COVID-19 Protocols - MJCCA Summer Day Camps
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COVID-19 Protocols

As always, the top priority for MJCCA Day Camps is the health and safety of our campers, staff, and their families. For summer 2021, as we did last summer, and as the MJCCA continues to do year round, we will operate in accordance with public health guidelines, the CDC, and the American Camp Association.

We plan to continue to sanitize, disinfect, distance, wear masks, and maintain small groups as guidelines dictate to best ensure the health and well-being of our MJCCA Day Camps families. Campers have access to multiple hand sanitizer stations and we use GenEon Disinfectant blowers inside our main building.

In addition, we plan for our large gatherings, like Boker Tov and Shabbat, to have separate areas designated for each small group. This year, snacks will not be provided. Each child must bring their own lunch and snacks to camp, and water bottle fill stations have been added, instead of water fountains.

We are constantly monitoring all recommendations and guidelines, and if there are changes we will update our protocols accordingly. Deposits and camp fees are fully refundable through May 1, 2021, excluding the non-refundable $50/child registration fee.

A health history form must be submitted (online) prior to the start of the camp season. It is the responsibility of the camp family to inform MJCCA Day Camps of any changes to the information submitted on the health history form.

Mask Policy

Masks are required for everyone on buses, during carpool, and during any periods of time that more than one cohort is gathered in the same general area.

Masks are required for all campers, staff, and directors while indoors at all times. Gymnastics camp is the one exception, as gymnasts campers will be allowed in the gym with their cohort without a mask.

Masks are required for all specialty staff, directors, and contractors at all times, because they interact with multiple cohorts daily.

Masks are always required for any staff that are not vaccinated (including outdoors).

Masks are not required for campers or vaccinated group counselors while outdoors and only with their cohort.

Masks are not required while eating, drinking, or swimming.

If public health guidelines change regarding masks, we will reevaluate accordingly to reflect the advice of the CDC and local health agencies, using the latest metro Atlanta virus data.

Sick/Health Policy for MJCCA Day Camps
  • A nurse is on site every day.
  • Temperatures will be taken every morning.
  • If a camper is sick or is suspected of being sick, they will visit the nurse.
  • If the nurse decides a camper presents symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever greater than 99.5°F, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and/or vomiting), the camper will be separated from the group until a parent/guardian can pick them up from camp. They will be supervised by an adult from a 6-foot distance.
    • In accordance with our local health mandate: Children will not be permitted to return to camp until they have either had a negative COVID-19 PCR test or have been fever and fever medication free for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, AND at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Daily Health Screening for Camp
  • All campers and staff will be required to answer daily COVID health screening questions sent directly to your mobile devices.
  • As per CDC guidelines, all campers and staff will have their temperatures taken and logged upon arrival to camp daily.
  • Any camper who presents with a fever greater than 99.5 will not be allowed at camp and must adhere to steps for readmittance outlined in our Sick/Health Policy for 2021 above.

Exposure is defined as having close contact with someone with who is COVID-19 positive. Close contact is defined as:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (individual exposures added together over 24-hour period, for example three 5-minute exposures) starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Cohort is defined as an assigned small group at camp, people who may have been exposed.

IF A CAMPER/STAFF MEMBER APPEARS SICK
  • They must visit the nurse.
  • If the nurse decides a camper presents symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever greater than 99.5°F, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and/or vomiting), the camper will be separated from the group until a parent/guardian can pick them up from camp. They will be supervised by an adult from a 6-foot distance.
  • Anyone sent home with symptoms of COVID-19 cannot return until 14 days have passed or after 7 full days have passed and symptoms are no longer present and a PCR test is conducted on day 5 or later with a negative result.
IF A CAMPER/STAFF MEMBER TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
  • If a person who is at camp (staff or child) gets sick while at camp, we will follow CDC guidelines for isolation until that person leaves the campgrounds. If the diagnosis is positive, we will notify each family in the cohort individually.
  • The camper/staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to the MJCCA until they have been fever and fever medication-free for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. In the case of an asymptomatic person, they must quarantine for 14 days from the date of their positive test.
  • The cohort containing the camper/staff with a positive COVID-19 test will be asked to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days or may test out of quarantine after 7 full days have passed since exposure occurred if no symptoms are present and a PCR test is conducted on day 5 or later with a negative result.
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and have no COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine or be tested.
  • The MJCCA will work with the Board of Directors, Camp Directors, and local health officials to determine if a full camp closure is needed for a certain amount of time.

COMMUNICATION: If a person in a cohort is COVID-19 positive, cohort will be immediately called and above protocols will be enacted for direct exposure guidance as provided by Georgia Department of Health.  https://dph.georgia.gov/contact

IF A CAMPER/STAFF MEMBER HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19
  • Camper or staff must quarantine for 14 days or may test out of quarantine after 7 full days have passed since exposure occurred if no symptoms are present and a PCR test is conducted on day 5 or later of quarantine with a negative result.
  • The person exposed is not permitted to return to the MJCCA until they have been fever and fever medication free for seventy-two (72) hours, (if symptoms were present – other symptoms have improved) and at least 14 days have passed since exposure or after 7 full days have passed since exposure occurred if no symptoms are present and a PCR test is conducted on day 5 or later of quarantine with a negative result.
  • Camper or staff may test out of quarantine after 7 full days have passed since exposure occurred if no symptoms are present and a PCR test is conducted on day 5 or later of quarantine with a negative result.
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and have no COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine or be tested.

COMMUNICATION: If a person in a cohort has a direct exposure to COVID-19, the cohort will be notified that a person in their cohort was in direct contact with someone who tested positive – and we will be in further contact if we learn more details. We request members contact MJCCA about COVID-19 positive results and require staff to contact MJCCA with COVID-19 positive results. Communication will be sent to only the group who had someone with direct exposure.