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Last Updated: August 23, 2021

All Gan staff members, including educators and administrators, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

These guidelines are based on the most recent DC Health guidance and requirements.

NOTE: Over the past 16 months of the public health emergency, the Office for the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for the District of Columbia has issued additional guidance documents based on the recommendations from DC Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). When DC Health issued their most recent guidance on August 11, 2021, OSSE announced that all childcare providers are mandated to follow all applicable DC Health guidance regulations.

Click here to view a list of local COVID-19 testing resources. The Gan will only accept PCR test results. 

This page covers the following topics:


Close contact: Someone who was within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, while that person was infectious.

Infectious period: The time period during which someone is able to spread their infection to others. The infectious period for COVID-19 starts two days before symptom onset and typically ends 10 days after symptom onset (or test date for people who don't have symptoms).

Incubation period: The time period between when someone is exposed to an infectious agent and when the first symptoms may appear. The incubation period for COVID-19 can be as short as two days or as long as 14 days.

Fully vaccinated: An individual is considered fully vaccinated at day 14 after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a two-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).

Quarantine: The process of separating individuals who have been exposed to an infectious agent (like COVID-19) before they develop symptoms of infection or test positive for an infection, for the duration of time that covers the incubation period for the pathogen. Quarantine is a powerful tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Daily Health Checks

The daily health check is the essential health and symptoms screener that will keep all members of the Gan community as healthy and safe as possible. All children, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete a daily health check before arriving at Adas each morning. Completing accurate and thorough Health Checks enables us to keep our entire community safe and healthy.

The Daily Health Check process is completed through the MyMedBot app. All enrolled families will be sent an invitation to download the app and instructed in how to complete the health check each morning. When completing the form, you will be asked about any symptoms your child may have had in the past 24 hours, if your child has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and if anyone in your household is awaiting test results for COVID-19. Please note that these questions may change based on the most recent guidance from OSSE and DC Health.

Exclusion Criteria

Children who have experienced any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours are not allowed to attend preschool. If children develop any of the symptoms during the course of the school day they will be sent home. To return to school, the child must receive a negative result from a PCR COVID-19 test. If a doctor determines that the symptoms are not due to COVID-19, a doctor's note will be required in lieu of the negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Fever (100.0 degrees or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Loss of appetite
  • Otherwise feeling unwell

If your child has a pre-existing health condition that presents with any of the above symptoms, a note from their pediatrician documenting that those specific symptoms are not due to COVID-19 will be required and your child will not be excluded based on those specific symptoms.

Required Notification of Positive Tests and/or Close Contact

As an institution with Jewish values, we follow Pikuach Nefesh, which states it is each person's duty as a member of society to protect all of its members. This is especially important during our current public health crisis. To protect the health and safety of all members of our community, it is essential that the Gan administrative team be informed if any member of your family tests positive for COVID-19 or if any member of your family has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19

To report a positive test result or close contact with an individual who has tested positive, please email both Noah Hichenberg and Jocelyn Dorfman. Jocelyn is our point-person for COVID-19 and is a certified contact tracer; she is in regular contact with both DC Health and OSSE. Jocelyn will provide guidance as to next steps and when your child will be able to return to the Gan. It may be necessary for Jocelyn to inform other families about a potential exposure risk; this notification will not reveal any names or personal information about the child or adult involved. Additionally, Jocelyn is required to report any positive test results for a child or staff member to OSSE and DC Health.

If you have questions about potential exposure risks or whether or not your child should participate in an activity, please be in touch with Jocelyn. We strongly encourage you to err on the side of caution to protect our entire community and to ensure the Gan can remain open safely.

Persons who have been identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19 are
NOT required to quarantine if:

  • They have had COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) within the last 90 days AND do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, OR
  • They are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 AND do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection

Exposure Notifications

All families will be notified if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Gan community. If your child is determined to be a close contact of the individual who tested positive, you will receive an email with specific instructions for next steps, including information about the DC Health contact tracing process. If your child is not determined to be a close contact, you will receive a general notification email; you will not be included in the contact tracing procedure.


Masks/Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

  • All children ages two and up are required to wear masks or non-medical face coverings at all times, with the exception of napping or while actively eating or drinking.
  • For more information about what constitutes an appropriate face covering, please see this guidance from DC Health.

All adults, including parents, caregivers, and staff, are required to wear masks or non-medical face coverings at all times while participating in Gan activities. Parents and caregivers must wear a mask during school drop-off and pick-up regardless of vaccination status.

Educators will ensure that all participants are wearing their masks appropriately (i.e., covering both face and nose) at all times; we ask that parents also work with their children to develop safe and hygienic mask wearing habits. Click here to view our tips and tricks for helping young children become comfortable with wearing masks. If there is a specific reason your child may not be able to wear a mask, please contact Jocelyn Dorfman. All teachers and staff will also be wearing masks at all times.

At this time, only enrolled children, staff, and essential visitors are allowed in the Gan indoor spaces. 

Children should have a supply of clean masks in their cubby as back ups for when their mask becomes wet or soiled. Children's face masks should be clearly labeled with their names to avoid confusion or swapping. Children's masks can also be labeled to indicate top/bottom and front/back.



Travel Outside the National Capital Region (DC/MD/VA)

DC Health has updated their Travel Guidance on August 6, 2021. The new requirements are separate for individuals who are fully vaccinated and individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, including young children who are not yet able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fully Vaccinated Individuals may travel within the United States without the need for post-travel COVID019 testing or travel-related quarantine, as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. 

Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals (including children under the age of 12) must get a PCR COVID-19 test three to five days after returning from their trip OR self-quarantine for ten days after returning home. Your child may return to the Gan after they receive a negative PCR result or after the ten day quarantine period.

Enhanced Cleaning and Hygeine Practices

Educators and staff will follow enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the day. These include, but are not limited to, modified snack and lunch distribution; regular and thorough cleaning of toys, materials, and surfaces; and an increased partnership with our facilities team to keep our classrooms hygienic throughout the day. Each classroom has it's own for frequent and thorough handwashing. While every classroom will have hand sanitizer, Educators will emphasize proper hand hygiene practices, including using soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, as recommended by the CDC and DC Health.

To maximize air circulation, all classrooms have HEPA air purifiers and classroom windows are kept open while the classrooms are occupied. 


Acknowledgement and Agreement

All enrolled families will be required to submit digital signatures to acknowledge that they have read, understand, and agree to the above policies and procedures. As of August 23, 2021 all families must submit a new acknowledgement and agreement digital signature prior to the first day of school on September 9, 2021.

If the health guidance from OSSE, DC Health, or the CDC changes, this page will be updated and new digital signatures will be required.

If you have any questions about the information on this page, or anything related to COVID-19, please contact Director of School Operations Jocelyn Dorfman.


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