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Ramah Darom Covid-19 Protocols

The following protocols have been developed by the Ramah Darom Medical Committee based on current CDC recommendations. These protocols were last updated on September 16, 2022. Protocols are regularly reviewed and updated by the Committee, and any changes affecting an upcoming Ramah Darom program will be communicated directly to attendees prior to the start of the program.

Among our most cherished Jewish values is the importance of preserving life and maintaining health. Our objective is to protect the health and wellbeing of our community by reducing the risk of illnesses from entering and spreading at our programs. Despite the best precautions taken to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, a shared living and eating environment increases the risk of transmission.

Covid-19 Policy for Short Retreats (5 days or less)

The policy below applies to Retreat programs of five days or less.

Pre-arrival Testing:  Testing remains our primary strategy to avoid introducing Covid into our programs. Every Ramah Darom retreat attendee, guest and staff member is required to:

  1. Get a pre-arrival Covid PCR test in the 72 hours before arriving at the Ramah Darom campus; AND
  2. Take an at-home Covid rapid test on the day of arrival

Retreat attendees and guests will be asked to show confirmation of both PCR and rapid test negative results on arrival to the Ramah Darom campus (a picture on a phone is perfect).

Exception for those who have recently had Covid-19: Anyone who has had Covid-19 in the 60 days prior to the start of a retreat is not required to get a PCR test but must still take an at-home rapid test on the day of arrival.

On the retreat registration form, attendees will be asked to provide the date of their recent Covid infection. Attendees and guests who are exempt from PCR testing will be asked to show confirmation of their recent Covid infection, in addition to a negative at-home rapid test, on arrival to the Ramah Darom campus. If confirmation of infection in the previous 60 days is not available, attendees and guests should follow normal testing guidelines above (ie. a PCR test in the 72 hours before arriving and a day of arrival rapid test). If the PCR test is positive due to a recent infection, two negative rapid tests on the day of arrival will be required.

If you receive a positive Covid test result in the days leading up to your arrival at Ramah Darom and are unable to attend a program, we unfortunately are not able refund your registration fees. We highly recommend purchasing Trip Protection Insurance.

Vaccination and Boosters: We strongly encourage all retreat attendees and guests ages 6 months and older to be up to date on their Covid vaccination as defined by the CDC. On the retreat registration form, attendees will be asked to provide the date of their most recent Covid vaccination/booster. Note that all Ramah Darom full-time staff are required to be vaccinated.

Masking: Masks are recommended, but not required, for participants ages 3 and up when inside any public building on campus.

Travel guidance: We strongly recommend that those flying, using public transportation or car services wear a mask at all times during travel prior to arrival at Ramah Darom.

Other Vaccinations: Ramah Darom requires that all individuals, families and programmatic staff attending or working at a Ramah Darom program (including summer camp and retreats) adhere to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as outlined in US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Recommended Immunization Schedules. The retreat registration form asks guests to confirm that everyone included on their registration meets all immunization requirements as outlined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Immunization Schedules:

CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule for Age 18 Years and Younger
CDC Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for Age 19 Years and Older

If you are not sure which vaccines you or your child(ren) have received, please ask your healthcare provider. Note: Not all states have the same requirements, but ALL CDC recommended immunizations are required at Ramah Darom.

Vaccination Exemptions

There are exceptions to the Ramah Darom vaccination policy, but they are extremely rare. We recognize that individuals who have had a documented severe allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine may not be able to complete the immunization schedule outlined by the AAP and the CDC. Additionally, individuals with medical conditions such as congenital immunodeficiency or HIV, cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant patients, and persons receiving immunosuppressive drugs and chronic steroids also may not be able to receive certain vaccines.

We are happy to discuss case-by-case management of these circumstances of medical contraindication to partial or complete vaccination.

Process for Vaccination Exemption Requests

Any exemption requests should be addressed to the Ramah Darom Medical Committee and emailed to Ramah Darom’s CEO wlevitt@ramahdarom.org. Requests must include current documentation from a Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP), describing the reason for exemption from immunization. Requests will be kept confidential and reviewed by our Medical Committee Chair, in consultation with members of the Ramah Darom Medical Committee as required. Ramah Darom is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy community and only grants vaccination exemptions in very rare circumstances.

Thank you for keeping our Ramah Darom community healthy!

Covid-19 Policy for Summer Camp & Passover Retreat

The policy below applies to Camp Ramah Darom and retreat programs longer than five days.

