The information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and evolving, and this COVID-19 guide is a living document that will evolve and change between now and summer 2022. 

Every summer we take pride in welcoming children, adults, friends, and colleagues to Juniata College to create memories and provide a variety of educational opportunities. We know this summer will look and feel different from prior summers, but our teams have worked hard at developing plans to safely welcome guests back to campus.

Developed by the Juniata College COVID Operations Team, this Summer Camp Safety Plan organizes COVID-19 best practices published by the CDC, as well as strategies learned as Juniata College operated successfully during the past year. This guide is meant to provide guests, families, and staff with information about how we are adapting our policies and procedures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 during in-person programs. 

We recognize that, regardless of the level of preparation, we cannot guarantee that COVID-19 will not be present at Juniata College, but we are confident in our ability to run programs in a safe and meaningful way. This COVID-19 Summer Camp Safety Plan shares how we plan to operate safely this summer.

 

Core Assumptions 

As we plan for summer 2022, we want to share our philosophy and approach for operating safely.

We have two primary goals that we are working towards simultaneously:

  1. Ensuring the health, safety, and security of our guests, staff, and community.
  2. Providing wonderful experiences, creating new relationships; engaging in safe physical activities, learning in classrooms, and enjoying the Juniata College campus.

The core assumptions listed below are the foundation upon which our COVID-19 Summer Camp Safety Plan was created. As the situation regarding the pandemic and related guidance continues to evolve, we reserve the right to adjust these assumptions and the components of our Summer Camp Safety Plan accordingly.

  • We can operate safely. We have confidence in our ability to apply a comprehensive strategy of  nonpharmaceutical interventions in order to safely operate this summer. If at any time the Juniata College COVID Operations Team feels we cannot deliver on this most basic promise of keeping everyone safe, we will not hesitate to adjust plans and change protocols.
     
  • COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available to our school-aged guests. Based on this information, we will be highly recommending all participants be vaccinated.  Each camp director will have the discretion to determine vaccination requirements for their individual program.
     
  • COVID-19 will remain a public health concern well into the summer. While cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are declining, COVID-19 remains prevalent in society. National health authorities continue to estimate some return to pre-COVID normalcy in mid to late summer. We are operating under the assumption that COVID-19 will still be present in the communities we serve AND that COVID-19 could potentially be present in our community.
     
  • It takes all of us to be successful. We rely on a partnership with our guests each summer, but this summer that partnership will be more important than ever, as we will be depending on our guests and their families to strictly follow all Juniata COVID-19 safety protocols.
     

Illness 

Juniata College does not provide medical care to guests who are not students of the College, or during summer months. Guests who have symptoms of illness may NOT participate in camp, and should not come to campus.  If any symptoms arise during camp, campers will be asked to report their symptoms to camp staff and arrange to leave campus immediately.

Vaccines

All Pennsylvanians over the age of 5 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and we have required our staff to become vaccinated. The vaccine will be regarded as an additional level of PPE for all adults, and we expect that those who are vaccinated will continue to comply with all of Juniata College’s COVID-19 policies.

Cleaning and Sanitization Procedures and Enhanced Hygiene 

Doorknobs, handles, and other commonly touched areas will be disinfected regularly. Bathrooms and shared spaces (e.g. dining halls) will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times per day, per CDC recommendations and guidelines. Juniata College uses disinfectants that are on the CDC and EPA lists of approved products to be effective against COVID-19. The number of hand-sanitizing stations throughout the College has been increased to accommodate enhanced protocols.

The CDC has most recently indicated that surface transmission is negligible, and enhanced sanitation, while desirable, is not a primary preventive measure.

Mask Wearing Policy

At this time, we are operating under a Mask Optional policy.  All guests and staff have the ability to determine if they will wear a mask, both indoors and outdoors. In additionl, each camp director can make the determination to require masking if they so choose.  Masks must meet CDC recommendations, covering both the nose and mouth. Bringing extra masks is strongly recommended, especially for sports camps. Masks with offensive language or images are strictly prohibited.

Fully vaccinated Juniata Faculty and Staff not associated with camps, or in facilities used by camps, are also following the Mask Optional Policy.

Safety requires collective input

Creating conditions that promote collective well-being requires that each individual take responsibility for their own behavior, and seek to protect those around them. It also requires an awareness of conditions and circumstances that one observes or encounters. If you see something concerning or alarming, please notify camp staff, a College employee, or Public Safety. We would rather investigate and resolve concerns sooner rather than allow unsafe conditions to exist. There is never a harm or consequence for asking about conditions, affirming a safety expectation or practice, or raising awareness about risks.

Conclusion

Thank you for reviewing the new policies and procedures in this Summer Camp Safety Plan. We will be regularly updating our policies to reflect any changes made to best practice recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lastly, we wanted to say thank you in advance for partnering with us to deliver the best possible experience for our guests and staff. The past two years havepresented our community with challenges that we have been able to overcome by sticking together (at a distance) and protecting each other. We cannot wait to see you this summer. Until then, stay safe and healthy.

 

UPDATED:  4/18/2022

 

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