Covid Safety Plan for Summer 2020
Hingham Recreation’s Covid Safety Plan for Summer 2020
Summer Program Framework -
(1) Summer Programs will be 100% outdoors with built in inclement weather days
(2) Enrollment will be restricted to keep the volume of kids low
(3) Programs will be significantly shorter than our traditional summer camps
(4) Groups will be no more than 12 which includes staff
(5) Visitors (including parents) and volunteers are not permitted.
(6) Frequent cleaning of outdoor Equipment and Supplies
(7) Massachusetts residency is required for campers and staff
(8) No Field trips
Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Transmission
A. Physical Distancing: Summer Programs will maintain at least 6 feet of distance at all times and limit contact between individuals and groups, whenever possible. When 6 feet is not possible, individuals must wear masks or cloth face coverings.
(1) The same staff member will be assigned to the same children for the entire session
(2) Staff will not float between groups
(3) Staff meetings will be conducted outside or remotely
(4) In order to maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, programs will have a minimum of 42 square feet per child
(5) Physical distancing will be practiced by children and staff at all times, including but not limited to:
(a) During transitions (e.g., waiting for bathrooms)
(b) During all activities
(6) Staff and children will not hold hands or hug
(7) There will be separate drop-offs for different programs
(8) Program participants belongings will be stored outside
(9) Summer programs will refrain from games and activities that encourage physical contact or proximity of less than 6 feet, like tag or circle time.
(10) Spaces for children will be organized in a way that allows staff to enforce and maintain consistent physical distancing guidelines.
(11) Equipment sharing will be minimized, shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected (such as balls and pucks) at the end of each activity by products recommended by the CDC. Personal equipment, such as helmets and pads, shall not be shared.
(12) Adequate supplies will be ensured to minimize sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible
(13) Gatherings and events will be limited to those that can maintain social distancing..
(14) Summer Programs will be run outside 100% of the time
(15) There will be no field trips or visiting entertainers
Screening and Monitoring of Children and Staff
A. Daily Screening: Hingham Rec’s summer programs will screen all staff and children daily before the program begins.
(1) There will be a single point of entry for each one of our programs. For the programs located at Cronin Field the entry point will be Haley Field. For any programs located at the Cronin Tennis Courts the single point of entry will be next to the Rec Barn
(2) Jacki Muh and or Mike Benard will conduct all screening activities for all programs operating at Cronin Field. Mike Benard will conduct all screening activities for any program operating at the Cronin Tennis Courts.
(3) Jacki and Mike will record all health check answers
(4) Parents will sign a form acknowledging that they will immediately notify Rec Staff if they would answer yes to the following questions
(a) Today or in the past 24 hours, have you or any household members had any of the following symptoms? Fever (temperature of 100.0F or above), felt feverish, or had chills?, Cough?, Sore throat?, Difficulty breathing?, Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)?, Abdominal pain?, Unexplained Rash?, Fatigue?, Headache?, New loss of smell/taste?, New muscle aches?, Any other signs of illness?
(b) In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with a person known to be infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
(5) Jacki and Mike will check each child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
(6) All staff, parents, children, and any individuals seeking entry into the program space must be directed to self-screen at home, prior to coming to the program for the day.
(a) Self-screening shall include checking temperature (temperature of 100.0F or above is considered a fever), and checking for symptoms included fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms, abdominal pain, unexplained rash, new loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, or any other symptoms that feel like a cold. Anyone with a fever of 100.0F or above or any other signs of illness must not be permitted to enter the program.
(b) Parents and staff must sign written attestations daily regarding any household contacts with COVID-19, symptoms (e.g., fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, or diarrhea), or if they have given children medicine to lower a fever.
(c) Individuals who decline to complete the screening questionnaire or have temperature checked will not be permitted to enter the program space.
B. Regular Monitoring: Staff will monitor children throughout the day for symptoms of any kind, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained rash. Children who appear ill or are exhibiting signs of illness will be separated from the larger group and isolated until able to leave the facility.
