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Dear faculty and staff,  

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recently released updated Phase 4 guidance to allow camps under certain conditions. We have used this information to provide guidelines for university-sponsored camps this summer.

University Summer Camp Guidance Based on Phase 4 Update

  1. The safety and well-being of our entire community remains our number one priority.
  2. We are still encouraging that camps be held virtually when possible.
  3. In-person camps cannot begin until June 1.
  4. There will be no overnight camps.
  5. Units must submit summer camp plans to the COVID-19 Executive Steering Committee for approval by sending an email to covid-plan-review@illinois.edu at least three weeks in advance of the beginning of the camp. See the event plan document here.
  6. All camps must abide by all COVID-19 safety protocols, including observing six feet of social distance and wearing face coverings.
  7. All camps must abide by the DCEO camp guidelines. There is detailed information on the DCEO website here.
  8. All camp staff and campers must show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result the day they arrive:
    • The negative test result must be within 72 hours of arrival.
    • Camp staff must review the test in-person on arrival and deny check-in if not valid or within the timeframe. Test results should not be submitted in advance.
    • Test results can be shown on a printed paper or on a smartphone, but camp staff should NOT keep any test results or copy of test results. If in the form of a printed paper, it should be returned to the camper.
    • If the camp is more than three days, campers must show another negative test result.
    • If eligible, campers may utilize the SHIELD CU program to be tested and receive negative results for camps. Please note the SHIELD CU program is only available for individuals who are 8 years old or older.

If you have questions, please contact covid-plan-review@illinois.edu.

We anticipate this state guidance may change rapidly, and we will do our best to communicate any university updates quickly. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make the best decisions for our university community.

Sincerely,

COVID-19 Executive Steering Committee on Return to On-Campus Operations

 
 
 
 
 
 
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