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May 28 Email, Current Opening Information

Dear DPJCC Friends,

Welcome back! We've missed you and love seeing people back at the JCC to work out! We are excited to be able to move to the next part of phase 1.

This week, our fitness center reopened and things have been going well and based on most recent updates by state and local officials, we're excited to reopen more of the fitness center amenities on Monday, June 1. This will include some group classes.

Our hours of operation are Mon-Thu: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please read to the end of this email for all the details.
 
The fitness center will be open for one hour increments followed by a 30 minute closure for cleaning. Please see the table below for a breakdown of daily hours.

There will be a heavy duty cleaning break from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, Saturday deep cleaning will be from 12-1 p.m. and Sunday deep cleaning will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The maximum capacity of the fitness center is 50 people. Everything will be on a first come, first served basis.
To see the complete schedule of group classes, click here.

The fitness center has been cleaned and set up to ensure your health and safety. However, when you arrive at the DPJCC for any fitness activities, please expect the following:

  • You must enter through the fitness lobby.
  • You must wear a face covering upon exiting your car and entering the center.
  • You will not be required to wear a face covering during your workout. However, you will need to wear one in all common spaces and restrooms.
  • You will be required to sign a waiver. Anyone under 18 must have a parent sign the waiver.
  • You will have your temperature taken upon arrival. Temperatures of 100.4 degrees and above will not be allowed to enter (per CDC guidelines). Click here to view and download the waiver.
  • You must socially-distance yourself from others while playing/working out.
  • You must wipe down machines before and after use.
  • You must use hand sanitizer before beginning your workout.

General information:

  • There will be no sauna, steam rooms or lockers, and showers will not be available.
  • Basketball and racquetball/handball courts remain closed.
  • The pool reopened on Tuesday, May 26 for lap swimming only at 50% capacity with one swimmer per lane. Swimmers are allowed to use the outdoor showers and restrooms. They will not have access to indoor locker rooms.
  • Babysitting will not be available.
  • All staff will be wearing face coverings.

Please keep in mind that information from our state and local agencies is changing frequently. When there are updates, we will send an email to you and post everything on our website at dpjcc.org.

It is important to note that if you are part of the vulnerable population or have underlying health conditions, you should stay home and stay well.

Please take care of yourselves and your families, stay healthy and stay connected to the DPJCC. We miss you and can't wait to see you soon!

Sincerely,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

May 25 Reopening Information

HOURS 5/26-5/31:Tuesday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Friday: Closed for Shavuot Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

General Information:
-There will be no sauna, steam rooms or lockers, and showers will not be available.
-Racquetball and handball courts are closed.
-The pool will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 for lap swimming only at 50% capacity with one swimmer per lane. Swimmers are allowed to use the outdoor showers and restrooms. They will not have access to indoor locker rooms.
-Babysitting will not be available.
-All staff will be wearing face coverings.

The fitness center will be open for one hour increments followed by a 30 minute closure for cleaning. Hours for Friday-Sunday will follow the same pattern. Please see the table below for a breakdown of fitness center hours. There will be a heavy duty cleaning break from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, Saturday deep cleaning will be from 12-1 p.m. and Sunday deep cleaning will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The maximum capacity of the fitness center during is 50 people. Everything will be on a first come, first served basis.

The fitness center has been cleaned and set up to ensure your health and safety. However, when you arrive at the DPJCC, please expect the following:
-You must enter through the fitness lobby.
-You must wear a face covering upon exiting your car and entering the center.
-You will not be required to wear a face covering during your workout. However, you will need to wear one in all common spaces and restrooms.
-You will be required to sign a waiver. Anyone under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver. Click here to view and download the waiver. 
-You will have your temperature taken upon arrival. Temperatures of 100.4 degrees and above will not be allowed to enter (per CDC guidelines).
-You must socially-distance yourself from others while playing/working out.
-You must wipe down machines before and after use.
-You must use hand sanitizer before beginning your workout.

Please keep in mind that information from our state and local agencies is changing frequently. 

