Dear Camp Family,
As you are aware, we have been closely monitoring the recommendations of the state of Georgia and the CDC as to when it might be possible to safely reopen the Spruill Center. In order to give ourselves more time to prepare, our staff made the decision to delay our opening until June 21. Many of you have received or will be receiving refund for our camp weeks 1-4 (May 26 – June 19). Some of you may have also received notification of a cancellation of your camps beyond June 21. This was a precautionary measure on our part as we attempted to determine what regulations would be enacted. If this affected you and your plans for the summer, we hope that you will consider re-registering your child for our camps beginning June 22.
On Tuesday evening, Governor Kemp issued guidelines that specifically addressed the requirements for summer camps such as ours to safely reopen. Using these 33 steps as a minimum standard, as well as with consultation on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and Northside Hospital, the Spruill Center for the Arts will proceed with our plans to reopen on June 21 with the following policies and procedures in place:
If you, your child, or anyone in your home is feeling sick, please stay home. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
In the building, we will have signage that visually depicts these warning signs. They will be posted at the entry to the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center and throughout the building. In addition, there will be signage indicating our enhanced cleaning procedures and social distancing requirements.
Prior to entering the building, all visitors will be screened for a temperature greater than 100.4, as per CDC guidelines. They will also be asked about any symptoms they may be experiencing as outlined above. Any visitors exhibiting these symptoms will be asked to return to home.
Parents will be required to remain in their vehicles when dropping off or picking up campers. This is per the Governor’s order. Campers will be checked-in and checked-out in a contactless manner. There will be no in person registration and all transactions will have to occur via the Spruill Center website.
Once campers enter the building and are checked-in, they will be asked to sanitize their hands using sanitizer provided by the Spruill Center. All staff, instructors, and campers will be required to wear face masks while in the building and during camp hours. Each individual will be responsible for providing their own covering; however, additional masks will be on hand in case of breakage or if a mask becomes dirty. Campers will be required to frequently wash their hands, before and after handling any equipment, during breaks, and before and after any meals or snacks are consumed.
We will maintain a maximum classroom size according to the guidelines issued by the Governor’s office and Department of Health and will enforce social distancing measures in the classrooms and in the building. Such requirements may include limiting one camper per table throughout the day, markings on the floors to indicate proper spacing, especially at common areas such as sinks, water fountains, and bathrooms. Only one camper will be allowed into the restrooms at a time.
Groups will be kept together throughout the day, to limit interaction between groups and other instructors. Further, camp groups will be kept separate from any other groups that may be in the public building. Each classroom space will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use. In addition, the building and common areas will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day including cleaning of restrooms, hallways, entry, exit, water fountains and doors. Where possible, doors will remain propped open to limit touch and contact.
Each camper will have a designated space for their belongings for the duration of their camp. Whenever possible, each camper will have their own supply kit of materials that they will utilize for the week of camp. Any shared equipment will be sanitized after each use.
Each room will be provided with its own sanitizer and supply of paper towels, disinfectant spray, and other cleaning supplies. All class space with be cleaned with proper PPE gear by Spruill, contracted cleaning crews, and the City of Dunwoody.
Beginning June 8 our standard cancellation policy will be in place for registrations. Please refer to our website at spruillarts.org for further information.
Thank you for your patience and care as we prepare for the arrival of your children this summer. We are prioritizing taking every available precaution to ensure that your children have a safe, fulfilling, and creative experience with us. Again, if your camp was prematurely cancelled during this window, we hope you will consider re-enrolling your child now that you are aware of the safety precautions we are undertaking. If you were hesitant about registering for future camps, we are ready and committed to providing a much needed “summer break” for all of our families and eagerly await your return to our creative space.
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns that we can address. We always are receptive to your feedback and input as we navigate this new territory together.