Safety Trumps Everything
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The Camp has a nurse on site. She is available all day from 8am to 4:30pm. Each classrom has their own first aid kit as well as a mobile kit for trips. Counselors carry all emergency contact lists with them as well as a cell phone.
While forty Head Counselors and Supervisory staff are certified in RTE (Responding to Emergencies) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), we still employ at least sixteen trained lifegards, whose training includes First Aid and CPR. As a part of their training, each Head Counselor is also tought how to administer EpiPens.
Reporting Illnesses & Incidents
When camp counselors identify a camper who is not feeling well, they will be sent to our on-site nurse. The nurse will evaluate and care for all sick campers, and contact the head counselor, Camp Director, and Parents/Guardians if it the concern is deemed important or serious. If necessary, parents/guardians will also be asked to pick up their children. The same criteria will apply to accidents (slips, falls, etc.), should any occur.
We take the safety of our campers very seriously. In the event of suspected child abuse, all Head Staff are required to contact their superiors. Campers who report alleged abuse will be treated with respect, privacy and compassion. Information gathered during such discussions will be kept strictly confidential, and reported to the Camp Director and the proper authorities immediately.
In an effort to keep all children healthy, campers will wash hands often with soap (not antibacterial) and water. Campers are not permitted to share food or drinks.
All campers are required to be checked for lice before the start of each session. The Camp will provide lice checks on the Friday before each session at no addition fee. However if a camper has not been checked by the start of camp, that camper must be checked by the provided checkers in a designated “checking room” before he/she can be dropped off with his/her group. There will be an automatic charge for those families who are checked on the first day.
When to Keep Your Child Home from Camp
Your child should look and behave like him/herself for 24 hours before returning to camp. A sick child who returns to camp too soon is at risk for picking up other infections due to a lowered immunity, and is likely to infect other students and staff.
1. If a temperature is over 100 degrees. Children who attend camp should be fever free for at least 24 hours (without anti-fever medication) before sending or returning your child to camp.
2. Vomiting and diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
3. A positive throat culture for strep. If this is the case then the child should be on an antibiotic therapy for 24 hours before returning to camp.
4. A red eye with white or yellow eye drainage with matted or crusted eyelids after sleep.
5. A runny nose by itself is not necessarily cause to keep your child home, however, if the runny nose is accompanied by a headache, or nausea or the child is too tired to concentrate the he/she is probably too ill to come to camp.
6. Any rash (unless determined to be non-communicable by physician)
7. After Lice/Nits has been found, a camper may return to camp after both their first treatment and having had a follow up clean lice check by the camp nurse.
8. After Chickenpox (Varicella) have been found. A camper may return once all lesions have dried and crusted; usually 6 days after the onset of the rash.
9. After a camper contracts Pertussis (or Whooping Cough). A camper may return after 5 days of antibiotic therapy (which is to be given for a total of 14 days).
10. After a camper has been infected with Impetigo (a bacterial skin infection). A camper may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
IMPORTANT: These guidelines should help parents determine if their child should attend camp or other activities. Your child should look and behave like him/herself for 24 hours before returning to camp. A sick child who returns to camp too soon is at risk for picking up other infections due to a lowered immunity, and is likely to infect other students and staff. All immunixations need to be up to date before campers come to camp.
Safety and Security
As a community, and Bank Street Camp has certain rules in place for the general safety of the camp as a whole. We need your help and cooperation in observing these rules when you are here with your children, visiting after camp, and for special events. Please help us by respecting and supporting the following expectations:
- No running or rough housing anywhere in the building
- No outdoor-type games inside, especially the lobby or in front of the school
- No shouting, or any use of profanity
- No headphones, I-Pods, DS, or portable music devices in the building
- No Game Boys, PSPs or portable video games of any kind at camp
- No hardballs (baseballs)
- No skateboards or scooters in school.
- No water guns of any kind!
- No whistles in camp!
- Personal cell phone must be turned off during camp hours except for emergencies!
Bank Street College of Education is a public space. Adherence to the following regulations concerning the use of ID cards and security is necessary in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all. The Parents/Guardians of each camper will receive two Bank Street ID cards, which allow entry into Bank Street’s main building. When picking up campers the counselors may ask to see your ID cards, until they recognize you and they will no longer need to see them. Extra cards may be purchased from the camp office for $15 apiece. The IDs helps the school keep tabs on who is in the building. Please notify camp immediately if your card is lost so that we can deactivate it. Even though presenting and wearing ID cards may be an inconvenience and seem unnecessary, it is a vital part of ensuring that our community remains safe. Parents/Guardians must retrieve the ID card of any caregiver who is no longer providing service and return it.
All cards have been numerically assigned to each family so please return all cards at the end of camp. No one will be allowed in without using the card or signing in at the guard’s desk. Using your ID helps the school keep tighter control on security, and thus protects all of us.
Parents and/or designated caregivers without ID, and visitors, will be issued a temporary ID card for use only on the day of issuance. All visitors to the SFC will be requested to produce photo identification and sign in at the Safety Officer’s desk upon arrival and departure.
Statement of Practice Regarding Physically Restraining or Moving Children
This Statement of Practice was formulated in Diagnostic in October 2004, in order to support and direct our staff in their work with children who may present disruptive or acting-out behavior. We share this information with you so that you will understand the steps that we take to ensure a safe community.
- Safety trumps everything. If a child will endanger him/herself or others unless restrained, OR if a child bolts from a supervising staff member in a way that is potentially dangerous (i.e. in the street, at the pool, etc.) a camp staff member will restrain the child.
- If a child has to be moved away from or out of an area because unsafe or seriously disruptive behavior, and if that child is not responding to verbal instructions to cease, a staff member will elicit the help of at least one other staff member, preferably a head counselor or unit head, and together the adults will move the child to a safe place.
- If a camp staff member has had occasion to physically restrain or move a child that faculty member will inform their Unit Head as soon as possible, and either that staff member or the Unit Head will inform the child’s family.
IMPORTANT: Safety trumps everything! Bank Street Summer Camp reserves the right to remove – without offering a refund – any child whom the Camp deems unsafe.
Emergency Procedures for Thunderstorms
In the event of thunder or lightening all groups must seek shelter immediately. Upon arriving at any facility, Head Counselors should identify safe shelter. Groups will stay in shelter until 15 minutes after hearing last Thunder.
Fire Drills and Evacuation
Fire drills are conducted regularly at Bank Street. The campers and staff will be instructed beforehand regarding proper conduct and where to assemble after exiting the building.