It is important to note that if you are part of the vulnerable population or have underlying health conditions, you should stay home and stay well.

Please take care of yourselves and your families, stay healthy and stay connected to the DPJCC. We miss you and can't wait to see you soon!

 
 

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May 18 Email

Dear DPJCC Friends,

I hope that this letter finds you well and healthy. I truly miss seeing all of you! I love seeing everyone participating in all of our different Zoom classes and programs and can't wait to see you in person.

During this time, I have been in close communication with our local officials and monitoring the information being released by the state agencies and health organizations. I will be conducting a Zoom Town Hall call with anyone who has questions regarding our status on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at noon and again at 6:30 pm.

Click here to receive the zoom link and login information.


Please continue to read this entire notice. It may answer many of your questions.

Based on the latest update, I am thrilled to announce that we will reopen our turf fields, tennis and pickleball courts and batting cages on Tuesday, May 19.
Hours of operation:

            Monday-Friday  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
            Saturday & Sunday  8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FIELDS AND COURTS
The fields are open for only passive activities, running, exercising. No team play or group activities are permitted. The tennis and pickleball courts are for single play only with a one hour and 15 minute maximum play time. You must bring your own equipment. Everything will be on a first come, first served basis.

Everyone
1) will enter through the courts through the gates in the back.
2) must wear a face covering upon entering.
3) will be required to sign a waiver.  Anyone under 18 must have a parent sign the waiver.
4) have his/her temperature taken upon arrival. Temperatures of 100.4 degrees and above will not be allowed to enter (per CDC guidelines).
5) must socially-distance themselves from others while playing/working out.

Click here to see the full list of rules.

AQUATICS
Our pool is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, May 26. Hours of operation are the same as those of the fields/tennis courts. Only lap swimming will be permitted with one swimmer per lane. Again, availability is on a first come, first served basis. The splash pad will remain closed.

During this phase, there is no access inside the facility. There are outdoor showers and restrooms available. Locker rooms will not be open.

FITNESS CENTER
The fitness center has been cleaned and set up to ensure your health and safety. When the state and local authorities permit the reopening of gyms, we will be ready. Please check your email for an update on the fitness center.

CHILDCARE
The Susan and Saul Singer Early Childhood Learning Center will open in phases beginning June 1 at 7 a.m. Class sizes will be limited to 10 including staff. Staff will greet students at their cars and temperatures will be taken daily prior to their removal from the parent’s vehicle. Parents will not be permitted inside the preschool. Staff will escort children to and from the parent’s vehicle during drop-off/pick-up times. For all information regarding processes and procedures for preschool, please click here.


CAMP STATUS
I am also thrilled to announce that we will be offering childcare programs for school-aged children over the summer.  From June 8-12 for grades K-5, we offer Hangtime at the J, and from June 15 - August 7, we have an exciting new program, J Summer Days. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 crisis and necessary protocols, we know we will not be able to provide the same Camp Kadima experience our campers are accustom to. However, the J Summer Days program, as well as Hangtime at the J, will offer safe and socially responsible childcare services during the summer to replace our previous Camp Kadima programming. More information about both programs will be sent out shortly. We will be conducting a second call regarding J Summer Days. Watch your emails and our website for this information.

CULTURAL ARTS AND ADULTS
All programs will remain virtual for the time being. Stay connected with JCC At Home.


Please know that our DPJCC team will take any and all steps necessary to open responsibly with the interest of your personal safety at the forefront of our decision making. All guidelines by our state and local government will be followed. Temperatures of all employees will be taken daily before start of work and all staff will wear face coverings.

Your patience and understanding during these uncertain times is truly appreciated. Know that our team is working on the safest plan to get all of you, our valued members, back into this building we call home as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind that information from our state and local agencies are changing frequently, this information may change.  When there are updates, we will send an email to you and everything will be posted on our website at dpjcc.org.

It is important to note that if you are part of the vulnerable population or have underlying health conditions, we recommend you stay home and stay well.

Please take care of yourselves and your families, stay healthy and stay connected to the DPJCC. We miss you!


