COVID SAFETY POLICIES
Thank you for trusting us with your child. The physical and emotional safety of every camper has always been our top priority. This summer, that goal is complicated by COVID. Though conditions are improving, COVID remains a significant concern. Below are steps that we are taking at Jefunira Camp to create a safe experience for everyone. But in order to keep the Jefunira Camp community safe, we need families to help. We all need to work together. We are asking that you closely monitor your child’s health this summer. If your child shows symptoms of COVID or has been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, you must contact the Camp Director and follow protocols in order to return to camp.
Below are some of the step we are taking to mitigate the COVID risks.
Jefunira Camp COVID Mitigation Practices
- 100% Outdoors – Campers will be outdoors 100% of the time.
- Masks – Campers and staff will be required to wear masks while on site. We ask that campers come with at least two extra masks each day.
- Closed pods – Camper groups will operate in closed pods.
- Limited access to site – Drop off and pick up will be at the front of the site. Access to the site will be limited and foot traffic will move in only one direction.
- Hand washing/sanitizing – Campers and counselors will wash/sanitize hands at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Water bottles – All campers will be required to have a water bottle labeled with their name and will drink only from their water bottle. Water fountains will be used only to refill water bottles. Any camper that comes without a water bottle will be given a camp water bottle and families will be charged for purchase of that water bottle.
- No extended care will be offered this summer. Because we are able to maintain a camper’s cohort during extended care hours, we will not be offering extended care.
- We will do daily cleaning of high touch areas.
We are continuing to get input from many resources: Federal, State and local public health officials, American Camp Association (ACA), Western Association of Independent Camp (WAIC), local doctors and medical professional, and more. We use this input to guide us in determining our policies and practices and we will be updating our policies and practices as conditions and guidance change. What will not change is our commitment to giving your child a safe, fun and amazing Jefunira Camp experience.
UPDATE 4/13: The announcement by Gov. Newsom that California will reopen on June 15 has raised many questions. The one we are hearing most frequently is, “What does that mean for Jefunira Camp and will you change how you are planning to operate?” We are not planning to relaxing any of our COVID-19 measures at this time. We are continuing to monitor conditions and to get input from multiple sources and will update our policies and practices based upon that input.
ORIGINAL NOTICE: We require all families and participants to adhere to these to keep everyone safe. Because of the close contact within a camp community, and to mitigate the risks, we have implemented many new protocols and procedures, summarized below.
- Campers and staff will be required to wear face coverings as described and required by Santa Clara County Health Department protocols.
- Physical distancing of 6ft. or more, whenever possible.
- Groups of 14 campers with 2 staff in age-based cohorts move throughout the activities at camp in one direction so groups do not overlap.
- Current heightened hygiene protocols for cleaning and disinfecting with limited shared equipment, where possible.
- Daily COVID-19 health screening of all campers and staff.
- Communication, education, and training of staff for COVID-19 and use of current and best practices.
- Plan for quarantine and reporting should an outbreak occur, which includes communication with local authorities.
Acknowledgment of Risk
As we know, COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future. No matter what procedures and protocols are put in place, there is simply no way to guarantee that COVID-19 or any other communicable disease will not enter the camp. By the very nature of the personal interactions that take place in a school or camp environment, there is always a risk of your child contracting this or any other disease or infection. We will do everything within our power to keep your child healthy and safe at Jefunira Camp this summer.
Please call (650 291 2888) or email (email@example.com) with any questions related to COVID-19. We would be happy to discuss our policies and procedures to help you determine if camp is a good fit for you and your child this summer. If 2021 isn’t the right summer for your family to come to camp, we hope to see you at Jefunira Camp in the future!