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    Summer Days @ the J

    Summer is going to be fun – and different – at the JCC this year! The MJCCA Day Camps team is excited to bring you Summer Days @ the J.

    • June 29 through August 14, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
    • Rising kindergarten through rising 6th grade
    • $350 for members and $400 for the community per week
    • Small groups of 10 campers and 2 counselors
    • Outdoors on our 52-acre Zaban Park campus
    • Activities include boating, ropes course, fishing, swimming, archery, arts & crafts, and more
    • Planned in accordance with CDC and American Camp Association guidelines

    The only summer camp program being offered this year is our new Summer Days @ the J. We will miss our favorite camps this summer, and while there won’t be camp-wide gatherings like Boker Tov or Shabbat Sing, there will be PLENTY OF FUN, and each cohort will do their share of celebrating, laughing, and playing together

    We know many working parents need a safe and enriching summer program for their children as they head back to work. This program will provide that quality care for your children, and priority placement will be given to families who need childcare.

    Families previously registered for Summer 2020 can now login and register here and, starting June 4, new families can register here. Even if you previously registered for MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2020, you will need to complete a new registration for Summer Days @ the J.

    Summer Days at the J was specially designed based on recommendations and guidelines from local, state, and federal public health agencies, including the CDC and the American Camp Association.

    CLICK BELOW FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS ON THE NEW PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
    Health and Safety

    For the past several weeks, we have been in near constant communication with medical experts and public health professionals while diligently reviewing local, state, and federal guidelines related to operating under the current circumstances. We have specifically designed Summer Days @ the J in accordance with guidelines established by public health officials, including the CDC and the American Camp Association.

    Each morning during carpool, camper temperatures will be taken and passengers will answer a health questionnaire. Campers and staff will sanitize their hands immediately upon arrival and between activity periods. Staff will carry cleaning products to each activity to sanitize all equipment after use. All equipment and supplies will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between groups. Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.

    The nursing staff has been doubled, so multiple healthcare professionals will be on campus all day.

    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 6 feet apart.

    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 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.

    While with their cohort, campers and counselors will not be required to wear masks. The only exception is when inside during inclement weather and social distancing is not possible. We request you send your child to camp with a mask in their backpack for use if they have to go indoors. A mask will be provided by the MJCCA if you forget to pack one.

    Cohorts

    Camp groups will be limited to 10 campers and 2 staff members. Within a cohort, campers will be permitted to engage with each other without restriction, but will not be permitted to interact with other cohorts unless its socially distanced. To the extent possible, groups will remain the same throughout the week which creates the cohort.

    Carpool
    Many new health and safety protocols will be in place this summer. Every child’s temperature will be taken while they are in carpool. If a temperature is above 99.5, they will not be allowed to attend. Passengers in the car at drop off will also be asked a series of health screening questions daily. Once cleared to attend for the day, children must unbuckle themselves. Parents will not be allowed out of their vehicles for any reason. Campers will be escorted directly to their cohort. Carpool will run from 8:15-9:00 am for morning dropoff and from 4:00-4:30 pm for afternoon pickup. Please anticipate carpool taking longer than in past summers.
    Food

    In an effort to reduce exposure to outside sources, families will need to provide a refillable, labeled water bottle, non-perishable lunch, and their own snacks. The JCC will not be able to provide snacks or ice pops this summer. Water bottle re-fill stations will be located throughout our campus to ensure your child drinks enough water during the day.

    Swimming

    Our outdoor pool will be open and campers will swim 3-4 times a week! Cohorts will stay together on the pool deck and have a designated area within the pool. Camp cohorts will be free to swim as a group but will not be permitted to swim with other cohorts. Toys, floats, life jackets, and other high-touch objects will not be permitted.

    Activities and Daily Schedule

    Many of our camp favorites will be included in daily schedules! Examples include swimming, archery, low ropes course, ga-ga, arts & crafts, STEM, outdoor art, wacky Olympics, kickball, scavenger hunts, boating, fishing, dancing, drama and more!

    Campers will spend the majority of their time outdoors.

    There will be four periods of activities per day. Each day will include different activities so campers get to enjoy up to 20 different and fun activities per week!

    Extra time will be allotted between each period for cleaning and disinfecting and bathroom breaks.

    What to Wear and Bring to Camp

    We request that every child comes to camp WEARING their bathing suits. For those that do not have swimming – we will have water activities to help cool down.

    We recommend that campers bring the following items to camp:

    • Backpack (labeled)
    • Non-perishable Lunch (labeled)
    • Water Bottle (labeled)
    • Snacks (recommend at least two) (labeled)
    • Change of clothes (labeled)
    • Towel (labeled)
    • Mask (labeled)
    Lost and Found

    Any items left at the end of the day without a label on them will be discarded.

