FLJDC 2021 COVID-19 GENERAL OVERVIEW

SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION


Families who join FLJDC in 2021 are those who feel strongly that the benefits of being outdoors, socializing, skill building and being in a Jewish environment in a camp setting, outweigh the potential risks of Covid or otherwise. And while no environment is completely risk free, we will do everything we can and believe that we can successfully minimize the risk to an acceptable level needed to ensure a fun and safe summer for everyone. We have put as much information in this overview as possible based on guidance and recommendations from the American Camp Association, CDC and DOH of NJ currently available. Please use the keyword search at the top of this page to find a specific topic. In an effort to keep things simple and to the point, we have not included many details most of which are only really happening in the background. If you have a specific question, and you can't find a suitable answer here, please email us at Office@FairLawnCamp.com. This overview is a living document and will be updated as new information becomes available for the summer of 2021. You will notice a date at the bottom of every article stating when it was last updated. This is to help you understand how recent the information you are reading is and when it was last updated. We encourage the camp community to participate in helping to shape our Covid guidelines in an effort to keep things as safe and organized as possible. We would love to hear from you if you feel that you have updated information that can help the camp community. Last Update: 03/08/21




OVERVIEW OF THE OVERVIEW


We're hoping and working toward a COVID free summer but planning for a spectrum of scenarios. This overview assumes that the strictest regulations will be in effect. We'll update this document regularly. Ultimately, we will follow all state and county guidelines. The safety of our campers, staff, and their families is always our highest priority. Even assuming the strictest regulations are in effect, we can have a camp season that meets FLJDC’S high standards of fun by following these simple points: 1 BUNKS/PODS At camp, a bunk/pod is defined as a group of children with dedicated counselors within a specific division. Our campers stay in one bunk/pod of fifteen children (15 is currently tentative for 2021) with two dedicated staff, which means the staff remain with that group all the time, every day for the duration of the session. Campers will be grouped by bunk as in the past. This summer we will also refer to bunks as pods. Camp capacity may be lowered because of this to follow the pod guidelines. Each pod operates mostly independent of other pods. 2) MASKS Face coverings will be used in accordance with state regulations. Currently, face coverings are required for all staff, and for campers when social distancing outside of their pod cannot be maintained, or when indoors. 3) CLEANLINESS The camp facility is cleaned and disinfected regularly. The facility we rent has been open all year for in school learning. They have installed special filters which are changed frequently and have upgraded the cleaning protocols which we will continue to implement in the summer. That includes additional measures to clean and disinfect more often and we'll be hiring additional facility staff to assist with this. This will be a team effort that includes everyone at camp from campers to team leaders and directors, everyone will be expected to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer regularly. 4 COOPERATION It is likely that parents will need to take a few extra steps every morning to help keep everyone at camp safe and to minimize the possibility of pods having to miss a few days, quarantine and get tested. There will be a morning health screen and temperature check for each child. We'll ask that you err on the side of caution and keep your children home when they don't feel well or have a fever. Families should abide by all state safety regulations. We'll be asking our staff to do the same. 5 COMMUNICATION We work hard to be transparent with our families and staff. Our goal is to communicate what we know, when we know it. If you see a message or email from FLJDC, please read it!! And please ask us to clarify if you need more information. Always feel free to reach out, we're here for you and happy to help. 6 MULTI-LAYERED APPROACH The fundamentals are that we will be taking a multi layered approach to prevent Covid at camp, much like we have a layered approach to other aspects of safety at camp. Combined with masks, pods and cleanliness, whenever possible activities will be outdoors, we will reduce shared surfaces, increase health screenings, and adjust swim, lunch, trips and transportation drop off and pick up procedures to minimize gathering and have the physical distancing needed for a safe experience. Last Update: 05/15/21





TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION OVERVIEW


Door to door transportation, bussing to the pool and trips is an integral part of every camper's daily experience. The bus company we contract provides vehicles that are safe, air conditioned, cleaned every day, drivers that wear a mask at all times and get screened daily before they get into a bus. There will also be updated safety procedures as follows. Everyone on the bus will wear face coverings. Since we use 24 passenger buses, we have the added layer of safety that each bunk/pod will have its own bus. All buses will have their windows opened to provide clean fresh air. Air conditioning units, equipped on every bus, will operate in "fresh air mode" only (meaning air is pulled from outside of the bus and cooled.) Last Update: 03/08/21




DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR GETTING ON A BUS


Every morning, before a child gets on the bus, each camp parent is expected to conduct a routine health screening on their child, checking for fever or any other related illness i.e. headache, stomach ache or muscle/body pain. Also keeping in mind any health related issue a child may have complained about the day or night before, as well as who the child may have come in contact with in the evening, weekend or night before. Please err on the side of caution. Any camper or staff member that has warning signs of Covid (either symptoms or possible exposure) should not get on a bus and not attend camp. In addition to the regular items we have on every bus, like garbage bags, paper towels, gloves and water. We will also have essential items, such as additional face coverings and hand sanitizer. Last Update: 03/08/21




DOOR TO DOOR TRANSPORTATION


Masks must be worn for the entirety of the ride to and from camp. (Masks will be provided for those who forget their own that day). All windows will be open to allow the free flow of air into the vehicle. Last Update: 05/15/21




AIR CONDITIONING ON BUSES


The windows on the bus will remain open for the entirety of the bus ride to allow for the free flow of air. It is not recommended to use air conditioning that recycles air without the windows being open. Regular servicing of the air conditioning units by inspecting the system for contamination and changing filters or, in the case of metal filters, cleaning those filters on a regular basis. The air-conditioning filtration system will be cleaned and maintained regularly. Windows will remain open and combined with fresh air air-conditioning to keep the cabin as cool as possible. Last Update: 03/06/21




COACH BUSES


On long distance trips FLJDC contracts Coach Buses for extra comfort. Coach Buses will have similar precautions as our regular mini school buses. While the windows of a Coach Bus do not open like a regular school bus, each vehicle is equipped with rooftop openings that will remain open when possible to provide a constant flow of fresh air into the cabin of the vehicle. In additioon, we contract Academy Bus for our coach buses, they work with the Delos group to provide air purification systems on their buses. Installing Intellipure compact air purifiers in their charter, transit, and commuter buses. The patented Disinfecting Filtration System (DFS) technology uses a high-energy grid, creating microbiotas condition which prevent anything from being able to live or grow inside the filter. The DFS technology has been proven to capture 99.99% of all particles as small as 0.007 micron in size, which is smaller than the HEPA filtration standard and is smaller than SARS-CoV-2 and other enveloped virus particle sizes. Last Update: 03/10/21





PROGRAM AND ACTIVITIES

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES


Outdoor athletic activities will be largely unchanged when playing within a bunk/pod. At times, when social distancing can not be maintained, or in certain other instances, campers might be asked to wear face coverings even if it is outdoors. Last Update: 03/08/21




INDOOR ACTIVITIES


Many of our activities have always taken place indoors. However we plan to have many indoor activities when possible moved outdoors. Last Update: 03/08/21




SWIM AND SWIM INSTRUCTION


Swimming is a Covid safe activity since Covid does not spread through water, certainly not through chlorinated water. Swim instruction for K Juniors and Junior division will be set up in a way that children in a pod get instruction together. Any private lessons will be conducted privately. Life Guards and swim instructors undergo a daily health screening before they come to work, and maintain as much distancing as possible during the lesson. Last Update: 05/15/21





HEALTH CENTER AND POLICIES

COVID SYMPTOMS


The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in humans include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chest Pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Unexplained loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
Note that colds and other minor illnesses may occur at camp. It is very possible we will have symptoms very closely related to Covid that will require isolation, missing camp, and testing. Last Update: 03/08/21




HEALTH SCREENING


All campers and staff must complete a health screening prior to coming to camp each day. This is our first and best defense against Covid. If anyone in your household has warning signs, possible exposure and/or symptoms, please err on the side of caution and stay home that day. Last Update: 03/08/21




