UNLOCK YOUR CHILDS POTENTIAL
With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. That's why our before and after school programs are about nurturing the potential of youth ages 4.5 and up by providing a safe space where they can learn skills and build relationships with peers and caring staff.
Enjoy peace of mind knowing your kids are safe and having fun while enjoying educational activities, engaging in physical activity, and learning the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility with friends old and new.
At the YMCA, we continue to make safety a priority to protect our families and staff. YMCA fall programs have been adapted to ensure that the environment adheres to the strictest COVID-19 regulations from the CDC and local guidance. While we continually update our practices to fit the current health and safety regulations, the constant focus of our program continues to be fostering friendships, belonging, and achievement. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our community.
*Please note: Registration at Santa Clara, Rocketship, Milpitas, KIPP and Gilroy Unified School Districts is by referral. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
At the YMCA, we continue to make safety a priority to protect our families and staff. YMCA fall programs will follow the K-12 School’s Guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to monitor the guidance from the CDC, and update our practices accordingly.
While we continually update our practices to fit the current health and safety regulations, the constant focus of our program continues to be fostering friendships, belonging and achievement. We are look forward to welcoming you and your child to our community.
- Daily homework help/tutoring
- Character development
- Critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity
- Literacy enrichment
- Science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) activities
- Nutrition education and healthy snacks/meals
- Physical activity
- Leadership development
- Global and cultural learning
- College and career exploration
Frequently Asked Questions
- We will be asking parents to fill out a health check form each day confirming their child does not exhibit symptoms of illness before allowing children into program
- We will be asking staff to fill out a health check form each day confirming they do not exhibit symptoms of illness before coming to work.
- We will take temperatures of all children, staff each day.
- We will be increasing our hand washing schedule to include 20 second handwashing for all participants and staff before program, between each activity, before lunch and snacks , after lunch and snacks, and before program ends, at minimum.
- Face coverings will be asked of all staff and participants while program hours are running.
- We will provide signs related to healthy habits throughout program
- We will be sending home guidance from the CDC regarding safe health procedures to our families during program.
- Social distancing will be practiced at all times
- In rooms (set up space for social distancing)
- Outdoor (State and local regulations state that programs should operate outdoors as much as possible)
- Transitions (walking to the bathroom or an new activity space)
- During games
- Groups will be limited to maximum of 12 participants
- Groups will not interact with each other throughout the day
- Staff will be assigned to specific group and will not interact with other groups to the best of our ability.
- A medical isolation space will be established for any child or staff that is feeling ill and in process to be picked up.
- Parents will be required to arrange a pick up within 1 hour of being contacted their child is not feeling well.
- All activities and games will be individual based or adjusted for safe interactions following social distancing rules.
- Staff will monitor health by doing visual health checks of children and staff throughout the day.
- We have adjusted program activities to adhere to state and local guidelines.
YMCA memberships and programs are open to everyone. Scholarships are made available through generous Annual Campaign contributions. Individuals and families may apply for scholarships toward YMCA memberships and programs. YMCA of Silicon Valley is a non-profit organization.
Once you've completed the application, please submit it to [email protected].
- We have increased our cleaning schedule to wipe down surfaces throughout the day and at minimum, all surfaces will be cleaned
- Before program
- Between activities
- Before lunch
- After lunch
- Before pick up
- After pick up
- We will be cutting down paper as much as possible during check in/out procedures and throughout the day
- We will minimize shared equipment as much as possible. When sharing is necessary, equipment will be cleaned between each use
- Balls and outdoor equipment will be assigned to a child and sanitized after use
- No outdoor shared activities will be allowed until local and federal guidelines expand to allow this
- No ball catch
- No basketball (individuals shooting hoops ok)
- No playgrounds (this will be reevaluated as local and state rules change)
- Games and activities will be adjusted for non-touch
- Backpacks will be kept with separation from other children’s items
- We ask that participants bring no more than what they need for the day.
- If food is served, it will be single serve packaged
- Bathrooms will be wiped down every 30 minutes
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at all time
- Gloves to be worn during cleaning and meal time and any time transmission is higher than normal
Contact our Youth Development Leaders at [email protected]
If a third party pays for your child care, you cannot register online. Please email [email protected] to register.
- Health Check Expectations before arriving to program
- Staff will not work in program if they have a fever or are feeling ill.
- If staff has a medical condition that does not allow for them to wear a face covering, they will not work directly with children.
- Staff and Children are asked to wear face coverage “mask without a vent” during program time.
- The Y will supply a face covering for those that have forgotten their face coverage.
- Staff and parents must wash the face coverage each night or have multiple face coverage to ensure we can control spread of viruses and germs
- Face coverings will be used during moderate to vigorous physical activities
- If any staff or children have a baseline or pre-existing condition that results in symptoms, a doctor’s note is required to participate in programming.
- Health Check Protocol upon arrival at program
- A health check will be performed with every staff member and student before entering the program.
