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 planned overnight respite and after school respite programs, and on a month-by-month basis have since extended the suspension of overnight respite, sleepaway camp, afterschool day respite and summer day camp services through April 30, 2021.
At this time, we cannot resume these services because of the current availability and reliability of testing for COVID-19, the lack of a vaccine for our clients and direct care staff, the inability to ensure safe social distancing at our facility with large client populations, and the lack of availability of live-in direct care staff. We will decide on or about March 15, 2021 on whether our 2020-2021 afterschool respite program will resume on May 1, 2021 or will be delayed due to the continuing challenges and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.