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Updates on Covid-19

Maplewood Covid-19 Overview

Preparing for a Happy and Healthy Camp Season

2020 Summer Success   

Last summer at Maplewood was a huge success with zero COVID cases during our 9 weeks of camp. 

While protecting our community required some adjustments, we were inspired to see the joy camp provided to campers and counselors this summer. Camp was a much-needed reprieve from being stuck at home without normal activities and social connections.

Please find our step-by-step plan below.

ENVISIONING ANOTHER SAFE SUMMER
With camp approaching in a matter of months, we expect COVID precautions to still be part of each day.  We have been speaking with contacts at the Local and State Health Department and the American Camp Association to determine how best to prepare for camp this summer.  As recommendations are released, we will continue making informed decisions about camp and communicate with families about what to expect. 

EXPERIENCED MEDICAL TEAM
Every summer, we assemble an experienced medical team. We hire 2 nurses to work on-site for each session, with at least one nurse on duty throughout the camp day.  Additionally, Dr. Jeffrey Smith MD, acts as the supervising physician for the camp.  This year, all of our medical staff will be thoroughly trained on COVID-19 medical procedures and equipped with the appropriate PPE.

Maplewood is prepared to react swiftly if the need arises. In the event that someone does fall ill at camp this summer, we have established procedures that will allow us the time to determine the best response.  

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
Diligent cleaning protocols have been implemented and will be adhered to by all staff members and our maintenance team to ensure the safety of everyone at Maplewood.  Our maintenance team is already prepping the camp for the arrival of campers and staff.  During camp we will increase the frequency with which we perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces.  We have also hired extra maintenance teams throughout the day and a professional cleaning crew at night.

In addition to our new HVAC system in the main building, we recently installed air purifying devices called iWave-C to further enhance air quality when children and staff are indoors.  

PERSONAL HYGIENE 
While personal hygiene has always been an important part of camp, it will be a point of special emphasis this year. Maplewood will utilize a comprehensive daily health check for all campers and staff. There will also be additional handwashing stations throughout camp, and counselors will be prepared to model best hygiene practices. 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND MASKS
We will again modify certain elements of our camp program to maintain physical distancing between campers and groups in 2021.   Like last season, campers and staff will stay with their assigned group throughout the day and not interact with other groups.  Our talented counselors will build on last year's success with innovative, COVID-friendly games and activities. 

In addition, we will implement specific masking protocols. Counselors and campers will need to wear masks during indoor activities and when physical distancing is not possible. Last summer we observed that campers were not deterred from playing, cheering, and thriving at camp while wearing a mask!

There will be no visitors during the summer, and we will limit entrance into the property to essential business only. We will adjust the way we do drop-off and pick-up each day to minimize interactions between groups. 

THOROUGH COMMUNICATION 
As always, Maplewood strives to communicate with parents in a thorough, accurate, and transparent manner. We recognize the importance of sharing the best information available as quickly as possible. This coming summer, we aspire to be better than ever; thoughtful, detailed communication is more important than ever in keeping our community well-informed and highly-prepared.

If you have any questions about our approach to COVID-19 and summer camp, please give us a call (508-238-2387) or send us an email.

Summer Camp 2021 -We successfully opened in 2020 during COVID; find out how!

PREPARING FOR A HAPPY & HEALTHY CAMP SEASON

First, we want to thank all our camp families for your patience and support as we plan for the summer of 2021.  Last summer was a huge success with ZERO COVID cases during our 9 weeks of camp.  When we ended our successful 2020 season, we were extremely hopeful that come season 2021, we would be on the other side of COVID.  Although things seem to be heading in the right direction, unfortunately, COVID is still part of our lives. 

As we continue to plan for the summer, we do so with the safety and health of our campers and staff in mind.  We are very fortunate to be part of the American Camping Association.  They have worked with Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. to develop a “Field guide for camps on implementation of CDC guidance.” This guide helps to form Maplewood’s policies and continues to evolve.  In addition, our plans will encompass best practices and MA COVID guidelines.  We will keep you informed of any changes/updates to our programs and policies as we receive any new information from American Camping, the CDC, and the State. 

