During rock camp, we want to keep your kids safe. The following is what we will be doing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- We ask that children and parents maintain a reasonable distance from other children and their parents while waiting to be checked in.
- We require all children to complete a COVID-19 self-screening prior to arriving at rock camp.
- We require that everyone entering Backbeat wear a mask.
- You will be greeted by a Backbeat staff member at the front door for check-in. Check-in will involve taking every child's temperature using a touchless thermometer and giving them a spray of hand sanitizer (that contains at least 60% alcohol content) upon entering Backbeat.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the course of the day and staff will closely monitor application of sanitizer to ensure children are applying it in a way that is safe.
- Once check-in is complete, doors will be locked to avoid all non-essential visitors.
- Signs will be posted at entrance to remind families that no one is to enter the building if they are sick (even if symptoms resemble a mild cold).
YOUR CHILD MUST STAY HOME IF THEY DISPLAY ANY SYMPTOMS.
- Staff members and students must not attend the program if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold.
- Symptoms to look for include fever, cough, loss of taste, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
- We will continue to require that anyone entering Backbeat wears a mask.
- We do realize that masks are no longer mandated by the Government of Alberta or the City of Edmonton effective July 1. However, many of our students are under the age of 12 and are therefore not yet able to receive the vaccine. We also want to ensure that all of our staff have the opportunity to receive their second dose of the vaccine before we make masks optional inside our space.
- Exceptions to mask requirement may be made when we are outdoors as well as when we are eating lunch.
- We will be keeping daily records of anyone entering attending the day camp who stays for 15 minutes or longer (e.g. staff working each day, students, etc.).
- Records will be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
- Where possible, physical distancing practices will be encouraged, both inside and outside of Backbeat.
- We will avoid hugs or handshakes and encourage physically-distant greetings such as “air fives” and waves.
SHARED SPACES & INSTRUMENTS
- Instrument sharing will be avoided as much as possible; if sharing is necessary, we will be disinfecting all shared instruments (e.g. keyboards) between use.
- Where possible, students will be encouraged to bring their own instruments to camp to avoid sharing. (i.e. guitars, bass, drum sticks)
- Washrooms and door handles will be cleaned and sanitized frequently to reduce risk of transmission.
LUNCH AND SNACKS
- We are asking all students to bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration or a microwave. This will allow each student's lunch to be kept with their individual belongings during the course of the day.
- We will be enforcing a "no food sharing policy" during camp.
- We are asking all students to bring their own water bottle to camp that is labeled with their name.
- There will not be a tuck shop at this year's camp.
- We are planning to host an in-person show at 7pm on the same Friday that your child's camp ends.
- We are exploring all the options for the show, including using our outdoor space in the back alley (aka "The Cage"). There will likely be a limited number of audience members allowed, e.g. 2 audience members per student/camper.
IF SOMEONE STARTS SHOWING SYMPTOMS DURING CAMP
- If a student develops symptoms while at rock camp, the student will be isolated away from other students and the parent or guardian will be notified to come and pick up the student immediately.
- If a staff person develops illness while at work, they will immediately remove themselves from any contact with others, notify their supervisor and go home.
- We ask that each student have one designated parent or guardian to pick them up each day.
- Shortly before the end of camp, we ask that this designated parent/guardian be waiting in their car or lined-up at their child's designated entrance.
We know this is a lot of information, but thanks for working with us to help keep everyone safe.