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PARENT RESOURCES

COVID-19 UPDATE

Your health and safety is important to us. Due to COVID-19, some in-person programs and services may be offered online, have a new in-person schedule and requirements, or may be suspended. Please check our website or contact us for more information. Click here for our COVID-19 safety precautions and updates.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

School Schedule

August 23, 2021-August 12, 2022

 

Infants

Toddler – Pre-K

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM  Core Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM Core Day
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM After Care

 

Quick Reference

 

What to Bring
Reminder: Please label everything.
  • A box/bag of diapers and/or pull-ups if appropriate. If using cloth diapers, send extra diapers, clips, and a closed container to hold dirty diapers
  • A change of clothes appropriate to the weather/season (infants should bring 2-3 changes of clothes)
  • Extra underwear if appropriate
  • A pacifier or “lovey” for nap time if appropriate
  • A nap mat (infants should bring 2 crib sheets instead)
  • A blanket (if one is not attached to your nap mat)
  • A washable bag or pillow case for the nap mat
  • Sunscreen (must be listed on medication form)
  • Lunch (no meat) in a lunch box
  • A reusable plastic sippy cup (0-18 months) or water bottle (18 months+)
  • Recommended: re-usable eating utensils for your children
  • Infants: bottles with an unopened container of formula or enough breast milk for an entire day; and unopened baby cereal and/or baby food
Don’t forget. Please label everything.
Lunch Ideas
REMINDER

THE ECP IS A MEAT-FREE SCHOOL. No beef, chicken, or turkey is allowed on campus. Fish is ok, but not shellfish.

 

Sandwiches & More

Peanut Butter…

  • and jelly
  • and honey
  • and banana
  • and celery

Cream Cheese…

  • on bagel
  • and jelly
  • in celery
  • and diced olives

Sandwich Ideas

  • Tuna or salmon
  • Cheese varieties
  • Grilled cheese

Pizza

  • Cheese
  • Veggie
  • Bagel bites

Tex-Mex

  • Bean and/or cheese
  • Burritos
  • Rice and beans
  • Quesadillas
  • Avacado/guacamole

Eggs

  • Hard boiled/deviled
  • Egg salad
  • Scrambled

Fruit with Yogurt Dip

Expand Your Bread Box
  • Tortillas
  • Pita
  • Challah
  • Rice cakes
  • Bagels
  • Biscuits
  • Waffles
  • English muffins
Fun and different
  • Rice
  • Rice noodles
  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli
  • Veggie lasagna
  • Mac & cheese
  • Veggie spring rolls
  • Matzah ball soup
  • Lettuce and cheese wraps
  • Salad with dressing
  • Pita triangles
  • Chips and hummus
  • Fish sticks
  • Veggie burger
  • Tofu hot dogs (cut length wise)
  • Pre-K: Cheese sticks
Morning Star Farms in your grocer’s freezer section include veggie versions of the following: corn dogs, chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and more.

REMINDER: Please make sure to cut cherry tomatoes and grapes in half as these are considered choking hazards by licensing. Thanks!

Tot Shabbat
Join us!

Every Friday morning at 9, the community gathers together to sing, dance, and celebrate Shabbat and you’re invited! We stream it live on our Facebook page every week.

One of the highlights of Shabbat is when the children each bake their own challah to take home and enjoy with their families. This wonderful aroma fills the school with an extra element of excitement each week. If you’d like to bake your own at home, check out the recipe here.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, the ECP generally follows the closing, delayed start, and early release decisions of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and will notify parents of its decisions via an announcement from its electronic communication system.

You may also get the ECP’s latest closing information by calling (512) 735-8100 (the ECP Front Desk) where messages are updated as conditions change.

When the weather reaches or goes above 100 degrees or below 40 degrees, ECP staff will alert educators to limit outdoor play to 20-minute segments. When there are heat or cold alerts, the administration will decide if children should go outdoors at all.

COVID-19 POLICIES

This is an unprecedented school year and as a result we have created safety standards and procedures that will lead us to a safe and fun school year at the ECP.

The safety and health of our children, families and staff are our number one priorities.

Our facility has been and will continuously be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized and our staff has undergone extensive training on best practices in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Our policies have been compiled with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, American School Association, Association of School Nurses and the Shalom Austin Emergency Response Team.

