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ECS summer camps offer students the chance to safely learn, grow and thrive

A student enrolled in the ECS summer camp program. Students in the Cherry Creek School District have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive safely and securely during the summer months.

The Cherry Creek School District’s Extended Child Services Department is staying true to its mission to provide a positive and nurturing intellectual environment for children this summer, even as it closely follows safety standards spelled out by local health experts and state licensing agencies. With the safety and security of students, staff and community members in mind, the district’s ECS department is currently running a summer camp program that provides K-5 students the opportunity to remain active and engaged.

At 38 buildings across CCSD’s 108 square miles, ECS summer programs are operating with carefully designed safety measures in place designed to keep students healthy in the midst of the global COVID pandemic. Camps are capped at 30 students, and strict physical distancing measures and sanitization practices are observed. Many of the daily activities are rooted in outdoor play and study, with students exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) concepts through scavenger hunts, life-sized board game activities and arts and crafts exercises.

The structure of the camps offers participants the chance to continue their learning and engagement in an environment designed to meet the current circumstances. All buildings, classrooms and materials are regularly cleaned throughout the day, and teachers and staff are versed in the most up-to-date safety measures. It’s all designed to create the best environment for summer learning.

“These camps are designed to set our kids up for success for the coming school year. We’re stressing the fundamentals, and we’re offering them a platform to continue the work that’s going to help them succeed in their learning in the fall,” said Director of Extended Child Services Sarah Conley. “The kids are so excited to be back with the staff and with each other. They’re having fun, and they’re doing so well at following all of the safety guidelines.”

Conley points out that all of the students have easily taken to wearing masks and socially distancing. In fact, the camps have offered students, teachers and staff alike a chance to learn to safely operate under the current guidelines, even as they continue teaching, learning and having fun.

“Students have no experience living through a pandemic; none of us do. To see them learning how to do it and remaining positive and engaged has been really powerful,” Conley said. “All of the kids are wearing their masks and staying six feet apart as they’re learning and interacting with their peers.”

ECS summer camps are running at 38 elementary schools across the district for students in kindergarten to fifth grade. Free breakfast and lunch is available at specific sites. Registration is weekly, and discounts are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. For more details and to enroll, visit https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/ExtendedChildServices.

Posted 7/16/20 at 10:45 AM