Dear Summer Arts Studio Families,
Thank you for your loyalty, trust, and patience. We, like you, have been challenged by some of the difficult changes the COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to make. Throughout these changes we have relied heavily upon the character traits and skills we work so hard to build within our campers, staff, and all who enter our studios; resilience and grit have surely been required and strengthened as we work from home, teach our children, and look for rays of hope on the horizon.
Our greatest desire is for each one of our campers to have the opportunity to come to Summer Arts Studio this summer. As our summer season nears, we are focusing on how we can responsibly and safely proceed with implementing camp. We want to share with you the difficult decisions we have made thus far about SAS 2020. We apologize for any inconveniences you may experience as a result of these necessary changes.
Please note, our plans and programming must be revised due to the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), and the Louisiana Department of Health(LDH).
It will be impossible to have Summer Arts Studio in the way in which we have all come to love and cherish. With the newest guidelines released by the state of Louisiana on May 13, the new protocols would eliminate several areas of programing we normally include during Summer Arts Studio.
As a result, this summer we will offer a totally different program. This summer’s program structure and projects will be unique and appropriate to the current circumstances, in order to adhere to requirements set forth by the state of Louisiana. First, we must cancel our Culinary Arts-based Session 1. Those of you registered for this session will be contacted by River Oaks, and tuition will be fully refunded. Secondly, if you have registered your child for Session(s) 2, 3, or 4, River Oaks will be contacting you next week to provide details on the revised camp programming. Parents/Caregivers of campers registered for Session 2 should expect a call May 19-May 22, and we will proceed accordingly by contacting parents/caregivers of campers registered for Sessions 3 and 4 thereafter. Again, when contacted you will be provided information about our revised plan. One important change to programming we believe is important to share with families now is that we will not be able offer an all-day option this summer. Please know this decision was a tough one to make, and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience this may create for some of our Summer Arts Studio families.
We send our heartfelt thanks to all of you in our Summer Arts Studio community who are serving others during this time of crisis. We extend our love and support to those families who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus. We hope all of our families continue to stay safe and experience good health.
Work Hard, Play Hard, & Learn from the experience,
Director, Summer Arts Studio
2020 SAS Sponsors
River Oaks Board of Directors
The Dr. Betsy Long Scholarship Fund
Drs. Shawn & Gregory Dowd
Tammi & Bryon Salazar
Noelle & Michael Crowell
Dr & Mrs. Will Crenshaw
The Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority