We are pleased to once again offer the Healthy Connections Summer Parks Program however there will need to be some modifications to the way the Program is operated. Please carefully read the below information and complete the Program Registration form. Children will not be allowed to attend the program without a completed Program Registration form on file.
The Healthy Connections Summer Parks Program is free for children 6 years old- 12 years old to attend. The program will be held at Meidinger, Leapaldt, and Nickeus Parks Monday- Friday; 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:30pm each day. Staff will not be at the park between 12:00 and 1:00. A free lunch will be available for children under the age of 18 between 11:30am-12:00pm each day as part of the Summer Meals Program. Please be prompt in picking up your children from the program.
A calendar of events is listed below and shared with your child to bring home. A majority of the program activities will be held in the parks; however, there may be special events that are planned outside of the parks. We will remind children of these days as they arise. There is also a possibility that the program will be cancelled due to rain or bad weather. All closures will be noticed on the radio and on the JPRD website and social media pages.
We will be following health and safety protocols during the program. This means that we may need to limit the number of participants each day based upon attendance. We have hired additional staff to allow for more children to participate but we will be limiting group size to 1 staff person and 14 children. Attendance will be determined on a first come, first serve basis. We hope that we don’t need to turn any children away but it is a possibility. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available at each park as well as soap in the restrooms. The “clubhouses” and restrooms will be disinfected daily.
The program will require each child to complete a daily health screening prior to participating. The screening will include responding to the questions below and taking a temperature. If your child cannot respond No to all of the questions you must not send them to the program that day and we will not allow them to participate.
- Have you had any known contact with someone who is exhibiting symptoms (fever of 100.4, shortness of breath or cough) or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you had any new symptoms you feel are consistent with COVID-19 virus such as fever (100.4o F or higher) OR two or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain OR loss of taste and/or smell?
- Have you been tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days? If the answer to all 3 screening questions is “no”, the adult and child can enter the facility. If the answer to any of the 3 screening questions is “yes”, the person should be directed to call their health care provider, if ill, or visit the ND Department of Health website for further guidance.
Children exhibiting any of the above symptoms while at the program will be sent home out of caution.
If children are not able to follow program behavior expectations, endanger the safety of themselves, other children in the program or staff they will be asked to leave the program.
Any questions regarding the program can be directed to; Gabby Brown, Healthy Connections Coordinator, by calling 952-8722 (office) or 651-404-3685 (cell).