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.

  • Classes are limited to 8 students and 2 staff.
  • 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 aprons to use during class and taught how to properly place them in the washing machine. Staff will follow the same procedures. UPDATE: Everyone must wear a mask at all times, except while eating or outside if they are more than 6 feet apart.
  • Students must bring their own lunch for full day classes that do not require refrigeration , 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.

September 1st

  • Updated the plan to replace the word “camp” with classes now that summer camp is over and we are learning that these protocols are going to last more than one season.
  • Removed the requirement for disposable containers for lunches.
  • Updated the mask requirement to everyone must wear a mask at all times.

Lessons Learned from Summer 2020 Cooking Camps

Surprisingly, summer went by rather quickly and we were all surprised that while there were a few things we missed, all in all it was still fun to come together in-person to cook fun and yummy recipes. Student evaluations told us three resounding facts about their experience in class:

  1. Camp is still fun and worth attending, even if things are a little different.
  2. Wearing a mask all day was easier than we thought, but we are all glad to take them off outside.
  3. Not being able to measure all of our own ingredients was the biggest bummer. Staff note: after a couple of weeks, we figured out how to keep common ingredients at their station and only had to pre-measure a few unique ingredients. Staff sanitizes the outside of all workstation containers each day and replace the ingredients between each student, usually on a weekly basis.

All of our protocols remain the same for Fall 2020 and this document will continue to be updated as changes occur. 

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.
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