Operational Modifications for In-Person Programming
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The health and safety of our guests is always our first priority. The Summer Camp at HMNS and Summer Scouts programs have extensive health and safety procedures and staff training in place every year. This summer, in light of COVID-19, The Summer Camp at HMNS and Summer Scouts at HMNS Team has updated these procedures extensively, informed by current recommendations from local, state, federal health officials, agencies, and authorities, including CDC guidelines.
Social Distancing and Crowd Limitations
- Reducing the number of campers and scouts per classroom to half.
- Reducing the total enrollment in Extended Day to half capacity
- Reducing the number of campers and scouts per classroom during lunch. We will not combine camp classrooms during the lunch period.
- Reducing the number of staff per classroom to one teacher and one or two assistants.
- No more than two campers or scouts per classroom table.
- Teachers and assistants will remind campers and scouts to remain separate.
- No partners or group projects.
- Only campers and staff will be allowed in the classrooms and the Education and Scout Office. Floor decals will indicate 6-foot spacing for parents to queue outside each classroom for drop off and pick up. Sign In and Sign Out with ID checks will be conducted in the hallway.
- Camp presentations on Fridays that would normally be with parents will be with camp teacher and assistant(s) only.
- Camp and scout field trips to off-site locations are tentative and might be cancelled.
- We strongly urge advance online purchase of summer camp, summer scouts, extended day, and carpool at store.hmns.org , lunch at hmns.org/visit/dining and the emailing of completed Camper Health Record forms to email@example.com or Scout Health Record forms to firstname.lastname@example.org to enable “low-touch” entry to the Museum and communication with staff.
- Campers and scouts will participate in no-touch tours throughout the museum exhibit halls, as they relate to curriculum.
- While on exhibit hall tours, campers and scouts will socially distance from all general museum patrons. Museum staff will monitor all public spaces to facilitate social distancing, control capacity; and have installed signage and floor decals throughout the facility to encourage and remind visitors to practice social distancing and hand washing and sanitizing.
- Campers and scouts will go on exhibit hall tours earlier in the day to avoid potential crowds.
- Staggered pick-up times to reduce the foot traffic in the Lower Level museum halls for summer camp and summer scouts.
- 3:00 PM pick-up for 6-7 age group or Cub Scouts, Daisies and Brownies and siblings.
- 3:15 PM pick-up for 8-9 age group or Juniors and Webelos and siblings.
- 3:30 PM pick-up for 10-12 age group or Cadettes and Scouts BSA.
- The temperature of all campers and scouts will be measured in the Grand Hall before entering the Museum and being signed-in; any camper or scout exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home with their parent or guardian.
- We will send all children belonging to a family home if any child in that family exhibits a fever of 100.4 or above.
- The temperature of all employees will also be measured before entering the museum; any employees exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home. Upon entering the building, employees must wash or sanitize their hands. The museum is also putting extensive health maintenance requirements in place for employees to follow throughout the day.
- Do not send your child to camp or summer scouts if they have any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection, a confirmed case of the COVID-19 infection, a suspected case of the COVID-19 infection, traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
- Do not send your child to camp or summer scouts if they have had any contact or potential contact with anyone with symptoms associated with COVID-19, a confirmed case of the Covid-19 infection, an individual under investigation for the Covid-19 infection, an individual who has travelled internationally in the last 14 days.
- If a camper or scout becomes ill with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection during the camp day, the Camp Director or Scout Programs Manager will contact their parent or guardian and the child and any other camper or scout belonging to that family will be sent home with their parent or guardian.
- If a camper or scout is sent home with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection and that camper or scout does not get evaluated by a medical professional and tested for COVID-19, the child is assumed to have COVID-19 and the child cannot return to camp or summer scouts until they have met the following criteria: at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever above 100.4 without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the child has improvement in symptoms; and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If a camper or scout is sent home with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection and that camper or scout does get evaluated by a medical professional and tests positive for COVID-19, the child cannot return to camp until they have met the following criteria: at least 3 days (72 hours) have passes since recovery (resolution of fever above 100.4 without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the child has improvement in symptoms; and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If we are notified of a camper, scout, or staff member with confirmed case of the COVID-19 infection, the Camp Director or the Scout Programs Manager will notify families that day via email. According to the State Texas Health Protocols the following are possible symptoms of COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore Throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cleaning and Sanitization
- Upon entering the museum, campers and scouts must wash or sanitize their hands.
- Campers and scouts will wash or sanitize their hands often throughout the day especially before returning to the classroom from exhibit hall tours, bathroom trips, or demonstrations.
- All staff who engage with campers and scouts will wear face masks.
- All campers and scouts will be encouraged to wear face masks. Campers and scouts ages 10 and above will be required to wear a face mask. Cloth face masks will be available to purchase at the museum.
- The museum has installed more hand sanitizing stations and has heightened cleaning protocols, including frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection of “high-touch” door handles, elevators, and restrooms.
- Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day.
- Campers and scouts will have an assigned seat and space in the classroom. Campers and scouts will be asked to wipe down their personal area with sanitizing wipes at the beginning of the day and then again after lunch.
- Campers and scouts will have their own set of basic materials for the day. Campers and scouts will be encouraged not to share personal supplies.
- Teachers and TAs will sanitize surfaces and handles in the classroom at the beginning of the day and again after lunch.
- All materials and supplies used in the classroom will be packaged or sterilized.
- Campers and scouts are encouraged not to share personal electronic devices. Electronic devices cannot be used during the curriculum portion of the day.
- In order to create a possible “low touch” Extended Day environment we will eliminate touch items like board games and building sets from the room. All campers and scouts will be permitted to use personal electronic devices during the extended day periods. Campers and scouts will be encouraged not to share personal electronic devices.