Daily To-Do: Before and After School
  • Take the temperatures of both children and parents immediately before drop-off each day. Anyone with a fever of 100.00 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be excluded from the program. (See Symptoms and Exclusions section.)
  • Complete health questionnaire on Brightwheel App.
Drop-Off and Pick-up
Hours of Operation

Core Day: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Extended Day: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Protocols
  • Drop-off and pick-up will happen outside the building with limited contact between family members and staff.
  • Staff, parents, and all children 2 years of age and older may wear a mask.
  • We will have staggered drop-off and pick-up times. Each family will have an assigned time. You MUST arrive in the time allotted. No early or late accommodations will be made in order to maintain the safety benefits of our drop off/pick up schedule. You will be given your assigned time and place prior to the start of school. It is our intention to keep these consistent throughout the fall and adjusted to meet new hour guidelines.
  • Be sure to place your ECP windshield placard on your dashboard. Placards will be handed out on your supply delivery date or child’s first day of school. Each family will be given one or more as needed, with siblings having the same drop-off and pick-up time.
Health Screenings

All individuals will be required to undergo a health screening prior to entering the building, conducted by an ECP staff member. Families are to complete health questionnaire in Brightwheel App prior to pick-up.

Health screenings will include the following:

  • A visual inspection of the individual for signs of illness (flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing without recent physical activity, fatigue, or extreme fussiness), and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
    • Other symptoms from COVID-19 which may prohibit the individual from attending school include:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
Access to our Center

We will be adhering to a limited visitor policy at this time. ECP will allow only the following individuals to enter the facilities:

  • Operations staff
  • Persons with legal authority to enter, including law enforcement officers, licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff
  • Children enrolled in the program
  • Parents of children present at the operation may be granted limited access into the facility.

All persons entering will need to wash or sanitize their hands upon entering. Adults must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet at all times, and not enter the classrooms.

Absences

Please notify the ECP Office by 8:00 AM if your child is going to be absent.
ECP: (512) 735-8100 or ECPAdmin@shalomaustin.org

Early Pick-Up

If you need to pick up your child prior to the end of school, we are asking that you coordinate around your child’s lunchtime, prior to naptime (noon). This will help us preserve our safety protocols. Please notify the office no later than that morning and we will arrange to bring your child to the front of the ECP to meet you.

Health Screenings

All individuals will be required to undergo a health screening prior to entering the building, conducted by an ECP staff member. Families are to complete health questionnaire in Brightwheel App prior to pick-up.

Health screenings will include the following:

  • A visual inspection of the individual for signs of illness (flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing without recent physical activity, fatigue, or extreme fussiness), and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
    • Other symptoms from COVID-19 which may prohibit the individual from attending school include:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
Enhanced Cleaning procedures
Facilities
  • All cleaning materials and disinfectants will be EPA registered and fragrance-free.
  • Staff will clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched throughout the day (doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies) and all toys and materials used will be disinfected throughout and at the end of the day.
  • Shalom Austin is equipped with an electro-static sprayer which is used throughout the ECP classrooms every evening to further disinfect all surfaces.
  • Toys that have been in a child’s mouth or otherwise been contaminated by bodily secretions or excretions will be set aside in a designated container until they are cleaned and disinfected by hand by a person wearing gloves.
  • Toys will be cleaned with water and detergent, rinsed, disinfected, and then air dried throughout the day and at the end of each day.
  • Any toys and materials that cannot be cleaned will not be used; this will include the removal of all cloth/fabric toys and materials from the classroom.
  • Toys and materials will not be shared between groups of children unless they have been washed and disinfected before exchanged.
  • Common areas will be sanitized throughout the day and after high usage times.
  • Bathrooms will be continuously cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
  • Preschool aged children will nap each day. Their bedding will be kept separate in individually labeled plastic bags (provided by parents). Nap mats will be used by the same student each day, will be labeled with the student’s name. All bedding will be sent home with the parents on Fridays to be washed and sanitized before being brought back to school on Monday.
  • Preschool playgrounds will be used by ECP only. 
Healthy Hand Hygiene

All children and staff will engage in regular hand hygiene throughout the day, as needed, using Centers for Disease Control recommended hand washing methods. Children will be taught proper handwashing and be supervised while washing their hands. It is important that children learn to do this themselves and see teachers and parents model frequent and proper handwashing techniques. Please watch this video HERE on proper handwashing.

