Rising Treetop at Oakhurst’s overnight respite, after school respite and summer camp services have been significantly impacted of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As of March 20, 2020, we suspended our after school day respite program, and on a month-by-month basis have since extended the suspension of the program. As of September 29, 2021 we have made the decision to further suspend our after school day respite services through the end of 2021. We will decide by December 1, 2021 if we are able to start our 2021-2022 after school respite season in January 2022, and will make decisions on a month by month basis after that.
At this time, we cannot resume these services because of the surge in pandemic from the COVID-19 Delta variant, the likely need for vaccination booster shots this fall, and the inability to ensure safe social distancing at our facility with our vulnerable client populations, and the lack of availability of live-in direct care staff.
Please know that the safety and health of our clients and staff is always the highest priority at Rising Treetops. We will continue to work closely with our local public health department and our partners at New York’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and New Jersey’s Department of Human Services to maintain safe and effective protocols to resume our vital services at Rising Treetops.
What follows is our afterschool day respite program description (through March 2020 and again after we resume day services in the future):
After school care for school-age children is now available during the school year on a fee-for-service basis. This day respite program is open after school until 6:00 p.m. We can provide limited one-way transportation from nearby schools or programs to Rising Treetops at Oakhurst, and are also available on school break weeks (not federal holidays) during the school year. Please call 732-531-0215 for more information. For new clients, an Application for Service will need to be completed, as will an in-person interview.