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COVID-19 Updates

Summer Camp Guidelines

Updated June 7, 2022

Pre-Camp

  • We are encouraging all eligible camp staff and students to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots if eligible, prior to the start of camp.

  • All campers and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival on camp and present a negative result upon arrival. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months or have difficulty scheduling an appointment for a PCR test, please contact Emily Dobmeier at
    edobmeier@luzernemusic.org.

  • All campers and staff will be required to complete a 10-day health questionnaire that will maintain a record of symptoms and temperatures each day that leads up to their arrival on camp. They must provide this documentation at check-in in order to participate in the program.

 

Check-in

  • Immediately upon arrival, all students and staff will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test. We have contracted the services of Diligent Urgent Care to complete all testing on-site again this summer (All students and staff will then take another rapid COVID-19 test three days into the session to ensure that everyone is healthy).

  • Once a negative result is obtained, campers will complete a more thorough health screening with our medical staff during check-in.

  • At this time, we will not be able to allow parents to accompany their children into their cabin. Counselors would meet students at their cars and assist in transporting luggage to their assigned cabin. 

 

Testing

  • All campers and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival on camp and present a negative result upon arrival. Again, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months or have difficulty scheduling an appointment for a PCR test, please contact Emily Dobmeier at
    edobmeier@luzernemusic.org.

  • All camp participants will be required to complete a rapid antigen COVID-19 test upon arrival, as well as three days into each camp session.

  • Additional testing may be required if symptomatic during the session, if suspected of exposure to an ill individual, or as part of routine testing to monitor our overall camp population.

 

Housing/Cohorts

  • For the first three days of each session, we will plan to operate a “cohort model” on campus for our students. Each student will be assigned to a cabin that houses their cabinmates and one counselor. This will be deemed each person’s “cabin cohort,” which would be the group with which students can be unmasked together, when in the cabin or seated at meals. 

  • After testing is completed on the third day of the session, we plan to move away from the cohort model if possible, and have optional masking in all our outdoor spaces as well. 

  • Students will not be allowed in cabins other than their own.

 

Dining

  • Our dining hall has large windows and two sets of double doors to promote increased air flow. We will also distance all student/counselor tables so that there is at least six feet of distance between each group.

  • All faculty will eat outside, under covered tent spaces to provide increased room for student and counselor distancing inside our dining hall.

  • All beverages may be served in pitchers pre-placed on tables by kitchen staff, or as individualized containers, rather than utilizing our drink machines.

  • Food will be served completely by kitchen staff, buffet style, to reduce the use of sharing serving utensils.

  • Students will be required to return to their cabins to wash their hands prior to all meals. Hand sanitizer will also be available within dining spaces.

 

Masks

  • Well-fit face coverings (covering the wearer’s mouth and nose) may be required for all campers and staff at times during the camp program. 

  • During the first three days of camp, campers must wear face coverings except when with solely their immediate cohort distanced from others, or when they are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity with permission of a designated staff member.

  • Provided that negative rapid tests occur after the third day of camp, we hope to allow
    students and staff to remove masks except when in contact with the public or in a tightly
    enclosed space, as requested.

  • Masks will not be required when swimming at the waterfront.

 

Groups and Distancing

  • Two additional large tents will be spaced around camp to provide for more outdoor rehearsal and activity space.

  • Activity spaces will be marked appropriately as to promote small-group congregations, including capacity limits and distancing lines for indoor spaces.

  • Any wind lessons/groups will have a priority for outdoor, covered space. Should that space not be available, the largest indoor spaces would be prioritized to them.

  • Any multi-person ensemble may need to adhere to distancing and masking guidelines as necessary.

  • Faculty will be required to physically distance themselves from students or mask during all lessons and rehearsals.

 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing will occur, particularly in high-touch areas such as tables, music stands, door knobs, and faucets.

  • Each student and staff member will be expected to maintain a clean and sanitary space daily, with counselors assisting and guiding students. 

  • Hand sanitizer and soap will be provided for each cabin, but we will also encourage each student to come to camp with an individual supply of hand sanitizer when possible.

 

Outside Visitors

  • At present, we plan to have our campus open to visitors for concerts, but strategically distance them from camp participants at all times.

  • Masks will be required of visitors during indoor concerts but will not be required when seated at outdoor concerts. This applies for all concert goers and parents on concert days.

  • We are still planning for the inclusion of guest artists this summer, including our Philadelphia Orchestra residency, with distancing/masking protocols as needed.

  • We will be offering off-camp trips for students this summer. Our trips will be limited to outdoor venues and activities where the venue has COVID protocols in place, and where students will be kept distant from the general public.

 

Health Considerations

  • LMC will continue to have a health staff member on campus at all times, and all LMC counselors and additional administrative leadership staff will continue to be trained in Wilderness First Aid & CPR.

  • All staff will complete a specific training on COVID-19 prevention, sanitizing protocols, and guidance for encouraging healthy and clean habits with our students.

  • All medication and treatments will continue to be administered by Health Staff.

  • If a student or staff member begins to show symptoms related to COVID-19, they will be immediately quarantined within one of our quarantine spaces, until negative tests result. Other participants may be required to isolate as determined by their exposure to this individual.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Camp and Festival Director Emily Dobmeier at edobmeier@luzernemusic.org.​

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