The shelter-in-place policies necessary to control the spread of COVID-19 inevitably lead to economic devastation locally, nationally, and globally. Depressions and recessions are known to be associated with poor health outcomes, contributing to increased mental and physical health morbidity.
In the absence of real understanding of transmission dynamics in schools, policy choices are extremely difficult, as there is no data to inform the balance of risk and benefit between the less visible terrible health outcomes associated with school closures due to isolation and financial devastation and the highly visible new cases and potential for surge in the case of rapid spread in schools.
Therefore it is imperative to test potential models for re-opening schools, with a goal of finding the least restrictive but safe educational environment. The current study aims to test educational environments in summer camps with indoor curricula. From this study, we will gather information on feasibility, acceptability, and data on transmission in indoor educational environments in order to best design a school-based study upon re-opening. We have partnered with a diverse group of 3 summer camps with indoor curricula.