Techkidz – Summer Tech Camps 2021 – Covid 19 Guidelines
Guidelines: We will be following all guidelines advised by NPHET and published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and the HSE.
The safety and welfare of all our students, parents and leaders will inform every decision we make. We know that the last year has been difficult and we hope that by participating in our Tech Camp you son and daughter will have a fun, engaging, and exciting experience.
Any parent, child or staff member who is displaying symptoms of Covid-19 prior to camp or outside of camp hours or is a close contact of somebody diagnosed with Covid- 19 should not attend the Techkidz Summer Camp.
Covid Officer: Every camp will have a designated Covid officer. They will ensure all necessary hygiene and other guidelines are adhered to in relation to Covid-19. If any staff member or child at camp is displaying symptoms, they will follow our procedure to ensure the safe isolation of the individual until it is possible for them to go home. A mask will be provided on site for any person who is displaying symptoms. Those potentially affected will be advised to phone their GP and follow their GP’s medical guidance. Techkidz will complete an incident report and comply with any HSE contact tracing requests.
Reduced camp capacity: The number of children permitted at each of our camp venues will be reduced to achieve the best social distancing practices. We are also running significantly less camps in 2021.
Reduced group sizes: The maximum number of children per group will be 16. Camp Leaders will remain with the same group for the entire week. Groups will not inter-mix with other groups. After a child is assigned to their specific group on the first day of camp, they will not be permitted to move to a different group at any stage. The group will be in the same room each day and will also use the all the same equipment.
Contactless drop off/collection: We will put in place a staggered drop off and collection system. We aim for this to be carried out in a contactless format where the venue layout allows. You must stick to your allocated arrival time and departure time. We will notify you by email the week before the camp with their drop off time and collection time.
Parents will not be permitted to enter our camp facilities at any time during the camp day.
All payments must be made in full before the first day of the camp. You can pay the balance online or ring our HQ and pay the balance over the phone.
Activities: As all our activities will take place in a classroom setting, we will be able to run most of our Tech Camp as normal. Children will be seated to facilitate social distancing. Your child will be using the same laptop each day and it will be thoroughly cleaned each morning/afternoon. Any other equipment will also be thoroughly disinfected. Unfortunately, there will be no fun games before the camps start. All children will go straight to their designated classroom. There will also be no presentation for parents on the Friday.
Hand Hygiene and Sanitisation: We will provide a hand sanitizing station at the entrance to the school and in each classroom which children and staff will have easy access to.
Personal Belongings: We will require all personal belongings to be labelled, including water bottles, lunch boxes and bags.
Enhanced Cleaning Routines: As well as cleaning and disinfecting our laptops and other equipment, touch ‘hot spots’ such as door handles, and hard surfaces will be cleaned regularly during each camp day.
Visible signage: Signage and posters will be displayed in all the necessary locations at each camp venue. This will provide guidelines and reminders on social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Children must comply with all safety requirements, hand washing and coughing etiquette. Our Staff will be trained in hand hygiene procedures and will remind children to follow same.
These guidelines maybe updated between now and the summer based on any recommendations from NPHET so please check back nearer the camp date.