November 19, 2020
Dear JCC Members and Friends,
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we watch with concern the spike of Covid-19 cases across the Commonwealth and the new advisory issued on November 18th by the Allegheny County Department of Health.
With more than 5 ½ months of resumed operations, we take great pride in the consistency of protocols the JCC put in place since June that have allowed us to operate safely and with minimal disruption to those services, including mandatory masks, social distancing and extensive cleaning and sanitation practices. Your continued cooperation, both inside our facilities and away from the JCC, offers the greatest likelihood that we can deliver services through this increasingly challenging period of a lengthy pandemic. Our professional staff continues to go above and beyond each day to serve you and ensure compliance with evolving orders from the PA Department of Health and internal guidance vetted through the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. Your health and safety remains our #1 priority while continuing our mission of community service and sustained impact.
In light of the County’s advisory, we want to assure you that the following services remain in effect and will, in all likelihood, continue as scheduled should the current advisory extend to an order/mandate at a later date.
- Child Care/Early Childhood Developmental Center
- School Age Child Care – All Day at the J
- Physical Therapy – PT at the JCC Powered by the JAA
- JCC life sustaining services – such as AgeWell Meals to go and deliveries, blood drives, immunization clinics
- Recently implemented Covid-19 testing through our partnership with the Squirrel Hill Health Center
- 10/27 Healing Partnership services
We also recognize from our experience during the mandated closure last spring that many of you view individual exercise as essential to the quality of your health as nutrition and sleep. In that regard, the JCC will remain open for indoor individual exercise and swim at this time unless otherwise mandated. For those of you who are not comfortable coming to the JCC, we remind you that the JCC has created a wide array of over 50 live classes a week that members can enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. A link to these classes and all other virtual JCC health, wellness, educational and cultural offerings can be found here jccpgh.org/jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/ . The JCC will also continue “pop in,” capacity limited outdoor exercise classes, weather permitting, where we can continue to practice social distancing guidelines.
In deference to the County advisory, effective November 20th the JCC will temporarily suspend private swim lessons and group swim classes, other small group indoor classes (even where social distance can be maintained), in-person teen and performing arts programs. If you are currently registered for one of these programs, more detailed information will come your way over the coming day or two.
Finally, for those of you who access our Squirrel Hill Kaufmann Building, we have received final permits and approvals to begin a long-awaited renovation of our Centerfit entrance beginning this December. This project is supported by earmarked, private funds raised prior to the pandemic and advances physical security improvements to our facilities staged and implemented over the past three years at all JCC locations. Further information on this project and temporary changes to entrance protocols will be communicated prior to the start of the project.
If you have specific questions, please contact [email protected] who can respond to your individual need. We remind you that our COVID FAQ’s can be found HERE
We thank you for your support and patience as we make this next chapter of JCC life one of resiliency and accomplishment.
Brian Schreiber, President & CEO
William S. Goodman, Board Chair