CSS COVID-19 Playbook

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CSS COVID-19 Playbook


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. Starting in Summer 2022, all campers, staff, and visitors must be up to date on their vaccines. With the CDC recently approving booster shots for children aged 5-11, we are asking that you make sure to have all your campers fully up to date before their first session. However, even with vaccines and masking, we cannot promise a 100% risk-free environment. We cannot guarantee that campers won’t get COVID-19, but we can guarantee that our policies and procedures will be strictly followed to minimize contagion. 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.

Camp Solomon Schechter is following the American Camp Association’s field guide and recommendations provided by the CDC to reduce potential exposures and the spread of COVID-19. We are also following the requirements and recommendations provided by the Washington State Department of Health. Click here to learn more.

CSS is actively working with the state to ensure we’re adhering to current health protocols. While the vaccine requirement won’t change, we may need to adjust at-camp protocols should the CDC or Washington state alter their recommendations.


Pre-Arrival and Testing

All campers and staff are required to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and booster(s) before arriving at camp. We also highly encourage taking a COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival at camp for screening in addition to other rounds of testing we will complete onsite. This can include a rapid antigen test at home or PCR test at a testing site in your area — PCR may be more accurate for detecting early infection, but a home rapid antigen remains an option based on access to PCR testing. We suggest the following in the 1-2 weeks before arrival to ensure COVID 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 if you have any COVID 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


Discharge Policy

If a camper or staff member tests positive before camp begins, they will be asked to stay at home for the next five days and isolate there. Following a negative test on Day 6, campers and staff members will be able to return to camp and must mask inside and outside. If a camper or staff member tests positive while at camp, we ask that you pick them up within six hours. These campers and staff members must be free of all symptoms 24 hours after their fifth day of isolation in order to return to camp. The group of campers or staff members that have been exposed will be tested but not have to isolate since everyone will up to date on their vaccinations.

On the first day of camp (Day 0), before 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 and Gesher attendees 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. It is recommended that families conduct their own tests before Day 0 to avoid testing positive before camp begins.

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 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.


Masking

With the recent rise in COVID cases, we are requiring campers wear masks 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.


Podding

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.

At Camp Solomon Schechter, we believe that the health and safety of our campers and staff members are a top priority. We also believe that masks and vaccines work. As such, to increase their health and safety, we will be enforcing these policies and procedures to ensure everyone has the best summer possible. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re also hosting three informational sessions that will provide more clarity on our policies for the summer:

  • Echad and Aleph – Tuesday, June 7 at 5pm PST
  • Bet and Gimmel – Wednesday, June 8 at 5pm PST
  • Oded and Gesher – Thursday, June 9 at 5pm PST

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