Summer Shore
COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 FAQs

Returning to Camp in Person

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • When will camp begin? Will it be in person?

    Each Summer Shore camp program begins on a specific date. Please be sure to check your eventbrite registration to ensure that you registered your child/children for the correct program/s. Shore is planning to run all 2021 summer camps in person. If local and/or state restrictions and guidelines change, Shore will inform all registrants immediately and provide full refunds for any cancelled camps.
  • Is it possible that we will be unable to start with all campers on site or have to delay opening summer camps?

    Yes. The pandemic landscape overall and the circumstances in our region continue to change. We need to remain flexible in our plans and adaptable to changes so that we can keep our community safe. While we are planning to open camps, should disease rates rise making it unsafe or unwise to pursue our plans as intended, we are prepared to adjust or cancel programs as needed.
  • Has the camp adjusted its health policies and protocols?

    We have adjusted our policies and protocols in accordance with state guidelines and COVID-19 best practices to keep our community safe. This includes, but is not limited to, policies and protocols as it relates to camper and staff attendance, response to high-risk events inside and outside of camp, the adoption of safe camp behaviors, the reduction of camper-to-camper and staff-to-camper contacts each day, and enhanced cleaning protocols. We will continue to update our policies and protocols as additional guidance is released and/or if safer alternatives are identified.
  • Will there be ongoing changes to these policies and protocols? 

    The science surrounding COVID-19, the public health guidance related to the virus, and the disease status of our communities continues to change. As such, the School Administration may make changes to these policies at any time. If material changes are made, our camp community will be notified of such changes as soon as possible. These policies and protocols will continue to be in effect as long as is necessary.
  • Are there any requirements prior to the planned start of each camp?

    As per our guiding principles of keeping the community safe and healthy using data proven techniques, we are advising all staff and families to be extra vigilant about social distancing starting 14 days before the start of camp and thereafter. This includes: 
    • Keeping 6 feet apart in public places
    • Wearing a mask in public at all times
    • Frequent hand washing
    • Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people
    • Abiding by Massachusetts travel restrictions
  • Will testing be required for screening purposes prior to the start of each camp?

    Summer Shore may require COVID-19 testing for screening purposes for campers, faculty, or staff prior to the beginning of camp. Summer Shore may request that any and all members of the camp community provide a negative molecular viral test for COVID-19 OR a 14-day quarantine as a precondition of entering campus if there is the possibility of an infection based on our safety protocol.
  • Will Summer Shore provide information for families about best practices for safety and new camp practices and protocols? 

    At the opening of camp, employees, campers, and families will agree to a Summer Camp pledge that specifically addresses all of the ways to keep our community safe. The more cautious families are outside of camp, the longer we will be able to sustain in-person camp sessions. 

Indoor Spaces and Social Distancing

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What is Summer Shore doing to reduce camper-to-camper and staff-to-staff contact?

    Campers will spend the majority of their day with their camp group (“cohort”) and staff in their cohort with minimal physical contact with others outside of their assigned spaces. Campers will not share camp supplies. All staff will work with students in outdoor spaces as much as possible to minimize exposure throughout campus. Cohorts will not co-mingle with other cohorts.
  • How will indoor spaces be organized?

    Indoor seating arrangements will be consistent with state guidelines for safe distancing. Campers will have designated seating that is oriented facing front when possible. If the indoor space has tables instead of desks, campers will sit in approved and clearly marked locations at the table. 
  • What are the cohort sizes?

    Camp group and cohort sizes range from 8-10 students, with a goal of achieving 6 feet of social distance between camper work stations. 
  • Will students and adults be social distancing?

    Indoor spaces have been adjusted to support activity spaces that are a minimum of 6 feet apart. Camp staff have removed unnecessary furniture and items that would be difficult to clean or sanitize. Depending on the age, children will see visual cues that help them remember where to safely sit or play. The camp schedule has been adjusted to limit the amount of movement a cohort has, and to limit the number of places in the building a cohort touches.

