2020 Morris Township Supervised Playground Program

2020 Summer

We are pleased to announce that Morris Township 2020 Supervised Playground program will be opening this summer. 

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy program for all children and their families, counselors, and the community. To meet this goal, we need your assistance in reminding your child about health and safety precautions and to practice those at home.

As we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, playgrounds will look a little different this year. The New Jersey Department of Health issued youth camp standards that we must follow. Please read through this Parent Packet to gain an understanding of our playground program, policies, and guidelines for this year.

While we are available to answer your questions, we kindly ask that you read this entire message first.

We are looking forward to a healthy, safe, and fun summer.

Location & Schedule

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The following locations will be open Monday- Friday from July 6th – July 31st.  Playground Activities are scheduled 9:00am to 12:00pm. There will be staggered Drop off and Pick up times between 8:30 AM- 9:00AM- 12:00 PM- 12:30 PM.

  • Woodland Fields
  • Ginty Complex
  • Alfred Vail School Field
  • Green Field
  • Saunders Field

In the case of INCLEMENT WEATHER, playgrounds will be CANCELED for the day a decision will be made by 8:00AM.  There will be tents or structures for shade at each location.

Registrations will be limited.  A waiting list has been created, should an opening occur we will release the maximum amount permissible per playground from the waitlist.  Once released, you will receive an email requesting payment.  All payments MUST be made by JUNE 30TH.

Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures

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Per state guidelines, all children will be screened before being admitted to playgrounds for the day. This includes temperature screening with our infrared thermometer and a health questionnaire.

  • Parents will not leave their cars during drop off and pick up.
  • Parents will be required to complete a health questioner for their child/children daily.
  • Children will have their temperature taken in the car prior to entering camp; a reading of 100.4 F and above will have an opportunity to retake after 10 minutes.  Temperatures of 100.4 F or above cannot participate in the program.

We will have staggered Drop-off starting at 8:30 AM and Pick-up will start at 12:00 PM at each location.  We will email all Drop-off and Pick-up times once we have full registration list.  Each location will be set-up for drive up locations. Please keep your child home if he or she is sick. 

Face Coverings & Social Distance Strategies

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  • All locations will have groups/cohorts of 20 children with 2 to 3 counselors per group.
    • These groups will be made the first day of Playgrounds and cannot be changed.
  • A Group will not be able to interact with other groups.
  • Each child will receive a drawstring bag with all supplies for crafts and a personal container of hand sanitizer.
    • It will be the child’s/ parents responsibility to bring their bag back to playgrounds daily with hand sanitizer.
  • Children will not be required to wear face coverings, but face coverings will be provided to the staff by the Parks & Recreation Dept.
    • Staff will be required to wear face coverings during drop-off, pick–up times and when providing one-on-one aid to participants.
    • NJDOH Face Covering Guidelines- While face coverings are generally recommended when social distancing cannot be maintained, the assigned group (staff and campers) are not required to wear face coverings within the group.  Face coverings would be necessary when separate camp groups are unable to social distance with each other.
  • Playground equipment on site will not be open to program participants.*(Subject to Change)*
  • Each cohort will partake in daily activities:
    • Arts and crafts
    • Non-contact sports
    • Social distancing games
    • Board games
  • Each location will have visible signage per recommendations from the CDC and NJDOH on stopping the spread of Covid-19.
  • Follow NJDOH, CDC, and Local Health Department guidelines should staff/children show signs and symptoms of Covid-19.

Sanitation/Safety Protocols

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  • Prior to the daily opening of each location, the Parks Division will sanitize the bathrooms/ portable toilets, playground storage boxes and tables.
  • The playground staff will sanitize throughout the day between uses with sanitizing wipes on high touch points.
  • Ginty Playground will use the bathrooms at the Ginty complex.
  • Woodland Playground will use the bathrooms located in the foyer of the Municipal Building.
  • Green Field, Saunders and Alfred Vail Playground locations will have portable toilets and hand washing stations.
  • Hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, gloves, first aid supplies will be provided for each playground location

Should a child or staff exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during the day, the child/staff will be immediately separated from the other children/staff. The child’s/staff parent/guardian will be called and must immediately pick-up the child/staff.  Staff will be aware of the isolation area at each location for staff/campers who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of Covid-19.  A child in the isolation area will be supervised until parent or guardian pick-up.

Staff

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  • PPE will be provided by the Township for all staff.
  • Each staff member will require a daily health screening and temperature check upon arriving for work.
    • Should any staff member be showing signs of Covid-19 they will go home for the day.
    • A temperature is 100.4 or higher will be retaken 10 minutes to rule out false readings.
  • Face coverings will be required during drop off and pick up for the staff.
    • NJDOH Face Covering Guidelines- Staff are not required to wear face coverings when supervising their assigned groups. Staff are required to wear face coverings when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained outside of their assigned group and when staff is engaged with individuals not in their assigned group. 
  • Face coverings and gloves will be required during screenings and temperature checks for children during drop off.
  • Each Staff member will be assigned to a group of 20; this will be their cohort for the entire length of camp.
  • No staff member will be permitted to go on vacation during the time camp is open.
  • The Health Director and/or Director will be in charge of COVID-19 screening for their camp locations.
  • All staff will continue to practice and educate children on proper handwashing, cough etiquette, and social distance (age appropriate).