SACC Covid Guidelines




Social Distancing requirements limit each group, or “pod”, to 10 children. Social distancing is not required within the pod, but all pods must adhere to a 10’ distancing requirement from all other pods unless there are physical barriers between pods. Groupings will be developed to try to keep groupings intact throughout the length of their time in the YMCA Program as per COVID-19 guidelines as per Executive Order 149.

  • Staff and children will be required to wear a mask at all times during Before and Aftercare, as is required during the in school day, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.

Signage will be posted to show social distancing, handwashing, face coverings, and other prevention methods.


Staff training will be conducted in person with all social distancing requirements observed. Basic principles of emergency first aid, blood borne pathogens, and allergy and asthma training will be provided, as usual, by an RN. Cleaning and disinfection protocols, hand washing practices, not touching their faces, personal protective equipment requirements, and COVID-19 signs and symptoms will be an important part of all SACC staff training. Orientation shall also meet the requirements of N.J.A.C 3A:52.

All staff shall have knowledge of:

  • COVID-19 symptoms and current guidance documents from the NJ Department of Health Communicable Disease Service found at
  • Policy regarding PPE use and training Children shall be instructed on all safe practices such as social distancing, sharing of items, hand washing procedures, no face touching, and mask requirements.


  • Screening for fever and COVID symptoms will be conducted at the point of entry into the Beforecare location. Parents will not be permitted to enter the building.
  • Parents and staff will maintain at least six feet of social distancing.
  • Staff will record the child’s entry into the program. Parents will not be required to sign in their child.

At Beforecare drop-off, parents and children are required to wear a mask as we will be taking the child’s temperature every day and asking parent’s the following questions:

  • Fever reducing medication administered?
  • Symptoms (Fever, cough, shortness of breath)?
  • Household members with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath?
  • Close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Parent/Guardian COVID-19 Essential Personnel?

Children entering the Aftercare location:

  • All children will be screened for fever and other COVID symptoms prior to entering the Aftercare location. To the best extent possible, children are to adhere to social distancing guidelines during this process.


Parents will not be permitted to enter the Aftercare location.

Please call the site cell number when you arrive, and a staff person will bring your child to the entry location.

Staff will record that the child has been handed off to their parent/authorized pick up. Parents will not be required to sign out their child.

If group is outdoors, parents will not be permitted to park or exit their cars. Please call the site cell and he staff will let you know where the pick up will occur.


  • Children will be expected to wear cloth face coverings as during the in school day unless doing so would inhibit the child’s health.
  • Staff will wear masks at all times unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • Children will use hand sanitizer before entering the Aftercare location.


Children who have a fever of 100.4 or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted. Staff will make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or running nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

A designated isolation area will be used for children who develop symptoms during the day and are waiting to be picked up immediately by a parent/guardian. A staff member will remain at an appropriate distance with the child to keep them comfortable. The area will be equipped with the appropriate PPE supplies.

A daily log of the Child/Staff Health Screening and Attendance will be available to our State Inspector as required under Executive Order #149.

If a Child or Staff Member develops COVID-19 symptoms during Beforecare or Aftercare: 

Children and staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to the quarantine/isolation area. Parents or guardians will be notified so transport home can occur quickly. Staff Members, who are able to drive, will be escorted to their cars.

Communication with your primary healthcare provider will be advised to determine if testing for COVID-19 is appropriate and to determine other causes for the symptoms. Children and staff are not able to return to the Y program if a COVID-19 diagnostic test is pending.

If a Child or Staff Member tests Positive for COVID-19:

The confidentiality of an individual who reports a positive COVD-19 test will be maintained. All families and staff of the individual’s group or “pod” will be notified immediately. The SACC Program will follow the reporting guidelines established by the CDC and NJ Department of Children and Families and will include contact with local health authorities. This contact and communication will determine the Wyckoff Y’s appropriate course of action and follow-up.

When Children and Staff can return to Y programs:  

Children and staff with symptoms and who tested positive for COVID-19 can return to the Y programs when:

The answers to ALL of the following questions is YES:

  • Has it been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared?
  • Fever free for 3 days (72 hours) without the use of fever reducing medication?
  • Has it been 3 days (72 hours) since symptoms improved?

OR The answer to ALL of the following questions is TRUE:

  • Fever free without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath).
  • Two negative COVID-19 tests collected > 24 hours apart.

Children and staff without symptoms and who tested positive for COVID-19 can return to the Y programs when the answer to both of the following questions is YES:

  • Have at least 10 days passed since your first positive test? 
  • Have been without any subsequent illness and remain without symptoms?

OR The answer to the following is TRUE:

  • Two negative COVID-19 tests collected > 24 hours apart.

You may refer to the following documents provided by the NJ Department of Health:


Snacks will be provided in individual packages.

Nut free snacks from home are welcomed.

Gloves will be worn by the staff when distributing snacks.


The Beforecare and Aftercare site will be stocked with the cleaning, disinfecting, and PPE equipment as required by the State guidelines.

Supplies include gloves, masks, paper towels, soap and water solution and disinfectants.

Routine daily cleaning of common surfaces such as playgrounds, restrooms, tables and chairs, and shared objects will be conducted before Beforecare and Aftercare begins, and multiple times through the time the children are in our care.  

Children and staff will practice frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and shall be required to wash their hands: 

  • Upon arriving at Beforecare or Aftercare
  • Before lunch
  • After activities using shared items (balls, hoops, etc.) by their pod
  • Use of bathrooms
  • Before leaving for home


  • Children are not permitted to bring any toys from home.
  • The daily schedule around lunch/snacks will allow time for hand washing cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces and materials.
  • Children will remain with the same staff and group of 10 children (their pod), for the duration of Before and Aftercare as much as feasible.
  • One group at a time will be permitted on the playground.
  • Each child will have their own set of supplies such as crayons, glue, markers and a scissors which will be in a Ziploc bag with the child’s name on it solely for their use.


  • Stagger outside play and coordinate outside play between pods 
  • Prohibition of contact sports or inter-group competitions.
  • Sporting activities must be conducted in an outdoor setting.
  • “Skills and drills” activities that do not involve contact and can be social distanced are not prohibited.
    • Focus on team skills and drills
    • Focus on individual skill building
    • Limit the time players spend in proximity to each other
    • Increase breaks and hydration activities
  • Educate children and staff on sports etiquette regarding social distancing and hygiene (i.e., no spitting, high-fives, handshakes, etc.)
  • Clean, disinfect and air-dry equipment between pods after use.