As the DMV moves ahead with the phased reopening of businesses. CommuniKids leadership has been busy working on creating a plan to help restart on-site learning at our DC and Falls Church, Virginia locations. We have also been carefully following the development of the latest guidance provided by OSSE and the Virginia Department of Social Services in putting together our plan for restarting our center-based activities. This document has been created to create a reference to families who are interested in our summer programs and is a summary of questions that have been presented to us by our community regarding our current plans for restarting on-site learning at our centers. For a more detailed look at our plans we would like to refer you to our May 2020 Summer Camp Memo to Families. Please note that the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented and evolving situation, as such, the implementation of our plan will require flexibility to make sure it is able to adapt as conditions require.
Commitment to Health and Safety
As an educational institution, CommuniKids has a fundamental responsibility to do our best to create environments that are safe and healthy for our students, staff and other community members. We understand that this basic responsibility sets us up for everything else we do. It is in this vein, that we have set forth a plan for reopening that is framed in caution, and makes safety our primary consideration. As an organization, we have decided to follow, District of Columbia guidance, as it follows more closely CDC standards, and we believe is more specific and is better suited to the needs of our communities in the Greater Washington metropolitan region.
Yes, pending guidance, we will be having camp. We are planning for camp to start on the Week of July 6, 2020. Please note that the opening dates may shift based on the status of the COVID- 19 outbreak.
Camp Schedule and Hours
Due to class size restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is possible that we will need to use a hybrid approach to summer camp. In that case, we would be offering both in-person and virtual camps. In-person camp availability may be limited by various factors:
- Guidance on total number of students allowed in each classroom,
- The availability of teaching staff,
- Total number of students enrolled in camp.
Early in the week of June 15, 2020, we will be circulating a survey to families to gauge interest in camp participation. Should weeks be over enrolled, we will go to an A/B week schedule where one group of students will attend in person while another has access to remote access to camp activities.
Should an A/B week schedule be required, students will be able to be on-site every other week.
Students will be assigned to the A week schedule will be on site the week on the following weeks:
- July 6 – July 10
- July 20 – July 24
- August 3 – August 7 August 17 – August 21
Students will be assigned to the B week schedule will be on site the week on the following weeks:
- July 13 – July 17
- July 27 – July 31
- August 10 – August 14
Please note that CommuniKids will provide remote learning for students during their off-site times, at no additional cost. We will also make our remote learning program available to children who are unable or unwilling to participate in on-site programs at the rate of $100 per week.
CommuniKids will make every effort to let parents know of the and scheduling changes, including the need to go to an A/B schedule, as early as possible. However, the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented and evolving situation, as such, there is a possibility that schedules could suddenly change. We kindly ask that you check your email regularly for updates.
CDC guidelines recommend that children Groups of students must be together at all times (no extracurricular activities, no regrouping of students during before or aftercare) to minimize potential exposure to virus. For this reason, CommuniKids will not be able to offer before or aftercare for our students in summer camp. Also, CommuniKids will not be able to offer half- day summer camp.
CommuniKids summer hours of operation: Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30pm.
Please note that the CDC recommends that Drop off and Pick up times be staggered to prevent bottlenecks that could prevent people from keeping social distance. Families will be asked to choose their preferred drop-off and pick-up times in the parent survey form to be sent in early in the week of June 15. CommuniKids will make every effort to accommodate your preference, but we cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
Summer Camp Tuition
We will require the balance of summer camp payments from our families by June 19, 2020. Once balance of summer camp payments is received enrolled families will receive an email
acknowledgement of payment and additional details about your camp enrollment. Please note that the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented and evolving situation, as such, there is a possibility that changes need to be made that could affect our camp. As such, we kindly ask that you check your email regularly for updates.
We will be refunding deposits for weeks that have been cancelled and for families who do not feel comfortable sending their children to camp at this time. However, these refunds will be made in two installments. 50% of the amount will be processed upon your reaching out to your center director, and the remaining balance will be processed by October 1. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
We would also like to point out that any family who wants to continue to support CommuniKids as we move forward through these uncertain times can help out by donating their summer camp deposits. Please reach out to your center director if this is something you would like to do.
The cost per week of summer camp will remain at $442 per week (Please note that early bird rates will still apply for those who signed up early). Should classes be over enrolled, we will go to an A/B week schedule where one group of students will attend in person while another has access to remote access to camp activities. Should this type of scheduling be required, families enrolled in the on-site camp will have access to the remote program at no extra cost.
Of course! Any family will have the option of participating in our remote summer camp. The weekly tuition for the remote summer camp program is $100 per week.
Health and Hygiene
CDC guidelines recommend that children over 2 years of age wear masks, when it is developmentally appropriate. What does it mean for a child to be developmentally ready to wear a mask? The child must be able to take the mask off. Other than that, the guidance becomes less clear. As each child is different and develops at his or her own pace, we will work with them to help them comply with the requirement. That being said, we will not force a child to wear a mask, instead we will work with the family as a team to get the child to comply with this requirement.
If a child or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, we will:
1) Contact local health department and licensing agency (VDSS or OSSE);
2) Coordinate the next steps with local health department, which may include closing the facility for a period of time;
3) Communicate with staff and parents regarding the confirmed case and exposure, per local health department guidance; and
4) Clean and disinfect all rooms that the COVID-19 positive individual was in contact.
We will try to accommodate this request as much as it is possible. It may not be feasible to have siblings who are at much different developmental stages in the same grouping. There may be logistical considerations that affect our ability to do this as well. Please reach out to your Center Director with your request to see if it will be possible to accommodate it.
We will make every effort to keep class groupings, including teachers and assistant teachers, as consistent as possible. Please note that the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented and evolving situation, as such, there is a possibility that changes need to be made that could affect class groupings.