JCYS is currently open and operating our core early childhood education programs, and will be holding school-age camps this summer.
We hope the below answer your questions and provide you with information that will help guide your decisions.
2021-22 Hours, Programs, and Classroom Q&As
For 2021 summer programs, all JCYS Family Centers are open from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. These hours allow us to staff the rooms appropriately and consistently until the current circumstances. We know this new, less flexible schedule does not suit all of your schedules.
For 2021-22 school year programs, all JCYS Family Centers will be open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.
We are offering early childhood education camps during the summer. We are also offering two school-age camp programs: JCYS North Suburban Day Camp in Buffalo Grove (entering 1st – 6th grade) and Big City Day Camp in Chicago (entering Kindergarten – 8th grade).
We are offering full-day, half-day, and extended-day (select locations only) early childhood education for the school year.
We will continue the practice of maintaining pods through the summer. We will not combine groups of children.
- We will, when necessary, allow vaccinated staff to move between groups of children, for instance, when we need a substitute teacher in a classroom.
2021-22 Protocols, PPE, and Other COVID-19 Related Q&As
As of Summer 2021, we will no longer perform COVID screenings of staff, students, or visitors prior to their entering the building.
When you sign your child in every morning, you will self-certify that your child does not have a temperature and exhibits no known symptoms of COVID-19 by indicating so in a column on the sign-in sheet. Staff and visitors will also self-certify.
Beginning in Summer 2021:
- Masks will be required indoors for all individuals 2-years old and older.
- Masks will not be required outdoors for children and any teen or adult who has been vaccinated, though they will be encouraged in crowded situations.
- Masks will be required at all times for any individual who is eligible for vaccination but who is unvaccinated.
JCYS implemented a mandatory vaccination policy on July 8, 2021, requiring all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. With this policy, all employees must receive the COVID-19 vaccination and be fully vaccinated by the first day of Fall Programming–Monday, August 23, 2021.
Children will be isolated from their class with a staff member until picked up within a one-hour timeframe. The child will have to remain at home until they are healthy and for the time specified in the updated handbook and sick policy.
If someone at the center, within a household, or if there has been definite exposure to COVID-19 in relation to someone at our Center, we will immediately contact the local health department. At that time, they will instruct us with next steps and how to handle the situation. We will then follow all measures and instructions and notify DCFS and families accordingly.
Children and staff will continue to practice and observe safe handwashing practices. Throughout the day, all door handles, and high-touch points will be cleaned. All cleaning practices will continue to be observed within the classrooms. In addition, we will ask that children do not bring in any additional toys or lovies into the classroom. Blankets that can stay at school will be stored in their inside cubbies. There will be 30 minutes between each classroom’s use of outdoor areas per DCFS.
Additionally, as an added precaution and cleaning measure, we will be using an electrostatic sprayer once a week when no children or staff members are present. Electrostatic spray surface cleaning is the process of spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, they cling to and coat any surface they’re aimed at. For awkwardly shaped objects or hard to reach places, cleaning staff only have to point and spray; the nature of the mist allows it to coat surfaces evenly, and envelope objects—even if the mist is only sprayed from one side. After the spray is applied, the sanitizing agent works to disinfect the covered surfaces.
2021-22 Tuition and Financial Policies Q&As
The Parent Financial Policy can be viewed here.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents such significant hardship for our families that JCYS has decided to address it differently from our regular policy toward tuition/fee reductions. These COVID-related policies are designed to do the best we can to ease the burden to families while still ensuring we can
continue to operate. We recognize this will still be difficult for some of our families. We are doing what we can both to support our families and pay our fixed costs including, to the degree possible, employee pay.
If a classroom or Center must suspend in-room education for a period of two weeks or less, no
credits or refunds will be given. Any subsequent COVID-related closure will count as a new two-week period unless the closures are within one month of each other.
If a classroom or Center must suspend in-room education for a period of greater than two weeks, families will receive a 60% tuition credit for every paid week beyond the first two weeks. If the Center must remain closed longer than two months, families will be credited in full for any tuition paid for any part of the period of closure thereafter. Credit will be issued to your family’s account for the applicable time frame, which may be refunded if not used for future programming or the credit may be donated back to JCYS. If a second closure is required within one month of the end of a prior closure, it will be counted as a continuation of the prior closure. E.g., if a second closure begins within a month after a two-week closure, that second closure would begin week three.
|Closure Duration||Tuition Discounts/Credits|
|Two weeks or less||None|
|From two weeks to two months||No refund or credit for the first two weeks, 60% credit for the remainder of the period|
|Longer than two months||After the first two months, 100% discount until reopening|
JCYS has open enrollment and will accept your child at any time throughout the year. However please be aware that we will not be able to “hold” a spot for your child unless you pay the tuition to save that space.
Policies and procedures will continue to evolve.
Please share your concerns with us if you haven’t already. We are here for you and will work with you to support your decision. You can reach out to:
- Highland Park: Sharee Patt at email@example.com or CJ Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Buffalo Grove: Marjie Dolan at email@example.com or Aliza Neumann at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lincoln Square Ravenswood: Debbie Porter at email@example.com or Megan Zimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wicker Park: Turhan Karabey at email@example.com or Rachel Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org