    There are four social distances that apply to specific camp activities:
    • A minimum of 3 feet of distance between campers and adults within the same cohort with masks on
    • A minimum of 6 feet of distance when campers are eating or drinking within their cohort; specialists not part of the cohort will maintain 6 feet of distance during instruction of the cohort; all employees will maintain 6 feet of social distance from each other.
    • A minimum of 10 feet of distance (outdoors only) for masked campers to be singing
    • A minimum of 14 feet of distance between entire cohorts outdoors
  • Will supplies and equipment be shared?

    Summer Shore has ordered enough supplies to be sure that campers have to share as few materials as possible. In spaces where materials need to be shared, staff have built protocols that allow for disinfection of materials before being used by someone else in the cohort. Given that children will have regular hand washing and sanitizing, we are confident that these additional measures will make the indoor materials safe to use.
  • How will bathroom use be different? How will we keep it safe?

    We are lucky to have dedicated, single-use bathrooms in our Lower School classrooms where each of our camp cohorts will be assigned. Multi-person bathrooms will be used by only one person at a time. Restrooms will be cleaned nightly and will be disinfected periodically during the day.
  • What is the protocol for hand hygiene?

    Camp staff will develop routines to ensure campers wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to campus, after using the restroom, after playing outside and returning indoors, before and after eating, and after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizer stations will be available indoors and by frequently touched surfaces.
  • Will there be recess and outdoor play?

    Yes. Our goal is to get and keep campers outdoors as much as possible. We will apply stringent health and safety measures to all aspects of our summer camp program as defined by state guidelines. During outdoor play, children will not co-mingle with other cohorts.
  • Will eating and activities and be held outside as much as possible?

    Yes. In addition to our large outdoor spaces, Shore may also add tents to the campus in order to increase the number of covered outdoor spaces. Families can help support increased time outdoors by sending children to camp with rain coats, additional layers of clothing, and flexible footwear.
  • What are the new procedures for safety drills and emergencies?

    The administration is working closely with the Beverly Fire Department to plan for drill procedures that will allow us to safely exit using our social-distancing standards. Because movement throughout the buildings will be different, we will use the early days of camp to reorient students about using the closest exit and how to distance the cohort out on the field.

Additional Information

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Will snack and/or lunch be provided by Summer Shore?

    No, families must provide a nut-free daily snack and lunch that will be eaten in the cohort’s assigned space or outdoors. Lunches and snacks will not be shared between students. 
  • Will there be off-site field trips or activities?

    Last year, the Baker-Polito administration released detailed guidelines for the phased re-opening of child care, summer camps, and summer recreational programs. Under those guidelines, programs were required to cancel all field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities. We are hopeful that Summer 2021 will allow for off-site travel. However, we will remain flexible and abide by the most recently updated guidelines. Should off-site travel not be permitted, we plan to host water days on Shore’s campus instead. 
  • What is the Summer Shore visitor policy?

    Until further notice, our campus is closed to all visitors. The only people allowed into the buildings are Shore and Summer Shore employees, campers, and contracted workers who agree to follow our safety protocols.
  • How often will the indoor spaces be cleaned?

    The indoor spaces will be cleaned on a daily schedule. Frequently-touched surfaces will be disinfected multiple times throughout the day.
  • What cleaning products will be used?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed with the right products. The EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. Shore will use cleaning products approved by the EPA and on LIST N. Shore is also using electrostatic disinfectant equipment as a supplement to standard cleaning regimens and solutions.
  • Will all indoor camp spaces windows be open at all times during the summer?

    Staff will be trained to keep all classroom doors and windows open whenever possible, so it is important that children are appropriately dressed.
  • What changes have been made to the ventilation system in the school?

    The ventilation system will be set to push fresh air in at all times. Fresh air will remain more important than heating and cooling. Ventilation systems will have COVID-19 approved filters installed and routinely checked and maintained.
  • What can Summer Shore families do to help?