Staff and children will be required to wash hands at the following times:

  • Arrival to the facility and after breaks
  • Before and after preparing food or drinks
  • Before or after eating or handling food, or feeding children
  • Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
  • Before and after diapering
  • After using the toilet or helping a child use the restroom
  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid
  • After playing outdoors
  • Anytime a child places their hands in their mouth or picks their nose

Sanitizing Stations will be available in the classrooms, shared spaces and high-traffic areas.

Masks & Social Distancing
Masks and Clothing
  • As of March 28, 2022, masks became option for children and adults. We follow CDC guidance in encouraging all people who are high-risk or who are in regular contact with someone who is high-risk to wear a mask. We will support all families who request that their child continue to wear a mask at school.
  • In accordance with CDC guidelines, children under 2 years of age and younger are not permitted to wear masks.
  • ALL children in their classroom need to have at least 2 full changes of clean clothes.
    COVID-19 ILLNESS PROTOCOL

    Our commitment is to adhere strictly to CDC and Texas licensing guidelines on communicable diseases and illness in our school. We have had strong protocols in place before COVID-19 and many of them will remain the same. It is important for our families to understand that at a time of heightened anxiety around illness our stance will be to err on the side of caution and require a doctor’s note, or that children stay home until symptoms resolve. We ask that families always be forthcoming and report illnesses to our the ECP office or school nurse. In most cases the guidance is clear cut, if not we will consult our medical professionals or health department before making decisions.

    The responsibility for the health and wellness of our community relies on all of us together.

    One of the biggest adjustments this year will be the fact that we will be quicker to send a child home with symptoms than we have in the past. We ask for your patience and understanding that you may need doctor’s clearance more often than you have been used to in the past.

    • Please keep your child home and immediately contact the ECP if your child is sick or has had close contact with anyone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.
    • In the event a child or educator is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will immediately close all affected areas, initiate cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and conduct contract tracing. A number of circumstances will be evaluated to determine the appropriate level of response and the scope of any closings.
    • View our most recent COVID-19 update here.
    Illness Exclusion Policy for Staff and Children
    • Any staff or child who exhibits signs or symptoms of possible illness with COVID-19 or other communicable disease during Health Screenings will not be permitted to enter the building.
    • Any staff or child who develops new or worsening symptoms while at school will be sent home immediately. If a child is exhibiting symptoms of illness, they will be removed from their group and made comfortable in the school isolation room to wait for a parent to pick up. Parents are asked to pick-up within 30 minutes. If a staff member exhibits symptoms of illness, they will be required to leave immediately.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Runny nose
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea
      • Vomiting
      • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

    In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, and other communicable diseases, it is vital that staff and children remain at home when showing signs and symptoms of any illness.

    Thank you for your help keeping our school community safe and healthy.

    Open and honest communication is key during this time.

    We are committed to remaining open and providing a high-quality program where families feel comfortable dropping off their children and staff feel comfortable coming to work. We appreciate your efforts limiting the risk of exposure to all members of our community.

    COVID-19 Resources for Parents

    The ECP has been hosting special panels for parents online about COVID-19 including how to make sense of the virus with your kids and living with the virus. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have or if you would like to lend your expertise in a future panel.

    Making Sense of COVID-19 With Your Children
    Learning To Live with COVID-19

    EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    In addition to the ECP, Shalom Austin offers a variety of other programs for young children and their parents. Here’s a sample of some other ways to get involved in our community:

    After School Activities

    Looking for something for your kids to do after school? We have fun and educational activities for kids ages 1-12. 

    A toddler child wears a football helmet and holds a basketball outside on a grass field.

    Sports & Fitness

    We don’t just have sports, swim, and fitness classes for kids, we have classes, leagues, and teams for adults too! Join us.

    Parent Programs

    Connect with other parents, get support, and have fun.

    Every month, Shalom Families organizes events at the J and neighborhoods in the Austin area. Get to know other families who live near you.

    We have a special group for our interfaith families to connect too!

    And, be sure to check out the PJ Library. Jewish families can sign up to receive a free children’s book every month.

    Get Involved

    There are lots of ways to connect with the Austin Jewish community beyond school.

    Shereen Ben-Moshe

    Shereen Ben-Moshe

    ECP Director

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