The Culinary Dude's Culinary Education

COVID-19 Protocol
UPDATED 5/10/22

With the lifting of nearly all the Covid-19 protocols in the general Bay Area, we have adjusted our Summer Camp and Enrichment Covid-19 policies.

Because we are a hands-on camp, we want everyone to equally share the daily responsibilities and will require ALL campers to still wear masks ONLY during food preparation. Mask wearing outside of food preparation during camp will be at the discretion of the parents. We'll still be offering the kids an opportunity to take "mask breaks" as they need them throughout food preparation. This will give them a chance to have periodic times throughout the day to sit in a "safe" area mask free.

Due to the reality of most children's inability to consistently follow social distancing and sanitation recommendations, especially in our cooking programs, we will do all in our power to help your child with the understanding and concepts involved of being safe and avoiding the spread of COVID-19. In the past we have implemented a very similar protocol for safety and sanitation, so this kind of enforcement is not new to us.


Please send your child to camp with 2 face masks, one to be worn and one as a backup.

No infected children or staff will be allowed in camp until otherwise notified and approved by a Dr.'s note showing that the individual is COVID free.

We reserve the right to send your child home if any COVID-19 symptoms are suspected. If this is the case, your child will be separated from the group and the parent or guardian will be called immediately for pick up.


We ask that all children arrive to camp on time. If your child is attending early care, arrival time is at 9am. If your child is just attending camp, arrival time can be between 9:50-10am. If there are any changes to your child's morning arrival schedule, please forward the changes to us 24 hours prior. The doors will be locked after 10am.

We will be implementing a curbside drop off for your kids during the above hours. A staff member will greet your child curbside.

There is no need for any parent or caregiver to leave their car unless otherwise discussed 24 hours prior. If parents/caregivers must come into the building they and anyone with them will be required to wear face coverings. There will be no exceptions! A marked area will be offered to distance themselves from other parents and kids outside the camp room area.


Again, it is important that the parents/caregivers arrive on time. Camps ends at 2pm for non after-care attendees and 3pm for those in after-care. We will have a staff member outside during both times, at the curb escorting your child to their vehicle. There is no need for any parent or caregiver to leave their car unless otherwise discussed 24 hours prior. If parents/caregivers must come into the building they and anyone with them will be required to wear face coverings. There will be no exceptions! A marked area will be offered to distance themselves from other parents and kids outside the camp room area.


Once your child arrives, we will offer them a specific location to put their belongings that will be distanced from the other kid's belongings. They will have access to their stuff with the permission of the staff as well as being escorted to the location.

It is requested that the only items that come from home are extra clothes, face masks, backpacks, snacks & water bottles. Cell phones can be used for emergency purposes ONLY and will need to remain in your child's backpack or jacket, but not allowed to be on their person during camp hours.

In the past we have offered individual water cups. This is no longer an option. We request that ALL children arrive with their own water bottles which will be stored with their personal belongings or in a special designated area where they will have easy access to them, but with a reasonable distance from others water bottles. We will be supplying water to the kids when need into their water bottles only. Hopefully we will be receiving a donation of individual juice/beverage boxes that will be offered for snack/afternoon break.

We will be offering daily demonstrations of social distancing to help the kids understand our expectations.

As part of our regular camp protocol, the emphasis of the importance of frequent handwashing with soap and water, including scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds will be offered multiple times throughout the day.

The performing of thoroughly cleaning in areas, such as lunch areas, entry ways, stairways, stairwells, handrails will be done throughout the day. This will also include commonly used surfaces including doors, door handles, light switches, waiting area chairs, tubs, serving trays, water pitcher handles, toilets, kitchen and utensils and implements, oven doors, grill and range knobs.


For meal preparation, the goal is to be outside as much as possible, offering a steady air flow and comfort to the kids with appropriate distancing. Due to the very warm temperatures that occur in Tiburon, there may be times during day in which we will need to relocate into a large room inside due to extreme heat. Our kitchen will have all doors open and a running air purifier that will also be in any room the kids are. At no point will any camper or staff member be subject to recycled air.

This room may also apply for eating lunch. Pending the temperature outside. Sometimes, the kids may have the option to eat inside or out. Ideally, we'd like to eat lunch outside daily.

We will be working in two, 7 kid, 1 adult groups when creating the recipes for our daily lunch.

Only the staff will be distributing plates, utensils and napkins for both snack and lunch. If the occasion arises where a child is asking to help set up for lunch, they will be required to wear rubber gloves that will be disposed of when finished.

Children will be required to scrape their own plates and place their used utensils in a designated bus tub for cleaning, after lunch.

The staff will be serving the kids in a regulated, staggered line offering appropriate distancing when being served.

Any shared food items such as condiment bottles, salt and pepper shakers, etc. will be offered to the kids by staff only.

There will be no sharing of food by the kids for snack or lunch. The exception would be siblings who live under the same roof.

All surfaces used for our camp will be cleaned and disinfected before during and after camp. We'll be using a household bleach solution, 5 tablespoons per gallon of water for this situation. In addition, all dishes, cooking and eating utensils will be washed and disinfected this way too.

Soap will be used prior to and after working with food. When not working with food we will be offering hand sanitizer with an alcohol concentration of between 60 to 80%, again as a precaution.

All cloth towels and sponges used in camp will be washed and bleached daily.


Any and all equipment used by the kids during break and after lunch, balls, the climbing structures, etc. will be cleaned and disinfected before, during and after camp.

The use of the outdoor structures will be regulated so that those who are interested in using them have enough distance from others to be safe. The use of this equipment will be offered at break time and after lunch. For those kids interested in using a ball for shooting baskets and or kicking it, will get their own ball. A sharpie marker will be offered for them to write their name on it and will be theirs to be used for the week. At no time will hand to hand catch be allowed.

We will be supplying reusable, recyclable, to go containers for your kids to take the food home that they create each day. We are also ok if you prefer to have your child bring their own. Let us know ahead of time if you do not wish your child to bring food home. The containers will be labeled with your child's name on it, be portioned out by a staff member and ready to go upon pick up. These containers can be returned the following day or on the last day of camp. They will be sanitized upon arrival at camp.


Bel Aire Elementary School Kitchen, Tiburon- This location offers a large industrial style kitchen including 2 heavy duty overhead fans that suck the air right out of the room. Included in this space is an oven/stove, multiple sinks, freezer, refrigerator and a restroom. The open space offers quite a bit of airflow and there are 2 additional air purifiers strategically placed in the room which help with air movement. Because of the space, our work area is spread out allowing 3-feet on either side of each camper at the workstation, to work safely. After every use of the workstation tables, the kids help clean the tables with a water bleach solution to ensure the killing of germs and containments. The kids bring their own water bottles and are offered a personal space to put their belongings. They also receive a personalized plate for their daily snack (and an individual one for lunch).

Please discuss all of the above with your child prior to camp so that these new practices are not a surprise for them on the first day. We are all making adjustments and hope that this summer will be a little more normal for all involved. You will be notified of any additional practices or changes to the above.

Thank you!