Sincerely,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

April 8 Email

Dear Valued Members,

I hope this email finds everyone safe and healthy. While our doors are shut – our staff is still hard at work creating and providing you with the excellent programming you expect from our JCC. We are here for you.

JCC At Home
We’ve gone digital, launching JCC At Home, providing online resources for fitness, education, culture and fun. We have also created original, exclusive content for our preschool, teens, adults, seniors and those with special needs.
Our maintenance team has been hard at work cleaning and sanitizing the building and making repairs to the facility.

Our dedicated, creative, positive team is the backbone of our J. They continue to work so that the J will be ready to open as soon as it is safe to do so.

Your Membership Dues
We are waiving the April membership dues. Please keep in mind, our operational costs remain. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on those dues, program fees and direct donations to sustain our amazing center, programs and scholarships so that we can reopen our doors.

Many of you have asked how you can help support the JCC and our wonderful employees. Please consider donating all or part of your dues back to the J. Simply click here to make your tax-deductible donation (to the extent allowed by law).

Thank you
Thank you to our wonderful community for all the support we’ve received. When we reopen, we will be stronger than ever. Our community needs us and we need each other.

Be well,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

March 16 Email

Dear DPJCC Community,
I am emailing you today in an effort to ensure that you receive information that is up-to-date, clear, forthright and timely. It is vital that you read the message below in its entirety.   

We have decided to suspend all David Posnack JCC programs and services beginning today, Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. for a duration of 14 days. We want to reassure you that we are not aware of any reports of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the David Posnack JCC. However, the safety of DPJCC members, guests, volunteers, staff and community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate action to limit the spread of coronavirus. This includes a deep cleaning of our building happening tonight, Monday, March 16.

As the situation evolves, we may extend beyond the 14 day closure. We know that this closure has significant implications for our members, but we believe this temporary step is essential to ensure the safety of our community. 

Quick Program Updates:
-Our preschool is going digital. Your child/ren will be hearing from their teacher this week.
-Spring Break Mini Camp and Kids Day Off at the J have been cancelled. 
-If you have reserved a senior lunch for the week of 3/16-3/20, please call Maya at 954.434.0499, ext. 370 to confirm that you will pickup your lunch .
-To see all the other program updatesclick here.

At this very moment, our staff is working diligently to keep our community united. This includes providing digital programming which will be in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Stay tuned on our website and social media channels for ways to stay connected during this unprecedented time. We hope to have additional details about these opportunities soon.

We want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Because so much of our work is about bringing people together, this feels like the right time to think outside of the box and serve our community beyond our building. 

To our JCC members and program participants: please know that we take seriously the investment you make in you and your family’s JCC participation. We will communicate directly with you as soon as we are able regarding your membership or missed programs. As our staff is occupied prioritizing health and safety and reorganizing certain operations, your patience is appreciated. 

We hope to have better news in the weeks to come. We are a resilient community and we know we will get through this—together. In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay healthy and ensure the health of those around you. 

As we say in our tradition, and we look forward to saying it with you soon: Shevet achim Y’chayom – We lived through that together.

Be well,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC 

March 12 Email

I'm sure that you've each received many coronavirus-related emails and news updates, but I wanted to reach out to you today to let you know the latest on the steps the David Posnack Jewish Community Center is taking. 

First and foremost,  please know that this community, our community, is on my mind and in my heart. We are "in this" with you and are working closely with Broward County and JCC Association of North America, plus following guidelines from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to stay informed and relay the most pertinent information to you, our family. 

A few notes: 
The following programs have been postponed:

·Superhero 5k on March 15

·JHoops Youth Basketball on March 15

·Jewish Film Festival showing on March 15

·Cooking with Chef Allen on March 19

·Giborim U Health Celebration on March 29

·Rock & Roll Poker Tournament on April 2

·Bereavement Group & Gilda's On the Go Cancer Support Groups are suspended until further notice

·The fitness center, gymnasium and pool will remain open.

·Our increased cleaning practices are minimizing the transmission of germs in our building. Thank you to everyone for keeping our center clean.

