COVID-19 Safety Procedures
We have implemented policies to accommodate the social distancing, sanitation, and sterilization guidelines and recommendations from our Local and State government.
Masking has proven to be an effective way to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Universal masking may decrease the number of children placed in quarantine based on the local health department’s definition of exposure. Anyone entering Camp buildings is required to wear a face covering.
• Parents/Guardians will provide face coverings for students. Providing a spare is recommended.
• Masks should be worn at all times EXCEPT during: eating; drinking; active outdoor activity; or indoor/outdoor active physical activity. Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained for each of these activities.
• Wearing a face shield in addition to proper mask wearing can be considered, but is not a substitute for a mask.
• Exceptions may include students with special healthcare and educational needs and those who are unable to take off a mask by themselves. Parents seeking support or exceptions, should work with the Camp Administrative Staff.
• Masks with exhalation valves are not recommended as they can promote the spread of infection.
• Cloth face coverings should be washed daily and when soiled.
• Additional masks are available for students and staff if a mask is forgotten or becomes soiled and/ or wet.
• Staff and students will be reminded regularly and as needed about proper mask wearing, including hand hygiene before putting mask on and taking it off, avoidance of touching mask, and ensuring the mask covers mouth and nose.
• We will make reasonable best efforts to minimize risk, however, attending programs in-person will introduce a greater risk of exposure.
• Protocols will include assigned seating. Students will be seated in individual desks/tables and/or socially distanced when possible.
• We have hand sanitizing stations. Students and staff will utilize hand sanitizer or wash hands each time they enter the room.
• Students will be reminded of proper hand washing and cough and sneeze etiquette.
• Door handles and other high touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day by camp staff.
• Camp will eliminate communal supplies where feasible. Shared manipulatives will be sanitized following each use.
• Students will remain physically distant within the room and in hallways as much as possible.
• If a child is quarantined for any reason they will not be able to attend Thrive Camp until they are able to return to school.
• Activity time will be staggered so students have plenty of space.
• All students returning from activities will wash and/or sanitize their hands before they return to their learning space.
• Face coverings are not required (but are optional) when kids are participating in activities where it may not be safe to wear a face covering (during vigorous activity).
• Students who opt to remove their face covering during activities, should carefully remove and store their face covering.
Students and Staff Presenting with Illness
• If any students or staff present signs or symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever (100 degrees or greater), or two of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, and loss of taste or smell, they will be removed from other students. For staff, they will be immediately sent home. For students, camp staff will immediately notify parent/guardian for pick-up. The student will remain in isolation until their parent/guardian arrives. Parents/Guardians must pick up their student, or arrange for the pick-up of their student, within 30 minutes of notification. A precautionary space will be utilized to keep all students and staff safe from illness. The precautionary space door will remain open so that camp staff can monitor the student. Camp staff will social distance and use a disposable face covering and gloves and use any personal protective equipment that is provided. Parents/Guardians are advised to contact the student’s doctor to discuss symptoms and risk factors and notify their child’s school.
• All students and staff living in the same household with the person presenting with COVID-19 symptoms will also be sent home.
• Three Trails Camp will follow next steps as directed by the Jackson County Health Department, which may include quarantine measures.
Positive COVID -19 Test or COVID -19 Symptoms
Students and staff will be excluded from Thrive Camp if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit two or more symptoms of COVID-19, based on CDC guidance, that is not otherwise explained. Symptoms of COVID-19 that would require exclusion include fever of 100° or greater and or two of the following symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. Students and staff will follow the illness protocol for future return to Thrive Camp.
Illness Protocol for Returning to the Site/Work
Staff and students who are excluded from Thrive Camp or school will not be allowed to return to until they have been cleared by their school nurse and are told they can return to school, or by a physician.
In general staff and students can return if:
• 10 days have passed since the first symptom appeared and they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Symptoms should also be improving.
• They have one negative COVID-19 test.
• Student or staff member has a doctor confirmed explanation of symptoms.
Travel and Quarantine
Staff and students traveling by airplane or on a cruise ship will not be allowed to return to the site for 14 days upon their return. This applies to all staff and students. Travel should be reported to our camp office. Questions can be directed to the site director. You may return to the site after car travel if you are symptom free. According to the CDC, COVID-19 cases have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, the CDC recommends avoiding travel to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Upon your return, be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If you experience any of these symptoms, stay home and report to your doctor.
Communicating Positive COVID-19 Cases
If a student tests positive for COVID-19 camp staff will notify the families of the students in the same classroom or cohort and staff.
If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 camp staff will notify the parent or guardian of the students that have been in close contact with COVID-19 positive staff member, and all camp staff.