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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Summer Camps

Individuals engaging in camp-related planning and activities (camps staff, volunteers, campers, and their parents/guardians) must abide by Ontario Tech University's COVID-19 related guidelines while on campus. For more information about current on-campus COVID-19 policies, review the 2022 Summer Camps policies page.

The following COVID-19 information is designed to help you and your camper understand the on-campus COVID-19 protocols in place during your registered summer camp! 

What you need to know...

  • Masking is required

    To ensure the safety of our campus, Ontario Tech University will continue with its mandatory mask directive in all university buildings until the beginning of Fall 2022.

    Masks must be worn in all indoor campus spaces at all times except for when eating and drinking in appropriate designated areas.

    We ask that campers please:
    • bring an extra three-ply mask to camp in case their mask gets lost, damaged, wet or dirty
    • do not share masks with others
    • bring a labelled, clean and dry bag or container to use to keep their mask clean when removed (for example: during eating and drinking)
  • Daily COVID-19 self-screening

    We kindly request all camp staff, campers, and their parents or guardians to self-screen for COVID-19 every day before coming to campus. Please remain home if feeling unwell.

    For the purposes of summer camp self-screening, please refer to the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 school and child care screening and follow the appropriate direction.

  • Absence due to illness or COVID-19

    We ask that parents or guardians email to report the camper’s absence if the absence is illness or COVID-19 related. Please include the following details in this email: campabsence@ontariotechu.ca 

    • the camp confirmation number
    • the name of the camp attended within the previous 48 hours (where applicable)
    • if the camper is under or over 12 years of age
    • the date symptoms began
    • the end date of the camp

    After reporting the camper’s absence, parents or guardians will receive an automatic email response with further guidance on the camper’s return to campus (where applicable).

  • Vaccines

    All campus visitors are strongly encouraged to remain up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination and boosters, when eligible. Vaccination remains the best protection against the worst effects of COVID-19 and its variants, and is the most important way to protect public health.

    Ontario Tech University’s directive for mandatory vaccines was paused effective May 1, 2022.  Vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory at this time.

  • Cleaning and disinfection

    Cleaning and disinfection occur on a regularly scheduled basis. Our cleaning staff have increased the frequency of cleaning of high touch-points areas.

    Camp staff will ensure the disinfection of shared items as appropriate.

    For more information, review the Cleaning and disinfection FAQ and Cleaning versus disinfecting.

  • Personal hygiene

    We encourage all campers and camp staff members to:

    • frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use alcohol-based hand rub with a concentration of at least 60% alcohol;
    • cough or sneeze into their elbow/arm or use a tissue
      • promptly throw tissue into the garbage and then wash or sanitize hands;
    • avoid touching the face;
    • do not put camp materials in or near the mouth;
    • do not share masks with other campers; and
    • do not share drink containers or water bottles with other campers.

    The following Government of Canada and Ontario Public Health resources may be helpful when discussing personal hygiene with your camper:

  • Physical distancing

    Camp staff encourage physical distancing in common areas by:

    • asking campers and their parents or guardians to maintain distance in locations where lineups could form (for example: during camper pick-up and drop-off);
    • staggering activities, snack and lunch breaks; and
    • encouraging camp groupings to maintain distance from one another when sharing common indoor spaces.

Continuous Learning, along with our Health and Safety and Risk Mitigation teams continue to re-evaluate measures put in place by the Province of Ontario and Durham Region Health Department. Guidelines are subject to change.

 

frequently asked questions

  • Are masks provided?

    We ask that campers please bring their own three-ply mask to camp.

    A suitable mask:

    • must cover the mouth and nose, leaving no gaps
    • should be three-ply (two outer tightly woven layers, as well as an internal non-woven layer)

    We ask that campers please:

    • bring an extra three-ply mask to camp in case their mask gets lost, damaged, wet or dirty
    • do not share masks with others
    • bring a labelled, clean and dry bag or container to use to keep their mask clean when removed (for example: during snack or lunch breaks)
  • What is considered a suitable mask?

    A suitable mask:

    • must cover your mouth and nose, leaving no gaps
    • should be three-ply (two outer tightly woven layers, as well as an internal non-woven layer)
  • How do I properly select, use and care for a mask?
  • Am I required to wear a mask while eating?

    Campers may remove their mask in designated eating and drinking areas during snack and lunch breaks in order to eat and drink. Campers are required to put their mask back on if they get up from their table for any reason. During a camp session, campers may briefly move their mask aside to take a sip of water as needed.

    Campers should bring a labelled water bottle with them to camp to be refilled at a bottle fill station. Water/drinking fountains will not be available.
  • Can a camper receive an accommodation to the requirement to wear a mask?

    The university recognizes some campers and camp staff may require mask accommodations. We are committed to an accommodation process in which individualized needs (for example: on the grounds of a medical condition that may prevent or limit the wearing of a mask) are thoroughly considered.

    A parent or guardian who seeks a mask accommodation for their camper is required to email summercamps@ontariotechu.ca at least seven (7) days prior to the start of a registered camp for more information. Please include the following subject line: “mask accommodation request” in this email.

  • Am I required to report my child’s absence from camp?

    We ask that parents/guardians email campabsence@ontariotechu.ca to report a camper’s absence from camp if the absence is illness or COVID-19 related.

    Please include the following details in this email:

    • the camp confirmation number
    • the name of the camp attended within the previous 48 hours (where applicable)
    • if the camper is under or over 12 years of age
    • the date symptoms began
    • the end date of the camp

    After reporting the camper’s absence, parents or guardians will receive an automatic email response with further guidance on the camper’s return to campus (where applicable).

  • Am I required to report if my child is feeling ill / is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

    We kindly request all camp staff, campers, and their parents or guardians to self-screen for COVID-19 every day before coming to campus. Please remain home if feeling unwell.

    For the purposes of summer camp self-screening, please refer to the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 school and child care screening and follow the appropriate direction.

    We ask that parents or guardians email campabsence@ontariotechu.ca  to report the camper’s absence if the absence is illness or COVID-19 related. Please include the following details in this email:

    • the camp confirmation number
    • the name of the camp attended within the previous 48 hours (where applicable)
    • if the camper is under or over 12 years of age
    • the date symptoms began
    • the end date of the camp

    After reporting the camper’s absence, parents or guardians will receive an automatic email response with further guidance on the camper’s return to campus (where applicable).

  • What if my child becomes or is feeling ill while attending a registered camp?

    Campers who are feeling ill will be sent home from camp. Camp staff will contact the parent/guardian to arrange for camper pick-up.

    A reminder: we kindly request all camp staff, campers, and their parents/guardians to self-screen for COVID-19 every day before coming to campus. Please remain home if feeling unwell.

    For the purposes of summer camp self-screening, please refer to the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 school and child care screening and follow the appropriate direction.

  • My child is feeling unwell and/or has tested positive for COVID-19 and was present at camp within the last 48 hours. Even if the camp has concluded, am I required to report this illness?

    If a camper has developed two or more COVID-19 symptoms and/or has tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of attending their registered camp we ask that parents/guardians kindly let us know. Please email campabsence@ontariotechu.ca  with the following information:

    • the camp confirmation number
    • the name of the camp attended within the previous 48 hours
    • if the camper is under or over 12 years of age
    • the date symptoms began
    • the end date of the camp

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, including the latest case data and updates, information on how to get vaccinated and advice on what to do next if you think you might have COVID‑19, visit COVID‑19 (coronavirus) in Ontario.

 

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