Letter to Parents June 6, 2022


Dear Parents:
  
Monmouth County Park System staff is eagerly anticipating welcoming your child to camp this summer! I am happy to provide the following information on the measures currently in place to assure that your child has a healthy, safe, and enjoyable camp experience.
   
Important Reminders  
  • Do not send your child to camp if they are ill.
  • Please complete a daily home screening with your child prior to attending camp each day.
  • Please encourage proper handwashing hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Please promote and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
Daily Home Health Screenings   
 Upon arrival to camp every day, each parent/guardian is asked to complete a daily home screening with their child. The daily home screening includes a temperature check and a symptom check.
   
Temperature Check   
Your child’s temperature should be taken with a no-contact thermometer. If their temperature reads 100.4 degrees or above, they cannot attend camp. A doctor’s written clearance will be required to return to camp.
   
Symptom Check
Check your child daily for the following symptoms:
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
Persons that have any of the above symptoms are not permitted to attend camp for that day. When at least 24 hours have passed since fever without the use of a fever reducer medication and symptoms are improved, the child may return to camp.
   
Clearance to Return to Camp as it Relates to Covid-19
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, and
  • 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 assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test, and
  • The camper has a written doctor’s clearance to return to camp.
A camper that has symptoms and has tested negative can return to camp 24 hours after their fever has ended without the use of fever reducing medications and after symptoms improve.
   
Return to Camp Policy   
Medical clearance from a doctor is necessary for a camper to return to camp for the following situations:
  • A camper was diagnosed with a concussion
  • A camper had/has a broken bone
  • A camper had/has a sports injury
  • A camper had a serious illness
The medical clearance form must specifically state that the camper is cleared for all activities on a definitive date.
   
Camp Information
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 paper special accommodation camp forms, they can be downloaded from our Camp Forms page. If you attended camp with us last year and you already have an ePACT account, please review and update your camper’s information. If you signed up children other than your own, please make sure their parent/guardian contacts us so we can send them an invite to ePACT to fill out their camper’s information.
   
Many of our camps have specific policies, such as what to bring lists, schedules, and drop off/pick up information to help you prepare for your child’s camp visit. To find out more information regarding your child’s camp, you can access these camp information sheets on our Camp Forms page.

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