CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

 

September 1, 2020


 
 
 
As I am sure many of you are aware, fitness centers and gyms across the state have started to reopen, and we are pleased to announce we are reopening the JCC's fitness center on Tuesday, September 8.
 
As we have done with each JCC program that has restarted over the past few months, we will be following New York State and Schenectady County Department of Health guidelines in our fitness center and will do all we can to ensure our members stay safe. With that being said, there are new procedures at the fitness center and here is what to expect when you return:
  • A health and travel screening will be done each time anyone enters our indoor facilities (including staff) to ensure they have not experienced any COVID-19 related symptoms in the previous 72 hours and they have not traveled.
  • Your temperature will be taken at the front desk before you are allowed to enter the fitness center and you must wear a mask at all times, including when you are working out.
  • After your temperature is taken upstairs, please proceed downstairs where you will check in at the Sports & Wellness desk.
  • You must complete a waiver at your first return visit to the fitness center before utilizing our facilities.
  • You must maintain social distancing at all times and clean all machines before and after use.
  • You will be required to make a reservation in advance of arriving at the fitness center. No walk-ins will be allowed. Reservations will be good for one 45-minute time slot and can be made 30 minutes to two days prior to your reservation.
  • To make a reservation for a time slot and equipment, please use the Daxko app and go to schedules, sign up on our website, or call the Schenectady JCC at (518) 377-8803 and a team member will help you.
  • The fitness center will only be open to active members; no guests will be allowed. If you need to reactivate your membership, please call the JCC or contact Budhan Ramcharan at budhanr@schenectadyjcc.org .
  • Locker rooms are open for changing but not for showering.
  • The gymnasium, hot tub, steam room, sauna and fitness center babysitting area remain closed at this time.
  • All fitness classes will continue to be conducted virtually or outdoors.
As a reminder, please stay home and refrain from visiting the JCC if you or anyone in your home is not feeling well. Thank you to all our members in advance for your cooperation as we work together to do all we can to provide you and your family with a safe and fun JCC experience.
 
August 18, 2020
 
As you are likely aware, Governor Cuomo’s daily press conference yesterday referred to fitness centers in New York State now being able to start the process by which they can reopen. He outlined some of the general conditions, and since then, released more detailed instructions on the NY.GOV website.
 
We are working with our heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company, local elected officials and county health officials to reopen as quickly and safely as we are able to. We must make sure our plans will be accepted by the local officials in whom the governor has entrusted oversight and final approval. The JCC anticipated some of the issues that would need to be addressed, so we are not starting from scratch.
 
Still, as quickly as we are able to work through the details, there are factors not in our control that affect the timeline. For example, local elected and health officials were only hearing the governor’s pronouncement at the same time we heard it, and have yet to develop, let alone provide specific guidelines of their own for the reopening process.
 
We wanted you to be aware of this, as we have already received emails and calls asking when we are reopening. Our answer is, with all due speed and as soon as we are able. We can’t commit to a date, or even a range of dates yet, but will let you know when we have a plan of action that will be accepted by local officials. The governor has given latitude to reopen even before officials come to inspect; our intent at this time is to do so, but only with a plan that we know will be approved.
 
We will continue to communicate our progress as issues are resolved, and the timeline becomes clearer. I thank you for your patience, and your trust in the JCC based on our continued commitment to you with respect to health and safety, and providing membership value even during these unprecedented times.
 
 
July 21, 2020
 
Exciting News!
 
The indoor pool is scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 27! As with each JCC program which has restarted over the last few weeks, we are doing this in conjunction with current NYS and Schenectady County Department of Health guidance and an abundance of caution.
 
The indoor pool will be open in 45-minute blocks from 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday. You must make a reservation in advance to hold your time. No walk-ins will be allowed, as the pool will have a very limited capacity: four participants per time slot for lap swim and two families for family swim.
 
There are three ways to make a reservation:
 
1.      Through the Daxko app, which can be found in the App store or Google Play Store. Once you have the app, look under the "Schedules" section to make a reservation.
 
2.      Make a reservation through our website by going to: http://www.schenectadyjcc.org/fitness/yulman-indoor-pool/
 
3.      Call the JCC at 518-377-8803 and a member of the JCC team will be able to help you.
 
The pool will only be available to active members (and no guests). If you have put your membership on hold and want to restart it, please call 518-377-8803 or send Budhan Ramcharan an email at budhanr@schenectadyjcc.org
 
You MUST wear a mask when in the JCC building, the locker room and on the pool deck. The showers, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness center remain closed.
 
