720 Anderson Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
201-499-7178
[email protected]

The Renaissance Child STEAM and Robotics Camp

Summer 2022 Policies and Procedures

Description

The Renaissance Child offers comprehensive summer camp programs for ages 2-10. These programs will help kids retain knowledge and learn new material in a fun, hands-on environment. Our Summer Camps will offer a wide range of age appropriate activities, such as Montessori Math, STEAM, Sensory play, Arts & Crafts, Music & Movement, and more! Weather permitting, we may take class outside and explore our surroundings (written consent required- please see release form).

Who Can Participate

STEAM Camp is designed for children ages 3-14

How to Register

You may register online at: https://www.therchild.com/summer-camps-vacation-programs, or in person. You may pay with a credit card online. If registering in person we accept check or exact cash at our office location and please make all checks payable to The Renaissance Child LLC. Please call or email to set up a time to register in person. Registration will be open all summer as long as space is available.

Camp Dates and Times

July 5th - Sept 2rd
9:00am - 3:00pm Full Day
9:00am - 12pm Half Day
(Before Care 8:00am - 9:00am) extra charge
(After Care 3:00pm - 6:00pm) extra charge

Discipline policies and Practices

Camp staff and campers shall be prohibited from taking the following actions against any camp: deprivation of food, isolation, subjecting to corporal punishment or abusive physical exercise, as a means of punishment.

The camp director shall maintain reasonable groupings of campers according to the age and capabilities of each camper in all activities.

Any camp owner, operator, director, counselor, or other employee who has reason to believe that a camper has been or is being subjected to any form of hitting, corporal punishment, abusive language or ridicule, or harsh humiliating or frightening treatment, or any kind of child abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately report such allegations to the Department of Children and Families, child abuse hotline at 1-877-NJABUSE (652-2873), or TTY or TDD 1-800-835-5510.

Staff Policies and Practices

All teachers and staff of The Renaissance Child have completed a criminal history check and sex-offender registry check. The Director is BLS, CPR, & First aid Certified. Staff members must be present at all times.

All staff must sanitize as soon as they enter the studio. All staff must provide their own mask and wear it throughout the day. All staff must maintain clean areas. One (1) staff member must be with the campers at all times.

Role of Camp Director shall develop and follow camp policies and procedures. Camp Director will train all staff members on the following:

Camp Director will develop and implement a program on staff training on issues related to Child Abuse, neglect, not limited to the understanding of staff members responsibilities, reporting, recognition, and observation of campers. Training can be found here:

Staff training will include infection control strategies such as handwashing, social distancing, limiting non-essential visitors, limiting large group gatherings, and field trips. Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 isolation, notification, response. Facility management of cleaning and disinfecting, groups of campers, and food service social distancing and handwashing.

Job descriptions

Title: Counselor | Supervisor: Teacher

General responsibilities: Responsible for the daily supervision and safety of a group of campers.

Specific duties:
Plan and supervise the daily activities of the group. Take daily attendance of the group and report absences. Report any illness or injury. Escort the group to and from all activity areas and trips. Teach and supervise organized games, team sports, free play and assist the specialist. Conduct on-going evaluations of the assistant counselors and counselors-in-training. Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years of age. The counselor must have experience in camping and supervision of children or have completed a training course acceptable to the Department. Must have the ability to conduct organized games, to teach and supervise staff and campers, and to schedule activities. Must have the energy, motivation and skills needed to work with children out-of-doors, willingness to accept guidance and supervision, and a sense of patience and self-control.

Title: Teacher | Supervisor: Camp Director

General responsibilities: Responsible for organizing every day camp curriculum, providing daily supervision and safety of a group of campers.

Specific duties:
Plan and supervise the daily activities of the group. Plan and oversee camper activities. Guide and teach a range of outdoor activities. Take daily attendance of the group and report absences. Report any illness or injury. Escort the group to and from all activity areas and trips. Teach and supervise organized games, team sports, free play and assist the specialist. Conduct on-going evaluations of the assistant counselors and counselors-in-training. Ensure camper safety and monitor their activities. Set up and ensure recreation equipment is secure and stored properly. Supervise campers during meals
Instruct campers in daily routines and cleanup tasks. Follow safety and emergency procedures and guidelines. Work one-on-one with campers. Instruct and organize camper projects (arts and crafts, dramatics, etc.) May perform administrative tasks (filing, record keeping, etc.) as needed.
Qualifications: The teacher must have experience in camping and supervision of children or have completed a training course acceptable to the Department. Must have the ability to conduct organized games, to teach and supervise staff and campers, and to schedule activities. Must have the energy, motivation and skills needed to work with children out-of-doors, willingness to accept guidance and supervision, and a sense of patience and self-control.

