Dear Kohut Family,
It’s June!!! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the staff are training, and we are raring to go. We hope this letter finds you well, wrapping up the school year and excited about Kamp. Wow, a lot has happened since we started sending our “Safe at Kamp” letters in February!! Although the science is still evolving, based on advice from our medical consultant, Dr. Laura Blaisdell, here is information we want you to know before Kamp starts in 10 days:
First of all, we are very happy to share the fact that our entire staff has been vaccinated! We are proud to say, several of them were persuaded to get vaccinated by the thought of making the summer safer for the campers.
Secondly, PLEASE make sure your camper’s online COVID-19 forms are filled out correctly via kohut.campintouch.com. This is a critical piece of your camper’s health information for this summer.
- Every camper must complete a “COVID-19 Vaccination & Virus History form; and
- Upload either a COVID-19 Pre-Arrival Test Result (taken 72 hours prior to arrival) or a Vaccination Card.
IF your child has been fully vaccinated (two weeks out from his/her final shot), he/she does NOT need to be tested, either before or at arrival to Kamp. We do need a copy of the vaccination card uploaded to your camper’s CampInTouch account (or emailed to us, if necessary).
It’s wonderful to know we will have so many vaccinated people at Kamp this summer! However, we will still have a large population who is too young to be vaccinated and we are in a communal living situation, so in accordance with our medically advised multi-layered precautions:
- we will continue to screen and monitor everyone at Kamp;
- cohort by cabin group for meals and activities Week 1, then test and assess;
- do many activities socially distanced outside between cohorts;
- have regular hand sanitizing; and
- wear masks when indoors with people from a different cohort.
REGARDLESS of vaccination status, please follow LOW RISK behaviors and complete the Daily Health Screening email which will be sent to you daily for the next 10 days. As a reminder, Pre-Arrival Low Risk Behaviors are those which can be done outdoors and/or with masking and physical distancing. Campers should only be unmasked with immediate household family members during this time. Specifically: campers should not eat in restaurants or other eating venues with individuals outside their family unit; gatherings of groups outside the family household are not recommended — this includes weddings, graduations, religious gatherings, parties and playdates. Attending school, where masking and distancing is diligently employed, may be considered a low-risk behavior during this time. Should you have any questions about whether or not something you have planned fits within these guidelines, feel free to reach out!
Thank you for your help and patience as we work through all these details to provide the safest experience possible for your child. We understand you may still have questions, so we will be offering a “Virtual Town Hall” with Dr. Blaisdell for all Kohut parents on Thursday, June 17th at 6 pm. Please register here.
Thank you again for entrusting us with your children. We can’t wait to see them!
Lisa, Dan and your Kohut Team