Summer Daze FAQs


Q1. How are you grouping the children?

Children will be placed in groups of 12. They will be with the same group of children and staff daily. Family members will remain together and be placed in the same group.

Q2. What are you doing to make sure children keep their distance?

Children will sit in the same seat every day. Masking tape, hula hoops and carpet squares will be used to create personal space. Although the Sonoma County Health order does allow children within the same group to co-mingle, program staff will arrange furniture and activity spaces to maintain 6 ft. separation whenever possible.

Q3. Will staff explain what social distancing means?

Staff will talk to children about social distancing and answer any questions they may have. Parents/guardians will be provided with a tip sheet to learn about social distancing.

Q4. How do you keep young children socially distanced and safe?

Staff will be modeling social distancing and giving frequent verbal reminders. We will also incorporate role play and storytelling to help children adjust to keeping their distance.

Q5. Will children and staff need to wear face coverings?

Children and staff are required to bring a face covering with them each day and will be required to wear their face covering whenever there is the potential to interact with people other than those in their designated camp group, such as; during drop off and pick up. The current health order does not require children in a childcare or camp setting to wear face coverings when they are with the other children or staff in their designated group because the group is considered “individuals from the same household”. However, when indoors, staff and children will wear their face coverings if they will be in close contact with others outside of their group. When outdoors, staff and children will not need to wear face coverings when they are in their group and away from others. To be safe, they will still carry their face coverings at all times, in case they come in contact with others.

Amendment to Health order (C19-11, May 12, 2020):
vii. Childcare operations that use facilities defined as “Parks” under the Health Officer’s Order No. C19-11 (“Amended Parks Closure Order to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, Allowing Limited, Socially Distanced Access to Some Parks, for Outdoor Recreational Activities,” dated May 12, 2020, section 6), shall qualify as “individuals from the same household” for purposes of section 7.f of that Order, so long as they also comply with the group size and other limitations set out in this section.

Q6. Will you be screening for COVID-19?

Yes, both staff and children will be screened daily by asking if they have any symptoms that the CDC has identified as COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, all staff and participants’ temperatures will be taken each morning.

Q7. What happens if someone has a temperature?

If during the screening process it is discovered a child or staff member has a temperature, we will ask the child or staff to leave for the day. They will not be able to return until their temperature is in the normal range for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine. Children will be monitored throughout the day for any signs of possible illness.

Q8. How often will you be sanitizing/cleaning the facility?

Staff will frequently clean all touched surfaces and will be trained on how to disinfect and sanitize all surfaces of the facility. 

Q9. How often will the children be washing their hands?

There will be scheduled breaks to implement and enforce strict hand washing guidelines for all staff and children. Hand sanitation and washing will at minimum be at each transition of activity and or every hour. Signs will be posted in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper hand washing techniques.

Q10. Will the children have access to hand sanitizer?

Staff will always have hand sanitizer on them, and each room will have a large pump bottle for children to use.

Q11. What are your restroom procedures?

Children will be taught to use a paper towel when flushing (or foot) and opening and closing doors. Signage will be posted with pictures to remind children of restroom procedures.

Q12. How often will you be cleaning the restrooms?

The restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day and janitorial staff will clean at night.

Q13. What precautions will be taken during lunch?

Children will wash their hands before lunch and will not be allowed to share food. Tables and chairs will be disinfected before and after meals. Plenty of tables will be set up and children will be spread out while they eat.

Q14. Can parents or guardians come into the facility?

Parents or guardians may enter to meet the counselor and for informational purposes on the first day of camp while wearing a face covering and may always enter for emergencies.

Q15. How does the process for drop off and pick up work?

Summer Daze at Steele Lane Community Center*

Parents will initially check in under the awning by the main entrance. On the first day of camp, they will then be directed to their group’s room or “Home Base” for the day. For the remainder of the week, parents will check their child in at the awning, then staff and volunteers will escort them to their room for the day. Parents in the building are required to wear masks.

*Please do not let your child walk in the parking lots unattended, remember to park your car and escort them to camp staff.

Summer Daze at Wa-Tam*

Parents will drive to the upper parking lot and check-in at “Mr. Pipe”, the large brown irrigation pipe that runs along the trail adjacent to the lot. On Mondays, participants will have their temperature taken, answer COVID screening questions and then check in at the directors table where they will be assigned to their group. Tuesday through Thursday, parents follow signage and drive to their group spot on the pipe where a counselor will be waiting to take your child’s temperature while still in the car. Participants are then free to join their group.

*Please do not let your child walk in the parking lots unattended, remember to park your car and escort them to camp staff.

Q16. How does the process for pick up work?

Summer Daze at Steele Lane Community Center

Parents will pick up their child in their assigned area without having to exit their car.

Summer Daze at Wa-Tam

Pickup will occur at “Mr. Pipe,” the same location as morning drop off. Please remain in your vehicle and your child will be escorted to your car by staff.

Q17. Do parents/guardians have to wear masks at drop off and pick up?

Yes, parents and guardians should wear masks at drop off and pick up for the safety of staff and program participants.

Q18. Will children be sharing classroom and art supplies?

Each child will have their own set of basic craft materials (crayons, glue stick, pencils, pens, markers, etc.) to be kept on site in individual plastic Zip Lock bags. Some supplies that can be easily sanitized between uses will be shared. 

Q19. How are you cleaning supplies and equipment?

A container with soapy water (out of reach of children) will be used to clean supplies, games and equipment. Staff will also be sanitizing and disinfecting frequently throughout the day, in addition to scheduled morning and evening cleanings.

Q20. How are activities being modified for safety?

Program staff have chosen projects and games that can be implemented safely with COVID-19 precautions firmly in place. We are closely following all CDC protocols and Sonoma County Health Orders to keep staff and children safe.

Q21. Can children bring a backpack with personal belongs?

All personal items should be labeled and kept in a bag/backpack to ensure items are separate from others. Children will be limited to how frequently they will be able to access their backpacks.