SUMMER CAMP ACADEMY 2021 PARENT GUIDE


  • DATES

    1   l   JUNE 7 - JUNE 11

    2   l   JUNE 14 - JUNE 18

    3   l   JUNE 21 - JUNE 25

    4   l   JUNE 28 - JULY 2

    5   l   JULY 5 - JULY 9

    6   l   JULY 12 - JULY 16

    7   l   JULY 19 - JULY 23

    8   l   JULY 26 - JULY 30

    9   l   AUGUST 2 - AUGUST 6

    10  l  AUGUST 9 - AUGUST 13 

  • WEEKLY THEMES

    1   l   EXPLORATION

    2   l   S.T.E.A.M. 

    3   l   ARTS & CULTURE

    4   l   OUTER SPACE

    5   l   UNITY & KINDNESS

    6   l   PIONEER LIFE

    7   l   SWEET HOME CHICAGO

    8   l   GOLDEN GAMES

    9   l   NATURE

    10 l   COMMUNITY

     

     

  • BASIC WEEK PLAN

    M   l   GET TO KNOW YOU

    T    l   SPIRIT DAY

    W   l   WATER PLAY

    TH  l   CAMPER'S CHOICE

    F    l    ALL CAMP EVENT

     


  • PARENT INFORMATION ON POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS

     

    EXPECTATIONS

    There is a general expectation that students participating in Expanded Learning programs follow all of the same rules of conduct as written in the East Maine School District Student Handbook. In addition, students will also be expected to follow all safety protocols implemented this year in our programs. 

    If a student is unable to meet the expectations, they may not be able to remain in the program. Determination on whether or not a child is able to remain in the program is under the discretion of the Director.

    MEAL TIMES

    Campers can bring their own breakfast (before 9 a.m.), lunches, and snacks to the Family Resource Center or take lunch or breakfast from our cafeteria. All lunches & breakfasts are free to all campers.

    As often as possible, meals will be eaten outdoors. When indoors, campers will be seated at least 6 ft. apart before beginning their meals. Surfaces will be disinfected before and after campers eat. Campers will take their masks down while eating/drinking. 

     Snacks will be provided for campers staying in aftercare. 

     

    SUPPLIES TO SEND TO CAMP EACH DAY

    campers should plan to bring a backpack with a reusable water bottle, extra mask, lunch (optional), towel, change of clothes, swimsuit to camp each day. Towel and swimsuit may only be needed on water play days unless otherwise requested by the group leader.

     

    DROP OFF 

    In the morning, parents/guardians should line up in the car lane and wait for a staff member to greet them. We ask that both students and parents/guardians have their masks on when they drop off their camper. A staff member will greet them and ask the parent/guardian if the camper(s) has been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days along with a couple of other screener questions. The staff will instruct the child to walk up to the thermometer on the wall for a temperature reading. If their temperature is below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the student will be welcomed to enter the building and proceed to their designated space.

    The camper will walk to their space, wash their hands, and get ready for their day.

    If a camper is dropped off prior to 8:45 a.m. and they are not registered for before care, they will automatically be enrolled in before care for that morning and fees will apply.

    PICK UP

    Parents/guardians will line up in their cars and their children will be called for one by one by the staff members waiting outside. Staff will verify the identification of adult(s) picking up the camper(s) by checking their ID against our records. Campers will be electronically checked out of the program by the staff member. 

    Pick Up for aftercare: When parents/guardians arrive to pick up their camper(s) from aftercare and there is no staff present, we ask that they call 847.827.4137 and we will bring the camper out to them.

    Whenever picking up a student, we ask that parents stay in their vehicles and wear their masks. 

    If a camper is not picked up by 4 p.m. they will automatically be enrolled in the aftercare program for the day and fees will apply. 

    SAFETY PROTOCOLS & PROCEDURES IN PLACE

    Physical Distancing 

    • Physical distancing will be maintained at the maximum distances allowable by space. In spaces, campers will be seated 6ft apart. Each camper will have their own space and their own supplies. These spaces will allow students flexible seating throughout their time in the space, while still maintaining their distance.

