COVID-19 Safety Measures

COVID-19 Safety Measures

We are following LA County Public Health day camp protocols to keep everyone safe this summer. Please review those protocols here.

We’re asking all in-person camp participants to do their part to keep camp safe and open by agreeing to follow safety measures.

All of this is subject to change as protocols could loosen or become more strict.

We will be updating this page on an ongoing basis.

Safety Measures Overview

  • Required testing.
  • Physical distancing at all times.
  • Masks required except while eating or drinking.
  • Temperatures taken and symptoms checked every morning.
  • Frequent hand-washing, and hand sanitizer made available.
  • Reduced capacity.
  • Activities take place outdoors when possible.
  • Doors and windows open.
  • Sharing of instruments and equipment kept to a minimum.
  • Sanitizing instruments and equipment between uses.
  • Cohort system with little to no interactions or shared space between cohorts.
  • Singing outdoors only.
  • Low capacity in classrooms to allow for plenty of physical distancing.
  • No shared use of classrooms between cohorts.
  • Campus-wide cleaning and sanitizing daily.
  • Frequently-touched surfaces cleaned multiple times daily.
  • Campers and volunteers will have designated separated areas for personal items.
  • Multiple entry/exit points and staggered entry/exit times to reduce crowding.
  • Designated routes to avoid crowding.
  • We are seeking volunteers who are fully vaccinated.
  • Protocols in place for infection control.
  • All campers and volunteers should avoid unnecessary travel prior to coming to camp.
  • All campers and volunteers should participate in as few other activities as possible during camp.

Safety Measures FAQ

Are campers and volunteers required to get a COVID-19 test?

Yes. Campers and volunteers must take a test within 72 hours of the first day of camp and provide proof of a negative result before Monday morning.

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

If you need help finding where to get a COVID-19 test, please call us. We are not able to provide COVID-19 testing.

What’s the mask policy?

Everyone at camp must wear a mask at all times except when eating or drinking. If someone has a medical exception they must wear a face shield with drape in compliance with State directives. We will provide a clean, disposable, multi-layered mask to each camper and volunteer every day. Masks should be washed or replaced daily. Masks with valves are not permitted. Masks must cover nose and mouth.

Are volunteers required to be vaccinated?

We are looking for fully vaccinated volunteers at our in person sessions. For virtual camp, vaccination status is not a factor.

Are campers required to be vaccinated?

Camper vaccination is encouraged if/when eligible, but it is not required at this time. The vaccination process for children is still developing.

What are the physical distancing requirements?

Campers need to keep 3-ft physical distance from each other within their cohort. Volunteers keep 6-ft distance from everyone. Campers keep 6-ft distance from other campers who are not in their cohort. When singing, singers keep 10-ft distance.

What are cohorts?

The cohort system is a recommended safety measure. It reduces interactions, and helps us with contact tracing if needed. A cohort is a small grouping of campers and volunteers. A single cohort will contain 3 bands, and possibly an MVP crew.

Will instruments be shared?

Shared use of instruments and equipment will be limited. Singers will have a dedicated mic for the week that they will not share. All instruments and equipment will be sanitized between uses.

Will campers be singing indoors?

Per Department of Public Health protocols, there is no singing indoors. During Band Practice, which is indoors, the singer of the band (1 person only) will have a dedicated mic and will perform with their band in a speaking voice only. There will be additional time to rehearse with their band outdoors where they can sing in full voice. Vocals class will be held outdoors with 10ft distance between each singer and the instructor.

During Band Practice, which is indoors, the singer of the band (1 person only) will have a dedicated mic and be placed at least 8ft away from the rest of the band. Vocals class will be held outdoors with 8ft distance between each singer.

How much time will be spent indoors?

As of now, campers in bands will spend 1 hour indoors for Instrument Instruction, and 1 hour indoors for Band Practice each day. MVP campers will spend 2 hours indoors each day. In addition, there will be some transition time moving through hallways and bathroom breaks.

How many campers and volunteers would be allowed in a classroom at one time?

There will be a maximum of 4 campers and 3 volunteers in any classroom.

What’s the ventilation system like at camp?

Immaculate Conception School does not have a centralized ventilation system. We will be keeping windows and doors open.

Do the rooms get aired out between uses?

We will be keeping doors and windows open as much as possible. There will be breaks between activities during which rooms will be empty. Cleaning and further airing out will happen during these breaks.

How many people will be at camp?

We’re planning for 40 campers and 30-40 volunteers each week. That’s about half capacity of a normal week of camp.

What happens if there are new restrictions or there’s a surge in COVID cases in L.A.?

We are keeping a close eye on day camp protocols, and all relevant guidance from L.A. County Public Health Department. If new restrictions are put into place, we may have to make changes to camp including cancelling camp if needed.

What happens if a camper or volunteer became symptomatic during camp?

They would immediately be taken to the isolation room and arrangements will be made to transport them home or, in the case of a medical emergency, to a medical facility. We would consult with LA County Department of Public Health for further instructions regarding contact tracing, potential quarantining of that person’s cohort, and other safety measures.

What happens if a camper or volunteer tests positive for COVID-19?

Anyone who tests positive should notify us immediately, stay home, and isolate. If they are at camp when they learn of a positive test result, they would immediately be taken to the isolation room and arrangements will be made to transport them home or, in case of a medical emergency, to a medical facility. Anyone who was exposed to the person who tested positive will be instructed to quarantine.

What if someone at camp comes into contact with someone outside of camp who has COVID-19?

This is a question that everyone will be asked at the wellness check in the morning. If they have had contact with someone who has COVID, they will be sent home immediately.

What if there are multiple cases at camp?

If 3 or more cases are identified, we will inform the L.A. County Department of Public Health who will help us determine if the cluster is an outbreak and tell us what to do next.

What should I do if I am sick?

If you are sick, do not come to camp.

What if someone becomes sick after camp?

The LA County Department of Public Health requires us to notify them if a camper, volunteer, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of having been at camp. Please notify us if you test positive within 14 days after camp.

Is it possible that camp could be cancelled if someone gets exposed or becomes sick?

Yes. We will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and staff.