Parent Updates

Covid 19 Policies & Procedures

Just Kids will actively take the following measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.  We ask that you follow these rules diligently, to sustain a healthy and safe workplace in this unique environment. It is important we all respond responsibly and transparently to these health precautions. This coronavirus (COVID-19) company policy is subject to change with the introduction of additional governmental guidelines. 

 

  • If possible, classes will include the same group of children each day.
  • We have postponed special events such as Preschool Graduation and may reschedule at a later date. 
  • We will alter daily group activities that may promote transmission by:
  • Keeping each group of children in a separate room.
  • Limiting  the mixing of children. 
  • Allowing only one group of children on the playground at a time. 
  • Children will eat their meals in their own classroom.
  • Mats will be spaced out as much as possible during nap time.
  • Cribs will be spaced out as much as possible.
  • Suspending all extracurricular activities such as gymnastics, soccer, baseball, and dance. 

 

 

 

  • Children will be greeted at the front door by a Teacher or Management.
  • A Teacher or Management will take the child’s temperature. If the temperature is under 100.4, the child can enter the facility.
  • Infants can be transported in their car seats. 
  • A Teacher or Management will walk the child to the proper classroom and wash their hands immediately.
  • A Teacher or Management  will sign your child into attendance.
  • At pickup, Parents please wait for your child outside the front doors. A Teacher or Management will bring your child to you. After the parent takes the child, a Teacher or Management will sign your child out.

 

 

Cleaning and disinfection procedures:

 

  • We will have a dedicated team of staff whose sole responsibility will be to ensure that the environment is as healthy and sanitary as possible. 
  • We have developed a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • We will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This will also include cleaning objects/surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and walls. 
  • We will use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. 
  • We will keep all cleaning products out of children’s reach. 

 

 

 

  • Where necessary, toys will be used on a very limited basis.
  • Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used.
  • We will clean all toys by soaking  in a cleaning solution for at least 2 minutes and then allowed to air dry on a towel. Once dry, toys are to be put away in their proper location.
  • Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.

 

 

  • We will sanitize all mats after each use. 
  • We will keep each child’s bedding separate and store them only in individually labeled cubbies. Parents, please take your child’s bedding home weekly and launder them. We will never allow children to use another child’s bedding. Bedding will be used for naptime only.

 

 

 

  • All meals will be served in each classroom instead of the Cafeteria. Each child’s plate will be served individually.
  • We will ensure children wash hands prior to and immediately after eating.
  • We will ensure Teachers and Management wash their hands before preparing food and after helping children to eat.
  • We will be using disposable plates, cups and utensils.

 

 

Children and Staff who exhibit the following symptoms will not be allowed into the center.

 

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches

 

Any person exhibiting any signs should remain home until they are symptom free for 72 hours without medication. 

If a child becomes ill while in care, the child will be placed in a separate area until they are picked up. The child must be symptom free for 72 hours without medication before returning. 

 

Covid 19 Closure Q&A

Dear Just Kids Families,

Greetings from home. We hope you continue to stay healthy and well during these trying times. We are heeding the Federal and State guidelines to help stop the surge in COVID-19 cases by remaining closed until Monday, May 4, 2020. This is an extremely difficult decision to make but our top priority is the safety of our students, staff and community. Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic, and we are certainly not alone in trying to keep optimistic in the face of this crisis. 

It’s difficult to lead our small family-owned business during this crisis, but we’ve always used our core values to guide us; Faith, Integrity, Kindness, Teamwork, Reliability. We have little control over the situation, and yet, we are responsible to see not only Just Kids, but more importantly, our employees and families come out the other side intact. 

A large part of acting with integrity for us is communicating transparently. We have always been so proud of our staff and have worked hard to prioritize their needs in order to retain them. We have top-notch staff, with a caring culture and environment of strong teamwork. During this crisis, it is more important than ever to maintain this. We are working hard to support our staff and keep their spirits up. We typically operate on small margins, and have always prioritized staff welfare over profits; nearly every dollar of our revenue goes back into operations – primarily staff benefits and morale – in order to keep our staff culture strong. 

We have frequent communication with leaders of the early childhood education industry and networking with owners and directors of centers around the country to share best practices and advice. Not only is every community different, but every center has its own approach to handling this crisis. Every childcare center has different priorities and resources available and we know that there is a wide range of tuition charges while centers are closed, with the majority of private centers charging around 75% weekly. Our goal is to keep staff off unemployment, as that would only represent a portion of their paycheck, and create a financial hardship for them as well as adding to the state’s burgeoning unemployment rolls. We are very aware of the financial impact on families. Therefore, we do not feel our families should be charged during our time of closure. This decision will impose a heavy financial burden on our business but we feel we should come together and help each other out. 

