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Camper Safety Is Our #1 Priority

We are delighted to welcome campers back to Dwight this summer with extensive health and safety protocols in place. Compiled based on information gathered from education and health experts.  Our school has been in full time in person classes since August 29, 2020 and we have had a successful school year with our new safety procedures in place.

The safety of our camp attendees and staff is and will always be our highest priority. We are committed to reducing the potential COVID-19 spread by following guidance from the NYC department of Health and the American Camp Association.

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Daily Screenings

Everyone will have a temperature check by thermal-scan camera or non-contact thermometer and will be asked to put on their face covering before boarding the Dwight shuttle, school buses, and prior to entering school buildings.

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Ventilation

We hired an expert engineer to review all locations and provide suggestions for where and how to improve air flow/ventilation with COVID-19 in mind. With their guidance, we have:

  • Upgraded our entire HVAC system with Merv filters, and hired a specialized firm to replace all filters four times per year and check AC/ventilation units
  • Made adjustments so that all windows in Main Campus (CPW) buildings can be opened
  • Ensured all rooms without windows have the best possible air circulation
  • Purchased new Mitsubishi AC units
  • Purchased HEPA air purifiers with UV sanitizers for all classrooms, offices, and bathrooms
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Smaller Groups

We will have smaller groups limited to 10 campers in a group with two full time counselors.

  • Our groups will be considered pods and will stay together with no mixing of campers or staff while at camp
  • No large camp gatherings
  • No outside venders or parents allowed inside the school or athletic center
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Facility Cleaning Measures

In addition to meeting local and state mandates, under the direction of our COVID-19 Project Manager, we implemented the following in all facilities:

  • An ample supply of school-related PPE, including surgical face masks, cloth face masks, face shields, hats with removable shields, isolation gowns, and gloves
  • Classrooms and common areas are stocked with a COVID Kit, containing gloves, surgical face masks, a non-contact thermometer, hand sanitizing wipes, and vomit bags
  • Consistent deep cleaning of all facilities throughout each school day, utilizing ECOLAB as the main disinfectant, with the addition of an outside contractor to provide additional capacity to our Maintenance team
  • Installation of signage, outlining social distancing parameters and hygiene requirements, including frequent handwashing
  • A portable hand disinfection station for everyone entering the building; a staff member oversees hand disinfection for those entering after temperature checks and will also ensure that masks are worn upon entering the school
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Restroom Modifications
  • Signage indicating the maximum capacity is posted on restroom doors
  • Wherever possible, to comply with ADA regulations, Dwight installed barriers between toilets and sinks to reduce the risk of aerosolization in bathrooms that are not single-use facilities
  • Toilets were refitted with lidded seats; signage behind each toilet reminds all to close lids before flushing
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Camp Bus Boarding Policies and Procedures
  • Parents/caretakers for campers must be present at the bus stop during pick-up and drop-off.
  • All bus drivers/chaperones on duty must conduct their own health daily screenings and conduct their own temperature checks before their shifts begin.
  • Bus drivers/chaperones on duty will conduct temperature checks for all camper’s prior to boarding the bus.
  • Fever is a temporary increase in the body’s temperature in response to some disease or illness. In accordance with Dwight’s policy, we identify fever when a person’s temperature is found to be at or above one of these levels:
    ○ 99.4℉ (37.4℃) measured by non-contact thermometer or thermal scanner
    ○ 100.0℉ (37.8℃) measured by a mouth or ear thermometer
  • Camper’s will not be allowed to board the bus if they are found to have a fever of 99.4℉ (37.4℃) or above, measured by non-contact thermometer.

    ○ If a temperature reading of 99.4℉ (37.4℃) or above is disputed by the parent/caregiver, one additional check may be attempted by the bus chaperone at the bus stop. If the second reading is below 99.4℉ (37.4℃), the Camper will be allowed to board the bus and he/she will be escorted to the Camp Nurses Office immediately upon arrival to camp for assessment. If the camper is found to have a fever of 100.0℉ (37.8℃) or above measured by a mouth or ear thermometer upon arrival or during camp, he/she must be picked up by an emergency contact person from the Camp Health Office within one hour.

  • Temperatures of all passengers will be recorded and kept on file.
  • Health Office personnel and the Camp Director will always be notified if any passengers are denied access to the bus due to a registered fever of 99.4℉ (37.4℃) or above.
  • Parents are required to keep their child home and:
    ○ Report absences via mknibbs@dwight.edu by 7:30 am on daily basis
    ○ Arrange for an in-person or telehealth medical evaluation with a medical doctor if a condition warrants a doctor’s note (see below)
    ○ Notify the Camp Health Office immediately if your child or someone living in the same household tests positive for COVID-19

    1. 1. Comply with the Return to Camp Requirements
    2. 2. Cooperate with contact tracing efforts described in COVID-19 Case-Reporting Requirements
  • Adults and Campers must wear a face mask or face covering to and from Camp when traveling on a bus.
  • Adults and Camper’s must use disinfecting wipes upon boarding the bus.
  • Campers will be seated in accordance with social distance requirements; for example, one child per seat except for siblings, who can sit together.
  • All buses will have COVID-19 Kits, which include: one non-contact thermometer, gloves, face masks, sanitizing wipes, and vomit bags. Supplies will be replenished by chaperones as needed.
  • All Dwight transportation staff are up to date in their CPR/AED and First Aid training/certification.
  • All buses must be cleaned/sanitized before and after each pick up/drop off, and as needed if soiled with bodily fluids (saliva, vomit, blood, urine).
  • A log of the bus disinfecting process should be kept including name, date, and time.
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Camp Staff Safety Training
  • 15+ hours of pre-camp training for each staff member
  • Camp nurse on site at all times camp is in operation
  • Training content and safety protocols developed with industry and subject matter experts, led by Dwight’s own COVID-19 Manager
  • Strict symptom management including quarantine, communication, tracing, and post-illness protocol will be enforced
  • Quarantine area – separate from the school health office