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Tulane K-6 Day Camp

Given that NOLA Public Schools have decided to implement a remote start for the beginning of the school year and other schools are establishing hybrid teaching protocols, the University is establishing a no-cost drop-in day camp for the children of Tulane faculty (and instructors of record, including graduate students) to help fill resulting childcare gaps. This drop-in day camp will host children in kindergarten through 6th grade (students must be 5 years old by 9/30/2020) and will now run from Wednesday, August 19th through Friday, October 30th.

The day camp will be facilitated in consultation with Kidcam Camps, a regional leader in summer camps for children ages 3-13. Beyond their 40+ year history in the region, Kidcam is in their 20th week of operation during the pandemic, serving as the designated childcare provider for 1500 children of Ochsner Health frontline personnel. The operations of the day camp will be overseen by Tulane’s own Pre-College Programs staff (with experience running successful residential summer programs for middle and high schoolers).

Tulane’s K-6 day camp will follow CDC recommendations, including social distancing guidelines as well as mask requirements for all teachers, professionals, and participants and will follow the protocols Tulane has developed for safe classroom experiences. The facility that will host our childcare – the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on Broadway – has several distinct spaces to accommodate different age groups and green space for outdoor activities, such as non-contact sports, nature walks, and scavenger hunts.

The children will be overseen by a combination of Kidcam staff, our own Pre-College Programs staff, and a large cohort of Teacher Certification students and other undergraduate students who are currently in training. All the Tulane students will be supervised in their work by our staff and also by their internship/service-learning academic advisors. We are aiming for a 1 to 5-6 staff/student ratio. We only have the capacity for 40-50 students at any one time.

Additionally, we will provide academic and co-curricular programming for all day camp participants. Academic content will be grade-band specific and will feature dedicated space for school synchronous instructional time and oversight during those activities, especially for the younger children. Co-curricular programming will consist of daily social activities (by age groups) meant to provide non-academic enrichment for all participants.

If the remote learning order is extended beyond the Labor Day holiday, we have the capacity to supply day camp support through the end of the fall semester. The drop-in childcare will allow the University to deliver on the promise of a quality residential, educational experience while keeping faculty families safe. All faculty members will be notified as further information about day camp programming becomes available.

As we approach the start of the fall semester, the importance of family and safety is our top priority and informs all our decisions.

Day Camp Information

Registration:
If you would like to enroll your children in the drop-off childcare program, please access the registration form at this link.

Day Camp Location:
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1100 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70118. Located at the corner of Broadway and Zimpel streets. Once your registration has been confirmed, pick-up and drop-off information will be emailed to you.

Typical Day Camp Time Slots:

  • 8:30AM - 10:30 AM
  • 10:30AM - 12:30 PM
  • 12:30PM - 2:30 PM
  • 2:30PM - 4:30 PM

We understand that instructors may have earlier/later teaching assignments given the new Fall 2020 spacing of our typical teaching schedule. Please let us know as soon as possible on the registration form about these special requests, and we will try to accommodate. Students will not be admitted to day camp without pre-registration and completion of all enrollment forms. Space is very limited and will be first come, first serve contingent on prior registration. In order to provide as much space as possible, faculty members are encouraged to sign up for time slots when no other childcare options are available. Remember that this is a no-cost service designed to address your in-person teaching needs and cannot accommodate requests for all day childcare.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Tulane Pre-College Programs Team at summer@tulane.edu and/or Ana Lopez.

Policies & Procedures

See below for a list of Tulane K-6 Day Camp Policies and Procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the location of the day camp?
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1100 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70118. Located at the corner of Broadway and Zimpel streets. Once your registration has been confirmed, pick-up and drop-off information will be emailed to you.

 

What are the hours of operation?
The day camp is open for registration for the following time slots:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
What is the length of the program?

This drop-in day camp will initially run from Wednesday, August 19th through Friday, October 30th. If the remote learning order for Orleans Parish is extended beyond the Labor Day holiday, we have the capacity to supply day camp support through the end of the fall semester.

Who is eligible for the program?

Tulane faculty (and instructors of record, including graduate students) will be able to register for day camp time slots; on the registration form, you will be asked to provide your TUID to verify your eligibility. The drop-in day camp will host children in kindergarten through 6th grade; students must be 5 years old by 9/30/2020.

Who are the day camp staff members?

The children will be overseen by a combination of Kidcam staff, our own Pre-College Programs staff, and a large cohort of Teacher Certification students and other undergraduate students who are currently in training. All the Tulane students will be supervised in their work by our staff and also by their internship/service-learning academic advisors. We are aiming for a 1 to 5-6 staff/student ratio.

How do I register?

If you would like to enroll your children in the drop-off childcare program, please access the registration form at this link.

How do I make changes to my child's registration?

If you'd like to make changes to your child's registration, please contact the Tulane Pre-College Team at summer@tulane.edu.

My child has health issues. Is coming to camp a good idea?

We cannot offer an opinion on whether or not participating in Tulane K-6 Day Camp is a good fit for your child. As a parent, that decision is up to you. We can assure you that, following the guidelines we have been provided, we are doing everything we can to provide the safest environment possible for children and staff.

What does pick up and drop off look like?

Drop off and pick up are done curbside with parents and guardians remaining in their cars. When you arrive at drop off, you are asked to respond to short series of health screening questions in the Procare Connect app. Your child’s temperature is then taken by a staff member who is wearing gloves and a mask. Your child will then be escorted inside by our staff.

Will my children be sharing supplies and equipment with other children?

Students share equipment as needed but every effort is made to provide individual supplies and equipment whenever possible. Items that will be used by another group are cleaned and disinfected between groups.

Are children instructed on good hygiene practices?

Campers and staff wash their hands upon arrival and multiple times during their stay. Staff instruct children how to wash hands effectively, and we ask that you review the importance of handwashing at home. Hand sanitizer is available when sinks are not close by.

Are children required to wear masks?

All children will need to wear a face covering before entering day camp. Children without face coverings upon arrival will be provided a face covering as supplies are available. Face coverings are very limited. We encourage parents to have a face covering for your child upon arrival. No children will be permitted to enter day camp without a proper face covering. We know it can be difficult for children, especially those who are younger, to understand why they need to wear a face covering and often to keep a face covering on. We will encourage children to keep masks on as much as possible. In our day camp program, we will be discussing the need to wear face coverings with all children.

Below are some suggestions for how to encourage your child to wear a face covering:

  • Give your children matching masks for their favorite doll or stuffed animal to wear
  • Have your children decorate their own masks so they are personalized and more fun
  • Make sure you model wearing a face mask so your children understand how important it is
  • Practice wearing a face covering at home with your children

If you have concerns about your child’s ability to properly wear a face mask, please email us at summer@tulane.edu at least 24 hours in advance of your registered time.

Will food be provided at Day Camp?

No food will be provided by Tulane’s day camp program. We suggest that you pack meals or snacks for your child if they will be at camp during normal meal times. Out of consideration for all day camp participants, please check all food items for exposure to nuts and other potential food allergens.

Are there any medical professionals on site?

All day camp sessions will have an on-site nurse at all times for any medical needs or medical emergencies.

Does my child need devices/technology while at Day Camp?

We suggest your child bring any devices they use to learn at home (laptops, tablets, etc.) to Day Camp. Some of the learning activities students can choose from involve age-appropriate computer programs. Additionally, students will have access to WIFI while at Day Camp. Please bring you own headphones. Limiting the use of items by multiple people is essential to adhering to Covid-19 policies.

Who should I contact for more information?

For more information regarding the day camp program, please contact the Tulane Pre-College Team at summer@tulane.edu.