COVID-19 Updates

Health and Safety Upgrades

The safety of our members, community, and staff will always be our first priority. As we reopen the JCCNS for you, slowly and safely, rest assured that we have worked diligently to prepare for our re-opening.

Our dedicated maintenance staff have made several upgrades and modifications to our spaces to be sure safety and cleanliness, including:

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  • All classrooms, bathrooms, offices, and exercise rooms used have specific cleaning checklists to be filled out by our maintenance and cleaning staff throughout the day to keep track of cleaning efficiency;
  • All staff will be following the CDC guidelines for cleaning protocol;
  • Our extensive list of cleaning products are EPA registered disinfectants and sanitizers, mixed by an automated system to ensure proper ratios;
  • Moving equipment and furniture in several areas to help promote social distancing;
  • Installing cleaning stations in high traffic areas with running water and or sanitizer available;
  • Clearly marked entrance and exit points throughout the building;
  • Installing tents and handwashing stations at all entries;
  • Creating a entrance protocol which includes questionnaire and temp check for safety.
  • Installing new Merv 13 filters in every HVAC unit in the facility;
  • Installing two brand new commercial grade exhaust fans in the lobby near skylight;
  • Replacing 3 RTU’s in critical areas (weight room, cardio, and spin rooms) to increase airflow, creating a safer environment;
  • HVAC ducts have been professionally cleaned.
  • Installing large commercial fans on pool deck to help promote air flow;
  • Flushing the entire buildings water supply to ensure it's safe and clean for our reopening;
  • Installing acrylic dividers in critical spots to help protect staff and members;
  • Limiting activities and overall persons in the building at all times.

Welcoming You Back

Welcoming You Back Slowly and Safely

Dear JCCNS Members, Friends and Community,

Once again, I reach out with my sincere hope that this finds you all well and healthy.

We have missed you! We know that many members are eager to return to our JCCNS activities, and we are excited to start welcoming you back. The information below will provide some updates on various departments at the JCCNS and how we are preparing to reopen during the coming phases. Please know that these protocols and decisions have been made with the guidance set forth by Governor Baker and the local Marblehead Board of Health, as well as our own team of dedicated medical professionals on our JCCNS Board of Directors. While we still do not have definitive answers for exactly how things will open or when later-phased activities will be given the “green light,” we wanted to share with you what we are hoping for and are working toward, while things continue to evolve around us.

Things may change, depending on the progression of things in the State of Massachusetts, so please continue to check your email for messages from us, as well as JCCNS.ORG for updates. Our team has been working tirelessly over the past few months to prepare for when we can return to our programs and we appreciate your patience and support as we do our very best to continue to navigate these complicated circumstances. We are committed to providing updates regularly to clarify opening dates and guidelines as they become available to us.

I look forward to seeing you in and around the JCCNS facility!

With wishes for good health,

Marty Schneer, JCCNS Executive Director

What to Expect

Upon entering the JCCNS indoor and/or outdoor facilities (tennis courts excluded), we will require the following (children and adults alike):

  • 6 foot distancing while waiting outdoors to check in to the J, and while participating in activities at the J
  • Hand-washing/sanitizing requirements upon entrance
  • Temperature check (must be 100.0 degrees or below) *EC children and campers are exempt from the temperature check
  • Health check consisting of questions regarding recent health and potential COVID-19 exposure
  • Additional screening protocols as directed by BOH and local guidelines
  • Masks (not provided by the JCCNS) to be worn while indoors by members at all times.
  • Initially when the JCCNS is able to reopen our doors, we will be operating with limited hours, so that we can facilitate an extensive cleaning schedule in order to comply with all state and local regulations.

    Our Welcome Center Associates will be protected with transparent shields, but you will still see their helpful smiling faces! They are there to help! They will also be taking phone reservations for some activities listed below. At our entrance points, JCCNS employees will be equipped with PPE, and sanitizing stations will be available for all members and staff throughout the facility.

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REACTIVATE A MEMBERSHIP THAT HAS BEEN PLACED ON A TEMPORARY FREEZE, PLEASE CONTACT ANDREW DALTON AT adalton@jccns.com.

    FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE GETTING SET UP ON MOTIONVIBE.COM, OUR FITNESS AND AQUATICS RESERVATION SYSTEM, please contact Andrew Dalton at adalton@jccns.comAndrew will be available for MotionVibe tutorials this Friday, June 12th from 12:00PM- 4:00PM. (Read below for departments that will be using MotionVibe.)

    Unfortunately, we are not able to open our outdoor basketball courts, our playgrounds, our indoor pool, or our gym yet. We will certainly keep you updated on these upcoming openings.

