FAIR LAWN, NJ – With little time to plan for in-person summer camps, both the Community School and the borough's Recreation Department announced there will be only virtual camps this year.

Jimmy Graff, Superintendent of Recreation and Parks, said no camps will be offered this summer and the Fair Lawn Community School said it won’t be hosting its usual programming for the season.

Though Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced youth day camps can open on or after July 6 – as long as New Jersey’s coronavirus case numbers continue to trend downward – many programs say they will not be hosting in-person camps for Summer 2020.

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According to the state, day camps may operate as long as they comply with certain guidelines, however it has yet to release the specifics on what those are. It’s unclear how many campers will be allowed at camp on any given day or if there will be a capacity for groups, for example. 

In an update Friday, the community school also the decision process “was not an easy one” and “comes with a heavy heart.”   Link for class registration

“The safety of our campers and staff is our utmost priority,” they said. “We look forward to seeing our campers next summer. Until then, we will be offering a number of virtual summer programs.”

Fair Lawn Community School is part of a growing number of programs that have opted to reinvent themselves in order to offer kids an enjoyable – and safe – summer experience.

Summer virtual programs, which will run from July 5 through Aug. 30, include one-day workshops, fitness classes, youth STEM classes, math & reading classes, SAT & PSAT prep and many special interest classes.

In coming weeks, Fair Lawn Community School plans to announce more information regarding its virtual programs.

The shift to digital camp comes as kids in New Jersey wrap up a school year upended by the pandemic. Since mid-March, students have been home, learning remote, after Murphy ordered a statewide shutdown of schools as part of an overall effort to curb the spread of the virus.