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COVID-19 Summer Program Guidelines Primary Guidance
- Overnight Accommodations: At the time of publication there are no limitations on overnight camps. If this policy is adjusted it will be communicated to those camps that the policy change affects.
- Contact Tracing: Summer program should plan to provide contact tracing for all camp participants in case of a diagnosed case. Quarantine/ Isolation: Summer Program should plan for quarantine/isolation housing or has that clearly identified as the camper/family responsibility. Waiver of liability that includes COVID specific information and elements (like quarantine/isolation housing).
- Symptom Checking: Symptom check confirmation provided by parent/guardian/ participant in writing at on-site check-in or registration is suggested. Daily temperature and symptom observation conducted by trained professional staff (professor/ coach) each day for every participate is suggested.
- Staff Requirements: Staff should be vaccinated or submit to regular testing due to high exposure to campers. It is suggested that you have a designated staff person who is responsible for all COVID related matters. Publicly share information for that person so campers can easily communicate symptoms.
- Professional Support: Required Staff to Student Ratio is 1 to 10. > Attendance Tracking: Summer programs should have a mechanism in place for daily attendance tracking.
- Sanitation: Limited sharing of common objects with preference to disinfect between uses. Regular disinfecting of hard surfaces is suggested. Outdoor Activities: Preference for higher percentage of outdoor activities.
- Social Distancing: Activities include minimum of 3 ft. social distancing when possible.
- Masks: Masks are not required at the time of publication. The above guidelines are currently suggestions for mitigating COVID-19 spread amongst your program participants.
At the time of publishing this Handbook there are no University requirements for COVID-19 procedures. However, it is possible that requirements are reinstated prior to the 2022 Summer Program season. Any changes in University requirements in regards to COVID-19 will be communicated to all registered program directors ASAP.
COVID-19 SAFETY (MORE DETAILS)
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CAMPER HOME?
Our attendees’ safety is paramount. In order to help ensure the well-being of our campers and camp staff, please follow the guidelines below as to when your child should stay home from camp. If any of these conditions are observed on-site, we will kindly request that you pick up your child and remove them from camp immediately. Campers who miss time at camp in order to comply with the following guidelines will be issued a pro-rated credit voucher.
- Fever: Children must be fever-free (as defined by local guidelines) for at least 24 hours, without the aid of fever-reducing medication, before they come to camp. If our staff determines that a child has a fever, we will contact the child’s parent/guardian and ask that they pick the child up from camp. The child will be separated from the other children until the child is picked up by the parent/guardian.
- COVID-19 Symptoms: Participants should stay home for the length of time determined by state/local guidelines if they have, or someone in their household has, any COVID-19 symptoms including:
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
- Eye drainage or infection
- Pending Test Results: If your child or someone in their household is awaiting COVID-19 test results, your child will need to wait to attend camp until negative test results are confirmed.
- Exposure: If your child is not fully vaccinated and has been exposed to anyone in the past 48 hours who was experiencing any of the above symptoms, or who has experienced any of the above symptoms since being in contact with them, tested positive for COVID-19, or presume to be COVID-19 positive based on a health care provider's assessment or symptoms they should also stay home for the amount of time recommended by the state's Health Department and seek medical treatment
- Contagious illness/parasitic infection: If your child has a contagious illness, even without fever, beyond a mild cold (i.e. pink eye, a contagious skin rash), or if your child has head lice/nits, please do not send your child to camp until the illness/parasitic infection has been resolved. If your child shows signs of a contagious illness or head lice/nits, we will ask that the child be picked up from camp. You may send your child to camp with a doctor’s note if their condition has been treated and is no longer contagious.
- Diarrhea/vomiting: If your child has experienced diarrhea or vomiting within 48 hours before camp, please do not send them to camp. If your child gets ill at camp, we will contact the child’s parent/guardian and ask that they pick the child up from camp.
If a camper consistently does not respect and adhere to their camp’s safety protocols and social distancing guidelines, they will be removed from camp with no refunds provided.
WHAT PROCEDURES WILL BE FOLLOWED IF A STAFF OR CAMPER REPORTS A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST OR IS SYMPTOMATIC?
*Scenario procedures may vary depending on local, state, and CDC guidelines.
Baylor will follow COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines as set by the CDC, state, local and facility authorities. While we are taking every possible precaution, we cannot guarantee against exposure during camps. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.
Our COVID-19 precautions are in place to reduce the likelihood of transmission at camp, but we cannot guarantee zero risk. If any cases are discovered during or within 14 days after camp, we will relay that information to camper families, staff, partner organizations, and local health department officials so the appropriate steps can be taken by all impacted parties.
- In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case (of a camper or staff member) during camp, the director will immediately notify local health officials, staff members, camper families, partnering organizations, and USSC Headquarters. Health officials will help determine a course of action for the program. This may include temporarily closing the site where exposure occurred. In the event of a closure, all registered campers will receive a prorated voucher to their account for time missed
- If USSC becomes aware that a staff member or participant has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of completion of a camp, staff members, campers, partnering organizations, and the local health department will be notified.
- If a USSC staff member reports symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), they will be placed on temporary leave until a negative COVID-19 test result is confirmed and at least 48 hours have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms), or until at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If a camper reports symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) during camp, they will be quarantined until their parent/guardian arrives and removed from the camp. All camper families will be notified the same day. The affected child will not be able to return to a USSC program until a negative COVID-19 test result is confirmed and at least 48 hours have passed since their last fever or signs of respiratory symptoms. The child may be allowed back to the program as soon as the next day if a doctor’s note is provided that states the condition was not related to COVID-19.