Academic Summer Camp Organizational Chart

Supervision of Campers

Staff Orientation and training must be completed by all personnel and documented in the Staff Orientation and Training log. In cases of emergency another staff member of The Renaissance Child team may substitute. A criminal background check and sex offenders check must be completed for substitute teachers. Every Monday the health director conducts an orientation for the students and explains Emergency procedures in case of fire, thunderstorms, walking to the playground, and no-bullying behavior.

Health Standards

The Director of camp is also our Health Director. The Health Director is certified in BLS, CPR and First Aid. We will have on-site and off-site parental consent for emergency medical treatment for all campers, as well as a medical log. First aid supplies are available with appropriate items and restocked within 48 hours of use. Cleaning of the studio will be in accordance with the CDC's Guidance. All shared materials will be disinfected between uses. A log will be kept of all sanitizing done each day. The staff member sanitizing is responsible to sign off when completed. A Screening Log for COVID-19 symptoms will be completed and kept on file each day for campers and staff. A completed and signed Release Form is required for all campers, which allows us to know which local Hospital you prefer in case of emergency and allows your child to walk to the playground and have photos taken.

If a Staff member or Camper displays any of the COVID-19 signs and symptoms COVID-19 they are to stay home. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, proper handwashing etiquette requires all staff and campers to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds using an antibacterial hand soap. All Staff and Campers must practice respiratory etiquette by wearing face coverings when social distancing can’t be maintained, and reporting illness to the camp Health Director or other healthcare personnel immediately.

Promoting Healthy Hygiene Practice

  1. Reinforce proper hygiene techniques, such as, washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.
  2. Reinforce face coverings for staff as well as when it is appropriate for children.
  3. Make sure to have an adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and tissues
  4. Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and will be required to wash their hands upon arriving, before meals or snacks, after going to the bathroom, and prior to leaving for home

Medical Forms

All parents/guardians must submit a completed and signed/dated medical form by a physician for each attending child. All medical forms must be dated within one year of the current camp season start date. Any physician indication of asthma or food allergy on your child’s medical form will require a separate care plan from your child’s physician to be submitted to The Renaissance Child for approval before your child can begin camp. You may register for camp without a medical form, but your child may not attend camp until your child’s form is reviewed and approved by The Renaissance Child. You will be notified if further action needs to be taken regarding the medical form. You can find the medical form here: NJ State Pediatric Medical Form

Emergency Release

In the event any child should become injured or ill at The Renaissance Child, our staff will arrange for whatever emergency medical care is deemed necessary and reasonable at the time, including calling local EMS and transportation to a local hospital if needed. (Please state on release form which hospital is preferred)

Sicknesses

In the event that your child is sick during camp season, please refrain from sending your child to camp. Please make other arrangements as necessary. If your child is showing any symptoms of being sick, they will be isolated from other campers and parents/guardians will be called to immediately pick up the child. No refunds for missed days due to sickness. For the safety of all our campers and teachers, please use the following guidelines:

Medications

Only medications prescribed by a doctor and with written authorization and instructions will be allowed to be administered. Any emergency allergy medication (such as an epi-pen) should be brought with your child every day (see MEDICAL FORMS above for requirements). All Medications must be labeled and will be stored properly and in a secure area. Any unused medications will be returned to the parent or destroyed if unable to return.