We know you are wondering how a Maplewood summer will look and feel for your child(ren). Based on what we know to be true today, and to ensure the health and safety of campers and staff, we have made the following modifications for Summer 2021.  We kindly request that you please read this letter in its entirety. 

Bus Transportation:  We are still working with our transportation company and will have more information about busing in the next couple of months.  What we do know is that due to physical distancing guidelines, the number of children per bus will be significantly reduced.  Therefore, our plan is to offer centralized pick-up and drop-off locations and to stagger the morning and afternoon arrival and departure times.  Ultimately, parent drop-off and pick-up will provide the safest and most efficient mode of transportation. 

Before and After Care Program:  We are still awaiting guidance but are hopeful we will be able to offer an extended day program.  Based on the current guidelines limiting the mixing of groups, we may have fewer available spots in this program. 

Changes to Minimum Camper Age:  Due to the current physical distancing guidelines, we must change the minimum camper age for this summer to campers who will turn four by the time they attend camp.  We will greatly miss our youngest campers this summer and look forward to having them back with us for the summer of 2022.  

Changes to Sessions and Weekly Options:  To minimize the mixing of groups and ensure the overall safety and health of our campers and staff, we will only offer 5-day programs this summer. Likewise, for the above-mentioned reasons, each camper will attend for a full day with no 1/2 day offerings.  In addition, campers will have to enroll for two consecutive weeks at a time.   

In order to keep uniformity in the sessions, we will not be offering our 3-week sessions.  If your child is currently enrolled for a 3-week session, you will have the option of changing to a 2 or 4-week session.  

Group Structure:  We anticipate that some age groups will be mixed ages as well as co-ed. For example, one of our groups may be comprised of 1st & 2nd-grade boys and girls.  As we work on fine-tuning enrollments and group sizes, we will have a better idea of what the structure of each age group will look like.  

CIT Program:  We are currently enrolling campers who are entering 8th/9th-grade in our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program.  In a non-COVID summer, CIT’s are placed with younger groups in the morning and begin to learn what it is like to work with groups of children and staff.  To keep campers and staff safe, we will not be able to run this program in the traditional way.  That said, the CIT staff will work with the CIT’s on team building and developing leadership and communication skills.  CIT’s will also participate in all our wonderful activities and most importantly make those essential social connections with their peers. 

Camp Re-Imagined with Physical Distancing: Camp brings up memories of large group celebrations and communal games. As you know, we have all needed to change our habits when it comes to interacting with those outside of our families.  Like last summer, we are planning for groups to be physically distanced from one another this camp season.  We understand this is not what campers were used to prior to 2020. Fortunately, the feedback we received from camp families at the end of last summer was overwhelmingly positive.  In other words, keeping our groups separated from one another out of necessity ended up bringing new joys and a sense of group cohesiveness that worked well for campers and counselors alike. With this being said, we anticipate that some parents may have concerns about their child’s ability to thrive under this new camp structure.  We are asking all parents and guardians to answer the following questions before committing to camp this year: 

  1. Is my child capable and willing to follow social distancing guidelines at camp?
  2. Will this different style of camp be enjoyable and compatible with my child’s temperament and interests? 

We are creating a wonderful schedule for our campers this year.  We have listed some of our activities below. We are confident that Maplewood’s programming will be top-notch, but camp will have a different “feel” this year compared to past years. In light of this, we are encouraging families to consider these changes and make sure that it will be a good fit for your child] 

The Same Outstanding Counselors & Lots of Amazing Activities 

For the past 56 summers, Maplewood has been known for its outstanding staff and diverse programming.  In that respect, this summer will be no different but, to ensure camper and staff safety, some time-honored Maplewood activities and events will be on “sabbatical” for 2021.   We have had our “thinking caps” on for months and we are excited to say that our daily group schedules are action-packed.  Here is a sneak peek of some of the activities our campers will be able to enjoy this summer: 

  • Swim Lessons (the tried-and-true staple of any Maplewood camp day) 
  • Boating 
  • Pedal Karts 
  • Village 
  • Dancing 
  • Art 
  • Laser Tag 
  • Sports (field sports, gaga ball) 
  • Barnyard 
  • Miniature Golf 
  • Free Swim 
  • Drama 
  • Penny Dive, Tie Dye 
  • Still awaiting guidance on gymnastics, archery, and rock climbing 

