Camp Acorn Operations

Camp Acorn COVID-19 Precautions

The following guidelines refer to the resumption of care on-site at The Parish School during the COVID-19 crisis. As guidelines for the country, state and county continue to develop, these policies will change to reflect current standards. We will monitor for updates daily. This plan was made referencing information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Harris County websites and updates. Medical professionals have reviewed it.


  • Children will be picked up from and dropped off in the carpool line before and after camp. Parents, caregivers and siblings will not be allowed in the cottages/ administrative building. Exceptions will be made for using the restroom.
  • A health screening will take place at arrival. Parents will be given a map of carpool drop-off points and procedures. Parents will wear a face covering, exit the vehicle with their child and wait outside their vehicle on the sidewalk to be screened. If clear, campers will transition to camp.
    • Children will have their temperature taken via a no-touch forehead scanner by staff wearing facemasks. Any camper with a fever over 100.0F will be sent home.
    • Adults will be asked to report any respiratory symptoms the child has had in the last seven (7) days.
    • Adults will be asked to report if the child has had any fever-reducing medications within the last 24 hours.
    • Adults will be asked if any person in their household has had COVID-19 symptoms within the last seven (7) days.
  • If a child has a fever or the answer is “yes” to any of the screening questions, the child will not attend camp that day.
  • A confidential daily log will be kept documenting the temperatures and screening results of campers.
  • Children and staff will wash their hands before starting their camp day and at the end of camp.
  • Children may not bring materials or toys from home into class.
  • Parents will be made aware of the precautions The Parish School is taking to minimize the spread of infection, so they are aware of the risk of their child returning to therapy.
  • Social distancing will be practiced when possible, however, it is very likely that your child’s teacher/therapist and classmates will be within 6 feet of your child during their class. Masks are available to our therapy staff to wear during sessions (and are optional). However, due to the nature of some lessons/ therapy, they may be removed for part of your child’s therapy program to facilitate strategies that help your child in therapy.
  • Campers will be required to bring their own water bottles each day. Water fountains and coolers will not be permitted.
  • Campers who are immunocompromised or medically fragile are encouraged not to return to camp at this time.
  • Campers who have internationally traveled to countries within the last 14 days with high transmission rates must not attend camp until 14 days have passed.
  • If we are made aware that a camper tests positive for COVID-19, a notification of potential exposure will be sent to Camp Acorn families by the director, and the class in which the camper is enrolled will not resume for the duration of camp.
  • Observations in camp classrooms will not be permitted. Only families who are completing the admissions process will be allowed to schedule camp observations.
  • Playground / Outdoor recess will have staggered schedules to prevent intermingling of classes during camp.


  • Before the start of camp, staff will be educated about COVID-19, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), new policies, and universal precautions relating to decreasing the spread of germs.
  • Staff will take their temperature upon arrival to work and record it in a log.
  • Daily, staff will be asked the same screening questions as campers.
  • Any staff with COVID-19 symptoms will follow CDC guidelines and not work.
  • Staff may return to work after a COVID-19 diagnosis under the following CDC guidelines:
    • Staff must be fever-free for 72 hours
    • Symptoms must have improved
    • At least seven (7) days must have passed since their symptoms first appeared
  • Any staff with members of their household who have COVID-19 or are symptomatic will not work.
  • If a staff member becomes ill with COVID-19, camp families will be notified of potential exposure by the director and the class will not resume for the duration of camp.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Use

  • Employees will wear masks during temperature check and health screens.
  • Facial coverings will be optional during instructional/ therapy time.
  • Staff may not congregate in common areas without wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing, as possible.
  • Gloves may be worn if staff/ student is at risk for coming into contact with bodily fluids.
  • Because we are not a facility that treats clients for COVID-19 and because precautions are being taken to screen anyone coming into the clinic with COVID-19 symptoms, full PPE is not recommended.

Sanitation Practices

  • Common areas will be wiped down in the mornings with a CDC-approved cleaner. Common areas include:
    • Light switches
    • Doorknobs and handles
    • Tabletops
    • Faucets, sinks and toilet handles
  • Staff will wipe down keyboards and phones daily using a CDC-approved cleaner.
  • Staff in individual classrooms will wipe down seating and tabletops after use.
  • All toys and materials will be cleaned after use either by treating staff or through use of dirty/clean toy buckets.
  • Materials that are too tedious to be cleaned (i.e., ball pits) will not be in use.
  • Visual alerts (“Cover Your Cough” from CDC) will be posted at the doors of the cottages to educate others about decreasing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Tissues, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap and gloves will be made readily available to staff.
  • Staff will clean shared areas after each therapy session occurs.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting of hard and soft surfaces will follow CDC guidelines.
  • The campus will be thoroughly disinfected nightly by our professional maintenance team.
  • Maintenance will also come to classrooms at the end of each camp day to aid in disinfecting surfaces.

Any questions about these policies may be directed to Stefanie Heintz, Director of Summer Camp at