COVID-19 Public Health Measures

On July 16, Ontario moved to Step 3 of reopening. NPCC will observe the following measures as set out by the Provincial government.

COVID-19 Public Health Measures for Summer Camps

Neilson Park Creative Centre is excited to reopen for summer camps from July 5 through September 3! 

Welcome to Summer Camp! This year, more than ever, campers need a super-fun and creative experience. We’ve been hard at work planning for an awesome week of camp and are excited to have your children spend time with us! Below you will find information about our camps, including drop-off and pick-up instructions, health and safety, and lunches and snacks. If you have additional questions, please call us at (416) 622-5294 or email Alonso Rodriguez, our Programs Coordinator at programs@neilsonparkcreativecentre.com.

Program Planning

To help plan activities, staff has considered 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?

 

Safety

  • NPCC has strongly encouraged all summer staff and volunteers to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, and at the earliest opportunity before camps begin.
  • NPCC will accommodate summer camps while operating Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. from July 5 – September 3, 2021. 
  • Three summer camps (cohorts) will run concurrently at NPCC each week in separate studios.
  • The following maximum number of campers will be in each camp/cohort:
    • Junior Campers – 16 children in Studio A2
    • Intermediate Campers – 12 children in Studio B
    • Senior Campers – 16 children in Studio A1
    • Each cohort will have one teacher, one counsellor and, on occasion, one volunteer.
  • Cohorts will not mix with other cohorts or be within the same studio at the same time.
  • To minimize sharing art materials, when possible, children will receive their own art kit for the week.
  • Staff members and children will 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 temperature and wellness of children daily before coming to the program. We encourage campers to take the online “Covid-19 school and child care screening every morning before coming to camp. It can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
  • Staff will conduct active symptom screening and temperature check every day as parents or guardians drop off their children.
  • The camp coordinator will keep daily records of anyone attending the day camp and visitors to the Centre (e.g. staff working each day, children, maintenance workers, etc.)
  • NPCC will close if connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 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 camper exhibitions for parents and friends.

 

Cleaning

  • The Centre will engage in frequent, thorough cleaning and disinfecting each day.
  • We will be using a mixture of 10% bleach and 90% water.
  • When possible, tools that have been used such as paint brushes, pencils, etc. will be disinfected at the end of the day unless children have tools that are for their use exclusively for the week.
  • Where possible, toys and equipment will be made of material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • 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. 
  • Staff will have access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content and will use it frequently throughout the day. 
  • At the end of each week, all materials that were used will be wiped down and sanitized by all staff before going home.

 

Masks

  • All staff and campers are required to wear masks while inside the Centre. During eating breaks, staff and campers will be seated apart at a minimum of 2 metres square per person.
  • Campers must come to camp wearing a mask and have 1 mask packed away as a spare.
  • Masks must be surgical, however, cloth masks may be worn if made with at least two layers of fabric.
  • Masks must be clean and without tears or holes.
  • Masks are not mandatory when campers and counsellors are outdoors in the park or playground. While outdoors, physical distancing will be encouraged.

 

Illness

  • 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 IMMEDIATELY to come and pick up the child. The child will be kept in the Executive Director’s (ED) office under the supervision of the ED. If ED is unavailable, the Programs Coordinator will supervise child.
  • 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 will wear a mask during all interactions with the child and will avoid contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.
  • All items used by the child 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 will immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify their supervisor and go home.
  • If a COVID-19 case is suspected, parents of all the students at camp that week will be notified immediately. The local public health unit will be contacted to notify them of a potential case and advice will be sought regarding the information that will be shared with the public. 
  • Camp participants or staff that are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded from the program setting for 14 days. Public health will be consulted for procedures on testing before being permitted to rejoin the program. 

DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES

Drop Off By Car: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Extended care drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
Please drive up to the walkway at the front entrance and stay in your car. A staff member will come to your car, check your child’s temperature, 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. Please note: every morning, your child’s temperature will be taken with a no-touch electronic thermometer and you will be asked if your child displays any symptoms of COVID-19 before being allowed into the Centre. (The normal body temperatures for children are the same as an adult and are considered to be between 36 to 36.8 degrees Celsius or 96.8 to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit. In a child, any temperature that exceeds 36 degrees Celsius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered to be high and is medically classed as a fever).

Drop Off by Foot: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Extended care drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
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. Please note: every morning, your child’s temperature will be taken with a no-touch electronic thermometer and you will be asked if your child displays any symptoms of COVID-19 before being allowed into the Centre.

