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Summer camps starting amid the coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 20:52:17-04

BROOKFIELD — The bustle of the first day of summer camp is unlike anything else for a child.

TMJ4 Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan asked a science camper what he is drawing.

"A rocket ship?" camper Sid Ratarasarn said.

Some grade-schoolers are getting back to the classroom to do activities for the first time since schools were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Very positive. I think everybody is really excited about getting out again, and being in, in and about and around people, but in a safe way," Brookfield Academy Director of Summer and After School Programs Julie D'Arruda said.

Brookfield Academy began the first summer session of camp today on its campus with lots of safety checks implemented.

"We've limited our class sizes to ten, so we can, we've moved desks out of the classrooms so they're all six feet apart. Kids are assigned to their seats for the day. They can't move around. We've done a lot of research, with medical and legal professionals, to set up a safety protocol and guidelines that we follow very strictly," D'Arruda said.

But wait, there's more.

"Kids that use materials like crayons...markers, things like that. They are assigned their own pencil box, for the duration of that class, so weren't not sharing things like that," D'Arruda said.

At Brookfield Academy, the teachers remind their students of social distancing. For kids that might not be the easiest thing to do, but so far they have been well behaved and are having fun.

Lance Allan asked some of the campers: after all the stuff that's happened lately, is it kind of fun for you to be with some of your friends and do some activities?

"Yes," Sid Ratarasarn said.

Lance Allan asked what's the most fun part?

"That I get to hang out," Sid Ratarasarn said.

"I am in my space class," camper Eva Flanagan said.

Lance Allan asked what are you doing in your space class? "That I am coloring this astronaut," Flanagan said.

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