Back to School 2021-22

We are excited to be back at Downtown Jewish Preschool ‘in person’ for the coming school year 2021-2022. Our primary focus at DJP is to ensure that our students are provided with the opportunity to develop and grow in a social constructivist school environment; with engagement and individualized attention that are hallmarks of our pedagogy. The safety and health of our students, as well as their social-emotional and cognitive growth, will continue to be at the core of all that we do.

UPDATED POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

Please bear with usAs the virus evolves, policies and procedures are subject to change and will be updated on this website. We will continue to monitor the latest health guidelines, state-mandated policies, CDC, and Broward County Health Department recommendations to make adjustments to our programming policies and procedures. Safety will always be our number one priority for our children, staff, and families.
Any of the policies and guidelines may be updated at any time to reflect the current COVID-19 guidance from the DCF, CDC, or the State of Florida Health Department. Compliance with the updated guidelines will be required.

Updated July 23. 2021

  • Mask wearing for staff and students is optional.
  • Temperature checks will be random. 
  • We request all families do their own health screening at home prior to drop off.
  • Drop-off health questions will be done at random. 
  • Parents will be allowed in school for certain events; TBD
  • Classes can mix in the playground and general areas.
  • Pre-care and after-care will be mixed ages. 
  • All other COVID guidelines and regulations, including our sick policy, will remain in place.

GUIDELINES

COVID-19 training for staff: All DJP teachers and staff will undergo comprehensive training over the summer to ensure understanding of the symptoms, methods of transmission, strategies for prevention, and mitigation of COVID 19.

Sanitizing & Cleaning: We will continue to implement a higher standard of sanitizing & cleaning. The maintenance and cleaning policies have been updated to include vigorous disinfection on a routine basis.

Travel policy: Before and during the school year; all DJP staff and students who have traveled out of the South Florida area may require a 14-day quarantine prior to being permitted on campus.

COVID-19 SICK POLICY

Please see our parent handbook for the DJP sick policy. COVID-19 sick policy overrides any previous sick policies.

DJP is dedicated to the well-being and health of our students and staff. For this reason, the sick policy is less flexible going forward.

  • If a child becomes symptomatic with itchy eyes, dry cough, and/or has a fever during the school day, the student will be immediately brought to the office and isolated. A parent will be required to pick up the child within a reasonable amount of time.
  • We reserve the right to decide if your child is demonstrating symptoms that require us to have the child return home.
  • DJP sick policy is updated to reflect a 72 hour wait time after fever or illness is over, (without the use of fever-reducing medicines) including the procuring of a Dr.’s note that no COVID-19 testing is necessary or that child is COVID-19 free.
  • A hard copy note or tele-doc note is acceptable.
  • We reserve the right to ask you to keep your child home if another child or family member in the house is sick.

SANITIZING & CLEANING

  • A daily cleaning schedule for toys and utensils has been posted in each classroom.
  • Nightly cleaning and disinfecting will also take place.
  • Toys will be rotated throughout the week to accommodate for a reasonable system of the daily sanitizing of toys.
  • Each family will be asked to supply disinfectant wipes and spray as part of the yearly supply list.
  • If your child remains for a nap – the nap mat and all pillows and blankets will remain in school in large Ziplock bags (provided by you) and will be sent home Fridays for wash and return.

SELF-SCREENING

  • Please do your own screening at home before sending your child to school.
  • Be sure they do not have a fever, runny nose, cough, diarrhea, or any of the illnesses listed in our parent handbook or any COVID-19 like symptoms.
  • Do not medicate your child before sending them to school.
  • Upon arrival, you may be asked basic questions about your child’s and family’s health.

SELF REPORTING:

A system will be put in place to request all staff to regularly report any symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell/taste, or exposure to COVID-19. Staff with symptoms or exposure will be asked to refrain from returning to school and protocols will be followed.

TUITION POLICY

DJP is committed to a full school year of growth and development, fun and excitement. Our intentions are to be physically IN school for the school year 21-22. We understand that this may not be in our control as the uncertainties of COVID 19 continue to change our lives and schedules.
Considering the money, time, effort, energy, work, contracts with teachers and staff, and commitment from our staff and families we have created the following policies for this year:

As of 07/23/2021

  • Non-Refundable Registration, Security, and Tuition paid by July 15th.
  • No additional COVID-19 Surcharges or increases in tuition will be applied.
  • 10 equally divided payments of your yearly tuition are due by May 1, 2022.
  • The first payment will be charged on or before August 1st and each remaining payment on the 1st of the month.
  • The payment contract is part of your registration form.
  • As long as DJP is running per CDC and DCF guidelines, no refunds will be given due to a child’s illness, temporary quarantine mandate, inability or change of mind to attend school.

We have the right to suspend or close the school at any time due to new health updates or guidance from CDC or DCF or others.

We do not plan on closing school unless MANDATED by the DCF or CDC.
Even if the public schools choose not to reopen or to temporarily close, we will be making the decision on how DJP will operate independently of their decisions.

If we suspend or close school due to COVID-19 or any related issues of COVID-19, there will be no refunds for the first 15 school days of closure.

If we must remain closed indefinitely- longer than the 15 school days- payments will be paused until in-person instruction can begin again, less 10 percent to help us cover costs.

WAIVER

If you are uncomfortable with sending your child to school with these precautions in place, please keep your child at home. These precautions are in place to provide every effort to keep every child and family safe; however, this does not provide any guarantee of any kind. As the parent of the child attending, you assume all risks associated with allowing your child to begin attending. We are doing everything we can in our power to keep every child safe during this time. Working together during this time is important.

Each family must sign and return the waiver before the start of school
For PDF of Waiver click here