The Renaissance Child's Policies in response to COVID-19

  1. ​All students' and staff members’ temperatures will be taken and recorded upon entry. Any temperature over 100.4 will be sent home. Screening for all COVID-19 symptoms (see #13 below) will take place upon entry and recorded. Staff will follow proper protocol if any symptoms are being exhibited.
  2. We would like to minimize children's rotation. This ensures that the group includes the same group of children daily. Registration for “drop-in” will not be allowed to ensure no fluctuations in attendance.
  3. Parents must sign in and sign out their child in the attendance log. If someone other than parent/guardian is picking up a child, parents must notify us via email prior to pickup. Email us at [email protected] For verification, a new person picking up a child has to show ID.
  4. We cannot allow parents or caregivers to stay or congregate in our waiting area. If your child will not allow you to leave, please wait to register until they are okay with you doing so. Drop-off only.
  5. Only one parent or caregiver can drop-off or pick-up at a time. Please do not have multiple adults drop-off or pick-up your child.
  6. Hand sanitizers will be available at the studio. Please use it as soon as you enter the studio.
  7. All Campers belongings have to be kept in the designated cubby spot given. It will not change for their duration in the camp.
  8. No lunch or snacks will be provided. Children must wash their hands before lunch and snack time, tables must be disinfected.
  9. Cleaning of the studio will be in accordance with the CDC's Guidance.
  10. A cleaning log will be kept each day to make sure cleaning and sanitizing is on time. The staff member cleaning/sanitizing is responsible to sign off when completed.
  11. If you are considering enrolling your child in summer camp for any number of days or weeks, please have Medical Records sent showing a physical past September 1, 2021, and all up to date immunizations.
  12. We will continually follow all recommended CDC Guidelines and all policies are subject to change if required by law.
  13. In the event of inclement weather conditions campers will not go to the playground, but social distancing inside the studio will be able to be maintained due to the small group.
  14. If a Staff member or Camper displays any of the COVID-19 signs and symptoms COVID-19 they are to stay home or will be sent home immediately. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, proper handwashing etiquette requires all staff and campers to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds using an antibacterial hand soap. All Staff and Campers must practice respiratory etiquette by wearing face coverings when social distancing can’t be maintained, and reporting illness to the camp Health Director or other healthcare personnel immediately.

Any confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19 will be immediately reported to both the local health department and the Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing.

If a Camper or Staff member is exhibiting any of Covid-19 symptoms.

  1. We will isolate the person. A sick person will be Quarantined in the Classroom until they are picked up from their parents/caregivers or medical professionals.
  2. The rest of the Staff and Campers stay in the Front Room. Once the Camper or Staff member leaves the studio, the classroom will be sanitized.

In the event a Camper or Staff member tests Positive for COVID-19,

  1. We will notify the local health dept and NJ Dep of Health
  2. We will notify parents that we have a case while keeping names confidential.
  3. We will Deep clean the facility using EPA approved cleaners.
  4. Health officials will provide direction on whether the studio should cease operations and we will inform parents and staff as we receive more information
  5. The studio reserves the right to close for proper sanitizing of the facility.

For more information please refer to State Health Department COVID-19 Guidelines for Summer Youth Camps https://www.nj.gov/health/news/2020/20200608a.shtml

Safety Standards

Crossing Streets
Anticipate movement of vehicles with the right of way.
Wait at the corner for the first full WALK cycle or at the STOP sign for oncoming vehicles to be fully stopped.
Walk at a child's pace. Don't run.
Adhere to traffic rules for pedestrians crossing the street. In crossing streets, suggested precautions are to instruct counselors to:
A teacher leaves the group, takes and holds a position facing potential oncoming vehicles having the right of way. Counselor waits until the last child has safely crossed the street.
A counselor walks at the head of the group, crossing the street.
Children proceed in two's, with their buddy.
A teacher follows at the end.
The First Aid kit must be brought to the playground.

Emergency procedures

In case of fire the children have to be evacuated first, before any attempts are made to extinguish a fire. All personal belongings have to be left at the studio. Kids have to follow one of the staff members to exit the building. The last to exit has to be a health director making sure that all kids are left the facility.

Fire drills and orientation will be conducted within 48 hours of the start of camp and then every two weeks. The staff will be receiving responsibilities for firefighting.

Lost child

If a child has been separated from the group or lost, a staff member has to assemble children in a secure place under supervision. Notify the director and institute a systematic search, beginning with high-risk areas, notify local authorities. Maintain communication with the director. If search is unsuccessful, notify police and parents.

Medical emergency

A camper or staff member may sustain an injury or suffer an illness that requires prompt action to be taken at the site of occurrence. A plan for prompt action, written, presented to the entire staff in training sessions, and posted in strategic places, is necessary. What follows is a suggested plan of action:

Thunderstorm and Lightning Plan