This working document has been created as an outline of Norwich Recreation’s increased attention to the health, safety and well-being of our program participants. Direction was taken from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the Vermont Department of Public Health and consultation from weekly Vermont Recreation Director’s COVID-19 meetings, Vermont Department of Recreation, Vermont State Parks, and the Agency for Commerce and Community Development. This document is distributed with the understanding that as the public health situation is changing, Norwich Recreation will remain flexible, responsive and sensitive to all federal and state guidelines.
Camp Operation Guidelines
- Camps will run from July 6th, through August 14th, 2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm and (potentially) 1:00pm-5:00pm.
- All camp sessions will have a maximum of 20 campers and 5 staff in a “pod” – keeping a 4:1 camper:staff ratio. The pods will not change staff or participants during a session (exceptions made in the case of staff illness)
- All participants will adhere to a regular handwashing or sanitation schedule (handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, sanitizing with at least 60% alcohol solution)
- All campers, even within pods, will maintain a 6’ distance unless all campers in the activity are wearing masks and/or engaged in approved active play. Masks must be worn during any time that campers/CITs/Counselors would be interacting with others and during transition times
- All balls and equipment will be sanitized thoroughly by staff at the end of each day
- All meals will take place either outdoors or within a designated classroom.
- Staff will perform contact-tracing worksheets on all campers and partner staff
- Anyone presenting as, or presumed to be ill will be asked to remove themselves from camp for at least 3 days from their last symptoms, and 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
- All staff will have completed VOSHA training, and will have attended at least one of Norwich Police and Fire Department’s Camp Counselor First Aid training sessions within the current year. The Vermont Department of Health’s most current guidelines will be reviewed by all staff during weekly check-in meetings.
- Unregistered drop-offs are not permitted
- All campers and staff travelling outside of the commuter radius will need to quarantine for 14 days or be tested at day 7 before entering Norwich Recreation programs.
- All campers will be issued a cloth face mask at no charge. Parents/guardians will receive guidelines for cleaning their masks, and additional masks will be made available as needed.
- Upon arrival, all families will enter through Girard Way (unless otherwise specified), line up in the bus lane and remain in their cars while they answer a daily list of health and safety questions. Once a camper is cleared for participation, they will join their pods on the back playground, in an area clearly marked for their pod.
- No sharing of equipment/food/water bottles (unless between family members)
- Campers who nap will nap 6’ apart, head-to-toe. Nap mats, blankets and pillows must be provided from home and washed regularly.
- No camper or staff member with any of the following may attend Norwich Recreation camps (ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness):
Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fever of 100.3 degrees F/37.9 degrees C
Chills, shaking, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell
Severe headache, ear pain and/or sore throat
A significant rash
Having been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
Any camper experiencing a runny nose, cough or any illness symptoms (as outline above) while at camp must be sent home. No exceptions. We will have a sanitized room for the camper to wait for their caregiver with a staff member who will wear protective clothing while caring for the camper. The room and clothing will be sanitized immediately following the camper’s departure. The room will be closed off for complete disinfection for at least 24 hours.
- All campers will be picked up by guardians at the back playground of the Marion Cross School or the Town Green (unless otherwise specified). Campers will remain in their pods until they are released.