COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
Summertimes camps and classes strives to adhere to COVID-19-related practices and protocols issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), the Virginia Health Department, and the City of Alexandria Health Department. As these recommendations are constantly evolving and changing, Summertimes policies may be updated throughout the summer. At any given time, these protocols may include camper cohort sizes, physical distancing, maximization of outdoor time, and strict screening and cleaning procedures. With that said, even with the implementation of these screening procedures and protocols, it is impossible to eliminate all risk related to COVID-19. We have confidence in our policies, which are supported by CDC guidance, but we cannot promise that risk of infection will be eliminated. Please reach out to the Summer Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Know Before You Go
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. All eligible campers and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, per the CDC’s current definition of “fully vaccinated.” Please note that a booster may be required in order for your camper to be deemed “fully vaccinated.” You must upload proof of your child’s COVID-19 vaccination to your registration portal no later than June 1.
Exceptions to this mandatory vaccination policy may be granted for medical reasons, or if an individual’s sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance precludes the individual from receiving the vaccine. To claim such an exemption, you must contact the Summer Programs Office at 703-212-2777 and email email@example.com with documentation related to the exemption you are claiming. Any camper or staff approved vaccination exemption from the COVID vaccination requirement may need to follow additional safety protocols established by Summertimes, and they may be precluded from participating in certain Summertimes activities or aspects of these activities.
Camp Structure. As the health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority, we strive to structure our camps and classes per the latest COVID-19-related guidelines. As necessary, we will update our guidelines as guidance from the CDC and the City of Alexandria Health Department change.
Parent/Guardian Agreement. As part of the Summertimes registration process, parents and guardians are required to sign a Parent Agreement. By signing this form, parents/guardians acknowledge the inherent risk in attending in-person summer programs, regardless of any risk mitigation on the part of Summertimes, and they agree to abide by Summertimes’ safety protocols.
Please Check for Illness Prior to Drop-off
We ask that you check for illness prior to drop-off, and that you keep children showing signs of illness at home. Please check your camper for these symptoms prior to arrival: 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 runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea. We encourage you to take your child’s temperature at home if you suspect they are ill. Please monitor your child for the above-listed symptoms of Covid-19 for 10 days after exposure to a close contact with Covid-19.
If Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, your child should isolate at home for at least 5 days (the day of the positive test is Day 0). If after 5 days your child is asymptomatic, your child may return to camp as long as they are wearing a tight-fitting mask at all times (other than eating or drinking) for an additional 5 days. If their symptoms (other than loss of taste and smell) have not resolved after their 5-day isolation period, please continue to keep your child at home until symptoms improve.
Masks and Cleaning Protocols
As of May 23, 2022, we will not be requiring campers or staff to wear masks indoors or outdoors. If your child has a religious or medical exemption from our COVID-19 vaccination requirement, we ask that your child wear a mask indoors for their own health and safety.
Cleaning and Disinfecting.
All camp and building facilities will be cleaned with disinfectant on a nightly basis, including high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and light switches.
Campers and students will use hand sanitizer throughout the day, and frequent hand-washing will be enforced.
Summertimes will require any campers and students to stay home when any symptoms of illness are present. Should a camper or student become ill while at Summertimes, they will be sent to the on-site nurse on their campus. If our nurse deems the illness to be non-COVID-19 related, the camper or student will remain in the nurse’s office until they can be picked up by a guardian or sent home.
If the nurse determines that a camper or student is displaying symptoms related to COVID-19, the camper or student will be placed in an isolation area near the nurse’s office. Summertimes will notify the City of Alexandria Health Department and follow any guidance related to cleaning and disinfecting facilities, and perform contact tracing as necessary. Should a camper or student be diagnosed with COVID-19, Summertimes will inform those who have had close contact with the camper/student and recommend that they follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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