Coronavirus Updates

Posted by: Siegel JCC on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Please see updates below on the status of the closing of the Siegel JCC during the Coronavirus pandemic.

During closure, stay connected via our Virtual JCC page for content to keep you active, engaged, and entertained from the comfort of your own home. 

As you know, the J is a non-profit organization. Having to temporarily close our physical facility has put us in a challenging position, and we are concerned about our ability to continue to serve and come out on the other side of this in a position to help the community we cherish. What we know for sure is when this pandemic finally starts to slow, the services we provide at the J will be needed like never before. It's unavoidable that we will have to make some tough decisions that will impact our staff in order to preserve the J for future generations. Your contributions to our Emergency Sustainability Fund will go a long way to support our J and our staff. 

UPDATE AS OF 3/23/2020 3:30 PM EST

Dear J community,

On Sun, Mar 22, Delaware Governor John Carney issued a Stay-at-Home Order for Delawareans. The order goes into effect on Tue, Mar 24 at 8 AM and will remain in effect until Fri, May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated. As a result, all Siegel JCC programs and services will remain suspended until the order is lifted (with the exception of our senior meal delivery service, which we hope to continue for as long as possible). 

As you know, the J is a non-profit organization. Having to temporarily suspend activity at our physical facility is challenging, and we are concerned about our ability to continue to serve and come out on the other side of this in a position to help the community we cherish. What we know for sure is when this pandemic finally starts to slow, the services we provide at the J will be needed like never before. 

We know you have questions about your J membership. We hope you will consider keeping your membership going and allowing your dues to support the J and our staff during this difficult time. Dues, tuition, or fees for which no services are rendered can be considered a tax-deductible donation, and we would be happy to provide you with a letter for tax deduction purposes for dues paid during closure. Please contact us at info@siegeljcc.org to request a donation letter or if you have any questions.  

It's unavoidable that we will have to make some tough decisions that will impact our staff in order to preserve the J for future generations. Your contributions to our Emergency Sustainability Fund will go a long way to support our J and our staff. 

Please continue to follow us on social media - we can connect beyond boundaries. Thank you for being amazing friends to the Siegel JCC. We are grateful for each of you.

Sincerely,

Danny Haas, President

Ivy Harlev, CEO

UPDATE AS OF 3/20/2020 2:00 PM EST

Dear J community:

We miss seeing you all at the J every day! We know this community extends far beyond the walls of the J, and as we navigate these unusual times together (yet physically farther apart), we want to offer ways you can stay connected to the J - even when you're at home.

Please note that we are continuing to monitor the pandemic situation and will provide an update early next week with regards to the status of our facility. We recommend staying up to date on the pandemic via the Delaware Division of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization

How to stay connected:

  • Facebook - check out our daily live streams and interactive posts 
  • Instagram - follow us for fun daily content
  • YouTube - enjoy playlists of all the great content our staff are creating just for you 

How you can help:

As you know, the J is a non-profit organization. Having to temporarily close our physical facility has put us in a challenging position, and we are concerned about our ability to continue to serve and come out on the other side of this in a position to help the community we cherish. What we know for sure is when this pandemic finally starts to slow, the services we provide at the J will be needed like never before. It's unavoidable that we will have to make some tough decisions that will impact our staff in order to preserve the J for future generations. Your contributions to our Emergency Sustainability Fund will go a long way to support our J and our staff. 

UPDATE AS OF 3/16/2020 5:00 PM EST

Dear J community,

Thank you for your patience over the past few days and for giving us time to determine the details of how to implement the JCC’s two-week shutdown. This is new territory for all of us, and we are working around-the-clock to absorb the latest information and make decisions that prioritize our community’s health. We are reaching out to respond to the questions we’ve received from our JCC members. 

Q: Why does the JCC have to close for two weeks?

A: The fluidity and scale of this situation is simply unprecedented. Late Friday, we made the very difficult decision to close the entire JCC facility. This is part of an effort to slow the spread of the virus, so that large numbers of people don’t get sick all at once and overwhelm the hospital system. For additional details on why this is important, please review the CDC’s latest guidance that people throughout the United States should avoid gatherings of 50 people or more, as well as Delaware Governor Carney’s directive to close all Delaware public schools for two weeks. 

Q: What date will the JCC reopen?

A: We are continually monitoring the situation, talking with public health authorities, connecting with other JCCs, and consulting with local institutions in our industry. At the core of all decisions is the health and well-being of our community: our members and our staff. Please keep in mind that our JCC programs host some of the most vulnerable populations. Our current plan is to re-open the JCC on March 30. Leading up to that date we will reevaluate the situation and determine whether to reopen or whether public health concerns necessitate remaining closed.

Q: Will the JCC offer programs and classes online?

A: We are working to offer resources, information, and possibly even classes and programs to our membership via online tools. We’ve already begun live streaming with our Early Childhood Center teachers via Facebook Live! Be sure to follow us on social media:

Q: What happens if the closure extends further?

A: The situation and related precautions are evolving daily, sometimes even hourly. The Siegel JCC staff and board are working diligently to consider all available information and to make decisions that prioritize the health and welfare of our community. Please note that near the end of March we will send another communication to provide further details.