    Tennis Courts Open Now

    GOOD NEWS! Our tennis courts are open and available for members to play on, while adhering to these specific rules:

    • ​Courts are open for recreational play
    • No organized play such as lessons or leagues
    • Singles and doubles play: only players from the same household allowed on the court
    • No social gathering: players waiting to utilize a court should wait outside the courts gate until the previous players have vacated the court.
    • Sanitize often: players should sanitize hands before and after play. Please do not share equipment. Wipe down and sanitize equipment including racquets, balls, and water bottles.
    • Face covering: wear a face covering when you can’t maintain a 6ft separation from others. Please wear one when entering and exiting the courts.
    • Social Distancing: minimum 6 foot social distancing required.
    Outdoor Pool

    Like Massachusetts, we will be opening our pool in phases so that we can see how the process runs. Our first phase will open to lap swimmers (age 12 and over ONLY) beginning on June 15th, with pre-registered, one-hour time slots available via computer at MotionVibe.com OR via phone by calling (781) 631-8330. More information on this reservation system will be sent later this week.

    We will be offering SIX open lap lanes, with one swimmer per lane. Each time slot can be booked one day in advance, and each member is allowed one booking per day. No personal swim equipment (kick-boards, fins, etc.) is allowed, with the exception of goggles or snorkels. We are encouraging swimmers to shower before coming to the pool, as our only available shower will be the one on our pool deck. Restrooms will be available (limited capacity) by the pool, but CANNOT be used for changing. Swimmers should arrive in their suit and leave in their suit.

    ​For our second phase, we are hoping to open our outdoor pool to families around June 27 for pre-booked time slots throughout the afternoons, evening and weekend hours. Pool hours will be limited and overall pool capacity will be limited, as regulated by the state and local Board of Health.
    Early Childhood Center

    We are excited to welcome back our Early Childhood families and community members for summer childcare. We will be offering toddler and young preschool childcare for those 15 months – 3.5 years old in our Early Childhood classrooms, with two options for hours: 9:00AM -1:00PM OR 9:00AM-3:00PM. Participants MUST attend Monday-Friday, and must register for A MINIMUM of 2 weeks. Children will go through a daily health screening before entering the building and staff will escort the children safely inside (parents are not permitted to enter the building.) For this process to work, we will have staggered drop off times for all families. Specific pricing, discounts and guidelines will be available in the near future. Please contact Stephanie Walsh at swalsh@jccns.com to register or for additional information.

    Camp

    Right now, we are working toward opening camp on July 6th and running through August 21st! Due to new state and local restrictions, summer camp will look different than in years past, but we are committed to providing a fun and enriching experience to our campers. Campers will, of course, go through a health and safety screening process before entering camp and will need to have all applicable paperwork in before they can begin camp.

    Due to regulations, we will not be able to offer pizza lunch, KinderCamp Enrichment programs, early or late extended care, or transportation to/from Peabody this year.

    Please know that things continue to change, nearly daily, but we will keep you posted on any changes to our camp planning as we become aware of them. You may register now at jccns.org/summer-camp/.

    We are thrilled to announce that we WILL offer KinderCamp programming from 9:00AM-1:00PM, Monday-Friday. Please note that every camper must be enrolled for the entire week. Campers may register for as many or as few weeks as they like. All registered campers must be potty-trained. Capacity for camp groups will be limited, and all state and local day camp guidelines will be followed. You may reach out to KinderCamp Director, Heather Greenberg at hgreenberg@jccns.com for additional information or with questions.

    ​We are hopeful that Camp Simchah will also run for the same July 6th-August 21st dates and that we can maintain our typical camp hours of 9:00AM-4:00PM. Since Camp Simchah typically utilizes indoor spaces at both the JCCNS and EHS, we are still in the process of working out the details for indoor space capacity and usage, however we are hopeful that we will be able to create a schedule that allows for camp to run! As with KinderCamp, campers may register for as many or as few weeks as they like. Staggered drop-off times will be assigned so that campers can arrive while maintaining social distancing. Capacity for camp groups will be limited and all state and local day camp guidelines will be followed. You may reach out to Camp Simchah Director, Jessie Stephens at jstephens@jccns.com for additional information or with questions.

    Update on COVID-19

    ​4/28/2020

    To our JCCNS Members and Community:

    Once again, I write to you with the sincere hope that this finds you and your loved ones well. I also want to thank all of the medical personnel, first responders, and essential workers who diligently stand on the front lines, while we collectively fight this epidemic. You are heroes and we thank you.

    In accordance with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s extension of the state's stay-at-home advisory and order requiring all non-essential businesses to stay closed, the JCCNS will be closed through May 18th or until further notice.

