Keeping Campers Safe This Summer

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.

Policies and protocols are subject to change.

Important Contacts

The New Orleans JCC formed a COVID-19 committee for each location with representatives from camp, maintenance, marketing, human resources, and executive leadership. These groups will meet regularly to ensure your campers have a safe summer experience.

Should you have any questions about our COVID-19 procedures, please contact:

Gary Brandt, Uptown
gary@nojcc.org

Jessica Sintes, Metairie
jessica@nojcc.org

Administrative Policies and Required Paperwork

Camp Payments

All camp health forms and payments must be submitted through CampInTouch by Monday, June 1. 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. 

Camp Refunds

If the JCC has to close a camp group for more than one day, we will offer prorated refunds

Cancelation Policy

Once camp has begun, dropped weeks after June 1 will be subject to a $75 per week cancellation fee.

Changes

To make adjustments to or cancel your camp enrollment without penalty, please email uptowncamp@nojcc.org or metairiecamp@nojcc.org by June 1. You can check the status of your camper’s weeks by logging into your CampInTouch account and clicking on the Camper Information tab. After June 1, changes may be subject to a $50 fee and summer cancellations will forfeit the $100 deposit. Requests to change or drop weeks must be made to uptowncamp@nojcc.org or metairiecamp@nojcc.org by June 11 for weeks 2-4 and July 2 for weeks 5-8. Once camp has begun, additional weeks may be added if space is available. Dropped weeks will be subject to a $75 per week cancellation fee. 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Please email uptowncamp@nojcc.org or metairiecamp@nojcc.org with any further inquiries or clarifications.


Camper Health Form and Immunization Record

All camp health forms and payments must be submitted through CampInTouch by Monday, June 1. 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. 

Waiver

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. 

COVID-19 Waiver Form

Camper Safety Measures

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. 

Wellness Check for Campers 

Upon entry each morning, every camper will have their temperature taken. Campers who have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above or other signs of illness may not be admitted to camp.

Parents must confirm that the child has not been on fever reducing medication in the last 24 hours and does not have shortness of breath, sore throat, abdominal pain, new loss of taste or smell, rash (other than diaper rash) or a cough.  Parents will also be asked if their child has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Camp staff will make a visual inspection of 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. 

A temperature check will be performed on campers again before lunch each day.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Masks

Due to the nature of working with young children, we understand that wearing masks will be challenging and we may have to reevaluate the effectiveness.

Chaverim campers and Upper Camp (Maccabee, Sabra, Zion, Zebra) are required to bring  a mask each day.  They must wear a mask upon arrival each day and until their wellness check and protocol is passed. They will also wear it from time to time when we are unable to physically distance. Their masks will not be worn by the pool.

Due to the young age of our K’ton ton campers, they will not be required to wear a mask. 

Handwashing

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.

Social Distancing Strategies

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. 

  • Camp staff will remind campers frequently to be physically distant, but we know that it will not always occur. At times when there is a greater likelihood that they will be passing other groups( i.e. while moving around the campus or when changing in a bathroom), we will make every effort to have them wear masks. 

  • 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 to a maximum of ten campers with two or three counselors.  These groups or “pods” will remain with the same groups of kids and counselors each day.

  • Schedules will be modified to create traffic flow that minimizes contact between pods.

  • Ensure that children’s naptime mats are spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart. Place children head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.

  • Field trips, outside vendors, special performances have been canceled. This includes non-JCC tutoring and therapy appointments.

  • 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 daily after use. 

Hydration

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. 

Sunscreen

It is extremely important that you 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. 

Staff Safety Measures

Ensuring our camp staff remains healthy is an important part of our commitment to keeping your children safe.

Staff Training

All JCC staff will be required to attend training sessions specific to COVID-19, our health and safety protocols related to COVID-19, and how to ensure for greater health and safety during staff orientation. It will include the CDC guidelines for camp as well as the Supportive Guidance for Summer from the Louisiana Departments of Health and Education. 

At-risk staff

Based on current information, older adults and 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. 

Wellness Check for Staff

Upon entry each morning, every staff member will have their temperature taken and complete the health screening form. Camp staff have received an extensive explanation on the screening process and expectations for workplace hygiene etiquette and face mask use. Campers and staff are to stay home if they are sick, practice proper hygiene, social distancing, wear PPE.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Masks

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.

Altered Activities

Swim Lessons

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. Therefore, we are unable to offer instructional swim with Water Safety Instructors 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 & Sports

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.

Field Trips and Outside Performances 

There will be no field trips or performances from outside entertainers this summer as recommended by the CDC. 

Snacks and Lunch

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.

Playground Use

Only one camp group will be scheduled at a playground section at one time.  Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas will occur in between groups. 

COVID-19 Exposure Plan

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.


monitoring symptoms

procedure for Non Covid-19 Symptoms

If symptoms of any illness are observed while a child at camp, parents will be required to pick their child up as soon as possible after being notified.

The camper may return to camp after being fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. A physician must diagnose the child's illness and clear any concern of COVID-19.

procedure for COVID-19 symptoms 

If a camper or staff member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, the New Orleans JCC will do the following:

If a camper is not already wearing a mask, a mask will be put on the child immediately. A staff member will be sent home immediately, and a camper will be cared for in an isolation room by a counselor in the classroom until a parent/guardian comes to pick them up.

The camper/staff member must be tested for COVID-19 and may only return to camp after:

  • 3 days with no fever and no symptoms AND
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
  • A negative COVID-19 test AND
  • A doctor’s note indicating it is safe to return
  • Household must be free of COVID-19 before returning to camp

managing exposure

positive COVID-19 diagnosis 

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 camp community of COVID-19 exposure while honoring confidentiality. 

The JCC will communicate with camp families quickly and transparently: 

  • All those who have been exposed (within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) must quarantine for 14 days.
  • All campers/staff in that group and siblings of the positive test must quarantine for 14 days; the sibling’s camp group will not be asked to quarantine unless the sibling also has a positive test.

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.

outside exposure to covid-19

Anyone who has close contact with or lives in a household with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure. Household must be free of COVID-19 before returning to camp.

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