We understand you may be nervous for your child to attend camp this summer. Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, enriching summer camp experience while also giving you the peace of mind that our everyday practices have been adapted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Should you have any questions about our COVID-19 procedures, please contact:
Metairie | Wendy Goldberg, Associate Director
Uptown | Rachel Zoller, Assistant Executive Director
Through our partnership with Children’s Hospital New Orleans, we are receiving consultative guidance from a team of COVID-19 Medical Experts, involving pediatric infectious disease specialists and physicians dedicated to school wellness initiatives just for kids. JCC and Children’s Hospital New Orleans will be working together to keep your children as safe as possible by staying informed on the latest COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, medical protocols, and best practices for implementation. Through this partnership, our staff will also have access to consistent guidance training opportunities, a nursing hotline, and supportive resources to offer parents. We are optimistic in our ability to successfully navigate this unprecedented time with a partner that solely focuses on keeping kids and those who care for them as safe as possible.
We encourage parents to visit Thrive Kids to explore informational resources on COVID-19 that have been developed just to support parents.
Administrative Policies and Required Paperwork
All forms and final payments must be submitted through CampInTouch are by Friday May 7, 2021.
The current CDC guidelines recommend that campers with health conditions check with the child’s physician to ensure that participation in summer camp is appropriate and safe. Physician's Examination Form must be completed and signed by a physician and uploaded to CampInTouch. 2020-2021 JCC Nursery School students do not have to submit an additional form.
If the JCC has to close a camp group for more than one day due to COVID-19 exposure, we will offer prorated refunds.
All camp health forms and payments must be submitted through CampInTouch by Friday, May 7. The current CDC guidelines recommend that campers with health conditions check with the child’s physician to ensure that participation in summer camp is appropriate and safe.
All camp parents must sign a prescribed waiver from our insurance company that has been adopted by the JCC leadership to ensure that every participant in our programs understands the protocols, procedures and risks of participation. Each camper will need one waiver signed prior to their first day of camp. The waivers are located in your CampinTouch forms.
Based on current information, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To protect those at higher risk, it’s important that everyone practices healthy hygiene behaviors. Parents with children with underlying health conditions are also encouraged to talk to their children’s health care providers to assess their risk and to determine if they should stay home. Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but the information that is available suggests that many children have mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of children have been reported to have more severe illness.
Students are to stay home if they are sick. Upon entry each morning, every student will have their temperature taken. Students who have a fever of 100.4 °F or above or other signs of illness may not be admitted to camp.
Upon entry each morning, parents must confirm that their child has not been on fever reducing medication in the last 24 hours and does not have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Parents will also be asked if their child has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
JCC staff will visually inspect the child for signs of illness which include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing, fatigue, rash (other than diaper rash,) or extreme/unusual fussiness.
As the CDC recommends, we request all people two years of age and older bring and wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. Masks may be taken off during outside playtime and when physical distancing is possible. Masks will not be worn by the pool. Face shields may be worn in addition to and not as a substitute for face masks.
Children will be encouraged to wear masks with gentle reminders and guidance from their counselors. We understand this may be especially challenging for two year olds, and we will continue to assess the feasibility of mask use for this age group. Though it may be awkward at first, we believe our young students are resilient and will quickly adjust to this new normal.
Due to the young age of our K’ton ton campers, they will not be required to wear a mask.
The best prevention for contracting COVID-19 from a hard surface is hand washing. Campers will wash their hands many, many times each day. Hand sanitizer will only be used in instances where your child touches something and is unable to wash their hands in a short period of time. Your child’s counselors will have hand sanitizer in their rooms. If you would like for your child to have their own individual bottle, you can send it with them. However, our focus will be on frequent hand washing.
JCC programs have always been built around developmentally appropriate practice. Social distancing is not a developmentally appropriate expectation for any child under the age of 12, and especially the younger children.
Our programs will not encourage activities that place campers in less than 6 feet of one another for prolonged periods, or that occur in confined indoor spaces for prolonged periods to minimize known sources of transmission.
Camp group size will be restricted. These static groups will remain with the same kids and counselors each day; however, a pool of responsible substitute counselors will be called upon to fill in when necessary.
Schedules will be modified to create traffic flow that minimizes contact between pods.
Naptime mats will be spaced out and organized head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
Field trips, outside vendors, special performances will not take place this summer.
Playground times for groups of children will be staggered. Each pod will be given a bag of playground toys to use. These bags will be labeled with each pod’s name.
Items will be disinfected regularly.
Our health and safety enhancements include individual water jugs in each room and water stations set up in designated areas in and outside the building. Every camper will be required to bring their own reusable water bottle.
Please put sunscreen on your child before coming to camp. Children who are able will be asked to reapply their own sunscreen this summer. Your child’s counselors will coach them on this process, visually observe them applying sunscreen and help them to build this important life skill.
Ensuring our camp staff remains healthy is an important part of our commitment to keeping your children safe.
All JCC staff will attend training sessions with general health and safety guidelines as well as protocols specific to COVID-19. It will include the CDC guidelines for camp as well as the Supportive Guidance for Summer from the Louisiana Departments of Health and Education.
Upon entry each morning, every staff member will have their temperature taken and complete a wellness check. Camp staff have received an extensive explanation of the wellness check and expectations for workplace hygiene etiquette, social distancing, and face mask use. Campers and staff are to stay home if they are sick.
All JCC staff will be required to wear masks when they are unable to ensure that they can keep six feet of social distance from any camper or other member of the staff. There will be moments, including when outdoors and appropriately distanced, when removal of a mask is necessary, or safe to do so.