    • It is advised that all Shore families and employees quarantine for 14 days before the start of camp.
    • HELP your child find comfortable face coverings before the start of camp.
    • Send your child to camp with clothing that makes outdoor activities possible even on rainy days.
    • Start explaining to your child(ren) how camp may look and feel different after you review these materials.
    • Establish good health and safety habits: put social distancing and mask-wearing into practice before the start of camp.
    • Encourage good hand hygiene at home.
    • Follow guidance from the CDC and Massachusetts to keep our camp community safe.

Health and Safety Protocols

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the guiding organizations that Shore is following in developing and monitoring Shore’s summer camp plans?

    Shore Country Day School Administrators are using the guidance of the organizations listed here in developing Shore’s summer camp plans. In addition, Shore will continue to work closely with Dr. Thomas Seman, our consulting physician from North Shore Pediatrics.
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
    • Beverly Health Department
    • Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE)
  • Will campers and adults be required to wear masks to camp?

    Yes, all campers will wear masks when arriving and departing campus, as well as throughout the day during camp. Campers will wear masks indoors and outdoors but can remove masks when eating or drinking if they are in an approved location and can maintain at least 6 feet of distance from each other. Summer Shore staff members will wear masks at all times. All Summer Shore staff are required to monitor and enforce mask wearing. Signage throughout the building will remind students and adults about safe behaviors including the importance of wearing masks.
  • What kind of mask should my child wear?

    Medical-grade or double-layer masks are required for individuals wearing masks. Families will need to experiment with a mask that fits well and is comfortable for their child. This includes making sure the straps do not irritate the child’s ears and that the mask does not ride up while the child is talking. In the weeks prior to camp, we recommend that you have your child practice wearing and not touching the mask. Masks required to be worn must fully cover the nose and mouth. Students should bring at least three masks to camp each day. Should campers forget their masks or if masks become wet or damaged, Summer Shore will make masks available as needed. Consistent with CDC guidance, face shields are not suitable protection in lieu of a mask.
  • If campers or adults have symptoms, can they come to camp?

    Please do not send your child to camp if they are not feeling well and exhibit any of these symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
  • When should I start monitoring my child for symptoms?

    We are asking families and Summer Shore staff to start closely monitoring for symptoms beginning the week prior to camp. If symptoms develop in your household, please notify your family physician to determine whether or not you need to be tested prior to the start of camp. Anyone with an exposure or positive test prior to the start of camp will need to adhere to the guidelines for Close Contacts or Positive Case to determine the number of days of isolation/quarantine required before coming to camp.
  • Will there be daily symptom screening and/or health attestations?

    Families will be required to make daily health attestations for their children using the MyMedBot App. You will receive a notification to download the app prior to the start of camp. This app will send notifications to your phone each morning before the start of camp asking pertinent questions related to the health of your children and family and whether or not it is safe to come to camp that day. Please understand that your child cannot attend camp for the day until this attestation is complete. All Summer Shore staff will also make daily health attestations.
  • How will my child know how to practice appropriate hygiene and distancing?

    During the first week of camp we will focus on educating, practicing, and reinforcing safe behaviors at camp to help campers understand what compliance looks like and make campers comfortable with the new camp environment. HERE is a short video your child can watch about handwashing. 
  • Who will provide oversight and supervision of the required safety-related behaviors on campus?

    Prior to the first day of camp, summer camp staff will attend training and practice for all new safety protocols. This will ensure that the camp staff are ready to welcome the campers beginning June 14.  Campers will be taught and cued for proper hygiene including hand washing and sanitizing, proper mask habits, bathroom protocols, and outdoor classroom and play behaviors that are safe. Since safety is our first guiding principle, there is no margin for error. Campers who have trouble following the expectations might be restricted from campus until we can partner successfully with parents. Likewise, summer camp staff will receive immediate feedback from a supervisor if they do not follow employee policy or reinforce expectations for children.

Summer Camp Employees

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

Procedures for Confirmed COVID-19 Case or Outbreak

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Which guideline is Summer Shore following to determine COVID-19 protocols?

