We know that, during this unique season, a variety of questions will surface about our in-person programs. The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. Below, you will find answers to some questions that you may have about how we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible.
Yes, we will be requiring all that staff and students wear a cloth face covering. Face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose. As a reminder, cloth face coverings should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance. Although all PAST staff members are fully vaccinated, everyone will be required to wear a mask.
We are intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces before and after each program (e.g., lab tables, door handles, chairs, etc), cleaning and disinfecting objects if they are shared (e.g., art supplies, computers, computer mice, etc), and cleaning and disinfecting any areas that are used throughout the day.
We are also limiting the number of items that are shared or touched by providing individual supplies to each student, keeping items properly labeled, and ensuring they remain in the building. Also, limiting outside items being brought in by students with items that are brought in being store separately.
We will be keeping students in small groups of 10-15 and adhering to social distancing of 6 feet by running as many programs outdoors as possible, by setting up learning labs to ensure social distancing is followed, and ensuring students stay within their designated program group.
We are promoting healthy hygiene practices by monitoring students to make sure they are washing their hands, providing students with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, encouraging students to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting signs about these healthy habits.
We are performing temperature checks of everyone (students, staff, parents etc.) before entering the PAST Innovation Lab space.
Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, campers, and families— should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.