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Health & Safety

Summer@SEM has been working with the Buffalo Seminary Health and Safety Committee on best practices to use during our 2020 camp season. In preparation, we have used the resources available from the CDC, OSHA and other camp specific organizations.

It is not our usual Summer@SEM - but we have been here for 169 years and we are unstoppable!

Below are some of the measures we are taking to ensure that our campers, staff and families remain healthy and safe throughout the summer:

The big camp organization changes:

  • Campers will be assigned to a cohort of the same girls and the same counselors to get to know and to be with all week.

  • We will have a 4-day week to ensure deep-cleaning on Fridays to be ready for the next week.

  • We will have a full-time nurse on staff.

The particular health and safety practices and measures for the Summer@SEM staff and campers regarding the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Parents are asked not to enter the building and to drop their camper at the door with a counselor or staff member who will greet her.

  • All Summer@SEM staff and campers will be required to undergo a temperature check and health assessment upon entering the building and will wash their hands immediately - for the time it takes to sing two rounds of Happy Birthday. 

  • Face coverings are mandatory for all Summer@SEM staff, all day. Campers will be required to wear masks entering the building and while up and walking around, however once they are in their designated activity area, they will be able to remove their coverings. We will have spare paper masks as back-up.

  • Social distancing practices: Maintaining suggested physical distance and limiting the number of campers in a given space.  Any time councilors and/or campers are less than 6 ft. apart from one another, they must wear face coverings. Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings.

  • Campers and counselors will wash their hands before entering an activity space and before leaving an activity space.

  • Activity spaces will be well-ventilated.

  • There will be numerous hand sanitizing stations around the building.

  • We will utilize our outdoor spaces as much as possible. 

  • Lunches will be “Grab and Go” and will be eaten outside.

  • Campers will have their own supplies for any, cooking classes or arts and crafts. 

  • As always, we will keep a detailed log of all who enter the building.

The Buffalo Seminary Health and Safety Committee is committed to ensuring a safe environment for your campers and will monitor and adjust for any changes or updates that are provided by the state or government. 

Please contact our Director of Summer Programs Elizabeth Coffey with any questions: SAS@buffaloseminary.org

We are looking forward to seeing all of our campers again! 


Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) before employees begin work each day and for essential visitors, asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented.

If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school will immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations. 

Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded. 

Buffalo Seminary will:
Post signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Maintain a continuous log of every person, including workers and visitors, who may have close contact with other individuals at the school; excluding deliveries that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means.

Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning. 

Ensure 6 ft. distance between people unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time personnel are less than 6 ft. apart from one another, personnel must wear acceptable face coverings. Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, will keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity.