COVID-19 Regulations Waiver

 

THE NEW COVID-19 MEASURES COMING TO HAMMOND RIVER NATURE CAMP

We are very excited to have your children join us at Nature Camp this summer. We appreciate the trust you put in us during these confusing times.  As we get ready for the Nature Camp, we find ourselves embracing “THE NEW NORMAL”.  As we follow the government guidelines for the Recovery Phase, it is important to keep in mind that Zero Risk is not possible in any setting. The goal is that we reduce the risk as much as possible and create a safe and healthy environment for staff and children.

The following changes will be implemented for the duration of this year’s Nature Camp:

 

1.The Grouping Method:

The Government of New Brunswick (GNB) has decided to allow Early Learning Childcare Facilities and Day Camps to operate at full capacity, using a grouping method. The grouping method involves creating multiple self-contained groups within the facility, with the size of each group limited to a maximum of 15 children (plus staff). Facilities may choose to keep each group separate or allow groups in the same area provided a 2-metre separation between each group is maintained. Note: Within each group of 15, physical distancing is not required. “

At Hammond River Nature Camp we will divide the children into two groups with a maximum of 15 children plus staff members for each group. Both children and Counsellors will stay together during the entire week.

The groups will be assigned before camp starts and the parents/caregivers will know in advance which group their children will belong to.

We will set up two drop-off/pick-up lanes (one for each group) outside of the building. Every morning and afternoon, parents/caregivers should drop-off/pick-up their children in their assigned line. From that moment on until the end of each week, children and Counsellors from one group will need to self-distance from the other group.

 

Inside the building we have divided the room upstairs in half. Every group will be assigned one half as well as one bathroom. They will keep their bags and shoes inside their designated half. Every group will have its own set of craft supplies, tables and chairs. The outside equipment will also be divided into two groups and will stay with that group for the entire week.

Activities and mealtime schedules will be staggered throughout the day.

   

2. Strict Exclusion of Children or Staff who are Sick with 2 or more of the Following Symptoms:

If the child attending Day Camp shows 2 or more of the following symptoms: Fever or signs of fever, new cough or worsening chronic cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell OR a child displaying purple fingers or toes even as the only symptom, they must stay home, contact 811, and cannot return until fully recovered. If tested, Public Health will inform the individual or parent (when a child is involved) when isolation may be lifted. https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/en/CDC/PosterCL.pdf.

If a staff or child of the Day Camp tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health will identify who the close contacts are and manage the outbreak with respect to Public Health measures and communication. 

 

Note: Children or staff who have been identified as having seasonal allergies or who suffer from chronic runny nose/nasal congestion are not required to be excluded.

Any person arriving from travel outside of New Brunswick must self-isolate for 14 days at home, monitor for symptoms and avoid attending ELCFs and Day Camps.

3. Enhance Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures:

One of the most important measures that we need to implement this year is a regular routine of cleaning and disinfecting the facility during the day instead of just at the end of the day. This year we will have one dedicated Counsellor in charge of cleaning and disinfecting for each group, instead of taking turns as they did in the past. This Counsellor will follow a cleaning schedule that will include regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces like doorknobs, faucets, tables and chairs.

 

Every group will have their own set of fishing rods.

 

Kayaks and paddleboards will be cleaned and disinfected after each use by that group.

4. Personal Hygiene Etiquette:

At the beginning of the day, staff will remind children to practice good respiratory etiquette such as covering their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of the elbow when coughing or sneezing.

We will have face masks available for those children who wish to wear one. We will have a washer and dryer to be able to wash those masks every day and have them clean at the beginning of every day. If parents/caregivers wish to send their own masks to camp, they are more than welcome. Face masks are not mandatory unless you are showing symptoms.

Staff and children must practice good hand hygiene. We will increase the frequency of handwashing and will provide hand sanitizer around camp at different locations. We will install signage such as hand washing and personal hygiene etiquette throughout the camp.

Items that cannot be easily cleaned (e.g. stuffed toys, play dough, puzzles) will be removed.

We will reinforce "no sharing" policies. The practice of not sharing will support the efforts of reducing virus transmission between children.

5. Records:

Day Camps are required to have up to date records of household members for each child attending their facility (e.g. names and contact numbers). A log must be kept for each self-contained group that would include the names of those in the group and date the group was established, in case Public Health asks for it to help with contacting if a COVID-19 case was found in the facility or if the child may have attended a camp.

 

The Counsellor for your group will have a single log for your child instead of having one log for all children attending the camp that week. That log will include: contact information, grouping information, daily sign-in/out, daily screening questionnaire answers and temperature checks. We are required by the Government to make temperature checks for staff and children upon arrival and repeat temperature checks at least every five hours thereafter.

6. Dropping off/picking up: 

Prior to entering the Day Camp, staff, children and the adult bringing the child into the facility must be pre-screened. Pre-Screening Tools have clear rules to allow and prohibit entry. We will post signage at the entrance advising of the pre-screening process. Part of the pre-screening process is to include temperature checks of all campers and staff, provided by a non-contact thermometer (i.e. infrared).

