COVID-19 Information - July 2020
On June 29th, 2020 Governor Ducey spoke about the incidences of COVID-19 in Arizona and issued an executive order to delay the start of school until August 17. Based on this announcement, we have canceled all in-person summer programming for July. This includes the Summer School Enrichment Programs at Grayhawk Elementary School and Desert Trails Elementary School, as well as Mascot Camp scheduled for Boulder Creek Elementary and Whispering Wind Academy.
We can’t thank you enough for your trust in the programs we provide. We truly regret that we cannot continue to provide experiences for your children this summer as this is the work we love to do. We look forward to being able to be together again.
From 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday July 6th through Thursday July 23rd.
This year camp will be held at 2 locations:
Assigned site is pre-determined by a student’s home school. There are only 54 spaces available per camp site.
Boulder Creek Camp
Boulder Creek, Cactus View, Desert Cove, Desert Trails, Fireside, Hidden Hills, Mercury Mine, Wildfire
Whispering Wind Academy Camp
Copper Canyon, Desert Shadows, Desert Springs, Liberty, North Ranch, Pinnacle Peak, Quail Run, Sandpiper, Sonoran Sky, Sunset Canyon, Whispering Wind Academy
(This is a sample. Physical Activity time will be varied for each classroom to limit students congregating in one area. For all activities, students will remain with their assigned group)
8:30 - Welcoming activities
9:00 - Morning snack
9:15 - Academic enrichment
10:00 - Individual projects or physical activity
12:15 - Lunch in classrooms
12:45 - Group read aloud
1:00 - Individual projects or physical activity
3:00 - Ending activities
4:00 - Camp Closes
Summer Camp Fees
Camp fees must be paid at the time of registration. A $90 one-time, non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration (maximum of $180 per family).
Summer Camp COVID-19 Protocols
- 1:9 staff/student ratio in defined, designated spaces
- Students grouped by contact in a cohort*, not by grade level
- Groups/staff will remain constant for the duration of camp
- Social distancing will be in practice
- Registration will be for the entire camp (14 days)
- Curbside pickup and drop off – texting & ID required
- Health screening questionnaire completed upon drop off
- Staff and students are required to wear masks.
- Students are encouraged but not required to wear a mask.
- Our childcare staff will be required to wear masks.
- Each student will receive a non-sharable bag of consumables to use at camp such as markers, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.
- Various activities will support academics and social/emotional learning
- Daily schedule includes non-contact active games
- Structured cleaning schedule throughout the day will be followed
- Nightly sanitization
- Nursing support available
Safety & Hygiene
- Staff and students must wash hands upon entry to camp, before eating, before leaving, and at designated intervals throughout the day. Alcohol based sanitizer may also be used.
- Staff will complete a health screening with temperature check.
- Staff and students will wear masks.
- All camp participants will socially distance.
- Common touch points will be sanitized every two hours.
- Children will not share consumables or computers.
- Gloves will be worn when appropriate.
- Nightly cleaning and sanitizing will take place.
When You Arrive
- Pull into the designated drop off spot. If the spot is not open please remain in your car and wait to pull up.
- Text the phone number to notify staff of your arrival. You and your child will remain in your car.
- A staff member will come to your car and ask you to answer the health screening questions.
- Sign your child in.
- Child exits the car and a staff member walks them inside.
- Pull into the designated drop off spot. If the spot is not open please remain in your car and wait to pull up. Have your name card in your window.
- Text the phone number to notify staff of your arrival. You will remain in your car.
- A staff member will come to your car and ask for your photo identification.
- Once your identity has been verified, your child will be released to you.
What to Bring
- A student identifiable mask (put student’s name on it)
- A lunch and reusable water bottle labeled with your child's name.
- A snack and drink is optional. Water is always available to refill water bottles. A morning snack will be provided.
- No other items should be brought to camp. Outside toys/items will not be allowed. No backpacks, please. There will be no lost and found.
*A cohort is defined as a group of children who will remain together throughout the duration of camp.
As we help children to reintegrate into a group setting, we are fortunate to work with our social worker interns through our partnership with Everybody Matters ™. Children will participate in fun group activities and lessons
Children attending camp will be provided with the opportunity to complete some academic work using an assigned device. Each child’s materials and laptop will be kept in individual bags for his/her use. Each child will have a designated space in the classroom for the duration of camp.
If the answer to any of the health screening questions is yes, or your child is displaying COVID -19 symptoms, your child may be excluded from attending camp programming. If your child becomes ill or displays symptoms of COVID-19 at camp, your child will be isolated and you will be expected to pick your child up immediately. Your child will not be allowed to return to camp without a medical release from your physician. We appreciate your support to ensure all campers have a healthy experience.
Staff members will also be screened on a daily basis. Any staff member who indicates illness or exhibits symptoms will not be permitted to work.
If you feel that summer camp will be a good fit for your family, please register no later than June 25, 2020.