    Summer Shore is adhering to the most conservative recommendations from various organizations, including the Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools, the MA Department of Public Health, and the CDC. These guidelines are summarized in this document: MGH COVID LIBRARY
  • What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a Summer Shore camper or employee?

    If there is a confirmed case for a camper or employee who has been on campus two days prior to symptom onset or two days prior to a positive test, that camper or employee will be required to stay home. The number of days the camper or employee needs to remain out of camp depends on whether or not they have symptoms. If a camper or employee has symptoms and tests positive, they will remain off campus for 10 days from symptom onset AND three days without fever AND improvement in symptoms AND cleared by their town’s Department of Public Health to return. If a camper or employee is asymptomatic and tests positive, they will need to remain off campus for 14 days if they remain asymptomatic. If they develop symptoms during the 14 days they will follow the guidelines for a symptomatic camper or employee with a positive test.
  • What happens if a camper or employee within my child’s cohort tests positive?

    All campers and staff who had exposure to the confirmed case 48 hours prior to symptom onset or 48 hours prior to a positive test will leave campus and quarantine for 14 days. Jocelyn Norris will coordinate communication to all of the families of students considered a Close Contact. Close Contact is defined as anyone within six feet of the confirmed case for greater than 10 minutes. It is recommended by the DPH that all Close Contacts be tested. All Close Contacts have to quarantine for 14 days regardless of testing results.
  • Under what conditions would Summer Shore stop in-person camp programming?

    If Summer Shore experiences a cluster of cases, the administration will work with the Department of Public Health to determine the recommended length of closure, always making the most conservative decision. Summer Shore will also follow the MA Governor’s guidance if there is a state-wide decision to close or adjust guidelines for camps.
  • What happens if a camper develops symptoms during the day?

    If a camper develops symptoms during the day, the camp’s Health Care Supervisor will come to get the camper and assess the symptoms in the isolation room. If it is determined that the symptoms could be of COVID-19, the caregiver will be contacted and the camper will be picked up as soon as possible.
  • What should I do if my child develops symptoms at home?

    If your child has symptoms at home, please keep your child home from camp and notify the camp that your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. It is recommended that your child be tested with a molecular (PCR) test. If you prefer not to have a test, your child will need to quarantine for 14 days and until asymptomatic. If the molecular test is negative, your child can return to camp after 72 hours without fever and with improvement of symptoms. If the molecular test is positive, your child can return to camp 10 days after symptoms first appeared, three days without fever, and with overall improvement of symptoms.
  • What should I do if my child is exposed to a confirmed positive case outside of camp?

    If your child is exposed to a confirmed positive case and at home, please keep your child and siblings (if also exposed) at home. Please contact the Director of Auxiliary Programs to let them know of the potential exposure. If your child is at camp, they will be brought to the isolation room for immediate pick-up. Your child will need to quarantine at home for 14 days. While it is recommended by the DPH that all Close Contacts be tested using molecular (PCR) testing, a negative test does not negate a 14 day quarantine. If symptoms develop during the 14 day quarantine, your child should be tested (even if they have been tested previously during the quarantine). If the Close Contact is a household member, asymptomatic household contacts need to remain at home for 14 days AFTER the household member completes the 10 day isolation. This will likely mean 24 days of quarantine.
  • Where can I find a testing site?

    Shore will not be able to test campers or staff on campus. Testing sites in MA can be found at MASS.GOV/COVID-19-TESTING 
  • Is there a designated isolation room on campus?

    Yes, there is an isolation room in the Lower School. The Health Care Supervisor will care for the camper in the isolation room until picked up by a caregiver.
  • Who is the COVID-19 point person at camp?

    The Director of Auxiliary Programs will be the COVID-19 point person.
  • Are any protocols in place for contact tracing?

    Shore will work with the Beverly and MA Departments of Public Health to conduct contact tracing for positive cases on campus.
  • If I report my child’s positive case, will it be confidential?

    Yes, Shore will adhere to all HIPAA guidelines.