Frequently Asked Questions


Q:If my child does not attend Emerson School, can s/he attend Summer at Emerson?
A:Of course! In fact, over 75% of our campers are not Emerson students.

Q:What grade level do I enter for my child?
A:All camps are designed for students completing grades specified in the class description during the 2020-2021 school year. Grade levels are set by the instructors and will not be altered.

Q:Do you accept students who have just completed a Young 5s program?
A:No, campers who have just completed a Young 5s program and are going into Kindergarten the following year are not eligible to attend Summer at Emerson. Once a year of Kindergarten is completed and your child is going into 1st grade, s/he is eligible to attend Summer at Emerson. Incoming Emerson Young 5s may sign up for the Jump Start to Young 5s Program.

Q:Is before/after camp child care available?
A:Yes! Before camp childcare is available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am and after camp childcare is available from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Both are available on a drop-in basis at a rate of $9 per hour, billed to your account at the end of each week.
There is a strict $4/minute per child late fee for all campers picked up after 6:00pm. Any camper who arrives before 8:50 am or is picked up after 4:10 pm will be billed for childcare.

Q:Where can my child keep his or her things during camp?
A:Each child will choose a locker on Monday morning to be used for the entire week.

Q:What if my child needs medicine while at camp?
A:That is no problem. All we need is a Medication Authorization Form signed by a parent (found in the Document Center on the main page of the registration site). Prescription medications require a physician’s signature, and all medications must be submitted to the Summer Office in their original containers on your child's first day of camp. Our summer Medical Assistant will be stationed at the Summer Office every Monday morning to collect any necessary camper medications for the week.

Q:Is Summer at Emerson a nut-free camp?
A:No, our summer camp is not nut-free. Children with allergies will have alternative options for snack if necessary. We will make all accommodations possible to make everyone comfortable and safe this summer.

Q:Why have a majority of camps switched to a full-day format?
A:The decision to move the majority of our camps to a full-day format is based on the need to decrease exposure and the coming and going of campers. We understand this switch doesn’t provide as many choices to our campers, and we will not be able to offer as many spaces to our families as we have in the past. Please recognize that this change is only temporary. We will be hosting a small number of half-day camps for those families who cannot stay for the whole day and a small number of virtual camps for those who do not wish to come to campus.

Q:What if I have more questions?
A:Please contact Carly Meloche, Summer Program Director, at or 734-660-5108.


Q:What is your refund policy?
A:Camp balances, less deposit, will be refunded for withdrawals made before May 7, 2021. Those who withdraw after this date are responsible for the full fee. Exceptions will only be considered for medical circumstances with a signed doctor’s note.


Q:Will my child be required to wear a face mask while at camp?
A:As per CDC recommendations, facial coverings will be required at all times for all those who are on school grounds, inside or outside, except when eating. Masks should cover the nose and mouth, and be secured under the chin. Faculty and staff seek to maintain continuous physical separation of children by six feet (or more), whether indoors or outdoors.

Q:Will my child be required to complete a COVID test prior to starting camp?
A:Summer at Emerson will likely require weekly COVID-19 testing for each camper on the Friday prior to the week of camp they are registered for. This testing can be completed through Summer at Emerson ($35/camper fee) or through another outside testing facility within a given timeframe. It must be a PCR test. More information on testing requirements and specific details will be shared no later than Saturday, May 1st.

Q:What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp?
A:Should there be a positive COVID-19 test, the camper must stay home until the following: 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared or since the student was swabbed for the test that yielded positive result, and other symptoms have improved. Any camper who has left camp for fever or illness will need to have a doctor’s note
stating that they are safe to return to camp and/or a negative COVID-19 test to present to the Medical Assistant before entering the building.

Q:What happens if another camper in my child's camp tests positive for COVID?
A:In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the Summer at Emerson Medical Assistant will immediately contact the Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD), and we will follow their guidance regarding return to camp, contact tracing, and extent of camp closure. They will lead the investigation and provide direction for the camp. The camp will cordon off any indoor area(s) the camper was present, including bathrooms, classrooms, etc. These areas will be closed for 24 hours before they are cleaned and disinfected. We will follow all protocols relating to cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas of the building after a COVID-19 exposure/incident. The Director will then notify the entire Summer at Emerson community of a positive case, without identifying the individual, within 24 hours of being notified of the positive result. The Director will notify parents with campers in the same camp as the sick child that their camp is cancelled and issue a full refund to all families.