Green Light for Summer Camps at NPCC!
We are happy to inform you that we have decided to run our summer camps after the decision made by the City last week to allow day programming for children. We appreciate your patience with us as we have been observing City directives before making this decision.
To ensure that you feel comfortable sending your children to our camp, we’ve designed a health and safety plan to help mitigate risk. Please see below for information about how we intend to carry out our summer camps.
Please note that as further information becomes available changes to or cancellation of the camps may become necessary. We will keep you updated with any relevant information.
We hope to resume our regular programming this fall. In the meantime, check out our online classes, workshops, open studios and social media events!
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR SUMMER CAMPS
Here are the steps Neilson Park Creative Centre will be taking to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 among participants, staff, and other contacts.
COVID-19 RISK MITIGATION
- NPCC will only accommodate summer camps while operating Monday through Friday, 7:30AM-5:30PM from July 6 – September 4, 2020. Adult programming and art exhibitions and events have been postponed or rescheduled.
- Only two summer camps (cohorts) will run concurrently at NPCC at any given time.
- A cohort is defined as a group of children and staff members assigned to them who stay together throughout the day.
- Each camp may operate with 15 campers and 2-3 staff members.
- Staff members, parents or guardians and children must not attend the program if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold. Symptoms to look for include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
- Parents and guardians must check the temperatures of their children daily before coming to the program. Parents and guardians will be reminded of this requirement when children are first registered for the program and through visible signage at entrances and drop off areas.
- Staff must conduct active symptom screening of each child every day with the parent or guardian as they drop off their children.
- Programs must keep daily records of anyone attending the day camp who stays for 15 minutes or longer (e.g. staff working each day, children, etc.). Records must be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
- All visitors or special guests will also be documented.
- Any program connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will be required to close for a minimum of 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then adhere to recommendations from City of Toronto Public Health.
- Regrettably, we will be unable to offer end-of-week exhibitions and performances for parents. However, we are planning on a Summer Camper Exhibition, Sept. 6-16 in our Parkview, Emergence and Founders Galleries, provided that we are able to move forward with small events.
- If a child develops symptoms while at NPCC, the child will be isolated, away from other children and the parent or guardian will be notified to come and pick up the child immediately.
- If a child requires close contact and care, staff will continue to care for the child until the parent or guardian is able to pick them up. Staff should wear a mask during all interactions with the child and should avoid contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.
- Staff will wash their hands before donning a mask and before and after removing the mask (as per mask guidance), and before and after touching any items used by the child.
- All items used by the child while isolated will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as the child has been picked up. Items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. paper, books, cardboard puzzles) will be removed from the program and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of 10 days.
- If a staff person develops illness while at work, they should immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify their supervisor and go home.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES
DROP OFF BY CAR
Please drive up to the walkway at the front entrance and stay in your car. A staff member will come to your car, have you sign in your child and will then escort your child into the Centre. Cars may line up in a counter-clockwise manner and parents and guardians may wait until their turn comes to park by the walkway at the front entrance.
DROP OFF BY FOOT
Priority will be given to those travelling by foot. Please wait at the front door until a staff member can accommodate you. Please adhere to the 2-metre distancing at the front door. A staff member will have you sign in and then escort your child into the Centre.
PICK UP BY CAR
Please drive up to the walkway at the front entrance and stay in your car. A staff member will escort your child to your car and have you sign them out. Cars may line up in a counter-clockwise manner and parents and guardians may wait until their turn comes to park by the walkway at the front entrance.
PICK UP BY FOOT
Priority will be given to those travelling by foot. Please wait at the front door until a staff member can accommodate you. Please adhere to the 2-metre distancing at the front door. A staff member will escort your child to the front door and have you sign them out.
- Two concurrent camp programs will be offered and separation between programs maintained, observing separate entrances/exits and washrooms.
- Where possible, physical distancing practices will occur.
- In the classroom, children will sit 2 metres apart from each other.
- Avoided will be close greetings like hugs or handshakes and encouraged will be physically-distant greetings such as “air fives” and waves.
- Staff will plan physically distant activities such as shadow tag and avoid activities that require clustering around a particular item or small area.
- Where a shared outdoor space is used such as Neilson Park or its playground, cohorts must maintain a distance of 10 metres between groups.
- There will be no non-essential visitors at the Centre. Parents or guardians will be unable to enter NPCC unless for emergency purposes.
- Communication with parents will be by email or telephone call, if necessary.
- Signs will be posted reminding persons not to enter if they are sick (even if symptoms resemble a mild cold).
USE OF SHARED SPACES
- Outside play structures that are used by more than one group can only be used by one cohort at a time and must be cleaned and disinfected before and after use by each cohort. Children not within the cohort are forbidden to use structures until the cohort has left the facilities. Each cohort must clean and disinfect equipment between cohort uses.
- Each cohort will have its separate washroom to minimize the number of shared surfaces. Boys and girls within the same cohort will use washrooms at different times.
- Cohorts that utilize a space that has other user groups must ensure the space is cleaned before and after using the space. Cleaning will be done by one person within the cohort directly before the group enters the space and after it exits the space. A cleaning log will be posted and used to track cleaning.
To help plan activities, staff will consider the following questions to determine the risk of the activities and whether they are allowed to proceed.
- Does the activity violate a public health order?
- Does the activity involve shared surfaces or objects frequently touched by hands?
- Can an activity be modified to increase opportunities for physical distancing?
LUNCH AND SNACKS
- There will be a “no food sharing” policy.
- NPCC will not distribute food, water or snacks of any kind to campers.
- All campers MUST bring their own water bottles.
- Participants must label personal belongings.
- Where possible, children will practice physical distancing while eating.
- Utensils should be packed with lunch as to discourage eating with fingers.
- Everyone will thoroughly wash their hands before lunch and snack time.
- Each cohort will eat separately from the other.
- Boomerang lunches and snacks will be observed where campers are encouraged to bring their food in reusable containers and take home all uneaten food and refuse.
- The Centre will engage in frequent, thorough cleaning and disinfecting each day.
- When possible, tools that have been used such as paint brushes, pencils, etc. will be disinfected at the end of the day.
- Hand sanitizer poses a potential risk for alcohol poisoning particularly for children, instead, all children and staff will participate in scheduled hand washing events throughout the day.
CANCELLATION OF CAMPS
Neilson Park Creative Centre will cancel in-person summer camps if directed to do so by Federal, Provincial or City governments and a full refund will be provided.
REFUNDS FOR WITHDRAWALS