Isolation and Discharge of Sick Children and Staff
A. Planning for Isolation and Discharge: The following actions will be taken in the event a child is showing illness or symptoms of covid
(1) Children will be isolated away from all other children and they will be accompanied by staff
(2) Sick children will be stationed at the end of the Cronin soccer field for all programs located at Cronin Field. A child attending any program at the Cronin Tennis Courts will be stationed in a shade area next to the Rec Barn.
(3) Several different managers will be ready to step in to Mike and Jacki’s roles if they become ill
(4) Masks will be provided to any child who appears sick while they wait for their parent to come pick them up
B. If a Child Becomes Symptomatic: If a child becomes symptomatic
(1) They will be immediately isolated from other children
(2) They will be provided a mask
(3) The child’s parents will be immediately notified
C. If a Staff Becomes Symptomatic: If a staff member becomes symptomatic, they will cease summer program duties immediately and be removed from others until they can leave. Staff will regularly self-monitor during the day to screen for new symptoms.
D. If a Child or Staff Contracts COVID-19: Sick children or employees who are COVID-19 positive or symptomatic and presumed to have COVID-19 must not return until they have met the criteria for discontinuing home isolation and have consulted with a health care provider.
(1) If the individual tests positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, isolation may be discontinued when at least 14 days have passed from the date of the positive test, as long as the individual remains asymptomatic.
E. Notifying Required Parties: the local Board of Health, and families of staff and children will be notified if there is an exposure
F. Self-Isolating Following Exposure or Potential Exposure: In the event that a staff member or child is exposed to a sick or symptomatic person, the following protocols will be followed.
(1) Exposed individuals must be directed to stay home for at least 14 days after the last day of contact with the person who is sick. The program will consult the local board of health for guidance on quarantine for other children and staff and what additional precautions will be needed to ensure the program space is safe for continued summer programs
(2) If an exposed child or staff subsequently tests positive or their doctor says they have confirmed or probable COVID-19, they will be directed to stay home for a minimum of 14 days from the 1st day of symptoms appearing AND be fever-free for 72 hours without fever reducing medications AND experience significant improvements in symptoms. Release from isolation is under the jurisdiction of the local board of health where the individual resides.
(3) If a child’s or staff’s household member tests positive for COVID-19, the child or staff must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they could have been exposed.
G. If an Exposed Child or Staff Remains Asymptomatic and/or Tests Negative for COVID-19: If the exposed individual remains asymptomatic and/or tests negative for COVID-19, they must remain in quarantine and continue to monitor for the full 14 days.
Hygiene and Health Practices
A. Resources and Supplies: Summer Programs will have the following supplies
(1) Hand sanitizer will be available and applied several times per session. It will also be available and required during arrival time.
B. When to Wash Hands: Children and staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often, making sure to wash all surfaces of their hands (e.g., front and back, wrists, between fingers). Washing hands should last for 20 seconds.
(1) After sneezing, coughing or nose blowing;
(2) After toileting
(3) After touching or cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated;
(4) After using any shared equipment like toys, sports equipment, and art supplies
C. Cover Coughs or Sneezes: Children, families, and staff will avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with hand sanitizer
D. Additional Healthy Habits:
(1) Staff must know and follow the steps needed for effective handwashing with sanitizer – 20 seconds long and all surfaces of the hand
(2) Handwashing with sanitizer will be scheduled throughout the day
(3) Children will be taught to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough inside their elbow.
(4) Parents and caregivers will be asked to wash their own hands and assist in washing the hands of their children before dropping off, prior to coming for pick up, and when they get home.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Face Masks and Coverings
A. Face Masks and Coverings: Staff will wear face masks throughout the entire program and children will wear masks when 6 feet of physical distance is not possible
(1) Families will provide their children with a sufficient supply of clean masks and face coverings for their child to allow replacing the covering as needed.
(2) Parents or guardians will be required to wear face masks when on the premises and at all times during drop-off and pick-up.
