Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo stated that summer day camps can begin operation as of June 29. That’s news we at the Town and hundreds of Penfield families have been eager to hear.
Throughout the pandemic Penfield Recreation has been planning for a range of scenarios as we awaited directives from New York State and the Monroe County Health Department on the fate of summer programming. Besides staff and programs, our summer day camps are dependent on the use of Penfield Central School District school facilities and a permit to operate from the Monroe County Department of Health. All those variables that will determine what programs Penfield Recreation can offer this summer. Like many other groups, Penfield Recreation has been in the mode of making plans while at the same time getting prepared for them to be changed or cancelled.
Weeks ago when we realized all summer recreation programs were vulnerable to change we cancelled plans to print the 2020 Summer Brochure and made the decision to go to a digital-only format. We have also been editing and adapting the digital edition to reflect changes to programs and facilities.
The all-digital 2020 Summer Brochure will be published at www.penfieldrec.org on June 5. Online registration will open June 10. Even as we move ahead, please understand that all our plans are subject to change or cancellation based on location availability, health guidelines, and operational restrictions.
Back to day camps...now that we have a “go date” from New York State, what’s next? We are reviewing and sorting out programs, facilities and other resources to satisfy guidelines. What can we offer, at what scale, and where? Our Recreation staff is finalizing those details now and will communicate directly with camp participants.
We do know that the first round of directives call for a reduced number of enrollments, no field trips to off-site locations, and the counselor-in-training (CIT) program is cancelled.
Penfield Recreation will continue to monitor directives from New York State and Monroe County Health Dept. officials regarding summer camp safety. Once we can confirm and review all health and safety requirements we will know how we can move forward. When we have the facts in hand we will share next steps with residents. If you have any questions please contact Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Penfield Recreation team is certainly eager to deliver some summer fun to all our residents. I thank them for their commitment to the Penfield community. We all thank you for your patience and understanding at this unusual time. Stay tuned for more details and follow www.penfieldrec.org.
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain