School Programs begin next week on the 2nd day of school—Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
We have updated our health and safety policies with the most recent recommendations from health authorities.
Here are the highlights:
- Guidance changes regularly and we will adapt so stay tuned for changes
- Families should have back-up childcare plans in place during the school year
- We follow CDC, local and state health recommendations
- We align our practices and procedures with the school district, whenever possible
- At this time, masks will be required indoors
- Masks are optional outdoors
- Vaccines are strongly encouraged for all our staff
- Social distancing, when possible, will be observed in all our programs
- Youth cannot stay or attend program with COVID symptoms
- Youth must be picked up within one hour of illness, make sure we have contact info
- Self-screen your children for symptoms before sending them to school or our programs
- If anyone in your household develops symptoms, please contact us
- If anyone travels outside of Alaska, please contact us for the latest procedures for attending program
Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. We are ready to help, Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm (907) 279-3551.
Will kids have to wear masks?
Yes, when indoors and when social distancing cannot be maintained. We no longer require that masks be worn when participating in outdoor activities.
How do you plan to keep kids safe from COVID at your programs?
We have mitigation plans posted on our website and staff undergo rigorous training. We have been running programs throughout the pandemic and our staff has experience and training with new procedures and protocols around health and safety.
Attending programs is still a risk and we will ask you to sign a risk liability waiver before your child can attend. We cannot guarantee that your child will not be exposed to COVID, but we do have procedures in place to reduce that risk.
Will we be notified if there’s an exposure or positive test in Camp Fire?
We follow health department and licensing requirements for contract tracing and have our own communication plan in place to notify anyone in close contact with someone who tests positive. Please refer to our mitigation plans for detailed information on all of our new procedures.
What if my child gets sick at camp?
You will be notified if your child needs to be picked up from camp because of serious illness or for any symptoms of COVID-19. Campers cannot attend or stay at camp with COVID symptoms, so please designate an adult who can pick up your camper within an hour of notification.
What if my child has chronic symptoms that are the same as COVID-19?
Before your child can attend or return to camp, you will need to provide a note from a doctor excusing any chronic symptoms that are not related to COVID.
What if we have a vacation planned and return to Alaska the day before our camp session begins?
You are required to notify us of any travel plans that involve out of state and in-state travel by plane that take place within 14-days of your camp session. Camp Fire Alaska has testing and quarantine requirements for returning to camp following travel.
How will I hear about changes to your programs?
Follow us on Facebook and check our website for news and updates. We also communicate directly with registered families via email so please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact/safe list to ensure you receive these updates. If you believe you have unsubscribed, email us at email@example.com and we’ll help you re-subscribe.
What if a program is cancelled that required a fee to attend?
If your child is a participant in a program cancelled due to COVID, we will work with you on an adjustment to your account.
Can I get a refund if my child gets sick or can’t attend days that I’ve paid for?
We do not offer refunds for illness, non-attendance, vacation or suspension.
I’m on a scholarship or have help paying my fees, will you still offer these services?
Yes, we are still accepting scholarship applications and working with third parties who offer fee assistance.
I’ve never qualified for a scholarship before, but my financial situation has changed and I’m worried about not being able to pay the fees.
We encourage you to apply for a scholarship. We process partial scholarships as well as full scholarships and consider each one individually.
Is the Camp Fire office open?
Our offices are currently closed to the public until further notice. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact staff directly. If you need assistance completing registration, discussing your bill, or have questions about working for us please call (907) 279-3551 and follow the prompts to reach the right department. You can also email us at the addresses below.
For general questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration questions: email@example.com
For billing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
For hiring questions: email@example.com
I have a meeting or interview scheduled with Camp Fire Alaska. Are those being held?
We will hold in-person new hire interviews by appointment only to be scheduled by Human Resources. Feel free to reach out to the person you’re scheduled with or know that our staff will be reaching out to you regarding meeting adjustments.