Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Summer Camps & Childcare

Current Status

As of June 1, the following businesses/programs that provide care and supervision for children of all ages are allowed to operate under the current Shelter In Place order, so long as they complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan with the reopening guidelines provided below:

    • Childcare
    • Summer and day camps
    • Sports camps

Reopening Guidelines

The following guidelines are effective June 1, 2020:

This Frequently Asked Questions guide applies to the Summer Camp & Childcare Guidelines, which go into effect June 1, 2020.

Are camps required to run for a certain number of hours each day of operation?

No. There is no minimum number of hours for which a camp must operate during any given day, meaning that camps that run for only portions of a day are also allowable under the Guidance.  However, children may only attend one single camp during any three-week period, regardless of how much of the day it occupies.

I understand that summer camps and sports camps must operate for a minimum of three consecutive weeks.  Are camps required to operate for a certain number of days per week? 

Summer camps and sports camps must operate for a minimum of three days per week under current County guidelines.  Additionally, all camps must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children and children must remain in the same group each day they attend camp.  Children may not attend more than one camp in any given three-week period, and camp Personnel may not interact with more than one stable group of children in any given three-week period.

How many children can attend a childcare group, sports camp or summer camp?

Childcare, summer camp and sports camp operations must be carried out in stable groups consisting of 12 or fewer children, which means that the same 12 or fewer children must remain in the same group each day and for at least 3 consecutive weeks. Children from the same family or household unit must be included in the same group, to the greatest extent possible.

Can my child attend simultaneous summer camps or sports camps?

Children may not attend more than one childcare establishment, summer camp, or sports camp simultaneously. This means that if any child is attending any childcare establishment, summer camp, or sports camp, that child may not enroll in another unless or until they have permanently stopped attending the first.

What if I have multiple children in my household who want to attend different summer camps or sports camps?

Parents from the same family or household unit should seriously consider enrolling their children in the same summer or sports camp, and children from the same family or household unit who do attend the same camp should be included in the same group within that camp to the greatest extent possible.  However, it is not required that children from the same family or household unit attend the same camp.

Do children need to wear face coverings at sports camp or summer camp? Are masks mandatory or recommended for physical activity? Children 12 and over are required to wear face coverings.

Children  over 2 up to 12 years old should be encouraged to wear them as much as reasonable, with supervision, however, they are not required to wear them.  Children 2 and under are not supposed to wear face coverings.

Children over the age of 2 should wear cloth face coverings when not actively engaged in physical activity to reduce the risk for transmission only if the parent and provider determine they can reliably wear, remove, and handle face coverings following CDC guidance throughout the day. Children under 12 wearing a cloth face covering shall be actively monitored by Personnel at all times.

But, the State mandate on masks is different from the County of Marin. Are face coverings now required for kids under 12 at camps/daycare? Which mandate do we follow?

The State guidance on kids under 12 wearing masks in public is more restrictive than the County order and should be followed. Out in public children over 2 years old should follow the State Order which appears to require face masks. Regarding camps and daycare – the State Order appears to defer to the local level therefore, camps and day cares can continue to follow the County guidelines.

Does summer camp, sports camp and/or childcare personnel need to wear masks or face coverings while teaching?

Generally, yes. The guidance requires the business to ensure that all Personnel comply with the SSP requirements and adhere to all requirements of the Facial Coverings Order and the Social Distancing Protocol as required by the Shelter in Place Order.

Are we able to hold outdoor group activities? Can we run outdoor classes for our students?

Yes. It is encouraged that summer camps, sports camps and childcare do as many activities outdoors as possible; create outdoor activities where you can provide wider spacing opportunities. Sports with shared equipment or physical contact, like soccer, basketball, baseballs, softball, and tennis, can only be played within the same stable group of 12. Participants from one Sports Camp may not compete or play against participants in another Sports Camp. All equipment used by participants or Personnel must be sanitized daily at minimum.

Do we need to ensure social distancing of 6 feet as the recommended distance for physical activity?

Facilities and Personnel must follow all existing guidelines to prevent the spread of infection, such as social distancing when it is feasible in a childcare setting.

Can multiple childcare groups, summer camps or sports camps operate in the same facility at the same time?