The JCC is more than a building. It is home for many of all ages and stages and we are here for you. We are in the business of welcoming others into our space, so it feels strange to say "stay home." But if you or your child have a fever and/or flu like symptoms, please do remain at home. We are asking the same of our staff.

As Spring Break approaches, we are asking that if you travel out of the country, please quarantine yourself and those that traveled with you when you return for a two-week period. Again, we are asking the same of our staff. We know that this is difficult, but sometimes one small sacrifice does a lot of good. We greatly appreciate your effort to keep our community healthy and strong. 

Please continue to follow standard recommendations to prevent infection spread including:

·         Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizers at home and in the workplace

·         Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands or into a tissue which should immediately be discarded; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

·         Avoid touching public surfaces - credit card machines, gas pumps, hand railings, elevators. Use a tissue or paper towel when touching surfaces

·         Over-the-counter masks are generally not an effective deterrent and are not recommended for the public at this time

·         Evaluate your travel plans as conditions warrant; you should rethink traveling to areas that are already under a travel advisory or areas that are experiencing an outbreak of Coronavirus

Please email us if you have any questions. We will stay in touch as more information becomes available. We are deeply grateful to you for helping during these challenging times. Now is the time to remember that we will get through this. We stay committed to our community--one filled with strength, happiness and hope. 

Sincerely,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

March 4 Email

Dear Members, Guests and Program Participants,

I hope this email finds you well. 

I am reaching out to reassure you that the David Posnack Jewish Community Center is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). We are taking appropriate and cautionary measures to ensure a safe, clean and healthy center for everyone that comes through our doors. 

We have an increased amount of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations around the center. Our cleaning crew is working around the clock so we can maintain a clean environment. All areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly each day.

·         The Singer Early Childhood Learning Center will continue to assist young children with good hand-washing practices throughout the day

·         Equipment in the XZone® Fitness Center is cleaned several times throughout the day. Please continue to wipe down anything you have used; wipe dispensers are around the Fitness Center

·         All adult services, special needs and after-school areas will also be cleaned several times a day

We will continue to stay up-to-date as the situation develops. In the meantime, we are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and guidelines. Here are a few:

·         Practice good hygiene: wash hands thoroughly and often, cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands

·         Stay home and keep your children at home if sick; remain at home until fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours


For the complete guide on the virus, its symptoms and what you can do to prevent spreading, click hereWe encourage you to follow these guidelines, as well. Please keep in mind that we have young children and elderly adults that may be more vulnerable.  

If symptoms appear for anyone in your home, please seek immediate medical attention. Please do not send your children to school unless authorized by a medical professional. 

The safety of our members, guests and program participants is our number one priority. At this time, all David Posnack JCC programming and classes will continue as planned. Thank you for working with us to keep our community healthy and safe! 

Sincerely,
Scott Ehrlich
Chief Executive Officer, David Posnack JCC

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Event & Program Postponements & Cancellations

What is closed until further notice?:

  • Susan & Saul Singer Early Childhood Learning Center (preschool)
  • ALL enrichment classes (all classes for children, adults, seniors and Giborim U)
  • After-school 
  • Silver Sneakers & Parkinson's classes
  • ALL group fitness classes 
  • Bereavement Group & Gilda's On the Go Cancer Support Groups 

What is postponed?:

  • Maccabi Tzair cancelled: Saturday, March 14
  • Superhero 5K: Sunday, March 15
  • Coffee Talk: Sunday, March 15
  • JHoops Youth Basketball: Sunday, March 15
  • Jewish Film Festival Film-Forgiveness: Sunday, March 15
  • Monday Matinee-Incitement: Monday, March 16
  • Growing Wiser: Tuesday, March 17
  • Kids' Day Off at the J: March 17
  • Opus One Orchestra Rehearsal: March 17 & March 18
  • Cooking with Chef Allen: Thursday, March 19
  • Kids' Day Off at the J: March 20
  • Spring Break Mini Camp: March 23-27 (cancelled)
  • Harlan Coben: Wednesday, March 25
  • Giborim U Health Celebration: Sunday, March 29
  • Author Up Close with Esther Safran Foer: Thursday, April 2
  • Rock & Roll Poker Tournament: Thursday, April 2
  • Community Challah Bake: Thursday, April 30
  • Laugh It Up Lauderdale: Thursday, May 14
  • IJKL Classes on Tuesdays now virtual. Contact Kim Lerner for more information. kim@ijkl.org or 954-249-8290.

