We are so glad to welcome children to the YMCA's Kid Zone PLUS programs for the 2020-21 school year! Our before and after school care team has spent countless hours planning and preparing for the school year to begin, and we are so excited to begin welcoming new students to the YMCA this fall.
Although this school year will look a little different, we remain dedicated to providing all students and their families with a healthy and safe experience, full of fun and wonderful memories. Please take a few minutes to review our updated health and safety guidelines below, which provide an overview of what families can expect at Kid Zone PLUS this year.
HOW WE ARE KEEPING OUR YMCA COMMUNITY SAFE
A list of frequently asked questions can be found below to provide families with details on how the YMCA will be working to keep students and staff healthy and safe this school year. Additional information can also be found in our Kid Zone PLUS Parent Manual below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Will drop-off procedures look any different this school year?
A: Yes. Upon arriving at your child’s Kid Zone PLUS site, please proceed to the designated drop-off area, which will be clearly marked by signs. Once you pull into the designated drop off area, please remain in your vehicle, while wearing a mask or face covering. A member of our Kid Zone PLUS team will approach your vehicle from the passenger side and ask you to answer the Y’s 5 health screening questions on behalf of your child(ren). For the safety and well-being of our YMCA community, anyone who answers YES to any of the following questions will not be permitted to attend Kid Zone PLUS on that day:
- Have you or anyone in your household traveled to another country in the last 14 days?
- Have you been in contact with someone under investigation for, or with a confirmed case of, COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you or a family member in your household been instructed to self-quarantine?
- In the last 3 days, have you experienced a fever of 100.4 or higher?
- Are you currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19?
All Kid Zone PLUS participants will also have their temperatures taken using a no-touch thermometer before getting out of their vehicles. Parents/guardians will be asked to sign in their student(s), and then our staff team will escort students inside where they will wash their hands using hand sanitizer before joining their daily Kid Zone PLUS group.
Q: Will my child have to wear a mask or face covering while attending the Kid Zone PLUS program?
A: Per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students and staff will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while indoors and anytime they cannot practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from one another. The YMCA will be providing each of our Kid Zone PLUS participants with one reusable mask for the school year, but all students are welcome to bring their own masks from home. This will help to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Q: Will my child’s Kid Zone PLUS program be smaller than past Kid Zone programs?
A: To ensure social distancing and per state guidelines, our Kid Zone PLUS programs will be smaller in numbers this school year. When possible, students will be placed into small groups based on their grade level.
Groups will be limited to 15 students and will remain together throughout the school year. Each group will have their own designated indoor and outdoor spaces as well as their own designated equipment that they will use throughout the school year. During remote learning activities, students will be seated at desks/tables six feet apart to ensure social distancing.
Q: What will happen if my child gets sick while at Kid Zone PLUS?
A: Students will have their temperatures taken twice a day: upon arrival and at lunch time. If a child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher when they arrive at their Kid Zone PLUS site, they will not be permitted to attend the program on that day. If a child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher during the day, they will be separated from their group and their parent or guardian will be contacted to pick them up immediately.
A child that has been sent home can return to Kid Zone PLUS when:
- He or she has had no fever for at least three (3) days without taking medication to reduce his/her fever during that time; AND
- Any respiratory symptoms (cough and shortness of breath) have improved for at least three (3) days; AND
- At least ten (10) days have passed since the symptoms first began.
A child may return to Kid Zone PLUS earlier if a doctor confirms the cause of his/her fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 and releases him/her to return to Kid Zone PLUS in writing. A child who experiences a fever and/or respiratory symptoms while home should not return to Kid Zone PLUS.
Q: If my child is sick or gets sent home from Kid Zone PLUS, can I get a refund of my fees?
A: Because planning for each week of Kid Zone PLUS begins well in advance of that week, partial week refunds are not available. If you inform the Y by the Wednesday prior to the week of Kid Zone PLUS that your child is unable to attend the following week, we will cancel your registration for that week and you will not be charged. If you've paid in advance, a credit towards a future week of Kid Zone PLUS will be added to your membership account.
Q: Will pick-up procedures look any different this school year?
A: Yes. At the end of the day, please plan to park in a designated Kid Zone PLUS pick-up parking spot and remain in your vehicle, while wearing a mask or face covering. You should then send a text message to our Kid Zone PLUS site phone that includes your name, your child(ren)’s names, and the number of the parking spot where you are parked. A member of our Kid Zone PLUS team will escort students to their vehicles and ask parents and guardians to sign-out their students for the day.
Q: What additional cleaning precautions will the YMCA be taking to keep students healthy and safe?
A: Throughout the school year, we will be following cleaning recommendations provided by the CDC and local, state, and federal health officials. All products used for disinfecting have been validated by the EPA for use against COVID-19. We will be cleaning high touch areas every hour, as well as disinfecting equipment before and after use.
Students will be asked to wash their hands upon arrival at Kid Zone PLUS and will have designated times throughout the day to practice handwashing. The Y will also provide each student with their own school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year. Supplies will be stored in each student’s supply box, which will be sanitized daily, at their Kid Zone PLUS site.
Q. What should my child bring to Kid Zone PLUS each day?
A: To ensure he/she is prepared to participate in remote learning and enrichment activities, your child should bring the following items to Kid Zone PLUS each day:
- A face covering or mask
- Two snacks, a healthy lunch and drink, labeled with his/her name in a disposable bag (if not already included)
- Tablet, laptop, or Chromebook with charging device
Q: If I have questions regarding Kid Zone PLUS, who can I contact?
A: If you have any questions or concerns this school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to member of our before and after school care leadership team. We are here to support families and want to make sure that everyone has a wonderful school year at the Y.
Smith Family YMCA
Serving Joliet School District 86, Elmwood CCSD 203, Fairmont School Distict 89, Laraway CCSD 70C and Union School District 81
Youth, Family and Outreach Director
(815) 726-3939, ext. 417
KID ZONE PLUS SITE INFORMATION
LET'S WORK TOGETHER
Because the safety of our YMCA community is our number one priority, we will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local, state and federal health officials throughout the upcoming school year. We will communicate with our Kid Zone PLUS families immediately should state or federal guidelines change. We thank you in advance for your continued cooperation as we work together to keep our students and staff safe and healthy