Important Health & Safety Enhancement 

Since September we have been successfully running school year programs including preschool, kindergarten, and remote learning.  As we did last summer and continue to do during the school year, we will rely on guidance from federal, state, and local authorities. We will be going above and beyond in having our facilities cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and all equipment will be sanitized and disinfected after each activity. The American Camping Association has retained Environmental Health & Engineering to create a field guide that provides us with the most up-to-date information on how to keep our campers and staff safe while at camp.  Utilizing this field guide, we have developed the following procedures: 

  • Physical distancing between groups during the camp day. 
  • Counselors and campers will need to wear face masks during indoor activities and when physical distancing is not possible. 
  • We have purchased in bulk, quantities of CDC-recommended hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting products, non-contact thermometers, and masks for our staff.  We will incorporate suggested practices outlined by the American Camping Association and local authorities pertaining to handwashing, cleaning, and disinfecting. 
  • In addition to our new HVAC system, we recently installed an air purifying device called iWave-C on each of the HVAC units in the main building to create a healthier environment without producing any harmful by-products.  This advanced technology significantly reduces a wide variety of pathogens in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.  Independent lab testing has shown that this device is also effective against COVID-19. 
  • There will be expanded medical screening and protocols including but not limited to daily health screening for campers and staff upon arrival. 
  • The camp nurse will have specific protocols for separating any camper or staff who feels ill from the rest of the camp population until they can be picked up from camp. 
  • If a camper falls ill, there will be expanded parameters regarding when a child can safely return to camp after an absence.  

Important Registration Information 

Summer Camp is currently scheduled to begin on June 28th.  To meet the needs of our Maplewood families, we kindly request that you finalize your summer dates as soon as possible.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s summer schedule, please email Sue at Summercamp@maplewoodyearround.com  

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we work towards providing your child a Maplewood summer filled with fun and friendship!!! 

Wishing you all the best of health, 

Sue and Lee 

Bus Transportation - Camp

On February 11th, the CDC updated the Transportation Guidelines and lifted the capacity limitation and physical distancing requirements that had previously been in place.  The goal is to make bus transportation as safe as possible. Please note that the CDC is still recommending that the best practice is to drive your child(ren) or carpool with others in the same cohort unless the bus is an absolute necessity.

Listed below are the health and safety practices that will be in place for all campers and staff who ride the bus to and from camp:

  • All campers, staff, and bus drivers will be required to wear masks while on the bus.
  • Campers will have assigned seats.  Please note that siblings will sit together.  Please consider that your child may have to sit with another camper on the bus.  We will do our best to sit them with another camper in their group, if possible.
  • A completed health screening indicating that the camper is in good health must be completed each morning before the camper boards the bus. If this health screening is not completed, the camper will not be allowed to board the bus. 
  • In addition to the health screening, bus staff will perform a visual check on each camper as they board the bus to confirm that they are not showing signs of any symptoms associated with COVID.
  • Bus staff will provide hand sanitizer to campers as they board the bus each morning and afternoon.  Once they arrive at camp, campers will be greeted by their counselors who will again provide hand sanitizer.
  • Windows and roof hatches will be open at all times.
  • After each morning and afternoon run, the bus will be sanitized using EPA-approved disinfectants.

 
Listed below are the bus stops and times by town.  Please note that times are estimated and may change due to traffic conditions, weather, or road construction. Campers will be assigned to the bus stop closest to their home.  In order to maintain the right balance of children on each bus, we are not able to be as flexible as we have in the past regarding changing buses and bus stops.  

For purposes of planning your summer schedule, the buses will arrive at camp in the morning between 9:05 and 9:20.  This is similar to a normal summer.  In the afternoon, the buses will depart camp at 3:40.  This is a little earlier than a normal summer as we need to coordinate the parent car pick-up in the afternoon. If for any reason you feel that your child will not thrive under the above-mentioned CDC guidelines, you may want to consider parent drop-off and pick-up or extended day as an alternative to bus transportation. 

The window for parent drop-off in the morning is 8:40-9:00 and pick-up in the afternoon is 3:45-4:00. 

Our extended day program provides activities for campers in the morning from 7:30-9:00 and in the afternoon from 4:00-6:00.    

For bus stop details and times click here.

