The Health Center
The Garrison Forest School Health Center is tasked to monitor and support the wellbeing of the Summer at Garrison Forest community. It is important that families do their part, including familiarizing themselves with our daily screening protocol, our new return-to-camp policies regarding fever and other illnesses, and responding promptly when asked to take their child home from camp.
This year, more so than ever, the responsibility to keep everyone safe is shared by our GFS community and Summer at Garrison Forest participants. The protocols outlined by the Health Center for our summer program have developed based on the recommendations from the CDC, Maryland Department of Health and our local health department. The Health Center will remain open in the Shriver Building.
It is important to note that all information is subject to change as additional guidelines on camps and schools are released by the CDC and state health agencies.
- Health Screening and Monitoring
- Mask Wearing
- Facilities & Campus
- Cleaning and Sanitizing Campus
- Managing COVID-19 Cases Health Policy
- Contact Tracing
- Campers and Family Travel
Prior to entering the building on each camp day, every camper, instructor and staff member planning to attend camp will complete a daily health screening form. Daily completion of COVID-19 screening for campers, instructors and staff is imperative for the camp's safety protocols to function successfully. Summer at Garrison Forest requires strict adherence to our policy of being free of fever (temperate <100.4) to come to camp. Daily temperature checks will be part of our Daily Health Screening.
Daily Health Screening Questions
1. Since yesterday, have you (if camper) / your child (if parent) had any of the following symptoms? Fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache (especially with fever) or new lost of taste or smell. For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should change from baseline.
2. Since last in camp, are you (if camper) / your child (if parent) waiting for a COVID-19 test result, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been instructed by any health care provider or the health department to isolate or quarantine?
3. In the last 14 days did you (if camper) / your child (if parent) have close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period) with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19?
If the answer to ALL of the questions above is NO, the camper may be admitted into camp that day. If the answer is YES to any of the questions, the camper will not be permitted to attend camp that day and must leave campus immediately.
All test results and health information will be confidential and will be re viewed and communicated by the Summer at Garrison Forest's professional medical staff only.
Summer at Garrison Forest requires that all individuals must wear masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose while on campus. Please ensure that masks conform to the current guidance from the CDC (no valves, preferably made of at least 2 layers, gaitors not permitted.) Each camper should have a spare mask in case the first becomes soiled or damp.
Exceptions for mask wearing include:
- when outside and greater than 6 feet apart from any other persons
- while eating lunch as long as campers are properly socially distanced
Times will be built into the schedule for campers to be mask-free. The face coverings policy is subject to re-evaluation based on the most current recommendations.
Protocols to facilitate physical safety include:
Campers and staff are asked to physically distance themselves from one another by 6 feet to the extent that it is feasible.
Desks and other furnishing are physically distanced 6 feet apart in the buildings.
Classroom seating will be assigned to assist in contact tracing.
Each camp will be limited to their own cohort of campers. Day camps, specialty camps and residentials programs will not mix with one another.
Tents and other outdoor spaces for breaks will be designated for campers who are participating in indoor sessions.
Touchless hand-sanitizing and paper towel dispensers are located across campus.
Cleaning supplies are located in every room and teaching space to ensure that surfaces are cleaned throughout the camp day.
Signage for foot traffic patterns as well as health and hygiene reminders are located throughout campus.
Special air circulation units are placed in each isolation room to ensure proper air filtration and to avoid recirculating potentially infectious air.
Campus Access Protocols for Parents and Visitors: In order to minimize risk and maintain a healthy environment for our campers and staff, access to campus buildings is limited strictly to campers, staff and essential personnel unless otherwise noted.
Custodial Staff: Garrison Forest School's custodial staff will adhere to a strict schedule to help ensure that all classrooms, bathrooms and common areas are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and each evening.
Cleaning Procedures: Our highest priorities are the health and safety of our community. We have daily in-depth cleaning of all buildings using EPA approved disinfectants as well as a weekly, 360-degree cleaning of all surfaces using an electrostatic ionizer.
Bathrooms: Throughout the day, custodial staff will regularly clean and sanitize the bathrooms on campus.
Classroom Surfaces: Staff will clean their classroom surfaces after each session. The cleaning solutions are EPA-approved and food safe. Each classroom will have its own dedicated cleaning items.
High-Touch Surfaces: In addition to bathrooms, high-touch surfaces such as door knobs, railings, elevators, light switches, etc. will be cleaned and sanitized regularly throughout the day.
Air Filtration: Garrison Forest School has upgraded air filters to the maximum efficiency filter recommended by manufacturer and will be replacing those filters at a minimum of every three months. HVAC equipment is also inspected, serviced and cleaned every three months.
Computer Workstations: Campers using computers will have their own computer device, minimizing the need for shared computers. Computers that are loaned to campers during the day will be cleaned and disinfected after individual use.
Water Bottle Filling Stations: Touchless water bottle filling stations are located around campus. Campus will bring their own, clearly labeled water bottles to camp each day.
