Policies & Procedures
The Jewish Community Center of Omaha is a safe space where everyone is welcome. We ask that all Members and guests adhere to the following policies and procedures while on campus. If you have questions on any of the following, please contact Member Services at (402) 334-6426.
Member Code of Conduct
1) As the parent/legal guardian of the child/children listed on the membership application and those that may not be listed
at the time of joining, I take full responsibility for the actions of the child/children and any and all minor guest(s) of my child.
2) Appropriate attire should be worn at all times while on the JCC premises. This includes wearing a shirt, shorts, and shoes over
your bathing suit while inside the building. Shirts are required to be worn in the fitness center. Closed-toe shoes are required
while using the athletic courts, participating in fitness training and classes, and in the fitness center.
3) All members, age 7 and older, are required to have their JCC access card with them at all times while on the premises of the
JCC. The loss or theft of a membership card should be immediately reported to the JCC. A membership card replacement fee of $10 will be charged for lost or stolen cards.
4) Children, age 11 and under, must be accompanied by an adult anywhere on the JCC premises unless they are registered
in a JCC program.
5) Members must be 16 years of age to use the fitness center. However, members age 13-16 may use the fitness center if they
have completed the Teen Fitness Center Orientation.
6) Members must be 16 years of age in order to participate in group exercise classes.
7) Members must be 18 years of age to use the upper track in the gym.
8) Guests who comply with the conduct code are warmly welcomed and our guest policy requires the following:
a) The hosting member must be in good standing as a JCC member.
b) Guests should be accompanied by the JCC member. If the host JCC member cannot be present, the member must call the Member Services desk prior to the guest’s arrival at the JCC,
c) All guests age 16 and older are required to provide a driver’s license or other valid photo ID.
d) The host member has the option of using any guest passes on their account. In lieu of using a guest pass, a $12 daily guest fee will be charged for guests, age 4 and older.
e) The host member is ultimately responsible for the guest fee.
f) Guests younger than 18 will be required to receive a proof of entry stamp.
g) Youth 11 and under will be swim tested to determine to which area of the pool they should have access.
9) Members are required to adhere to posted schedules for usage of all JCC facilities.
10) In the event of emergency, alarms and storm warnings, members must follow staff instructions to cease activity and proceed to
designated safety zones.
11) Locks left overnight on lockers not purchased for annual use will be removed.
12) Children over 4 years of age may not be in a locker room designated for the opposite sex.
13) Everyone using the JCC must behave in a mature and responsible way, and respect the rights and dignity of other members,
guests, visitors and staff.
14) Members should report any suspicious or inappropriate behavior to the JCC staff as soon as possible.
15) Members are not permitted to post flyers, posters and/or announcements on JCC bulletin boards.
16) JCC reserves the right to change facilities hours, class schedules and equipment and will attempt to provide members with reasonable notice of such change.
17) Members will not engage in any of the following prohibited actions that include but are not limited to:
a) Angry or vulgar language, including swearing, name-calling or shouting
b) Physical contact with another person/guest in any angry or threatening way
c) Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person
d) Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any menacing behavior
e) Theft or behavior that results in destruction of property
f) Carrying or concealing any weapons or devices or objects that may be perceived as weapons
g) Smoking inside or outside the JCC
h) Use or possessions of illegal chemicals or alcohol on JCC property, in JCC vehicles or at JCC sponsored programs
i) Loitering is not permitted in or outside the JCC
j) Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening or offensive nature
k) The JCC reserves the right to suspend the Membership privileges without refund, of any Member, or to remove from the premises any Member, who aids or abets in the unauthorized entrance of a non-member, or who attempts to gain access to unauthorized areas of the JCC.
l) Any activity that is a conflict of interest with services the JCC provides, such as personaltraining, athletic training, athletic sports or swim lessons. Anyone providing any type of instruction, training, or coaching must be a member of the JCC staff or under JCC contract.
18) Any and all camera and video equipment, including cell phones, may not be used in locker rooms, dressing areas, shower areas, rest rooms, swimming pools and other areas deemed to be “private” within JCC facilities. Additionally, no camera or video equipment is
permitted in the fitness center, and we ask that cell phone use in the fitness center be limited to texting and the provision of music.
The JCC, through its Executive Director and Board of Directors, reserves the right to remove from the premises any individual acting
in an inappropriate manner and further reserves the right to cancel the membership of any such person. The JCC reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person who has been identified in the National Sex Offender Public Registry
and/or convicted of a sexual offense.
