Summer Discovery Adventures will look a little different this year. We are working to ensure that your child has the most enjoyable and safest experience possible during this difficult and ever-changing time.
We will be following the guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Education and CDC in order to provide a safe program for the students and staff.
- Program participants must wear masks for the entire duration of the program day, except during lunches and snacks or mask breaks.
- Masks should cover the child’s nose and mouth.
- We will have disposable masks available if your child needs one during the day.
- Program participants will be placed in small groups with 2 staff. They will remain in that group for all activities.
- Each group of students will be assigned their own location, restroom, and cubby for personal items and supplies.
- Discovery Adventures participants will bring their costumes home with them every day and come to the program in costume in the morning.
- Participants will be spread out to allow 6 feet of social distancing, wherever possible.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
- All spaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily and cleaning procedures have been updated to fulfill the current guidelines.
- Shared supplies will be cleaned before and after use, and participants will wash hands before using and after using shared supplies.
- Handwashing and sanitizing will happen at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Handwashing and sanitizing will occur at the point of entry into and departure from the building, as well as before a mask is taken off or put on.
Pick-up and Drop-off; Travel Restrictions
- There will be strict drop-off and pick-off procedures, which will be reviewed with guardians via email before the program begins. All adults dropping off and picking up must wear a mask during this time.
- Parents/guardians will verbally answer a few health-related questions about their child every morning upon arrival.
- For out-of-state families: Due to the changing guidance from the state of Massachusetts related to inter-state travel, we are recommending you register now to reserve your spot. We will be back in contact with you 4 weeks prior to the start date for your child’s Discovery Adventures week to confirm your ability to adhere to state travel guidelines at that time. If you are unable to comply, you will be issued a full refund and your spot will be offered to someone from the waitlist.
- Any staff member or program participant who feels unwell is required to stay home.
- This program will have NO nurse on site. Standard first aid is available from the museum’s security office.
- There will be no before and aftercare program this year. This will allow staff more time to adequately clean and sanitize lesson spaces.
- Students who show symptoms of COVID-19 during the day will be removed to a separate location and their parent/guardian will be contacted. The student must be picked up from Museum Education within half an hour.
- Anyone waiting for a test or waiting on test results should remain at home.
- If the individual tests negative for COVID-19, they may return to the program when:
- Symptoms have improved, and
- They have been free of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol
- If a medical provider has given an alternative diagnosis for the symptoms, the individual should follow recommendations for that diagnosis.
- Symptomatic staff will also be sent home. Parents/guardians and the local Board of Health will be alerted if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
Updated 3/2/2021 – This page will be updated regularly to reflect changing protocols in Massachusetts.