If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group must be in separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group.   Facilities with exceptionally large rooms (e.g. indoor gymnasiums or sports fields) may divide those rooms into more than one space for children by erecting temporary walls or dividers that keep stable groups of children entirely separate from other groups located within the same larger space.

What if my childcare and/or summer camp has shared rooms and facilities?

Shared rooms or spaces within a facility, such as restrooms or outdoor play yards, should be divided up to the greatest extent possible so that different groups of children have access to designated portions of such spaces. To the extent this is not possible, such spaces must be sanitized after use by any one group of children and before another rotates in. No two groups may be in a shared or common space at the same time.

What are the guidelines/best practices my summer camp or sports camp must adopt to ensure a safe and sanitary environment for our patrons?

Facilities and Personnel must follow all existing guidelines to prevent the spread of infection, such as social distancing when it is feasible in a childcare setting, more intensive infection control measures – such as health screenings, more frequent handwashing, and surface cleaning. Including:

  • Take every child’s temperature at the beginning of each day, and take a specific child’s temperature any time there is a concern that child may have a fever. Upon entering room require children and adults to wash hands. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.
  • Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff.
  • Teach and reinforce mandatory use of cloth face coverings among all staff.
  • Staff should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to all staff on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
  • Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep products away from children.
  • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (e.g., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility.
  • Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.
  • Sanitize the sink and toilet handles before and after each child’s use.
  • Teach children to use a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.

How should parents/guardians safely drop off children for summer camps and childcare?

To maintain physical distancing, arrival and dismissal times should be staggered.  Parents/guardians should also avoid carpooling to and from the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp and Sports Camp.

What should the facility provide to ensure safe sign-in and sign-out for parents/guardians?

The facility should ensure hand sanitizer or handwashing facilities are provided before and after families sign in and out. Encourage parents/guardians to bring their own pens when signing children in and out. If check-in is electronic, clean and disinfect the screens or keyboards frequently.

How can summer camps, childcare facilities and sports camp have a safe snack/meal time for children?

Meals and snacks can be provided as long as the facility ensures the following guidelines:

  • Set up the eating spaces to maximize space between children.
  • Practice proper handwashing before and after eating.
  • Use paper goods and disposable plastic utensils when possible.
  • Meals should be pre-portioned or pre-packaged and distributed by a teacher.
  • Encourage families to send children with meals from home if possible.

Are parents allowed to watch the class (at a distance)?

No, at this time parents and other spectators and visitors are not allowed at childcare establishments, summer camps or sports camps.  Parents/Guardians shall drop off and pick up children at staggered times to prevent congregating of any groups of parents/guardians.

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF

THE COUNTY OF MARIN REGARDING REQUIRED BEST PRACTICES FOR CHILDCARE ESTABLISHMENTS, SUMMER CAMPS, AND SPORTS CAMPS

This industry-specific guidance is being issued pursuant to the May 15, 2020 Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Directing All Individuals in the County to Continue Sheltering in their Place of Residence (the “Shelter in Place Order”) and unless otherwise defined below, initially capitalized terms used in this guidance have the same meaning given them in that order.  This guidance goes into effect immediately upon issuance.

This guidance remains in effect until suspended, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer, is supported by the justifications set forth in the Shelter in Place Order, and automatically incorporates any revisions to that order or other future orders issued by the Health Officer that supersede that order or reference this guidance. All businesses addressed herein and allowed to operate under the Shelter in Place Order are required to follow this industry-specific guidance and implement all Best Practices detailed below.

