Summer 2021 Safety & Wellness Handbook

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  • Face Covering Protocol

    Camper Masking: It is understood that face coverings may be challenging for campers, particularly younger campers, in an all-day setting.
    1. In outdoor settings, campers are not required to mask, regardless of their vaccination status, but should still remain with their cohorts. Unvaccinated campers are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
    2. Indoors, unvaccinated campers are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times, but particularly when physical distancing is difficult, unless (1) doing so is impracticable, such as when a camper is eating or drinking or (2) while the individual is in the water.
    3. Vaccinated campers need not mask in indoor or outdoor settings.
    Staff masking:
    1. In indoor settings, unvaccinated staff must wear face masks at all times except when not practicable, such as when eating or drinking, sleeping, or swimming
    2. Outdoors, unvaccinated staff are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
    3. Vaccinated staff need not mask in indoor or outdoor settings.
  • Daily Screening

    • A successful plan requires cooperation from everyone. Please help us by screening your child each morning for any COVID-19 related symptoms. Please refer to the CDC for the list of symptoms.
    • Our staff will monitor child health throughout the day. Please ask your child to report any symptoms to a staff member.
    Please encourage children to stay well hydrated and maintain good sleep habits at home. This will contribute to immune health.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection

    • Staff will frequently engage in proper hand washing throughout the day.
    • Our well trained "Clean Team" will disinfect all program areas, public areas, playgrounds, and sports equipment daily to ensure that we meet all NJDOH guidelines.
    • Kitchen/lunch areas will be disinfected after each lunch period
    • CDC recommended soaps and sanitizers will be readily available in all common areas and summer staff will carry additional hand sanitizer.
    • All indoor spaces will have adequate ventilation and/or operational air conditioning with a fresh air component. Filters for A/C units will be maintained and changed according to manufacturer recommendations.
  • Handwashing and Good Hygiene Practices

    • Staff will be instructed on proper hygiene techniques and will supervise campers to ensure that proper handwashing procedures and hand sanitizers are used throughout the day.
    • Staff will have hand sanitizer available for use after each activitiy
    • We will reinforce safe coughing and sneezing practices
    • Staff will wear gloves when handling or serving food to children.
  • Staff Training

    In addition to our orientation program, all staff will be trained in the following areas:
    • COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if they suspect a child is ill
    • What physical distancing means at Kent Place
    • Ensuring proper hygiene practices for children and themselves
    • Monitoring the mental health of children
    • Monitoring their own physical health 
    • How to talk to children about COVID-19
  • Cohorts and Social Distancing

    • Cohorts will be created for each group of children. Per NJDOH guidelines, this will allow our pods to move freely between outdoor and indoor activities. 
    • Each group will be created to provide the best experience for children. Each activity will be scheduled by cohort.
    • Groups include the same children and staff each day in a week. There will be minimal staff/camper movement between groups.
    At this time, we are not allowing visitors or touring of any Kent Place Summer Programs. All urgent and emergency requests will be processed through the Summer Programs Office.
  • Summer Programs and Activities

    • All daily activities will occur outside as much as possible
    • Special Events will be restructured, when possible, to accommodate groups and remain with NJDOH guidelines
    • Modifications will be made as needed to programs to accommodate NJDOH guidelines.
    Rainy Days: In the event of heavy rain, pop up thunderstorms, or other weather emergency, we have sufficient indoor space to keep children safe and dry while maintaining physical distance from other groups and classes.
  • Drop Off

    Please screen your child every morning for COVID-19 symptoms. Children cannot come to Kent Place if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Afternoon Pick Up

    • Parents will be given a Kent Place issued identification card that they present at pick up. If someone else is picking up your child, they must have your card with them.
    • A staff member will escort your child to your vehicle
    • Parents are not to exit their vehicles when picking up
  • Lunch and Snacks

    • All children will wash/sanitize their hands prior to eating
    • Individually packaged daily snacks will be served to all Kent Place Summer Programs that provide snacks
    • Children will sit by group/class at assigned areas to allow for physical distancing and mostly eat outside
    • Additional lunch areas will be set up to reduce the number of children eating in any one area
    • Food servers will be wearing masks and gloves and will follow CDC guidelines for food service
    • If tables are used, each table will be sanitized before and after each use
    • We will continue to meet the needs of children with allergies
  • Drinking Water

    • Water fountains will be cleaned and sanitized but we encourage staff and students to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains. Water stations will also be set up throughout Kent Place for children and staff
    • Please send a personal water bottle with your child that has his/her name on it
  • Health and Well-Being

    • We understand that children get sick and that not all illnesses or virus-like symptoms are related to COVID-19. We know that we will have our share of sore throats, rashes, and other typical summer virus symptoms. Please bear with us as this is an unprecedented summer. We will need to be more vigilant and stricter in our health protocols. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
  • Kent Place Medical Facility and Staff

    • Our experienced nurses will be on hand to take care of all health related needs.
    • We will have two health centers on campus
      • One for all physically ill children with fevers, cold-like symptoms, etc.
      • One for cuts, bruises, scrapes, and scratches
    • There will be a separate isolation space for sick children and staff
  • Health Screening

    • Children who exhibit signs and symptoms of any communicable illnesses will be sent to the nurse for evaluation
    • Please screen your child every morning for COVID-19 symptoms. Children cannot come to Kent Place if they have ANY COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If we find a need for your sick child to go home for the day, your child needs to be picked up within one hour of the phone call. If you have not arrived within 30 minutes of our all, we will notify your emergency contact back up. 
  • Travel Restrictions

    • Kent Place Summer Programs will follow NJ guidelines for travel restrictions for both children and adults
  • COVID-19 Symptoms

    Cough - fever - shortness of breath - muscle aches - sore throat - unexplained loss of taste or smell - diarrhea - headache - fatigue - nausea - vomiting

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