COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR CAMP BALLIBAY: 2022
CAMP BALLIBAY COVID-19 POLICIES AS OF 6/22/22
As we’ve mentioned, our covid protocols are the product and reflection of daily discussions about this ongoing issue. After our first staff arrivals on Friday, we realized it was necessary to make a few minor yet significant changes to our protocols. Despite arriving with negative PCR tests, two of our incoming staff tested positive for covid in rapid tests. Fortunately the staff will be fully recovered by the time campers arrive, but these results suggested to us that updating our protocols was necessary to best serve the health and safety of the community.
Adjusted protocols and procedures are as follows:
- We are changing the required time frame for PCR tests. Previously we had said tests must be taken 48-72 hours before arrival. We are now asking that all families test within 48 hours of arrival. If you are concerned that you may be unable to receive PCR results within 48 hours, please contact us.
- Although initially we had only planned to rapid test staff people on arrival, we will now be rapid testing campers upon arrival as well. While this will not affect how we operate on opening days, (a doodle poll will still be sent to you to schedule arrival windows) the rapid test will extend the drop-off time by fifteen minutes. Camper’s arriving via the NYC Bus will be tested before boarding.
- While not a change, we want to remind families that we will be masking when in large groups for the first 48 hours of camp, so please be sure to pack masks for your campers.
In the event of a positive rapid test, we will ask families to immediately obtain a PCR test to rule out a false positive on the rapid test.
- If the PCR test comes back negative, the camper can arrive late and will be accommodated.
- If the PCR test comes back positive, the camper can, space permitting, attend a different session in the summer, or transfer their registration to 2023.
We greatly appreciate your support as we continually work to ensure the health and safety of your campers and the entire community.