by Matt Kaufman
on June 04, 2021
Jared and Jackie go over 2021 transportation information, and we also have a demonstration of how to do the health screening through the Ramaquois app.
Hey, everybody, welcome back for another edition of our weekly videos. We’re very excited to have you here. This week’s video is all about transportation, so we’re able to do this from inside a typical Ramaquois bus for the summer. So we wanted you to be able to see what the inside of a bus looks like and what some of our plans are for the summer regarding seating and seat belts and otherwise. So come on in.
Hi, everybody. Welcome to the inside of a Ramaquois school bus. This is one of our smaller minivans school bus. Minivans are all different sizes. This is one of the smaller ones, but as you can see, every seat is equipped with a seatbelt. And for younger campers, we have a five point harness. It is attached and is secured to the seat, and it is a five point harness, just like a typical car seat. Our plan is for every camper to have their own seat unless they’re sitting with a sibling or with a camper who is in their group at camp. And everybody is going to sit at a window seat because the windows will be open. As you can see Jared and I both being on the school bus, we are wearing a face covering that is expectation for staff and for campers, and this is a typical bus. We’re going to have one camper to seat. Everyone secured with seat belts safely. And Jared, I hope you’re a good driver. Take us to camp.
So obviously we’re now outside the bus and it’s always nice to be outside here at camp. So let’s talk a little bit about what some of the protocols are going to be to make sure that the bus ride is just as safe as the rest of the camp experience. Many of you have grown accustomed this year to doing daily health screenings, probably for school, and ours is going to be a very similar experience. So we have a Ramaquois app. Many of you have already downloaded it. If you haven’t yet, you could check it out on both Google and Apple stores and download it for free.
And we’re going to be asking our families to do a daily health screening. There’s a series of questions that you have to answer to make sure that your child is feeling good and is not experiencing any symptoms or showing any signs of symptoms of COVID or any other health concerns that we wouldn’t want them to come to camp with or that you wouldn’t want them to come to camp with. So we’re going to have you fill out this daily health screening online. Here’s how that health screening is going to work on our app.
Welcome to a quick demo of the daily health screening that you’ll do each morning through our Camp Ramaquois app. This health screen will be for both campers and staff and will have to be done each morning of the camp day. The first thing you’ll need to do if you haven’t done so already is download the Camp Ramaquois app through either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The icon will look something like this. Once you open the app, it will ask you to login with your email and password. If you’re a parent, this is the same login you use to enroll your child and fill out forms like Personality Profile and Camper Health forms. For staff, this is the same email and password you use to sign your contract. So I’ll just go ahead and log in here. And you’ll see once I log in, it’ll, show me any campers that I have enrolled in camp. If you pull down the menu from the top left, you’ll see several options here. You have news files, photos, videos, and the one that we’re going to talk about today is the Daily Health Screen. So if you click on the Daily Health screen, you’ll see a list of your campers that you can check in. If you’re a staff member, it will show your name as one of the options you’ll also notice at the top. We have the Ramquois Readmit policy, which you can read as well. Please note that the health screening procedures and the readmit policies are both subject to change as guidelines may be updated from the Department of Health, but let’s check in our first camper. Let’s check in John Doe, and you’ll see there is a list. This list comes from the Department of Health. Things that we need to check for with John Doe. Things like having close or proximate contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, has traveled within the past ten days and not complied with the requirements of the New York State Travel Advisory, which are constantly updated. So please check on that. We’re also going to check for symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and so on. Please note that a few of the symptoms here may occur with preexisting medical conditions such as allergies. You should only answer yes if the symptoms are new or worsening. So once you’ve gone through that list, you have three options. You can say, and we hope that this will be most days that the child will attend camp because they have no warning signs. There are two other options. One is that the child will not attend camp because they have some sort of warning signs associated with COVID-19, or that the child will not attend camp, and this is non COVID-19 related. So let’s go ahead and say that John will attend camp today and has no warning signs. So that’s great. So we’ve done that. And then we have one more health check in for Jane Doe. So this is the same exact policy here, and Jane will also come to camp. She has no warning signs, and now you are done with the Health Screen. So please do this each morning as soon as your children wake up or if you’re a staff member as soon as you wake up. If you do forget, we will send you an automated text message between 7:30 and 8:00 in the morning to remind you to do the health screening.
If a child or a camper is absent with symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19, our attendance office will follow up in that scenario, and you will also get an automated email message with a link to our readmit policy so you can see that as well. We do ask all of our parents, campers, and staff to err on the side of caution. If you’re not sure if you may have a symptom if something may be happening, please don’t come to camp that day for the safety of everyone in our community, we do ask that you err on the side of caution. Once again, all of these policies and procedures are subject to change if and when the Department of Health changes the guidelines. If you do have any questions about the health screen or the Ramaquois app, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you out. So thanks for listening to this demo of the daily health screen, and we hope you have a great summer. Okay.
In addition, we’re going to take some extra precautions when your camper is getting onto the bus, the bus counter will be doing another temperature screening, so the bus counselor will take the temperature of every camper as they walk on the bus. On each bus, we are going to have sanitizer and additional masks. Everybody on the bus will be wearing a face covering, just like Jared and I were earlier when we were on the bus, and we do have assigned seats. When the campers enter the bus after their temperature check, they will sit in the assigned seat. That is their seat. Every day they will sit in the same place.
And, Jackie, why are we assigning seats?
That’s a very good question. We’re assigning seats this way we know exactly where every camper sits every day. So if there were ever a situation where we have to determine how far away one camper was from another for a certain period of time, most likely related to a contact trace, if we were to have to do that, we don’t have to remember, oh, wait, it was Tuesday, where was so and so sitting? Everyone’s going to have the same seat every day and we’re able to monitor the distance and to have a recording and a record of that assignment and that distance between the campers.
And in addition, on the bus, we’re going to have, like we said, sanitizer, you’re going to have the ability for everybody to be as clean as healthy as possible. Make sure the ride is not just physically safe, but also emotionally safe. They’re going to have fun on the bus. The bags of games, toys, lanyard, other things that will make the bus ride go as quickly as we always feel like it has gone and make it just as much fun and engaging as always.
And also again, to keep it safe. We showed you when we were on the bus that each camper will have his or her own seat against the window. The windows will be open and siblings may sit together, and campers in the same group of camp may sit together. But that’s also another safety precaution in the planning of the bus.
I think the good news is that everyone has grown so accustomed to these protocols that I don’t think it’s going to take away from the camp experience. In most cases, for most kids, it’s going to be, I think, just as much fun as always. So I think that’s it for the bus, right. I think I answered most of the questions we’ve been getting from people.
Yes, I think so.
All right. Good. So I think it’s time to kind of wrap up this week’s edition of our video. Don’t forget, as always, if you have any questions pertaining to our videos or otherwise, you could always send an email to us if you want to email me, it’s Jared at Ramaquois.Com that’s J-A-R-E-D at R-A-M-A-Q-U-O-I-S. Com. Don’t forget to follow us on social media, Instagram, Facebook. We try to post there regularly, some good information, just some fun stuff as well, and it just feels great to be back outside of camp and that much closer to camp starting right.
It sure does. Wrap up unless you want to drive me home
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Matt has spent his summers at Camp Ramaquois since 1984 — as a camper, counselor, and in various administrative positions, including his current role of Associate Director. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. At camp, Matt works in program development, staff training and camper engagement. He has served as the program chair of the Tri-State Camp Conference and authored a book about summer camp staff training entitled The Summer Camp MBA. Outside of camp, he enjoys hiking, reading, website development, and spending time with his wife, nieces, nephew and dog.
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