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Menlo Park City School District Camps to Support Families

GrowFit, in August 2020, has introduced new in-person distance learning camps and outdoor camps to assist families that need support for their children during school remote learning days and half-school days. Distance learning camps are in-person and prioritize learning, socialization, and play. This means that they support both the distance learning initiatives of local school districts as well as the socialization. Outdoor camps are designed to give children an opportunity to safely socialize, play and be physically active. Camps are beginning with the start of the school year and are held at Encinal School in Menlo Park City School District.

Registration is open exclusively for Menlo Park City School District families. It is only available for Encinal Students. We are running fourteen-camper cohorts for camp and including extra precautions beyond the CDC camp guidelines.

All Day On-Site Distance Learning Camp (2nd-5th Grades)

Our Distance Learning Camps are in-person at our camp location at Encinal School. On-site camp supports both the distance learning initiatives of Menlo Park City School District as well as the socialization and physical activity requirements that we believe are vital for child development. GrowFit staff works with families, teachers and children to reach online learning goals. The priority of this camp will be to assist children with Zoom and ensure that schoolwork is complete.

Camp offerings include On-Site Camp for second through fifth graders at Encinal Elementary School with options for after-care. Masks will be required for all campers and staff except for when they are eating. Exemptions are made for children with medical notes.

Camp costs $450 per week per child. This camp is only available for Menlo City Park School District students at Encinal for children in 2nd-5th grades. Camp is held at Encinal Elementary School.

Morning & Afternoon Outdoor Camps (Sports & Games for K-1st Grades)

Our Morning & Afternoon Care Camps are in-person at our camp location at Encinal School. Camp is designed in collaboration with MPCSD to support families in half-day school by offering a fun, playful and active space for kids outside. GrowFit believes that socialization and physical activity requirements are vital for child development and hopes to support families during this difficult time.

Camp offerings include and on-site outdoor camp for kindergarten through first graders at Encinal Elementary School in the morning and afternoon. Masks will be required for all campers and staff except for when they are eating. Exemptions are made for children with medical notes. Accommodations to access Zoom in a quiet learning environment will be made for children enrolled in specialty classes.

Camp costs $250 per week per child. This camp is only available for Menlo City Park School District students at Encinal for children in K-1st grades. Camp is held at Encinal Elementary School.

GrowFit at Encinal

195 Encinal Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027

Camp Manager

Stephisha Ycoy-Walton
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Camp Safety

Ventilation and Air Quality

The morning and afternoon outdoor camps will be outside exclusively as long as air quality permits. Shade structures will be utilized during breaks as a respite from the sun. The distance learning camp will have maximum ventilation when air quality is in the orange or below (according to airnow.gov). The doors and windows will be open in the classrooms and air filters will be constantly running.

Hand-Washing & Surface Sterilization

All equipment at GrowFit camps will be sterilized before and after play. There are no exceptions to this rule. Gloves will be worn and a disinfectant meeting them minimum requirements as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be applied. MPCSD will sanitize play structures every day and only one cohort will use it each day. Campers will wash their hands on a regular basis and always before and after eating and after use of the bathroom.

No Symptoms Requirement

No staff member, child, or parent may exhibit signs of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) within fourteen (14) days of attending distance learning camps. There are no exceptions to the rule. Thermal temperature scans will be conducted on all persons entering our facilities and attending our camps. Anyone with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher will  not be permitted at camp and will be encouraged to seek medical attention.

On-Site Distance Learning Assistance
(2nd – 5th graders only)

Our camp staff will help students make virtual meetings and will check if school work is completed. In each camp, there will be a block or blocks that are set aside for virtual learning, and blocks that are reserved for outdoor activity. Our camp staff will do their best to assist your child with school work, virtual meetings, and connecting with the teacher as needed.

Stable Cohort of Fourteen (14)

GrowFit is committed to ensuring that your child stays within stable groups. These stable groups act as temporary “secondary households” to ensure that any exposure to COVID-19 is limited. The cohorts do not mix and will not come into contact with other groups or children. Within the cohort, six food distance will be enforced between campers with the understanding that California states “Physical distancing between young children in the same cohort should be balanced with developmental and socio‐emotional needs of this age group.”

Mask Wearing is Required 

Masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by protecting others from possible viral particulates that are airborne. This ensures a safe environment for everyone. All campers and camp staff are required to wear masks at all times except when eating over their mouths and noses. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not permissible masks. Exemptions are made for children with medical notes. There will be mask breaks as needed.