Summer Camps 2021
All programs at Kingston Danceforce Studios follow an extensive cleaning and safety protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are adhering to all social distancing and mask guidelines. Below is the updated Covid-19 protocol and procedures for KDF during Summer Camps. Please note these protocols may be subject to change at any time as we are constantly checking in and working with KFL&A Public Health.
Who can enter the studio?
At this time, only students and staff will be permitted within the building to keep capacity low and ensure we can track everyone who has entered the building and when they have been there. There will be social distance markers outside for students to wait on before their classes or Camp and enter the classroom/front door one at a time. Parents may watch from the windows outside of each studio.
Each Cohort of Campers will be entering through separate entrances to ensure social distancing during drop-off and pick-up. Drop-off and pick-up times are spread out over 30-minutes to allow campers to enter/exit 1 at a time.
- Studio Attitude – front of the building, door 5 entrance
- Studio Jeté – front of the building, main door entrance
How are the campers divided?
Campers and staff for each Summer Camp have been organized into cohorts based on age and skill level. All staff and campers will remain in these cohorts for the duration of the Camp.
- Cohort size meets the requirements of the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 guidance for day camps.
- All programs/activities, including meals, nutrition, and hydration breaks, are staggered to minimize interaction between cohorts.
All students and staff must sanitize hands upon entry to the KDF build. After placing belongings into their designated area, students will need to sanitize their hands again.
- Staff and campers perform hand hygiene before and after removing their masks to eat/drink.
- Campers perform hand hygiene before and after using shared items/equipment (i.e. Acro mats).
- The personal belongings of each camper (e.g., sunscreen, masks, water bottles, etc. ) are labelled and not shared between campers.
- Students should take water bottles with their spot or place them around the outside of the room (the teacher will instruct which is best for the upcoming activities).
- Campers are to arrive dressed and prepared for camp. All campers should wear comfortable athletic clothing that will allow them to move and dance freely. Campers may also wish to dress, so they match the camp theme; this is great as long it does not interfere with their movement ability.
- Campers may wear dance shoes or clean indoor running shoes (will have to change shoes to go outside).
- Students will remove shoes/outerwear and personal belongings and place them in the cupboard in each studio. We ask that each student keep personal belongings to a minimum, but do not forget to bring a lunch/snacks and water bottle.
- Staff may keep their personal belongings in their area and place their shoes in the designated areas.
- All Campers should wear a well-fitting mask at all times when indoors (except when eating/drinking) unless exempt.
- All Staff and essential visitors MUST wear a medical mask at all times when indoors (except when eating/drinking) unless exempt.
- Mask breaks will be given throughout the day outdoors (weather and safety permitting).
- Campers and staff should store their masks when not being worn in a labelled clean and dry bag or container, paper bag, or lunch pail.
Inside and outside spacing of 2-meters:
The use of all available indoor and outdoor spaces is maximized to ensure cohorts remain physically distanced (minimum of 2 metres apart) from one another at all times.
- Outdoor activities, including nutrition breaks, are planned as much as possible (weather and safety permitting).
- Activities, including nutrition breaks, are staggered by cohort to promote physical distancing.
- All campers and staff must remain 2-meters apart with absolutely NO PHYSICAL CONTACT for activities or class time. There will be taped-off squares for each camper to stand in and taped-off lines across the floor to keep everyone at a safe distance. Campers should remain in their designated area until instructed otherwise by camp staff.
Nutrition and hydration breaks are taken outside (weather and safety permitting). During nutrition breaks, masks can be removed, and campers will be seated and spaced apart (at least 2 metres apart).
- If the camper finishes eating prior to the end of the break, they will be able to do quiet activities (e.g., reading, colouring) with masks on.
- Campers will need to bring their own lunch/snack and water bottle
- Campers are not permitted to use microwaves or other multi-use appliances (e.g., toasters, kettles, serving utensils).
- Water dispensers are used only to refill individual drink bottles (i.e., not for drinking directly).
Each camper, staff, and essential visitor MUST complete our online screening tool for symptoms and relevant exposures to COVID-19 before entering camp facilities and/or participating in daily camp activities. Campers or parents/guardians on behalf of their children will complete an online google form each day before entering KDF. This can be found on our website: Kingston Danceforce Screening Tool
Any camper, staff, or essential visitor who screens positive for symptoms and/or relevant exposures to COVID-19 will be denied entry to camp facilities (or, if needed after arrival at camp, is immediately directed to the isolation area while plans made to leave safely)
Campers, staff, and essential visitors will not be permitted on the premises if they answer “yes” to any of the following:
- have symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing
- have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- have been instructed by local public health authorities to self-isolate due to travel or contact history
- If a student screens positive for symptoms and/or exposures to COVID-19, they are asked to stay at home. Any students/staff who do not pass the screening tool will not be let into the studio.
Isolating symptomatic campers:
In the event that a camper or staff member becomes symptomatic during camp, they will be immediately isolated in one of the unused studios while plans are made to send them home safely. The Supervising teacher will supervise and assist symptomatic campers or staff in the isolation area, as needed. Any siblings or other household members of the symptomatic individual present at the camp are also sent home.
Ventilation and Cleaning:
- Doors are kept open (weather, safety, and privacy permitting) to increase ventilation.
- Doors will be propped open during drop-off pick-up to decrease having to touch handles to open the door (weather and safety permitting)
- All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily and more frequently if needed, including in washrooms, eating areas, designated isolation areas, as well as shared items/objects.
- The entire studio will be thoroughly sanitized and cleaned daily.
- The instructor will disinfect the student entrance/exit door with cleaning products provided by the studio between classes before and after drop off/pick up for summer camps.
- All staff must wipe down their area, equipment and any commonly used handles with a disinfectant wipe at the end of their teaching session or after students/campers are finished using them.
- Paper towels are available in washrooms for drying hands and turning off water faucets.
- No-touch garbage cans are available for disposal of paper towels and disinfectant wipes in the washroom and each classroom
- Disinfectant wipes will be provided in each washroom for campers/students/staff to wipe down touched surfaces upon exiting the washroom.
- Equipment (e.g., balls, arts and crafts materials, acro mats, ballet bars) will be divided between cohorts (so they are used by only one cohort at a time) and will be disinfected after each use.
- Washrooms are available for campers and staff to use. All campers will be encouraged to use the washroom during their break time as they are staggered with the other cohorts. The washroom will be cleaned/disinfected between each cohort’s breaks throughout the day.