Summer Programs Covid Plan

Summer Programs Covid Plan

We are looking forward to Summer 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 rely on your honesty to continue to keep Brimmer safe.

Expectations of our campers and families:
  • Keep your child home if they have any of the following: 
    • Fever (temperature of 99.5 F or above)
    • Chills, Sweats, Body Aches
    • Cough
    • 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). 
  • Test your child if they have one or more symptom (rapid antigen tests, especially the Abbot BinaxNow test, is acceptable)
  • 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.
  • 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.
     
    What you can expect from us:
    • We will train all camp staff on our COVID protocols, and we will follow those protocols.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Staff have been strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Staff who are not vaccinated will be required to be masked around children.
    • 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 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.
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      As an inclusive private school community, Brimmer welcomes students who will increase the diversity of our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 
      BRIMMER AND MAY SCHOOL
      69 Middlesex Road
      Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
      617-566-7462