• I’m sure many of you have seen in the news that many summer camps are choosing not to operate this year.  We have also struggled with this decision as there is no way that camp can operate as originally planned.  We know that many of our families will be counting on us to provide safe and reliable childcare so that they can return to work, which is why we have decided to remain open this summer.  However, camp will look much different than years prior.

    Summer Camp Health Guidelines

    What Parents Can Expect From Camps

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    I’m sure many of you have seen in the news that many summer camps are choosing not to operate this year.  We have also struggled with this decision as there is no way that camp can operate as originally planned.  We know that many of our families will be counting on us to provide safe and reliable childcare so that they can return to work, which is why we have decided to remain open this summer.  However, camp will look much different than years prior.  All camps previously planned have technically been cancelled (TREKS, CORE, and Sports and Skills Camps will NOT take place this summer).  Children who are currently enrolled for one of these camps will receive priority enrollment in the "new" School's Out Summer Camp. 

     

    Summer 2020

    School’s Out will operate summer camps at Chamberlin, Orchard and Rick Marcotte Central.  The primary function of these camps will be to PROVIDE CHILDCARE TO WORKING FAMILIES.  If you do not need care, please keep your child at home. 

     

    Locations: Chamberlin, Orchard, Rick Marcotte Central

    Dates: Monday - Thursday, June 15 - Aug 6

    Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Cost: $190/wk, No sibling discount.  No partial week enrollment (you may keep your child home any day you wish, but the full tuition will be applied)

     

    • Reduced Days and Hours: Camp will operate Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am - 3:30  pm to be sure we have time to adequately clean spaces, materials and equipment and properly prepare for the coming week

    • Added A Site: We have added Rick Marcotte as a location to lower exposure by spreading our population across multiple sites and allow children to attend camp in their own community.  Please know that there is significant construction at this location and there may be delays during pick up and drop off times. 

    • No Longer Able To Serve Non-South Burlington Residents: In the past, we have been able to serve family members and friends from out of town, but due to capacity restrictions and risk of bringing in infection from outside our community, we have decided this is not an option this year. 

    • Small Group “Cabins”- Children will be divided into mixed age small groups that will not interact with any other groups throughout the day.  Siblings will be kept in the same groups and we will do our best to group friends and children with similar interests.  We will not be able to accommodate grouping requests.

    • Fewer field trips - We will not transport large groups of children due to the risk of having many children in close proximity on a school bus.  Each group may be able to go on one outdoor field trip per week, but we are awaiting guidance on this.

    • Health and Safety- The Department of Health has laid out a Health Guidance Document that we must follow to operate. Staff will be required to wear face coverings and children will most likely be required to wear face coverings at camp.  (we are expecting updated guidelines soon and will update our health and safety plan in accordance with the new guidelines).  

    • Expectations of Children and Parents: There will be heightened health, safety and behavior expectations of children and parents (wearing masks, maintaining social distance, health screening...etc).  We don't expect that children will be able to maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times, but do expect kids to maintain some distance and keep hands and feet to themselves at all times.  We will outline expectations and share with enrolled families in the next week or two.  Termination of enrollment may occur if parent and/or child expectations are not being met

    • Closure Contingency- We are working with the state to create a policy that deals with the potential of someone in our program being identified as having contracted or having contact with someone with COVID-19. If this were to happen, all students in that group may be required to be picked up immediately and then to stay at home for a 2 week period. We would stop payments at that time and work with you on a partial refund or credit back to your account.  The Vermont Department of Health will provide guidance in the event that this occurs.

    • We reserve the right to make changes at any time:  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel camp at any time.  As health guidelines change, risk increases or decreases, we may need to make changes including, but not limited to field trip cancellations, group size adjustments and change of locations.

    • Lunch will be served!: Through June 30 (and hopefully beyond) breakfast and lunch will be served to all campers through the Summer Lunch Program.  No cost!  We are waiting to hear if the program will be funded beyond June.  Feel free to pack a lunch if your child is a picky eater.  We will have a sample menu available, but due to disruptions in the supply chain, a regular menu is not possible.  There will always be two options and we will have a heightened awareness of allergies to be sure all kids are safe.

     

    More details will be published to our website in the coming weeks

     

    Registration

    Registration for families that have yet to enroll will open at noon on May 18 at www.sbschoolsout.com.   Please note that there are capacity restrictions at each location and submission of the registration form does not guarantee enrollment.  

     

    Please know that there is nothing we would rather be doing than running summer camps the way we've always done.  We recognize that the new model may present a hardship for parents, children and staff.  We will do our best to make every day fun, enriching and positive.  We hope this service helps to meet the childcare needs of the South Burlington community.