Any members and/or guests, may be subject to removal and revocation of membership, without a refund, for any violation of the Code of Conduct of the JCC then in effect.
Unaccompanied Youth Policy
Member children ages 11 and older are permitted to be unaccompanied in JCC facilities without parental or adult supervision.
• This does not include the pool areas. Children, under age 12, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children, under age 12, must also take a 25-meter swim test to determine their swim ability. Tests will be administered by a lifeguard. Children will be issued a wristband based on their results.
• This does not include the fitness center. The minimum age for fitness center usage is 13. However, teens ages 13–16 must go through a mandatory orientation to ensure a safe and effective workout.
The following spaces are not hang-out areas: locker rooms, the lobby entrance, hallways, art gallery, membership services entrance, health spa entrance and/or couches/chairs in those areas.
Unaccompanied youth are expected to display appropriate behavior: consideration of others, respect for the facility, and utilization of appropriate language, at all times. If a child, 11 years of age or older, is not behaving in a respectful manner (as deemed by the JCC staff), a JCC staff member will contact his/her parent or guardian, asking them to promptly collect their child. Some examples of unacceptable behaviors include: destruction of property, running through the halls, failure to follow staff directives, rowdiness, and use of foul language. If a child is sent home, JCC privileges may be suspended until a meeting is convened with the parent or guardian. The JCC cannot be held responsible for members age 11 and over attending the JCC and not enrolled in an organized activity.
Only current JCC Members in good standing can bring guests to campus. Guests should be accompanied by the JCC member. A member wishing to send a guest without being present, must call the Member Services Desk at (402) 334-6426 prior to the guest arriving.
- There is a $12 daily guest fee for each guest, age 4 and older. Member Guest Passes may be used, if available.
- All guests, age 16 and older, are required to provide a driver’s license or other valid form of photo I.D.
- All guests, regardless of age, must be signed in at the Member Services Desk.
- Guests should be accompanied by the JCC member who is hosting/bringing them to the facility. Guests may only visit the facility on their own after the hosting member calls Member Services and gives verbal authorization.
- Guests younger than 18 will be required to receive a proof of entry stamp.
- Youth 10 and under will be swim tested to determine what pool depth they can swim in.
The following items are NOT ALLOWED within the Jewish Community Center
- Drugs, Alcohol and/or Tobacco
- Firearms and/or Weapons of Any Kind
The following items are NOT ALLOWED within the Goldstein Family Aquatic Center
- Outside Food and/or Drink
- Glass of Any Kind (Empty plastic water bottles are okay)
- Outside Inflatables: Balls, Tubes, Rafts, Water Wings, etc. (Coast Guard approved vests / puddle jumpers okay)
- Drugs, Alcohol and/or Tobacco
- Firearms and/or Weapons of Any Kind
All Members and Non Members must abide by the following pool rules when using our facilities. Lifeguard(s) on duty have the final say regarding all pool rules, pool regulations and pool situations. Pool management will back lifeguard(s).
1. Proper bathing suits are required. No underwear, cut-off jeans/pants or colored t-shirts are allowed in the pool.
2. Infants and toddlers who are not potty-trained are required to wear a specially made swim diaper, i.e. little swimmers. No disposable diapers or rubber pants are permitted in the pool.
3. Children, ages 8 and under, who are in or near the water must be actively supervised by an adult guardian who is within arm’s reach. Children, age 11 and under, must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
4. Children, age 11 and under, must take a 25 meter swim test to determine their swim ability. Tests will be administered by a lifeguard. Children will issued a wristband based on their results.
5. Children, age 11 and under, must wear their designated swim level wrist band at all times. Bands are issued to children after the completion of their swim test.
6. The following items are NOT allowed in our aquatic facilities:
- Outside food and/or drink
- Glass containers. (Empty, plastic water bottles are allowed.)
- Drugs, alcohol or tobacco
- Weapons of any kind
- Outside Inflatables: Balls, Tubes, Rafts, Water Wings, etc. (Coast Guard approved vests / puddle jumpers ok)
7. The following behavior policies will be enforced at all times:
- No pushing or throwing persons into the pool.
- No horseplay. No running, dunking, jumping on one another, spitting or riding on shoulders.
- No hitting, kicking, or violence of any sort.
- No prolonged under water swimming or breath holding is allowed.
8. Hanging on pool equipment such as ropes and ladders, is not allowed. Improper use of water features is not allowed.
9. Outside inflatables (balls, rafts, water wings etc.) are not permitted in the pool facility. Individuals requiring flotation assistance may use US Coast-Guard approved PFDs (life vests) only.