    Last updated 3/17/2020

Cleanliness Efforts

The health and safety of our community is always our top priority. We will be deep cleaning our facility during the closure. 

Health Resources

You can stay up-to-date by visiting the following websites or links:

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC: Symptom Self-Checker
• Florida Health Department-Broward County
• World Health Organization
• Resources for Caregivers
• Video: How Germs Spread
Video: How to Make Your Own Face Covering
• Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources from Nova

Upcoming Webinars & Recordings

On behalf of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology, please join us for a series of COVID-19 webinars. These informative webinars were created to assist you during this pandemic. We encourage you to share this announcement with family, friends, and colleagues.

Psychology and Counseling Careers
with Timothy Razza, Psy.D.Melanie Iarussi, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSACJames Munoz, Ph.D.Emilio Lorenzo, M.S.Carlos Perez, Ed.D.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. ET
Register HERE

An Introduction to Uses of Hypnosis and the Polygraph in Criminal Investigations
with Frank DePiano, Ph.D., David DePiano, J.D.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. ET
Register HERE

Unsatisfied by Design: Happiness, Evolution, and Human Nature
with Glenn J. Scheyd, Ph.D.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. ET
Register HERE

School Reentry: Promoting Social and Emotional Wellness for Students
with Scott Poland, Ed.D.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. ET
Register HERE

NSU LGBTQA Pride
with faculty, staff, student, alumni and community panel
Friday, June 19, 2020 | 12:00 P.M. ET
Register HERE

Some Previous Recordings
How to Stay Safe at Home with Lenore Walker, Ed.D., ABPP. Click HERE.
Become a Force of Nature: Advanced Studies and Personal Growth with expert panel. Click HERE.
Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility with Scott Poland, Ed.D. Click HERE.
Humanitarian Outreach and Cultural Resiliency wiith Stephen Campbell, Ph.D., and Oraib Toukhly, M.S. Click HERE.
COVID-19 Mental Health Tips for Children and Families with Scott Poland, Ed.D. Click HERE.
School's OUT... Why Social and Emotional Connectedness is More Essential than Ever with Anna K. Owens, Ph.D. Click HERE.
Join us for Yappy Hour! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pet): The Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond During COVID-19 with Ariann Robino, Ph.D., LPC (LA), NCC. Click HERE.
How to Manage a Misbehaving Brain with Jaime Tartar, Ph.D. Click HERE.

View additional recordings - nova.edu/sharkchats

COVID-19 Test Sites in Broward

Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward, American Medical Response and Century Ambulance Services offer a mobile/in-home testing program, beginning May 6, 2020. This service is for homebound elderly or disabled individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access a drive-up or walk-up test location. Call 954-357-9500 for a pre-qualifying assessment. More...

C.B. Smith Park (Drive-Through)
900 North Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines
9AM - 5PM, 7 days a week

Drive-through site has five lanes and is accessible by vehicle only. Preregistered patients will be screened through a vehicle window. The test is open to all South Florida residents, 18 years or older, who are asymptomatic or symptomatic, as well as to persons who have previously had positive test results. Must bring ID. Site is operated by the Florida National Guard in cooperation with Memorial Healthcare Systems and the Florida Department of Health, at the direction of the Office of the Governor.

Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium (Drive-Through)
3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill 33311
Tuesday - Saturday, 9AM - 1PM

Prospective patients must be pre-screened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines, have a prescription and be preregistered for an appointment through the Broward Health call center at 954-320-5730.

