Things You Should Know

Changes and Challenges

There are many things you should know and many questions you may have about camp in the time of COVID-19. We will update this page as we make decisions and learn from our national, state, and local leaders about policies and best practices to reduce risk. 

Please contact Leilani Nussman, Extended Learning Director, with questions at or 206-816-6070.

COVID-19 prevention measures

Our policies and procedures WILL change between now and camp based on national, state, and local guidance. At this point, we are considering the following safety measures:

  • Small, consistent groups (cohorts)
  • Masks
  • Morning symptom screening
  • Physical distancing
  • Hand-washing education and enforcement
  • Daily cleaning of spaces and supplies
  • Surveillance testing
  • Recommending vaccines for eligible faculty

This is not a comprehensive list of all we will be doing to prevent spread. We will communicate more specific information when camp is closer and we know more. 


The Northwest School Summer Camp is held at The Northwest School (NWS) main building located at 1415 Summit Ave and our recreational facilities/dining hall located at 401 E. Pike. Many classes will also include off-site field trips; The Northwest School will provide all transportation needs for such field trips.

Non-discrimination Policy

The Northwest School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, use of service animals, national or ethnic origin, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law in admission of otherwise qualified students; in providing access to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at The Northwest School; or in its administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, athletics, and other school-administered programs.

Class Size

In order to provide for ample individual attention, enrollment is limited to 8 - 14 students per class. Maximum numbers will depend on the specific class. Instructors may also make exceptions at their discretion and in consultation with the Summer Camp Director.

Camper Conduct

Campers are expected to contribute to a healthy and collaborative atmosphere of respect for themselves, others, and the environment. If your child displays aggressive or disruptive behavior or leaves campus without a note, we will ask you to remove your child from the program for the rest of the day. After discussing the situation with the guardian, NWS faculty will determine if your child may return. There is no refund for any student removed from NWS programs due to behavioral problems. There is no smoking allowed in the building or on the property. Additionally, NWS is an alcohol-and-drug-free place. Those who break these rules will be asked to leave the program. Campers’ parents and/or guardians are responsible for any damage or misconduct by their student.

Personal Property

The Northwest School is unable to insure personal property, including equipment used in classes such as digital cameras. Campers, faculty, and guests absolve The Northwest School for all responsibility of theft, loss, or any damage to their personal property.


We will offer a fresh and nutritious lunch prepared daily by our professional kitchen team and served in our dining hall located at 401 E. Pike. Each lunch will have vegetarian and gluten-free and dairy-free options. If your camper has any dietary needs, please contact the summer camp office so we can notify the kitchen. You may pack a lunch and/or snacks for your child, but please note that we are a nut-free facility.

Drop-off & Pick-up

These procedures will change before camp 2021!

Full Day campers and Half Day AM campers may be dropped off between 8:30 - 9:00am. Those arriving after this time must check in with the Summer Camp Office before proceeding to their class. Half Day AM campers must sign-out in the Summer Camp Office before departing for the day, and Half Day PM campers must sign-in prior to attending their Period 3 class. Both Half Day AM and PM campers are welcomed to join us for lunch at no extra cost. Half Day PM and PM campers must be picked up by 4:30pm.

Guardians should promptly drop off and pick up students. Parents/Guardians who pick up after doors close at 4:30pm will be charged $1 per minute.

Please contact the Summer Camp Office (206-816-6070) to inform us of tardiness or planned absences. We will call parents/guardians if your child is not present and we have not received notice. Campers may not leave campus during program breaks (i.e. lunch) without a note from a guardian.

Further, many classes leave campus for fieldtrips. Thus, it is important to arrive to camp on time. If you need to pick up your child early for any reason, please check with him/her to make sure their class will not be on a fieldtrip during that time.

Further Questions?

Call us: 206-816-6070