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Valley summer camps seek expert advice in minimizing exposure while still keeping kids engaged

The Rebound Arizona
Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 14:30:58-04

Keeping kids busy during the summer can be a challenge any year.

But this year, with coronavirus concerns, families in Arizona may be struggling to find the right fit for them.

One West Valley city decided to consult with experts to walk them through every aspect of their day camp to limit exposure, while still engaging participants.

"We meet on it daily, if not multiple times a day, just to make sure that we are in compliance, and we have a plan moving forward," Seid explained.

HealthyVerify is a national company with experts from right here in the state, like Barrow Neurological Institute and Arizona State University.

Goodyear is now the first public entity in Arizona to get a certification with the company.

"They will break it down, and they will take a look at what our standard practices and policies are, and then they will translate them into the COVID environment that we find ourselves in," Seid explained.

He said the experts give them alternative plans that meet the Centers for Disease Control's guidelines.

"How often our participants gather, how they gather, how they come to and from, how they're picked up and dropped off," Seid listed off. "Just really anything and everything to make sure that we're doing what we can to minimize the risk."

He said that the city's summer recreation program is incredibly popular, so they knew they needed to find a way to continue to offer it to help families.

"So, they'll notice immediately from driving up to the site, we're going to have curbside drop-off and pick-up," Seid explained.

He also described how groups would remain at ten and they will not be intermingling.

Physical distancing will be enforced and staff will be wearing masks. They also encourage participants and parents to wear masks, but they are not required.

"We're trying to minimize it to the greatest extent possible and I think with the experts at HealthyVerify - we're going to be able to do that," Seid said.

The city offers its recreation camp at different locations in the area for children from 1st - 8th grade.

If you would like to learn more about sign-ups and the steps they are taking to stop the spread, click here.