    New Ways to Socialize

    • Campers will be encouraged to use sign language to show their excitement, air-five their friends, and wave hello. Activities led by our staff will be adapted to adopt physical distancing requirements while encouraging fun, physical activity, and social interactions.

    Handwashing

    • All campers, staff, and visitors will be required to wash hands (or sanitize in the case that soap and water are not available) upon arrival to the building. Campers and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently throughout the day and to wash hands before and after eating, after coming back from outdoor activities, when switching activities, after using the bathroom, and whenever re-entering the classroom.

    Cleaning & Disinfecting

    • The custodial staff at the FRC will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. Doorknobs, switches, water bottle filling stations, push bars/plates on doors, and other frequently touched surfaces in common areas and bathrooms will be disinfected throughout the day. Each evening, the building will be cleaned and disinfected. 

    Mask Wearing

    • All staff, campers, and visitors are required to wear masks while in our building and participating in our programming. The only times when masks can be down is when a distance of 6ft or more can be maintained outdoors, or while actively eating/drinking.

    Small Groups

    • Campers will be grouped in groups of no more than 20. Each group will have one to two staff members assigned to supervise their group. Each group will have an assigned space and there will be minimal mixing of groups/staff as much as possible.
    • Limited capacity to 120 total campers/week.

    Health Screens

    • All staff, campers, and visitors must complete a daily health screen including a temperature check prior to entering the building.
    • If your camper presents with symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID within 48 hours of attending camp, we ask that parents/guardians inform us.

    Consistency

    • As much as possible, staff and campers will be in consistent groups. 
    • Campers must be signed up for the week. Any additional flexibility on the selection of days will not be permitted this summer.

    Field Trips & Programs

    • Field trips will be suspended this summer. 
    • Programs will be adjusted to incorporate any safety procedures recommended by governing agencies. 

    WHAT IF A CAMPER GETS SICK DURING THE PROGRAM?

    If a camper presents with symptoms during the program, they will be evaluated by our Nurse. If required, the camper must be picked up IMMEDIATELY. Please make arrangements ahead of time to ensure you have a system in place should this be necessary.

     

    HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFER?

    We are all in this together and it's our responsibility to do the best we can to keep our community safer. Some ways to help keep our community safer are to: 

    • Limit time spent in public places
    • Avoid crowded places
    • Wear a mask in public places whether indoors or outdoors
    • Limit social gatherings 
    • And monitor your health and the health of your family
    • Get vaccinated if you are able

    If we all work together, we can continue to support each other through this.

     

    WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE GETS SICK?

    If someone presents with new symptoms, they will be isolated, evaluated, asked to go home immediately, and advised to contact a health care provider. Campers will go to a designated safe isolation area until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian. Note: Parents should be prepared to pick up their camper(s) immediately in the instance they develop COVID-19 symptoms while at school. Please be sure to have updated emergency contacts in PowerSchool.

    The area of the school used by the person exhibiting symptoms will remain empty for 24 hours and be cleaned and disinfected.

    Campers and staff who test positively for COVID-19 must isolate for ten calendar days after symptoms begin - and remain isolated until 24 hours after their fever has broken.

    Campers and staff who exhibit symptoms but do not obtain a test or alternative diagnosis will be required to stay home for 14 calendar days after the onset of symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to our program.

    Campers and staff that test negative for COVID-19 and are symptom-free for 24 hours, will be able to return. 

    Following state guidelines, staff members or campers who we believe have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus (within six feet for more than 15 consecutive minutes indoors) will be informed, and must self-quarantine for 14 days. Due to medical privacy laws, the individual will not be identified. Please see our COVID-19 Dashboard for more information about the District & COVID-19 cases.

    The District will notify local health officials of the identity of the person testing positive.

    Campers & staff will not be able to return to the program unless all of the following conditions are met:
    Fever free for 24-hours without any fever-reducing drugs, symptoms have improved, it's been 10 days since the onset of symptoms, and the individual has been cleared by a medical professional to return. Our nurses will work with families and staff to ensure they are cleared to return.