Capital Region day camps open for unusual summer

Emily De Vito & WNYT Staff
Created: June 29, 2020 05:53 AM

It's the first full week of summer vacation for most students in the Capital Region.

Even though school has been closed for months, many working parents still relied on those virtual school meetings during the day. Now with more people in the Capital Region returning to the office, summer camp is essential for a lot of working parents.


Camps will be able to open, but with a lot of changes.

Some of these guidelines will not be surprising to parents. They include lots of handwashing, sanitizing, and screening campers before they come to camp for the day. That includes checking temperatures for many.

For parents, it may just be best to drop off your children quickly and stay in the car to limit the number of people coming in and out of the camp.

Other ways camp will look different this year for children include smaller group sizes. Only 15 children will be allowed in a group. That does not include staff.

Field trips are strongly discouraged.

On rainy days when children need to be inside, it is essential that the camp social distances them.

Camps will also be following strict cleaning and sanitation guidelines.

Many people are also wondering about the fall. While we have recently seen Massachusetts release guidelines for the fall school year, Governor Cuomo has said it is just way too early to predict what will be happening then.

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