Sunshine Day Camp COVID-19 Updates
Yes, we are OPEN!
Sunshine Day Camp has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Plan of Operation that is designed to keep the children and our staff safe and healthy! We are fully compliant with regulations required by the Department of Social Services (regulates licensed childcare programs), CDC, and LA County Health Department.
The COVID-19 Pandemic required schools across the nation to make significant modifications to classroom schedules. Currently all the schools we service in Santa Clarita will return to in-person, full day instruction, beginning Monday, April 19, 2021. If the school schedules are modified again, Sunshine Day Camp will adapted the program so that we can support remote learning experience, and provided daily childcare. No matter what happens with school schedules, WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
Sunshine Day Camp has always been focused on maintaining a balance of being safe and fun. While there are many new requirements designed to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, we have been working diligently on creative ways we can have FUN. Things may look different due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it!
On March 13, Sunshine Day Camp temporarily closed in an effort to support the Stay-At-Home Orders (California and Los Angeles County) and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. During the closure, Sunshine Day Camp restocked supplies (e.g. hand sanitizer stations, paper products, non-touch thermometers, PPE, and EPA disinfectants/cleaners designed to kill COVID-19) and created new policies and provisions to support State and local requirements of childcare programs. While childcare is considered an essential service, we wanted to be sure we were offering care that was safe!
While Sunshine Day Camp reopened June 1, 2020, under the new increased COVID-19 prevention plan. These new precautions are necessary to help reduce the spread and risk of contracting COVID-19. While these modifications are necessary and prudent for a safer environment for the children and staff, they are also mandated by the State (Department of Social Services), and local authorities. We ask for your patience, understanding, and support to these modifications. Our success of a safe and healthy reopening will be largely in part to your adherence to these policies.
Important Note: Our plan of operation focuses on reducing exposure and the spread of COVID-19. While this plan is thorough and comprehensive, and based on current recommendations, it does not guarantee that a staff or child will not be exposed to COVID-19 or sickened from it.
Sunshine Day Camp closely monitors and complies with COVID-19 health orders from LA County Department of Public Health. Since health orders can change from week to week, Sunshine Day Camp continues update provisions as we receive them.
We want to get back to “normal” as much as you do! Until then these COVID-19 policies and procedures will help reduce the spread of, and exposure to, COVID-19. We ask for your patience and understanding as we do our best to implement them in.
In the event that there is a known or suspected case of COVID-19 within our center, we will notify LA County health officials and follow their suggested guidance, including temporary closure to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The duration of closure will be at the guidance of local health officials.
Families of the center will be notified of those cases as well, and the guidance given by the County. Due to privacy requirements, names of individuals with known or suspected COVID-19 infection will not be released.
In order to properly staff the facility, adapt to new classroom sizes and ratios, and provide additional staff for screening and cleaning, Sunshine Day Camp will modify the hours of operation to Monday-Friday, from 7:00a-6:00p.
Per current LA County health order, all persons over the age of 2 are require persons to wear a face mask when in public places. Unless there is a disability or other medical reason, all staff and children must wear a face mask while at our facility. Masks are removed during portions of the day including mealtimes, and during solo physical exertion outside with proper physical distancing.
If your child is unable wear a face mask, due to a medical reason, please notify your director for approval prior to showing up to the center. A doctor’s note will be required if your child is unable to wear a face mask. Parents are encouraged to send a spare face covering as a backup for their child.
Staff and children who are displaying ANY COVID-19 symptoms of illness will NOT be permitted to enter the building. If a staff or child has a family member (living in the same house as the staff or child) that has ANY symptoms of COVID-19 will also not be allowed to enter the building until proper isolation is completed (see COVID-19 Plan of Operation for details). Parents are asked to be vigilant by looking for COVID-19 symptoms of their child by properly pre-screening and self-certifying they are well before bringing them to the facility (e.g. no fever or other illness symptoms). Once arriving to the facility, all children will be screened by asking a series of short questions and then taking their body temperature using a non-touch thermometer. See Sunshine Day Camp’s COVID-19 Plan of Operation for details on the pre-screening and screening process.
Anyone with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their household must remain out of our centers per CDC and Los Angeles County order.
Parents and staff are encouraged to monitor reputable news outlets regarding the spread of COVID-19. This includes places that you or your family may be visiting in the near future. Parents and Staff are to follow all local County orders regarding travel.
If you would like to see more of what Sunshine Day Camp is doing to keep children and staff safe, you can view our complete COVID-19 Plan of Operation by clicking here.
New families need to contact a facility director for availability and additional paperwork by clicking here