COVID - 19
On this page is where you will find all of our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. At this time, we are currently still developing these while we work with our partners, local county health departments, Nebraska Medicine, the VNA and our medical team. In addition, we will be following guidance from both the American Camp Association and the CDC.
Will masks be required? (Plan as of April 20th)
Masks will be required to be worn while indoors by all campers, who are able to, and staff. Masks are not required outdoors, however they may be required when within close proximity of others. Staff will wear a mask, goggles, and face shield when providing personal cares, lifts/transfers, or feeding campers.
Masks are not required while eating or sleeping. Meal times and snacks will be staggered and campers and staff will be spread a safe distance away from one another while eating.
Are vaccines for campers required? (Plan as of March 1)
No. For 2021, we will not be requiring vaccines for campers.
Are vaccines for staff required? (Plan as of March 1)
No, for 2021, we will not be requiring vaccinations for staff. However, all site directors, the camp nurse, and camp director are all currently vaccinated as of February 2021. As we hire camp counselors, we will be highly encouraging each hire to get their vaccine. Because camp staff is Priority 1B, we will be assisting each member of staff to find a vaccination clinic if they choose.
What will pre-screening processes be? (Plan as of April 20th)
Starting 20 days before your camper's session, you will be required to submit a pre-screen form each day. Staff will do this as well. In addition, campers and staff will be pre-screened upon arriving to camp but families should also pre-screen before arriving in order to prevent having to be sent back home.
What if my camper has symptoms prior to or during their session? (Plan as of April 20th)
Campers with symptoms while at camp will be isolated from the group and sent home.
If at any point a camper has symptoms of COVID 19 within 20 days prior to camp or while at camp, in order to return, campers will be required to either get a COVID test that is negative or a doctors note indicating they are infection free and may safely attend camp. Only PCR Covid Tests will be accepted, not Antigen Tests.
What if my camper was exposed to COVID 19 by another camper or staff member? (Plan as of April 20th)
Once Easterseals is made aware of any positive COVID 19 cases of campers or staff during a camp session, Easterseals will first immediately notify the county in which the session occurred. Easterseals will then follow their guidance in how to notify families of exposure. Typically, counties will consider things such as, "Was the camper with the infected person for 15 minutes or more?" "What types of PPE were worn when near the infected person?" "Was the camper indoors or outdoors with the infected person?" After the county considers all necessary information, they will either contact families or they may have us contact families ourselves. Each county is different in how they prefer to do contact tracing and notifying individuals of possible exposures.
What else will you be doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Camp?
Because we are working with multiple partners and site facilities this year, we are still developing all procedures. However, please expect that in addition to what is listed on this page, hand washing multiple times a day, sanitizing surfaces, grouping campers into cohorts or pods of 10-15 with no cross socializing, medical and leadership staff limiting time with each camper to less than 15 minutes, staff wearing multiple items of PPE when serving campers in close proximity or performing personal cares, remaining 6' or more away from one another, etc. As we continue to develop and update these policies, they will be located here on this page.
Lots more Questions and Answers Regarding COVID 19 to come...