10. Diving is only permitted in water deeper than 9 feet. Be aware of what (or who) may be beneath you when entering the pool.
11. You must be 48″ tall (and have a green level swim band) to use the water slide.
12. The JCC is not responsible for your personal property.
Fitness Center Rules
Fitness Center Rules
- Parents must remain on campus while their children are in Fit & Sit programming
Group Exercise Policies
- If you are new to a class, speak with the Instructor beforehand. They can give you an idea of the class format and provide details you may need to know.
- Medical clearance from your physician, prior to starting any exercise program, is highly recommended.
- If you are waiting for a class to begin, please do not enter the Aerobic Studio until the current class has finished.
- Be on time! If you are late, please take a spot at the back of class and do your best not to disrupt those already participating.
- Arrive early for all Spin classes, so that you can set up your bike prior to class.
- Wear appropriate workout clothes. Sneakers are required for all classes except Yoga and Pilates. All shoes worn in the Aerobics Studio should be different from your street shoes. Use the benches outside of the Aerobics studio to change your shoes before and after class.
- Remember your personal hygiene and refrain from wearing strong perfume and cologne.
- Water brought into class must be in an unbreakable container. Food is not permitted. You may bring your own towel to class if needed.
- Be respectful and keep conversation to a minimum. All cell phones must be turned OFF or put on silent during class.
- All equipment used (mats, balls, steps, etc.) should be cleaned and returned to their proper storage location when class ends.
- Parents must remain on campus while their children are in Kids Boot Camp
• No soccer
• No baseball
• No football
• No kicking or sitting on basketballs
• No hanging on rims
• No dunking on lowered rims
• No foul language
• Shirt and proper footwear required
• Place all garbage in trash cans
• Respect others and this facility
Failure to comply with these rules will result in loss of gymnasium privileges.
Youth Department Behavior Policies
JCC Youth Department DISCIPLINE POLICY
In order to facilitate a safe, secure, fun environment for all participants attending JCC Youth Department activities the following policy has been implemented. This policy is not intended to be activated for minor “misbehaving” infractions. On a daily basis, the JCC Youth Department works with children who are having a “bad day”. Those types of behaviors, where neither malice nor destructive outcomes were intended will continue to be addressed at the Supervisor/Child level. Time-outs and, in some situations, loss of choice activity will continue to be the discipline implemented.
The Youth Department Discipline Policy will be activated when:
1. The number of minor infractions has been excessive; and /or
2. The behavior constitutes a violation against other children or adults, including unwelcome intentional touching or grabbing of another child, explicit and offensive verbal remarks (either sexual in nature or general taunting), name calling, vulgar or identifiable unacceptable language, or other verbal or physical conduct in violation of the JCC Youth Department Code of Conduct; and/or
3. The behavior constitutes a violation against the JCC or other children’s property and/or
4. The behavior constitutes a safety issue either for the child themselves, other children, or staff. In the event this policy is activated for any child, written documentation will be kept by the Director of all applicable dates, decisions and agreements (including a plan of action if needed.)
The formal discipline policy is as follows:
1. All enrolled children and their parents/guardian will sign a Conduct Contract acknowledging their notice and understanding of our Code of Conduct, and the potential repercussions of negative behaviors.
2. Upon occurrence of the first serious offense which is significant in nature to bring to the attention of the Youth Director, will result in a private discussion between the Youth Director and the child. The child will also be removed from their choice of activity for the day. The parent will be notified of the negative behavior and will be advised that if the same or related behavior is repeated, a parent conference will be required. The director will notify JCC management.
3. If the behavior continues, the child will again be removed from the group activities and the parents will be notified of the need for a Parent/Child/Director conference before the child can return to the program.
4. If the behavior still continues, a parent conference will again be required, (either with or without the child at the parent’s discretion). The child may be suspended from the program for a period of time up to 3 days (at Director’s discretion). The child will then be allowed to continue in the program only after the director and parent have prepared and agreed upon a plan of achieving acceptable behavior in the child.
5. If, after all of these steps, the behavior continues, the child will only be allowed to continue in the program if a professional counselor is involved (at the parent’s expense) in modifying the negative behavior. At this point, the professional will be asked to recommend a time frame for compliance based on the situation. If a professional is not brought in, or the time frame set forth is expended, the child will be expelled from the program with a date for re-entry set by the Director.
Under extreme circumstances and/or in situations when that child or other children’s safety is at risk, the Youth Director, with agreement from the JCC Executive Director, has the authority to ask a child to leave the program without following the above procedure.