This guidance and its enumerated Best Practices may be revised by the Health Officer, through revision of this guidance or another future order, as conditions relating to COVID-19 require, at the discretion of the Health Officer. Each business identified herein must stay updated regarding any changes to the Shelter in Place Order, this guidance, and the Best Practices specifically applicable to it by checking the Marin Recovers website regularly.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101085, AND 120175, THE HEALTH OFFICER DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. This guidance applies to all owners, operators, managers, or supervisors of any business that the Shelter in Place Order permits to be open to the public in the County of Marin (the “County”), whether or not such a business could also be defined as an Outdoor Business under the Shelter in Place Order, that consist of any of the following:
    • 1.1.  Childcare establishments and other educational programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages (a “Childcare Establishment”); or
    • 1.2.  Summer and day camps providing care or supervision for children of all ages during the summer break from school (a “Summer Camp”); or
    • 1.3.  Recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages during the summer break from school and involving contact and the use of shared equipment (a “Sports Camp”); or
  2. All Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps described herein may begin operations pursuant to these Guidelines on June 1, 2020.
  3. Each Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (a Site-Specific Protection Plan template is available online at marinrecovers.com) that incorporates and addresses all applicable Best Practices included in this guidance.
  4. Depending on the nature of the business covered by this guidance, there may be certain people associated with the business that are subject to this guidance. Collectively those people are referred to by this guidance and the Best Practices as “Personnel”, and those people include all of the following who provide goods or services associated with the business in the County: employees; contractors and sub-contractors (such as those who sell goods or perform services onsite or who deliver goods for the business); independent contractors (such as “gig workers” who perform work via the business’ app or other online interface); vendors who are permitted to sell goods onsite (such as farmers or others who sell at stalls in farmers’ markets); volunteers; and other individuals who regularly provide services onsite at the request of the business. This guidance requires the business to ensure that Personnel who perform work associated with the business are addressed by the COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan and comply with those requirements.
  5. Implementation of this guidance augments—but does not limit—the obligations of each Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp under all other existing Health Officer Orders, including, but not limited to, all requirements of the Facial Coverings Order and the obligation to prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol as required by the Shelter in Place Order.
  6. Best Practices for Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps, and Sports Camps:
    • 6.1.  Facilities and Personnel must follow all existing guidelines to prevent the spread of infection, such as social distancing when it is feasible in a childcare setting and more intensive infection control measures such as health screenings, more frequent handwashing, and surface cleaning. These shall specifically include:
      • 6.1.1.  Take every child’s temperature at the beginning of each day, and take a specific child’s temperature any time there is a concern that child may have a fever.
      • 6.1.2.  Upon entering any room, require children and adults to wash hands. Repeat throughout the day as necessary. Wash hands for 20 seconds and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.
      • 6.1.3.  Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff.
      • 6.1.4.  Personnel should be frequently reminded not to touch their face coverings and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to all staff on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
      • 6.1.5.  Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep products away from children.
      • 6.1.6.   Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (e.g., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility.
      • 6.1.7.  Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.
      • 6.1.8.  Sanitize the sink and toilet handles before and after each child’s use.
      • 6.1.9.  Teach children to use a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet.
    • 6.2.  Personnel must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth unless specifically exempted from doing so by the Health Officer’s Order for Face Coverings. Children over the age of 2 should wear cloth face coverings when not actively engaged in physical activity to reduce the risk for transmission if the parent and provider determine they can reliably wear, remove, and handle masks following CDC guidance throughout the day, but children under 12 are not required to wear cloth face coverings. Children under 12 wearing a cloth face covering shall always be actively monitored by Personnel. Teach and reinforce mandatory use of cloth face coverings among all staff.
    • 6.3. Comply with all applicable licensing regulations.
    • 6.4.  Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp operations must be carried out in stable groups consisting of 12 or fewer children, which means that the same 12 or fewer children must remain in the same group each day and for at least 3 consecutive weeks. Each Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp program shall operate for a minimum of at least 3 weeks in order to ensure that children remain in stable groups as required by these Best Practices. Children from the same family or household unit must be included in the same stable group within a facility or program, to the greatest extent possible.
