Please read and review the following protocols with your camper. The protocols are to deter the spread of COVID-19 at JDS Camps and keep our camps running smoothly.

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  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

ASSESS THE RISK: Parents/legal guardians of all campers – particularly higher-risk campers – should consult their child’s medical provider to assess their child’s risk levels and determine if attendance at JDS CAMPS is appropriate/acceptable.

STAY HOME: Parents/legal guardians should keep campers home if they show any symptoms associated with COVID-19. (CDC COVID-19 Symptom List Found Here)

CAMPER SUPPLIES: Campers should only bring the required items (cleats, shin guards, water, snacks, lunch, masks, sunscreen, and sanitizer). This year, campers should not bring any balls or other items with them. As always, please label all camper items with the camper’s last name.

PERSONAL HEALTH: Any staff member or camper who feels ill before camp begins must not come onto the complex and notify the camp director. If any camper becomes sick during camp, they will be quarantined, supervised, and a parent will be notified to pick up. If a staff member becomes ill during camp, they will be quarantined, supervised, and asked to leave campus when able.

HEALTH SCREENING: All staff members and campers will be required to complete a health screening each day.

ILLNESS / EXPOSURE: Employees and campers should stay home if tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Employees or campers who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health. Employees and parents should notify the camp director if they have tested positive for or show COVID-19 symptoms.

VISITORS: This year, we will be minimizing visitors onto fields before, during, and after camp.  

MINIMIZING RISK: JDS Camps will implement policies and protocols to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, including: 

  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices.
  • Intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation.
  • Ensuring physical distancing.
  • Limiting sharing.
  • Training all staff on our new COVID-19 Plan. 
  • Orienting all campers in an age-appropriate manner. 
  • Communicating with all parents/legal guardians early and often. 
  • Administering health monitoring and pre-camp screenings. 
  • Checking for wellness signs and symptoms regularly.
  • Planning for when a staff member, child, or visitor becomes sick. 
  • Maintaining healthy operations to monitor risk reduction.

CAMP REGISTRATION PROCESS

  • CAMP CHANGES: All camp dates, times, ages, costs, and locations are subject to change based on the most recent health information and state/county/city guidelines.

III. STAFF TRAINING / SCREENING / REMINDERS

  • STAFF TRAINING: All staff members are required to attend training before working camp. This training includes in-depth training about this COVID-19 plan and the precautions laid out to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • STAFF SCREENING: Upon arrival to camp each day, staff will report to an identified check-in location. Staff will receive a temperature check, and the temperature may not exceed 100.4 degrees. If it does, staff will not be permitted to work and will be sent home. After the screening, the director will send staff to the handwashing station to wash hands. Staff is expected to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and notify the supervisor if any develop (fever or respiratory symptoms).
  • STAFF REMINDERS: Staff will receive formal reminders about this COVID-19 plan multiple times per day to help keep their focus on following the guidelines laid out to maintain the health and safety of campers, staff, and families.

CAMPER DROP-OFF PROCESS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

  • DROP OFF: Guidelines for drop-off are:
    • Parent and camper must wear a mask at all times during the drop-off process.
    • There will be multiple check in areas to limit interactions between people
    • A staff person will:
      • Ask the parents the Health Screening Questions (TBA) or confirm that they have been completed that morning.
      • Log in the arrival time, and other appropriate information.
    • Groups may not congregate by the drop off areas.

CAMPER PICK-UP PROCESS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

  • PICK-UP PROCESS: The guidelines for pickup are as follows:
    • Parents / authorized adults will pick up their child from the fields. The parent and camper must wear a mask at all times during the pickup process.
    • The staff person will log in the departure time and name of the adult picking the camper up. The adult must be an “approved pickup person.”
    • Adults should not handle pickup if feeling ill.

STABLE GROUPS/TEAMS AND CONTACT TRACING

  • STABLE GROUPS/TEAMS: JDS Camps will create stable groups/teams for the week, based on age and grade levels. These stable groups/teams will function as a cohort of children and staff that stay together throughout the day/week. We will not be making changes to groups/teams once the camp has begun, and we will prohibit stable groups/teams from mixing.
  • CONTACT TRACING: We will track our stable groups/teams’ members and locations throughout the day to provide documentation if contact tracing becomes necessary.

VII. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: As a rule of thumb, social distancing will be encouraged at all times. Specific guidelines for social distancing include:
    • Staff will maintain the 3 feet recommended distancing from each other and campers whenever possible.
    • Staff will keep campers 3 feet away from each other whenever possible.
    • Staff must refrain from any physical contact with parents and campers, including, but not limited to, side hugs, high fives, shaking hands, and pats on the back.
    • Stable group/team areas will be set up, so stable groups/teams are appropriately spaced (minimum of 6 feet apart).
    • Coaches will use cones, signage, and line demarcations to encourage proper spacing and social distancing.
  • MASKS: Directors will require staff to wear their masks at all times of the day if they do not have proof of vaccination. Campers will be required to wear their masks when not actively playing/participating in athletic activities. Campers and staff should put their name on their mask and bring a second mask as a backup. Campers should wear masks to cover the nose and mouth and avoid being touched as much as possible. JDS Camps will provide single-use masks when appropriate and necessary.

