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COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols

Almaden Country Day School features the state-of-the-art ActivePure disinfection system to protect children and adults in every classroom, office, and bathroom on campus. ActivePure is shown to continually disinfect classroom airspaces and surfaces to 99.9% SARS-CoV-2 free, killing the airborne virus in 3 minutes or less. Our county public health department strongly recommends that students and teachers wear masks indoors, which further extends these protections, and we have handwashing stations available across campus as well. Our COVID precautions are among the most extensive in South Bay schools, and as a result, since 2020 we've had zero transmission of the virus on campus.

For summer 2022, camp leaders will monitor all participants for potential symptoms daily, and we'll require antigen testing for any children and adults who appear symptomatic. Antigen testing is highly effective at identifying contagious individuals. This is in compliance with SCCPHD recommendations, and is an effective way to keep contagious individuals off campus. 

Please note that campers who test positive for COVID and miss out on time in this summer's program will be given coupons for prorated 2023 summer camp enrollment; we cannot issue refunds. Please contact the ACDS COVID Task Force ( with any COVID-related questions.

COVID guidelines and safeguards will be in place to help keep everyone safe this summer. This includes: 

  • COVID Mask Request (updated June 28): Considering the rising County positivity rate, we are asking everyone to wear masks indoors. Masks are an easy precaution that will help keep all of our campers and camp leaders healthy (and prevent campers from missing out when they're sent home!). We will only wear masks indoors. Please provide a clean, close fitting mask to your child each day of camp. 
  • If we identify children or adults who have any of the symptoms below, they will be required to provide a negative test result to return to camp the next day. This testing strategy will help us respond quickly and appropriately to the ever-evolving landscape of COVID-19 to help prevent any outbreaks, and keep our program as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Have you had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 3 days?





If YES - STAY HOME* and seek medical care and testing (following the County Guidelines)

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Have you had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 3 days and that are new or not explained by another reason?
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

*The County guidelines for when someone tests positive for COVID are to stay home for 5 days and test on the 5th day. If the individual tests negative on the 5th day, they can return to school on the 6th day. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for up to 10 days or until he/she receives a negative test. 

  • Parents are encouraged to do a daily checklist for symptoms and perform self tests at home when necessary. 
  • When in doubt or if any camper shows any signs of illness, we will require the camper to wear a mask until a confirmation can be obtained via PCR or rapid antigen testing.
  • Everyone is required to wash their hands upon entering camp classrooms and practice frequent hand washing throughout the day.
  • Usage of outdoor covered spaces for camp activities if weather permits. 
  • ACDS is responsible and reserves the right to adjust COVID requirements (e.g. testing, masking) as needed at the discretion of the Administration to help protect the health and safety of everyone on campus, and cancel any planned activities if current virus conditions warrant cancellation or postponement.