    • 6.5.  Children may not move or change from one Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp to another more frequently than every 3 weeks.
    • 6.6.  Children may not attend more than one Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp simultaneously. This means that if any child is attending any Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp, that child may not enroll in another unless or until they have permanently stopped attending the first, and further they may not enroll in any new program more frequently than every 3 weeks.
    • 6.7.  If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group. Facilities with exceptionally large rooms (e.g. indoor gymnasiums or sports fields) may divide those rooms into more than one space for children by erecting temporary walls or dividers that keep stable groups of children entirely separate from other groups located within the same larger space.
    • 6.8.  Stable groups shall not mix with other stable groups, and to the greatest extent possible groups shall not change rooms within the facility. If groups do need to change rooms within a facility, Personnel shall sanitize each room being utilized by a new group of children prior to the children moving into that room.
    • 6.9.  Shared rooms or spaces within a facility, such as restrooms or outdoor play yards, should be divided up to the greatest extent possible so that different groups of children have access to designated portions of such spaces. To the extent this is not possible, such spaces must be sanitized after use by any one group of children and before another rotates in.  No two groups may be in a shared or common space at the same time.
    • 6.10.  Personnel cannot serve more than one stable group of children and shall remain solely with that group of children during the duration of the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp. Program specific appropriate adult: child ratios should always be maintained.
    • 6.11. All equipment used by participants or Personnel must be sanitized daily at minimum.
    • 6.12. Sports with shared equipment or physical contact, like soccer, basketball, baseballs, softball, and tennis, can only be played within the same stable group of 12 or fewer children. Participants from one Sports Camp may not compete or play against participants in another Sports Camp.
    • 6.13.  Sports Camps that require access to a pool may contract with private or public pools otherwise closed under the Shelter in Place Order in order to provide such access for Sports Camp participants, and pools otherwise closed under the Shelter in Place Order may allow access to Sports Camp participants and Personnel exclusively. Only one stable group of 12 children may be in a pool at any given time and, just as with any other room or area into which groups of children are rotating, all equipment and surfaces touched by one group of children must be sanitized before another group may be permitted to enter.
    • 6.14.  Do as many activities outdoors as possible; create outdoor activities where you can to provide wider spacing opportunities.
    • 6.15.  Stagger arrival and/or dismissal times. These approaches can limit the amount of close contact between students in high-traffic situations and times.
    • 6.16.  Encourage participants to avoid carpooling to and from their Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp or Sports Camps.
    • 6.17.  Establish procedures for drop-off and pick-up to maintain physical distancing. Consider moving the sign-in station outside the facility. Provide hand sanitizer or handwashing facilities to use before and after families sign in and out. Do not share pens. Ask parents to bring their own pens when signing children in and out. If check-in is electronic, clean and disinfect the screens or keyboards frequently.
    • 6.18.  Meals and snacks:
      • Set up the eating spaces to maximize space between children.
      • Practice proper handwashing before and after eating.
      • Use paper goods and disposable plastic utensils when possible.
      • Meals should be pre-portioned or pre-packaged and distributed by a teacher.
      • Encourage families to send children with meals from home if possible.
    • 6.19  Create a communications plan for the families you serve. Include information about specific steps being taken by the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp to prepare, and how additional information will be shared. Share resources with the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp community to help families understand how to prevent spread and when to keep children home.  General CDC fact sheets to help Personnel and students’ families understand COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves:
    • 6.20  Children must stay home when they are sick. If a child has a new cough or other illness symptoms, they may not come to the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp even if they have no fever. It is not uncommon for people, including children, with COVID-19 to have cough without fever, especially early in the course of illness. If a child show signs of respiratory illness (a new cough, complaints of sore throat, or shortness of breath), a fever of 100°F or above, they should enter a separate room, or be safely isolated with Personnel, and must be sent home as soon as possible.
    1. This guidance is issued in furtherance of the purposes of the Shelter in Place Order. Where a conflict exists between this guidance and any state, local, or federal public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including, without limitation, the Site-Specific Protection Plan, the most restrictive provision controls. Failure to carry out this guidance is a violation of the Shelter in Place Order, constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF

