2021 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Updated as of July 2nd, 2021

While many remarkable strides have been made in the past year since we were all introduced to COVID-19,  our plans for operation this summer include taking steps to protect all those in our community that are not yet eligible for vaccination or are unvaccinated. The families who join us for Summer 2021 are those who feel strongly that the benefits of their children being outdoors in a camp situation outweigh the potential health risks associated with COVID-19.

We continue to review the camp guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control,  the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and have conferred with the Sharon Health Department.  In addition, we are closely connected to the American Camp Association's national task force responsible for guidelines for safe summer camp operation.  In concert with these guidelines, and with our experience in 2020 we are confident there is a way forward to create a fun and responsible summer camp environment for everyone involved.

Will all of our efforts eliminate all health risk? No.  That being said, with a well-planned and organized set of mitigation strategies, staff training and awareness, close collaboration with our Sharon Health Department, and partnership with our camp families, we can lower the risk of spread of COVID-19.   

  • DAILY SCREENING

    All parents or guardians, and all staff must complete a health attestation for each child every day prior to arriving at camp.  The Health Attestation form asks the parent/guardian to confirm that the child has not exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 nor been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual.

  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING

    Campers and counselors will be organized into “group cohorts” that will remain together all day, every day.  Groups will not come within 6 feet of contact with each other, except in uncommon situations when social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., rainy days, or some emergency situations). For these situations when safety is paramount, campers and counselors will carry masks with them at all times and they will be instructed to wear them when within less than six feet of campers or staff from other cohorts.

  • MASK USE

    When engaged in outdoor camp activities with members of their cohort, Campers and staff will NOT have to wear masks. Campers and staff will NOT wear masks while eating (will be 6 feet apart), swimming, or doing any watercraft activities (kayaking, canoeing, etc.)

    Campers and Staff MUST wear masks in the following situations. regardless of vaccination status: 

    • During any indoor activity
    • on any camp bus
    • during arrival and departure from camp
    • during transitions through camp where there may be close proximity to others
    • any time they are not able to maintain at least 3 feet of distance to members of their cohort. 

    Families will need to supply at least 2 clean cloth masks or face coverings for their child to allow for replacing the covering as needed.  Masks should be cleaned daily, CLEARLY LABELED, and masks should be clearly marked to distinguish which side of the covering should be worn facing outwards.  

     

  • HAND HYGIENE

     

    Campers and Staff will be instructed in proper hand washing techniques and will be required to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.  Everwood will also be using liquid hand sanitizer during times that hand washing isn’t available or easily accessible.  More specifically, hand-washing/sanitizing will occur:

    • Upon entry into and exit from program space
    • Before and after eating
    • After sneezing, coughing or nose blowing
    • After using the restroom
    • Before handling any food
    • After using any shared equipment
    • After contact with facemask

    We will also be encouraging and teaching other healthy habits including covering coughs and sneezes, not sharing drinks or food, and proper use of hand sanitizer. 

    If handwashing is not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethanol or at least 70 percent isopropanol may be utilized as appropriate to the ages of children and only with written parent permission to use.

  • RESPONDONG TO ILLNESS

    The following new symptoms, if observed in a child or staff member are cause for immediate isolation and exclusion from Camp

    •  Fever (100.0° and higher), feverish, had chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Gastrointestinal distress (Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
    • New loss of taste or smell g. New muscle aches
    • Fatigue 
    • Headache
    • Runny nose or congestion (not due to other known causes, such as allergies
    • Any other signs of illness

    If an individual is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual, they must quarantine until they are released by a public health authority (either the Local Board of Health or the Community Tracing Collaborative). In general, a close contact will need to quarantine for: 

    • 7 days if the individual gets a negative test result on or after day 5, experiences NO symptoms, and continues to monitor for symptoms through day 14.
    • 10 days if the individual experiences NO symptoms and continues to monitor for symptoms through day 14.
    • 14 days if the individual experiences ANY symptoms during the 14 days.

     

     

    If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they may return to care or work when they have been released from isolation by a public health authority (either the Local Board of Health or the Community Tracing Collaborative). Return will typically be 10 days after symptom onset if the symptoms are improving AND the individual has been fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours, or 10 days from test date if the individual is asymptomatic. 

    If an individual is symptomatic, they should be tested for COVID-19 using a PCR test. If a symptomatic individual does not get tested, they may return after 10 days in self-isolation AND their symptoms are improving AND they have been fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours. If a symptomatic individual tests negative for COVID-19, they may return to care or work when symptoms begin to improve AND they have been fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.

     

  • CLEANING, DISINFECTING, SANITIZING

    Bathrooms and common high-touch areas/surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals throughout the camp day, and all buildings will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.  Specialists will disinfect all shared equipment between each group that visits their activity, and group counselors will disinfect all equipment assigned to their group after each use. 

    For 2021, Campers must come to camp with their own dedicated personal floatation device/life jacket that is provided by families.  Life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard Approved – USCG Approved Type III Device appropriate for your child’s weight and clearly labeled with your child’s name.

  • TRANSPORTATION

    • Hand washing (hand sanitizer where appropriate) must be required upon arrival to the program after exiting the bus, van, or vehicle and prior to departure before boarding the bus, van, or vehicle.
    • Drivers and bus counselors will have adequate supplies of tissues, hand sanitizers, face masks, and garbage bags inside the vehicle.
    • Transportation personnel must verify that each child has a signed daily health attestation form before the child boards group transportation each day.
    • Children will not be allowed to board transportation without a completed health screen OR if they have any of the symptoms included in the health screen.
    • Bus Counselors will perform a visual wellness check and symptom screen on all children arriving to the camp via group transportation and view all health attestations.
    • Drivers and bus counselors must wear face masks at all times. 
    • All campers must wear face masks at all times.
    • Windows will be kept open, where safe to do so.

     

  • VACCINATION

    Vaccination for eligible individuals 12 and up are strongly encouraged, and we anticipate that a large number of our staff and eligible campers will be vaccinated this summer.  That said, there may be some unvaccinated staff members and a large portion of our camper population (those under 12) who are not yet vaccinated.  As such, we are continuing to mandate the protocols above.