Cleveland Clinic 
Krupa Center
3250 Meridian Parkway, Weston 
Monday – Friday  8AM - 5PM

Potential patients should call the Cleveland Clinic Florida appointment center at 954-659-5951 to be scheduled for a test. Callers will be screened by a nurse who will determine whether the caller meets the federal testing criteria.

Festival Marketplace (Drive-Through)
2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach
Monday - Saturday, 8AM - 4:30PM

Prospective patients must be pre-screened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines, have a prescription and be preregistered for an appointment through the Broward Health call center at 954-320-5730. If you do not have a primary care physician and need help, call 954-320-5730 to speak with a nurse. By appointment only. Walkups not allowed.

Holiday Park (Drive-Through)
1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale 
Tuesday - Saturday, 9AM - 6PM

The City of Fort Lauderdale in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Health, and American Medical Response (AMR).  Testing is available to anyone over the age of 18 with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Appointment required; no doctor referral needed. Call 1-800-209-7919 to schedule an appointment. Proper ID is required with name, date of birth, and photo. Face covering required. No walk ups. 

Mitchell Moore Park (Walk-Up)
901 NW 10th Street, Pompano Beach
9AM - 6 PM (every day except Thursday)

No car is required for this site which will will be open every day of the week except Thursday. People experiencing symptoms should call 954-412-7300 for an appointment prior to visiting. Please be sure to wear a face covering when arriving for testing. Site is operated by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County.

Urban League of Broward County (Walk-Up)
560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 
9AM - 6 PM (Tuesday - Saturday)

Mobile drive-thru testing is not permitted at this site. Appointments are preferred. People experiencing symptoms of COVD-19 should call 954-412-7300 for an appointment. Please be sure to wear a face covering when arriving for testing. Site is operated by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Urban League of Broward County.

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Work From Home Resources & Tips

Source

  • Continue your routine. That means: getting dressed, washing your face, and waking up at your normal work time. If you don’t normally fold ten loads of laundry when you wake up, now’s not the time to start.

  • Pick a spot. Make it your dedicated ‘office’. Keep in mind what kind of calls you might be making and what type of work you’ll be doing. Remember that viral BBC interview? Here are some things to think about when deciding where to sit for the next eight hours:

    • Close the door. If you can, close the door. It signals to your kids, roommates, or whoever, that you’re busy and working. It also helps create a divide between your ‘work’ life and your ‘home’ life even if they’re physically the same place. 

      • PS: Have kids at home? Enter: this resource of at-home learning activities to the rescue.

    • Think about light. Don't sit with the window behind you while video chatting (hello, backlighting). But if you’re a person that thrives off of natural light, plant yourself (yep, along with your plants) as close to the window as possible. 

  • Protect your electronics. If you have one or can order one, use a surge protector. You likely have a lot of electronics (monitors, phones, lamps) you might be needing to plug in. Surge protectors will keep your electronics safe from sudden spikes in your home’s electric system. 

  • Eat like you would at your office. Don’t dive into the microwave popcorn and all your secret chocolate just because you can. Sugar highs and endless snacking will lead to big lows. What you eat will impact your mood and energy levels.

Got it. Act natural. How do I stay mentally healthy?
Staying locked in during a global pandemic does not translate into zen feelings. Here are some options to help you put your best mind forward:

  • Set office hours. Work the same hours you would at an IRL office. Though sleeping in might feel nice, working until midnight because you got those extra zzzzs might not. This will also stop you from working long past a normal work day. 

    • Pro tip: give yourself an evening routine. Make sure you’re clear about ‘logging’ off. Whether that means booking a virtual workout class (think: Daily Yoga or YouTube), shutting your computer, or cooking dinner, make a hard shift mentally after you’ve ‘logged off.’

  • Hygiene. As fun as it is to get out of bed and start working right away, don’t forget to shower. Because before you know it, it’s been a few too many days and you’ve gone from bed to your desk, back to bed again. 

  • Schedule breaks. It’s important to build breaks into your WFH schedule. Especially when you normally take them in your IRL office. 

