Summer Program: update
Dear Good Shepherd Summer Program Families,
I hope this email finds you safe, healthy, and enjoying summer vacation with your family, even in this time of uncertainty. It is with a heavy heart that I send this update to you on our Good Shepherd Summer Programs. We have made the decision to postpone the start of summer camps until July 27th. This means the camps for the weeks of July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 20-24 will not happen. We plan to run camps during the weeks of July 27-31, August 3-7, and August 10-14.
The decision to postpone on-campus camps was made as we have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in Dallas County. In alignment with most other Dallas ISAS schools, we felt it was the prudent decision during this time to keep our summer families, faculty, and staff safe. Judge Jenkins has requested a 30 day stay-at-home order for Dallas County from Governor Abbott, but that request has not yet been granted. If this order is approved, we will communicate again about any necessary changes to our summer camp schedule.
Registration for GSES summer on-campus programming was strong, which shows our community trusts the program with its most precious children. We do not take this lightly. As much as we would like to see your children, and provide an outlet for connection and play, we feel it is most responsible to pause. Please continue to put your trust in us, and know we will resume on-campus camps as soon as possible with open hearts.
We will begin processing cancellations and full refunds immediately. Please look for these within one billing cycle to your original method of payment. If this payment is no longer valid, a refund will be made via check. If you are also registered for Sky Ranch or Club SciKidz on the GSES campus, please look for communications directly from them with information.
You are able to review your camp schedule at any time by clicking here. You will also be able to register for additional camps for the weeks of July 27-31, August 3-7, and August 10-14. No payment will be due at this time, and payments will not be processed until camps begin.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our promise to Good Shepherd Summer Program families is clear and open communication. We are here for you and hope we will be able to gather soon!
Director of Enrichment
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Please note, registration will close at 12:00 PM on the Friday before the following week’s camp. This will ensure all safety protocols can be met when students arrive on the first day of camp.
June 1st at 8:00 AM: Registration for virtual and on-campus summer camps will open.
June 15th at 12:00 PM: Any cancellations need to be made before this time, as credit cards will be charged for the full amount of registered camps.
On-campus camps are scheduled to begin on Monday, July 6th on the Good Shepherd Episcopal School campus.
To maintain social distance, we have limited our campers to 10 per classroom and 15 per group for outdoor camps.
*To the extent possible, campers and staff will maintain static groupings, keeping the same sets of participants with the same staff throughout the camp experience. Mixing of class groups will not be allowed.
All students will disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer before entering the building and again before entering the classrooms. Thorough hand washing will occur at least once every hour, in addition to each restroom break, lunch, etc. Campers will be required to sanitize hands each time they leave and re-enter classrooms.
Each camper must provide his or her own acceptably-protective face mask. The bottom of the mask must be closed to the face (no bandanas).
For the protection of the Good Shepherd summer community, all persons on the Good Shepherd Episcopal School campus must wear a face mask, including campers and Good Shepherd summer staff, when maintaining 6 ft. of social distance is not possible. All campers will be required to wear a mask when they exit their cars until they are seated in the camp classrooms. As directed by summer staff, campers may remove masks when in their classrooms and properly distanced.
In addition to regular hand washing, frequently used surfaces will be cleaned at least once per hour. Restrooms will be cleaned after each use. Water fountains will not be available, but campers will have access to the water refill stations, so each camper must bring a refillable water bottle each day to camp. Each classroom will be cleaned between use.
Each camper needs to bring a refillable water bottle and face mask to camp each day. If campers are staying all day, they will need to bring lunch. Good Shepherd will not provide lunch to campers to limit exposure.
There will not be “group” bathroom breaks, and campers will be excused to go to the restrooms in groups of two, as necessary, to maintain a safe social distance.
Children’s activities will be organized and spaced to achieve appropriate levels of safe social distances.
Snacks and lunch breaks will take place in the classrooms.
Campers will not be permitted to share food or drinks, and campers’ belongings will be separately maintained.
Adequate supplies will be provided to minimize sharing of high-touch materials to the extent possible (art supplies, equipment, etc.). These supplies will be assigned to a single camper or limited to one group of children at a time, and will be disinfected between each group's use.
If a camper becomes sick or fevered, they will immediately be quarantined and parents contacted for pick up within 30 minutes of the phone call. Good Shepherd will follow the approved State of Texas Protocol for notification.
Showcases and Productions
There will be no in-person showcases or productions this year. All showcases and productions will be recorded and emailed to the families.
To reduce exposure, Good Shepherd will be a closed campus. Parents and visitors will not be permitted in the buildings during the summer. Parents may arrange alternate pick up through the director.
Each morning before 8:30 AM, parents will be required to visit our website to complete a brief, electronic form indicating their child has not experienced symptoms commonly found in patients with COVID-19. Any camper who does not have a completed form on file for that day will be asked to remain in the car until the form is complete and the director has received it.
PDO/Mini Cougar Camps - Carpool drop off will occur through the Courtyard entrance to PDO. Each child’s temperature will be taken first, and if the temperature is below 100.0 degrees, the child will be walked into the building by the teacher/counselor. If the child’s temperature registers above 100.0 degrees, we will wait 5 minutes and take the temperature again. If the second reading is below 100.0 degrees, the child will be walked into the building by the teacher/counselor. Parents will not be allowed entrance to the facility.
Good Shepherd Day Camps - Carpool will occur each day at the cottage. Before campers can exit the car, they must have their temperatures taken and be wearing their face masks. If the temperature reads above 100.0 degrees, we will ask you to park and recheck after 5 minutes. If the temperature is still above 100.0 degrees, the camper will not be allowed in the camp until he or she is fever free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 72 hours. In the event this occurs, the director will refund any missed camp days.
Good Shepherd Sports Camps - Carpool will occur each day in the middle school carpool line. Before campers can exit the car, they must have their temperatures taken and be wearing their face masks. If the temperature reads above 100.0 degrees, we will ask you to park and recheck after 5 minutes. If the temperature is still above 100.0 degrees, the camper will not be allowed in camp until he or she is fever free without the use of fever reducing medicine for 72 hours. In the event this occurs, the director will refund any missed camp days.
Good Shepherd Academic and Enrichment Camps - Carpool will occur each day in the Northaven/Kincaid carpool line. Campers will have their temperatures checked at Checkpoint 1. If the temperature is below 100.0 degrees, the car will proceed to the unloading zone, and the camper may exit the car, wearing a face mask. If the temperature reads above 100.0 degrees, we will ask you to park and recheck after 5 minutes. If the temperature is still above 100.0 degrees, the camper will not be allowed in camp until he or she is fever free without the use of fever reducing medicine for 72 hours. In the event this occurs, the director will refund any missed camp days.
Pick up will be in the same location as drop off. Campers will remain in their classrooms, or designated areas 6-feet apart, during carpool. Parents will hold up their carpool signs (signs will be sent via email attachment before camp begins), and staff will call each camper to the carpool area. Parents remain in their cars, and the staff will help each camper to the car. If helping a child buckle up, we ask that you leave the carpool line and park in the parking lot
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, be safe, be well, and we look forward to seeing you in July!
for questions, contact:
Director of Enrichment
The GSES Summer Program is happy to host Sky Ranch and Club SciKidz on the Good Shepherd campus this summer from July 13th-July 31st. Use the links below to register today!