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Summer Camps COVID-19 Safety Policies

All SCDS Summer Camps will be following the protocols required by Gov. Kemp’s Executive Order, Reviving A Healthy Georgia, issued on May 12, 2020, which itemizes 32 measures (pages 23-26) for all camps to follow, and the CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again issued on May 17, 2020 (please see pages 44-48 for camps). The SCDS safety policy incorporates those measures  as follows.

Drop-off and Pick-up
Parents and guardians will be required to remain in their vehicles, and you will not be permitted to visit camp. Siblings who are not attending camp will also need to remain in the vehicle.

Contactless Sign In and Sign Out
Camp Staff will sign your child in and out each day.

Health Screening
Campers and staff will be screened daily at drop-off, preventing anyone from entering with a temperature greater than 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss or taste or smell.

Staff Training
SCDS summer staff will be trained on how to identify symptoms of illness in campers and other staff members, the proper processes for removing a potentially ill person, and the infection mitigation procedures to perform in such an event.

Mid-day Screening
Full-day camps will have a second temperature screening during the day.  Any person with a temperature greater than 100 degrees or cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss or taste or smell at any time while at camp shall be separated from the group immediately and must leave the camp facility as soon as practicable.

Suspicion of COVID-19
SCDS will provide an isolation area for sick staff members or campers.

Hand Sanitizer and Handwashing
Camp staff will provide hand sanitizer to campers as soon as practicable upon drop-off and throughout the camp day.  Campers will also be instructed to properly wash their hands during each restroom break, snack break, and meal break as well as throughout the day.

Limited, Static Groups
SCDS will ensure that no group size will exceed 20 people including campers and staff in a space. To the extent possible, SCDS Camps will keep the same staff and campers in the same group for the duration of the camp session.

Social Distancing Between Groups
SCDS Camps will enforce social distancing between groups, prohibit all-camp gatherings, and prohibit congregating among campers belonging to different groups.  When offered, in the case of extended care, campers will socially distance by group.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE will be available to SCDS campers and staff. Specific guidelines for each group -- Athletics, Camp-in-Place, and Ecology 2020 -- can be found in the detailed sections below.

Personal Belongings
SCDS Camps will provide a separate designated space for each camper to store personal belongings throughout the duration of the camp.  Campers first and last name must be clearly written in black permanent marker on all personal belongings.

Lunch and Snack
SCDS Campers will be required to bring their own lunch and snack(s) with them to camp each day in a soft-sided cooler with an ice pack.  Campers first and last name must be clearly written in black permanent marker on the cooler and on all non-disposable items in the cooler.

Gloves
Staff will wear gloves if and when they are helping campers open items from meals and snacks, and they will be required to change gloves in between each camper.

Transportation
SCDS will not be transporting campers this summer.

Visitors
SCDS will be prohibiting unnecessary visitors to campus. Campus tours will be given in cars for the most part; any building tours that may occur will be kept away from summer camp operations and guests and staff on the tours will be given face coverings.

Sanitizing Bathrooms
SCDS Staff will clean and sanitize bathrooms and all frequently touched surfaces regularly throughout the opening hours in addition to the regular cleaning schedule. Shared restrooms will be sanitized no less than twice per day.

Nursing Support
An SCDS nurse will be on-site during all times that Campers are present at the camp facility to the extent practicable. 

Athletics -- Opening Monday, June 8 

As per Governor Kemp’s most recent executive order, all Athletic Camps will adhere to all 32 guidelines using the methodology listed above. In addition, specific to Athletic Camps we will:  
  • Limit each group to 20 people per space including a maximum of 18 campers and a minimum of 2 staff with one of these staff members being 18 years or older;
  • Ensure that campers stay with their assigned group throughout the duration of each day;
  • Require parents/guardians to remain in vehicle for drop off and pick up;
  • Screen campers at drop-off following the methods outlined above and prevent anyone from entering with a temperature greater than 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell;
  • Provide hand sanitizer to campers as soon as practicable upon drop-off and for regular use throughout the day when in locations where handwashing with soap and water is not available;
  • Have staff escort campers to the bathroom when needed during camp activities and require handwashing with soap prior to returning to camp activities.
  • Weight Room Training Sessions with SCDS coaches will begin on Monday, June 8. A minimum of 15 minutes will be scheduled between each session to allow the coaching staff to clean and disinfect any equipment used before the next session begins. All staff will be required to wear face coverings during these sessions in the weight room.
  • Athletic Camps will begin on Monday, June 15. Neither staff nor children will be required to wear face coverings, although groups will be limited by size and prevented from interacting.

Camp In Place -- Opening Monday, June 15

As per Governor Kemp’s most recent executive order, Camp In Place will adhere to all 32 guidelines using the methodology listed above. Specific details for CIP include:
  • Operating June 15 - July 24 (No camp on July 3rd)
    • Mondays - Fridays
    • Camp Hours: 8:30 - 4:30
    • Morning Wait: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
    • After Care: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Leadership Staff 
    • On-Site Coordinator
    • Group Leader
    • Activity Specialists
    • Screening Team
    • Cleaning Team
    • Camp Director (working remotely)
  • Households
    • 16 campers maximum
    • 2 staff minimum with at least one staff member 18+
    • All Households maintain ACA camper/staff ratios (or better)
      • Rising K - 1st graders - 1:6 ratio 
      • Rising 2nd - 5th graders - 1:8 ratio
  • PPE for SCDS Camp Staff 
    • Leadership Camp Staff, Specialist Staff, Support Camp Staff, Cleaning Staff, and Helpers/Floaters will be required to wear PPE when not social distancing in an SCDS Camp setting or traveling between groups.


Ecology 2020 -- Opening July TBD

As per Governor Kemp’s most recent executive order, Ecology 2020 will adhere to all 32 guidelines using the methodology listed above. In addition, specific to Ecology 2020, we will:
  • Limit our group to 20 people, consisting 16 campers and four staff members including Dr. Sharon and Mr. Bill Eswine;
  • Eliminate all bus transportation and requiring parents/guardians to drop-off and pick-up campers;
  • Require parents/guardians to remain in vehicles at drop-off and pick-up;
  • Screen campers at drop-off following the methods outlined above and prevent anyone from entering with a temperature greater than 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss or taste or smell;
  • Provide hand sanitizer to campers as soon as practicable upon drop-off and for regular use throughout the day when in locations where handwashing with soap and water is not available.
  • Neither staff nor children will be required to wear face coverings, given the small group size and lack of interaction with other groups.
On behalf of the SCDS Summer Camp Directors and in coordination with the Reopening Task Force team at SCDS, here is our updated summer 2020 plan to share with you.  SCDS has made the decision to proceed with having summer camps, albeit many have been modified or replaced to accommodate essential health and safety measures to minimize risk during the pandemic. SCDS believes there is a compelling need to offer support to families who need high-quality engagement and supervision for their children. More than ever, in-person summer camp will play an important positive role in the mental health and wellbeing of children and families.