Summer 2021 Update #6

Good morning Wheeler Summer families,

We are gearing up for what we know will be the best summer yet! The planning process has come with its own challenges, and if we have learned anything this past year it is that things around us are always evolving and changing. After meeting with the MA Board of Health last Monday and hearing Gov. Baker’s announcement last Tuesday, with all of this new information coming to light, we are doing our best to understand it and plan a safe summer for all of our families.

In order to plan ahead as a camp and to help all of you with your summer planning, we have made some big decisions in terms of programming this summer in accordance with the current guidance set by the state of MA.

We hope that you understand our decision making for this summer and understand that these decisions were made in order to provide the safest possible camp experience for everyone! We are hopeful that next summer will allow us to provide you with more of our flexible, family-friendly options.

Despite the fact that mask mandates are lifting, Wheeler Summer’s masking policy will remain the same.

Because our camp community is mixed between many vaccinated persons and some who are not yet vaccinated or eligible to be vaccinated, Wheeler Summer is going to continue to maintain masking for all throughout the summer. We feel confident in being an outdoor camp and being able to allow more opportunities for mask breaks. However, rainy days will be a challenge as we will need to move all campers indoors and masks will be required indoors entirely.

Parent Manual to include COVID Updates & Health Policies/Procedures

You will be receiving an updated, fully-detailed health plan within the next month. We are very hopeful that all of your questions and concerns will be addressed and answered in that manual.

AM Care (before camp extended day)

AM Care will not run for Summer 2021. However, we will be opening the gates at 8:15am and allowing families to drop-off as early as that time. The state is calling for cohorted, stable groups. This will allow us to appropriately staff and manage each of our 12+ stable groups.

PM Care (after camp extended day)

Our extended-day, PM Care program will only run until 5pm (not 6pm) this summer. The state is calling for cohorted, stable groups. This will allow us to appropriately staff and manage each of our 12+ stable groups.

Swim 2021

We are thrilled to be partnering with Pods Swimming again this summer. Pods has been operating in-person swim lessons at their indoor swim facility and are familiar with best Covid practices for the pool. In order to safely manage changing rooms and with MA State guidelines reducing pool occupancy to 50%, we will start the summer off with ONE daily swim lesson for each group. We are hopeful that as we progress through the summer we can slowly evolve back to our traditional two swim sessions per day for traditional day camps. We appreciate your understanding with this current plan. We understand the hot New England Summer weather and will have additional water activities during the camp days.

Waitlist Update

We truly understand your need for childcare and solidifying your plans for this summer. We will be meeting with the local board of health to better understand the guidelines which will help us better interpret our current enrollment numbers. We are doing our best to expedite these important decisions and truly appreciate your patience. Please be on the lookout for email communication pertaining to the waitlist within the next two weeks.

Health Paperwork

All campers are required to submit updated health paperwork to include the most recent physical (within the last 18 months prior to end of camp Aug. 20) and updated immunization reports. You may mail to Wheeler School, Attn: Wheeler Summer, 216 Hope St., Providence,RI 02906 or if comfortable, simply scan and email to SummerCamp@Wheelerschool.org before the start of camp on June 14th.

Wheeler Summer 2021 Risk Mitigation Breakdown

*Family Update #7 will include detailed Wheeler Summer Risk Mitigation Polices and Procedures

  • Potential Testing on the 1st Monday of each session
  • Daily Safety App Screening
  • Stable Groups based on 2-week sessions
  • Mask Wearing
  • Distancing
Introducing, Wheeler Summer Beach Towels

Gear up for summer with your very own Wheeler Summer beach towel (don’t forget to label it with your name)! Towels are available for purchase through the new Wheeler School on-line store!

Program Spotlight
Vineyard App Camp - Build Your Own App (Coding & Entrepreneurship)

Session 4 (July 26- August 6) for campers ages 10-14

In this course, your child will learn the skills to be a coder and the mindset to be an entrepreneur, through actually building and releasing an iPhone app with their peers! Students will gain an exciting set of 21st-century tech skills, work as a group, and learn about innovation and entrepreneurship. In the beginning of the course, students learn about logic, coding, and design and collaborate on exercises. As a final project, they’ll make an app for a real, local non-profit organization in Providence. Previous students have created real apps being used right now by a mental health charity, a New York non-profit, and a charter school in the UK.

Students don’t need any previous experience or special software: just creativity, interest in coding or design, and the desire to have fun! All they need is a laptop and by the end they’ll have their own iPhone app on the App Store to share with family and friends just like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

To register: click here.

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