THE COUNTY OF MARIN REGARDING REQUIRED BEST PRACTICES FOR CHILDCARE ESTABLISHMENTS, SUMMER CAMPS, AND SPORTS CAMPS

This industry-specific guidance is being issued pursuant to the May 15, 2020 Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Directing All Individuals in the County to Continue Sheltering in their Place of Residence (the “Shelter in Place Order”) and unless otherwise defined below, initially capitalized terms used in this guidance have the same meaning given them in that order.  This guidance goes into effect immediately upon issuance.

This guidance remains in effect until suspended, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer, is supported by the justifications set forth in the Shelter in Place Order, and automatically incorporates any revisions to that order or other future orders issued by the Health Officer that supersede that order or reference this guidance. All businesses addressed herein and allowed to operate under the Shelter in Place Order are required to follow this industry-specific guidance and implement all Best Practices detailed below.

This guidance and its enumerated Best Practices may be revised by the Health Officer, through revision of this guidance or another future order, as conditions relating to COVID-19 require, at the discretion of the Health Officer. Each business identified herein must stay updated regarding any changes to the Shelter in Place Order, this guidance, and the Best Practices specifically applicable to it by checking the Marin Recovers website regularly.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101085, AND 120175, THE HEALTH OFFICER DIRECTS AS FOLLOWS:

    1. This guidance applies to all owners, operators, managers, or supervisors of any business that the Shelter in Place Order permits to be open to the public in the County of Marin (the “County”), whether or not such a business could also be defined as an Outdoor Business under the Shelter in Place Order, that consist of any of the following:
      • 1.1.  Childcare establishments and other educational programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages (a “Childcare Establishment”); or
      • 1.2.  Summer and day camps providing care or supervision for children of all ages during the summer break from school (a “Summer Camp”); or
      • 1.3.  Recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages during the summer break from school and involving contact and the use of shared equipment (a “Sports Camp”); or
    2. All Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps described herein may begin operations pursuant to these Guidelines on June 1, 2020.
    3. Each Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (a Site-Specific Protection Plan template is available online at marinrecovers.com) that incorporates and addresses all applicable Best Practices included in this guidance.
    4. Depending on the nature of the business covered by this guidance, there may be certain people associated with the business that are subject to this guidance. Collectively those people are referred to by this guidance and the Best Practices as “Personnel”, and those people include all of the following who provide goods or services associated with the business in the County: employees; contractors and sub-contractors (such as those who sell goods or perform services onsite or who deliver goods for the business); independent contractors (such as “gig workers” who perform work via the business’ app or other online interface); vendors who are permitted to sell goods onsite (such as farmers or others who sell at stalls in farmers’ markets); volunteers; and other individuals who regularly provide services onsite at the request of the business. This guidance requires the business to ensure that Personnel who perform work associated with the business are addressed by the COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan and comply with those requirements.
    5. Implementation of this guidance augments—but does not limit—the obligations of each Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp under all other existing Health Officer Orders, including, but not limited to, all requirements of the Facial Coverings Order and the obligation to prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol as required by the Shelter in Place Order.
    6. Best Practices for Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps, and Sports Camps:
      • 6.1.  Facilities and Personnel must follow all existing guidelines to prevent the spread of infection, such as social distancing when it is feasible in a childcare setting and more intensive infection control measures such as health screenings, more frequent handwashing, and surface cleaning. These shall specifically include:
        • 6.1.1.  Take every child’s temperature at the beginning of each day, and take a specific child’s temperature any time there is a concern that child may have a fever.
        • 6.1.2.  Upon entering any room, require children and adults to wash hands. Repeat throughout the day as necessary. Wash hands for 20 seconds and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.
        • 6.1.3.  Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff.
        • 6.1.4.  Personnel should be frequently reminded not to touch their face coverings and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to all staff on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
        • 6.1.5.  Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep products away from children.
        • 6.1.6.   Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (e.g., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility.
        • 6.1.7.  Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.
        • 6.1.8.  Sanitize the sink and toilet handles before and after each child’s use.
        • 6.1.9.  Teach children to use a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet.
      • 6.2.  Personnel must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth unless specifically exempted from doing so by the Health Officer’s Order for Face Coverings. Children over the age of 2 should wear cloth face coverings when not actively engaged in physical activity to reduce the risk for transmission if the parent and provider determine they can reliably wear, remove, and handle masks following CDC guidance throughout the day, but children under 12 are not required to wear cloth face coverings. Children under 12 wearing a cloth face covering shall always be actively monitored by Personnel. Teach and reinforce mandatory use of cloth face coverings among all staff.
      • 6.3. Comply with all applicable licensing regulations.
