New York State Releases Summer Day Camp Guidelines

New York State Releases Summer Day Camp Guidelines

With the June 29th day quickly approaching, the date New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says summer day camps are allowed to open, the state released a detailed plan of guidelines needed in order to open and operate summer day camps. these guidelines apply to all child care and day camp programs statewide. This guidance does not apply to overnight child care and camp programs, which are not authorized to operate at this time. See “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs” for full details. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all owners/operators of child care and day camp programs should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to child care program and summer day camp entities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

Any time that employees are less than 6 ft. from each other or interacting with children/campers, they must wear a face covering.

Ensure employee and children/camper groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children/campers stay with the same staff whenever and wherever possible. Group size must be limited to no more than 10 children/campers (not including employees/staff).

Ensure that different stable groups of up to 10 children/ campers have no or minimal contact with one another or utilize common spaces at the same time, to the greatest extent possible. 

Implement practices to maintain adequate social distancing in small areas, such as restrooms and breakrooms, and signage and systems (e.g. flagging when occupied) to restrict occupancy when social distancing cannot be maintained in such areas. 

Take reasonable steps to reconfigure space to limit overall density of rooms to 10 or fewer children/ campers. 

Prohibit non-essential visitors on site, to the extent possible.

Establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible.

Limit in-person gatherings of employees (e.g. breaks, meetings) to the greatest extent possible.

Ensure employees maintain a distance of at least 6 ft. at all times, unless safety of the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. jointly responding to the needs of a child).

Restrict/modify the number of work areas and seating areas for employees, so that individuals are at least 6 ft. apart in all directions (e.g. side-to-side and when facing one another). 

Reduce bi-directional foot traffic using tape or signs with arrows in narrow aisles, hallways, or spaces, and post signage and distance markers denoting spaces of 6 ft. in commonly used areas and any areas in which lines are commonly formed or people may congregate (e.g. vestibules in large facilities during drop off/pickup).

Limit on-site interactions (e.g. designate separate ingress/ egress for employees, as well as separate ingress/egress for parents/guardians/caregivers picking up and dropping of their children).

Put in place measures for child drop-off and pick-up procedures to allow for strict 6 ft. distance between parents/guardians and employees.

Stagger arrival and drop-times and, when feasible, have staff receive the child or camper from the parent/ guardian at the beginning of the day and bring the child/ camper out to the parent/guardian at the end of the day, so that parents/guardians don’t have to enter the facility or program area.

Maintain a staffing plan that does not require employees to “float” between different classrooms or groups of children, unless such rotation is necessary to safely supervise the children/campers due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. staff absence).

At nap/rest time, facilitate children to rest at least 6 ft. apart and head-to-toe.

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Child Care and Day Camp Programs Guidelines

These guidelines apply to all child care and day camp programs statewide. This guidance does not apply to overnight child care and camp programs, which are not authorized to operate at this time. See “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and Day Camp Programs” for full details. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all owners/operators of child care and day camp programs should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to child care program and summer day camp entities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

Mandatory Recommended Best Practices

Physical Distancing (cont'd)

On rainy days, set program or activity capacity that allows for appropriate social distancing between stable groups of children/campers, when groups must remain indoors or under shelters (e.g. park pavilions).

When caring for young children: • Wear an over-large button-down, long sleeves shirt or smock and put long hair up off the collar in a ponytail or other updo. • Have multiple changes of clothes on hand for employees and children in the program. • Place contaminated clothes in a plastic bag and send home for laundry or wash on premises.

Protective Equipment

Ensure employees wear face coverings any time they are 6 ft. apart from one another, and at all times when interacting with children/campers, regardless of distance. 

Provide employees with an acceptable face covering at no-cost to the employees and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of need for replacement.

Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) or surgical masks.

Clean, replace, and prohibit sharing of face coverings. Consult the CDC guidance for additional information on cloth face coverings and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on use and cleaning and disinfection.

Train employees on how to put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE.

Limit the sharing of objects (e.g. electronic equipment, arts and crafts materials, touch screens) and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, require employees to wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, require employees and children/campers to practice hand hygiene before and after contact.

Install barriers (e.g. plexiglass or similar materials) at reception and security desks, in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

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