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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with documentation related to the exemption you are claiming. Any camper or staff approved vaccination exemption from the COVID vaccination requirement must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours of the beginning of each camp week. In addition, that camper or staff 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.
Drop-Off and Wellness Screening Procedures
We will be requiring all parents and guardians driving onto our campuses to proceed to the carpool lane for drop-off and wellness screening. Please do not exit your car; a screener will come to your car. If you have campers at the Lower School campus in two different buildings, please drop your campers off at the building for your youngest camper. If you will be walking to camp, campers must be escorted by a guardian who will wait with the camper while they are screened. Summer Academics students who are old enough to drive themselves or walk home by themselves may arrive unaccompanied.
As always, we ask that you keep children showing signs of illness at home. We encourage you to take your child’s temperature at home if you suspect they are ill. When you arrive on campus, you will then be asked health screening questions related to COVID-19 symptoms. If the camper or student answers “yes” to any of the screening questions, they will not be permitted to attend camp or class that day.
Once the screening has been completed, the guardian may depart. Campers will then be escorted to their “home base” building or field and use hand sanitizer prior to entry. Summer Academics students will be directed to use hand sanitizer prior to building entry.
Masks and Cleaning Protocols
Summertimes will determine its mask policy as we approach Summer 2022 based on the latest CDC-issued and Alexandria City Health Department-issued guidance.
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 upon entry of any building, throughout the day, and before pick-up, and frequent handwashing 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 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
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