Q&A

You may have questions regarding your enrollment so we’ve created a Q&A for you. 

To be completely transparent, the shortfall between 0% tuition and paying our staff 100% of their average wages, in addition to covering our fixed operating expenses is terrifying. We are applying for the Paycheck Protection Program which is part of the “CARES Act”, which will enable small businesses to receive loans for payroll and a few other operating expenses, intended to provide relief for 8 weeks. 

As mentioned, Just Kids has always chosen to reinvest tuition in supporting staff through compensation, bonuses, hard and soft benefits, and morale. Making a difference in the lives of our children, staff and families has always been our mission, and we are determined to weather this crisis to ensure that we will be there for our staff and families as well as for the community. This means tightening our belts every which way and working with vendors, lenders and landlords to be flexible in our financial obligations. As owners, we strongly believe it is our responsibility to sacrifice the most for the good of the organization.  

We will not be issuing refunds for the week of March 23. However, your account will be credited with a prorated amount for the 3 days we were closed. 

We have waived all holding fees beginning 3/30/2020. If you have already paid a holding fee, you will receive a credit for that amount towards your first week of tuition upon reopening.  

 

Please fill out the form below to let us know if you will be returning or not. It is very important that we know if you are coming back to reserve your spot because we are currently enrolling new children during this time. You can hold your spot by clicking on the link below.

Deadline to withdraw without penalty is Friday, April 24, 2020.

We ask our parents to be transparent with us as we are being as transparent to you. If you are going to withdraw, please let us know as soon as possible by clicking on the link below. At this time we are waiving the two week notice policy. If you choose to enroll again, you will be charged a registration fee and will be charged at the current published tuition rate. 

You can visit www.myprocare.com to view your account and make a payment. If you can’t pay the full amount, please contact us so we can work on a payment plan. 

All past due balances must be paid prior to our reopen date.

 

Good news! The State is waiving all Parent-Co Pays for the month of April. 

We continue to be keenly aware of the impact that the loss of a trusted institution has on our families and children. It is hard enough for adults to understand this unprecedented situation, never mind children. 

We have created a “virtual” pre-school at https://www.myjustkids.com/virtual-pre-k/

We hope this will be useful for you and your family and is easing the pain of separation, and we are busy creating other ways that we can provide support to children and families virtually while we are closed. While these plans are heartfelt, we recognize that these efforts aren’t a replacement for the daily care, interaction and instruction you were used to receiving while attending Just Kids. 

 

Maintaining our staff and the viability of our organization in order to be ready to reopen as seamlessly as possible is our goal. Please know that our staff members are the backbone of this plan and ensuring their future employment throughout this process is imperative. 

 

We are here for you and your family, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns you may have. 

 

We miss you, we miss your children, we miss our staff. We know we are not alone in missing the life we had before this crisis, and fervently hoping for an end in sight. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. 

 

We will continue to communicate updates via email, Kidreports, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as the Parent Updates page on our website. 

Sincerely, 

 

Ryan & Paige Ruiz

We Are Closed until Monday, May 4, 2020

We will be heeding the Federal and State guidelines to help stop the surge in COVID-19 cases by remaining closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.  This is an extremely difficult decision to make, but our top priority is the safety of our students, staff and community. As small business owners we do not make these decisions lightly, but we feel this is the right decision under the current circumstances.  We have not cut any positions during this closure and we will be supporting our teachers 100% throughout this crisis. 

 

We share in the same stresses, trials, and hardships that you face. We pray that things get back to normal soon and that we will all emerge from this crisis in good health and spirit.  

 

We know some of you will have some questions. We are working on a Q&A that we will post soon. Please continue to visit us on Facebook and our website as we are working on putting together educational resources you can use at home.

 

We would also like to give special thanks to all of those who are battling this epidemic on the front lines; healthcare workers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, first responders and food services.

 

Thank you and God bless you.

 

Sincerely, 

Ryan & Paige Ruiz

Is Your Contact Information Current?

We want to make sure we have your current email and cell phone number so we can be in direct communication with you by email and text on the latest updates. Please take a moment to check your contact information at MyProCare.com. You can also view your statements and tax summaries and make payments by logging into MyProCare.com

Virtual Pre-K

Check out our online virtual Pre-K. We’ll be adding things daily to our website. You can find resources, printables, some of our current curriculum and more!