COVID-19 Preparedness Information
Health and safety are always the most important priority when planning J-Camp. This summer, we are working with our COVID response team, the Santa Clara County Health Department, JCC Association, the American Camp Association and the CDC to implement new procedures and policies. Please read the new protocols below to learn more about health and safety measures this summer designed to limit exposure and the spread of COVID-19.

Please note, recommendations are evolving and we will be adapting our policies as those recommendations change.


Group Sizes and Physical Distancing

Camp Groups and Space

In an effort to minimize contact with large groups of people, campers will attend camp in small groups of no more than 12 campers and two camp counselors. Those small groups will not mix throughout the month-long camp session and will stay a minimum of six feet away from all other groups. Each group of 12 will have their own dedicated indoor and outdoor space for programming and will share access to the sports field in rotations throughout the day. The entire camp will not physically gather together, but we will join together virtually from the individual camp rooms for all camp events such as Chavurah (morning song session) and Shabbat celebrations.

Physical Distancing During Activities
We have adapted our camp programming so that all activities are designed to encourage physical distancing and will not require physical contact between campers or staff. Masks will be worn throughout camp by all staff and campers ages six and older. We know that wearing masks can be challenging, especially for young children. We will create customized, campified masks for each camper to have their own unique mask to sport around camp and create fun ways for each camper to show off their creativity. We will also maintain developmentally-appropriate expectations, in particular towards mask-making, simply guiding the children to give their best effort, without being overwhelmed.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

In order to create proper distance during drop-off and pick-up, campers and parents will be met by staff members directly at their cars and will be brought to and from their individual camper groups. No parents, guardians or other guests will be allowed on campus. We will share more information about protocols for drop-off and pick-ups as camp approaches. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocol

Hand Washing

Campers and staff will frequently wash hands for 20+ seconds and will use hand sanitizer throughout the day including upon arrival to camp, between program activities, before and after eating, and prior to pick-up. We will campify our hand-washing ritual with fun camp songs and games to ensure each camper is washing correctly and to make hand washing fun, so everybody is excited to participate.

Sanitizing Surfaces and Equipment
Though recent information from the CDC tells us that transmission of the virus is significantly more likely to happen through person-to-person contact than through objects and surfaces, we will continue to practice heightened cleaning routines. Each group will have individual sets of equipment and, in some cases, campers will have their own individual kits of commonly used supplies. We will sanitize and wipe down any shared equipment regularly, including hard surfaces and tables. Every night the rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized for the next day of camp.

Health and Safety Check Procedures

Expectations before Arriving to Camp
Please check your child's temperature and do a general health check, looking for symptoms, before you leave home.  

Daily Health Check Upon Arrival to Camp
A health check will be performed with every staff member and child before entering camp including taking their temperatures and asking (staff and parents) the following questions:
  • Do you live with anyone or have you had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Have you recently experienced a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath?
  • Have you experienced any other signs of communicable illness such as a cold or flu? 
Anyone (parent or staff) who answers yes to any of the above questions or has a temperature of more than 100.4 F will not be allowed to come into camp.

Health Check Monitoring Over the Course of the Day
Any camper or staff who presents throughout the day with COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home in case of illness. We will be monitoring children for signs of illness such as:
  • Being unable to participate in routine activities
  • Fever greater than 100.4
  • Difficulty breathing, uncontrolled coughing, unusually tired, persistent crying, etc.
  • Diarrhea (within 24 hours after)
  • Vomiting (within 24 hours after)
  • Open sores, rash, signs of infection, etc.  
  • Runny nose with colored mucus
Parents or guardians will be required to come pick up their child promptly if any symptoms are exhibited at camp. We will establish a medical sick area for any child who needs to wait for a parent or guardian to pick them up.  

What will we do if COVID 19 case is confirmed on site?
If we have a confirmed case of COVID 19 in our camp program, we will take the following steps to communicate and sanitize:
  • We will notify all families and staff of a confirmed/potential COVID-19 infection in the facility and will let you know if that child is in the same camper group as yours. We will not share names.
  • We will follow the guidance of the Santa Clara Health Department on their recommendations on cleaning and potential closure of the classroom.
All of these policies and procedures have been formulated with recommendations from Santa Clara County Health Department, JCC Association, the American Camp Association and the CDC to keep our camp safe. If you have any questions about any of these new policies and procedures, please reach out to Dave Rosenfeld, Director of Youth and Teens, at drosenfeld@paloaltojcc.org or (650) 223-8607.