Pick Up By Car: 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended care pick-up no later than 5:30 p.m.
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. Children will not be allowed to enter cars without proper ID every afternoon.

Pick Up By Foot: 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Extended care pick-up no later than 5:30 p.m.
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. Children will not be allowed to leave without proper ID every afternoon.

Physical Distancing

  • Three concurrent camp programs will be offered and separation between programs maintained. 
  • Where possible, physical distancing practices will occur within each cohort.
  • In the classroom, children will sit 2 metres apart from each other. Each child will receive their own 2 square metre camper space, delineated by floor markings. All belongings of each child will remain within the camper space. Please ensure all campers belongings are labelled with names.
  • 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 outdoor activities such as shadow tag and avoid activities that require clustering around a particular item or small area. Campers will be allowed to play in the park playground.
  • 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).

What to Bring

  • Camp participants must bring their own sunscreen for outdoor activities as sunscreen and other items are not permitted to be shared.
  • Two face masks should be brought each day – one to wear and one for backup.
  • We ask campers wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please note: things get messy sometimes – clothes might get paint or other art materials on them!
  • A hat for outdoor playtime (if desired) and a light jacket, in case it gets chilly inside the studios.

 

Lunch and Snacks

  • Everyone will thoroughly wash their hands before lunch and snack time.
  • Each cohort will eat separately from the others. 
  • NPCC has a “no food sharing” policy during Covid. 
  • NPCC will not distribute food, water or snacks of any kind to campers. 
  • All campers MUST bring their own water bottles. Bottles may be refilled from taps at NPCC. We do not have a water fountain.
  • Participants must label personal belongings.
  • Children will practice physical distancing while eating. 
  • Utensils should be packed with lunch as to discourage eating with fingers. 
  • Boomerang lunches and snacks will be observed where campers are asked to bring their food in reusable containers and take home all uneaten food and refuse. 
  • We have 2 snack times (morning and afternoon) and 1 lunch break. Please portion food for 3 eating periods. We’ve noticed that some campers eat their entire day’s food ration during the first snack break!
  • Lunches must be ready-to-eat as our kitchen facilities remain closed.
  • We ask campers to refrain from bringing peanut and nut products.


What not to Bring

  • Toys, stuffed animals.
  • Cell phones will be safely stowed away.

We understand that we have many rules in place this summer. We want everyone at camp to have a fun and safe time with us and we thank you for helping us make this a great experience for our campers and staff!

Your Summer Team:

Artist-Instructors:
Enzo Avolio
Tawni Bramley
Toni Caldarone
Matthew Summers
Juliana Venair-Ford

Counsellors:
Ava Esposito
Rachel Lin
Amalie Kanne

Camp Coordinator:
Dani De Angelis: dani@neilsonparkcreativecentre.com

Camp Volunteer:
Yanna Lazarova

NPCC Staff:
Kylynn Bhathena, Outreach Coordinator: kylynn@neilsonparkcreativecentre.com
Petra Nyendick, Executive Director: petra@neilsonparkcreativecentre.com
Alonso Rodriguez, Programs Coordinator: programs@neilsonparkcreativecentre.com
Cory Therrien, Facilities Coordinator: coryt@neilsonparkcreativecentre.com

COVID-19 Public Health Measures for All Activities

While indoors, staff and guests must:

  • Perform self-screening before entering facilities.
  • Sign in at front desk.
  • Wear face coverings if 2 years of age and older unless during eating breaks or if medical reasons prohibit individuals from wearing masks.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres (except for other members of same household or their caregivers).

Staff will:

  • Clean and disinfect several times each day as required to ensure cleanliness.
  • Ensure each studio and gallery capacity is at no more than 50% capacity and guests are able to maintain social distancing of 2 metres, whichever is less.
  • Ensure posters listing self-screening instructions, room capacities and other information are posted throughout NPCC.
  • Maintain line management outside of the front doors of Centre to ensure social distancing.
  • Organize INDOOR public events and social gatherings of up to 25 people only.
  • Organize OUTDOOR public events and social gatherings of up to 100 people only. Masks are not mandatory in outdoor settings but social distancing must be maintained.

In case of illness:

  • If a guest develops symptoms while at NPCC, the guest will leave the premises.
  • All items used by the guest will be cleaned and disinfected by staff.
  • If a staff person develops illness while at work, they will immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify their supervisor and go home.