Remote Learning K-8th

Maplewood is pleased to be offering programs for K-8 grade students on days that are designated as “remote” learning days. This program is taking the place of our traditional after-school program. This format will be offered for as long as Easton Public Schools embark on the Hybrid learning model.                 
Hours, Days, and Tuition:
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
  • $85/day, $80/day sibling
  • $40/ ½ day. Please note that we are still awaiting guidance related to offering ½ day programs. Transportation from the Easton schools to Maplewood will not be provided at this time. 
Classroom Structure, Physical Distancing, and Masks
  • Teachers and students will be separated by grade and will remain with their assigned group (or “pod”) during the day. As an example: one pod may consist of 1st and 2nd graders from Parkview School.
  • Children will be separated into pods in line with current safety guidelines. Multiple pods will share the larger classrooms and the gymnasium, while also remaining separated by a barrier/partition to keep children both physically separated and avoid the sharing of supplies and equipment between pods.
  • We will maintain the physical distancing of cohorts as they are established by the schools (i.e Easton cohort A and B).
  • There will be at least one staff member per pod.
  • Our spacious facility has large classrooms and expansive natural spaces around our campus for outdoor classrooms and play. 
  • In addition to our newly installed HVAC system, we recently installed air purifying devices called iWave-C to further enhance air quality.
  • Staff will wear a face mask or cloth covering during indoor activities and outdoors, whenever 6 feet physical distancing is not possible. When 6 feet of physical distance is not possible, face mask use requirements for children are as follows:
    * Children age 7 and older must wear a face mask
    * Children age 2.9-6 who can safely and appropriately wear, remove, and handle face masks must be encouraged to wear face masks and must be supervised at all times while wearing a face mask.
    * Children will have frequent mask breaks and face coverings must not be worn while children are eating/drinking.
The Same Experienced Teaching Staff and Outstanding Curriculum
Students in grades K-8 who enroll in our program will follow their school’s remote learning plan while at Maplewood. Staff will offer support and help facilitate the "virtual learning” portion of their day. Also, staff will maximize opportunities for fresh air and social interactions during breaks and the “after school” portion of the day. Outdoor activities and physical education will be prioritized to balance out the screen-time associated with remote learning. Some of the activities offered will include, gaga ball, basketball, kickball, mini-golf, laser tag, arts & crafts, playground, and pedal karts.
Call 508-238-2387 or email us for more details

Preschool

Our administrative staff and teachers worked hard to prepare the early childhood curriculum for the school year.  First, we want our community to know that unless mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our preschool will be full-time, in-person classes for the upcoming school year.  If a virtual teaching model is required by the State, our teachers are fully prepared to go online.  Below you will find details of what the preschool experience will look like for your child and your family.  As we have mentioned in past correspondence, the Governor and his advisory committee could alter dates and/or guidelines if deemed necessary.

3-Day Program - 2.9 to 3 years (turning 3 on or before 12/1/2020)
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Preschool Pricing:  September 2020 - June 2021 $4,295 with a $200 deposit
9 payments: $455 ( the deposit of $200 is applied)

Classroom Structure, Physical Distancing, and Masks

Teachers and preschoolers will remain with their assigned class (“pod”) throughout the day for the duration of the school year.
   
In the interest of ensuring the highest level of safety for our teachers and students, we will only be offering a 3-day program (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) for children aged 2.9 years and older.  We needed to make this adjustment to put our best practices in place during this phase of the Governor’s reopening plan.  We invite families who have signed up for the 2-day program to enroll in our 3-day preschool.  

We can’t predict the trajectory of in-person learning for the school year due to COVID-19. However, by starting our school year with a robust, in-person, curriculum, we believe we are maximizing the play-based learning environment for children of early childhood age.  

OPEN ENROLLMENT CLASS OF 2021/2022
Maplewood will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year on
Sunday, November 29th at 9 am.  A direct link to the application will be provided that morning.
If you would like more detailed information or set up a tour email us or call 508-238-2387

Kindergarten

Maplewood’s Kindergarten program prepares children for success in first grade and beyond.  The focus of our program is to develop the whole child while fostering a love of learning, creativity, curiosity, cooperation, and problem-solving skills.  Our fun, engaging curriculum allows children to explore and discover their interests while learning academic essentials.
Hours & Days:
  • 9:00-2:00 PM - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 
Entry Age:
  • 5 years on or before August 31, 2020
Teachers  Our incredible group of qualified teachers bring both experience and warmth to a nurturing classroom setting.  With small child/teacher ratios, our teachers will prepare each child for growth and advancement with an all-inclusive and relevant curriculum, meeting current MA DOE Frameworks
Facilities: Our spacious facility has large classrooms and expansive natural spaces around our campus for outdoor classrooms. In addition to our new HVAC system, Maplewood has installed amazing air purifying devices called iWave-C to create a healthier environment
 
OPEN ENROLLMENT CLASS OF 2021/2022
Maplewood will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year on
Sunday, November 29th at 9 am.  A direct link to the application will be provided that morning.
If you would like more detailed information or set up a tour email us or call 508-238-2387

iWave-C / Air-Purifier

In addition to our new HVAC system we just installed an air purifying device called iWave-C on each of the HVAC units in the main building to create a healthier environment without producing any harmful byproducts.   This advanced technology significantly reduces a wide variety of pathogens in the breathing zone and on hard non-porous surfaces.  Independent lab testing has shown that this device is also effective against COVID-19. 

Please see the links below:

Changing Weather - Recommendations

The outdoors in winter is enjoyed most when you are dressed properly. It is also safer. Remember: there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. In winter, the best idea is to stay warm and dry. Being too hot makes you sweat, creating moisture. When it is cold outside, being damp is uncomfortable and can be a danger as you will lose body heat more quickly.

Here are a few things to think about when going outside in cold weather here at Maplewood.

Be aware of the weather and pack accordingly.

When the temperature is just above or just below freezing, the chance that you will get wet from snow or freezing rain increases. This is because the air holds more moisture at the freezing point than when the temperature is very cold. When it is very cold it is easier to stay dry. Take a minute to check the weather forecast. Is there precipitation expected? Snow, freezing rain? What is the humidity and temperature? Will the weather be changing while you are out? The weather often changes during the day and we want your child to be able to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

Dress in three layers!

Layers allow you to be more flexible in changing weather conditions. Layers create an air space between the skin and the cold and this space is what insulates best. Layers are also looser, allowing for better blood circulation which helps to maintain body temperature.

  • Inner (Base) layer: The skin should be covered in a thin layer that helps to move moisture away from the body. Keeping your skin dry helps keep you warm and comfortable. Your inner layer should cover almost your whole body: arms, legs, and torso. Polyester and silk, and related modern materials are best. Cotton is a poor choice.
  • Middle layer: This is the insulating layer. Wool and fleece work best. The middle layer can be made up of several thin layers.
  • Outer layer: This is the water and wind protection layer. Gore-Tex and nylon are the best. Get a long coat so that you can sit comfortably. Coats should have high collars and a hood. You should be able to easily ventilate the coat by loosening sleeve ends, opening zippers under the arms, and opening a front zipper. This will help get rid of the moisture inside the coat. For very cold temperatures or for kids rolling around in the snow, bib-type snow pants are a good choice.

It is also a good idea to attach tabs to zippers so they can be opened and closed without exposing the hand.

Layering also applies to hands and feet

  • Wear two pairs of socks - a thin polyester sock against the skin and a thicker sock over that.
  • Boots should be comfortable and not too tight. Tightness will constrict blood flow and make your feet colder. Boots should also have a good sole for grip and stability on slippery or uneven surfaces and should be waterproof.
  • Adjust the legwear and boots, or use a covering such as a gaiter, so that snow cannot enter through the top of the boot.
  • You can also wear a thin pair of gloves with thicker and waterproof mitts over them. Adjust the sleeves and cuffs so that snow cannot enter.

Scarf, hat, and sunglasses

Your head and neck are major sources of heat loss. A hat and a scarf are a must in cold weather. If you are worried about your child wearing a scarf, try a tube scarf. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from light reflecting off the snow.

Pack an extra set!

It is always a good idea to pack an extra set of clothes, socks, and shoes. If these items get wet your child would be more comfortable enjoying the rest of their day in dry clothing and shoes.

We understand that this is a lot to pack and a lot to keep track of. We will do our best to keep your child's belongings organized but please label everything with your child's first and last name.