Health & Safety
In addition to our health office staff, Activity Heads are first aid trained and CPR certified through the American Red Cross. All pool lifeguards have lifesaving training and are Water Safety Instructor certified. The boating waterfront is manned by two lifeguards and all boating staff is Small Craft Safety trained by the American Red Cross. Throughout campus, the staff has access to AEDs, first-aid kits, and emergency phones.
We are cautious about the foods we offer. While not a nut-free campus, we are nut sensitive. Our daily snacks provide a wide array of options to suit all campers. Families always have the option of packing their own snacks if they so wish.
Each child brings their own bagged lunch to camp. Lunches are refrigerated until served. Parents of campers with special diets should inform us of their child’s nutritional needs.
It is easy to communicate dietary needs with us through the forms completed during the registration process. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. We are happy to do everything we can to ensure your camper’s health and safety. Families always have the option of packing their own snacks if they so wish. Through the camp health center, families are also able to view the ingredients list of all camp offered food.
All medications brought to campus must be in original containers and will be kept in the Health Center (except for some inhalers and EpiPens). Neither campers nor staff are allowed to keep any medication on their person, including vitamins and over-the-counter medicine.
All medication, except for those listed as part of our standing orders must be documented and signed for by a parent, using the Medication Administration Form. This will be explained in more detail as part of the registration process.
Just in time for the arrival of summer, we received wonderful news that will significantly improve the experience of campers and students while at Brooks this summer. As you may know, Governor Baker announced changes to many of the state’s COVID-related restrictions. While there is much to celebrate as we turn the corner towards returning to “life as normal,” Brooks School Summer Programs wants to do this responsibly and cautiously. We will not make changes to policies or practices that jeopardize the progress we have made or our community’s health and safety.
The state’s guidelines include essential mitigation strategies that limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a camp, we have to carefully consider the benefits of these mitigation strategies in designing our summer programs. Children under 12 are currently unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Public Health (DPH) strongly recommends that programs continue to limit group sizes and be aware of the risks of larger cohorts when campers and staff are not fully vaccinated. By maintaining smaller cohorts, we reduce the number of individuals who may need to quarantine should a COVID-19 case be identified.
We have carefully reviewed the updated Recreational Camps and Programs Health and Safety Standards for Reopening and spoken with local health agencies. Based on the information we have gathered, we have made the following changes to how we will proceed with operating:
What is changing:
- Social distancing is decreasing from 6 feet to 3 feet
- Masks are no longer required when outside while social distancing (those who wish, may still wear a mask)
What is not changing:
- We will continue to require masks be worn when indoors and on the buses. Everyone is responsible to still carry a mask to comply with this rule.
- Staff are assigned to the same cohort for the duration of the session. Staff will not float between cohorts.
- The expectation that social distancing is maintained both indoors and outdoors.
- An orientation will be provided to campers at the start of each session to review COVID-19 protocols, encourage and educate on reporting of symptoms and not to come to camp if sick, and how to request a replacement mask.
- Non-essential visitors with no essential purpose for coming onsite will be limited to the maximum extent possible.
- We will continue to promote the importance of staff not coming to work if they are sick. There is a developed plan for handling staff absences.
- We will ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increasing the circulation of outdoor air as much as possible.
- We are encouraging eligible staff and campers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending camp.
- We are providing ample hand washing facilities with soap and water for all campers and staff with posted hand washing instructions.
- Staff and families will complete a daily COVID screening each morning before coming to campus.
Brooks School Summer Programs remains committed to working with our on-site medical team and local and state agencies. As more information becomes available, we will continue to reevaluate program operations. Above anything else, the safety of your child and our staff remains our highest priority. Thank you for your continued patience and trust.
Our health and safety approach includes, but is not limited to . . .
- Requiring everyone to wear a mask on campus when indoors and on buses. We will have a stockpile of disposable masks, should someone need a new mask. Masks will be required indoors and in certain outdoor spaces where distancing isn’t possible. We expect everyone to bring their own masks.
- Emphasizing hand hygiene. Participants will be regularly reminded to wash hands and hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout campus.
- Working to ensure a physical distance between individuals is maintained across campus.
- Daily attestation: Every morning before the day starts, students, campers, and staff on campus will answer a series of questions to screen for symptoms of COVID-19. If an individual has one of the symptoms that is part of that daily checklist, they will not attend camp or come to work.
- Requiring that campers and students who do not feel well act. Participants feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms of COVID should immediately contact their family physician and notify Brooks School.
- Requiring that employees who become sick go home. If an employee becomes ill during the day, they should inform their supervisor and health center and immediately leave campus. If the employee receives a positive COVID test result, they should be prepared to provide Human Resources with a list of all community members with whom they had close contact during the last 14 days. Human Resources will communicate to these individuals that they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 while maintaining the affected employee’s confidentiality.
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the campus.
- Swim lessons will not be conducted this year to protect the cohorts. Supervised free swim in the pools will still be part of the daily schedule.
More About Masks
Participants will be asked to bring a supply of masks with them to campus. Masks will be worn when inside buildings, as well as, outside when physical distancing is not possible. They should be laundered each day after use. We strongly recommend you label each mask with their name.
Does the type of mask matter? Yes: Masks must fit the following criteria . . .
- Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Completely covers the nose and mouth
- Is secured with ties or an ear loop
- Includes multiple layers of fabric, preferably cotton. Polyester alone is insufficient
- Has no vents or valves
- Allows for breathing without restriction
- Is not a bandana, gaiter, or scarf
- Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
Dr. Ann McGravey
Health Care Consultant
Dr. McGravey collaborates with our team of nurses in the development and implantation of all health care policies and procedures. Dr. McGravey has been a board-certified pediatrician for 39 years. Drawing upon her extensive experience, including many years at Boston Children’s Hospital, she can effectively collaborate with patients and parents to provide thorough, effective medical care for patients aged newborn to 18.
Health Services Supervisor
Gayle has been working as the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2012. In this role, Gayle directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Her greatest satisfaction in work is seeing young adults/children begin to take responsibility for their wellness. Gayle received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester and her Master’s degree from Boston College. During the school year, Gayle works as the Director of Health and Wellness at a local school. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, skiing, or participating in almost any type of outdoor activity.
Day Camp Nurse
Julie provides health services to the summer community and ensures that participants have a healthy and safe experience. She has been a part of the Brooks School Summer Programs for eight years. Julie earned her BSN in 2009 and has worked in various settings throughout her nursing career. Currently, she works as a public health nurse for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is committed to community health and health care equity. She is pursuing her MSN with a focus on family medicine. In her free time, Julie enjoys running, swimming, and attending all her kids’ extracurricular activities.
Nicole has a passion for the foodservice industry. As part of the Brooks School Summer Programs, Nicole supervises the logistics team to ensure all programs remain in compliance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and North Andover Board of Health. For almost twenty years, Nicole has been involved in school-based nutritional services. She holds industry certifications in ServSafe, Allergy Awareness, CPR, and First Aid. During the academic year, Nicole leads a team of youth development professionals in North Andover’s after-school program. Her hobbies include softball, tennis, and gamming. Nicole lives in North Andover with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.