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 2021. 

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. 

There is no single action that can guarantee that a person will not become infected with COVID-19. Juniata College is taking a multilayered approach to combating COVID-19 this summer. Each prevention measure has its own strengths and weaknesses. By layering multiple prevention measures on top of each other — hand sanitizing AND wearing a mask AND social distancing AND limiting time indoors AND quarantining AND checking daily symptoms — there will be fewer pathways for the virus to enter and spread throughout the College. 

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 2021, 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 multilayered, 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 may not be widely available to our school-aged guests. Based on consultation with medical experts, we do not expect a vaccine to be widely available (if at all) for children under the age of 16. We also do not anticipate the even distribution of vaccines across the geographic areas from which our guests and staff travel. 
     
  • 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 pre-arrival requirements, including but not limited to a quarantine period, daily symptom checks and temperature monitoring, and reporting of any and all health concerns. 
     

Pre-arrival Expectation for Self-Quarantine 

All guests and staff that are not vaccinated should self-quarantine beginning 10 days prior to their arrival at the College.

During the quarantine, guests, staff, and members of their household should:

  • Limit physical contact with anyone outside of their household.
  • Avoid attending group celebrations, family events, parties, etc.
  • Wear a mask when interacting with any individuals outside of their immediate household.
  • Stay 6 feet away from other people.
  • Utilize curbside store/restaurant services, if necessary, and avoiding indoor dining.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Limit non-essential travel.

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 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and we have encouraged our staff to become vaccinated as soon as they can. 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.

Camper Daily Health Screening 

College staff will conduct daily COVID-19 screenings for all campers. 

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

Everyone must be masked except when eating, drinking, or taking a safe mask break at an appropriate distance from others. All guests and staff will be required to wear masks inside all buildings except when they are actively eating. 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, may not be required to adhere to the mask wearing 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 year has presented 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.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/summercamp.html

https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/03/24/covid-camp-guidance-032421

https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/field-guide-camps

 

2021 Summer Camp Schedule