  • Move. It might be easy to get used to not having a commute. Then all of a sudden it's 8pm and you haven’t walked more than 50 ft around your apartment. Remember to get some exercise in. Because endorphins make you happy. Need help finding a workout you can do at home? Here's a good starter.

  • Socialize. Working alone can be hard. Especially if you’re used to having a lot of people around. Make sure you’re in your co's messaging channels (like Slack) and are talking with your co-workers regularly. This will help prevent feelings of loneliness or disconnect. 

  • Take sick time. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you should work if you’re sick. If you’re not well, take the time off (if your company allows it.) Your work will thank you for it. 

But I have kids. Send help.

May we suggest “Frozen 2” on repeat. At least 70,000 schools have closed across the country. The closings have affected more than 30 million public school students. Now, many parents are left to figure out how to work from home while also becoming teachers simultaneously. No big deal. Here are some tips for staying sane...

  • Breathe. You might not have it all together and that’s ok. It’s going to take some time. So cut yourself some slack. 

  • Inform. Let your kids know what’s going on. Talk to them about the changes so they know what they can expect. It’ll help everyone in your house come to terms with their new normal. Here are some ways you can talk to your kids about the outbreak. 

  • Scheduling. If you can, build a schedule for yourself and your kids. Try and group similar activities in both of your schedules together. Ex: you both have to eat lunch. Maybe you need silent time (you for your work, your kids for reading). See if you can schedule similar activities together. It’ll help streamline your work but also let you spend time together. 

    • Blocks. If your kids are young enough to be taking naps, try and make nap times a devoted work block for yourself. If your kids are getting ‘recess’ time outside for an hour, maybe try and schedule your conference call then. 

    • Split duties (if you can). The ultimate blessing. If you’re able, try and schedule hours where you’re on kids duty, and hours where you’re on work duty. 

  • Vocalize. Let your co-workers and managers know what your home situation looks like. Whether that means working different hours, or adjusting a deadline, over communicating will help bridge the gap.

How do I make sure my boss and I are on the same page?

Since you can’t pop over to someone’s desk or chat with them face to face, you have to find a way to make up for that lost 1:1 time. Make sure you’re aligned with your team, about how and when you’ll communicate. When in doubt communicate and do it again. Here are some of our favorite tips… 

  • Video chat when you can. It creates the feeling of being in the office and gives you that valuable, yep, face time. 

  • Punctuation is key. Remember that tone doesn’t always come across in email. Let this be your friendly reminder to be extra positive. Otherwise...your co-workers might start to think you hate them. K?

  • Hone in on your deliverables. Be clear with your manager about expectations. It might feel easy to WFH and not get that much done. Having a clear outline of what deliverables are expected from you will help you make sure you’re being productive and being evaluated fairly.

  • Boundaries. Remind your family or friends that just because you’re not working in your office doesn’t mean you're not working. You’re not avail to FaceTime just because you’re home in sweats. Make it a priority to let everyone in your life know what your WFH life looks like.  

Check and check. What about people who can’t work from home? 

Working from home is a privilege. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 29% of US workers say they have the option to do their jobs from home. Those who can’t are usually people working in service industries, delivery, food and retail, emergency services, etc. 

What about people who can’t go to work because they’re sick?

Federal law only requires employers to pay hourly workers for the time they work. That means most of them aren’t getting PTO or paid sick days. But in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, some major companies have made updates to their policies to lessen the hardship the outbreak is having on hourly workers. Congress is also trying to address the problem as part of an emergency stimulus package.

This is all great, but my office is still open. Any tips if I'm still heading to work this week?

We got you. For those that aren’t able to WFH, here’s your best strategy at staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Social distancing. Try to stay six feet from other people. 

  • Wash your hands. For at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget between your fingers.

  • Don’t touch your face. That includes rubbing your eyes. If you’re a person whose eyes get irritated from contacts, maybe think about wearing your glasses. Just so you’re not tempted. 

  • Avoid handshakes. It’s an easy way to keep your hands clean. 

  • Sanitize. Between washes or whenever else you feel like it. 

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