Update: July 26, 2020
STAMFORD RECREATION SERVICES
CAMPER TRAVEL POLICY/COVID-19
July 15, 2020
Dear Camp Parents and Guardians,
I hope that your summer is going well and that your children are enjoying summer camp!
This memo is to notify you that our City Recreation Day Camps will be strictly adhering to the Governor Lamont’s travel policy to designated high risk COVID-19 States. Should you travel to one of these States with your children who attend camp those children will not be allowed back to camp until they are quarantined for the 14 day mandate the Governor has set. There will be no refunds for any quarantined camper.
You can find the full details of the Governors order at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT.
States In Connecticut Quarantine Advisory:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
Regional Travel Advisory: Effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
Stamford Recreation strongly advises you to continue to check the State of CT website provided for updates to the list of high risk COVID-19 States.
Superintendent of Recreation
To our Stamford Recreation Camp Families,
Camp Procedures for Summer Camp 2020 for Covid -19
Proposed procedure for staff upon camp arrival each day:
- AM Arrival – Staff member will be asked by the Camp Director to confirm that they do not have fever, shortness of breath or cough.
- The Camp Director will make a visual inspection of the staff member for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
- The Camp Director will take staff member’s temperature with non-contact thermometers, clean them with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client. You can reuse the same wipe as long as it remains wet.
- The Camp Director will make sure each staff member is wearing face mask they received
- Each staff member will be required to wash hand with soap or if no sink available apply had sanitizer. The Camp Director will ensure compliance.
- Each staff member will report to their area and with gloves wipe down all tables, chairs counters and door knobs where applicable.
Camper sign in each morning:
A station at the entrance of the facility will be set each morning where the child’s temperature will be taken before they are permitted to proceed to the sign in area with their parent. The child’s temperature will be taken with non-contact thermometers, which will be cleaned with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each child.
- If a child has a temperature or any signs of a runny nose, coughing or chills they will not be admitted to camp. In order to return they will need doctor’s written note to obtain clearance to return to camp.
- Parents and children will be separated 6 feet apart in the line waiting to be evaluated each day.
- After being cleared children will be walked down to their designated area to be signed in by the parent/guardian outside the door of the classroom away from other campers.
Camp sign out each afternoon:
- One group at a time will be brought down to a designated are to be dismissed with a sign out table allowing for 6 feet distancing for parents.
- Signs will be posted designating what groups will be signing out in order.
- Campers reporting to AM care will be brought there before groups report to the sign out location.
Staff responsibilities on a daily basis:
Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior
- All children, staff, and volunteers should engage in hand hygiene at the following times:
- Arrival to the facility and after breaks
- Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
- Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
- After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
- After coming in contact with bodily fluid
- After playing outdoors or in sand
- After handling garbage
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.
- Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.
- Assist children with handwashing, including infants (REMOVE INFANTS) who cannot wash hands alone.
- After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.
- Place posters describing handwashing steps near sinks. Developmentally appropriate posters in multiple languages are available from CDC.
- Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- One group at a time in the gym, art room, on the playground or any camp designated camp area.
- Stagger group transition times from one activity to another
- After each activity staff must clean down the equipment with gloves and disinfected approved wipes.
- Lunch would eaten in each groups classroom or outside on nice days.
- There will be no swimming this summer. Water games will be done by group at their site throughout the summer.
- Wipe down lunch tables after each wave of groups.
- Eliminating all camp field trips.
- Staff report any child feeling sick to Director ASAP
- Any camper not feeling well needs to be sent home and will be taken to the camp office and given a mask to wear waiting to be picked up by their parent.
- Smaller group sizes (10 Max) using more rooms at the schools to keep groups better separated. Campers stay in groups for all activities.
- No outside visitors accept approved by Recreation staff such as camp shows.
- No Camp picnic without parents to end the summer
- No more than 3 students in bathrooms at once
- No camp to camp group visits
- Signs posted all through camp on washing hands
- Campers will not leave their site the summer.
Note: All Staff and Parents will be required to sign a State Informed Consent Form prior to the start of camp to attend. The Form will be posted on the Recreation Website under camp forms and must be handed in on the first day of camp to the director.
This can all change depending on the States Requirements for camps before June 29th, 2020.
City announces that the Heroy Park Swimming Pool and Camp will be closed this summer:
Due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and reductions in the Recreation Services Aquatics and Camp seasonal budgets, the Heroy Park swimming pool and camp will not open this summer. In addition, the rules that we must follow to meet State of CT camp requirements do not lend themselves to allow a camp at Heroy Park. This includes proper social distancing, group number limits, and no rainy day capability to stay open. We know that this news is unfortunate for you our parents and campers who are registered for the Heroy Park summer camp.
We are making you aware as soon as possible and we will be processing a full refund for all registered; however if you are interested in moving to another camp site, please contact Scott Kassouf at 203-977-5018 or SKassouf@StamfordCT.gov no later than Friday, June 5.
We know that many of you also use the Heroy Pool and we invite you to enjoy our City beach parks this summer with Lifeguards on duty seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm at Cove Island’s East Beach and Quigley Beaches, Cummings Park Beach, and West Beach.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to the summer of 2021 when the Heroy Park pool and camp will hopefully reopen.
Fit To Go Summer Camps
Where: Bodywise Studio-990 Hope Street
Recreation Star Center, 1170 Shippan Ave
When: June 18 – June 19- Sess. 01
August 18 –August 21 – Sess. 02
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Time: 9:30AM – 4:30pm – Regular Day
8:30AM – 5:00PM – Extended Day
Fee: $130.00 per child/session . 1 - regular day
$142.50 per child session. 1 - extended day $260.00 per child/ per session 2 -regular day
$285.00 per child/ per session 2 - extended day
The camp will feature Rebounding, Hooping Boot Camp, Zumba, Kids Boot Camp-Indoor, Playground Boot Camp, Kids Boxing & Jump Rope, Yoga, Movies, Fun Games and Beach Fun. Students should bring and how to dress: Large beach towel, wear light comfortable clothing, sunscreen, bring sneakers and wear flip flops, lunch, 2 snacks, water bottles and lots of energy! We will also have pizza and ice cream one day and the cost will be an extra $10.00 paid the first day of camp
3D Building At Its Best (Ages 5 –12)
August 11 - August 14
Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Fee: $160.00 per child
No amount of “huffing and puffing “will blow our buildings down! Learn principles of construction and use math skills as you experiment with scale and size, staggering vs stacking. In a hands-on class using Lego ™ materials, we’ll build houses with removable roofs, castles with turrets, and towers of strength! No bricks will be taken home. Children will work in groups. Please bring a lunch and a snack. Pictures will be e-mailed home.