COVID-19 Protocols for summer 2022

Summer@Potomac is looking forward to having campers on campus this summer. We will continue to work closely with Potomac’s COVID Case Response Team on all health and safety protocols for Summer@Potomac in order to provide our campers a safe experience. The Health and Safety Protocols listed below outline the safety measures that campers and their families will be expected to adhere to as they attend camp.

All age eligible campers need to be fully vaccinated to attend Summer@Potomac for the 2022 season. 


All age eligible campers must be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC and have a vaccination card on file in order to attend camp this summer. Families are asked to upload their camper’s vaccination card to their account by June 1, 2022.


At this time, Summer@Potomac is planning to operate as mask-optional indoors and outdoors, including the school bus. Please be sure to talk with your child about your family’s expectations for mask wearing. We ask that all members of Summer@Potomac be respectful of each individual’s choice in this matter. Summer@Potomac reserves the right to require masking of staff, campers, and/or invited guests, regardless of vaccination status, during periods of high transmission, following a period of isolation or quarantine, within a homeroom or a camp group that has experienced three or more positive cases of COVID-19 within a 14 day period, or for any other reason.


Campers must wash hands frequently throughout the day, for at least twenty seconds, including before and after meals and after using the restroom. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the school and should be used when hand washing is not possible. Campers should also cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into their elbows.


While on campus, campers may be asked to maintain a physical distance of three feet from other campers and six feet from employees, whenever possible, both indoors and outdoors.


Summer@Potomac will continue with enhanced cleaning protocols for its physical spaces, with particular focus on “high-touch” areas (i.e., common areas, hallway bathrooms, door handles, water fountains, stair rails). Summer@Potomac will be performing regular, frequent cleaning of restrooms and the work of our janitorial service will be supplemented by our own buildings and grounds crew during the camp day. Classroom windows and doors will be kept open as much as possible.


Parents must have their camper obtain a PCR nasal swab test for COVID-19 if that child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or is instructed by a medical provider to get a test. Summer@Potomac, at its discretion, may require testing as part of its risk mitigation protocols, and parents hereby agree to their camper’s participation in any such program.


Campers are expected to follow the guidance of their healthcare provider and/or federal, state and local health agencies if they are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.  Campers who have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with a household member with COVID-19 must stay home as outlined below, or as otherwise directed by Summer@Potomac, the local health department and/or their health care provider. Parents are expected to notify the camp nurse promptly if their camper (or a household member or caregiver) tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting a test result; a camper with a positive PCR test result, regardless of recent prior or subsequent negative tests, will be treated as a positive case and must remain home as outlined below:

  • Tested Positive for COVID-19: Camper who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home and may reduce their isolation time from 10 days to 5 days and return to camp on Day 6, as long as:
    • Camper had no symptoms of COVID-19 or symptoms are fully resolved and 
    • Camper wears a well-fitting mask when around others for an additional 5 days after the isolation period ends and 
    • Camper tests negative on a rapid antigen test immediately preceding their return to school. 

For the additional 5 days, the camper will be required to remain 6 feet apart from others during snack/lunch and maintain mask wearing for certain activities. If this is not possible, then the camper must complete the full 10 day isolation or cease participation for the additional 5 day period. Note: If the camper has a fever, the camper will continue to stay home beyond the 5 day isolation until 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications.

Close Contact with Someone Who Has COVID-19: A close contact is an individual who has been within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for a period of 15 minutes or longer over a 24-hour period. Per Virginia Department of Health recommendations, we will discontinue contact tracing for individual cases, with the exception of household contacts. We will continue to analyze transmission in our community and contact trace outbreaks, defined by Fairfax County as three or more cases per homeroom/group or 10% of the entire school.

Irrespective of a camper’s vaccination status, if a family member or caretaker within their household tests positive for COVID-19, or a camper has been identified as a close contact in connection with an outbreak, the camper will be required to quarantine a minimum of 5 days. For household close contacts, Summer@Potomac will consider the individual fact pattern and, if there is ongoing exposure, a longer quarantine period will be required. The camper is strongly encouraged to wear a mask in their home and to undergo testing during their period of quarantine. The conditions for a return to campus will also be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by our Health Services Office.


While not on campus, campers and their families are further expected to adhere to any restrictions issued by the Governor, the Department of Health, or other restrictions or recommendations issued by the CDC and state and local agencies. Campers and their families should consider limiting their attendance at large gatherings where physical distance cannot be maintained, and wearing masks in large public settings, regardless of their vaccination status, during periods of high community transmission.  Campers and their families who are seeking to travel, either domestically or internationally, should ensure that they adhere to any and all travel guidance for the destination and for returning from their destination, including but not limited to any vaccination, quarantine or COVID-19 testing requirements. 


If Summer@Potomac is concerned about the health of a camper, including possible exposure to COVID-19 or if Summer@Potomac is concerned that other elements of this policy or the Safety Protocol have not been followed, Summer@Potomac reserves the right to require the camper to either (1) be tested for COVID-19, including rapid antigen and/or PCR nasal swab test(s) or (2) remain off campus for up to 14 days. Parents agree to provide Summer@Potomac with their consent to rapid antigen testing.


Summer@Potomac respects the right to privacy of any camper who has a communicable disease. All camper medical records or information regarding communicable diseases will be confidentially maintained by the camp nurse and Auxiliary Programs Officer. A camper’s medical condition will be disclosed only to the extent necessary to minimize the health risks to campers, counselors and the greater camp community.


Summer@Potomac may have to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 among campers and employees to the Fairfax County Department of Health based on the county’s requirement


Parents understand that the camper’s participation in Summer@Potomac is voluntary, and that camp has not made available alternative virtual learning plans for those campers who are unable to attend in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any other medical issue or for any other reason. By permitting their camper to come to campus, parents acknowledge that the camper(s) is/are in good health and able and willing to attend Summer@Potomac camp at The Potomac School for the camp dates in the summer of 2022.


COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to be spread by person-to-person contact; as a result, federal and state health agencies recommend masking, physical distancing and various other measures to mitigate the risk of contracting the virus. The Potomac School and Summer@Potomac have implemented reasonable preventative protocols, policies, and procedures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Campers, counselors and their families are expected to adhere to these protocols in order to reduce the risks of contracting or spreading the virus at camp. Despite the protocols and procedures in place to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus, there are inherent risks that campers, counselors and/or their families may become infected with COVID-19 due to the camper’s participation in in-person activities as part of Summer@Potomac. Parents understand, acknowledge and voluntarily assume these risks on behalf of themselves and the campers. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: exposure to COVID-19, becoming infected with COVID-19, or becoming a symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier of the virus. It is possible that a camper is already an asymptomatic carrier of the virus before attending camp and may infect other campers, counselors, employees, or other individuals at Summer@Potomac as a result of his/her presence on campus. Any person who receives a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, including a camper, counselor or their family member, may encounter extended quarantine/self isolation, additional tests, medical care, hospitalization, other potential complications, and the risk of death. By allowing their camper to participate in Summer@Potomac on campus, parents understand, acknowledge, and voluntarily assume these risks.

Subject to Revision as Guidance Evolves

The Potomac School and Summer@Potomac have relied on the advice of public health experts and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education in developing these protocol may revise or update this Addendum and the Safety Protocols from time to time, as necessary or appropriate, or as public health guidance evolves.