You will need to stop at the main office each visit. Everyone who enters our inside facility (including staff) will be asked if they or anyone in their party is currently or has experienced in the past 72 hours any of these symptoms of COVID-19 (including, but not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath). In addition, your temperature will be taken and you will be asked about your recent travel. A waiver will need to be completed at your first returning visit to the JCC prior to utilizing the facilities.
 
We are doing everything possible to provide you and your family with a safe and fun JCC experience but we need everyone’s cooperation. As a reminder please stay home and do not visit the JCC if you or anyone in your party is not feeling their best. This is for the safety of all our members and staff.
 
We can’t wait to welcome you back to the JCC soon!
 
 
June 26, 2020 
 
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE REOPENING OF THE POOL AND TENNIS CLUB
 
As of this moment, we are still on-track to open the William & Estelle Golub Pool and Tennis Club on Wednesday, July 1.
 
Here are some important items that you must be aware of before next week's scheduled opening: 
  • All time at the Pool and Tennis Club will need to be reserved in advance. Times will be reserved in three hour time blocks. Members can reserve their time beginning two days in advance. At this time, the facility is open to members only -- no guests.
  • Reservations can be made in three ways: 

Through the Daxko app, which can be found in the App store or Google Play Store. Once you have the app, look under the "Schedules" section to make a reservation.

Make a reservation through our website by clicking here.
Call the JCC at 518-377-8803 and a member of the JCC team will be able to help you.
 
Each online reservation is for everyone in your "membership unit" or family. You need only make one reservation per "membership unit" or family. Reservations can be made 2 days in advance. 
  • The schedule will be:

Monday - Thursday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:30 PM - 3:45 PM
4:15 PM - 7:45 PM 
 
Friday - Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 
After the session ends, everyone will be required to leave the area to allow us to clean and disinfect the whole area. 
  • Masks will be required in the locker rooms and at the snack bar when ordering and picking up food. 
  • To allow proper social distancing, only two separate groups (families or individuals) will be allowed at each canopy. 
  • The locker rooms will be open for changing and using of restrooms but the showers will not be available. 
  • There will be no sharing of lanes for lap swimmers. 
  • Everyone who enters any area of our facility (including staff) will be asked if they, or anyone in their party, is currently or has experienced in the past 72 hours any of these symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath). 
  • A waiver will need to be completed at your initial visit to the JCC prior to utilizing the facilities. Waivers will be available at the Pool and Tennis Club Welcome Desk. 
  • If you are coming to the Pool and Tennis Club on a weekday, please enter through the Balltown Road entrance.
 
Not complying with all posted guidelines will result in you being asked to leave the facility. This is for the safety of our other members and staff and is not negotiable.
 
We are doing everything possible to provide you and your family with a safe and fun summer but we need everyone's cooperation. As a reminder, please stay home and do not visit the Pool and Tennis Club if you or anyone in your party is not feeling at their best. This is for the safety of all our members and staff.
 

June 19, 2020

SCHENECTADY JCC PLANS REOPENING
PENDING APPROVALS
 
As the Capital Region moves into more advanced phases of reopening, the Schenectady JCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce a limited reopening of our facilities to our members. Staff has begun implementing plans for the reopening, emphasizing the safety of both members and staff.
 
All plans are still tentative pending approvals from local and state government. Our hope is that we will open the William & Estelle Golub Pool and Tennis Club on Wednesday, July 1 and reopen the indoor pool and fitness center on Sunday, July 5.
 
We have developed a number of new protocols and procedures so that our members can participate in these programs as safely as possible. Specifically, there will be policies addressing social distancing, the wearing of PPE and limited use of the facilities. All usage of the Pool and Tennis Club, indoor pool and the fitness center will require advance registration and limited capacity. Only members (no guests) will be allowed at this time.
 
We anticipate sending out these new policies will be published next week so that you can review them and begin to register for facility use. No reservations are being taken at this time.
 
We are thrilled to welcome you back to the JCC and trust that everyone will understand and comply with these new policies to help make our summer as safe and fun for everyone as possible!

