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March Break Camp - Week of March 15 to March 19, 2021
 
 
Artist for the Week
W21CMB
At Centre
Instructor: Toni Caldarone
Ages 5 - 12
Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$275.00 (no HST)

Kids will have a blast creating cool works of 2D and 3D art on their week away from school. Each student will be able to let their imagination go wild as they are taken on an artistic journey. During the week, our friends from Toronto Pearson Airport will be dropping by to lead an art activity about animals that live at the airport. They will have cool, free swag to give away, too! All materials included. Please note that every effort will be made to implement this camp in-house. In the event of mandatory building closure, we will move all activities online and email parents a supply list.

 

Extended Care: Morning
W21CMBEX1
Ages 5-12
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
$40.00 per week (no HST)

 

Extended Care: Afternoon
W21CMBEX2
Ages 5-12
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
$55.00 per week (no HST)

 
 
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Our camps support a creative learning environment where participants are encouraged to explore and enrich their lives through the arts.

What to Bring:
Campers should wear comfortable clothes that can get messy. We suggest packing a change of clothes and/or a smock. Campers should bring a reusable water bottle and indoor shoes. Campers should bring a lunch and two snacks packed in reusable containers and take home all uneaten food and refuse. Lunches must be ready-to-eat as our kitchen facilities remain closed. Campers should not bring peanut/nut products or toys. Cell phones are to be safely stowed away. NPCC is not responsible for lost/stolen or damaged items.

Health and Safety:
All campers must complete health and dismissal form at the time of registration. Campers must be signed-in every morning and signed-out every afternoon by a parent/guardian listed on the health and dismissal form. Photo identification will be requested at every sign-out. Parents/guardians must review any medication with the Programs Coordinator on the first day of camp. If a camper becomes ill, the parent/guardian will be notified. If the parent/guardian is unavailable, the emergency contact will be notified.


During covid, we ask all parents and caregivers to monitor the health of children every day. Campers may not attend camp if they display any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
Please see below to view our full covid health and safety plan. Please note that as further information becomes available changes to the camps may become necessary. We will keep you updated with any relevant information.


Facilitated:
Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm unless otherwise specified. Campers are welcome to arrive between 8:30 - 9:00 am. Morning extended care is available between 7:30 – 8:30 am for an additional fee. Afternoon extended care is available between 4:00 – 5:30 pm for an additional fee. Facilitated in Neilson Park Creative Centre and Neilson Park.

Schedule:
Each camp is limited to a maximum of 15 campers. Campers participate in arts and recreational activities each day. There will be two 30-minute snack breaks and one-hour lunch break each day. A typical day of camp looks like this:

7:30am – 8:30am: Extended care (if available)
8:30am - 9:00am: Arrival
9:00am – 12:00pm: Morning activity and break
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 3:45pm: Afternoon activity and break
3:45pm – 4:00pm: Dismissal
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Extended care (if available)

Staff Training:
Camp staff members include the Programs Coordinator, counsellors, artist instructors and volunteers. Staff participate in comprehensive preparation before the start of camp that includes Emergency First Aid, HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development, and inclusion and support training.

Code of Conduct:
NPCC is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and positive environment. By participating in Neilson Park Creative Centre programming you are agreeing to adhere to our Code of Conduct. Visit our website to learn more. Camp staff will discuss camp rules and expectations on the first day of camp. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may lead to dismissal from camp.

 

COVID-19 RISK MITIGATION


Safety
Staff members, parents, guardians and children will not attend the program if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold. Symptoms to look for include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.
Parents and guardians must check the temperature and wellness of children daily before coming to the program. Parents and guardians will be reminded of this requirement when children are first registered for the program and through visible signage at entrances and drop off areas. Staff will take the temperature of each camper every morning when the child is dropped off.


Masks
Everyone, 2 years of age and older must wear a mask inside the facility with the exception of during eating breaks.