VIII. MONDAY MORNING ORIENTATION

  • ORIENTATION: Campers will go through a Monday morning orientation to provide them with an overview of JDS CAMPS health and safety protocols. The orientation will cover this COVID-19 plan in an age-appropriate manner and mainly focus on social distancing, hand washing, and mask protocols.

HAND WASHING, HYGIENE, AND BATHROOMS

  • HANDWASHING: Handwashing with soap and water will be encouraged for campers after they use the restroom and before they have a snack or lunch. Hand sanitizer will be provided and available throughout the day, although it should not be used as the primary source of hand cleaning. Campers are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer.
  • HYGIENE: Staff members and campers will be trained, reminded, and encouraged to maintain good hygiene throughout the day, including proper protocols for handwashing, sneezing, coughing, etc.
  • BATHROOM BREAKS: All staff and campers are required to wash their hands with soap and water after using the restroom. JDS Camps will always follow strict bathroom policies so that campers are supervised by two staff members when using the bathroom and never alone with another staff member or camper in the bathroom.

SNACKS, LUNCH, AND HYDRATION

  • SNACKS / LUNCH: Campers will be required to bring a snack, lunch, and water. During snack/lunchtimes, all campers and staff must eat at least 6 feet apart from each other. All campers and staff will be required to clean their hands before and after eating. All campers will dispose of their trash on their own. Sharing of food will be strictly prohibited, and campers and staff will do all eating outdoors.
  • HYDRATION: This year, JDS Camps will not provide water jugs for refills and will only have sealed water bottles for urgent/emergencies. Parents must pack extra water to ensure that campers stay hydrated throughout the day. Parents should remind campers before camp that sharing water is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, we will not use hoses, water balloons, slip-n’-slides, wet towels, or spray bottles to help cool off campers this summer.
  1. CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
  • CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Cleaning and disinfecting of supplies and equipment will occur regularly during the day and after camp each day. The camp director will document disinfecting routines. Cleaning supplies will be provided to all staff members for regular usage throughout the day.

XII. CAMP EQUIPMENT

  • EQUIPMENT: This year, each stable group/team will have their own equipment that they use throughout the day and week. Stable groups/teams will not share gear, and their coaches will disinfect their equipment regularly throughout the day, at midday, and after camp. The camp director will document the equipment disinfection process for each stable group/team.

XIII. ILLNESS 

  • STAFF ILLNESS: Staff is expected to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and notify the camp director if any develop (fever or respiratory symptoms).
  • CAMPER ILLNESS: Staff is expected to monitor children for signs and symptoms of illness and notify the camp director if any child develops signs or symptoms of illness.

XIV. COVID-19 CASES

  • POTENTIAL COVID-19 CASE: If there is a suspected or probable COVID-19 case within the camp, John Doyle, JDS Camps Owner/Operator, and the camp director will isolate the potentially infected individual(s), notify their parents/legal guardians, and begin contact tracing protocols. John Doyle staff will immediately inform parents/legal guardians about any potential contact their children may have had with suspected or confirmed cases. John Doyle staff will also immediately notify parents/legal guardians if their child(ren) is experiencing any symptoms or signs of illness. (For privacy reasons, we will be unable to share the potentially infected individual’s name or any identifying information.) When necessary, John Doyle staff will communicate with health officials to ensure that proper next steps are taken to ensure the health and safety of all campers and staff.
  • CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE: If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case within the camp, John Doyle, JDS Camps Owner/Operator, and the camp director will isolate the infected individual(s), notify their parents/legal guardians, and begin contact tracing protocols. John Doyle staff will immediately inform parents/legal guardians about any potential contact their children may have had with the confirmed individual(s). John Doyle staff will also immediately notify parents/legal guardians if their child(ren) is experiencing any symptoms or signs of illness. (For privacy reasons, we will be unable to share the infected individual’s name or any identifying information.) John Doyle staff will communicate with health officials to ensure that proper next steps are taken to ensure the health and safety of all campers and staff.

ENFORCEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

  • ENFORCEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY: John Doyle, JDS Camps Owner/Operator, and the camp director will enforce this COVID-19 plan, ensure all people on campus are held accountable to the protocols herein, and provide ongoing training and support to ensure proper compliance.
  • COMMUNICATION: John Doyle staff will be the primary individual communicating with parents, law enforcement, and health officials to ensure transparency and help maintain open lines of communication that will help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread.