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Preschool Day Camp 2020 FAQ
JCC Brooklyn Preschool Summer Camps are OPEN! JCC Brooklyn developed a preschool camp plan in strict accordance with NYC Health Department and Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to maximize safety for all campers, families, and staff in light of COVID-19. To aid you in your decision-making process and help answer your questions, please check out this video with Dr. Emily Byne, JCC Brooklyn parent and Child Development Specialist
JCC Brooklyn preschool camps will be opening with some modifications in place.
Does JCC Brooklyn have the permit to operate camp during Summer 2020?
How is the JCC going to keep kids and staff members safe?
We’re working with local and state health officials and following NYC Department of Health and CDC guidelines to ensure the safest possible environment for our campers and our staff.
What will the teacher- student ratio be and does this mean my child will only be within the range of the same number of campers throughout the day?
15 campers MAXIMUM per group is the CDC’s suggested guideline. Camps have been advised to keep these same groups together with minimal interaction with children from other groups (i.e. pool, sharing a large shared space) to help contain any potential spread of the virus.
Can you please go into details about your plans for personal protection for campers & staff, sanitization procedures, and medical protocols?
Guidelines are constantly being updated and we will keep families up to date with changes. As of today, this is how we see procedures running:
· We are looking to see if medical forms will need to be updated.
· Temperature screens will be required DAILY before entering the facility. Select staff members trained in conducting screenings in the proper manner will be assigned this post on a daily basis.
· All staff will be required to wear protective face coverings while on shift.
· Campers will be permitted only from local jurisdiction areas (NYC).
· Sanitizing and hand-washing stations will be located in all classrooms, field spaces, and active usable camp space. Bathrooms will be deep cleaned frequently with personal attendants on duty to provide cleanliness checks.
My child has a pre-existing medical condition. Does this mean that he/she cannot attend camp?
This is a question that is very difficult to answer. The CDC has noted that children with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, and breathing issues face a much greater risk of complications from COVID-19. While the decision of whether to send your child to camp is, of course, a personal one, we must note the severity and the risk associated with a summer camp for everyone.
What would drop off look like and what modifications will be made?
Parents or caregivers will wait outside in a socially distanced manner. Children will be dropped off at the front door. Parents and caregivers will not be allowed to enter the building; only staff members, cleaning staff and other central staff will be permitted to enter. Staff members will be taking each child’s temperatures using a non-touch thermometer and parents will be asked to complete a daily health questionnaire about health and well-being at home. Staff members will also undergo daily temperature checks and health checks.
Upon arrival, staff and children will change their shoes in the lobby and children will be taken to the bathroom to wash their hands before they go into the classrooms. Staff members will wear face masks and gloves when assisting children.
Are children required to wear face masks?
Campers will not be required to wear face masks.
What happens if a child puts a toy they are playing within their mouth?
We will be getting rid of cloth toys that are harder to clean and will instead put out more toys that are easy to sanitize throughout the day.
What will snack/lunch and nap time look like?
Children will still be bringing their lunch and having their snack. They will be taken to wash their hands with soap and water before and after snack time, and before and after nap time. One thing that will probably look different is that instead of having snack as one large group, it will be done in smaller groups and the children will be socially distanced around the classroom. At nap time, we’ll be making sure that there’s enough space between the cots. Linens will be sent home regularly for cleaning.
How do you think the kids are going to react to all these changes once they’re back?
Children are generally way more resilient than adults are. They also thrive on structure and routines. Camp will allow them to enjoy different routines than at home, so it will be a welcome change for all.
What would happen for anyone who’s made a payment in advance and can no longer attend camp?
Payment will be refunded, or you may put your payment toward next summer’s camp, or preschool or enrichment classes.