 

 

May 22, 2020 

 

Due to the continued COVID-19 closure restrictions and the fact that the Schenectady JCC's William and Estelle Golub Family Pool and Tennis Club will not be opening on Memorial Day weekend, we are cancelling the June 1st payments for the Family Pool and Tennis Club portion of the membership dues.  In the meantime, the tennis courts will be reopening for our members, as it is an activity that Gov. Cuomo has approved for social distancing.  As soon as there is progress with the phases of reopening in this region, we will be communicating our plans for reopening.  Current members of the Family Pool and Tennis Club will receive a 5% credit of this summer's fee for each week the pool is closed after its original projected opening dateMembership policies can be found at the bottom of this page. Please consider NOT cancelling your Pool and Tennis Club membership dues for June and offering it as a donation. If you are able to support the JCC by donating your membership dues, you can do so by emailing JCC Campus Director, Andy Katz or by calling 518-377-8803.  Every little bit makes a difference in maintaining resources today to continue our services in the future.  Thank you for your support.

 
 
May 15, 2020
 
We hope this message continues to find you and your family healthy and staying safe. We understand that we are all more than ready to get back to a more normal life but we must continue to abide by our local and state regulations and the best advice of medical professionals to help protect our community.
 
That means that, in accordance with the New York on Pause Act, the Schenectady JCC remains closed to the public until we get clearance to begin opening up our facility to all members but we are very excited to report that we are beginning the process of reopening the childcare program for children of essential workers.
 
Our staff and Board of Directors are, however, hard at work planning and making preparations for our eventual reopening. We are installing new equipment such as Nanoseptic touch points and touchless faucets, purchasing PPE for staff and revising our operating procedures.
 
We're also continuing to prepare for the opening of the William & Estelle Golub Pool and Tennis Club. We are staying in close contact with the New York State Department of Health on when opening will be permissible. Current members of the Pool and Tennis Club will receive a 5% credit of this summer's fee for each week the pool is closed after its original projected opening date.
 
We are also continuing to work to offer summer camp this year. Working with New York State Department of Health and County officials, we have begun making plans to provide a safe and memorable experience for our campers and staff. We know that we will be limiting the number of campers, have groups of 10 or fewer campers with two staffers per group, follow age-appropriate social distancing guidelines and conduct daily health screenings for campers and staff. Unfortunately, the new protocols will mean that there will be no transportation, camp-wide gatherings or overnight programs. And, because of travel restrictions, we will not have any Israeli Schlichim (Emissaries) joining us this summer.
 
We're doing everything possible to make the JCC a safe and fun place to escape to this summer. We're looking forward to seeing you here soon. Until then, stay safe.

 

April 24, 2020

Dear JCC Members:

We hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy. While the current situation has been difficult for all of us, we hope you’ve been able to find some comfort in the additional time you have had with loved ones while staying at home.

Following the latest extension of the New York State on Pause Act, the Schenectady JCC Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to extend the closure of our facility through May 15, 2020.

The JCC continues to find ways to provide a virtual connection for our members, whether through fitness classes, storytime, virtual celebrations, or even household repair tips. Please check out the opportunities we are providing our members on our website and Facebook page

Moving forward, if you are a JCC member you have three options for the membership dues payment effective May 1, 2020:

  • Continue to support the critical work, inclusive mission, and professional staff of the JCC through your ongoing membership. We appreciate our members who paid their membership dues in April and if you continue to pay your membership in May, your membership will be extended for two additional months at no cost on your renewal date.
  • Freeze your membership at no cost and activate your membership without penalty upon the building's reopening. Please note that all memberships which were frozen in April will remain frozen in May, as well. If you have already frozen your membership, you don’t have to do anything further.
  • Cancel your membership, with 30 days' notice required, and incur any applicable rejoining fees upon reenrollment.

Requests for new membership freezes or cancellations should be directed to the JCC's Membership Specialist Budhan Ramcharan. ) All requests should be submitted by April 28th to ensure processing before May 1st.

As we head into summer, the Board of Directors still intends to open the William & Estelle Golub Pool and Tennis Club and offer a wonderful summer camp.  We continue to closely monitor any applicable health and safety guidance and will be in touch to keep you updated.

For now, please stay safe and healthy. We hope that we are all able to soon meet again at the JCC and do our part in bringing back some normalcy to our lives.