COVID INFIRMARY


In accordance with best practices, we will have two health centers with a triage area. Those with routine situations, such as scrapes and bruises, will be sent to the regular health center. Anyone who presents a fever or other symptoms that could be indicative of Covid will be sent to the second health center where they will be further examined. The health center will have access to outdoors, with great ventilation. People with possible Covid symptoms will be quarantined outdoors weather permitting until picked up by a parent or guardian. If weather does not permit outdoor isolation, the individual will be isolated in the health center divided by a partition. All surfaces in the health center will be disinfected after each use. Anyone screened for temperature who registers above 100.4 will be asked to sit a safe distance from others and wait 5 minutes, and then be re-checked, to avoid false fever results. Health center staff will use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Last Update: 03/08/21




COVID CASE RESPONSE OVERVIEW


Should a camper or staff receive a positive test after the start of camp, that individual would quarantine at home until we can confirm that there is no further risk of transmission. All families and staff of the individuals bunk/pod would be notified of a case in their pod. All members of that individual’s pod would be asked to stay at home for a minimum of 7-10 days. (This time frame may be updated as we get closer to the summer). For refund policy see the Camp Parent Agreement in the Refund Policy section. Last Update: 05/15/21




SUSPECTED CASE OF COVID


1. If while at camp, the individual will be isolated from others, in a separate area. 2. The health care staff attending the camper or staff member will wear an N95 mask or similar protective covering, face shield or eye protection, disposable gloves and gown. 3. Camp directors and immediate guardians will be notified. 4. A plan will be made for the camper or staff member to be removed from camp as soon as possible. 5. Campers and staff who have had Covid symptoms but have not tested positive will only be allowed to return to camp if they are symptom-free and have a note from a physician clearing them to attend a day camp or a negative test result. 6. The individual’s belongings will be removed from their cubby and the area will be disinfected. Last Update: 03/08/21




CONFIRMED CASE


1. Should a camper or staff member test positive for Covid after the start of camp, all camp families and staff in their bunk/pod and the local health department will be notified promptly. Positive tests should be retested to avoid "false positives." 2. Before returning to camp, campers and staff who test positive must: a. Provide a note from a physician, AND b. Be fever free for 72 hours and a minimum of 7-10 days since symptoms first appeared. 3. Basic contact tracing will be done at camp in conjunction with the local health department as described below. 4. All campers and staff in the bunk/pod and who have been in “close contact” with the infected individual will be asked to test and possibly quarantine at home for 7-10 days depending on individual situation and symptoms. 5. All medical information will be treated as confidential. Last Update: 03/08/21




CONTACT TRACING


Should there be a confirmed case of Covid at camp, we will work with the Department of Health to implement a contact trace. Our program is set up to reduce the size of this contact trace group since we will use pods and we will know where the person has been and how they have been in contact with. Close contacts should only include campers and staff in that child's group and on that child's bus. A camper's bus driver, CIT, and swim instructor would also be included in the contact trace. The CDC recently revised the recommendation for quarantining downward from 14 days to 7-10 days. Contact tracing rules will ultimately be enforced by the Paramus Department of Health, and may change. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information. We cannot release the name of any individual who tests positive for COVID-19. We will inform parents if their child has had close contact with an individual who tests positive for Covid. Last Update: 05/15/21





MASKS

FACE COVERINGS OVERVIEW


All staff will role model wearing face coverings for campers when appropriate. Children entering Kindergarten and younger do not need to wear face coverings in any situation where it can inhibit their health or they can't tolerate it. Face coverings are not required outdoors at camp. Face coverings are required during transportation. Last Update: 07/11/21




WHEN WILL FACE COVERINGS BE WORN?


Campers will not be required to wear a face covering when they are outdoors. Campers must wear a face covering when indoors. Face coverings are not required if campers are entering their own bunk rooms for a short period of time (less than ten minutes) with individuals from their own group only. All individuals must wear a face covering on a bus, which includes campers, staff, and drivers. Staff will always wear face coverings when it is required of campers, in order to role model appropriate behavior. Please note that the guidelines also indicate that face coverings should not be worn when eating, drinking, swimming, or when there is any indication of distress. Last Update: 07/11/21




WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FACE COVERING/MASK?


