March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update (#2) : Today, Governor Northam announced that all Virginia schools (public and private) are to remain closed until the end of the academic year. In addition, all non-essential businesses have been closed for the foreseeable future. We are still nine weeks out from our first summer camp at the Falls Church Episcopal. We are hopeful the measures our government is taking to slow the spread of this disease will prove to be successful. We will continue to monitor the situation daily. At this time, we continue to plan for summer camps. That said, we are in an unprecedented situation and will follow guidelines to keep our community and our kids safe.
Please continue to practice social distancing. As hard as it is, our family has followed the advice of this article from the Today Show (https://www.today.com/parents/can-kids-have-playdates-amid-coronavirus-doctor-says-no-t176143)
I’ve copied and pasted a portion of the article as what Dr. Mantravadi says is so important.
As parents attempt to homeschool amidst kids’ complaints of being bored, they may ask whether or not it’s still OK for kids to have small playdates with other friends. Manasa Mantravadi, a pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana, says no.
“Not in person at least,” Mantravadi explained. “This virus is highly contagious and may show minimal to no symptoms in healthy individuals and children, but can then be transmitted and cause severe illness and even death in vulnerable populations like the elderly and those with chronic conditions.”
We hope everyone is staying safe and that everyone is healthy. As we said before, we will get through this together.
March 14, 2020 COVID-19 Update (#1) : We have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving news and information regarding COVID-19. Due to the uncertain and quickly evolving impact of coronavirus and in response to Arlington Public Schools closing through April 13th we have decided to proactively cancel our camps scheduled to take place April 6-13. All Spring Break camp reservations will be credited.
We will continue to accept registrations for summer camps. If any summer camp weeks are canceled (we will follow guidelines set out by our local public school systems), those registrations will also be credited. Proactively, we will adjust the payment due date for the balance on our tot camps until at least May 15th. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this difficult time. Please check on your neighbors, especially those who are older. We will all get through this together.