Our Covid-19 Response (Summer Camp 2022)

Brainy Speech & Debate Academy have continued to work diligently to adapt our camp programming and operational plans to meet or exceed the health and safety guidelines put out by the provincial health authority.

We will continue to update as the summer progresses and the provincial health authority changes their recommendations. We are taking the following steps to maintain the safety of campers and staff.

1. Face Covering

  • Masks will be worn in all indoor spaces
  • All instructors will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and protective eyewear

2. Cohorting

  • Campers stay together in their small group for the week (no swapping or mixing groups)
  • Groups of 8 are assigned to an instructor for the week
  • Each group will have their own separate indoor space to support physical separation, further to that we will define specific spaces for individual campers in each homeroom.

3. Physical Distancing

  • Physical distancing of campers & individual class groups
  • High contact activities and games have been removed from the camp programming
  • No non-essential visitors allowed into camp home rooms

4. Daily Health Screening

  • Parents/Campers/Staff will be required to answer the daily health screening questions prior to morning drop-off.

5. Hand Hygiene

  • If an activity lasts longer than 60 minutes, there must be a break to allow for the campers to wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer will be always available to all staff and campers

6. Vaccinations

  • We continue to follow the latest guidance from Public Health on vaccine status for our campers and staff.
  • All our staff will be required to be fully vaccinated.
  • We strongly recommend that all our campers be fully vaccinated.
  • However, we do understand that due to age restrictions , personal circumstances, and medical conditions, some campers may not have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.

7. Other measures

  • Strict “no sharing” policies for food & personal items
  • Signage and communication at camp regarding social distancing, facial coverings, and hand hygiene
  • Washrooms and classrooms will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. The number of students in the washroom at one time will be closely monitored.
  • There will be no lost and found at camp this summer. To prevent losing personal items, names should be written on water bottles, bagpacks, etc. Any items found without a name on them will be discarded immediately.
  • Camp registrations have deliberately been kept to a 30-camper maximum/week

COVID-19 Exposure Plan

1. Any campers, or staff, with symptoms must stay at home

2. Confirmed COVID Case of Camper/Staff
– Parent/guardian must notify camp administration
– Our camp administration will perform contact tracing to determine all close contacts
– Our camp administration will notify parents/staff who have been exposed, and these individuals stay home or are sent home
– Campers who miss camp due to a COVID exposure will be refunded for missed camp days.

3. In the event where a camper becomes unwell during the school day
– This must be reported to the camp administration immediately by their supervising adult.
– The parent/ emergency contact will be phoned immediately. It is essential that parents provide the camp administration with an emergency contact as well as an alternate emergency contact.
– The expectation is that the camper be picked up from the camp in a timely manner. While waiting for pick-up, the camper will be isolated immediately, will wait in an area isolated from other campers, and will be monitored by an adult with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

4. In the unlikely event that the summer camp is forced not to operate because of a government order (e.g., regional lockdown)
– Campers will receive a full refund for summer camp, or
– Campers can register for a spot in our virtual summer camp