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ECK’s summer camp updates on COVID-19

Greetings from Emerald City Karate,

We’re sending this email to update our potential summer campers about our summer camp plans for 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all face these unprecedented times. 

In light of COVID-19, we sincerely hope that we are able to come together for our Summer Camp series for 2020 starting on July 6th. We will base our decisions about if and how we will run our camps according to national, state, and local recommendations and regulations. We are still moving forward assuming that camps will happen as planned.

If we need to make changes to that plan, we will be in communication with registered campers.
We’ve included our safety guidelines & protocols that we’ll be using for our summer camps 2020.  This list will likely expand and be modified as we gain more information.
Please read these carefully and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

ECK’s Summer Camp Safety Guidelines & Protocols

– Stay home if you’re not feeling well
Please monitor your child(ren)’s health every morning and stay home if your camper is not feeling well or has recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

– Drop-off & Pick up procedures
Drop-off and pick up will occur outside of the dojo.  To limit the number of people accessing the dojo, only ECK staff and campers will be allowed to come inside.

Staggered Windows for Arrivals and pickups:  We’ll have a bigger time window for drop-off and pick-up times so the entrance of the dojo won’t get crowded.  This means that you won’t need to arrive at the moment camp opens its doors.

Notes:  During staggered arrivals and pickups, if multiple campers arrive at once, families will be instructed to form a line outside, maintaining the recommended 6-foot distancing. Masks worn outside are also encouraged.

1.  Health check and no-contact temperature check

  • No-contact temperature check – performed multiple times per day
    • Any campers with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted to camp.
  • COVID 19 exposure
    • Students and parents will verbally attest to having no known exposure to any persons exhibiting symptoms of illness within the past 14 days.
  • Symptoms check
    • With the parent present, verbal confirmation will be given each day by students at the time of entry that they have not had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath in the past 2-days.

Notes:  Without exception, any child exhibiting symptoms or complaining of not feeling well, will not be allowed entry to the camp. If at any point in the day a child complains of or exhibits symptoms listed in our student health check, they will be isolated from the camp, and parents will be notified to pick-up up their child as soon as is possible.

Mid-day & Before Pick up Health check:

On top of the drop-off health check, ECK staff will conduct a health check and no contact temperature check again at mid-day and before pickup.

2.  Hand sanitizing before entering 

After all the health check is complete and the no-contact temperature has been recorded, campers are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the dojo using the hand-sanitizer provided by ECK staff. 

3.  Camper health log

Students’ temperature readings and parent/student attestation to non-exposure to illness will be recorded in the student’s health log maintained by our team each day.

– Regular Sanitizing 

On top of our daily cleaning of the dojo, our studio’s high-traffic areas (including bathrooms, surfaces, doorknobs, tables, supplies, cubbies, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized. Any equipment that we use during the camp will be disinfected after each use.  We will also be providing campers with their own equipment to use whenever possible.

– Hand Washing/Hand Sanitizing

There will be several hand-sanitizing stations for our staff & campers to use throughout the dojo.  We’ll supervise camper’s hand-sanitizing and hand-washing to make sure it is safe and effective.

– Smaller group activities with social distancing

Whenever possible we will keep proper social distancing intervals between our campers during games and activities.

– Small lunch groups and Snacks group

During snack and lunch breaks we will divide up our campers into smaller groups so fewer people are eating together in one area.

– Field trips

Our original field trip plans were to go to the Regal cinema in Northgate, the family fun center in Redmond, Round 1 in South center mall, and the Wild waves water park but we do not yet know if they will be open.
 Since we’re not sure whether those places will be open, we’ll currently making plans to visit neighboring parks and have a movie time in the dojo using proper safety guidelines & protocols. When outdoors, we will be utilizing wide open spaces offering fresh air and space for us to move freely, play group games, and have fun together. In order to minimize exposure, we will not be playing on the playground equipment until State officials reopen these spaces for public use. Once it has been determined it is safe to utilize playground equipment, we will allow camp students to use playground equipment, with diligent hand sanitizing before and after play and before and after snacks or meals.

Since we don’t know if our planned field trip locations will be operating, we are looking into new ideas for activities and outings including buying our own laser tag sets, frisbee golf, visiting local parks, purchasing a bouncy house, etc.  During all trips, hand sanitizer will be used regularly.

– ECK Camp Staff

ECK staff will be trained and educated to keep our eyes open for possible health changes in our campers and to be diligent with our health checks.
ECK camp staff will be wearing face masks or shields during the camp and sanitizing our hands regularly throughout the day.

Please bear with us if plans change as we all face these uncertain times. In the case, that a camp is canceled we will offer refunds to those who request it.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We’re here for you. Stay safe and healthy out there!

Thank you,

Tobey Stansbury

Emerald City Karate