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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 will be 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 the attendee may or may not be experiencing, what their temperature is that morning, if anyone in your household has been in 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.

  • For a visual representation of the screening questions, click here to view a decision tree.
  • If any attendee answers yes to any of these questions, they may not attend the Gan that day and you must contact Jocelyn Dorfman.

Exclusion Criteria

Children with any of the following symptoms will not be allowed to attend preschool that day. If children develop any of the symptoms during the course of the school day they will be sent home. If a doctor determines that the symptoms are not due to COVID-19, a doctor's note will be required in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Fever (100.0 degrees or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • 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 and 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

Masks/Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

All adults, including parents, caregivers, and staff, are required to wear masks or non-medical face coverings at all times while on the Adas Israel campus. 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. 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.


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

Per the DC Health travel guidance, your family must take the following steps after returning to DC from anywhere other than Maryland or Virginia:

  • Limit daily activities for 10 days upon returning. Your child may not attend the Gan  during that 10-day period. OR

  • Limit daily activities and get tested for COVID-19 within three to five days after returning to DC. Your child may not attend the Gan until you have received negative test results. 

Non-essential travel outside of the National Capital Region (the District, Maryland, and Virginia) is strongly discouraged. Families who travel outside of the region are required to either self-quarantine or get a negative COVID test result before their child can return to the Gan. If your family is traveling outside of DC, Maryland, or Virginia, you must notify Jocelyn Dorfman of your travel plans. You should continue to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after travel, even after a negative test result. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate and seek testing. Please note that unless otherwise advised by your healthcare provider, DC Health requires you to use a PCR test.

Travel-related testing and quarantine may be waived if an individual is
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 AND does not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Please note that this does not yet apply to children under the age of 16. All children who travel with fully vaccinated parents will still be required to quarantine for three to five days and receive a negative test result before they can return to the Gan. 

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 will have HEPA air purifiers and windows will be 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 prior to the first day of school. 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 Operations Manager Jocelyn Dorfman.

Sat, April 17 2021 5 Iyyar 5781