Our COVID-19 Response
We are grateful that we were able to run in 2020. We move confidently into 2021 because of the lessons we learned and our plan for small groups. We are proud of our version of camp, which is an exceptional combination of unique programs, a commitment to the health of our community, and good old-fashioned summertime FUN! Here's to the summer of 2021! 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.
- Campers and staff are required to wear masks; campers should bring their own. Regular mask breaks will be taken when kids can be safely physically distanced.
- Camps will operate in small groups with minimal mixing of groups.
- Daily health screenings will be required.
- Parents will drop off/pick up children from their cars and sign them in/out.
- If anyone is identified as symptomatic at camp, they will be isolated and sent home immediately in accordance with the Jefferson County guidelines.
- Campers with symptoms at home should not come to camp.
- Campers will not share supplies or equipment to the greatest extent possible.
- Campers will be required to social distance (6 feet) to the greatest extent possible.
- Lunches will be served outside, in a picnic style, to the greatest extent possible.
- Campers and staff will wash hands regularly.
- Seating on buses will be limited to one person per seat.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are available in strategic, well-trafficked, convenient positions such as classrooms and buses.
- School buses are outfitted with plexiglass shields around the driver.
- Thorough and frequent cleaning/disinfecting of campus facilities.
- Increased ventilation and added bipolar ionization to CA's main academic buildings.
- Strategically placed signage throughout the campus that reinforces social distancing, hand hygiene, and other key elements of our plan.
- Training programs for all staff on COVID-19-related protocols while on campus.
Campers 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
- Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings
- Stay at least 6-feet away from non-household members
- 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
COVID-19 Health and Safety Fee. $20/Week/Camper will be charged in 2021 to cover health and safety costs related to pandemic response. Fee is included in the cost of tuition.