The process of dropping off your children will be different than previous years and parents/caregivers need to stay until it is complete. Please make sure you have enough time to wait until we have cleared the child to attend camp. Based on the government guidelines, we need to conduct an active screening before allowing your child to enter the camp. These are the steps that you have to follow every morning at drop-off:

A. Parents/caregivers will line up according to their assigned group keeping the 2-meter distance. There is space for up to 5 sets of parents-and-children. We will have markings to make it easier for parents/caregivers to know where to stand. Please wait in the car if you see that your lane is already full.

B. Before leaving your child, you will need to answer the screening questionnaire. Parents do not need to sign, just answer the questions asked by the Counsellor each day. We will have signage including the Pre-screening questions to make it easier for parents/caregivers to answer them verbally.

C. We will take the temperature of each child as they are dropped off using an infrared thermometer.

D. If their temperature is ok, you may then leave the camp.

 

Pick-up: The parent/guardian will wait in the same line where they dropped off their children.

 

The Government encourages that only one identified adult per family be responsible for the drop-off and pick-up of the child or children at the facility.

 

Drop-off and pick-up activities will be done outside unless the adult absolutely needs to come into the facility.

Following pre-screening, those children and staff exhibiting symptoms will be advised of the following:

Go home and contact 811. They cannot return until fully recovered. If tested, Public Health will inform the individual or parent (when a child is involved) when isolation may be lifted.

Note: Children or staff who have been identified as having seasonal allergies or who suffer from chronic runny nose/nasal congestion are not required to be excluded.

Safeguards for Visitors (other essential staff such as EECD staff and Public Health Inspectors) must follow the pre-screening protocol described above. They must also wash their hands upon entry at the nearest handwash station and must maintain physical distancing as much as possible.

7. Outdoor Play Areas:

We have divided the outdoor space into two fields, one on each side of the building. Every morning we will assign one side to each group. They will switch sides after lunchtime.

 

Fishing rods and other outside equipment will be divided in half and given to each group. Kayaks and Standup paddleboards will be shared, but will be disinfected between uses. Staff will remind children to follow good personal hygiene while using the equipment and to wash their hands after playing with the equipment.

 

Water tables and sandboxes are prohibited during the COVID-19 pandemic.

8. Field Trips and Special Events:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, field trips are not permitted.

9. Control Measures as Guided by Public Health if an Outbreak is Detected:

What is considered an outbreak when dealing with a confirmed case or a suspect case of COVID-19? One confirmed case of COVID-19 (Individual who tests positive for the virus causing COVID-19); OR Two or more suspect cases of COVID-19.

A suspect case is defined as:

A child/staff that has 2 or more of the following symptoms: fever or signs of fever, new cough or worsening chronic cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell; or a child displaying purple fingers or toes even as the only symptom Note: Children or staff who have been identified as having seasonal allergies or who suffer from chronic runny nose/nasal congestion would not be considered a suspect case.

If an outbreak is declared, then the facility must close. The facility cannot reopen until advised by Public Health. Regional Public Health will be involved to manage the outbreak and ensure contacts are identified, public health measures are in place and will lead any communication that is required.

Outbreak Management Plan will be required to be updated to include information on COVID-19 and the control measures to follow when dealing with a suspected case of COVID-19.

 

Control measures on suspected cases of COVID-19 will include:

  • If a child becomes symptomatic during the day, he or she will be immediately separated from others in a supervised area until they can go home and will be asked to wear a face mask.

  • We will ensure that measures are in place to inform parents/guardians and staff of the situation and of how important this control measure is. Proper isolation is one of the most important and effective measures in controlling the spread of disease to others. Parental and staff cooperation is critical. We ask parents/guardians to pick-up your child within an hour of notification. Hygiene and respiratory etiquette must be practiced while the ill child is waiting to be picked up.

  • After isolating the symptomatic child, we will make sure that the group of combined children/staff where the symptomatic child was in, will not mix with the rest of the Day Camp population until the ‘suspect case’ is assessed.

  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection of the isolation area will be conducted once the ill child/staff has left the facility.

  • Ill staff must immediately isolate themselves from others and wear a community mask until they can leave the facility.

  • If an outbreak is confirmed, post appropriate notices for parents/guardians at all entrances to the facility to ensure that disease information is available for staff and parents/guardians if needed or requested.

 Guidelines for vulnerable parents

Science has demonstrated that children who carry and transmit COVID-19 may have very few if any symptoms. Because of this, if an asymptomatic adult infects a child and that child enters a child care facility with no symptoms, there is a risk of that child transmitting the virus to others in the facility, both children and staff. Because the grouping method allows for children within each group to intermingle, all stakeholders, especially parents and staff, must be aware that their actions play a critical role in reducing the risk of infectious disease transmission in these facilities. It is therefore paramount that operators follow strict controls as described throughout this document.

In addition, parents are advised to heed the following:

• Adults in contact with children attending a child care facility need to be hypervigilant about monitoring for symptoms and get tested if they develop 2 or more of the following symptoms: fever or signs of fever, new cough or worsening chronic cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell.

• If children attending a child care facility have a vulnerable adult at home, the parent will want to consider the risk of the child bringing COVID-19 home to the vulnerable adult in the home.

• For adults bringing their child to a child care facility, those adults in the child’s “bubble” will want to minimize their non-essential movement outside the home.

I have read and fully understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this COVID19 Regulations Document.

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