  
 
April 14, 2020 
 
We hope that even in these difficult times you have been able to celebrate the things which make your lives better from enjoying a nice walk or run, to connecting with families and friends virtually (and your JCC). As we close out the Passover holiday this week, its story of resilience seems ever so much more important and as we all continue to look forward to when we can celebrate being together once again at our JCC.
 
The Schenectady JCC Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to extend the facility's closure through April 29, consistent with the "New York State on Pause: Executive Order. We know how difficult these times have been for everyone, but we must comply with these directives to promote our community's health and we appreciate all the support we have received from our members.
 
We continue to encourage you and your family to actively participate in all of the virtual programs our team has put together. From exercise classes to jokes-of-the-day to senior socials to home repair tips to virtual Shabbat, our virtual JCC is getting more active each day. Silver Sneakers and Renew Active Members, please remember to "check in" your attendance (date, time and class) as you take advantage of our virtual JCC events. (insert EMAIL Link)
 
Check out this great story that Spectrum News did on our programming last week. You can find all of our virtual programs and schedules here. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page for more content. We are excited to have these opportunities to stay connected with our JCC family. Look for even more online content coming soon!!
 
We are hopeful that our William and Estelle Golub Family Pool & Tennis Club and our acclaimed youth summer camps will kick-off as previously scheduled. As we get more guidance on potential opening and start dates for the Center and special programming, we will share it with you and your family.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions. We wish everyone well and look forward to when we can gather together again!
 
 
 
 
 
April 1,2020 
 
Dear JCC Family,
 
We want to personally thank you for your patience and understanding as the Schenectady JCC - like all of us - tries to manage during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. We also want to thank you for the many messages of support and concern. Many of you have generously opted to keep your membership active at this time and we truly appreciate your support of the Schenectady JCC to assist us in our efforts.
 
Following CDC and NYS Department of Health protocols, the Board of Directors of the Schenectady JCC has made the difficult decision to extend the facility's closure through April 19th. We know how difficult this has been on you and your family, but we must comply with these directives to promote our community's health.
 
We encourage you and your family to actively participate in all of the virtual programs our team has put together. From exercise classes to jokes-of-the-day to senior socials to home repair tips to virtual Shabbat, our virtual JCC is getting more active each day. Silver Sneakers and Renew Active Members, please remember to "check in" your attendance (date, time and class) as you take advantage of our virtual JCC events.
 
You can find all of our virtual programs and schedules here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more content. We are excited to have these opportunities to stay connected with our JCC family. Look for even more online content coming soon!!
 
If you have any questions, please let us know. We are thinking of you and your families - stay well. We can't wait to see all of you soon!
 

 

 
March 26

Dear JCC Family:
 
As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit the Schenectady JCC has always had limited resources. When we have extra money, we have done things like raised staff salaries, fixed a roof, replaced water heaters, and paved a parking lot (all the extras which go into making the JCC the best it can be with what we have).
 
When this pandemic began, we closed for two weeks out of concern for public health. We have been closely following local, state and federal guidelines. Things changed daily - from orders to close the Fitness Center, closing of the school district through April 1, 2020, and more possible exposures of COVID-19. To the extent possible, staff is working from home and we are endeavoring to do everything we can for the Schenectady JCC to go virtual. Also, we have diverted our unrestricted maintenance reserve towards our regular payroll and expenses. The only major maintenance we plan to do now is to repair a roof. We have made difficult decisions each day to protect the health and safety of our JCC community.
 
Your program and membership fees cover payroll, utilities, licenses, rentals to the school district, insurance, and benefits for the staff to keep the JCC going. As you know, we decided to get through the first 14 days and pay all staff - it's the least we can do. We turned down the heat, are not heating the pool, and found other ways to save money. Unfortunately, because we are unable to pay staff not able to work remotely, we are furloughing some of those staff. Our policy is to fully self-pay for unemployment and furloughed staff who are eligible will, in all likelihood, file for unemployment. Additionally, the SJCC will cover the health insurance premiums for the handful of furloughed staff who participate in our health insurance plans. Things continue to change daily, and we are hopeful that recent and emerging legislation will help support continuance of staff salaries. We will see what happens over the next few weeks. At this point, we anticipate being closed into sometime in April. We will be updating you as soon as we hear about applicable guidelines. The purpose of these actions, -- first and foremost to us -- are to protect the health and safety of our community, members, guests, and staff.
 