Knowing when to stay home from camp is essential to keep the community healthy.
Campers and staff should stay home if:
- They are unwell with COVID-like symptoms: fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache (especially with fever) or new loss of taste or smell. For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.
- They are awaiting COVID-19 results
- They test positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms).
- They are a close contact of a COVID-19 individual.
- They experience a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher.
Reporting a Positive Case
Parents, instructors and staff are required to report a positive COVID-19 case to Summer at Garrison Forest Health Center by calling 410-559-3200 or emailing email@example.com. In the event there is a case of an individual with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms, any identified close contacts and their cohort will be notified by email. Close contacts including the household, should adhere to the following guidelines (updated April 12, 2021):
- Close contacts who are asymptomatic must follow these quarantine guidelines:
- The individual may choose to quarantine for the full 14 days OR:
- On day 7, the individual may take a PCR COVID-19 test; On day 11, if still asymptomatic and with a negative test, they may return to camp (but not sports or other activities where physical distancing cannot be maintained); On day 15, they may fully return to all activities, including sports.
Close contacts who are within 90 days of a positive diagnosis OR are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past completing their vaccinations) do not need to quarantine, as long as they have provided proper documentation to the Health Center. These individuals will still need to monitor for symptoms.
If any identified close contact, including those who are exempt from quarantine because of being within 90 days of a positive diagnosis OR are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past completing their vaccinations) becomes symptomatic at any point, they must take a PCR COVID-19 test.
In all instances, families are asked to call their doctor and inform the Summer at Garrison Forest Health Center of positive results as soon as possible. When informed of a positive or potential positive case among our campers, GFS must quickly begin contact tracing, so timely communication with our team is of the utmost importance.
If any camper begins to show signs of COVID symptoms while on campus, the parent/guardian will be notified and expected to pick up their camper within the hour. GFS will utilize alternative family emergency contacts provided in our CampSite database to ensure safe and expedited pick-up of campers from the health center within one hour of identification of an illness.
- All close contacts will be identified and notified, without identifying the name(s) of the individual(s) with a positive test(s). Summer at Garrison Forest contact tracing protocols will be executed. Please see below for the definition of a close contact.
- What is a Close Contact? The CDC defines a "close contact" as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive test) until the time the individual is isolated. A fully vaccinated individual is no longer considered a close contact as per the CDC guidelines.
What about someone who has been in contact with a close contact? No action needs to be taken for individuals who have not had direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, and instead have had close contact with individuals who were in direct contact. In other words, a contact of a contact is not considered exposed.
Contact tracing is the process of identifying, notifying and monitoring any staff member or camper who came in close contact with another staff member or camper of the camp who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious (two days before onset of symptoms until the end of the individual's isolation period).
Contact tracing is a key strategy for preventing the further spread of COVID-19. Close contacts of an individual who test positive for COVID-19 are considered to have been exposed to COVID-19, and may go on to develop the virus. Identifying and quarantining close contacts limits their ability to spread disease should they become infectious and helps to limit spread within the community.
Contact tracing protocols and procedures will be implemented by the Summer at Garrison Forest Health Center and they will adhere to the CDC and MD state guidelines
Identifying and Treatment of Positive Cases
There are many factors that Summer at Garrison Forest will consider when deciding to send a cohort of camper home for a period of time. If a camper or staff member is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, quarantine options will be determined depending on current guidance from the Baltimore County and GFS Health Center using the Decision Aid for Exclusion and Return for Laboratory Confirmed Covid-19 Cases and Person with Covid-19 like illness in schools,child care programs, and youth camps.
Individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or test when they travel domestically. Information on the protocols on traveling when fully vaccinated can be found on the CDC guidelines.
Unvaccinated campers traveling out of state (Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware are exempt) have two options before coming to camp:
- Option 1: Quarantine for 3 days and report a negative PCR COVID-19 test after that period of time. Test results must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Option 2: Quarantine for 10 days. No COVID-19 test is required if the traveler quarantines for the full 10 days.
Once arriving in the U.S., campers (vaccinated or unvaccinated) have two options before coming to camp:
- Option 1: Quarantine for 7 days and report a negative PCR COVID-19 test. The test must be taken 3-5 days after travel. Test results must be sent to email@example.com.
- Option 2: Quarantine for 10 days. No COVID-19 test is required if the traveler quarantines for the full 10 days.
*All protocols are subject to change. Protocols are based on CDC, the state of Maryland and Baltimore County guidelines.
**Individuals who are exempt from domestic travel: a traveler who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of diagnosis OR those who are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks past completing their vaccinations). International restrictions apply to all travelers.
Summer at Garrison Forest will be providing individual boxed lunches for full day campers in the following day camps:
- Brave Bears
- Great Grizzlies
- All-Stars Performing Arts Camps
All other full day camps must pack their own lunch. All campers must bring their own snack and water bottle.
Lunch will be eaten outside and physically distanced unless there is inclement weather.