Dear CSS Community,
Parents send their children to Camp Solomon Schechter assuming they will have many fun, positive social interactions and learn from our rich Jewish environment. They also expect camp to provide a safe and healthy environment. We want you to know that we take the health and safety of your child very seriously. As such, under the advisement of our medical committee and with the support of our Board of Directors, we are expanding our vaccination policy to include the COVID-19 vaccine.
All campers and staff are required to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and booster(s) before arriving at camp.
If your campers have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster, please plan accordingly to ensure they receive them at least two weeks prior to the start of camp.
Pre-Arrival and Testing
We also highly encourage campers to take a rapid COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival. This is to avoid a trip to camp that results in needing to be turned away. We suggest the following in the 1-2 weeks before arrival to ensure COVID-19, or any other infections, do not accompany anyone to camp:
- Minimize potential exposures, especially outside your immediate family
- Wear a well-fitted mask in indoor settings
- Avoid higher risk indoor settings like indoor dining
- Avoid indoor and outdoor crowded places or events, such as close contact settings and confined spaces
- Stay home and test for COVID-19 if you have any COVID-19 or “cold-like” symptoms
- Continue to observe other infection prevention practices, such as hand hygiene after using bathrooms and before meals and not touching nose/eyes/face
If a camper or staff member tests positive before camp begins, they will be asked to stay at home for 10 days and isolate. Campers and staff may return to camp after 10 days. We will work with each family to accommodate a full stay at camp. Please follow the below steps if your camper(s) test positive before camp begins:
1. Stay home and isolate for 10 days. As you approach day 10, please contact camp with an update about how you are feeling and to discuss steps for returning to camp.
While the CDC says you can potentially leave the house after 5 days, there are many caveats to this—for the tight-knit and residential camp environment of CSS, isolating for full 10 days is safest for all
2. Please let your pediatrician/general practitioner know about your result
3. Please ask your regular medical team about any treatment options or what you can do at home if you develop symptoms
On the first day of camp (Day 0), before campers (including Gesher campers) are welcomed onto property, we will be administering rapid antigen tests at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School. Families must wait at least 15 minutes after a test before they can head into camp. Oded campers will be tested at camp. Families will not be able to enter camp without a card signifying that every camper in the car has tested negative. A positive test result will initiate an over-the-counter PCR test.
Surveillance testing with antigen tests will also be conducted on Day 2 and Day 5 and will follow the same protocol for positive tests results. If a camper has two or more symptoms (fever, etc.), we will conduct diagnostic testing.
If another camper in your car tested positive, please take the following steps:
- Return home and quarantine for 5 days. The CDC recommends a PCR test 3-5 days after last exposure. As you approach day five, please contact camp with an update about how you are doing, any test results, and to discuss steps for returning to camp.
- If you develop a positive test during your quarantine period, you then start a 10 day isolation period. As you approach day 10, please contact camp with an update about how you are feeling and to discuss steps for returning to camp.
- Please let your pediatrician/general practitioner know about your result and ask you can do at home if you develop symptoms.
While the CDC says you can potentially leave the house after 5 days, there are many caveats to this—for the tight-knit and residential camp environment of CSS, isolating for full 10 days is safest for all.
There are two potential “clocks” for the near future:
1) The post-exposure “clock” starts from the kids’ last exposure to you (thank you for masking and isolating at home!). Last exposure day is “day zero”. The 5 day wait starts from last exposure to you (and resets if anyone else in the house turns positive). The CDC also recommends testing 3-5 days from exposure, and if you wanted to consider daily rapid tests at home, that is a reasonable decision for your family (and could start the 10-day clock sooner). Per camp policies, we will re-evaluate their entry into camp after day 5.
2) The potential “the kid(s) got COVID clock” starts with any positive test they themselves have. Two big thumbs up to getting them PCRs ASAP. If that is positive, the 10 day wait to enter camp starts.
Canadian and Spokane campers arriving by bus will be tested before they leave. Schechter staff will be administering rapid tests at bus pick-up sites.
If a camper tests positive while at camp, we are requiring that parents pick up their child or children within six hours. Parents must identify another family member or friend if they are not available.The group of campers or staff members that have been exposed will be tested daily for 5 days but not have to isolate since everyone will up to date on their vaccinations.
With the recent rise in COVID cases, we are requiring campers to wear masks (first 5 days) indoors when not eating. (This includes standing in line for food, programming, and blessing before or after meals, etc.) Please have your campers bring extra masks with them.
We will continue our podding policy from summer 2021 until testing is complete on Day 5. Being outdoors is the most important precaution, and our campers will be outdoors as much as possible again this summer.
Please talk to your camper and practice these strategies together prior to coming to camp to ensure a smooth transition to an amazing summer! Contact Adi Azoulai with any questions. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please review the Parent Handbook here.