    Any labeled items left will be saved for families to pick up on Sundays down at camp. Specific location and times will be communicated in weekly emails.

    Inclusion

    Unfortunately, and with great sadness, we will not be able to offer our Inclusion Program this summer. We hold our program to an incredibly high standard, and due to the guidelines the MJCCA must adhere to in order to run camp amidst the COVID-19 situation, we do not feel we can maintain our standards and follow the protocols.

    Fees and Financial Information
    The cost per week is $350 for members and $400 for the community. Registration is now open for families previously registered for Summer 2020 and registration opens to the community on June 4.

    In an effort to best serve our community, priority placement will be given to:

    • Families who need childcare in order to work
    • Families registering for 5 or 6 weeks of programming, ensuring consistent cohorts
    • Families who previously registered for MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2020

    If you made previous payments for MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2020 and you register for Summer Days @ the J, those payments will be automatically applied to Summer Days @ the J.

    If you made previous payments toward MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2020 and you choose not to attend Summer Days @ the J, we ask that you consider converting paid camp fees to a donation to support the MJCCA. Please email camps@atlantajcc.org if you would like to convert camp fees paid to date to a donation. Otherwise, camp fees paid to date will be automatically rolled over toward MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2021. Of course, we understand all circumstances are unique and if you need a refund, please email camps@atlantajcc.org and we will be happy to help. Note: all refund requests must be submitted by June 15th.

    Financial Assistance

    Any member who is in good standing with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta may apply for financial assistance through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4LCK6.

    For more information, contact Barbara Vahaba, Financial Assistance Coordinator at 678.812.4142 or at Barbara.Vahaba@atlantajcc.org. All inquiries and financial assistance applications are kept confidential.

    In order to be considered for financial assistance, a completed camp registration form must be submitted online.

    Payment for the registration fee and deposit must be received at the time of registration. Your remaining camp fees will begin to be charged through our payment plan option based on a 25% discount until your financial assistance amount is determined. Once you receive your actual financial assistance award, we will adjust any remaining payments accordingly.

    In the event that financial assistance is not accepted, your camp deposit will be refunded or credited to your account after submission of a refund request in writing to camps@atlantajcc.org. Note: all refund requests must be submitted by June 15th.

    Cancellations and Refunds

    Changes and/or cancellations for registrations will be honored until June 15th. After June 15th, all camp fees paid to date will be automatically rolled over for MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2021. Cancellation and refund requests must be sent in writing by June 15th to camps@atlantajcc.org. Once a refund has been requested, you can expect to receive a check in the mail within 4 weeks. Checks will be mailed to the address in your CampMinder accounts.

    If illness causes your child to miss three or more consecutive days in one week of camp, you can submit a doctor’s note as proof of illness and will therefore be eligible to receive a partial credit on your JCC account for that specific week (minus registration fees and deposits).

    No refunds will be issued to families who choose to remove their child because another camper is sick.

    No refunds will be issued for absences or withdrawals during camp sessions.

    If the MJCCA makes the decision to suspend operation of Summer Days @ the J at any point in the summer, you will receive a pro-rated refund for the affected portion of the summer.

    If your camper is unable to attend camp, there will be no substitutions of friends or family members.

    Registration fees and deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Which Camps are available for Summer 2020?
    The only program running this summer is our new Summer Days @ the J for Rising K-Rising 6th. There will be no Camp Isidore Alterman, Sports Camps, Theme Camps, Performing Arts Camps, Tennis Camps, Gymnastics Camps, Travel Camps, Offsite Camps, Teen Camps, or Gesher.
    What should my child wear and bring to camp?

    We request that every child comes to camp WEARING their bathing suits. For those that do not have swimming – we will have water activities to help cool down.

    We recommend that campers bring the following items to camp:

    • Backpack (labeled)
    • Non-perishable Lunch (labeled)
    • Water Bottle (labeled)
    • Snacks (recommend at least two) (labeled)
    • Change of clothes (labeled)
    • Towel (labeled)
    • Mask (labeled)
    Will there be before-camp care and after-camp care?
    Unfortunately, no. We will not be able to offer these programs as they do not allow for the cohort of campers to remain unchanged for the week.
    Will there be any bus transportation this summer?
    Unfortunately, no. Getting to and from camp with a parent/guardian in carpool is the only option this summer.
    Can my child arrive late to camp? Can my child be picked up early?
    All early pick-ups and late drop-offs must be scheduled in advance using Camp Mail.

    Campers who will be getting picked up early or dropped off late will need to go pull up curbside at our designated area outside of the outdoor pool.

    People who are picking up or dropping off campers are not to exit their vehicle. A staff member will be stationed in this designated area to coordinate your drop off/pick up.

    Please note, campers who arrive late to camp will still have a health screening prior to exiting the vehicle they arrive in. All passengers of the vehicle will also be asked health screening questions.

    Can my child carpool with another family?
    No. If you do, you will not be able to answer the protocol screening questions.

    Will there be walk-up drop-off and pick-up?
    No. In order to mitigate possible means of transmission, we will not allow drop off nor pick up outside of the carpool line.
    My camp has been cancelled, when will I receive my refund and do I need to contact anyone?
    All refund requests must be emailed to camps@atlantajcc.org by June 15th. Once a refund has been requested, you can expect to receive a check in the mail within 4 weeks. Checks will be mailed to the address in your CampMinder accounts. After June 15th, all camp fees paid to date will be automatically rolled over for MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2021.

    I see that no refunds will be issued after June 15th. What happens if I register my child for camp and decide after June 15th that I need to cancel?
    After June 15th, all camp fees paid to date will be automatically rolled over for MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2021.
    Our family has made the difficult decision not to attend any camp this summer. What are my options for the money we have already paid to date?
    If you made previous payments toward MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2020 and you choose not to attend Summer Days @ the J, we ask that you consider converting paid camp fees to a donation to support the MJCCA. Please email camps@atlantajcc.org if you would like to convert camp fees paid to date to a donation. Otherwise, camp fees paid to date will be automatically rolled over toward MJCCA Day Camps Summer 2021. Of course, we understand all circumstances are unique and if you need a refund, please email camps@atlantajcc.org and we will be happy to help. Note: all refund requests must be submitted by June 15th.
    I am currently registered for MJCCA Day Camps in July during weeks Summer Days @ the J is running. Does this mean we already have a spot in Summer Days @ the J?
    Unfortunately, no. Everyone will need to start a new registration for Summer Days @ the J for 2020.
    What is the refund policy if my child gets sent home sick?
    If illness causes your child to miss three or more consecutive days in one week of camp, you can submit a doctor’s note as proof of illness and will therefore be eligible to receive a partial credit on your JCC account for that specific week (minus registration fees and deposits).
    What is the refund policy if my child’s camp gets cancelled because someone contracted COVID-19?
    If the MJCCA makes the decision to suspend operation of Camp at any point in the summer, you will receive a pro-rated refund for the affected portion of the camp season.
    Why are you using 99.5 as your temperature for a fever and not 100.4?
    We are putting into place as many safety measures as possible to help minimize the risk to all campers and staff. 99.5 is the temperature The Weinstein School and Club J use during flu season as recommended by local health officials.
    Will my child be able to receive medication at camp?
    Yes. The nurse’s office will ensure for the regular distribution of prescribed medication. We will not administer medication that masks, or is intended to mask, a fever in order to bypass the protocol.
    If my child has mild asthma will they be able to attend camp?
    The CDC has issued guidelines for at-risk individuals. Parents must determine whether or not their child is at-risk as per the CDC Guidelines.
    How will my children remain hydrated throughout the summer? Can they use water fountains?
    Our health and safety enhancements include the water fountains. The mouthpieces will not be in use for the foreseeable future. There are touchless bottle fillers on our water fountains. These will be operational and will be disinfected frequently. Every Camper will be required to bring their own reusable and labeled water bottle each day.
    Will my child have to apply sunscreen by themselves?
    Yes, your children will need to reapply their own sun screen this summer. Your child’s counselors will coach them on this process, visually observe them applying sun screen, and help them to build this important life skill.
    Will staff receive additional safety training?
    All summer staff will be required to attend training sessions to review all new safety protocols related to COVID-19, how to ensure for greater health and safety, and to understand the most updated CDC Guidelines for Camps.
    Will I need to sign a waiver?
    Yes. In order to ensure that every participant in our program understands the protocols, procedures, and risks of participation, each camper will need a waiver signed prior to their first day of camp. The waivers will be located in your CampMinder forms as part of your registration process.
    What procedure is in place if a staff member or camper becomes sick with COVID-19?

    We will notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    We will close off areas used by anyone suspected of illness and will not use them again until cleaning and disinfection has occurred. We will ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

    We will inform those in the same cohort with the staff/camper who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

    In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the community, we will determine whether or not closing for a short time (1-2 days) for cleaning and disinfection is necessary.

    We will employ a roster of trained back-up Counselors in case of illness.