B. Exceptions to Use of Face Masks/Coverings: Exceptions for wearing face masks include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing a face mask safely. These may include, but are not limited to:
(1) Children who cannot safely and appropriately wear, remove, and handle masks;
(2) Children who have difficulty breathing with the face covering
(3) Children with severe cognitive or respiratory impairments that may have a hard time tolerating a face mask;
(4) Children where the only option for a face covering presents a potential choking or strangulation hazard;
(5) Individuals who cannot breathe safely with a face covering, including those who require supplemental oxygen to breathe;
(6) Individuals who, due to a behavioral health diagnosis or an intellectual impairment, are unable to wear a face covering safely; and
(7) Individuals who need to communicate with people who rely upon lip-reading.
C. When to Use Gloves: Program staff will wear gloves when appropriate and at all times during screening activities requiring contact.
D. Additional Guidance on Using Gloves: To reduce cross-contamination, disposable gloves will always be discarded after the following instances.
(1) Visible soiling or contamination with blood, respiratory or nasal secretions, or other body fluids occurs.
(2) Any signs of damage (e.g., holes, rips, tearing) or degradation are observed.
(3) Maximum of four hours of continuous use.
(4) Removing gloves for any reason. Previously removed gloves should not be re-donned as the risk of tearing and contamination increases. Therefore, disposable glove “re-use” should not be performed.
(5) In addition, gloves should be removed following activities where glove usage is required including screening activities requiring contact.
Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
A. Resources and Supplies:
(1) Hingham Rec’s summer programs will use EPA-registered disinfectants and sanitizers for use against COVID-19.
(2) Summer programs will use child-safe cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions and children should never be present when mixing solutions.
(3) Only single use, disposable paper towels will be used for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
(4) All sanitizing and disinfecting solutions will be labeled properly to identify the contents, kept out of the reach of children, and stored separately from food items.
B. Proper Usage: Proper guidelines will be followed when cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
(1) All sanitizing and disinfecting solutions will be used in areas with adequate ventilation and never in close proximity to children as to not trigger acute symptoms in children with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
(2) Surfaces will be cleaned first with soap and water, then disinfect using alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or an EPA-approved disinfectant for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.
(3) Cleaning products will be used according to the directions on the label.
(4) Surfaces and equipment will air dry after sanitizing or disinfecting.
(5) Chemicals will be kept out of the reach of children
(6) Chemicals will be kept in their original containers
C. General Guidelines for Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting:
(1) Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting at our summer programs will be intensified. We will pay extra attention to frequently touched objects and surfaces, including playground surfaces, sports equipment, and art equipment.
(2) Cleaning and disinfecting toys and activity items, including sports and specialty camp activity equipment will be conducted more frequently. Cleaning of equipment will be conducted both before and after summer programs
(3) While cleaning and disinfecting, staff will wear gloves as much as possible.
D. Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Outdoor Play Areas: Summer Programs will follow these guidelines for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting outdoor play areas.
(1) Cronin Playground will be cleaned before and after usage
(2) High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, including play structures, tables and benches, will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
E. Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting After a Potential Exposure in Summer Programs:
(1) Close off areas visited by the ill persons. Wait 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection. Programs must plan for availability of alternative space while areas are out of use.
(2) Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment (e.g., tablets, touch screens, keyboards) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
F. Additional Considerations:
(1) Staff clothing must not be worn again until after being laundered at the warmest temperature possible.
(2) Programs must comply with OSHA’s standards on Blood borne Pathogens
(3) Summer Programs will follow CDC infection control guidelines designed to protect staff from exposure to diseases spread by blood, bodily fluids, or excretions that may spread infectious disease. Health precautions include, but are not limited to, the use of PPE, proper disposal containers for contaminated waste, handwashing and proper handling of bodily waste.
(a) Non-latex gloves shall be provided and used for the clean-up of blood and bodily fluids;
(b) Used gloves and any other materials containing blood or other bodily fluids shall be thrown away in a lined, covered container.
(c) Contaminated clothing shall be sealed in a plastic container or bag, labeled with the child’s name, and returned to the parent at the end of the day; and