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This information was last updated on November 30th, 2022.

As a Jewish institution, we follow pikuach nefesh, which tells us that it is each person's duty as a member of our community to protect all members of the community. This value is especially important during the ongoing public health context.

This page covers the following topics:

  Vaccine Policy
  Masking
  Required Notification of Positive Tests
  Exposure Notifications
  Exclusion Criteria
  Return to School
  Acknowledgement


 

Vaccine Policy

Consistent with the general synagogue policy requiring vaccination of all those medically eligible, all BEECC students must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and must have their vaccine documentation on file with the BEECC office prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022.

Enrolled BEECC students must adhere to the following timeline:

First dose of vaccine administered no later than September 5th, 2022. The student's vaccination card must be submitted to the BEECC office prior to the first day of school on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022.

Follow the schedule for the student's second and third doses (as necessary, based on the requirements for each specific vaccine). As the student receives additional doses, their updated vaccination card must be submitted to the BEECC office. The final vaccine dose should be administered no later than November 16, 2022.

Every student should be fully vaccinated (per the CDC, at least two weeks after receiving the final dose in a series) no later than November 30, 2022. The student's completed vaccination card must be submitted to the BEECC office.


Students who have a confirmed medical exemption, documented in a letter from a licensed healthcare practitioner, on file with the BEECC office will be able to attend school. BEECC will not accept any non-medical exemptions from this policy. Students with a medical exemption will be required to wear a mask while indoors at BEECC and may be subject to quarantine when necessary.

All students enrolled in BEECC must be fully vaccinated (per the CDC definition).
 

Upload your child's vaccine card here.
 

Masking

[UPDATED 11/30]  Masking is optional while indoors at BEECC beginning December 1st, 2022. 
 

Required Notification of Positive Tests

To protect the health and safety of all members of our community, it is essential that the BEECC administrative team be informed if any member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

To report a positive test result or close contact, please email BOTH COVIDNotification@bethemeth.org and beeccinfo@bethemeth.org. Our team will provide guidance as to next steps and the timeline for when your child will be able to return to BEECC. It may be necessary for us to inform other families about a potential exposure risk; this notification will not reveal any names or personal information about the child or adult involved. 

If you have questions about potential exposure risks or whether or not your child should participate in preschool activities, please be in contact with BEECC Director Jocelyn Dorfman. We strongly encourage you to err on the side of caution to protect your child, your family, and our entire community.
 

Exposure Notifications

If your child is determined to be a close contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 while at BEECC, you will receive an email with specific instructions for next steps, including the contact tracing process and any applicable quarantine requirements. All BEECC families will be notified if there is a positive test in our school community. The identity of the individual who tested positive will not be disclosed for any reason.
 

Exclusion Criteria

Children who have experienced two or more of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours are not permitted to attend preschool: 

Fever or chills
Cough
Congestion or runny nose
Sore throat
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
Excessive/unusual fatigue
Headache
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Significant change in appetite
Otherwise feeling unwell


If your child has a pre-existing health condition that presents with any of the above symptoms, a note from their pediatrician documenting that those specific symptoms are not due to COVID-19 will be required and your child will not be excluded based on those specific symptoms.

Children who have been identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are not yet fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine per the most recent CDC guidance updated on August 11, 2022. We strongly encourage all families to closely monitor their child's symptoms and to consult with their child's pediatrician for specific information about their level of risk. 
 

Return to School

If your child was excluded from school due to COVID-like symptoms, you must submit a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result, with the test completed after the onset of symptoms, and your child must show improvement in symptoms and be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of symptom-reducing medication. Click here to find a testing location near you. 

If your child has been designated as a close contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and your child is not yet fully vaccinated, they are no longer required to quarantine per the most recent CDC guidance updated on August 11, 2022. We strongly encourage families to closely monitor their child's symptoms and err on the side of caution when deciding whether or not to keep your child home. BEECC has been provided with a limited number of rapid antigen tests from the Fairfax County Health Department. Please let us know if you would like us to send home a test kit with your child, while supplies last.

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, we will follow the CDC-recommended protocol:

Email COVIDNotification@bethemeth.org and the BEECC Director with the positive test result and the date the test was completed.
With Day 0 as the date of the positive test, your child must stay home and isolate from other members of your family as much as possible.
If your child is fever- and symptom-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of symptom-reducing medication, your child is able to return to BEECC on Day 6 with a negative rapid antigen test result. Your child will be required to wear a mask at all times while indoors through the end of Day 10.
If your child is still experiencing symptoms on Day 5, they must remain home through Day 10 at least. Your child will be able to return to school once they have been fever- and symptom-free for at least 24 hours without the use of symptom-reducing medication. Your child will need a negative rapid antigen test result to return to school.
If your child continues to experience symptoms past Day 10, please contact their primary healthcare provider for further guidance and notify the BEECC Director.

 

Acknowledgement & Agreement

All families are required to submit electronic signatures to confirm that they have read, understood, and agree to follow the above policies and procedures. Children will not be able to attend school without an electronic signature.

Click here to submit the acknowledgement form.
 

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