COVID-19 Update 5/7
Dear Creative Summer Community,
We hope you and your family continue to be safe and healthy during this complex time. We also want to thank you for your flexibility while we analyzed our options for the summer. We are heartbroken to announce that Creative Summer will not be able to run our regular camp programs in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
As you’ve heard us say many, many times, camper safety is our number one priority. This philosophy informs every decision we make at Creative Summer, and as we contemplated all possible scenarios for the summer of 2020, we could not see any way to run our Creative Summer program and guarantee the safety of our campers and staff.
So what happens next?
As stated in our camp status update of April 2, 2020, “In the event that we have to cancel your summer program, you will receive a full refund of your tuition, including the registration deposit.”
We will begin processing tuition refunds Monday, May 11, 2020, with a goal to have them all completed by Friday, May 15. This is a complex process, so it will take us some time. You will receive your refund in the manor that you originally paid.
REGISTRATION PRIORITY FOR CREATIVE SUMMER 2021
Any family with at least one camper enrolled in a Creative Summer 2020 program at the time of closure, or who cancelled their registration after March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be considered a Returning Family for registration priority for Creative Summer 2021, even if 2020 would have been their first year of attendance.
ONLINE CAMP - CREATIVE SUMMER AT HOME
We are in the planning stages of offering some of our great Creative Summer content online for a nominal fee. We also have plans for a no-cost summer newsletter that includes ideas for fun activities your kids can do at home. We will forward information on signing up for both programs shortly.
It’s difficult to express how disappointed we are that we had to make the decision to close camp. The biggest disappointment of all is that we will miss the opportunity to see and spend time with our campers, which is the highlight of our whole year. We so enjoy our time with them, and we are so grateful to you for entrusting them to us for a few weeks each summer. We know, however, that this is the best decision given the current circumstances, and we look forward to better days in the future.
In closing, we’d like to thank you for being a part of our Creative Summer family. Stay tuned for more information about our alternative summer programming. If we don’t see you online in 2020, we look forward to seeing you in person in 2021.Callie Oliver, Director
Mary Declet Warth, Assistant Director
La’Tia Smith, Program Manager
While no decision has been made yet regarding Creative Summer 2020, we have created a survey to gauge our families’ interest in an online camp option in the event Creative Summer is unable to open due to the COVID-19 situation.
We hope that this email finds you all well. As we get closer to the summer, it is becoming clear that how we run camp this year will be different than how we have run in the past.
Please CLICK HERE to submit the survey.
We are waiting on recommendations from the State of Maryland, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Camp Association. Please know that we will communicate any news as soon as any decisions are made.
Thank you for your time and support. Be well and safe.
Callie, Mary, and La'Tia
Creative Summer at Holton-Arms
Please see the attached letter that was sent to registered Creative Summer families on April 3, 2020. Please contact the Creative Summer Office with any questions.
We hope all is well with you during this challenging time for all of us. The past couple of weeks have brought many changes to our daily routines with school shutdowns and many people working from home. While working from home with children home too, especially younger ones, certainly has its challenges, maybe you’ve been able to enjoy family meals, movie nights, and game or puzzle fests. In the busy world in which we live, let’s endeavor to cherish some of this together-time we’ve been given.
Holton-Arms continues to regularly assess the latest information and guidance from public health authorities to make decisions that prioritize the health and well-being of our community. In keeping with Governor Hogan’s mandate for public schools, the Holton campus is currently closed until at least April 24, our robust Distance Learning Program for current students commenced today, and we are monitoring this complex, dynamic, and evolving situation very closely.
As our summer programs are still a couple of months away, it is too early to make any strategic or operational decisions in light of COVID-19.While we are still preparing and operating as though all summer 2020 programs will take place, we are also planning for the possibility that we may have to cancel or change our programs and thus have updated our registration guidelines as follows:
- In the event that we have to cancel your summer program, you will receive a full refund of your tuition, including the registration deposit.
- In the event that a program changes substantially but is still accessible by you, you will have the option to withdraw and receive a refund of your tuition, excluding the registration deposit.
- In the event that you need to cancel your registration due to illness or circumstances related to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund, including the registration deposit.
As we follow this situation, we will continue to adapt our plans and inform parents if anything changes.
We are committed to keeping you updated of any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being a part of our Creative Summer and Special Programs family. Stay safe over the coming months and we hope to see you this summer.
Callie, Mary, and La’Tia
Creative Summer and Special Programs