What training will counselors receive?
Keshet has planned an extensive training specifically designed for counselors who will be working at homes. Keshet’s recreation staff and therapists will train counselors on leading activities, managing behaviors, differentiating instruction and adapting activities. All counselors will also participate in Keshet’s agency-wide safety training regarding COVID-19 precautions.
Counselors will receive information about your camper’s needs and how to address them through a camper care plan.
What role does a family play in selecting a counselor? Will I be able to request someone that I want to work at my home?
Keshet makes all decisions about placing a counselor with your family. Factors that will be considered include skill set, level of need, experience, geography, availability and prior relationships. We are not able to accept requests at this time.
What types of activities will take place each day? What supplies will I need to provide?
Activities at your house will be designed to meet your camper’s specific interests while also exposing him or her to new things. Our counselors will lead art, music, cooking, fitness, games, science and more. It’s summer so we will want to get kids outside whenever possible too. Counselors will come equipped with supplies for activities, but will also want to use favorite games and toys that you have at your house. There will be times when the counselor will want to access Keshet’s virtual recreation programs. To do this, the counselor will need to use your computer or tablet. (If you do not have this technology available, please discuss this with Keshet staff prior to the start of the program. We may be able to provide assistance.)
What guidelines are given to counselors about social distancing and other health protections while they are not working?
Counselors and families will need to sign Keshet’s statement on safety measures and health precautions. This document will be available soon, and will include: following all state and local guidelines regarding social distancing; limit seeing people outside of those you live with; refrain from being in groups of more than 10 people; and wearing a mask when in public.
Will my child’s counselor also be working with other families?
Keshet is assigning one counselor to each family, and should not be working with any other families while they are employed with you and Keshet.
Keshet does reserve the right to change a counselor during the session if necessary.
What are the counselor’s responsibilities while at my home?
The counselor’s responsibilities are to provide care and activities for your camper. Keshet’s counselors are not “mothers’ helpers;” they are not in your home for housekeeping, running errands, cooking food or other household tasks. They will, however, clean up after all activities that they lead. For campers who require assistance with self-care, toileting or feeding, plans will be made with you and the counselor in line with all safety protocols and using PPE when necessary.
Can I leave the house while the counselor is with my camper?
A parent/guardian or an adult (18 years+) must be present in the house while the Keshet counselor is on site. This is for everyone’s safety. You need to be available to help with personal care tasks and any behaviors that may arise. For example, the counselor could be playing in your yard with your camper while you are in the house. However, if the counselor and camper are going on a walk to a local park, you would need to accompany them.
Will my child’s counselor also work with my other children?
The counselor’s primary focus is your child who is a Keshet participant. If your family is interested in hiring more than one counselor, please contact us for details.
Can the counselor transport my camper?
Counselors are not permitted to use their cars, the family’s car or public transportation with the camper. Walks through the local neighborhood are permissible, but, otherwise, all activities should take place in and around the family’s home.
Will my child’s counselor wear a mask while in my house? Will my family need to wear masks?
Counselors will wear masks while in your house and with your camper outside of the house. We understand that this may be upsetting or uncomfortable for some campers. If this is the case with your child, please discuss it with us so that we can make alternative arrangements. Campers and their families are not required to wear masks in their homes.
Can I hire my child’s counselor to work additional days or hours?
We discourage doing this and have shared this with the counselors. However, if you work out an agreement to hire your counselor for additional hours, please understand that Keshet is not responsible for the actions of staff members while in your personal employment.
Am I responsible for providing lunch, snacks or other food for my child’s counselor?
Families are not responsible for providing food for your child’s counselor. However, we do ask that you allow counselors to bring a lunch to your house if they will be there during lunch time. Counselors will abide by any allergy restrictions and kosher guidelines you have at your home.
What happens if someone in my household or my child’s counselor is exposed to COVID-19?
Counselors and families should immediately report any known COVID-19 exposures to Jen Evans, Director of Recreation. Keshet will then contact the county health department to report the exposure and receive guidance about how to proceed. Most likely, there will need to be a 14 day pause in programming for which we will provide a pro-rated refund to the family.
How will Keshet supervise my child’s counselor? Who do we contact if there are any problems or concerns?
Each counselor and family will have a Keshet supervisor assigned to them. This supervisor will provide on-going supervision through phone calls, virtual meetings and, possibly, through in-person visits (socially distanced). In addition, families will complete bi-weekly surveys to ensure we are meeting your family’s needs and exceeding your expectations. If there is an issue at any time, Jen Evans, Director of Recreation, is available to address your concerns.
Is this program eligible for home-based waivers?
We are unable to submit Keshet’s Counselor @ Home to be covered by a home-based waiver.