An acceptable face covering is one that meets CDC and health department guidelines. Face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose and allow the wearer to breathe as comfortably as possible. The more layers of material, the more likely it is to provide better protection. Please make sure that your child's face covering fits properly and is cleaned regularly. FLJDC will have extra disposable face coverings available for campers and staff. Masks should be attached to a lanyard that can securely hang below the face and easily be placed back over nose and mouth at a moment's notice. Last Update: 03/08/21





CLEANING AND HYGIENE

BATHROOMS


Our team will be cleaning and disinfecting every bathroom multiple times each day. Last Update: 03/08/21




CAMPER AND STAFF HYGIENE


One of the keys to controlling the spread of COVID-19 is regular handwashing. Campers and staff will clean their hands between every activity. If soap and water is not readily available, hand sanitizer may be substituted. Hands will also be cleaned before and after meals and snacks. Every camp group will be supplied with hand sanitizer. Last Update: 03/08/21




DISINFECTANT


FLJDC uses approved disinfectants that have been shown to kill the Covid. All staff using disinfectant sprayers will be trained in proper usage of the equipment. Last Update: 03/10/2021




THE CLEANING TEAM


In 2021, we'll be adding additional cleaning staff that will be in camp all day. The expanded cleaning team will help us make sure that common areas, toilets, rooms, kitchen and surfaces are disinfected multiple times every day. Last Update: 03/08/21





PARENTS EXPERIENCE

PARENT PARTNERSHIP


This summer, more than ever, it is important that FLJDC and parents work together. Here are some new items that we'll likely ask from parents: Complete a health screening for your camper(s) every morning using the camp provided health screening app. When in doubt, keep your child home. We know that children want to come to camp, but if there is any indication of illness, please err on the side of caution and keep your child home. Follow state and local guidelines as well as common sense. Please do not put your child in unnecessarily risky situations. Consult your child's medical provider to assess risk and determine if attending camp is acceptable and/or the implications of your child attending camp to the people living in my home. Be patient. Some procedures will take a little longer this summer. We don't ever want to compromise safety for speed or convenience. Communicate with us! We will reach out to you proactively, but the more we know about your child, the better the camp experience will be. A lot has happened this year, and every child has reacted differently. Please share that information with us so we can better serve your child. Last Update: 03/08/21




COMING INTO THE CAMP OFFICE


Many parents often come into the camp office for one reason or another, to drop off late, pick up early, or for no reason at all other than to say hi. We love this!! Based on current guidance, we will not be able to allow anyone not enrolled in camp or not currently employed by camp to enter the building. This is to minimize exposure and limit any possibility of spread. We will set up a process for dropping off late and for picking up early which will eliminate the need to enter camp. We ask parents to please cooperate with this process. Last Update: 03/08/21




NEW TO THE CAMP PACKING LIST


Two face coverings/masks with necklace lanyards. Last Update: 03/08/21





MISCELLANEOUS

MISCELLANEOUS OVERVIEW


There are many behind the scenes changes that we are making to ensure that 2021 is a safe and fun summer for all. Our goal is for these changes to be nearly imperceptible to campers and parents. However, some are worth mentioning, and they are located in this section. Last Update: 03/08/21




STAFF


The camp directors and team leaders will keep staff informed of updated camp protocols, and any Covid incidents at camp. All Staff will receive the camp Covid overview during training. There will be a general staff training session on Covid safety at camp as well as other specific points like, how to take temperature and record it, all times during the day that hands must be washed or sanitized, how to identify Covid related symptoms, how to properly wear a mask and assist children with mask wearing, how to properly isolate a person while minimizing embarrassment. Last Update: 03/08/21




SIGNAGE


Additional signage will be placed around camp to encourage individuals to wash their hands, maintain social distance, and utilize face coverings whenever necessary. Although our staff will remind campers to be safe, visual reminders are always helpful! Last Update: 03/08/21




FIRE DRILLS


FLJDC must perform fire drills to comply with Department of Health regulations. In order to do so, we will designate that groups be socially distanced from each other at the designated meeting locations. Additionally, all campers and staff must wear masks for the duration of the drill. Exiting the building will be in an organized fashion one pod at a time, allowing for spacing between pods. Last Update: 03/08/21




VISITOR POLICY


We generally have a no visitor policy at camp, aside for parents coming into the office as mentioned above. At times, prospective families come to camp for tours, and alumni stop by for a visit! At this time we will not be allowing for any visits or tours at camp this summer. This may change as we get closer to the camp season. Last Update: 03/08/21





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