Club SciKidz MD 2021 COVID-19 Procedures

The steps and procedures introduced in this document are for the health and safety of all staff, campers, and families at Club SciKidz MD. These procedures will help us to minimize the risk of disease transmission at camp. These will in no way guarantee a disease-free environment but will provide proactive steps in reducing our risk. All of our parents and staff will be educated on our adjusted procedures.

Education

Our campers, staff, and parents will receive education on our COVID-19 procedures, identifying symptoms, how to properly wear a mask and how to properly wash your hands. Staff will receive this during their training and notices will be sent out to our families. Signs containing reminders for social distancing and proper handwashing will be posted around each camp location. Although staff are not required to receive a COVID vaccine, they are encouraged to do so and are provided with information pertaining to the benefits and also how to become vaccinated.

Camp Entry

For a camper or staff’s first week of camp or first week after being on vacation or not attending camp, they will be asked to complete a Pre-Camp Screening which will have them log their temperature, symptoms and certain travel behaviors for 14 days before attending camp. This form can be submitted through a camper’s registration record or turned in to the director at the camp location. Staff will turn in their form on the first Monday they arrive at camp.

Parents will be required to answer prescreening questions for each camper they are dropping off each day before campers can be dropped off. The questionnaire will consist of the COVID symptoms. Checklist questions will be logged daily. If answers indicate a possible COVID symptom, the child will not be able to attend camp. Although temperatures of campers will not be taken at arrival, each location will have thermometers to be used if a camper appears unwell throughout the day. Staff will also be required to answer prescreening questions and will have their temperature taken daily before they may clock in for work.

This year Club SciKidz MD has a written Health Policy that all parents will sign during the registration process. It clearly details when campers need to go home, stay home and what conditions need to be met before they can return.

Face Masks/Facial Coverings

In accordance with state and local guidelines and CDC and ACA recommendations, all staff, campers and visitors will wear masks/facial coverings when inside. Masks and facial coverings must cover the nose and mouth. When masks are removed for eating and drinking, extra distancing needs to occur. When masks are removed for the above reasons, the person should remain stationary and not move around while the mask is removed.

When outside, masks are not required as long as staff and campers are distanced. If campers are in close proximity or crowded together, they should wear a mask. Even if masks are worn outside, everyone will be encouraged to take a few “mask breaks” to ensure that they are getting fresh air while outside.

If a camper or staff is unable to wear a mask for health reasons, a clear shield or an alternative may be acceptable. Both the camper/staff’s physician and camp Health Supervisor will determine if the exception is necessary and appropriate.

Camper Groups

All camps are capped at 15 campers. Camps that have more than 15 participants will be split into two different groups. By using the small groups and cohort strategy, isolation and surveillance of close contacts can be implemented in short order. Campers will be required to stay with their own group throughout the camp day. Campers will wash their hands before and after each activity and meal. Counselors will be given a supply of alcohol-based sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol to keep on their person for personal and camper use. This bottle of sanitizer will be refilled daily as needed.

First Aid Station Staff

All First Aid Station Staff will be required to thoroughly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol- based hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water before and after treating each staff member or camper. They will also be required to use masks and gloves when treating any campers or staff. Gloves must be used during cleaning and changed in between campers.

Gloves and masks are only to be used once and then thrown away. Staff may not use the same pair of gloves multiple times. Masks must be changed in between groups. Gloves are to be removed by grasping from the inside and peeling inside out.

The First Aid Station will be supplied with PPE gear and cleaning supplies such as Clorox and disinfection supplies. The cleaning of supplies and surfaces will be conducted in between each use. All treatments will be documented according to the Maryland COMAR standards.

Regular During-the-Day Cleaning & Disinfecting Procedures

  1. Each classroom will be equipped with paper towels and disinfecting spray/cleaner.
  2. Staff should disinfect tables and counters at least once throughout the day. Disinfecting should take place when campers go outside. Materials that are shared and used with the classroom will be appropriately disinfected after every use.
  3. Bathrooms and frequently touched surfaces (railings, doorknobs, handles, etc.) will be disinfected at least twice daily (mid-morning and mid-afternoon).
  4. There will be a written record of all disinfecting that takes place.

Regular End-of-Day Cleaning & Disinfecting Procedures Cleaning will be done in Two Stages:

  1. Cleaning to remove dirt
  2. Then a disinfecting solution will be used.

Normal cleaners such as Clorox will be used to clean surfaces and disposable wipes such as paper towels and Clorox wipes will be used. If a sponge or rag needs to be used for cleaning it will be disposed of in a sealed bag or container.

Cleaning:

  1. All hard surfaces will be wiped down.
    1. Tables
    2. Chairs
    3. Shelves
    4. Cabinets
  2. Take out the trash
  3. Vacuum

Camp Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures for confirmed COVID-19

Extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures will begin 24hrs after the confirmed case. If waiting 24 hours is not possible, as long as possible will be waited.

  1. First clean visibly dirty surfaces then perform disinfection.
  2. Use disposable wipes/paper towels to clean surfaces if possible, rather than reusable cloth wipes, as the latter can re-contaminate surfaces. All cleaning and disinfecting materials (e.g., paper towels, cloth wipers, sponges, mop heads, etc.) should be disposed of in sealed bags or containers after use.
  3. Particular attention will be given to high touch areas, including, but not limited to, handrails, door handles, cabinet and drawer handles, shared sports equipment or craft tools.
  4. Clean a potential source area by progressing from the most distant point to the entrance to avoid re-contaminating surfaces that have been disinfected (i.e., clean your way out).

How to Wash Hands

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running, water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by running them together with the soap. Make sure to lather the back of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing the, “Happy Birthday” song twice.)
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or an air dryer.

You may use paper towels to turn off the faucet and/or open the door to the bathroom.

How to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers should contain greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol. Hand sanitizers are not a substitute for handwashing for there is easy access to a sink.

  1. Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
  2. Rub your hands together. Make sure the product contacts the back of your hands, palms, between your fingers, and fingertips.
  3. Continue to rub your hands together until your hands are dry (about 20 seconds).