We hope this answers your most pressing questions. We will stay in active communication with you as we determine next steps. Your patience is appreciated while we work to prioritize health and safety, reorganize operations, and plan for new realities.

We want to thank our Board of Directors for their constant support, thoughtfulness, and care. We would also like to express gratitude for our staff for their flexibility and dedication. And, we want to thank you, our members, for being a vital part of our vibrant community.
We are resilient, and we will get through this together.
L’Shalom (to Peace), 
Danny Haas, President
Ivy Harlev, CEO

UPDATE AS OF 3/13/2020 8:30 PM EST

Dear J community,

This evening, Delaware Governor John Carney directed all Delaware public schools to close for two weeks to allow for better preparations to prevent the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As we communicated earlier today, a school closure would trigger our shift to Phase 4 of our Outbreak Response & Business Interruption Plan, which can be viewed here

This means that, effective immediately, the Siegel JCC will be CLOSED. This closure applies to ALL programs and services. As part of our efforts to contribute towards slowing the spread of disease, we will be closing our entire facility, including fitness, aquatics, early childhood and youth programming, and senior services. We hope to re-open the facility on Monday, March 30.

We are sure that you will have a number of questions about rescheduling, payments, cleaning, etc. Our Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday evening by video conference to address the new issues that have arisen due to today's action by Governor Carney. Please look for more detailed communication from us in the coming days. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ivyharlev@siegeljcc.org. As this is a new and changing situation, we may not always have an immediate answer for you, but we will be as timely as possible with our responses.

Thank you for being amazing friends to the Siegel JCC. We are grateful for each of you. 

Sincerely,

Danny Haas, President

Ivy Harlev, CEO

UPDATE AS OF 3/13/2020 5:15 PM EST

Dear J community,

We are writing in reference to the many questions we’ve received around our outbreak response plan. We began putting together an Outbreak Response & Business Interruption Plan a month ago, at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Please rest assured that we have a formalized plan in place, based on extensive investigation and data gathering efforts.

We have been following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Delaware Division of Public Health, and our national umbrella organization (JCC Association).

Our plan was developed with a phased approach, based on the spread of the outbreak in Delaware. Please view the plan here

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We have completed Phases 1 and 2 and are currently in Phase 3, regardless of the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delaware to date.

We will continue to look to the Delaware Division of Public Health as our expert source. Their current advice confirms the approach that we have already taken to this point, and we will of course continue to monitor the evolution of the guidelines over the course of the coming days and to comply with all of the recommendations and guidelines.

If the Delaware Division of Public Health mandates a school closure, or if the Brandywine School District announces a closure, we will shift to Phase 4 of the plan, suspending all programming (e.g., the Early Childhood Center, KidsPlace Afterschool Program, School's Out Days, youth recreation programs, adult pick-up sports, group exercise classes, babysitting). Our hope is to continue to offer access to fitness, aquatics, and outdoor campus facilities for individual usage for as long as possible. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (302) 478-5660 or ivyharlev@siegeljcc.org.

Sincerely,

Danny Haas, President

Ivy Harlev, CEO

UPDATE AS OF 3/12/2020 1:40 PM EST

Dear J community,

We are continuing to monitor the developing situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The safety, health, and well-being of our community is of utmost importance to us. As such, we have employed additional maintenance services to complete a deep cleaning of our facilities this weekend (March 14-15), including all communal spaces, meeting rooms, bathrooms, classrooms, fitness areas, and offices.

Our campus will remain open over the weekend, but we are canceling the following programs/services to allow for the most effective and efficient cleaning efforts:

  • Parents Night Out/Kids Night In (Sat, Mar 14, 6:30 – 9 PM), including JTots Pajama Party, Mini Masquerade, and Middle School Hangout
  • Sunday Family Funday (Sun, Mar 15, 10 AM – 12 PM)
  • Babysitting Room (Sun, Mar 15, 8:30 - 11:30 AM)

Please know that we are taking the following precautions to help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Regularly cleaning and sanitizing our facility, including high-touch areas such as doorknobs and railings, with medical-grade cleansers
  • Reminding all who come through our doors (via signs) to wash hands, stay home if sick, cover coughs, and wipe down fitness equipment before and after use
  • Providing hand sanitizer in multiple locations
  • Limiting exposure of children to communal areas throughout the building

Below are some resources to learn more and stay up to date on the Coronavirus:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (302) 478-5660 or ivyharlev@siegeljcc.org.

Sincerely,

Danny Haas, President

Ivy Harlev, CEO

UPDATE AS OF 3/3/2020 4:00 PM EST

Dear J members,

The safety and health of our community is of utmost importance to us. To that end, we want all of our members, guests, and staff to be informed and aware regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Based on information from the Delaware Division of Public Health, which is leading the effort to ensure that Delawareans are prepared:

  • The risk of coronavirus remains low for Delawareans.
  • There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Delaware to date.

Please take a few minutes to review an update on coronavirus shared by Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester HERE

Additionally, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, we've hung signs around the building with ways that we can all help prevent the spread of illness within our community:

  • Washing your hands often.
  • Staying home if you're sick.
  • Covering your cough. 

The Siegel JCC team will continue to monitor the status of the outbreak closely and will communicate any changes as needed. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (302) 478-5660 or ivyharlev@siegeljcc.org.

Sincerely,

Ivy Harlev, CEO

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