Illness
If a child develops symptoms while at NPCC, the child will be isolated, away from other children and the parent or guardian will be notified to come and pick up the child immediately. If a child requires close contact and care, staff will continue to care for the child until the parent or guardian is able to pick them up. Staff will wear a mask during all interactions with the child and will avoid contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.

 

Staff will wash their hands before donning a mask and before and after removing the mask (as per mask guidance), and before and after touching any items used by the child. All items used by the child while isolated will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as the child has been picked up. Items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (e.g. paper, books, cardboard puzzles) will be removed from the program and stored in a sealed container for a minimum of 10 days. Camp participants will be reminded of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 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. If a COVID-19 case is suspected, parents will be notified immediately. The local public health unit will be contacted to notify them of a potential case and advice will be sought regarding the information that will be shared with the public.

Camp participants or staff that are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded from the program setting for 14 days. Public health will be consulted for procedures on testing before being permitted to rejoin the program. Programs will keep daily records of anyone attending the camp who stays for 15 minutes or longer (e.g. staff working each day, children, etc.). Records will be kept up-to-date and available to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. All visitors or special guests will also be documented.

 

Physical Distancing
Two or three concurrent camp programs will be offered and separation between programs maintained. Where possible, physical distancing practices will occur within each cohort. In the studio, children will sit 2 metres apart from each other. Each child will receive their own 2 square metre camper space, delineated by floor markings. All belongings of each child will remain within the camper space.

Avoided will be close greetings like hugs or handshakes and encouraged will be physically-distant greetings such as “air fives” and waves. Staff will plan physically distant outdoor activities such as shadow tag (if applicable) and avoid activities that require clustering around a particular item or small area. Where a shared outdoor space is used such as Neilson Park or its playground, cohorts must maintain a distance of 10 metres between groups. Signs are posted reminding persons not to enter if they are sick (even if symptoms resemble a mild cold).

 

Use of Shared Spaces
Each cohort will have regulated visits to the washrooms, preventing mixing of cohorts. Washrooms will be cleaned between cohort visits. We understand that irregularities and unplanned occurrences are common during camp. In the event that a camper should need an unscheduled bathroom visit, those areas used will be cleaned and disinfected. Cohorts that utilize a space that has other user groups will ensure the space is cleaned before and after using the space. Cleaning will be done by one person within the cohort directly before the group enters the space and after it exits the space. A cleaning log will be posted and used to track cleaning.

 

Program Planning
To help plan activities, staff will consider the following questions to determine the risk of the activities and whether they are allowed to proceed.
• Does the activity violate a public health order?
• Does the activity involve shared surfaces or objects frequently touched by hands?
• Can an activity be modified to increase opportunities for physical distancing?

 

Lunch and Snacks
There will be a “no food sharing” policy. NPCC will not distribute food, water or snacks of any kind to campers. All campers MUST bring their own water bottles. Participants must label personal belongings. Where possible, children will practice physical distancing while eating. Utensils should be packed with lunch as to discourage eating with fingers. Everyone will thoroughly wash their hands before lunch and snack time and throughout the day. Each cohort will eat separately from the other. Boomerang lunches and snacks will be observed where campers are asked to bring their food in reusable containers and take home all uneaten food and refuse.

 

Cleaning
The Centre will engage in frequent, thorough cleaning and disinfecting each day. When possible, tools that have been used such as paint brushes, pencils, etc. will be disinfected at the end of the day. Where possible, toys and equipment will be made of material that can be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Hand sanitizer poses a potential risk for alcohol poisoning particularly for children, instead, all children and staff will participate in scheduled hand washing events throughout the day. Staff will have access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content and will use it frequently throughout the day.

 

Cancellation of Camps
Neilson Park Creative Centre reserves the right to cancel in-person camps if directed to do so by Federal, Provincial or City governments and a full refund will be provided. If this is the case, NPCC will make every reasonable effort to move the camp online and give registrants the option of online learning or refund.


Refunds for Withdrawals
Regular withdrawals must be made at least 14 days before the first day of camp. A refund less $25 administration fee will be issued upon receiving notice of withdrawal by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (charged per course, per registrant.)

 
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