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Camp COVID-19 Policy

OSA Performing Arts Camp Covid-19 Policy
Updated June 30, 2022

We are looking forward to welcoming our young musicians back to in-person summer camp for July 2022!

To ensure the safety of our students, teachers, staff, and volunteers, we would like to present our Camp Covid-19 policy.  The OSA Camp Committee in conjunction with the OSA COVID-19 task Force has adapted our COVID-19 Return-to-in-person policy to exercise the following:

  • Providing a safe and healthy environment for students, teachers, staff, and volunteers 
  • Returning to in-person summer camp and performances 
  • Maintaining close communication with Gaetan-Gervais High School and other venues (e.g., Church of the Incarnation) and adhering to Provincial and Town of Oakville Public Health guidelines.
  • Active consultation with in-house medical professional on health and wellness policies.

As a condition of attendance to an in-person day-camp and related performances, it is implied that all students (and relevant members) agree to comply with this Camp COVID-19 policy. We anticipate that this policy may be subject to change as the OSA COVID-19 Committee sees fit, in conjunction with public health data and policy, and how it specifically impacts the OSA Performing Arts Summer Camp's needs. It is important that families carefully review all communications from the OSA in this regard, to ensure their understanding and compliance with any new measures and/or directions put in place. 

We recognize situations are constantly evolving and will continue to update our policy. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at info@oakvillesuzuki.org

PROTECTIVE STRATEGIES
The OSA will employ multiple protective strategies and controls to support healthier and safer environments for students and instructors as detailed below. Though a specific measure to prevent transmission does not exist, multiple structural and individual elements contribute to making healthier spaces for our Camp classes and performances and to ensure the smooth running of camp and reduce the risk of infection to OSA members and their families. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Widespread vaccination is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, building immunity in Ontario, and protecting our communities. OSA encourages all instructors, staff, volunteers, and campers to be vaccinated as the first defense against contracting or spreading COVID-19.   

OSA Medical Expert
OSA is fortunate to have a COVID-19 Task Force member that is a healthcare professional actively engaged and fluent in COVID-19 responses. We welcome you to direct any questions or concerns to Dr. Adam Chen at adamchen@live.ca

Self-screening
All campers, teachers, staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to complete the self-assessment questionnaire screening tool prior to admission to Camp each day. See link Government of Ontario School and Child Care Screening

All teachers, students, staff, volunteers, and visitors that do not pass the screening cannot attend Camp or enter the camp location. Details of screening are as follows: 

  • All students, teachers and volunteers will be required to show proof of the assessment tool's green checkmark upon arrival and sign-in at the Front entrance of Gaetan-Gervais.
  • If your screening result is a “red X” do not come to camp and follow the instructions (Next Steps) provided by the negative screening result.
  • Notify us as soon as possible at info@oakvillesuzuki.org
  • Parents are required to ensure that all screening is done for each day of camp.

Masks
Masks are one of the most effective individual public health measures that we can use to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. When layered with other public health measures, a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn mask can help prevent you from:

  • getting COVID-19
    • they reduce the amount of infectious respiratory particles you inhale
  • spreading COVID-19 to others
    • they contain the infectious respiratory particles you produce if you're infected, even if you don't have symptoms

Masks are encouraged at all times by everyone while inside Gaetan-Gerais High School and any related camp venue (Church of the Incarnation). Masks can be off when eating and drinking in the cafeteria. Flute students will receive specific instructions from our flute teacher regarding mask while having lessons and during performances.  Some of our teachers will require students, parents, volunteers and staff to wear as mask in their teaching rooms.  Masks must be worn in rooms with Mandatory masking signs in place.  No exceptions.

Please ensure that your child’s mask is: 

  • Sized appropriately to avoid gaps and fits over the nose, mouth, and chin 
  • Fastens securely with ear loops or ties 
  • 2-ply or 3-ply construction 
  • Washed daily if reusable 
  • Does not have a Velcro “straw” or valve opening 
  • Tasteful and appropriate for a community setting 

The government of Canada has published guidance on appropriate types of masks and usage. This information is posted online at this link:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html
Reasonable exceptions or accommodations may be made with regards to the requirement to wear a mask.

Hand Hygiene
Appropriate hand hygiene is one of the most important protective strategies. All students, teachers, volunteers, staff, and visitors will be expected to practice regular hand sanitization during Camp classes and events.  

Social Distancing
As much distancing as possible will be maintained between students and teachers and any volunteers. 

Parent Responsibilities:
As a condition of enrollment, parents are required to acknowledge their understanding of and compliance with our Camp COVID-19 policies. It will be important that families carefully review any and all communication from the OSA to ensure their understanding and compliance with any new measures and/or direction put in place. The following is a list of required health strategies: 

  • Health screening checklist will be performed, and the green checkmark will be shown at sign-in at the beginning of each day.
  • Students will stay at home if feeling unwell. 
  • A plan is in place to pick up your musician immediately if they become ill while at Camp.
  • If your screening result is a “red X”, please do not come to camp and follow the instructions (Next Steps) provided by the negative screening result.
  • Complying with orders issued by Halton Public Health.
  • All flute students whether as the primary or secondary instruments, will receive specific instructions from our flute teachers.
  • Breaks and lunches: Masks may be removed for eating and drinking during lunch and breaks.​​
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.