While we respect that individual families may choose to forgo vaccinations, Ramah Darom has developed the following protocols to protect the safety of our community as a whole.

  • All individuals, families and programmatic staff ages 6 months and up attending or working at Camp Ramah Darom or at a Ramah Darom retreat program longer than five days must be up to date on Covid-19 vaccinations as recommended by the CDC. This includes the booster(s) where indicated in the CDC guidelines. Review CDC recommendations to understand what it means to be “up to date” on your Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Camp Ramah Darom campers are required to upload proof of all immunizations, including their Covid immunization card.
  • For retreat guests, the registration form will ask for confirmation that everyone included on the registration meets all immunization requirements.

 

Pre-arrival Testing:  Testing remains our primary strategy to avoid introducing Covid into our programs. Every Ramah Darom camper, retreat attendee, guest and staff member is required to:

  1. Get a pre-arrival Covid PCR test in the 72 hours before arriving at the Ramah Darom campus
    AND
  2. Take an at-home Covid rapid test on the day of arrival

Camper, retreat attendees and guests will be asked to show confirmation of both PCR and rapid test negative results on arrival to the Ramah Darom campus (a picture on a phone is perfect).

Exception for those who have recently had Covid-19: Anyone who has had Covid-19 in the 60 days prior to the start of Camp or a retreat is not required to get a PCR test but must still take an at-home rapid test on the day of arrival.

On the registration form, campers and attendees will be asked to provide the date of their recent Covid infection. Attendees and guests who are exempt from PCR testing will be asked to show confirmation of their recent Covid infection, in addition to a negative at-home rapid test, on arrival to the Ramah Darom campus. If confirmation of infection in the previous 60 days is not available, attendees and guests should follow normal testing guidelines above (ie. a PCR test in the 72 hours before arriving and a day of arrival rapid test). If the PCR test is positive due to a recent infection, two negative rapid tests on the day of arrival will be required.

If you receive a positive Covid test result in the days leading up to your arrival at Ramah Darom and are unable to attend a program, we unfortunately are not able refund your registration fees. We highly recommend purchasing Trip Protection Insurance.

Masking: Masks are not required for participants ages 3 and up when inside any public building on campus.

Travel guidance: We strongly recommend that those flying, using public transportation or car services wear a mask at all times during travel prior to arrival at Ramah Darom.

Other Vaccinations: Ramah Darom requires that all individuals, families and programmatic staff attending or working at a Ramah Darom program (including summer camp and retreats) adhere to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as outlined in US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Recommended Immunization Schedules.

Camp Ramah Darom campers are required to upload proof of all immunizations. The retreat registration form asks retreat guests to confirm that everyone included on their registration meets all immunization requirements.

Immunization Schedules:

CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule for Age 18 Years and Younger
CDC Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for Age 19 Years and Older

If you are not sure which vaccines you or your child(ren) have received, please ask your healthcare provider. Note: Not all states have the same requirements, but ALL CDC recommended immunizations are required at Ramah Darom.

Vaccination Exemptions

There are exceptions to the Ramah Darom vaccination policy, but they are extremely rare. We recognize that individuals who have had a documented severe allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine may not be able to complete the immunization schedule outlined by the AAP and the CDC. Additionally, individuals with medical conditions such as congenital immunodeficiency or HIV, cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant patients, and persons receiving immunosuppressive drugs and chronic steroids also may not be able to receive certain vaccines.

We are happy to discuss case-by-case management of these circumstances of medical contraindication to partial or complete vaccination.

Process for Vaccination Exemption Requests

Any exemption requests should be addressed to the Ramah Darom Medical Committee and emailed to Ramah Darom’s CEO wlevitt@ramahdarom.org. Requests must include current documentation from a Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP), describing the reason for exemption from immunization. Requests will be kept confidential and reviewed by our Medical Committee Chair, in consultation with members of the Ramah Darom Medical Committee as required. Ramah Darom is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy community and only grants vaccination exemptions in very rare circumstances.

Thank you for keeping our Ramah Darom community healthy!

 

Covid-19 Policy for Rental Groups

Each year dozens of groups rent the Ramah Darom campus to run their own programs. While we highly encourage all groups renting our campus to adopt their own vaccination policy, the Ramah Darom vaccination policy does not apply to rental groups. Note that all Ramah Darom full-time staff are required to be vaccinated.