Dance Department Policies
- All students must be registered prior to the first day of class.
- Students must be a minimum of 3 years years of age by September 1st and potty trained.
- All new students, with the exception of Music & Movement and Pre-Ballet, must contact the dance director for proper class placement. Placement will be determined by the director and instructors.
- Me and My Shadow class requires your child to be accompanied by an adult.
- T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts or baggy warm up gear are not allowed.
- Hair must be kept neatly away from face and neck either in a bun or a pony tail, short hair should be clipped back or held back with a cloth headband.
- No gum chewing allowed
- No jewelry should be worn.
Regular attendance is required in all classes and is essential to the progress of the student. Students are expected to come and watch class if they are injured or not contagious. In case of absence, the parent needs to notify the Dance Department by calling (402) 334-6406. Classes missed may be made up during the current semester by consulting the instructor or director. Students should arrive with sufficient time to dress and warm up prior to class.
Refunds will be given only in cases of prolonged illness, with medical verification. There are no refunds for voluntary withdrawal or missed classes.
In the event of inclement weather, there will be a message on the Dance Departments outgoing voice mail (334-6406). You are to check 1 hour prior to the start time of your class to find out if class is canceled or continuing as normal. We DO NOT follow suit with the School Closings, so please call. You may also call the Front Desk (334-6406) or Member Services (334-6426) to get the latest information.
Fall Semester parent observations will be held during the month of November. Classes will be held on stage. You will receive notice as to which day to attend. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend. Parents may arrange to observe classes at other times by contacting the instructor or dance director. You may always come and observe classes in the ballet studio on our TV monitors in the hallway. Parents are not to sit in unless they have permission by the teacher.
Special field trips are offered for various dance performances in the area. We meet beforehand, discuss what we are going to see, then go and enjoy. As events draw near, information will be made available and sign-up sheets will be posted. Field trips are open to students, parents and friends.
WORKSHOPS & FILMS
Various workshops are offered in areas of interest for our dance students, including master classes with guest teachers, special lectures, stage make-up, injury prevention, etc. Information will be made available as events draw near.
As dance is a performing art, performance experience is an important element in dance training. Students will be informed of different performing opportunities available to them. Each year there is a culminating performance in May, every other year we do a Grande Story Ballet and on the off year we will do a Themed performance.
Inclement Weather Policies
Indoor & Outdoor Pool Inclement Weather Policy
We follow the National Weather Service policy for inclement weather. In the event of weather involving lightning and thunder, the following policies and procedures will be observed in both the outdoor and indoor pools. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we follow these policies to ensure your safety and well-being.
Thunder: When thunder is heard, the pools will close for 30 minutes, meaning no one is allowed in either body of water.
Lightning: When lightning is spotted, the pools will be closed. Pools will re-open 30 minutes post storm or when deemed appropriate by staff.
Outside Temperature: The NOAA RADAR Pro App will be used for temperature readings. We will use the “feels like” reading to account for wind and sun. Open swim will be held if the reading is at least 35 degrees. Swim Team will be held if the reading is at least 65 degrees. Splash Pad usage will be held if the reading is at least 70 degrees.
Little Lions Winter League Inclement Weather Policy
If we are to cancel games, we will give two hours’ notice to the coaches. For example, if we are going to cancel 12:30 p.m. games, we will make the decision and communicate it by 10:30 a.m. The coaches will be emailed and called. You may also call Member Services at (402) 334-6426 to get the most up to date information.
Dance Department Inclement Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather, there will be a message on the Dance Departments outgoing voice mail. This can be reached by calling (402) 334-6406. Please check one hour prior to the start time of your class to find out if class is canceled or continuing as normal. We DO NOT follow suit with School Closings, so please call. You may also call the Front Desk (402) 334-8200 or Member Services (402) 334-6426 to get the latest information.
General weather related closing questions can be directed to…
Member Services Desk: 402-334-6426
Front Desk: 402-334-8200
CDC Front Desk: 402-334-6413
The mission of the Jewish Community Center of Omaha is to create a positive Jewish environment in which to build, strengthen, and preserve Jewish identity and traditions. The JCC reaches out to the Jewish community and provides its members with a unique opportunity to associate through a variety of social, cultural, recreational, educational and physical fitness programs, activities, and services.
Health & Well-Being
To provide facilities and programs that promote physical, social and emotional well-being.
To provide belonging, connectedness, and inclusiveness through programs and partnerships.
To provide the opportunity for personal growth and life-long learning.
To incorporate traditional Jewish morals and values to successfully meet our mission.