccination when entering the JCCSF Fitness Center, which includes the Gallanter Family Aquatics Center and all Swim School parents and caregivers. We will reevaluate this policy as new information becomes available.
Does my child’s teacher or camp staff eat or drink around my child?
No. Teachers and camp staff have a separate space away from the children where they can eat and drink.
Are staff working directly with children required to wear masks while in the building?
Yes. All staff working directly with children are required to wear masks while in the building. Swim instructors are required to wear face shields while actively teaching swim lessons.
Does my child need to wear a mask indoors?
Yes. Given current test positivity rates in San Francisco in the month of May we expect campers to be masked indoors but this policy will be re-evaluated prior to the start of camp on June 13. Throughout the spring many schools have moved to an indoor mask optional policy to reprioritize the social/emotional benefits of seeing your peer’s face and facial expressions. At the JCCSF we hope to adapt a similar indoor mask policy during the summer of 2022 – this policy will be re-evaluated based on the current environment at the time camp takes place. Your child is required to wear a mask while indoors except during nap time, when eating or while in the water during swim lessons.
Does my child have to wear a mask outdoors?
Masking will be optional outdoors for all campers this summer.
Are children required to social distance?
While it is not required, social distancing is practiced whenever possible, especially indoors while masks are off during nap time and snack time.
Do parents and caregivers need to wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up?
Yes. Regardless of vaccination status, anyone entering the JCCSF building is required to wear a mask while the city-wide mask mandate is in effect.
Updated May 2022. Rules and policies subject to change.