Letter to Parents June 3, 2021


Dear Parents:

Monmouth County Park System staff eagerly anticipates welcoming your child to camp this summer! I am happy to provide this update on the measures currently in place to assure your child has a healthy and enjoyable camp experience. These measures are subject to change should the NJ Department of Health relax the 2021 COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards Guidelines.

Important Reminder 

  • Do not send your child to camp if he/she is ill.
  • Face mask protocol for campers is as follows:
    • In outdoor settings, campers are not required to wear a mask. Unvaccinated campers are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
    • In indoor settings, unvaccinated campers are encouraged to wear face masks at all times, but particularly when physical distancing is difficult with the exception of when eating and drinking.
    • Please send your child with a face mask if they are unvaccinated or if you want them to wear a face covering. We will have extra face masks on hand if one is lost or soiled.
                                                                                                 (updated 6/10/2021)
Daily Health Screenings  
If you haven’t completed your camper’s daily health screening electronically through ePACT, a health screening will be completed on site. Upon arrival every day, each child will have a brief health screening with the parent present. Please do not leave the premises until this process is complete.

The health screening process will occur as follows:
  • Your child’s temperature will be taken with a no-contact thermometer. If her/his temperature reads 100.4 degrees or above, he/she cannot remain at camp. A doctor’s written clearance will be required in order to return to camp.

The following screening questions will be asked of the parent, on behalf of the camper:
  1. Are you currently experiencing any breathing difficulty, coughing, sore throat, fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea? If answered yes, camper cannot be admitted to camp.
  2. Are you currently taking any medication for any of these symptoms? If answered yes, camper cannot be admitted to camp.
  3. In the past 14 days has your child come in direct contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 symptoms? If answered yes, the camper cannot be admitted to camp. The child will need a doctor’s written clearance to attend camp.
  4. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days? If the camper answered yes, the camper cannot be admitted to camp. The camper would need a doctor’s written clearance to attend camp. (updated 6/8/2021)
  5. Is your child isolating or quarantining because they might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are they worried they might be sick with COVID-19? If answered yes, the camper cannot be admitted to camp. The child will need a doctor’s written clearance to attend camp.
  6. Is your child awaiting results of a COVID-19 test? If answered yes, the camper cannot be admitted to camp. The child will need a doctor’s written clearance to attend camp.


Should your child become ill while attending camp, please report the illness and symptoms to healthcare personnel at camp.
                                                                                                         (updated 6/18/2021)

Clearance to Return to Camp 

A camper who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to camp after:

  • At least 24 hours have passed since fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (cough, shortness of breath)
  • The camper has a written doctor’s clearance to return to camp.

A camper without symptoms but who tested positive for COVID-19 can return to camp after:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test and they have not developed symptoms.
  • The camper has a written doctor’s clearance to return to camp.

A camper who has symptoms and has tested negative can return to camp after:

  • 24 hours after their fever has ended without the use of fever reducing medications and other symptoms improve.
  • The camper has written doctor's clearance to return to camp. 
If your child should become ill and has a positive test for COVID-19 within 14 days after attending camp, please notify us for contact tracing purposes.
                                                                                                         (updated 6/18/2021)

If you have not already done so, please create your account on ePACT and complete your camper’s information. If you need to complete any additional forms, a link to the forms can be found on the web site home page at www.MonmouthCountyParks.com under the “Summer Camp Forms” button. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in the parks!

Sincerely,

Patti Conroy
Superintendent of Recreation
732-842-4000, ext. 4247