Gan Ami FAQ
If you are uncomfortable with sending your child to school with these precautions in place, please do not return to school at this time. These precautions are in place to provide every effort to keep each child and family as well as staff members safe; however, this does not provide any guarantee of any kind.
We are doing everything in our power to keep every child safe during this time and working together during this time is important. We have worked closely with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Wisconsin Department for Children and Families to develop our re-opening procedures. We are providing you the direct links to this information if you would like to read more in the policy document.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did Gan Ami Reopen?
Gan Ami Early Childhood Education reopened on June 8, 2020, after months of detailed preparation with new operational standards.
Do you have an updated Calendar?
Our new updated 2020-2021 calendar was released on July 1, 2020. It is confirmed through October 1; we will update quarterly.
What are your hours of operation?
In order to provide the highest quality of care and sanitization our new hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., which is effective 8/31/2020.
Are parents allowed in the school?
No, at this time no parents, visitors, or volunteers will be allowed in the school. Children will be escorted to and from the family’s vehicles at the designated drop off and pick up times by Gan Ami staff.
When can I drop off and pick up my child?
Your drop off and pick up times will be assigned to you, except for siblings who will be allowed to be dropped off and picked up at the same time. Please watch for information from your site manager about your assigned time.
Will Gan Ami staff members be required to wear masks?
All faculty serving children will wear face coverings, which cover their nose and mouth when inside the building including but not limited to: drop off, pick up, in classrooms, in hallways, on the playground or any other areas outside the classroom and while handling any food preparation, feeding, and diapering or bathroom assistance. They are required to wear face coverings in the classroom at all times except when eating or drinking. Masks will be required outside when social distancing is not possible.
Will children be required to wear masks?
Children under two are not allowed to wear masks due to a suffocation hazard. Children who are in our two and three year old classrooms are also not required to wear masks, according to CDC recommendations. All 4K children will wear face coverings inside and when they are unable to socially distance.
Will hot lunch be offered?
No, Ferrante’s hot lunch will be suspended during the 2020-21 school year.
A “kosher style” nut free lunch should be sent from home daily with your child in a disposable paper lunch bag or large Ziplock bag. NO lunch boxes allowed.
Will breakfast and snacks be provided?
Yes, but it is always acceptable to send alternative breakfast or snack options for your child.
What items can my child bring to school?
Bottles, fresh or frozen breast milk, formula, and baby food.
Diapers, wipes, creams, and lotions.
A lunch packaged in a disposable bag.
A water bottle that will remain at school to be washed daily by staff.
One crib sheet and one blanket that will stay at school and be washed weekly or as needed by staff.
Extra clothing, which will stay at school to be washed by staff.
Extra outdoor gear, which will stay at school to be washed by staff as needed.
A soft washable lovey for nap-time. The lovey must be left at school and will be washed as needed.
Can my child bring toys from home?
No. We ask that all toys remain at home in order to maintain the healthiest possible environment for all children.
Do you still have Shabbat Sing and other enrichment activities?
Yes, we will have enrichment classes via zoom within each classroom. At this time, we are not permitted to commingle or gather in large groups.
Are children allowed on the playground?
Yes, each classroom is assigned daily playground times. No more than one group will be allowed on the playground at a given time. The playground will be sanitized after each group and before the next group arrives. We will be using US EPA registered broad-spectrum disinfectants that are safe to use in schools.
Who will my child’s teacher be? Will my child be grouped with their friends?
We will do our best to ensure that your child will remain with some friends from this school year; however, teachers may also have to be split to accommodate classes as needed. We will be making the best decisions for continuity and safety, with significantly reduced class sizes.
Will the children have fieldtrips?
No, the children will all remain on campus at this time in order to ensure the highest quality sanitization.
What are your cleaning policies?
We are maintaining the new licensing cleaning procedures during the day and each night. We use US EPA registered broad-spectrum disinfectants that are safe to use in schools. We use the hours of 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to clean and disinfect the classrooms. The classrooms are cleaned again each evening by the Total Clean company staff, who are also following new cleaning protocols.
What if a child gets sick?
If a child develops a COVID-19 related symptoms (fever 100.4 or greater, shortness of breath, a new cough or rash, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and/or vomiting) during the day, the child will be immediately removed from the classroom and moved to the designated, staffed isolation room. The parent will be notified by the educators; if parent is not available immediately, emergency contacts will be used. Fever reducing medication will not be administered staff. Other medication still requires a physician’s note to dispense and must come in the original packaging with the dosage amount. They will also need the state required medication authorization form on file, in order for us to administer any medication.
What if a staff member gets sick?
If a staff member develops COVID-19 related symptoms (with any of the same symptoms listed above), they will be sent home.
• Anyone (staff member or child) with a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or any symptoms listed above must be isolated for 10 days; a minimum of seven days after symptom onset and 72 hours after their fever resolves without fever-reducing medication. For example, if the fever and symptoms resolve on day seven, the staff member or child can return on day 10. Staff with household contacts with adults or children with COVID-19 must be quarantined for 14 days after their last household exposure. For most, this will be 14 days after the household contact with COVID-19 is released from isolation.
What will happen if a staff person or child is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Gan Ami and the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC will notify the North Shore Health Department and the classroom and/or school may be required to close for the recommended time by the North Shore Health Department. The timeline for the requirements for a staff person or child to be out of school with a COVID diagnosis is detailed in the adjusted Health Policy. It is recommended that families prepare for possible closures or absences for their own children.
Have there been changes to the tuition structure?
No, at this time tuition will remain the same in order to provide the highest quality of staff to child ratios and cleanliness.
Have there been changes to the contract?
No. We have applied any credits from March to the month a family begins their 2020-21 contract, if confirmed by August 31, 2020. Any family that has not communicated their start date or withdrawal date will forfeit the credit on September 30, 2020.
What if I am not returning?
Please contact Michelle Hoffman, our Gan Ami Business manager, and she will help you reconcile your Gan Ami account.
What happens if I am postponing my enrollment until an alternate date?
Please contact your site manager to make arrangements for an alternate return date.
Will I have to sign a liability waiver?
No, you will not.
What if my child gets sick and we decide not to return?
Each family’s situation will be discussed with Gan Ami Administration and be decided on a case by case basis. The health and safety of all children is our top priority.
What If I lose my job and we cannot return?
Each family’s situation will be discussed with Gan Ami Administration and decided on a case by case basis. Whenever possible a 30-day notice is appreciated.