Camp Saint Charles 2020 Update

Dear St. Charles Preschool Families:

May 21, 2020

Having reviewed the most recent health and safety data, we feel it is the wisest course of action to cancel all weeks of Summer Camp here at St. Charles.  This was a difficult decision, knowing how much the staff wants to work with the children and how eager families are to have their child enjoy school again. The health and safety of our students and staff  is always our number one priority.  However, when we consider the energy and enthusiasm of this age group, we do not feel confident that such young campers would be able to adhere to safety protocols 100% of the time.  Our concern is heightened by the new risk to children of  MIS-C.  On Tuesday, the Fairfax Health District confirmed a case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. While this is the first case of MIS-C reported in Virginia, a spokeswoman for D.C.'s Children’s National said the hospital was treating 23 young patients for the syndrome.   Given the number of unknown variables still present, the risks of bringing our community together remain far too great.  
 

If you registered for any weeks of Summer Camp, you will receive a full refund. If you would prefer this amount be applied to your 2020-2021 school year tuition, please email your instruction for us to do so by May 29th, directly to Megan McNamara, our office manager. We will begin processing this final round of refunds on June 1.  On Wednesday we mailed the April and May refund checks.  Our Parish Business Manager, Deacon Wallace, is currently working on the June camp refunds. We appreciate your continued patience as we work through these issues.   

 

As we move into a very strange summer, I pray that we all find peace and contentment as we stay safe at home for as long as it takes.  Please know that Fr. Planty, the teachers and I will all be praying for you and the children.  It is my sincere hope that we will be allowed to return to full capacity by the state for the start of the new school year on September 1.  I look forward to seeing you all then!

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,

Amy Fry

Director

afry@stcharlesarlington.org