artsPlace Summer Camps Q&A

Having thoroughly studied the documents from Alberta Health Services providing guidelines for Day Camps in our province, as well as having reviewed the feedback we received from Bow Valley families through an online survey, we have determined that artsPlace can meet the requirements to provide in-person full-day summer camps. See details here.

Here, we answer some of the questions you might have about in-person summer camps. 

Q: What safety measures will you have in place during in-person camps? 

A: The safety of our community continues to be our number one priority. Our organization has a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan that includes policies to keep our customers, program participants, and staff members safe. Our summer camp staff are being trained on these policies.

We continue to closely monitor the regulations provided by Alberta Health Services and we are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for your children, in alignment with provincial guidelines. 

In-person camps will follow all the necessary safety precautions as outlined by the Alberta Health Services, and will include:

- Small cohorts of under 8 participants
- Dedicated Staff and Professional Artists to work with each cohort
- Many activities to be held outside, weather permitting
- Symptom and temperature screening for each participant before entry into the camp
- No physical contact between different cohorts
- Separate entrances for each cohort
- A washroom and working-space specific to each cohort
- Within a cohort, activities will be adapted to encourage physical distancing between participants
- Rigorous cleaning and health and safety protocols for maintaining the artsPlace facility
- Risk mitigation and COVID-19 response plans in place

Q: Will kids have to be 2 meters apart during the camp? How will you enforce this?

A: Current Alberta Health Services guidelines do not require children within a cohort to stay 2 meters apart or to wear masks however, social distancing practices will be encouraged and considered when designing classroom set-up, lunch breaks, games and activities.

Q: Are masks mandatory during camps? 

A: As of August 7, 2020, the Town of Canmore has issued a bylaw compelling residents and visitors to wear masks in all public indoor settings. artsPlace is exempt from this bylaw as it is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC this summer. We made this choice to best protect the wellness of the children in our camps. We have confirmation from the Town that we are exempt from the bylaw for this reason, and the children are not required to wear masks at camp.

However, artsPlace is a mask-friendly environment. As schools are moving towards mandating masks for children in Grades 4 to 12, if you would like to send your child to camp with a mask, to help them get used to this protocol, we will do everything we can to help them adjust well to this new routine. It is your choice whether your child wears a mask to camp. 

artsPlace staff will continue to always wear masks or face shields when interacting with the campers. 

Q: What action will be taken in the event of an outbreak or spike in cases leading up to or during summer camps? 

A: If there is a spike in cases in Alberta or the Bow Valley, making in-person camps inadvisable, artsPlace will transition all summer camps online. Registered participants will be able to choose a refund option, or transition to an online camp, which will be offered at a reduced cost. 

Q: What action will be taken if a camp participant shows signs of illness? 

A: For the safety of everyone who enters the artsPlace facility, it is important that we check program participants for signs of infection. Camp participants will be screened for symptoms daily before entering artsPlace. If a camp participant shows any signs of illness, they will not be allowed to attend the camp or enter the facility. Daily screening will help us ensure we have the most up-to-date records and will give us the opportunity to communicate with families so that they are aware of what to do to help prevent the spread of infection.

Q: What action will be taken if a camp participant shows symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19? 

A: If a camp participant or staff member, or anyone in their immediate family, shows symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be allowed to enter the artsPlace facility and will be asked to test themselves for COVID-19. If a camp participant or staff member, or their immediate family, tests positive for COVID-19 or discloses they have COVID-19, the artsPlace facility will close immediately for a minimum of 72 hours (as per the AHS regulations) and summer camps will immediately transfer to an online format. 

COVID-19 presents serious risks to our community through direct and indirect transmission. At artsPlace, we are doing everything we can in alignment with Alberta Health guidelines for Summer Camps and Businesses to limit the spread of the virus. We are committed to keeping lines of communications open between our team and your family to ensure we can work together and adapt to changing situations.  

Should you have any other questions or concerns about in-person summer camps at artsPlace, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]