SCHOOL SAYS CODE ENFORCEMENT VISITS TO CAMP, RUN ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, HAVE LED IT TO ASSIST COVID-19 COMPLIANCE
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
COCONUT CREEK, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — North Broward Prep, the school that leases its facilities to “Eagles Landing and the Night Owls,” is now involved with the camp’s covid-19 compliance. School officials told BocaNewsNow.com that inspections by Coconut Creek officials, combined with the camp owner/director testing positive for COVID-19, have led it to get involved.
“Eagles Landing Camps (ELC) operates each year on the campus of North Broward Preparatory School during the summer months,” said Head Of School Bruce Fawcett exclusively to BocaNewsNow.com. “After recent inspections by the City of Coconut Creek, the school has been working with both the City and members of the ELC team to support the camp as they work to meet the regulations established by Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-12, Attachment 16.”
Without specifying what inspectors found, the school is taking an outward public relations approach to ensure that the community knows North Broward Prep will not permit violations from its tenant. The school itself is preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.
Without specifying what inspectors found, the school is taking an outward public relations approach to ensure that the community knows North Broward Prep will not permit violations from its tenant. The school itself is preparing for the 2020-2021 school year
“North Broward Preparatory School has the health and safety of our community as our number one priority,” said Fawcett. “North Broward Preparatory School continues to work to develop, refine, and implement plans to ensure that our operations in the fall comply with all state, county, and city requirements and provide a healthy and safe environment for all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff.“
As BocaNewsNow.com reported several days ago, Broward County officials have logged at least 15 COVID-19 related complaints which have resulted in “warnings” from the County. You can read the violations through the link below.
Parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com are pointing to photos on the camp’s public Facebook page showing a lack of social distancing. We have published one of the photos due to its news value. We have obscured the faces of children not wearing masks and not being socially distanced. The photo appears unfettered on the camp’s public page.
In May, owner and director Matt Cannold — now infected with COVID-19 — sent this email blast to parents:
“We still plan on maintaining our initial guidelines of social distancing between groups,” wrote Cannold. ”Performing temperature checks upon arrival for Day Camp and twice per day for Night Owls, as well as hand washing and sanitizing all areas of camp throughout the day, amongst other things.”
The Broward County office of the Florida Department of Health at first did not respond to multiple requests Friday and Saturday for information concerning its handling of, or even authenticity of, camp complaints. But late Saturday afternoon, after this article first appeared, DOH Spokesperson Candy Sims said the Department of Health would only be involved after another agency takes decisive action.
“While the Florida Department of Health in Broward County does not regulate day camps,” said Sims, “we absolutely do provide recommendations to day camps when a disease investigation indicates it is necessary.”
The office ultimately cleared the Posnack JCC preschool camp in Davie last month after it was closed when several staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Some parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com expressed frustration that Broward County pushed a religious-based camp to shut when staffers tested positive but a secular camp continues to operate despite the owner/director testing positive.
It was unclear if other directors or staff members at Eagles Landing are being routinely tested for COVID-19.
While Cannold had written to BocaNewsNow.com, quite cordially, throughout April and May, he has not responded to emails from BocaNewsNow.com in weeks. He previously included this in a parental email blast:
“Lastly, as a reminder, camp is a choice. We live with risk every day, and every summer presents reoccurring risks and sometimes, a new risk. Our “10 for 2” mentality has evolved into the “ELC Way of Life” that has captured so many amazing campers.”
Link to warnings issued by Broward County.
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