The Camp and Aquatic Staff are hard at work determining how to best meet your children’s needs for both free swim, a vital part of every child’s summer; and swimming proficiency, in order to ensure their health and water safety. The CDC recommends that camp groups remain small with dedicated staff, and that they do not mix with other groups. Swim instructors must come in close contact with many groups of children, compromising our efforts to minimize exposure between groups. We will continue to assess the feasibility of providing group instruction swim this summer.
Bathrooms and changing rooms will be restricted to use by one camper group whenever possible, and will ensure that the maximum group size does not exceed the Louisiana State order’s current phase. They will be disinfected between each use.
Specialists will provide activities and materials for each pod. They will ensure social distancing measures remain in place when meeting with the different groups. Sports activities will look very different this summer. We will focus on activities that enable social distancing such as invented games, relays, pool noodle tag. Equipment used by one group will be cleaned and disinfected before being used by another group. Contact sports will not be played.
There will be no field trips or performances from outside entertainers this summer as recommended by the CDC.
Snacks will be distributed in the classroom by staff wearing gloves and masks. All camp groups will eat lunch in their camp rooms. Catered lunches will be delivered to the camper in a closed container by staff wearing gloves and masks.
Only one camp group will be scheduled at a playground section at one time. Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas will occur regularly.
Visitation is limited to individuals who must enter in order to conduct visits in accordance with Louisiana law or policy. Additionally, individuals providing early intervention services, special education services, or mental health consultation are considered essential and will be permitted to meet with students, Tutoring and therapy appointments must be pre-approved and scheduled by camp directors.
We are unable to guarantee that your child will not be exposed to COVID-19 or other illnesses. We are following the recommendations of the CDC, Louisiana Department of Health and local leaders to create protocols and procedures to minimize risk. Policies and protocols are subject to change as new information becomes available.
Campers and staff will be monitored throughout their time at the JCC. Symptoms of any illness will be taken seriously and actions to prevent the spread will be immediate. During this pandemic, it is more important than ever to keep your children home when they are exhibiting signs of illness. When in doubt, please keep your children home.
If your child is absent, please notify us by calling the JCC:
Uptown (504) 897-0143
Metairie (504) 887-5158
If symptoms of any illness are observed while a child is at camp, the Camp Director will be notified by the child’s counselor. The Director will assess whether the child may stay at camp or needs to be sent home. Parents are required to pick their child up as soon as possible after being notified. While awaiting the parent’s arrival, the student will be cared for in either in the classroom or isolation room, depending on the symptoms. Review procedures for returning to school below.
If a camper or staff member is diagnosed with a positive COVID-19 test, JCC leadership will contact the Louisiana Department of Health and follow the guidance from them and the CDC that includes protocols for closing, investigating, cleaning and reopening. We will notify the school community of COVID-19 exposure while honoring confidentiality.
Anyone who has close contact with or lives in a household with someone with COVID-19 should stay home and contact Rachel Zoller (Uptown) or Wendy Goldberg (Metairie) for further instruction.
In the event of a positive case, please expect short term closures for cleaning and contact tracing in the event of a single positive case. Substantial spread in our camp may lead to longer closures.
If person has negative COVID-19 test result, requirements for return are:
If person has positive COVID-19 test result, requirements for return are:
If person comes in close contact with positive COVID-19 case that is not within household or is within household but you are able to isolate from positive case, requirements for return are:
If person comes in close contact with positive COVID-19 case within household and you are not able to isolate, requirements for return are:
*A close contact is any individual who has been within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes during their infectious period, which includes the two days before the day the person became sick (or the two days before specimen collection if asymptomatic) until the person was isolated. Close contact is also if you had direct contact with the COVID-19 case (touched, hugged, or kissed them), you shared eating or drinking utensils, or they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
**In order to safely shorten quarantine, ALL non-pharmaceutical interventions including mask-wearing and social distancing need to be maintained until the full 14 day quarantine period has been completed. Unfortunately, this is operationally impossible in our environment. Therefore, we will utilize the 14 day quarantine period.
Expectations for Communication
Together, we must cultivate a community of trust. While at the JCC, we will follow safety measures to minimize the risk of transmission. Despite our best practices and protocols, it is likely that a positive case will be reported during the camp season. Our safety measures are designed to minimize the risk of transmission.
We ask that each individual and every family unit make responsible choices outside of the facility and practice preventive behaviors to protect our community to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The JCC will follow the CDC’s recommendation that families will be notified upon confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case.
Who will be notified of a confirmed positive case in the camp and how?
All close contacts will receive a phone call from the JCC COVID-19 Designee with instructions for self-quarantine. An email with instructions will be sent following the phone call. All impacted camp groups will be notified.
Who is a close contact?
A close contact is any individual who has been within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes during their infectious period, which includes the two days before the day the person became sick (or the two days before specimen collection if asymptomatic) until the person was isolated. Close contact is also if you had direct contact with the COVID-19 case (touched, hugged, or kissed them), you shared eating or drinking utensils, or they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you. While face coverings should be worn as they prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the use of face coverings is not a factor in determining close contacts.
If the parent of a classmate (camper X) in my child’s class tests positive for COVID-19, will I be notified?
While second degree contacts (contacts of contacts) do not need to be quarantined, the JCC will notify the class of indirect exposure. Student X will self-quarantine and the class will remain open until Student X receives a positive COVID-19 test result.
Rachel and Jacob are siblings who attend JCC Summer Camp. Rachel tests positive for COVID-19. Will Jacob’s class continue to meet?
While second degree contacts (contacts of contacts) do not need to be quarantined, the JCC will notify Jacob’s class of indirect exposure. Jacob will self-quarantine and the class will remain open until Jacob receives a positive COVID-19 test result.
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