After losing all sessions for Summer 2020, Kinhaven engaged in a rigorous “recovery campaign” to ensure that our institution could withstand the challenges and uncertainties of a global health crisis. Thanks to the tremendous outpouring of support we received, we are proud to announce that Kinhaven will re-open our doors for summer 2021.
With the detailed planning measures we established for Summer 2020, the important lessons we have all learned throughout this year, and the vaccination roll-out, we are confident that we will be able to re-open those doors with robust protocols to ensure the health and well-being of our entire community.
As with everything here at Kinhaven, we want to be completely transparent as we move forward toward safely making music together again. Please consider this page your central resource for our latest communications regarding our plans, operations, and guidelines for COVID-19 safety. As with everything this past year, plans will undoubtably change as new information arises so please check back often for the latest news.
We are committed to keeping the lines of communication open with everyone in our beloved Kinhaven community. As such, we will be hosting monthly Town Hall meetings on Zoom to update everyone with the latest news. Our most recent meeting was held on March 9, 2021 and more than 100 people joined our Co-Executive Directors for an update on our plans.
If you were unable to join us, please peruse this powerpoint presentation and contact us with any questions.kinhaven-covid-3-9-1
Q: Will Kinhaven be open for in-person instruction?
A: Yes, we plan to operate in-person for most of our summer music programs.
Q: Would programs run virtually, should that status changes?
A: No, we are not planning virtual contingencies at this time.
Q: What is your approach towards COVID management?
A: Commonly known as a “bubble”, our campus will function as a self-contained community for the entirety of each program (without visitors or off-campus trips).
Q: How will you develop procedural strategies?
A: In accordance with the Association for Camp Nursing and the American Camp Association, with guidance from the CDC, WHO, and local health authorities.
Q: What are Kinhaven’s current plans regarding testing?
A: Students and staff will be tested before arrival, upon arrival, and several days later to ensure that the campus is COVID-free as we establish our “bubble” environment.
Q: What are Kinhaven’s current plans regarding vaccination?
A: We expect all adult staff and faculty members to be vaccinated, while the majority of teenage and pre-teen student populations will likely not yet be vaccinated.
Q: Will students be asked to quarantine in advance?
A: Students will quarantine (at home) during the week prior to arrival.
Kinhaven has a Communicable Disease Plan (CDP), and staff will receive professional development on it prior to camp starting. We will be collaborating the Manchester Medical Center for executing our CDP.
(An excerpt/example can be found on Slide 9 of the deck above.)
Q: Will students be allowed to fly to camp?
A: Absolutely yes. Students who arrive by plane will be placed into their own cohorts, and adhere to practices to ensure that transmission risks are mitigated en route.
Q: Will parents be able to watch student performances?
A: Our current plan is that all concerts will be live-streamed so that families will be able to watch their children perform (safely) from home this summer.
Our COVID-19 Resource Center (incl. these FAQs) will be regularly updated with details regarding policies and procedures, as well as new questions submitted by families.
We will continue to host monthly virtual Town Hall Presentations through August, and welcome those interested to register for our next event by clicking here.