COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

CDC, state and county-mandated COVID-safety guidelines and precautions will be followed diligently. Anyone coming to campus must adhere to these requirements:

Testing and Release Form

The safety of our program is greatly enhanced by our testing approach. We require that all campers be antigen tested at home before arriving each Monday morning. In addition to a negative home antigen test on Mondays, we will conduct testing each Wednesday for all campers and staff, including those who have been vaccinated. Our Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests are free to all SummerEdge campers and staff. Each camper must have a one-time release on file. Please click here to complete the release form.


Everyone entering the building — staff, campers, parents, visitors, vendors — must wear a face mask at all times, except as noted below. Those unable to adhere to this will not be allowed into the building. Should this policy change, families will be notified in writing by the Camp Director.

  • Face masks must be two-ply and cover both the mouth and nose, with few gaps around the edges. KN-95 or N-95 masks are recommended.
  • Families will be required to provide face masks for their campers. Bandanas and Gators are not acceptable. Masks may not advocate violence, sex, or the use of drugs, including
    alcohol and tobacco; contain any political statement or symbol; or display symbols that demean any individual or group (i.e. racial, ethnic, religious).
  • Campers will not be required to wear masks while outside for sports or breaks.
  • Anyone working alone in their classroom or office may remove their face mask.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting

  • All classrooms and offices will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each night.
  • Campers and staff are required to wash or sanitize hands upon arrival at camp; after using the restroom; before and after eating; after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; before and after changing in the locker room; when putting on and taking off masks.
  • When handwashing, individuals are to use soap and water to wash all surfaces of their hands for at least 20 seconds, rinse thoroughly, and dry with an individual disposable paper towel.
  • If handwashing is not feasible, hand sanitizer may be used.
  • SummerEdge has set up hand sanitizer stations at each entrance and in other locations around camp. These stations contain products with at least 60 percent alcohol and are for use by staff and campers alike. In addition, each classroom and office will have its own supply of sanitizer which will be replenished as needed.
  • Please remember that we have campers and staff who are immunocompromised and/or have preexisting conditions that put them at high risk of complications or death related to COVID-19. Please keep your camper home if they are sick, showing symptoms related to COVID-19, or knowingly exposed to the virus

Proof of Vaccination Required for all SummerEdge Participants

While we don’t know what the pandemic will bring this summer, we are optimistic. Campers five years and older are now eligible for vaccination. Scientists agree that COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective, and a key to ending the pandemic. In accordance with McLean School’s commitment to the safety of our community, all SummerEdge participants ages five and older are required to be fully vaccinated (and boosted, if applicable) against COVID-19.

If you have not already done so, please remember to upload a copy or photo of your camper’s COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. This is required for all campers. Your child’s admission may be suspended if this is not uploaded before their first day of camp. To upload, simply log back into your account with your username and password and follow these steps:

  • Go to: View My Completed Registrations
  • Under Summer 2022 click the blue View Details button (you will have to do this for each child)
  • Under Upload Documents click the green Upload button for each document you want to upload. If your document is multiple pages, please make sure to upload them as an individual file

Additional Protections

In addition to the primary protocols, we have included more information about these areas of enhanced protection below.

First Aid Office

Our health room staff is committed to high standards of prevention and response protocols to keep our campers and staff safe and healthy. For their own health and safety, our Med Tech will utilize additional PPE when appropriate. Anyone showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be isolated in a secondary space and asked to leave (adult) or be picked up (camper) immediately.


All classrooms and offices are equipped with air purifiers using HEPA filters. The HVAC system has been adjusted to maximize the fresh air makeup in the building, and will run two hours prior to the start of each camp day and one hour at the end of the day to flush the system.

When Someone Gets Sick

While it is of course our hope that no one at SummerEdge contracts COVID-19, there is always the possibility that someone in our community will get sick. Should that happen, we will act immediately and with transparency to contain the spread as quickly and successfully as possible. As required by law, McLean/SummerEdge will notify the Montgomery County Public Health Officer and the Maryland Department of Health of all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 and abide fully by their guidance related to disinfecting, quarantining, contact tracing, notifications, etc. In the event of suspected or confirmed cases, we will notify those who may have come into contact using the proximity standard of less than six feet for 15 minutes or more while maintaining the confidentiality of all involved. Please note that we will not release the name of anyone suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19.

Symptoms While at Camp

We have established a dedicated and isolated space for any camper or staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms while at camp. If a camper is experiencing symptoms that suggest COVID-19 or has a temperature above 100 degrees, regardless of other symptoms, parents will be notified to pick up their child immediately. Once they arrive at camp, they should call McLean’s main number (301.299.8277) to let the receptionist know they are on site and SummerEdge’s Med Tech will escort the camper outside through a designated exit. Parents will be required to contact their child’s primary care physician to determine whether a test is recommended.

Symptoms While Outside of Camp

Again, monitoring ourselves and our campers for symptoms is a responsibility we share in order to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. Please do not send your child to camp if they are sick, and notify the Camp Director as soon as possible by phone or email.

Any Camper or staff member who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a temperature above 100 degrees, or has been in close contact with anyone who is symptomatic, should not come to school and is required to consult their primary care physician regarding testing. They must also notify the Camp Director as soon as possible by phone or email at 240-395-0676 or jwhichard@mcleanschool.org.

Returning to Camp after a Confirmed Case of COVID

Should you become positive with COVID, you must complete 5 days of isolation. On the 6th day you can return with a negative antigen test. If your child still tests positive, continue isolation, testing daily until you either test negative or complete 10 full days of isolation.