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Camp Update: July 12, 2020

Mask Update: We have received the following message from the Department of Human Services, the agency that licenses our summer camp program:

“This guidance covers policies and procedures providers should implement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children 2 years old and older are required to wear a face covering as described in the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Order for Universal Face Coverings, unless you fit one of the exceptions included in Section 3 of the Order. If a child is outdoors and able to consistently maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from individuals who are not a part of their household, they do not need to wear a mask. If a parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place a face covering safely on the child’s face, they should not do so. If a child 2 years old or older is unable to remove a face covering without assistance, the child is not required to wear one. The Department of Health recognizes that getting younger children to be comfortable wearing face coverings and to keep them on may create some difficulties. Under these circumstances, parents, guardians, licensed child care providers in community-based and school settings or responsible persons may consider prioritizing the wearing of face coverings to times when it is difficult for the child to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from others who are not a part of their household (e.g., during carpool drop off or pick up, or when standing in line at school). Ensuring proper face covering size and fit and providing children with frequent reminders and education on the importance and proper wearing of cloth face coverings may help address these issues.”

It was our hope at MCDS that we would not need to implement mask wearing for our students. We understand that this is not an ideal situation and are committed to doing everything that we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We also recognize that mask-wearing is a process for all of us, children especially. It may be difficult for some students to wear a mask at all. Just as we do in all things, it is our intention to support every child where he/she is in his/her process. Children would only be asked to wear their masks during indoor job time. Masks would be off and in cubbies during snacks, outdoor play, lunch, and nap periods. We recognize that this process will not be perfect and that even partial success will potentially minimize risks. We want to assure you that we are committed to providing the same fun and engaging experience that your child has grown accustomed to. We are asking that you please send a labeled, child-sized mask for your child when he/she returns to camp. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at the school (info@mcdsberks.org) or call during our business hours 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday (610-777-3080).