Health and Safety Policies

Health and Wellness Information for Summer 2021

  • A valid medical form (valid through August 2021) must be submitted prior to the start of the program.
  • It is the responsibility of each family to inform the staff of any changes to the information submitted on the medical form.
  • If your child takes medication, you will be required to fill out the general medication administration form.
  • All minor injuries and medication distribution will be treated by the Camp nurse
  • If a child is sick or is suspected of being sick, they will be directed to the Camp nurse
  • If a child presents symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever at or greater than 100.0°F, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, and/or sore throat), the child will be immediately separated from the group to a quarantine room until a parent/guardian can pick them up. The child will only be able to return to the program upon full medical clearance in compliance with DOH guidelines.

Face Coverings and PPE

  • Face coverings policy is based on NYS DOH protocols. Children/campers are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings as feasible. Children/campers are not required to wear a face covering when utilizing the outdoor space that belongs to and/or is exclusively used by the child care or day camp program. A valid medical form (valid through August 2021) must be submitted prior to the start of the program along with COVID-19 vaccination status for children above 12 years of age.
  • The Marks JCH will have extra masks and PPE on site in case a child or staff member needs a new face covering.

Daily Health Screening

  • As per NYS DOH, all children will have their temperatures taken upon arrival and pass a health screening containing several questions.
  • Any child who presents with a fever at or greater than 100.4 will not be allowed in the program and must adhere to steps for re-admittance outlined by DOH. This includes, but is not limited to a mandated medical professional’s clearance upon return to JCH.
  • Individuals dropping off the child daily will also be asked a series of health screening questions daily. NYS law mandates that all people participating in the health screening are honest to the best of their ability.

Increased Handwashing/Sanitization

  • Children and staff will wash/sanitize their hands immediately upon arrival.
  • Children and staff will wash/sanitize their hands between activities.
  • Staff will carry cleaning products with them to each activity to sanitize all equipment after use.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  • Supply bins will be created for each child/group to minimize the sharing of high-touch objects.
  • A deep clean of all program areas will take place each evening after program conclusion.


  • Groups will be limited to a maximum of 15 children. Cohorts will be permitted to engage with each other but will not be permitted to engage with other cohorts without social distancing.
  • Groups will remain the same throughout the session to the extent possible.

Developing COVID-19 like symptoms while at Camp

  • If a participant or staff member develops possible COVID-19 symptoms, they will be directed to our quarantine area, where they will be further assessed and monitored by trained personnel while awaiting transportation home. We are asking families to pick up the participant promptly, if this occurs.
  • Any person who has been sent home due to possible COVID-19 infection may return to the program as per DOH guidelines as well as a full medical clearance.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

  • If a child or staff member reports that they received a positive result to a COVID-19 test, we ask that you notify the Camp Director immediately. Marks JCH Afterschool Program will maintain the confidentiality of the individual at all times while mitigating the situation.
  • The case will be reported to the NYC Department of Health, and all families and staff of the individual’s group will be notified. All facilities that the individual came in contact will be vacated, deep cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines. The infected child’s group will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
  • We expect that all children and staff who come in close contact with the infected individual will self-monitor for symptoms for a 10 day period.
  • NYS DOH guidelines for contact tracing, handling exposure and mitigating risk will be strictly followed.

Other Absences & Sicknesses

  • If your child(ren) will be absent from the program on any given day, please contact the Camp office as much in advance as possible. If your child is feeling sick, please keep him/her at home. We will not permit any child or staff member feeling under the weather to participate in the program. In the case that a child gets sick during Afterschool hours, we will ask you to pick him/her up before dismissal time.