Our COVID-19 Response
We are proud of our version of camp, which is an exceptional combination of unique programs, a commitment to the mental and physical health of our community, and good old-fashioned summertime FUN! Here's to the summer of 2022! We hope your family will be with us.
Please see our current COVID-19 response plan below. The following safety protocols must be followed in compliance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Jefferson County Public Health and other regulatory, licensing, governing and accrediting agencies in order to increase safety and mitigate the risks of COVID-19 exposure within the Colorado Academy Summer Programs. This response plan is subject to change based on guidelines developed by these entities this winter and spring.
Colorado Academy Summer Programs will follow Jefferson County’s guidelines on mask wearing. At this time, masks are optional for campers and staff. Click here for current mask guidelines.
If Your Child Has Tested Positive:
If you have tested positive, isolate for 5 days minimum. Return to camp/work on day 6-as long as there is no fever for at least 24 hours without using medication for symptoms. Masks are strongly recommended for at least 5 days. If your child has been at camp, please report positive cases to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Your Child Has Been Exposed:
For unvaccinated individuals:
- In consultation with JCPH, we encourage your children to follow Test-and-Stay Guidance if they are unvaccinated. This allows campers and staff exposed to COVID-19 to continue to attend camp in lieu of quarantine if they remain asymptomatic and test negative twice: once as soon as they can after they are notified of an exposure, and then again five to seven days after the date of exposure.
- If your child is in camp, please contact the health office to set up testing at email@example.com.
- According to health guidelines, unvaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask consistently upon exposure; however, it is highly encouraged for the health and safety of themselves and others.
For vaccinated individuals:
- According to new Health Guidelines from Jeffco Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health and Education, vaccinated individuals are no longer required to mask upon exposure.
- Please monitor your symptoms.
- No testing is required for vaccinated individuals; however, we will gladly administer a test if you would like for us to do so. Please stop by the nurse's table to arrange for testing.
Click here for Jefferson County's current isolation and quarantine information.
- If anyone is identified as symptomatic at camp, they will be isolated and sent home immediately in accordance with the Jefferson County guidelines.
- Campers and staff with symptoms at home should not come to camp.
- Campers and staff will wash hands regularly.
*Refunds will not be issued to families that cancel programs as a result of a change to the mask wearing policy.
Campers and staff who show signs of illness, have a fever, or develop symptoms of infectious illness while at camp will be isolated from other students and staff. They will be supervised in a space well removed from the rest of the camp community before going home from camp. Parents will be contacted to arrange for immediate pick-up of the sick child.
Upon confirmation of a suspected or known case of the virus in the camp community, camp personnel will inform impacted families of required quarantining guidelines, Impacted facilities will undergo a thorough disinfection by the camp's custodial staff in accordance with CDC guidance. Unless a larger outbreak necessitates city or statewide closures, the Jefferson County Public Health Department is CA's health partner for determining closures and for completing contact tracing. CA is obligated to report to Jefferson County Public Health the names of any students with confirmed cases. Based on health department guidelines, CA will report to students and families the occurrence of a known exposure. CA will not disclose the names of any individual students or families or faculty and staff with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 to the camp community.
The CDC offers general guidelines and recommendations for the public on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. They currently include:
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment, including balls
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Stay at home if you are sick, and remain at home until you have been fever and symptom free for 72 hours