Summer 2021 COVID-19 Policies
Please note: This plan is a working document and is written based on current information and testing protocols related to COVID-19. It is highly likely our policies and procedures will change as we lead up to the summer.
UPDATED: February 19, 2021.
The information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and evolving. This document organizes COVID-19 best practices for summer camps published by the CDC and American Camp Association, as well as countless discussions with medical personnel. The current guidelines outlined below intend to provide camp families and staff with information about how Perlman Camp is adapting policies and procedures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in camp.
Parents will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver for all campers. Perlman will provide a medical clearance form for any camper with pre-existing health conditions. Be assured that the health and well-being of our campers, staff, local community, and the communities of our campers are our highest priority.
In order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 being brought into camp, we ask all campers and staff to take additional safety measures in the 10 days prior to their arrival. We may change these procedures at any time as we continue to review the latest data and guidance from public health officials.
During the 10-day period prior to their arrival to Perlman, camp parents will need to document daily health screenings at home. We will forward a Self-Screening Protocol that will ask parents to track and log symptoms at home. All campers’ Self-Screening Protocols must be uploaded for review by a camp medical professional in order to be admitted to camp.
Campers will be required to provide evidence of a negative molecular PCR COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to their departure. Only campers who test negative will be permitted to enter camp.
Travel to Camp
As we get closer to camp, we will inform families of our pick-up and drop-off procedures. We likely will stagger arrivals throughout the first day of camp, and at this time, we encourage parents to plan to drive their children directly to camp if at all possible. We do not yet know if or where buses to camp will be available. Please stay tuned and we expect to have more information to share about camp arrivals in mid-April.
In order to create as safe an environment as possible and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in camp, we will be making adjustments to camp procedures and policies in a variety of areas.
Our current plan will require every camper to provide evidence of a negative molecular PCR test within 72 hours of arrival at camp. We are working with testing partners to make this process as easy as possible, and will share these details as the start of camp approaches.
We additionally plan to test all campers on the first day of camp, and on an ongoing basis (exact details TBD) during the session.
For this summer, we will be adopting a 2/3 Rule (Outside, Masked, and Distanced), for any time campers are interacting with people outside their bunk. For any cross-pod interactions, campers and staff will need to observe at least two of the three strategies: wear a mask, be outdoors, and be physically distanced (at least 6 feet apart). Layering protection is key to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
The American Camp Association (ACA) has provided all camps with a field guide that is designed to provide practical guides and tool kits to implement recommendations provided by the CDC to reduce potential exposures and spread of COVID-19. The image below illustrates 9 multilayered non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) and strategies we plan to implement this summer.
Meals will take place spread across three locations this summer (our two Dining Halls and an outdoor tent). All campers will eat at their table with their bunk and within their pod groups. Meals will be served cafeteria-style by our kitchen staff team.
The kitchen and dining hall will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal.
We will begin our session with a two week bunk-based quarantine. Each camper will travel with their bunk (in a “pod”) together to activities and meals. There will be no hobbies for the first two weeks of the session. Camp will operate on an all bunk-activity schedule, and campers will participate in a wide range of rotating activities. Multiple groups in a pod may be assigned to areas together, where they will remain socially distanced to the extent possible.
If there are no cases of Covid-19 after the 14 days we hope to resume a more typical camp calendar and daily schedule.
When possible (and weather permitting), camp activities will be held outdoors.
There will be no out-of-camp trips to public venues this summer. We hope to send groups out on camping trips at locations where our group can be isolated from the public.
Unfortunately, in order to ensure we keep the camp quarantine “bubble” intact, visitors will not be permitted this summer. We are working on plans for a Virtual Visiting Day for our Full-Summer campers. More information will be shared in the coming months.
Perlman will increase its cleaning, handwashing, and sanitization procedures this summer. Sanitization protocols will be in accordance with CDC guidelines. Sanitization enhancements will include a daily electrostatic spray to be used in high touch areas, additional hand sanitizer stations, new handwashing stations across camp, and additional cleaning and sanitizing of all public bathrooms, shared spaces, and highly touched services.
There will be a separate quarantine area for campers or staff exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID while at camp. Should any members of our camp community exhibit COVID symptoms or if COVID cases are confirmed cases through testing, one or more dedicated nurses will tend exclusively to the quarantined area.
Should a camper or staff member begin to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, they will be immediately isolated, quarantined, and tested for COVID-19 in the health center.
If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, we will notify all campers’ families by email while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with current privacy laws. We are unable to share names or identify information regarding medical information for any camper or staff member. If your camper is in direct contact with a confirmed case, we will communicate with you specifically regarding the status of your child’s health and wellness. We are required to notify state and local health officials of any confirmed positive test.
Conclusion & Community Updates
It is important to note that this document reflects the current conditions if camp were to start today. We will continue to update these policies and provide greater detail when necessary as we get closer to the summer.