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Summer Day Camp

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Classroom Setting

  • Each child will have their assigned seat at the table 

  • Small group learning 

  • Use own supplies

  • Masks required indoors unless eating and drinking

  • Masks required outdoors unless doing strenuous activities 

  • Cohorts will be no more than 50 children

  • Classrooms will have air purifiers and windows will be open

Lunch Time

Children will have their snacks and lunch in their own classroom. 

Illness Policy

Our illness policy is guided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), and the American Pediatric Association.


The CDPH notes that getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible spread at schools. HOPE will adhere to CDPH guidelines to protect our school community.


  • Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection cannot return for in-person instruction until they have met these criteria:

    • At least 48 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and

    • Other symptoms have improved; and

    • They have a negative COVID-19 test, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Strep- tococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 5 days have passed since symptom onset .

  • We also recommend parents who have symptoms stay home and keep their children home and get tested for COVID-19. 

  • If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, our students will need to stay home/quarantine for 5 days after the last day of contact.

  • If a symptomatic child’s test result is positive, the child needs to be isolated until he or she has been fever-free for 48 hours without the use of medications, at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and symptoms have improved.

  • If an asymptomatic child’s test result is positive, he or she should be isolated for 5 days.

  • If one of our students tests positive, we will contact you for the next step.


Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH)


  • Headache

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Diarrhea

We appreciate you following this important policy. Your choices will protect our school community.

Protective Supplies​

We require all children and staff to wear masks indoors and outdoors, except during snacks, lunch, and nap time.


Enhanced Cleaning

Following rigorous cleaning procedures recommended by the CDC.

Staff Health

Measures include daily self-check and temperature monitoring

Can we bring toys from home?


Difference between COVID-19, allergies, influenza, and common cold

Information provided by American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAA).

Please click HERE for the information.

Travel Policy During COVID-19

The policy applies to anyone who has traveled out of California - Domestic or International:


Persons current with Covid Vaccine (vaccinated and boosted): No need to quarantine; need to self-monitor for symptoms; take antigen test on 3rd day AND 5th day after return to California


Persons Unvaccinated (most of our preschoolers) - quarantine for 5 days after travel and test on 5th day; can return to school with a negative test on the 6th day

Isolation (Tests Positive for COVID-19)

Staff, students, and parents regardless of vaccination status who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for 5 days (previously 10 days) and take a home antigen test on the 5th day; May return to school with a negative test on the 6th day

Quarantine (Exposure to COVID-19)

Staff and students who are asymptomatic after exposure to Covid-19 at the SDC setting may return to SDC. The group will be asked to take a home antigen test upon notification of exposure AND on the 5th day of exposure. 


Staff and students who are exposed to Covid-19 at home are required to quarantine for 5 days and take a home antigen test on the 5th day of exposure. May return to work/school on the 6th day of exposure with a negative test result.

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