      • 6.4.  Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp operations must be carried out in stable groups consisting of 12 or fewer children, which means that the same 12 or fewer children must remain in the same group each day and for at least 3 consecutive weeks. Each Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, and Sports Camp program shall operate for a minimum of at least 3 weeks in order to ensure that children remain in stable groups as required by these Best Practices. Children from the same family or household unit must be included in the same stable group within a facility or program, to the greatest extent possible.
      • 6.5.  Children may not move or change from one Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp to another more frequently than every 3 weeks.
      • 6.6.  Children may not attend more than one Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp simultaneously. This means that if any child is attending any Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp, that child may not enroll in another unless or until they have permanently stopped attending the first, and further they may not enroll in any new program more frequently than every 3 weeks.
      • 6.7.  If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group. Facilities with exceptionally large rooms (e.g. indoor gymnasiums or sports fields) may divide those rooms into more than one space for children by erecting temporary walls or dividers that keep stable groups of children entirely separate from other groups located within the same larger space.
      • 6.8.  Stable groups shall not mix with other stable groups, and to the greatest extent possible groups shall not change rooms within the facility. If groups do need to change rooms within a facility, Personnel shall sanitize each room being utilized by a new group of children prior to the children moving into that room.
      • 6.9.  Shared rooms or spaces within a facility, such as restrooms or outdoor play yards, should be divided up to the greatest extent possible so that different groups of children have access to designated portions of such spaces. To the extent this is not possible, such spaces must be sanitized after use by any one group of children and before another rotates in.  No two groups may be in a shared or common space at the same time.
      • 6.10.  Personnel cannot serve more than one stable group of children and shall remain solely with that group of children during the duration of the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp. Program specific appropriate adult: child ratios should always be maintained.
      • 6.11. All equipment used by participants or Personnel must be sanitized daily at minimum.
      • 6.12. Sports with shared equipment or physical contact, like soccer, basketball, baseballs, softball, and tennis, can only be played within the same stable group of 12 or fewer children. Participants from one Sports Camp may not compete or play against participants in another Sports Camp.
      • 6.13.  Sports Camps that require access to a pool may contract with private or public pools otherwise closed under the Shelter in Place Order in order to provide such access for Sports Camp participants, and pools otherwise closed under the Shelter in Place Order may allow access to Sports Camp participants and Personnel exclusively. Only one stable group of 12 children may be in a pool at any given time and, just as with any other room or area into which groups of children are rotating, all equipment and surfaces touched by one group of children must be sanitized before another group may be permitted to enter.
      • 6.14.  Do as many activities outdoors as possible; create outdoor activities where you can to provide wider spacing opportunities.
      • 6.15.  Stagger arrival and/or dismissal times. These approaches can limit the amount of close contact between students in high-traffic situations and times.
      • 6.16.  Encourage participants to avoid carpooling to and from their Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp or Sports Camps.
      • 6.17.  Establish procedures for drop-off and pick-up to maintain physical distancing. Consider moving the sign-in station outside the facility. Provide hand sanitizer or handwashing facilities to use before and after families sign in and out. Do not share pens. Ask parents to bring their own pens when signing children in and out. If check-in is electronic, clean and disinfect the screens or keyboards frequently.
      • 6.18.  Meals and snacks:
        • Set up the eating spaces to maximize space between children.
        • Practice proper handwashing before and after eating.
        • Use paper goods and disposable plastic utensils when possible.
        • Meals should be pre-portioned or pre-packaged and distributed by a teacher.
        • Encourage families to send children with meals from home if possible.
      • 6.19  Create a communications plan for the families you serve. Include information about specific steps being taken by the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp to prepare, and how additional information will be shared. Share resources with the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp community to help families understand how to prevent spread and when to keep children home.  General CDC fact sheets to help Personnel and students’ families understand COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves:
      • 6.20  Children must stay home when they are sick. If a child has a new cough or other illness symptoms, they may not come to the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp even if they have no fever. It is not uncommon for people, including children, with COVID-19 to have cough without fever, especially early in the course of illness. If a child show signs of respiratory illness (a new cough, complaints of sore throat, or shortness of breath), a fever of 100°F or above, they should enter a separate room, or be safely isolated with Personnel, and must be sent home as soon as possible.
    7. This guidance is issued in furtherance of the purposes of the Shelter in Place Order. Where a conflict exists between this guidance and any state, local, or federal public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including, without limitation, the Site-Specific Protection Plan, the most restrictive provision controls. Failure to carry out this guidance is a violation of the Shelter in Place Order, constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

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Group Leads

  • Torrey Kelley, Kelly Albrecht, Mike Grant

Group Members

  • Jeff Crow, Nature Bridge
  • Paul Austin, Play Marin
  • Torrey Kelly, YMCA
  • Molly Given, City of Mill Valley
  • Aideen Gaidmore, Marin Childcare Council
  • Maika Gulati, Slide Ranch
  • Ayyub Hansia
  • Amy Reish, First Five Marin
  • JJ Lynch, SRCS
  • Katie Gauntlett, City of Novato
  • Brigitte Moran, Osher Marin JCC
  • Brittany Mihalik, Osher Marin JCC
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