    In addition, I want to share a series of significant updates around the JCCNS’s business response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    As you all know, the JCCNS is, first and foremost, a community. We are working diligently to keep that sense of community going as best we can through social media, online opportunities, the sharing of resources, and offers to help those who are in need. Just a few examples of ways we continue to connect: Our Early Childhood Teachers are providing ways for their classes to be together virtually, as well as opportunities for the entire school to gather virtually for events like Shabbat Music with Marc​y, Musical Adventures and puppet shows. Our fitness instructors have been providing Online Classes for our members to keep up their own fitness and wellness, and our Facebook Page continues to be a source of information, updates, activities and memories. We hope that you are able to take advantage of these online resources and that they will continue to keep our community together, even when apart. We will continue to add to our online repertoire of offerings, so please check back to JCCNS.ORG or our Facebook Page regularly for updates and schedules.

    Unfortunately, with this extended closure, we have been forced to make some extremely tough decisions regarding our ongoing staffing and payroll. The JCCNS is a nonprofit organization, and even with the continued support of many generous members, this has taken a hard toll on our revenue. After April 7th, many of our staff members will incur partial or full furloughs through our extended closure date, and we will do everything we can to help them weather this storm. The US Government has announced and passed the CARES Act Economic Relief Plan that will greatly assist our furloughed employees. Please be assured that these decisions were made so that our employees would be able to benefit most from this new economic plan, and that as furloughed employees (not laid-off), we will continue to support their employment benefits through the JCCNS. It is our intention and greatest hope that we will be able to re-open soon and bring our entire staff community back together, just as we were before this epidemic began. Our entire staff community was invited to a Zoom conference call yesterday when we told them of these updates and difficult decisions.

    Recognizing that some families are facing new financial difficulties, if you need to put your membership, dues or tuition payments on a temporary freeze or request a refund, please contact Stephanie Walsh (swalsh@jccns.com) for Early Childhood Center inquiries, Ashley Vieira (avieira@jccns.com) for aquatics inquiries, or Andrew Dalton (adalton@jccns.com) for membership or any other inquiries. At the same time, we humbly ask families who can continue to support us during this crisis, to consider not making this request and we will gratefully consider your dues/tuition during our closure to be a tax-deductible donation.

    Throughout these challenging weeks, I have been inspired by acts of kindness around us, the dedication of our Board of Directors, staff members who are reaching out to keep connected, and the commitment of our JCCNS family to help each other. For these and so much more, I remain deeply inspired by our community.

    If you, or anyone you know are in need at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at mschneer@jccns.com. We are committed to continuing to help and serve our beloved community, especially in the most difficult of times.

    With hope and wishes for good health,

    Marty Schneer, JCCNS Executive Director

    Update on COVID-19

    3/17/2020

    Dear JCCNS Members, Community, and Staff,

    On behalf of everyone at the JCCNS, our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19 — this includes not only those diagnosed with the virus, but also their friends and family, those whose jobs and schools have been impacted and so many more. Our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our employees, members and community. 

    This local and global situation is changing rapidly, and to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, the JCCNS will now be closed through April 7th, until further notice. We realize this creates a great deal of uncertainty for everyone, but please know that we are working daily to come up with solutions to make this difficult time easier for our staff and members. Please check ou​r JCCNS Facebook page regularly for at-home fitness videos, activities for kids, etc. Our staff are diligently working to stay in touch and to provide ways for us to remain connected during this time.

    We realize the impact this closure can have on our employees, and please be assured that this is not a decision we made lightly. ​

    There is no question this is a time of great uncertainty. As always, we appreciate your dedication to the longevity of the JCCNS, and we will continue to provide updates as we have them.

    With thanks for your loyalty,

    Executive Director, Marty Schneer, and the JCCNS Leadership Team

    Update on COVID-19

    3/13/2020

    Dear JCCNS Friends, Members, Community, and Staff,

    First and foremost, we hope this message finds everyone healthy and well.

    After another day of careful consideration of the circumstances surrounding our community, and taking into consideration the demographics of people that we serve, we have decided that we will close the JCCNS for two weeks, with the hopes of re-opening on Saturday, March 28th (pending further review, of course.)

    During this time, the JCCNS will be thoroughly cleaned multiple times, and all surfaces will be sanitized.

    This closure includes ALL activities and programs at the JCCNS:

    • Our Early Childhood Center
    • Fitness
    • Personal Training
    • J Adventure Afterschool Program
    • J Swim Academy
    • Sea Serpent, L’il Lochs, and Olympic Way Swim Teams
    • All pool classes, lessons and activities
    • All extracurricular activities, classes, and programs
    • All cultural events, lectures, programs

    ​We will be in touch via email, Facebook, and Instagram with activities that you can do at home, so please check frequently for at-home ideas and updates.

    Our Leadership Team and Directors will be working remotely over the next two weeks, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any issues or questions.

    Please know that we did not take this decision lightly and we know this impacts all of our daily lives. However, we believe this was certainly the necessary decision, given the state of the COVID-19 crisis we are facing.

    Thank you for your understanding and your patience,

    The JCCNS Leadership

    Everyone's Welcome

    The JCCNS is a non-profit organization supported by active members and generous donors. Please support our community by making your tax-deductible gift today!