Moving forward, we are doing everything we can to seek sources of funding (loans and grants), figuring out ways to reduce costs, and utilizing our limited unrestricted funds in order to ensure that the JCC is able to reopen when we are able. We have heard some questions about why we don't use some of our donor funds. The answer is that we are required by federal and state regulations to not liquidate any assets that are restricted by donors (for example donations to the playground campaign) as that money can only be used for the donor's intended purpose.
 
We hope you will stick with us by supporting us as best you can because our JCC community is so important to all of us. We understand your concerns but also ask that you understand that we are all impacted by this crisis and we are doing the best we can as a non-profit to make sure that the SJCC and all of its previous programming will be available when this crisis is over. We will do everything in our power to ensure that the SJCC is able to reopen.
 
We will follow up with individual program emails about our current policies on membership and program fees are listed below.  An important clarification: we will offer a credit on each family's account that deposits 50% of the tuition for April (only) for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. If the JCC is unable to reopen in April, the family will NOT lose this payment. The credit will be applied to the next month of Early Childhood Education tuition. Beyond this, no further Early Childhood tuition will be collected until we reopen. In addition, we will continue to offer remote programming for Early Childhood Education students. While it is not the same as all being together in the classroom, we hope it is bringing some joy to your children's lives.
 
Camp registration is still open so please reserve your spot with a refundable deposit (through June 1, 2020). And, if you need any services or support, please contact our membership or scholarship team.
 
Please continue to interact with us virtually as much as you can. We will continue to add more great virtual content during our closure. We thank you for all that you do to support us and for your patience as we work through this difficult time.
 
 
 
Policies
 
Membership
 

The JCC continues to find ways to provide a virtual connection for our members, whether through fitness classes, storytime, virtual celebrations or even household repair tips. Please check out the opportunities we are providing our members on our website and Facebook page. Moving forward, if you are a JCC member you have three options for the membership dues payment effective May 21, 2020

* Continue to support the critical work, inclusive mission, and professional staff of the JCC through your ongoing membership. We appreciate our members who paid their membership dues in April and May and if you continue to pay your membership in June, your membership will be membership will be extended up to three additional months at no cost on your renewal date in 2021.

* Freeze your membership at no cost and activate your membership without penalty upon the building's reopening. Please note that all memberships which were frozen in May will remain frozen in June, as well. If you have already frozen your membership, you don’t have to do anything further.

* Cancel your membership, with 30 days' notice required, and incur any applicable rejoining fees upon reenrollment.

Requests for a membership freeze or cancellation should be directed to the JCC's Membership Specialist Budhan Ramcharan. All requests should be submitted by May 27th to ensure processing before June 1st.

Early Childhood Education Infants and Toddlers 

The Board asked ECE parents to pay 50% of their April tuition. This will be the only charge until the JCC reopens (no matter how many more months the program is closed, you will only be asked to pay this one-time charge). Additionally, the Board has decided that the fee will be applied to the tuition for the next month of Early Childhood Education that your child attends. You will NOT lose this payment if the program does not open in April. Finally, we urge you and your child to take advantage of the many virtual programs that our lead teachers will be providing the children over the coming weeks and months. The JCC’s Early Childhood programs will remain closed for in-person programming through May 15th. Consistent with our policies from last month, we will not be charging you for programming until we re-open for in-person care.

 Early Childhood Education Pre-School

The Board asked ECE parents to pay 50% of their April tuition. This will be the only charge until the JCC reopens (no matter how many more months the program is closed, you will only be asked to pay this one-time charge). Additionally, the Board has decided that the fee will be applied to the tuition for the next month of tuition of Early Childhood Education that your child attends. You will NOT lose this payment if the program does not open in April. Additionally, all wrap-around charges for the month of April have been canceled.  The JCC’s Early Childhood programs will remain closed for in-person programming through May 15th. Consistent with our policies from last month, we will not be charging you for programming until we re-open for in-person care.

After School Programs

Unfortunately, at this time, we have no answers as to when Niskayuna Schools will reopen. You will NOT be charged for the programs until school and the programs reopen.

Program Registration Fees (classes, events, training sessions, etc.)

For any current program fees that have already been collected, those programs will resume when the JCC reopens. 

 
 
 

 

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