We are looking forward to Summer 2021 with HUGE EXCITEMENT, and we recognize the importance of keeping our campers and staff safe and healthy. Brimmer’s size is its strength in this regard; as a small community, we are uniquely ready and able to implement and uphold stringent safety measures and protocols, hold each other accountable, and respond dynamically when necessary.
We promise that we will strive to make Brimmer Summer Camp as safe and as healthy as possible every day. We will follow the recommendations of our local and state Boards of Health, with whom we have a strong and open relationship, as well as those of the CDC.
Brimmer and May has been successfully holding in person, on campus since September, and we have learned a lot this year. We will apply those lessons to Summer 2021. As a member of Brimmer’s Senior Administrative team, COVID Reopening team, and COVID Response team, Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs Cassie Abodeely has helped guide the school through this challenging year and will continue to do so during the summer.
We will continue to employ the risk mitigation strategies that we know work: hand hygiene, masking, and physical distancing. Should the virus affect Brimmer Summer Camp, we will be in touch with timely and detailed emails informing you of our response and the recommendations from the Newton Board of Health.
To be successful, we need your help. Keeping Brimmer healthy is a team effort, and this is where you come in.
Expectations of our campers and families:
- Complete the daily screening form BEFORE getting in the car to come to camp.
- Keep your child home if they have any of the following:
* Fever (temperature of 99.5 F or above)
* Chills, Sweats, Body Aches
* Runny nose
* Sore throat
* Difficulty breathing
* Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)
* New loss of smell/taste
* Any other signs of illness
- Notify the Camp Health office if you plan to keep your child home, or if your child has any of the above symptoms, or with any questions.
- Keep any child from camp if they have been in *close contact with anyone with any of the symptoms above or with anyone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19. *Close contact means someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or (for asymptomatic people, 2 days prior to a test determining they are positive) until the time the individual is isolated.
- Follow all travel directives (including quarantine requirements for travel) of the CDC and state of Massachusetts. Please DO NOT come to camp if you are returning from an out-of-state vacation from a state that requires a quarantine without speaking to Camp Health staff first.
- Follow all directives and requests by Camp Health staff or Camp Director regarding precautions, testing, isolating, or quarantining.
- Maintain open communication with the Camp Health staff regarding any suspected cases of COVID-19 or questions you may have.
- Send your campers with two to three masks each day, clearly labeled with name and the direction the mask should be facing when being used. We will have medical masks on site if anyone needs one. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed as a mask for camp.
- Keep personal toys, games, and other items at home.
- Have an authorized adult prepared for an emergency pick-up.
While we cannot restrict activities outside camp, we ask that you be mindful of what you and your family do and how it could affect the ability to run Brimmer Summer Camp safely. Please keep us in mind and help us KEEP BRIMMER HEALTHY.
We thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our community safe!
What you can expect from us:
- We will train all camp staff on our COVID protocols, and we will follow those protocols.
- Our professional cleaning service, UG2, will employ an enhanced cleaning regimen, especially for high-touch areas throughout the day. We will have plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes around for everyone to use each day!
- We will practice our risk mitigation strategies and make sure your kids do, as well (hand hygiene, physical distancing, mask wearing).
- We will disinfect any shared items between use and create opportunities for kids to have their own supplies when possible. Our counselors are excited to use the electrostatic sprayers!
- We will continue to enforce our rules which prohibit sharing food or water bottles.
- We will ensure we can contact trace; our camp is poised for this. We are small, and our schedules are easy to follow. We are confidently prepared to contact trace if needed.
- Camp activities will be held outside (indoor spaces will be limited to inclement weather needs and bathroom use).
- Counselors will be assigned to the same group for the summer.
- Groups will be separate and remain so during traditionally integrated times of the day (lunch, playground, and free times).
- Our camp nurse will have an assistant this year to help field calls and address issues should they arise.
- Just like our campers, all staff will be required to complete the daily screening form before coming to campus, and in consult with Brimmer’s Health staff, will stay home (and get tested) if they have any of the symptoms listed above.
- Staff will be expected to follow MA and CDC travel requirements during out of camp time and we will encourage staff to prioritize their time at camp.
- We will commit to Keeping Brimmer Healthy all summer