Summer Programs

Health and Safety

Camp health and safety protocols are subject to change due to state public health guidance.



COVID-19 Guidance
Daily symptom screening will be completed each morning by a parent/guardian for all students participating in camp. A link will be sent via text message and email. Once submitted, you will receive an all clear message to come to camp. Students will not be permitted at camp if this daily screening is not completed. If you received a denied access to camp message, please keep all household members at home and contact the school naure at aherbein@towerhill.org for further guidance.

Any possible exposure to COVID-19 should be reported to the school nurse, Alexis Herbein (aherbein@towerhill.org) immediately. A decision will be made on a case-by-case basis to determine exposure risk and if a quarantine period is required. Students will not be permitted at camp until they have received clearance from the school nurse.

Students experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste and/or smell, headache, fatigue, muscle or body aches, GI upset or sore throat) will not be permitted at camp. Please keep your camper home and notify the medical team immediately. The unwell person must stay home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test or has a note from a medical provider for clearance to return to camp.

Medical Forms for Camp
All campers will be assigned an account on the Magnus Health Portal where we will collect the following documents:
  • Camp Policies Sign-off
  • Current Physical Exam
  • Vaccination Record
  • Allergy and Asthma Action Plan (if necessary)

THS students do not need to upload a new form but should make sure all forms are up to date.

Visits to the camp medical staff will be recorded in Magnus, and parents can expect an email detailing each visit when the student visit is complete. The medical staff will call home for any emergencies requiring dismissal or a visit to a physician.


Mask Protocol
Masking decisions will be made closer to the start of the camp when current guidance from DPH and community spread are reviewed. A communication will be shared with masking expectations at that time.


Hand Hygiene
Hand hygiene is one of our most important tasks in order to prevent the spread of illness. Campers and staff will have access to handwashing facilities; supplies and hand sanitizer are also available in each classroom.

Physical Distancing
Physical distancing will be a priority for all persons on campus. 
Students and staff will make every effort to maintain the recommended distance of 3 feet or greater between individuals, including when seated at desks or standing in classrooms.
Outdoor spaces and resources will be utilized as much as possible during the day.

Our medical team has received increased training in identifying potential COVID-19 symptoms and will make a decision on a case-by-case basis utilizing assessment skills, patient history and input from DPH as appropriate. If COVID-19 is suspected or any other symptoms that require exclusion in accordance with our Tower Hill Illness Guidelines, the parent/guardian will be notified and the student will remain isolated until picked up for dismissal. The sick individual will be asked to remain off campus until symptom free in accordance with our Tower Hill Illness Guidelines. 

When a member of the THS community receives a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, the school nurse must be notified immediately. The school nurse will work with DPH to complete contact tracing and identify those contacts that are at high risk for contracting the disease. Those that are identified as a contact will be notified immediately and given further instructions regarding symptom surveillance and quarantine. The privacy of each individual will be respected and information will only be shared that aids in the protection of public health. 

DPH defines a contact as “a well person who has been exposed to a case or a case’s environment such that they had an opportunity to acquire the infection.” Precautions like social distancing and face coverings significantly reduce the chances of a person being named in contact tracing as a contact. Individual cases will be evaluated by DPH and the Tower Hill School nurse for guidance on when it is safe to return to school.

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
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Contact Tracing
Contact tracing prevents further transmission of disease by confidentially identifying people who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. According to DPH, because of our strict masking and distancing protocol, positive individuals may not need contact tracing except in the cases where masks were off or distance could not be maintained. Contact tracing will work in tandem with efforts to increase testing, practice effective strategies to reduce transmission, and implement isolation and quarantine protocols. Contact tracing will be conducted by the school nurse in collaboration with DPH. 

Communication
The school will work concurrently with DPH on individual contact tracing and all ensuing mitigation protocols with sensitivity to privacy. It is important to note that the identification of a positive case does not mean that your student will be identified as a contact. Follow up communications will occur as necessary.