Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates for Summer Cooking Camps

Please bookmark this page for the latest information regarding the impact of Coronavirus on our summer cooking camps.

Our Coronavirus Preparedness Plan 2020 is long and detailed. It includes the new protocols that parents, students, and staff must follow for the safety of not only our students and staff, but to also minimize spread in the community. That being said, here is a high-level summary.

  • Camps are limited to 8 students and 2 staff, except for our June Masterchef Jr. camp which is limited to 4 students.

 

  • Cooking stations have been reconfigured to provide 6 feet or more between each student. Students will not share any ingredients, equipment, or materials. Students will be expected to stay in their station unless directed elsewhere.

 

  • Parents will answer a quick and simple health assessment each morning. Students who do not pass the health assessment will not be admitted to camp. Drop-off and pickup will be outside.

 

  • Students will be given masks and aprons on their first day and taught how to properly use them. They will be allowed to pull their masks down when they are 6 feet from another person. We have very comfortable masks (with cupcake fabric!) that clip behind the head, not the ears. Staff will follow the same procedures.

 

  • Students must bring their own fully disposable bag lunch that does not require refrigeration (no reusable containers to return home), a water bottle, and will manage their own belongings. We will eat outside on the patio or in the park across the street as often as weather permits.

 

  • Students will be responsible for cleaning their own station with soap and water. Staff will come along behind them (with PPE) to sanitize with EPA approved products.

 

  • Throughout the day, staff will be disinfecting the entire school as directed by MDH. Whether an area of the school is disinfected several times a day or once a day will be determined by the activities taking place in each area. We have daily checklists to make sure we don’t forget anything and to monitor anything that isn’t working as intended.

 

Read the full 2020 Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

Please help me teach your student the safe habits we need to implement in group settings so we can ALL move through the coming stages of this pandemic in a healthy manner. You can do this by reviewing the highlights above with your student both now and daily before camp starts.

I am very grateful for your trust in us and will work every day to keep your kids safe while still having FUN. If you have any questions, please reach out to me personally.

June 9, 2020

  •  The Coronavirus Preparedness Plan is now available to the public. It is posted here on this page, sent to parents via email, and posted on our Facebook page.

June 3, 2020

  • All summer camps are proceeding as planned. The Coronavirus Preparedness Plan will be available to the public by the end of this week. It will be posted on this page, sent to parents via email, and posted on our Facebook page.

June 1, 2020

  • Summer camps are allowed to open if following appropriate coronavirus guidelines.

 

May 13, 2020

  • MDH published their Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs. We will be reviewing these guidelines to determine which ones apply to our summer camps. This document includes both residential and day camps, so many protocols do not apply. In addition, there is quite a bit of vagueness in this document.
  • We have a staff member, Cheryl, who is a retired microbiologist and is married to an infectious disease physician that is on the front lines of the pandemic. Cheryl and Dr. Francke have been instrumental in guiding us through this process and drafted our Coronavirus Policy 2020.

May 10, 2020

  • American Camp Association released the Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020.“The American Camp Association (ACA) and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) are engaged together toprovide educational resources to both day and overnight camps, state and local health departments, and parents/guardians and campers. The educational resources are being developed by an independent expert panel being coordinated by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), a Boston-based consulting firm specializing in environmental health. This expert panel has convened specialists in pediatric medicine, camp medicine and nursing, epidemiology, infectious disease management, biological safety, industrial hygiene, organizational design, and other technical specialties. These educational resources will be shared with CDC and state and local health departments so that all parties can be informed. Information will be available on the ACA and Y-USA websites as it becomes available.”Chef Tiffany and Cheryl are digesting this enormous document in the process of creating our own Coronavirus Preparedness Plan 2020.
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