The New York State Department of Health has released its guidelines for summer camps. We hope you can take a few minutes to read what this means for Ramaquois and for your family.
The New York State Department of Health has taken a different approach to COVID-19 this summer relative to 2021. Our schools, and many in our society in general, have moved past strict cohorting and masking. However, there are straightforward, common-sense precautions that make sense for reducing the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading at camp. The pertinent portions of the guidelines are outlined in this email.
We respectfully request and encourage you to screen your child each morning for signs of illness. Please err on the side of caution and keep your child at home if he or she might be ill. Our bus counselors will also be conducting temperature screenings as campers board the bus.
Please note that the Department of Health counts the day of exposure to COVID-19, or the day of the positive COVID-19 test, as day 0 (not day 1).
We have made dozens of changes to our program, protocols, and facility since the beginning of the pandemic. Here are a few highlights:
The Department of Health recommends wearing a face covering for certain individuals (see numbers 2 and 3 under readmit policy). This summer a camper will be considered “indoors” for the purpose of masking in three situations:
Parents should provide face coverings for their children.
***Please note that there may be additional, rare situations when a camper might be indoors. If a camper is in a bunk for just a few minutes (using the bathroom, or changing into a bathing suit, etc.) they are not considered “indoors” for the purpose of masking.
When a camper in your child’s group or bus tests positive for COVID-19 we will send an email indicating that they were a close contact and remind you of the Department of Health regulations (see readmit policy above.) Based upon what we’ve seen in schools the past few months, we do expect cases of COVID-19 to be common this summer.
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