Houston Club SciKidz and Tech Scientific
Science & Technology Camps in Houston, TX
The steps and procedures introduced in this document are for the health and safety of all staff, campers, and families at Club SciKidz. 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.
Our campers, staff, and parents will receive education on “Cover your Cough”, our COVID-19 procedures, symptoms, and How to wash your hands. Staff will receive this during their training and notices will be sent out to our families.
For parents, if any child has symptoms of infection, even mild, such as sniffles (not allergy-related), a new or worsening sore throat or cough, he/she will need to be evaluated by his/her health care provider and not come to camp that day. A written notice from the campers Primary Care Physician (PCP) or health care provider will be needed before the camper can attend camp. Campers under the age of 5 and with underlying health conditions will need a written notice from their PCP before they may attend camp in accordance with State Department of Health Directives.
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. Temperatures and checklist questions will be logged daily. Thermometers used to will be contactless. Staff will also be required to answer prescreening questions before they may clock in for work. All campers and staff will be encouraged to wear face coverings during arrival and departure.
Due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19 this summer, Club SciKidz’s threshold for camper illnesses that will require immediate camper pick up has been adjusted for the health and safety of all campers, staff, and families.
If parents are called to pick up a camper, then will need to wait either in their cars or outside of the main doors. They will need to call the director and let him/her know that they have arrived, and the director will escort the camper out.
All staff and campers will have a temperature check daily when they report to camp. This will be done regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Anyone with a documented temperature of 100.4 will be sent home from camp. Individuals with a low- grade temperature will report to the First Aid Station and be assessed for infection (low- grade temperature is defined as > 98.6 and <100.4 < 24 hours)
Campers that have been sent home due to suspected illness will need to get cleared by their PCP or a Doctor and provide written approval prior to their return to camp.
If a camper or staff has seasonal allergies their normal symptoms MUST be documented on their camper application or in their account. Allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and sniffles will be monitored but will not require the camper to be sent home as long as those symptoms are documented on their application or camper account. Campers with allergies are encouraged to take their allergy medications prior to attending camp that day.
If these allergy symptoms appear in conjunction with any other symptoms such as extreme fatigue, productive cough, light sensitivity, headaches, or muscle aches your camper will be sent home and may only return once he/she has been cleared by your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or a Doctor.
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 State standards.
Campers will be placed in cohort groups of 15 or less to limit group mixing. 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 at all times during 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.
Any staff member cleaning must wear gloves. Gloves will be used once and then thrown away. Cleaning will occur in two stages: Cleaning to remove dirt and grease and then disinfecting. We will be using normal cleaning products such as Clorox to clean and a diluted bleach solution for disinfecting. The disinfecting solution will be 4 teaspoons of bleach to a quarter of water in a spray bottle. These bottles of disinfectant will be labeled clearly so that they are used appropriately and not mistaken for other cleaning solutions.
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. The disinfectant spray used will be a diluted bleach solution consisting of 4 teaspoons of bleach to a quart of water. These bottles of disinfectant will be labeled clearly so that they are used appropriately and not mistaken for other cleaning solutions. An alcohol-based sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or greater than 70% isopropanol will be available at the first aid station.
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.
You may use paper towels to turn off the faucet and/or open the door to the bathroom.
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.