Summer 2022

COVID-19 Policy for JCC Greater Boston Campers - Updated May 31, 2022 

Our camp policies are created following the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and may be amended at any time.  All COVID-19 instances related to the camp are evaluated on a case-by-case basis taking into account the unique timeline and nature of exposure, symptoms, recovery, and other factors. The JCC summer camp policy does not allow for refunds for absences due to illness or quarantine. 

Please note:  

  • Masks may be required when campers and staff are inside in close proximity.  This would include, but is not limited to, rainy days and during performances.   
  • Our current personal (or parental) choice on wearing a mask when not required comes with the expectation that ALL individuals’ choices are respected and supported. 
  • Masks will be required inside and on the bus after experiencing symptoms, having a COVID-19 exposure or upon recovery from COVID-19. 


Campers with COVID-19 symptoms must stay home.  

Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, gastrointestinal distress, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, runny nose/congestion. Campers who had symptoms must be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return to camp and show a negative Covid-19 test.  

Timeline and Steps

  • When symptoms have resolved take an antigen test.  
    • If the test is negative and the child had a known exposure to COVID-19 then they should remain out of camp per exposure guidance below, and retake an antigen test 24 hours later.  
    • If the test is negative and the child had no known COVID-19 exposure they may return to camp when symptoms have resolved.​



In the event your camper is exposed to COVID-19 or has a positive test, caregivers must notify the JCC Summer Camp administration. We have 3 options for your child to return to camp after a known exposure.  Exposures within a household will require additional details and will be handled case-by-case.  

Option #1: Test to Stay with antigen testing 

Timeline and Steps 

  • Date of known exposure 
  • Post exposure days 1 – 5 
    • Campers may continue to attend camp if they:  
      • Produce a negative antigen test at home on day 2 and day 5 after a known exposure and have no symptoms. Campers will be required to wear a mask indoors and on the bus.  
  • Days 6-10: Continue to attend camp with no symptoms and continue to wear a mask indoors and on the bus 
  • Day 11: Resume normal activities 

    If at any time during the 11 days the camper develops any symptoms, they must take a rapid antigen test. If the test is negative, they can remain in the program. If the test is positive, they must enter isolation. Please see COVID-19 action plan for returning timelines. 

Option #2: 5-day quarantine at home, return on day 6 with antigen testing 

Timeline and Steps 

  • Date of known exposure  
  • Day 1-5: Full quarantine at home 
  • Day 6 - 10: Campers may return to camp with:  
    • A negative antigen test on day 5 or day prior to returning to camp, whichever is later and have no symptoms.  
  • Campers will be required to wear a mask indoors and on the bus.  
  • Day 11: Resume normal activities 

 Option #3: No testing, 10-day quarantine at home 

Timeline and Steps 

  • Date of known exposure 
  • Day 1-10: Full isolation 
  • Day 11: Resume normal activities 



Timeline and Steps 

  • Day 1-5: Regardless of vaccination status, children must isolate at home for at least five days.  
  • Day 5: Are your symptoms better without medication, or are you asymptomatic?  
    • If YES: Take an antigen test 
      • If an antigen test is negative you return to camp on Day 6 
      • If an antigen test is positive on day 5 or later, continue to isolate for another 5 days 
    • If NO and symptoms are persisting and not recovering.  
      • Continue to isolate and return on day 11. If symptoms persist, campers may return only when symptoms resolve without medication. 

Testing Exemptions for Individuals Recently Recovered

Anyone who has recovered from COVID in the past 90 days is exempt from quarantine, as long as no symptoms arise.

Overnights at Camp Grossman  

All campers and staff planning to stay overnight must be tested that day.  Tests will be conducted at Camp Grossman. 

Please note: While testing to stay is a method to keep campers with close contacts or exposure in the program, JCC summer camps may experience required masking periods or reduced programming to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If there is increased spread of COVID-19 through a cohort, JCC summer camps may require stricter mitigation measures. These may include: testing, masking, or required quarantine. All exposures will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

If you have questions about potential COVID related policies, please contact us at or