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 school since September, and we have learned a lot this year. We will apply those lessons to Summer 2021.
We will continue to employ the risk mitigation strategies that we know work. 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. Screening can be accessed at: DAILY SCREENING
- Do not drop your child off at camp UNTIL a Specialist or Program Director has seen the green ALL CLEAR square from your cell phone on behalf of your camper(s) or your child has been checked in as “ALL CLEAR” for 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
- Have received any fever or other illness reducing medication in the last 24 hours (and contact the camp office).
In order for us to continue to operate camp this summer, we must be clear and strict with our COVID policies, thus if your child has developed any of the above symptoms within the previous ten days, they will be required to have a NEGATIVE COVID test before returning to camp. We rely on your honesty to continue to keep Brimmer safe. Symptoms that are chronic that have been present for greater than 10 days will be presumed not COVID or deemed to be non-transmissible.
- Notify the Camp Health office if you plan to keep your child home, or if your child has any of the above symptoms, or if you have any questions.
- Keep any child home 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 directives of the CDC and the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- 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 additional masks on site if anyone needs one. Brimmer may opt to go mask-optional while outdoors; the Camp Director will inform families of this decision closer to the start of the camp season.
- Keep personal toys, games, and other items at home.
- Have an authorized adult prepared for an emergency pick-up at all times that your child is at camp.
While we cannot restrict activities outside of 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.
- Protocols for Summer 2021 include:
- All staff and campers, upon arrival at camp and at each activity will wash hands (or use hand sanitizer).
- Upon leaving activities campers will wash hands (or use hand sanitizer).
- All campers and staff will mask indoors when children are or may be present.
- Campers and staff will have the option to mask outdoors
and will be expected to mask outdoors if and when in close proximity and stationary.
- We will maintain distance indoors, especially when eating.
- We will have replacement masks for all community members for those who need them.
- Our professional cleaning service will employ an enhanced cleaning regimen.
- 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 (hand hygiene, mask wearing indoors, e.g.).
- We will continue to enforce our rules which prohibit sharing food or water bottles.
- We will ensure we can contact trace to the extent required by public health. Our camp is poised for this: we are small, and our schedules are easy to follow.
- Camp activities will be held outside (indoor spaces will be limited to inclement weather needs and bathroom use, rest and cooling).
- Counselors will be assigned to the same group for the summer, where practicable.
- Groups will be separate and remain so during traditionally integrated times of the day (lunch, playground, and free times).
- Staff have been strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Staff who are not vaccinated will be required to be masked around children and to complete the screening app each morning before coming to camp.
- Staff are encouraged to stay home when sick and to communicate with the Camp.
- Staff will be expected to follow MA and CDC 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.
What we will do if a community member becomes positive for COVID-19:
- Brimmer Summer Camp will maintain an isolation room (with direct egress from the school) this summer for the express purpose of isolating community members suspected of being positive with COVID-19.
- If a community member feels or appears sick, they will be evaluated by the Camp Nurse. If the Nurse determines that the person should leave campus, she will contact the camper’s family and send the camper home or ensure that the staff member leaves campus as soon as safe and practicable. The community member will remain in isolation until leaving campus (with supervision by the Nurse or other designated staff member).
- The Camp Nurse will determine next steps.
- If the community member is found to be COVID positive, they will be instructed to remain in isolation until they are symptom free or for 10 days (the longer of the two) and until cleared by our Camp Nurse and the individual’s physician. ALL CHILDREN must be cleared for activity by their own medical professional before they can return to camp. The Camp Nurse makes the final determination when an individual can come back to camp.
- The camp will contact the local board of health and work with them.
- Anyone determined by the Camp Nurse, in consultation with the camp staff, the Brimmer COVID Response Team, our public health department and Health Care Consultant, to be a close contact will be asked to quarantine for 14 days (unless they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic).
- Information will be shared with families in a timely matter, via email.