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Summer Camp Letter to Parents
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Dear Summer Camp 2020 Parents,
It is with much joy and eagerness that I welcome you to Summer Camp 2020: A trip to Mexico. MCS Administration and all of the camp staff are so excited to see your children and can’t wait to be together again inside our beloved school. Our world has changed in many ways since we were last together in March and these changes have affected how camp will look this year. I will try my best to make this letter brief while giving you important information for camp this year. We have been hard at work preparing the details of camp so as to make it a safe and successful experience for your children, our staff and our entire MCS community.
2020 Summer Camp Dates and Hours
- Summer Camp will be held from June 22-August 14th, 2020.
- Regular camp hours are as follows:
- Elementary Students 8:30 AM- 3:00 PM
- Toddlers, Transition Class and Early Childhood 8:45 AM-3:15 PM
- Early Care 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
- Extended Care
- Elementary Students: 3:00 PM- 5:30 PM
- Toddlers, Transition Class and Early Childhood 3:15 PM - 5:30 PM
- All Extended Day students must be picked up no later than 5:30 PM each day.
Camper Drop-off and Pick-Up Procedures*
The details of the drop off and pick up procedure are still being finalized. It is important to allow for additional time in your day's schedule to accommodate this process. Campers will be greeted by MCS staff outside. Upon drop-off each day, children and staff will be screened for the following symptoms:
- Fever 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above
- Dry coughing
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Sore throat
- Sudden change or loss of taste or smell
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and / or diarrhea)
- Muscle aches or pains
- Is a test/result pending?
If family/household members are symptomatic, those students or staff are not allowed to attend camp. Children and staff should stay home if they're sick.
What to Bring to Camp
We ask that any items brought to camp be labeled with the camper’s first name and last initial.
- Water bottles and lunch boxes will need to be taken home daily and washed before being brought back to school the following day.
- Lunches and Snacks must contain all of the needed utensils and dishes for the camper to successfully enjoy their food.
- All food items must fit easily in a sanitizable, sealed container. All students will be required to bring their own lunches, limiting items that need to be heated up as much as possible to avoid cross-contamination in microwaves, as well as their own individual snacks (1 for half-day students, 2 for regular day students, and 3 for extended day students). We suggest placing items in an insulated container that can help keep foods maintain their intended temperatures (ie. hot foods hot and cold foods cold).
- Pizza Wednesday and Elevations Catering will not be offered this summer.
- To limit the transfer of germs, maintain designated social distancing and to promote independence, we are requiring our Transition Class and Early Child campers to bring their own sleeping bedrolls to be used at nap time. Nap items (blankets for Toddler Campers, lovies, etc.) must be taken home each day and be washed before they may be brought back to school. The camper’s lovie must fit inside their bedroll when it is rolled up. Bedrolls must fit inside the camper’s cubby completely when rolled up.
- We are also requiring our Early Childhood and Elementary students to bring their own individual labeled pencil boxes with writing pencils, a set of colored pencils and a pencil sharpener that is easy for your camper to use.
Camp Curriculum and Community Outings
As our school currently is at the Orange level of our re-entry rubric, we are planning many movement activities and cultural experiences as part of this year’s camp curriculum.
- Bounce and Splash, Field Trips, Cooking, and Studio Classes will not be part of this Summer's curriculum.
On Thursday, June 4th, 2020 we will be hosting a virtual parent Back to Camp night for all families from 7:30-8:30 PM. Members of the MCS administration will open the meeting with general camp details and questions. The latter part of the meeting will include breakout sessions by camper age groups for you to get more detailed information from your campers’ teachers. Prior to this meeting, all families will also receive a Summer Camp Parent packet with additional details specific to their camper’s assigned classrooms and MCS camp procedures and protocols.
Again, thank you for your patience and support, as we welcome our families and campers back to the MCS campus. All of us are looking forward to spending time with your children this summer.
Take care and stay safe,
Candace Wiseman, MCS Camp Director