Staff and Caregivers are required to inform the Y if someone if their house old or a close contact test positive for COVID19
You can expect the following questions to be asked:
- Temperature of individual is taken (must be below 100.4 for access).
- Travel restriction- YMCA will follow current County and State restrictions regarding travel
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days
- Have you come into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
- Do you feel or recently felt feverish;
- Have or recently had any other COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, chills, headaches, muscle/body aches, confusion, or loss of taste/smell.
- 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of medication
- Parent guardian agrees to pick up their child if any symptoms are exhibited during program hours.
- Children will be placed in an identified isolation area away from others until they are picked up from their caregiver.
- Staff will continually monitor students throughout the day to identify if any symptoms occur while the student is in a YMCA program.
- If a student exhibits symptoms on site, the student will be isolated in a defined area and parents called to pick up.
- Every site will provide education on the signs and symptoms of this virus including handouts and signage.
- The following handwashing protocols will remain in place:
- Before program
- Before meals
- After meals
- Between program activities
- Right before going home
- Sanitizing and cleaning
- All hard surfaces will be cleaned multiple times per day. Tables will be wiped down before and after use.
- All bathrooms are cleaned, at minimum every 30 minimum after use.
Sign In & Out Procedures
- We ask that parents/guardians not group not enter our program areas.
- Sign in/out will take place in a general area
- Parents will be asked to have one primary pick up person
- Parents will not enter the facility at check out
COHORTS & STABLE AFTERSCHOOL GROUPINGS
- Stable afterschool groups that do not mix
- Each group will be assigned to their own classroom.
- Each group will be given a set of classroom materials that be theirs to keep for the duration of the program, this will include, pencil, coloring devices, and scissors.
- We will practice social distancing during activities and groups will not be mixed in a room.
- Staff will remain with their group and will not switch between rooms or groups.
- Our outdoor activities will require all participants are 6 ft. at all times.
- Stable groups will stay together for a duration of 3 weeks minimum and will adjust as county regulations change
- Program Structure
Each group will align to the site square footage and/ or maintain a solid cohort of no more than
- 16 individuals per cohort.
- For program all programs serving students, groups will maintain a ratio of up to 1:14, with groups staying stable for at minimum 3 weeks. No cohorts will exceed 16 individuals.
- Rooms will be set up to ensure students are 6ft apart indoors
- Core Components & Programming Guidelines will be adjusted to safely ensure students are engaged and learning during program
- Children with high risk/Special needs need to be identified by the school and parents to help providers be prepared to provide a healthy supportive environment.
- 16 individuals per cohort.
- Food Service
- Serve meals outdoors or in classrooms when weather is a factor instead of in cafeterias.
- Any meals will be individually packed and no family style meals will be served
- Family Gatherings
- Family nights will be a virtual experience. We will engage our students and their families in enriching activities
- Staff Training and Development
- Staff will be trained on all related procedures
- Staff trainings will be primarily virtual. When in person meetings are required, small groups will practice social distancing, wear face coverings and meetings will be kept as short as possible.
- Parallel Programs on Campus
- Students are required to choose one out of school activity provider for duration of 3 weeks. This means that we will not be accepting children from other youth providers that are running parallel programs on campus and we will not allow children enrolled in our program attend other parallel programs
COVID19 Case suspected or Confirmed on site
Protocol for Positive COVID-19 Case on Campus
One of our key strategies for reducing COVID transmission risk is monitoring COVID diagnoses, symptoms, and exposure, and having the impacted people stay home until they are “cleared” to return. However, we cannot completely eliminate the risk of someone unknowingly bringing COVID-19 into our schools, so have a robust protocol for what to do if there is a positive case on campus. This protocol includes:
• Close partnership with local Public Health agencies
• Immediate contract tracing to determine who has been in close contact with the infected individual.
• Alerting all staff and/or students who may have been in close contact with the infected individual.
• Alerting the school community that there was a positive case on campus.
• Infected individual will quarantine at home for at least 10 days (students can do distance learning during this time). Per public health guidelines, the individual cannot return to campus until at least 10 days have passed, their symptoms have improved, and they are fever-free for at least 72 hours. We will also ask them to submit evidence of a negative COVID test.
• Fully cleaning all places the infected person has been with additional layers of sanitization.
- All positive cases connected to a YMCA program site will be reported to Santa Clara Public Health within the defined time of 4 hours. We will adjust and adhere to all SCCPHD regulation as they change.
- As directed by Public Health, the Y will not be reporting positive cases that occur outside of YMCA program time. For example- If we learn about a positive case over a holiday break, we will not be reporting that case.
- If a case of COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed on site, the Y is required to follow the immediate actions and communication outlined in Table 1 of the Reopening of Santa Clara county K12 schools document.
Need to add link to current regulation we are following.
Santa Clara County Public Health Mandatory Directive for Schools
California State Department of Public Health
United States Center for Disease Control (CDC)