Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed
is offering a full slate of fun summer activities
for students while also looking out for the health and safety of participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full-day Community Ed Care started at four sites around Rockwood School District on June 15. Monday, June 22, marks the beginning of half-day enrichment and art camps, BablerWiLD camps and Kamp Kindergarten, and sports camps and aquatics programs begin the first week of July.
Community Ed is also offering more than a dozen online programs with live instructors for students who want to learn from home.
For each of its in-person activities, Community Ed is following health and safety procedures
- Curbside drop-off and pick-up for parents
- Temperature checks and health screening questions for students and staff upon arrival
- Sanitization and cleaning of equipment throughout the day
- Keeping group sizes to a minimum and being mindful of social distancing
- Masks worn by staff in situations required by St. Louis County
- Masks recommended for students in situations where social distancing is not possible
"This summer looks different than any of our previous summer, but have been committed to making it a fun experience for kids," said Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed Director Michael Seppi. "While we're adhering to all the necessary health and safety guidelines, our staff does a really great job of using creativity to come up with activities, games and things they can do, We're offering families an opportunity to have some normalcy this summer in an environment that is safe but where kids get to have a lot of fun."
Community Ed Care – this summer's version of Adventure Club – is serving around 250 students at Geggie, Stanton, Wild Horse and Woerther elementary schools. Adventure Club Coorinator Leanne Cantu said the students are separated into "family" groups of no more than 16 and do most activities in groups of no more than eight.
Each student has his or her own, labeled classroom area and set of supplies, and no equipment is shared outside of family groups. Playground equipment is sanitized at the beginning of each day and then throughout the day between usage by different family groups.
Cantu said that, while customary Adventure Club field trips are not a possibility this summer, the staff has worked to schedule virtual activities and tours for the students.
"The kids are pretty resilient. They get social distancing and masks because they've seen it over the past few months," Cantu said. "They're having fun. Parents are saying their kids have loved it and told them about all the activities they've done. We've heard that tenfold. The kids are really enjoying that socialization with other kids and having that opportunity. They still have that in-person feeling of being with their friends and caregivers who care about them."
Community Ed programs in Rockwood run through the first week of August. Parents who use the code "SUMMER2020" when they register
can get 10 percent off the price of most programs.