Reimagining Bear Camps
Every summer, we look forward to offering our community with fun, engaging and safe summer camp opportunities. In spite of challenging circumstances, our goal has not changed.
For July: Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is proud to announce our schedule for in-person camps at Bear Camps, beginning the week of July 6. We are eager to return to campus to provide our camps for your students, and we will do so safely and intentionally.
With safety in mind, we have made several changes to our Bear Camps programming. We have limited the number of camps on campus each week. Our focus will be on HIES-run Athletics and Academic in-person camps. Our Fine Arts camps will run virtually. Also, our instructors have made great efforts to modify their camps’ activities to ensure that social distancing is followed as much as possible. HIES will publish its Back-to-School Plan for the 2020-2021 academic year this month, and we will follow many of the school safety protocols and guidelines therein and will make that document available to you. Our talented instructors have worked to create thoughtful programs for your students to enjoy.
As safety is our top priority, you can find information about our summer programs and public health efforts on the Bear Camps webpage. Our Bear Camps procedures include:
- Smaller camp sizes to promote safe social distancing
- Required mask or gaiter/buff wearing by all staff and campers for indoor camps, and encouragement of masks/gaiters when outdoors.
- Increased sanitization efforts of space and materials.
- Increased opportunities for hand washing and sanitization.
- Modified camps to provide social distancing and limited sharing of materials, when possible.
Registration for all Bear Camps is done through our online registration portal. First-time users will need to create an account for the registration portal. Once an account is created you will have access to program options, along with the detailed descriptions for the programs.
Prior to arrival on HIES Campus (for all participants)
Prior to arriving for camps, campers and staff should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus. Any individual who experiences any symptom listed below will not be allowed to take part in camps and should contact their primary care provider or other appropriate healthcare professional. Any individual living with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not, should self-isolate for two weeks. If they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during that period, they can return to school. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate until the conditions outlined above have been met. We ask that all individuals self-screen.
Screening Questions Include:
● Do you or have you had a fever in the last week (higher than 100.3 F)?
● Do you have a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or recent loss of taste or smell?
● Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
● Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID 19 in the past 14 days?
Campers should bring their own water bottle to campus, already filled. We recommend packing a thermos or something that will hold enough water for the duration of your camper’s time on campus.
There will be no use of water fountains, coolers, or A-frames on campus at this time.
For further questions about policies and procedures, contact Jessica Vance, director of Auxiliary Services.